September 22, 2010

It's Been Too Long!

Oh, trying to keep up with all the news in all the different formats - I need a schedule!

If you missed the giant Snuffles, oh, was he a charmer! We took him out to see his billboard and took some great pictures.

We still have some of the limited edition Snuffles available - and they are also listed on our web site, so you can order them online too.

Muffy as Mary Poppins has arrived,complete with her carpet bag. She is really too cute for words.

Lots of events coming up - Steiff Event is just a couple of weeks away, on Friday, October 8th at the Glendale Civic Center. Give us a jingle to let us know if you are going to be able to attend.

We are now on Facebook, so follow us there and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter.

See you soon!

September 2, 2009

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day

Come down to the area this Saturday, September 5th for a day full of fun!

Begin your day at the Visitor Center where you'll be given a map of the days activities and if you are one of the first 500 visitors, you'll get a goody bag and a spin on prize wheel.

Be sure to stop by the shop - we'll take your picture with your bear and if you make a purchase of $35 or more in Gund products, you'll get a free Gund bear! He's a darling fellow and will make a great addition to any collection.

Hope to see you then!

May 6, 2009

Don't forget Mom!

Make plans to spend Saturday in Glendale with Mom. Start at the Visitor Center and pick up the first flower and the map to the day's activities. Be sure to hit all the shops that are on the map and by the end of the day you will have a beautiful bouquet. We started this tradition in the area years ago and it is a very nice way to spend the day with Mom. There are fantastic places to eat lunch, great shops to explore and there's no better place to come and slow down, take your time and enjoy the atmosphere than the downtown area. And, if you in the need of a great gift for mom, you will for sure find something wonderful and unique in our little corner of the world. There is a shop for everyone, from cooking to sparkly bling to glass to bears and everything else in between.

Shop news -

We have received some great new games from Ravensburger. Chugga Choo Choo is a hoot - the train goes around on the track and the object is to load all your cargo balls into your hopper car - the first one to do that wins. Sounds easy - but it isn't! Very good for hand/eye coordination and it's cute to boot.

Some of the Steiff items have started to arrive. If you missed seeing Violet at the trunk show this year, she's a beauty. Light lavender mohair that has violets embroidered all over, she's a very sweet bear.

We've done some housecleaning and have put some things on sale. Drop on in to check out the selection - there's items from every section of the shop.

The 21st of May is the last That Thursday Thing and it's a fun one - Pajamas and Tiaras - made just for Valerie - the jammie queen! We'll be open until 8 that night, as will lots of our neighboring shops. It's fun to come in your p.j.'s but you don't have to, and it is a perfect excuse for us all to wear tiaras!

Come on by and see us, the bears love the company.
Linda & Valerie

March 31, 2009

Happy Spring!

My favorite time of year has arrived! I just love all the blooming flowers and the weather is perfect.

We've been very busy at the shop - lots of news!

First up is our new department - we've added all the stuff needed for needle felting. What is that? Well, let me tell you, it is fun, easy and an affordable craft. You can make just about anything out of it. So far I've made bears, turtles, ladybugs, bumble bees, skunks, pigs, pumpkins, mice, hedgehogs, and lots and lots of Easter eggs. Be sure to check this out on your next visit. All our wool is from the U.S. - Michigan & New Hampshire - and we have got a huge selection of colors.

There are lots of new things in the shop since our last update. We have added 2 new artists and I'll be getting pictures of their wonderful creations soon. We just had our Steiff trunk show, and we should start receiveing the new Steiff pieces very soon. There are some great Steiff items this year! We've got some extra catalogs if you were unable to attend - just call us so we can save you a set.

We've received lots of new things from Crocodile Creek - they have the best bibs and placemats! Brain Noodles are back in stock with lots of new styles and we got the "singles" too - they are the pipe cleaners on steroids. There is a great limited edition from Boyds this spring. It is a vignette - a bear with a bunny, bird and bird house...very cute.

And this Saturday, April 4th is our 17th Anniversary! I can hardly believe it! So much has changed since then and we've enjoyed every moment. Thank you for supporting us over the years. We'll be having a little party Saturday, be sure to stop in, you'll be happy you did.

This year we will be adding lots of great new things - there are some super fun puzzles from Ravensburger - you are not doing the picture on the box, but what the characters in that picture are seeing - kind of hard to explain - but they are really great! WASGIJ is what they are called - Jigsaw spelled backwards - and there are lots of different ones. I can't wait for them to arrive! Lots of new games - too much fun! Lots of really great stuff - and we continue to search for the best quality and value. We are always on the lookout for things made in America and we found quite a few wonderful items. Be sure to stop by often because there will always be something new.

Come by and see us...the bears love the company.

November 14, 2008

The Elves have been busy!

Yeah - it finally feels like fall! Well, an Arizona desert fall anyway. We enjoy having the doors open.

We are all decked out inside the shop for the holidays. There is a different themed tree in every room. Lots of new "pretties".

Last year we decorated the outside of the shop like a gingerbread house. It was really cute for about a week. We used paper and it rained. (of course!) We've been brainstorming for a couple of weeks and have got some great new ideas. Think candy canes, peppermint and lots of candy! It will be finished by Glendale Glitters, the big event in downtown Glendale, held on the Friday & Saturday after Thanksgiving, 11/28 & 11/29. It will be up through the following weekend, and as long as the weather permits.
New in the shop this week-
From North American Bear - Muffy Miracle on 34th Street - she is so darling in her little flannel coat, red tights and black MaryJane shoes.
From Steiff - the alpaca Dove ornament - really a pretty bird, the details are fantastic.
Pick of the week -
Linda's - Muffy Clara and the Mouse King - really this mouse with his little crown is too darn cute for words. Her dress is a deep red with gold accents and as always, Muffy is darling.

Valerie's - from Natural Life - the word ornaments! Being a Christmas nut these are just plain fun. Joy, Jingle, Believe, HoHoHo, Peace, and Be Merry in reds, greens, and aqua blues - what more could a girl ask for?

We work every day to make sure the products we have in the shop are high quality, well made and above all safe. It brings us great joy when we are able to help someone find that perfect something. There is a big movement this year (for reasons ranging from environmental to economical) to shop locally. We know there are many options available and we appreciate your support of our little shop.
Come by and see us, the bears love the company!

October 29, 2008

No, it isn't Friday

I can't believe how time gets away from me. It's been almost a month! And there is lots and lots of news.

Our Steiff Event was great - thanks to everyone that attended. Claire Steiff-Meisel and Chuck Steffes came and they are always such fun guests. Chuck brought with him some antique Steiff bears from the archives in Germany. Here's a picture of those bears with Ryan & Morgan.
The bears are just fantastic - but really - can you believe how big Ryan & Morgan are?

This time of year it seems that something new arrives every single day -

A really fun line of cards from Graphique de France - we searched high & low for a new line of cards and this one fits the bill! They have great artists and a wide variety of styles. I especially like the black & white photograph ones - they are a hoot!

The newest Muffy arrived - Muffy Wizard of Paws - she's dressed like Dorothy and comes with Toto too. She wears silver slippers with a ruby bow - too cute.

From Boyds - the Fluffwees are in! These are designed by Janet Wilson and come in 3 different colors, brown (Twig), pink (Rose Petal) and blue (Raindrop). They are made of plush and are very close in size to the ones that Janet makes herself. There's a lot of sweetness in these little (and affordable) bears!

From Steiff - the 2nd Antiques Roadshow bear has arrived. He's quite charming this year. Also, the snowman ornament and Lumpi have returned.

Pick of the (previous!) week:

Linda - The Pilgrim Bear from Gund. This bear tells the story of Thanksgiving. It is a great story and the bear is animated.

Valerie - new from Endless Games - Headbandz - this game is a riot! For 2-6 players, everyone gets a headband with a card and you ask questions to find out what you are. I played this with Ryan & Morgan and it was a blast.

The area wide open house is on November 8th. Come in soon to see our great new holiday items. Delivering on our promise of finding unique, special and hard to find items, our holiday selection this year is all of that.

Thank you for your continued support of our little shop. Come by and see us, the bears love the company.

October 1, 2008

2 weeks rolled into 1

Getting ready for our Steiff Event has kept me on the go! It is this Friday! Call us and let us know if you are able to attend - or have questions. It's at the Glendale Civic Center, just 2 blocks from the shop, in the Annex building. It starts at 6:30 and Chuck Steffes & Claire Steiff Meisel will be our very special guests. Chuck is bringing some of his pieces and a very, very special Steiff item. I can't wait to see what it is - he has not given me any hints!

If you aren't a Steiff collector, come on down to Glendale Saturday. It is the annual Fireman's Parade and Muster. It is a bunch of fun! The parade includes trucks of all ages and sizes and from all the different communities near Phoenix. It's as close to a small town parade as we are going to get here in town.

Tidbits from Tug:
He passed his test!! Congratulations to Tug & John Dean!! It is quite an achievement and we are very happy for them and their team.

New in the shop:
From Steiff - Sophia the Angel bear, she wears a sheer blue dress. Joseph in his Technicolor Coat, the bear is beautiful.
From Gund - some of their Comfy Cosy and Huggy Buddy items for baby, these are different sizes and coordinate with the Snugapuffs. And a monkey from GundFun, Mongo - he sings "If You're Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands" and claps along to the song.

Pick of the week times 2:
Linda - Clementine Homespun Quiltin Bee Bear from Boyds and Joseph in his Technicolor Coat.
Valerie - Snow White coloring book from Nana Banana and the Animal & Friends watercolor set from Schylling. The pictures in the coloring book are fantastic & the paper is nice and heavy for watercolors, markers, etc.

We hope to see many of you Friday night and Saturday. If you aren't able to come, well, try to visit soon, the bears love the company.