Friday, 28 December 2012

Merry Christmas ..........

I hope everyone has had a great Christmas and I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year :)
See you in 2013.........

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Last Bear Before christmas and the World didn't end .....

I have just listed my final bear for 2012 on Bear Pile.....
She was just at the Teddies Worldwide Christmas Treasures Show and then I kept her here on display but really she needs to find a new home :) So I have listed her on Bear Pile here

I also found out the other day that I have been accepted into the Teddies Worldwide TeddyBear Extravaganza 2013 on the 22nd to the 24th of March.... so I know what I will be doing after Christmas :)  I have already decided on my most of my bears and now all I have to do is get them out of my head and into 3D fur :)
I'm glad it is now the 22nd of Dec and the World didn't end - now I know that all the cleaning and gift making I have done this last 2 weeks has been worthwhile !! 
I hope everyones  Christmas preparations are all going well and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the coming New Year.
Back soon..........


Saturday, 8 December 2012


I have been a little distracted from the bear making of late, I have been trying to re arrange furniture and generally "Summer clean " (I missed Spring entirely) the house before Christmas as well as trying to get a couple of presents finished. 

While I was looking out the back door (hoping house cleaning fairy  help was about to drop from the sky ;) I noticed these gorgeous butterflies had come to visit our Bougainvillea that climbing all over our water tank.
There were two of them flying around , there was also a third larger butterfly that wasn't as brightly coloured as this one and I didn't take her photo, which was a shame as I later found out she was the female of the species.

The two males seemed more interested in following each other than her though.

I thought they looked familiar so after a bit of research (thank you Google) I found out they are Richmond Birdwing Butterflies which are sadly quite rare and endangered. 
The little caterpillars can only eat two types of vines which are also quite rare and the females are being fooled by a pest species of plant (Dutchmans Pipe) into thinking they have found the right plant to lay eggs on, and then the offspring have nothing to eat when they hatch :( 
Apparently, the males only travel up to three kilometers from where they hatch so there must be some of the right plant reasonably close by. Meanwhile the poor girls can travel an area of up to 30ish kms to find a mate and a plant.

Typical, not only are the females less pretty, they have to do more work  *grin*

I am quite keen to source some of these special plants from a Nursery now so if these lovely butterflies drop by again we might be able to encourage them to stay.
Sadly, there was no sign of the housework fairy.......