Saturday, October 31, 2009


This is Rosey Posey - she is just over 3 inches tall and made from cream, German Shulte Mohair. She is fully disc-jointed, like the big teds and is stuffed with traditional excelsior and gently weighted with stainless steel shot and granulate. Her mohair and ultra-suede paw pads have been aged and distressed, for a lovely antique look. There are tiny bald patches in her mohair and wee holes in her paw pads, for the excelsior to poke through. A simple pink, silk ribbon was all she needed around her neck.

Rosey comes with a tiny reproduction vintage purse. I stumbled across these in a gift shop, on our recent trip to Lancaster, PA and I knew exactly what I could use it for. The purse is decorated with embroidered organza roses and it is the perfect compliment for Rosey.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. I hope you enjoy her as much as I enjoyed creating her.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


I love dabbling in other things besides teddy bears and I've come to love soldered ornament/jewelry.   Vintage reproduction graphics are so available these days, that I thought I'd use some for Hallowe'en fun.   Each piece has graphics on both sides, is mounted on acid free paper, and decorated with glitter and foil swirls.  The papers are soldered between two microscope slides, with a black glass rhinestone hung on the bottom.  They have a black organza ribbon hanger, but I will be happy to replace it with a longer ribbon for a pendant, if requested.   They are listed in my Etsy shop and you view them by clicking Duffyantiques Etsy Shop.  Thanks for peeking and if you have any questions, feel free to email me.

Friday, October 23, 2009


I've been busy this week, finishing up Hallowe'en projects before it's too late. I don't make many black bears, but I decided that Hallowe'en would not be complete without one, so I'm pleased to introduce Ciaran, the Hallowe'en Teddy! The name Ciaran means "little black one" in Gaelic.

Ciaran is 4 inches tall and is made from hand dyed German Shulte mohair. He is stuffed with excelsior and stainless steel shot, is fully jointed and has amber, German glass eyes and a sparse, slightly waxed nose. Ciaran has slightly distressed mohair, with a few tiny bald patches and distressed ultra suede paw pads, with small holes in them, so little bits of excelsior shows through.

Ciaran comes with a cream molded hat, decorated with black pompoms and a ruffle around his neck, both made from wool felt. They are removable. He also comes with his own hand-made Hallowee'en altered art, soldered ornament, made from vintage Hallowe'en graphics and decorated with glitter. It could also be worn as a pendant, if hung on a ribbon. As all of my pieces, this is designed and made entirely by me, Brenda Power, and is a collectible, not suitable for children. It will come with a signed hang-tag. Thanks for peeking at Ciaran and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


One of our favourite passtimes is to go for long drives in the country. I have always lived in a town that was situated on water, and when we were on one of our jaunts around the local countryside last weekend, I realized how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful area. Fall is my favourite time of year, with the colourful autumn leaves, so I brought along my camera.

We've been across the Picton ferry and up to Lake on the Mountain, which is gorgeous. No one knows the origin of this self contained lake, located at the top of a mountain, but it's worth a visit if you ever come this way. On Sunday, we started by travelling to a couple of small towns, Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon, both located on water and with gorgeous scenery. Then it was on to Lindsay, and then Cobourg, Port Hope and back home along Lake Ontario. I've taken lots of pictures so I hope you enjoy them.

View from top of Lake on the Mountain

Picton ferry crossing


Locks at Bobcageon

View from the beach at Fenelon Falls

Gorgeous trees

Beautiful trees everywhere on the way to Cobourg

View along the drive home from Port Hope

Tunnels of trees

Hallowe'en pumpkins everywhere

Geese enjoying the beautiful day

Daylight is starting to fade

View coming into our small town


It's been way too long since my last post - over a week. I hate when I get so busy that I don't have time to update my blog, as it is my relaxation time. Well, this is what has been keeping me busy - two old fashioned girl, sailor bears. They were ordered a few months ago, and it seemed that everytime I went to start them, something happened - either I couldn't find the right fabric, or I was out of the right size eyes etc. The kind lady who ordered them, has been very patient and for that I am eternally grateful. I'm posting a picture of Patience and Faith and they are now on their way overseas. It seems that lots of my teddies are making it to Europe before I ever will *sigh*.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


I always have fun with themed bears, and this one was no exception. I knew when I found this lovely prim pocket, that it was perfect to hold a tiny bear. I am delighted to present Jasper, the Halloween Teddy. Jasper is in my Etsy shop and you can view him by clicking Duffyantiques Etsy Shop

Jasper is 3 1/4 inches tall and is made from hand dyed, gold German Shulte mohair. He is fully disc jointed and stuffed with excelsior and weighted with steel shot, just like all the big bears. Jasper's mohair has also been shaded with permanent fabric paints, on his face, ears, and paws. He has tiny German amber glass eyes, and a sparse nose, that has been lightly waxed. Jasper has leather paw pads, that have tiny holes, to allow bits of excelsior to show through.

Jasper wears a hand made Halloween hat and neck ruffle. The hat is made from heavy black paper decorated with a ruffle made from black, orange and white crepe paper. The neck ruffle is also made from crepe paper and both the hat and ruffle are removable, although tweezers are needed to tie the bow on the neck ruffle.

Jasper nestles into a black, wool pocket that is decorated with pumpkins and beads. It has a metal hanger that is retractable. This set is an original, designed and made by me, Brenda Power, and will come with a signed hang tag. It is an adult collectible and not meant for children. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me, and thanks for peeking!