We've now got a lot more space in the various cupboards that Isobel stashes the toys awaiting their Forever Homes, but it means we have got some gaps that need filling before the Spring Craft Fair coming up in the Heytesbury Primary School, in March. Still, as Easter is coming (so I am told - as a Bear that really doesn't mean much to me) and Rabbits and Hares are apparently highlighted at this time of the year, Isobel will have to concentrate on them rather than us Bears for a while, I expect.
Isobel and Peter's long-term friend, Mr.RE was the prime-mover in this massive movement out of our Shop (www.coldhamcuddlies.etsy.com) - as I've only just met him, and being a very polite Bear, I decided to address him more formally. Before he left to go back to Italy with the Cuddlies Mob, he took some pictures of Isobel and I (for publicity purposes, I overheard) and he took one of me, by myself. Wonder what do you think of it?
|This was taken within the new Mini-Photo Studio, trying out different backgrounds|
Here are some of them, including some in which Mr.RE decided not to feature me - because there simply wasn't room on the chair for all of us, and he wanted some of his new Cuddlies friends, whose Forever Homes are going to be where children of his family and friends live in Italy and elsewhere. Not sure where the "elsewhere" bits might be, but I don't think they're going to be in England, anyway.
|Light Brown Furry Bear and me - taken in a chair in the Residents' Hall|
Here is Big Koala - or Mr. K, as Mr.RE has decided to call him. (I don't know whether that is his original name, or one that was decided on recently). I'm sorry to see him go, as he has been a ColdhamCuddly for rather a short time. Still, I can look forward to another Big Koala soon, because it was always understood that when Mr RE came to take his really long-time friend Ed Ted back with him, Big Koala would go too. They'd lived in the same home for a long time - and shared space in the same attic for quite a bit of that time as well. Followers of this blog will recall that his renovation/re-creation was posted about late in 2011, and Isobel had wondered if the original Big Koala had real Australian origins. Mr.RE confirmed that his late father had brought him home for him when he was a little boy. Mr.RE's father was an airline pilot and Australia was one of his usual destinations.
|The Koala Family line-up, with me being allowed to participate|
|Ed Ted and Me - it was bit of a squash for both of us in the chair|
|"The Italian Mob"|
Ed Ted and Mr. K cannot really be classed as The Italian Mob, because they are being returned to their original Forever Home - never mind that, that has changed from somewhere in a place called Essex, England, UK to a place called Sequals, Italy!
There's going to be another post coming up in a day or two - featuring our two new Glove Puppets, listed earlier this week as Melissa and Melinda Mad March Hare Plush Glove Puppets - as well as news of another impending set of departures (featuring 4 Baby Rabbits and Auntie Brenda Brown Rabbit - who heading for their Forever Homes (not sure if they are likely to be together, or spread around the family of a Mrs. SP from Medford, Ma, USA!
Oh - and another development: the labels Isobel and Mr.RE had been working on towards the end of last year are almost ready for use! Samples were received on Tuesday morning, while Mr.RE was with us - which was convenient! It was a real coincidence, because we only knew Mr.RE was coming to see us a couple of days before he arrived, and the labels had been being prepared several days prior to that. After some slight changes were discussed, Isobel today gave the go-ahead for the order to be completed. They should be with us in a week to ten days, I think.
Whatever else can be said, the Coldham Cuddlies, Isobel and I seem to be on a bit of a roll at the moment! Long may it continue, as long as Isobel can keep up with the necessary replacements! Bye for now. Cy Bear