Monday, 20 March 2017

Sally Shopper

This is a bit of a show off post really!! I knocked this bag up this evening in about 2½ hours; and that includes cutting out the pattern. It's called a 'Sally Shopper' and I bought it as a kit from Create & Craft a week ago (the Freeview TV Shopping Channel Craft show) from a company called 'The Owl and the Sewing Cat'. I liked it so much, I ordered the kit and it had arrived when I got home from work this evening - I even surprised myself when I decided to set about making it this evening.

It was quite easy to be fair, but all the same, I have been at work all day, so not bad eh! The little gold tag thing on the handle is my own addition and I shall make a little pretty something or other with beads and charms to hang on it when I have a bit more time - time really didn't allow for that as well tonight!!

Monday, 6 March 2017


Lemoni (only my second bunny) is so named after a character in the film ‘Captain Correlli’s Mandolin’ and for no other reason than I’ve always loved the name since I saw the film years ago; and as the viscose fabric is a rather pretty lemon colour, it seemed appropriate. Her inner ears and paw pads are genuine Liberty Tana Lawn fabric and she has pretty lemon and pink ribbons around her head.

Lemoni is 8 inches/ 20cms from top to toe and 6 inches /15cms sitting height. She is 5-way cotter jointed, with a wobble neck joint and filled with firm fibre filling and steel shot for a good bit of weight. She has black glass eyes and has been slightly aged around the edges with oil pastels to give a bit of a vintage look.

On her back you can see her fabric ‘Handmade at Bilberry Lane’ label and her unique antique style ‘BL’ pin.

Lemoni’s finishing touch if a lovely little strawberry made from a deep red wool fabric, with a bit of green for the leaves, plus leaf and flower charms, which has been pinned on her chest with a rusty style safety pin.

Lemoni can be purchased for £60, plus shipping and packing:

UK - £8 Special Delivery
Europe - £15, tracked and signed for
Worldwide - £20, tracked and signed

If you would like any further information, please email me at:- 

Thanks for looking

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Summertime Delight!

Just a little peak at my next creation ........ I'm half-way there! But can you work out what it is yet! 

and as well as that, Today I've also made a start on (and nearly finished) the first block in a Block of the Month (BOM) that I've joined. This pattern is called 'Dresden Plate' and I'm really pleased with how its turned out - such lovely sunshine colours!

The quilt is called 'Summertime Delight' - bought from Totally Patched. This is the first quilt I've started in about 4 years; and the first time I've ever done a BOM, but I couldn't resist and it's very reasonably priced. The real 'hook' was that all the pieces come pre-cut! And as all patchworkers/quilters know, it's the cutting out that takes the time. When on earth I think I'm going to find the time to do this as well as my bears, I just don't know, but I just love it!! 

This is a picture of the finished quilt - it's a bit fuzzy, but I hope you get the idea!

Thanks for popping by.

Sunday, 19 February 2017


Oh dear, I think Goldie is a little bit shy today!

That’s better; you can see her properly now - she’s a pretty little girl don’t you think? She’s getting ready early for Easter with her basket of Easter eggs, all needle-felted by me – what a laborious task!

Anyway, Goldie is made entirely by me from a lovely soft viscose fabric and suede paw pads. She is 5-way cotter jointed, with a wobble neck joint and she is filled as usual with firm fibre-fill and steel shot for a nice bit of weight. I’ve then aged her around the edges with oil pastels and added some faux mending stitches here and there to add to the vintage look. She has black glass English eyes and a prim stitched nose; and she is finished off with a very pretty ribbon around her head and a small bell around her neck. Her basket of eggs also comes with her.

From top to toe, Goldie measures 9 inches (23cms) and sitting height she is 7 inches (17cms).

On her back you can see her fabric ‘Handmade at Bilberry Lane’ Label and her unique antique style ‘BL’ pin.

Goldie can be purchased for £75, plus shipping and packing:

UK - £8 Special Delivery
Europe - £15, tracked and signed for
Worldwide - £20, tracked and signed

If you would like any further information, please email me at:-

Thanks for looking


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Cadbury Bear

I have a new look and name to my blog! As you may, or may not be aware, I started making Artist Bears about 18 months ago. I then decided to start a new blog dedicated to the bears and leave this one (previously Bilberry Grove) for other crafts. Well, I haven’t been happy with the new blog!! It’s probably me, but it’s simply never worked properly and I don’t understand why; and neither do I have to time (or inclination!) to work it out. So as you see, I have reverted to this one and changed the name (and look) to ‘Bilberry Lane’. In effect, this will be predominately Artist Bears, plus anything else I make.

Thank you for reading – I just felt the need to explain!!

So, the 4 posts below are some of the bears I’ve made over the last few months, including Cadbury which I finished at the weekend.

Cadbury Bear

Cadbury is off to find some chocolate by the looks of things – he can’t wait until Easter and I think he’s hoping to get quite a lot by the look of that bag!!

Cadbury is just 9 inches/23cms tall from top to toe and 6½ inches/17cms sitting height. He is made from a lovely chocolate colour, beautifully soft Viscose fabric. He is filled with the usual firm fibre-fill and steel shot for weight. He is 5-way cotter jointed, with black glass eyes and simply adorned with a purple ribbon around his neck. Cadbury’s bag is made from linen and the logo is printed cotton – the bag also has a small lilac fabric flower and a teddy bear antique brass charm stitched on. Cadbury has been distressed around the edges for a nice look of vintage!

I hope you like him!

Cadbury can be adopted for £75, plus shipping and packaging

UK - £8 Special Delivery
Europe - £15, tracked and signed for
Worldwide - £20, tracked and signed for

If you would like any further information, please email me at:-

Thanks for looking


Felix was a commission for a lady at work; and thankfully she was very pleased – I had “exceeded her expectations” in actual fact!! What a relief! I don’t like taking commissions, because I find them rather stressful, but it would be silly of me to refuse at this early stage of my bear making journey.

Felix gave me a bit of a challenge from the start, as I had to make him bigger than my usual bears. This meant having to enlarge the pattern – something I haven’t done before, so I had no idea how it would turn out. I should have had more confidence in myself though, because I think he turned out really well.

Felix is a 5-way cotter jointed bear, made from a beautiful Viscose fabric, with ultra suede for his paw pads. He has black glass eyes and is filled very full of the usual firm fibre filling and steel shot for a good bit of weight. He has a prim style stitched nose and is faintly aged using oil pastels around the edges for a slightly aged, vintage look. And at just over 13 inches from top to toe, Felix is my biggest bear yet!

Felix is made entirely by hand. His lovely warm scarf is hand-knitted, which is pinned at the front with a rusty style pin on which hangs a fob watch charm. His satchel is made from a leather-look fabric - very tricky to sew such a small shape on a sewing machine!!

The finishing touch is the needle-felted robin perched on his paw ……… I only stabbed myself about 25 times with the felting needle, but hey ho!!

Felix is based on one of my earlier bears who also had the scarf, satchel and felted robin – these were the requirements of the commission.

Thanks for looking



I made Molly Rose in November last year - I love Ellies! I’m usually a bit naff at choosing names, but I had been watching the BBC Remembrance Service on TV and there a lovely 95-year old lady who had flown aeroplanes during the Second World War – one of very few women who flew in the war. Well, her name was Molly Rose; and she was such a lovely lady, so deciding what to call my newest lovely ‘Ellie’ became easy, particularly seeing as her dress is partly made from a lovely rose colour raw silk. I don’t know how she would feel about me naming my ‘Ellie’ after her, but it is well meant!

So, to the detail! Molly Rose is 9 inches from top to toe (6½ inches sitting). She is 5-way cotter jointed, including a wobble joint for her head – I love these wobble joints since I recently started to use them! She is filled to the brim with the usual firm fibre filling and steel shot for a good bit of weight. She has black glass eyes and (very tricky to insert!!) lovely long eyelashes.

Molly Rose’s dress is made from a beautiful rose pink raw silk for the bodice and an ivory/beige colour lacey fabric for the skirt; and the dress is finished off with mother of pearly buttons. Around her head is a pretty pink ribbon.

She has the usual sewn in fabric ‘Bilberry Lane’ label and my new antique gold style BL unique pin.
Molly Rose can be adopted for £65, plus shipping and packing:

UK - £8 Special Delivery
Europe - £15, tracked and signed for
Worldwide - £20, tracked and signed

If you would like any further information, please email me at

Thanks for looking



Lucky had a bit of a Christmas theme going on – check out his antique style tag with a cardinal picture in it? And then there’s the little wool bag, on to which I have needle-felted some holly leaves and sewn on a few tiny red seed beads for berries

And look what’s inside the bag ......... a Christmas card from Lucky!

Lucky is 5-way jointed, with a fabulously wobbly head – that’s because of the ‘wobble’ joint used, glass black eyes and filled to the brim with the usual firm fibre fill and steel shot for a good bit of weight; particularly in that fat little tummy!! 9 inches from top to toe, or 6½ inches sitting down height, with a sewn in ‘Bilberry Lane’ fabric label and my new unique BL antique style pin.

EDIT: Lucky has been adopted

Thanks for looking


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Baby Cot Quilt

A quick baby cot quilt I finished this morning - made for my sister-in-law to give as a gift to a work colleague who is expecting. It was done on a budget, so the fabric isn't of great quality and I wouldn't say I'm 100% enamored with the colours myself, but my sister-in-law was happy with it, so that's okay. She asked for soft pastel shades, but because it's budget quality, I think the fabrics are a bit 'wishy washy'.

I don't suppose the baby will mind though LOL!!!!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Christmas crafting!

I don't very often have anything to add to this blog since I started my new 'Bilberry Lane' blog for my bears; however, I have a few things worth showing!

I love, love, Free-Motion Embroidered Applique pictures! I haven't done a great deal of it (because of the bears!) but decided to have a go at a small picture of Charlie - my sister-in-law's new (ish) puppy! Charlie is about 8-months old. He's very cheeky, naughty and of course, adorable! The first picture is of the real Charlie; and the second one of my Free-Motion Appliqued picture version. I am really pleased with how this turned out, but now I want to do more! Isn't it sweet (just like the real Charlie!).

Just in case you might be thinking I'm spoiling a Christmas surprise for my sister-in-law, it's fine, because she doesn't read my blog!

Secondly, just a quick picture of my lovely Welsh Dresser decked out a bit for Christmas. I made the card bunting using Victorian style images ......... looks nice doesn't it? Apologies that it's a bit blurry!!

And lastly; and only because he's Christmas themed, a re-worked Christmas bear. I actually made him last year, but I was never truly happy with his look, so I've fiddled a bit with him, re-done his nose and made the green Christmas hat with a rusty bell; and now I'm happier with him. There's actually very little you can do with Artist Bears to change them once they're made, but he looks better now than he did.

Wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

A bit of this and that!

Well, it’s been such a while since I posted anything on this blog! I’m mostly busy these days making my Artist teddy bears, which I post on my other blog ‘Bilberry Lane’ – there’s a link over on the right hand side of this blog if you’d like to look.

I have though also been getting on with some crochet squares. I’ve had a bit of a change of roles at work, which now allows me more control of my lunch breaks; and so I’ve done something I’ve fancied doing for a while and that is to begin a 'Lunchtime Crafters Group'. There’s several of us who love a variety of crafts and spend plenty of our spare time discussing them, so I thought why waste an hour doing nothing much when we could be crafting and it’s given me a chance to get on with these squares. Now bear in mind I started these about 2 years ago and had completed the grand total sum of about 30 squares in that time – not many is it!!?? 

But in the last couple of weeks, I’ve made several more and sewn half of them together just by utilising my lunch breaks – good idea eh! The plan when I began them was to make enough to make a double bed cover, but we’ll see about that – this is a start – perhaps I ought to consider a baby cot cover LOL!

And next, I made this so called ‘Artisan’ apron! 

Do any of you ever watch Janet Clare on the Create and Craft channel? Well, this apron is her design. Her philosophy is that when the apron goes on, she’s in work mode, which in turn encourages her to get on with her crafting. I do like her philosophy, because sometimes I find myself doing all sorts of other jobs before I’ll settle down to sewing …….. I don’t know why! So I thought, if I made myself one of Janet Clare’s apron’s it might encourage me not to procrastinate (big word!!!) so much. So here it is.

And this last one is of Janet Clare herself in her original design!

I’ve just finished my latest bear, which I’ll hopefully be able to put on my other blog tomorrow, it’s just that I haven’t had a chance to take any photos yet, so check that out later if you like!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Dylan 2

This bear doesn’t really have a name! I put Dylan 2 because he is the same bear as Dylan who I made back here in January. The original Dylan was made from mohair fabric from a pattern by Sylvie Touzard, but this time I’ve gone with what the original pattern called for and made him from Viscose fabric – hence the slightly different look. My cousin Gwyneth saw Dylan and took a bit of a fancy to him, but said she would probably prefer Viscose, sooooo, this bear is for Gwyneth, although only if she likes him. And that’s why I haven’t attempted to name him, because if he does go off to South Wales then he’ll have a new name.

A new thing all my bears will have from now on is this metal badge with the initials BL, which stands for ‘Bilberry Lane’ the name of my new ‘Bear’ blog, which although I have started here, I haven’t published yet – not sure whether I’m happy with the way it looks yet!!

His little trousers are made from the top of an old sock as directed in the pattern!  and they show off his little fat tummy really well don’t you think!! I’ve then added a couple of different colour ribbons and some bells. Dylan has black glass eyes, a stitched nose and is filled with fibre fill and steel shot. He measures 8¼ inches from top to toe! His legs are wobbly, so he sits only, unless propped up against a book or something as in the first photo!