Saturday saw Idgy and I at a Teddy Bears Picnic, well almost, we went to see my lovely friend Sue Quinn at her studio in Paisley for her spring open day.
Just look at these furry characters. Sue is the expert on the cute character, woodland animals just come to life with her. I love this bunny with his worn out old toy bunny lying on his lap. Look at that sleepy face, those old pj's and he even has poseable paws!
Sue has been a bear maker for as long as she can remember, but nowadays bears are just a small part of her fabulous animal empire.
There are rabbits, mice, meerkats, badgers, squirrels and of course hedgehogs. Lots of hedgehogs.
Guess who Sue's biggest fan is? Of course, Idgy is just a huge devotee of those woodland creatures and we have a good selection of furry friends in this house. They are much loved, played with all the time, and lined up on bedside table every night to keep watch on their proud owner and best friend.
I met Sue many years ago, before Idgy was born (hmm, yes there was life way back then, can hardly remember) when I used to make miniature teddy bears. We used to find ourselves at bear fairs together. In the past five years we have found ourselves at fairs together again, but this time round I've had my herby things at Country Living etc.
The nerve centre, Sue's studio work room. Blind bears lined up awaiting the gift of sight. Furry friends waiting for new and loving homes.
Baby hedgehogs in a basket. How delightful is that.
Sue's world is truly magical. She collects all sorts of vintage goodies to display with her bears. Always has me on the look out for little baskets and bits and pieces to add to her collection.
Sue doesn't just make these fabulous little characters, she mades animated films with them too, it is all just so inspirational. please go visit her blog, you will be transported into Sue's wonderful world where life is gentle and fun and full of old fashioned charm.
Idgy has chosen her birthday present for next month. I'm so happy that for her thirteenth birthday she still wants a hedgehog. I know it will be more grown up things very soon, but I treasure her love of all these fabulous furry creatures, and the imaginary lives that they have in her mind.
So here's to Sue and her wonderful friends, here they are wishing you a Happy Easter!