I hope y'all are hugging tight to your bears as we strap ourselves into this roller coaster ride called 2009! Here's hoping at the end, we'll all step safely out of our seats shouting "Whew~ what a ride!"
On Saturday, February 21st, Mary Ann Neisz will be offering a one-time class in Japanese braiding (otherwise known as kumihimo). These braids are quite beautiful and can be made from all sorts of wonderful cording, ribbon or thread. Mary Ann is a multi talented, creative artist & this is just one of her new interests!The class will be $75 and will include supplies and tools, so you can make more braids on your own after you learn the basics. There's more info and a link to sign up for the class here on the website or you can call the store anytime at 322-0208 or toll free at 877-709-7191. We hope you will be able to join us for this great new class!
I have found found two Ben's Bells in my front yard in the past several years...true random acts of kindness that seem to show up just when you need them the most. The first one, I gifted to a friend who needed a lift...the other is hanging in my kitchen window waiting for the right moment to pay it forward.
Uh oh, I guess that wasn't exactly a short story...but the bottom line is...if you are interested in these older Club kits (and whatever goodies are in their boxes), let me know and together we'll raise some funds for Ben's Bells. Thanks in advance!
Plan Two: RAFFLE
We are raffling off a really cute pair of bears by artist Sandy Czaja. All money raised will go to the Community Food Bank. Here's what the little cuties look like:Tickets are 50 cents and can be purchased at the store, by phone or on our website at www.mostlybears.com/raffle.htm. The drawing will take place Saturday February 21st during Mary Ann's braiding class. Good luck to all!
Plan Three: START THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT ON EBAY
Here's the third charity fundraiser for the new year to benefit our favorite local charity, the Academy for Cancer Wellness. I'm selling 5 like-numbered DCAD bears from the New Friends series on ebay. 100% of your bid will go to ACW. Check it out here on ebay. Starting bid is $80 for all 5 pieces. A great deal for a great cause! The auction is ending January 17th, so I hope you get a chance to hurry on over to ebay and take a look.
BEAR MAKING WEDNESDAYS
Mary Ann's back (yay!) from Winter Break & will be restarting our Wednesday get-togethers this week, January 14th. We invite you to stop in and start a bear, finish a bear or work on any of the numerous steps in between! Mary Ann is a true professional and can help anyone (including me!) to work out the fine details of teddy bear making. We hope you'll be able to join us one of these Wednesdays.
BEAR MAKING SUPPLIES
We've been hard at work since the holidays trying to get all our bear making supplies & fabric organized and neatened up so we can find stuff! And whew, we're just about there. We hope you'll stop and see what's new and/or re-found!! We're happy to say we have everything you need to make your first...or hundredth...bear!
On that note, I will leave our January Newsletter at that and sign off.Sincerely, Trish