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.