Friday, August 31, 2007

A celebration! And a giveaway!

I'm celebrating seven years of bear design!! Goodness, how the time flies!! It has been a very good year for me professionally with an Industry's Choice Award, two TOBY awards and notice of inclusion in Art Doll Quarterly for a mixed media bear I designed. I couldn't be more thrilled!! Truly. I feel like I've been sprinkled with fairy glitter!!

Celebrations aren't much fun unless they're shared. So, I'm hosting a giveaway!! Seven years of Silly Bears!, seven lucky recipients!!! All you have to do is post a message on this blog entry and your name will be entered in the drawing. Six pretty things and one Grand Prize, a Truly Silly! bear will be given away. YAY!! Isn't this fun?!!! The drawing date will be Friday, September 21st.

I'll post a picture of the Grand Prize bear as soon as I'm finished with her. Silly me forgot to place an order for those itty bitty cotter pins!! Oh, you're just going to be tickled PINK!

Warmest bear hugs, Aleta


TinyBear said...

Congratulations Aleta.Seven years.
It really has been a great year for you, and it is SOo well deserved. Your bears are so lovely.
Many bear hugs Tina

Vee said...

Congrats on your 7th Anniversary Aleta!!

I am glad your year has been a great one... and it certainly has with all that recognition! You deserve plenty of fairy glitter.... weheeeeee....good for you... it is definitely well deserved.

Brenda said...

Hi Aleta,
Wow, what a year you've had, and it couldn't have happened to a more deserving person! Your Silly bears are truly wonderful.
You'll have to sew harder to catch up to me - I'm into my eleventh year and don't know where the time has gone. Take care.



bruinwerks said...

Congratulations on 7 years of magic! Here's to many more, Aleta!
(did you hear the sound of the clinking lemondrop martinis? ;0)

Tammy said...

Congrats on 7 years and all the success you've had. So glad you didn't hang up your scissors ! Your creations always bring a smile to my face. Here's to many more years of creativity !

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Congratulations! I am ready to join bruinwerks in a lemondrop martini! Your creations are magical. I am so glad I stumbled upon your sweet blog today.
:) Lidy

Shel said...

Of course you've had a terrific year. You'd be as silly as your bears to think otherwise. Your work is outstanding! Congratulations on seven years of fabulous, fur-covered fantastic!

Pauline said...

Congratulations Aleta on your 7th year, I would like to raise a glass too to your wonderful bears and yes you so deserve your success. Well done.


Theresa said...

Congratulations on your seven years of bear making. I love reading your blog... I make it my daily stop to see what you've posted. I love to see all the wonderful things you purchase at the flea markets and of course those fabulous bears you create tickle me pink :)

Bear Hugs,


Jill Bruce said...

Aleta- A lemon martini (or other favorite libation) to your success. It is not surprising that you have had such an incredibly exciting year. You are truly talented and sooooooo creative. I love your bears and look forward to reading your blog. I am actually disappointed when you skip a day or two!!! Congratulations Silly Bear.


Shantell said...

It truly has been a magical year for you!!! I think Max was your ticket to the magic kingdom... :) :) Does that help boost my entry at all...HA HA HA HA (just kidding).

Congratulations on such a wonderful year and lets wish for 7 more years of more Silly Bear splendor!!!

Bear Hugs & Kitty Wishes,

Lynn said...

Dear Aleta, Congratulations on seven wonderful years and the tobys. Your beautiful bears are true eye candy with all the wonderful extras you add. I love the blog also. Don't stop doing what you are doing. Lynn

Laura Lynn said...

A HUGE congratulations Aleta!!! 7 Years, awards.. and inclusing in Art Doll Quarterly!!!

Laura Lynn

Elaine said...

CONGRATULATIONS on all of your triumphs Aleta!!
I am a mere novice but I'm completely bowled over by your bears - truly outstanding - every one of them!
I love traditional/antique bears so it's very easy for me to appreciate them BUT I almost fell over when my partner said your bears were very good!!! He has never a made comment about a bear like that before! You are truly priviledged. I hope one day he may say that about one of my bears!
Thanks for a fix of the greatest inspiration ever!

Samantha said...

Wow!! 7 years of silly bears!!!! Congratulations on all your achievements this year Aleta, and here's to more beary success in 2008!!
Samantha xx

Chrissi said...

Lucky number seven!
Congratulations Aleta! Wishing you many more years of successful and silly bear making :)


Brittany said...

Has it really been seven years already?? Wow, has time gone by quick or what? It has been so great having a mom that does something so creative. You have taught me to be creative in my own little way too! Thank you and congrats!


Auntie Joy said...

Congratulations on your seven years of Silly Bears. Your work is wonderful. I enjoy your blog entries and as a novice at the blog world I know that is a job well done as well!! It was fun to see the pictures of Diane (Molly Mo) and my booths from the OC Antique Faire. Hope you can catch up with us at Albany on Sat and Coburg on Sunday. Congrats again

fribbles said...

Congratulations on the seven year anniversary!! I can't wait to see what marvels you produce next year...and the year after that...and the year after that...!! w00t! And huge applause for the honors you've garnered this year---fantabulous!

Raggy Rat said...

wow, what a super giveaway you truley bless us all - cant wait to see uber-silliness unveiled ... wow seven years well done , i hope i still have fingers left in 7 years time as im making mine into pin cusions - ouch !
cat xxxx the raggy rat

grace said...

wow 7 years!! :) congratulations. i just wanted to say that i love to read your blog entries and see all the beautiful pictures too...they truly are inspirational, especially the pictures of your beautiful bears :)

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Oh MY! Your bears and your blog are so fabulous! thanks for sharing, xo, suzy

Pam Lashley said...

Congratulations Aleta!!! You know I treasure the bears you've created, particularly Mr. Higgins, that have wandered their way into my hug. Every one of them brings a smile to my face every time I look at them. Thank you for your talent and graciousness. Here's to another wonderful 7 years (and many, many more), spreading joy and bear hugs to us collectors!

Anonymous said...

Your art is FABULOUS. I am in awe of your bears, your style and your lovely spirit that shines from your blog, web site and personality.

We have never met, yet I feel like we are old friends when I read your words.

You are an inspiration -- Thank you for sharing yourself with us all.

Folksie Linda said...

Hi Aleta, You can count me in on your contest.. you know how much i love your bears! I am so happy for you this year.. you deserve every minute of it.. you are an amazing artist... and your bears and other works show just how talented you are!! Hugs, Folksie Linda

Shantell said...

Aleta dear,

Are you coming to Antiques in the Streets in Albany? I see Albany mentioned by "Auntie Joy" so I was curious...perhaps I see you...(hint hint).


draffinbears said...

Congratulations Aleta, for seven years of truly
amazing bears and a well deserved win with your
Toby Award.
I love reading your blogs and seeing all your pretty
Let's all drink a lemon drop martini to celebrate with you.

Carolyn x

Aleta said...

You girlies make me blush. Thank you so very much for all your kind thoughts!!!

Biggest, warmest, most rockin' bear hugs, Aleta

gretchen said...

congrat's on doing what you love and making people smile along the way...

Lisa of Twin Cubs said...

Wow, congratulations on SEVEN YEARS of bear artistry! And on all the accolades that are truly deserved.

Hand claps and back pats all the way around my friend!

Shantell said...

Ooooh....I can't wait until Friday...I wish it would hurry and get here. I shouldn't wish time away but in this case I am. I don't even care who wins...I just can't wait...come on Father Time spin that dial!!!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on a great year and I look forward to seeing your new creations

LuLu said...

Heartfelt congratulations on seven years of gorgeous bears!!! Your little blog is just as pretty as your darling teddies. Many thanks for sharing, Aleta!
Best wishes,

Natasha said...

congrats on your 7 years :)heres wishing 7 more even better heaps more

Shelley Davis said...

Congratulations!!! You so deserve it. Your work is outstanding! Enjoy the glow!
Sweetest Regards,

Rene said...

Your bears are amazing! Congratulations on your awards and for 7 years of Silly Bears! I enjoyed meeting you at Sally Jean's last month and talking to you at Paragon over lunch.

Best wishes!

Rene' Comte