The Bears Are In!

Happy Friday everyone!

The bears are in thanks to all of you!  How could my husband resist after reading your comments?  He happily carried the bears back inside, and now I think I’ll find a place for them every year.  Tradition, isn’t it wonderful?

I’ve put them in a vintage pink cradle I’ve been saving for something special.  The cradle is large enough for triplets so the bears feel right at home.

This brown bear peaking out from the back is a vintage teddy bear.  He’s well loved, a bit saggy and I think he’s my favorite!  He found a home with me the minute I saw him.  He’s a shabby chic bear in every way!

How many bears can you fit in a cradle?  Lots, if they’ll share the space!

One bear (Arnold) lives  in my studio.  He’s handmade by The Vintage Magpie in Europe!  Maybe he should join his friends at Christmas but I can’t  “bear” to part with him even for a week or two!

As for those little bundles that I showed you in the studio?  We’ve packaged them up and the winners are listed below (if you’re on this list the random number generator loves you so email me your address at!):


#23 Lisa Finn  11/28, 7:29 PM

#278 Susan Haase, 11/29, 10:37 PM

#103 Inge from the Netherlands,  11/29

#29 Donna Liljegren, 11/28, 7:38 PM

#90 Colleen, 11/28, 10:57 PM

#9 SnoozeM 11/28, 7:10 PM

#147 Pauline 11/29,  6:05 AM

#219 Ina 11/29,  12:40 PM

#162 Carrie P  11/29,  7:10 AM

#135 Nancy C in Utah 11/29,  5:31 AM

#312 Susan Anthony 11/30,  4:44PM

#3 Margaret, 11/28, 7:00 PM

Congratulations to all of you who won, and thank you to all who entered.   I’ll be back with the final Snowbound block on the 5th!  Have you been keeping up?



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  • Jan - Love your bears and glad they got to ocme out to play! Thank you for sharing your snowmen blocks during the last year—I did them in redwork for a friend for Christmas! They are so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Kari - Arnold is so sweet with his worn out nose and stitched up side. Give him a hug for me!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - Wow! I think I’m one of the winners! Thank you! I emailed you. I love your Vintage Magpie bear — don’t blame you for keeping it separate!ReplyCancel

  • Ina - I’m so exicited!! Thank you, Anne! You are so generous with your fabric! ;0

    Hey Arnold, you wanna come visit my studio?? I keep ALL of my bears in there up on shelfs above my work space. I can always squish in one more bear. ;0ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Thank heaven’s for bears. They are so sweet in the cradle. Congratulations to all the lucky winners and thank you again for your generosity.ReplyCancel

  • Pauline - Happy Friday Anne. You have just made my day…I’m doing the happy dance.

    I’m in love with Arnold…….years ago I bought one very similar and my DDIL said it was one of her favorites…so I let her adopt him. He sits in the library and I get to visit him every time we go to Canada. If I remember I’ll take a picture of him and post him on my blog. My blog is long over due for another post.

    I’m off to take the car for an oil change and get the tires rotated before we head to Canada for the weekend.

    Thank you so much….I’m in love with my win too…the aqua and yummy yellow are sweet…..have a wonderful weekend!!!!!!!

    hugs from MichiganReplyCancel

  • Barb - Congratulations to all the winners!! I truly know how beautiful that fabric is and how much fun it is to win a sweet bundle of it, so I am very happy for all of them.

    I love your bears. They have to be included in Christmas – it’s just a tradition now! So sweet of your hubby to bring them out. They are so adorable, they deserve to be part of the celebration.ReplyCancel

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski - Congratulations to the winners! The bears look so cute in that cradle Anne!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - I guess I looked to late and didn’t get into the drawing. Thats ok I will wait for it to come out. Love the bears. My daughter collects bears and we started it when she was born for everyone nicknamed he bear. She is 28 now and she is like you, can’t bear not to put them out. Every year I here the same thing. Nothing wrong with tradition. Glad to see yours made it out of there tote for the hoildays.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy C. in Utah - Anne, I am seeeewwwww, excited to be a winner. Thank you so much. I would say you just made my day, but actually, everytime you post there is something in it makes me happy…though there is a bigger smile on my face than usual just now. Congratulations to the other winners and please, don’t anyone get hurt doing the ‘Happy Dance’, LOL. Also, I am delighted that the bears are ‘in’. They look so snuggly in the cradle. Perfection. As for Arnold he is so adorable I can see why you don’t want to part with him. Oh my gosh he looks so loved! Thanks for sharing these delightful bits of your life with us. Thanks again for your generosity and now I’m off to shoot you an email. Big Hugs…ReplyCancel

  • Louise - I am so glad your dear husband saw it “our” way and brought the bears in for Christmas. I love Arnold, by the looks of his nose he may have been sniffing a bit too often in the honey pot! Perhaps I can find room for my bears under or near the tree this year..I am sure when my grand daughter comes home from college she will want to help me play with that. Congrats to all of your winners..ReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - OH, boy I am one of the winners. I am sending your an email soon.
    So glad your hubby got the bears out. They look great all together in the cradle.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - In my excitement forgot to say Thanks!

    Thank you so much. Hugs! to you and your bears.ReplyCancel

  • Satu - May I give some applauses;) to your cutest cradle of the BEARS and … of course to the winners! I’m happy with you all – great decision, Anne!ReplyCancel

  • Linda P. - Yay!!! I knew you’d have the perfect place for them….you have inspired me to clear out an old doll crib and fill with play things instead of the quilts piled in it.ReplyCancel

  • Thimbleanna - So…I guess this means the hush money didn’t do me any good??? Or do you think it was because I didn’t answer my phone today??? Hmmmm. Oh well, congratulations to your winners anyway. All those bears sure look happy to be in such an animal friendly home!ReplyCancel

  • susan anthony - oh my goodness, oh my gosh, I think I am #312! I am SOOOOOOOO excited, I can’t believe I won. Oh thank you! I have been under the weather the last few days, but now suddenly, I feel sunny and warm. Thank you for being so generous. Your blog makes me happy EVERY single time I visit! I just learned we are having another grandchild. The fabric will be perfect!

  • Penny Colbert - The bears are darling and definitely need to be out for Christmas. I have a small sleigh that I put some of my bears in but trust me they all get out somewhere. I too loved doing the snowmen and am planning on taking on Tisket a Tasket next. Bears would definitely be a fun one to do :)
    Thank you for all you do!!

  • gloria g. - I really disappointed. I have tried to post numerous times, and never see my post…….what’s up with that. I love bears….ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - I love the bears, too, glad they made it into your Christmas display! Congrats to all the winners!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Currie - Hoorah for the bears – I knew they would win. Merry Christmas to everyone.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy A - Awe… your bears are soooo cute! I’m glad they are back in for the Holidays:-) Have a very Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

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