Oh dear, I seem to have been neglecting my blog page again haven’t I?

It’s been very busy here at Brierley Bears HQ, but not a lot of bear making has been taking place. Recently, it’s all been about getting the loft finished! We’re at insulation stage now and then we can start getting the plasterboard up. I can’t wait to get to the decorating stage as that means that we’re almost done!

Next job after this is my studio room 🙂

Hugglets

Anyway, I mentioned in my last post that I was exhibiting at Hugglets in London for the first time…

Well, we had a lovely few days away in London and a great time at the show.

There was a little bit of a hiccup to start with though, and I could have sworn that I’d packed everything that we needed. But no, ten minutes before our local train to Doncaster was due to arrive, we realised that I’d forgotten my banner stand. What was I to do? There was no time to go back for it now, so we were going to have to figure something out.

We got there on the Friday afternoon before the show, and the first job was to check into the hotel.
We had a leisurely stroll around Kensington that first evening and had our tea in the Hare and Tortoise (which I highly recommend if you’re in the area), it was delicious!

Saturday was mostly sunny, but did rain from time to time. Today was all about visiting the Natural History Museum, which is brilliant! You definitely need a full day to see the place (or more if you read everything in there). Towards the end of the afternoon, making sure we had time to do a little shopping (I’m not a fan of shopping by the way), we went on a search for an improvised banner stand.

We managed to find a Wilkinsons in Kensington though, and made an improvised stand with a clothes prop and a keyring with a lobster claw clip.

Here’s the test run before the show.

Improvised banner stand

Not too bad eh? We’ll see how it looks on the day…

And here it is…

my stall at Hugglets…

(Sorry for the ridiculously huge video, I don’t know how to make it any smaller. The man behind the stall is my hubby 🙂 )

I was told that the show was much quieter than normal, by about 4-5 times, but there was still plenty of visitors.

Boris found a new home on the day…

Boris 7

And Celeste found a new home immediately after the show, and should be arriving at her new home today…

Celeste 14

 

Hopefully, I’ll be able to attend again next year. I’ll keep you informed if I go again.

 

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URSA Awards

 

As you know, I entered my bear Ælfweard into this years URSA Awards.

Not only that, but thanks to your votes he made it through to the second round.

He didn’t win the overall vote, but he did come 2nd place in his category, which is fantastic!

Ælfweard 1

I’m still over the moon that he won!

So, I’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for him, we couldn’t have done it without you!

URSA Award Winner

Thank you to Valerie at Bears and Buds Magazine for the lovely rosette and gifts.