Birthdays in December

Hello Everyone, how are you?

Theodore.E.Bear
Theodore.E.Bear

Sorry I missed last week – things have been rather busy here. Lot’s going on – what with a bathroom refit and Jac trying to prepare for Christmas.

It’s been noisy and dusty – and on some days very cold – but Jac says it will all be worth it when it’s finished. I hope she is right – my fur coat is gathering a lot of dust!

Drawing board wise – most work Jac has been doing has been Christmas related – lots of commissions, stocking up the Etsy shop and preparing for Christmas craft fairs (coming soon!).

But it’s not all Christmas – Jac reminded me today that people have birthday’s all year round – so she has been working on some birthday commissions too.

Don't forget those with December birthday!
Don’t forget those with December birthdays!

It’s going to be very busy over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and Instgram for updates! There will be gingerbread men (and ladies); donkeys and  many other characters, so do stay tuned. And of course, I’ll be back next week to tell you all about it 🙂

Till next time then,

Love from Theodore.E.Bear xxx

Whitterings of an Illustrator…

Theodore.E.Bear is having a rest tonight, so it’s back to me to write this weeks blog – but too be honest I am out of practice! I never know what to write about.

I mean – do I tell you about the week I have had, or maybe about the glorious weather we have had – which has made the trees in their Autumn colours look just stunning – or do I just follow some random thought path (which let’s be honest is my normal approach!).

You’d think I would have a plan – I mean, I (or Ted, of course) write this every week! But no, every week I suddenly realise it’s Sunday night – again… and sit here looking at the computer looking for inspiration. While watching Strictly (which I can’t talk about in case you are recording it – but I am looking forward to Halloween special).

Perhap’s I should ask you? What would you like to read in this blog? Any suggestions (be nice!) please let me know via Facebook or Twitter, I shall see what I can do 🙂

By the way – I have actually been quite busy with orders and stocking up for the Festive season! There will be new characters at Jac’s this Christmas 🙂 (Available soon in my Etsy shop).

Mr Gingerbread, a new character in Jacs Little Welsh Studio
Mr Gingerbread, a new character in Jacs Little Welsh Studio

I think that’s probably enough waffling for now – I’ll try to think of something better for you next week (or I’ll make sure Ted is back!)

Love Jac xx

Stay Safe!

Hello All – and thank you for joining me again 🙂 I must say I am enjoying writing Jac’s blog!

This week it was a bit wet here in South Wales, so we didn’t get out and about lots – but we did walk into town for our shopping. On the way, we saw lots of children on bikes wearing yellow vests. Jac explained they were learning how to be safe while riding their bikes on the road – like letting other people know where they are going by using their arms to signal what way they are turning, and learning to look behind them to see what is there.

I noticed they all had hard hats on – Jac told me  these were called helmets, and said these are very important when you ride a bike (or scooter or skateboard). She explained that if I was to fall off, a helmet could help prevent me hurting my head so badly.

I don’t ride my bike very often, but I think I will always wear my helmet when I do.

Stay Safe whilst Cycling
Ted always wears a helmet when cycling – stay safe!

The rest of the week, Jac was busy working on commission work. She is a bit sad as she can’t share any of it yet (most are surprises for people’s Christmas) – but she has told me that this week she has an idea for a new project which you can all get involved with – so do check out Jac’s Studio Facebook page for details on that 🙂 (And, if you are looking for gifts your self – do check out The Little Welsh Studio on Etsy)

Till next week then,

Love from Theodore.E.Bear (aka Ted)

(PS – Jac says thank you to Cycle Training Wales for her inspiration this week. She saw them out at least twice with two different schools – keep up the good work she says!)

A trip to the dentist…

Hello again everyone. Theodore E Bear here (you can call me Ted).

So – what has happened this week?

Well – Jac has been as busy as ever, she has been working on commission pieces, and has sent new designs off to be printed (she says she will share them as soon as they arrive).

In amongst that we went somewhere I haven’t been before – we had to go to the dentist.

When we arrived I was a little bit scared, as there were lots of strange noises – loud noises like a drill!

We waited in a big room with lots of other people, until a nice lady with a clip board called my name – then I had to go into a different room, (Jac came with me, I was too scared to go myself.)

Inside that room there was a man who had a mask over his face – I thought he was a doctor, but Jac explained he was the dentist. That is a special kind of doctor that helps us look after our teeth.

Ted isn't scared of the dentist anymore
Ted thought the Dentist was scary, but he was actually a very nice man.

I had to sit on a big chair – and it moved (I liked that it was fun 🙂 ), then I had to open my mouth so the dentist could see inside – he even made me stick my tongue out – it felt really funny!

After that, he said my teeth were all fine – but said I maybe shouldn’t eat so many sugary cakes 🙁

He explained that if I look after my teeth I shouldn’t have to go back for a long time, so Jac got me a toothbrush and toothpaste, and taught me how to brush my teeth properly. Now I brush my teeth every morning and also before I go to bed – for a whole two minutes.

Ted's First Toothbrush
Ted has learnt the importance of looking after his teeth

Jac says if I keep doing that it will be good as everyone will always see my nice bright smile 🙂

So now it’s another new week – I wonder what adventures Jac and I will have this time? Do check back next week.

PS – if you can’t wait that long – you can follow Jac’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Oh and I have my very own board on Jac’s Pinterest page now too!

PPS – Please remember you can buy picture of me (and all Jac’s characters!) on Etsy too xx

Keep on Running (or at least brisk walking)

Wow – June. That came round quick.

But then May was a busy month. The busiest yet for Jac’s Little Welsh Studio – with commission orders now in the books all through summer and beyond. (in fact there are a couple in there for December!)

The Little Welsh Studio on Etsy has also started to pick up – I have now had approval to put my printed items on there, so will be able to add my full range (when I find some extra time lol!). (You can already find Olivia Owl on there, she was quick to land!)

Olivia Owl by The Little Welsh Studio
Olivia Owl has landed at the Little Welsh Studio

But personally, it was busy too – as I took part in a charity “event”. Outrun May was a challenge set by MacMillan Cancer Support. The idea was to set a figure and run (or walk) that many miles during the month of May. I picked 70 miles. (Nope, I don’t know why – it just seemed like a good number).

I dusted off my trainers, and every single day in May I went for a run or a walk, or a mix of the two. I found at least 20 mins in every single day where I could get out there and get those feet and legs moving.

And you know what – I did it. 70 miles. (Well, 72 actually). And I feel so much better for it. I rediscovered paths I hadn’t walked n a while. I saw flowers spring up, heard birds singing. I even saw a small deer on one walk.

O yes – with the help of friends and family, £135 was raised for MacMillan Cancer Support.

And now that May is over I can relax. Slow down. Re-acquaint with the sofa.

Yes, of course I could – but then again, I could keep on running (or at least brisk walking). I could get fitter, get some more fresh air, see more of nature.

I think I know which I will choose…. pass me my trainers will you? 🙂

Till next time – Love Jac xx

 PS – don’t forget to check Facebook and Instagram for the latest news from the studio 

 

Phew! It’s Christmas (almost!)

Phew – what a busy few weeks! I do apologise for neglecting all my Blog followers – and I must thank Ted for stepping in last week (I couldn’t do this job without him!)

It’s been Christmas in the studio since August – but these last 2-3 weeks have been the busiest, with commission pieces and preparations for craft fairs.

Strangely though, I have not done that many traditional Christmas items this year. So far I’ve drawn festive pigs, giraffes, cats, dragonflies and of course – bears. (No occasion would be completed without an appearance from Ted now would it). And that’s just a sample of things I have been asked to create – it’s such an honour being able to make Christmas special for people.

Now it is starting to calm down. My order books are closed for bespoke items, so that I can focus on those I have and get them to my customers in plenty of time for the big day.

In the meantime I will be promoting my ready to post items, available in my ESTY shop (The Little Welsh Studio) – so still time for people to grab an original Jac card or illustration: or something printed with one of my designs.

This Candy Cane Mug features a design by Jackie Evans of Jac's Little Welsh Studio
This Candy Cane Mug features a design by Jackie Evans of Jac’s Little Welsh Studio

I love Christmas – yet, despite being immersed in the season for so long I don’t feel very festive myself, and still have almost all of my Christmas shopping to do (eek!). Thank goodness for online ordering – whatever did we do before the internet. So – I’d better go and start browsing fellow online business pages to see what’s on offer. And if you are one of those – do visit me on Facebook or twitter and let me know what you have to offer!

The Power of Words

I know – I am an illustrator. I draw pictures…. a picture paints a thousand words and all that! But recently I’ve been thinking a lot about words – in fact they have even featured in recent doodles over at Jac’s Studio Facebook page (www.facebook.com/JacsStudio).

Words can be so powerful. Words can support, they can show you care. Words tell stories. Words can hurt or they can heal. Whatever words are used – they are always powerful.

So for my doodles I’ve been focussing on positive words to share with everyone. The first – Hope – is now available as a print through my online shop (www.etsy.com/shop/TheLittleWelshStudio) and I hope (sorry, but you have to have hope 😉 ) to have several more available soon.

Have Hope

I am a firm believer in the phrase “one positive thought in the morning can change your whole day”. And that’s my plan – create lots of fabulous illustrated words for people to look at, carry with them, gaze at – whatever it takes for that word to help them through the day 🙂 What word would you choose…. why not let me know via Twitter or Facebook, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Until next time – Believe, Dream, Be Happy.

Love Jac x