Sunday, December 19, 2010

Last Bear for 2010!

Please meet Mini Murphy, my last commissioned piece for 2010.
Now I am looking forward to a little holiday over Chrissy and the New Year.
Best Wishes to you all, have a wonderful and safe time over the holiday season :o)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Last Update for 2010

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

We would like to get in early this year and wish everyone all the best over the Christmas holidays and also a Happy New Year.

Boy, this year sure went quick and before we know it, 2011 will be upon us.

Seeing there are no more Russell Bears creations available this year, we have decided to have a Sale on a selection of the last of the Brand name bears available at

Layaway/ Layby is available, and once this stock is gone, there will be no more. Please feel free to email with any questions you may have.

Once again Best Wishes to You and Yours during this special time and the next update will be in the new year 2011.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Latest Creation

Please meet my latest creation, Hunny Bunny.

She is a commissioned order and is Adopted!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Commissioned Orders for 2011

Hi again to all our Russell Bears members,
Not long to go now before everyone winds down for the holidays, so I just thought I would share some thoughts I have been considering for some time now regarding my commissioned orders.

This year especially, I have not created many new pieces to offer at shows or even on my website as I have been extremely busy with orders.
Seeing that 2011 is now fully booked out, I have decided not to take any more orders after that, and those who have already secured their positions, will be the last commissioned orders that I will be creating for a while.

If you already have a 2011 order position, would you please be so kind as to contact me at your convenience so we can confirm your booking and I can organize my schedule for next year. I would really appreciate it :-)
If you wish to cancel an order, that is fine too as I can offer it to the next collector on the waiting list.

However, the good news is, from now on I will be keeping a "REQUEST LIST", meaning, you are welcome to put your name down for a particular piece, and you will be individually informed as soon as one is coming up for adoption.

Those already on the waiting list for commissioned orders will have first option if a position becomes available in 2011, as well as being the first registered on my new "REQUEST LIST", so please email me with your choice of bear or critter and I will add you asap.
You can change your mind at any time and be removed, or even register for 2 or more pieces that you would be interested in, I will keep all "REQUESTS" on record in the order they are received in a private file.

I hope this makes sense to you all and hopefully I can be a bit more productive in the future with new designs and more creations to go around.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Show Updates

With Christmas only a couple of months away, I'm sure we will all be busy preparing for this special time.
I know I will be, so there will be no new creations or shows planned until February next year.

The "Be My Valentine" online show opens 11th February 2011 at 8pm ( Melbourne, Australian Daylight Savings Time ) through till 8pm 14th February.
" No parking, no queues, no entrance fee, no pushing or shoving.....just fun in the comfort of your armchair!"
I will be creating Valentine themed pieces to offer exclusively at this show!
There will be at least 3 new creations, hopefully if time is on my side, maybe a few more!!!
Please visit our website and follow the link from the "Shows" page for details.

At this stage I'm not sure what I will be creating, but if you would like help me out with some requests, I will do my best to cater for your preferences!
As with all online shows, it's "First in, Best Dressed", so unfortunately I am unable to reserve anything before the show officially opens!!!

Perth Doll & Bear Show

This years show is now over and many "Other Collectable Bears" have found new homes.
The web page has now been updated, the sold ones removed and new ones added, please follow this link to visit this page -

Commissioned Orders

Thank you for your orders, but all 2011 positions are now filled. If you would like to join the Waiting List, please contact me :-)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

2010 Doll & Bear Show

The Perth Doll and Bear Show is on this weekend, I will be there at table 18 with a few of my bears and critters, plenty of kits and patterns and a huge range of collectable bears including Steiff, Hermann, Russ, Robin Rive, World of Miniature Bears, Cotswold and various others.
If you are in the area, it is being held at the Cannington Exhibition Centre, Cnr Albany Hwy & Station Street, Cannington, Perth, Western Australia.
16th & 17th October
Open 10am-4pm daily
Adult $5
Child/Pensioner $3
$Family $10
The weather is predicted to be lovely, so if you are planning to attend, feel free to stop by and say "Hi".

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Winner of the Russell Bears Kit is......

The winner of the Russell Bears Kit is -

Gail Hall

Congratulations, your kit is on it's way!
For all of those that entered the Kit Draw, you are entitled to a discount of 10% plus free shipping on any kit purchased in the next 2 weeks.
Offer valid until the 15th of October 2010.
Payment Plans are available.
Offer only applies to the following kits - Murphy ( Full or mini size )
Reggie Rabbit ( full size only )
I will try my best to have Doggie and Byron kits ready soon, however, you can reserve these with the same discount offer too up until the 15th of Oct!

Please visit my website for more details by following the below link,

Friday, October 1, 2010

URSA Awards 2010

I'm so pleased to announce, Antonio, Cory and Fergus, all won 2nd place in their sections in this years URSA Awards!!
Thank you to all who took the time to vote, I really appreciate it :-)
Please visit the official website to see the full results

Monday, September 20, 2010

Latest Updates.

New Website Page Dedicated to You???

I am contemplating adding a new page for those of you that have created a "Russell Bears" bear or critter from my Pattern or Kit range.
For those who would like to share their creations on my website, please feel free to email me your photo, with a few details and I will upload them on a brand new page. Depending on your response, will dictate whether this new page will happen or not as I know time is a big factor in everyone's life these days, but I thought it would be fun to be able to see everyone's creations all on one page.
If you would like to have your Russell Bears creation on display, please email your best photo sized at approximately 500x 500 pixels ( 72 dpi ) to , along with your name, which Russell Bears design, and a few comments if you wish to share some more information. If you have problems resizing your photo, just send it anyway and I will do it for you.
I look forward to your thoughts on this and hopefully we will end up with many different bears and critters to see!

Australian Bear Creations Awards 2010!

If you haven't already voted, and would like to, you have until the 22nd of October 2010 to send your ballot form in.
Ballot forms are available in issue 16-2 Australian Bear Creations Magazine.
If you cannot obtain a copy and would like to have your say, please let me know and I will scan and email all the infomation to you.

A HUGE "Thank You" to everyone that has taken the time to participate in the voting, your valued input helps keep these events going!

Perth Doll & Bear Show 2010

After much consideration, I have decided to trade at the Perth Doll & Bear Show this year, even though I have no new pieces to offer, I will have plenty of patterns and kits along with an ample display of other collectable bears and knick-knacks.
There will also be Antiques and Bric-a-Brac this year which is quite exciting, I am really looking forward to it.
For those of you in Perth who would like to come along, it is at the Cannington Exhibition Centre ( Cnr Albany Hwy & Station St, Cannington ) on the 16th & 17th October, 2010.
Opening times are 10am - 4pm each day, entry fees are Adult $5, Child/Pensioner $3 and Family $10.
Hope to see you there :-)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Win a Russell Bears Kit!

Russell Bears Members Club is fast approaching the 200 mark, and to celebrate, I am offering an exclusive Kit to one lucky winner.
The winner will be drawn randomly, so if you would like a chance to win a Russell Bears Kit of your choice, please register by joining Russell Bears Members Club ( click on button to left of screen - the waving Bosley Bear )
All registered names will go into the draw and the winner will be notified on the 3rd of October, 2010.
The winner will be able to choose their preferred Kit available from my website, or order a custom kit ( from the kit range ) in their own choice of colours.
Between now and the closing date of the 3rd of October, I hope to add more kits to my website, in different designs and colours.
Please see the below posts for details on Kits.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mouse Kits - Available Now!

My brand new exclusive Mouse Kits are available now.
Each kit is numbered consecutively, so each completed piece will have it's very own edition number and Certificate of Authenticity. Details and prices are posted on my website at , page 2.
Please contact me with any questions at .

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Kits!

Exclusive New Kits Available Now!
"Make Your Own Russell Bear"

At last, I've finally put some kits together, the first ones to be released will be mini Murphys in a selection of hand dyed mohair.
Each exclusive kit will be numbered consecutively, and contains it's own signed Certificate of Authenticity, pre-cut mohair, ultrasuede, eyes, nose thread + template and step-by-step instructions.

Details and prices are now posted on my website at

Monday, August 9, 2010

URSA 2010 - Vote in the Final Round!

I'm so pleased to announce that "Fergus", "Antonio" and "Cory" have all won a place in this years URSA Awards!
The Final Round of voting in now open where you only vote once for your favorite piece, it's not going to be easy, so many wonderful creations to choose from.
Please follow this link to vote

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Available for Adoption!

You may have to look very closely,
in this goup of bears and critters there are 4 left that are looking for new homes -
"Woof" a mini doggie
"Dinky" blue mini bear
"Hoot" soft grey owl
"Reggie Rabbit" with a colourful scarf
I will be officially listing them very soon, so please watch this space!
Please join my "Members Club" for more details (link to the left of screen)!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Competition Winners!

(Left to Right)
"New Professional" Pattern Challenge - Ina Smirnova
"Open" Mohair Challenge - Denise Hunter
"Open" Pattern Challenge - Karen Galea
"Professional" Pattern Challenge - Linda Down
"New Professional" Mohair Challenge - Stephanie Rae
"Novice" Pattern Challenge - Veronica Wellsted
Bear of Show
Karen Galea
Public Choice
Denise Hunter

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

W.A Craft, Quilt and Stitch Show!

Well it's set up day tomorrow, and I hope to get some good photos of the competition bears and hopefully have them posted here by Friday night.
A big thank you to everyone that gave all my new Bears and Critters some lovely homes:-)
For the show details please click here .

Saturday, July 24, 2010

New Bears & Critters -Sold Out!




Thursday, July 22, 2010

Exciting New Website for Discerning Collectors!

Please visit to see this exciting new website for discerning collectors.
Russell Bears have been honoured to be included with such a selection of talented artists.
Hope you can spare a moment to have a look at this lovely site and all it's beautiful bears and critters.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

URSA Awards 2010 - Voting now open!

Round 1 is now open, to have your say in this years URSA Awards, please follow this link to the official website -
Round 2 begins on the 9th August 2010!
There are some wonderful creations to choose from, it's not gonna be easy at all to pick your favorites.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nothing Much has Changed!!!

Here's a laugh, I finally got a scanner and have been having fun loading some old pics on my poota.
Just had to share these though, me as a kid with my favorite things, bears and dogs...........not much has changed!!!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Voting Now Open!

Voting is now open for the 2010 TOBY and Golden Teddy Awards.
There will be no online voting this year, your official ballots can be found in the latest issues of Teddy Bear & Friends and Teddy Bear Review ( digital subcribers have access to online voting, please contact me for the link)
The 2010 ABC Award nominees have also just been announced, and "Diago" has been chosen in his category in this competition too. Ballot forms can be found in the latest issue of Australian Bear Creations magazine.

Friday, June 4, 2010

"Casper" the Jack Russell Terrier!

Please meet my latest custom creation, "Casper" the Jack Russell Terrier.
I so enjoyed making him for his new owner, he is from my "Best Friends" range, inspired from photos of the real puppy dog.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

New Clown Bear - 3 Day Listing - Sold!

Sorry I am Sold!
Please scroll down to bottom of page for more photos!

He is approximately 15 inches ( 38cm ) tall, he has a growler, and is based on my "Tedd" pattern design. He is more of a traditional shape, created from hand dyed mohair, with a needle sculpted face.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

2010 Golden Teddy Nomination!

I'm so happy, "Diago" just got nominated for a Golden Teddy Award too!
Just had to share the good news.
I have also just joined Facebook, very new at this and still learning along the way, so please stop by and say "Hi".
I have a "Russell Bears" page and a "Kim Russell" page, I have uploaded lots of pics too!

Monday, May 3, 2010


Please meet "Antonio", my latest custom creation, he will be on his way to Queensland very soon to see his new home.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Second Chance Adoption - Sorry I am Sold!

Old man "Reggie Rabbit" is now Adopted!
To see more pics, please scroll right down to bottom of the page........... for more details, please visit Russell Bears website or contact me at .

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Teddy Artist competition "Gläserner Teddybär" 2010

Better late than never, the voting is now open, please follow the above link to participate in the Glaserner Teddybar Competition 2010.
All details are featured on this page along with instructions of how to vote.
Hope you have a moment to take a look!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Teddy Bear & Friends - Spring 2010

Just got my copy of the latest Teddy Bear & Friends and was thrilled to see a couple of my creations pictured in there. My pudgy boy, "Shamus" and a couple of my fluffy baby "Hoots"! Thanks Teddy Bear & Friends, I'm so honoured to be part of your wonderful magazine.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Looking Ahead in 2010!

Hi guys, well Easter has come and gone and the time just seems to be flying by for me so quickly, that I thought I would share my upcoming plans for the next few months ahead.

For those of you patiently waiting for any new creations, I am planning to work on a couple during the month of May, with a "Cory" inspired panda in mind and a Fantasy Critter to be introduced to coincide with the "Fantasy Ball" Online Show.
I had big plans for this online show, but unfortunately, time got away from me, due to other commitments and I had to withdraw from both the competition and the actual online show. However, I have been so inspired by the theme of the show that I will endeavour to have a brand new critter available around the end of May!

June and July is dedicated to another order and show exclusives for my hometown "in the fur" bear show in Perth ( details below ), this is the only show I will be attending this year, and after that, orders will have to become my priority once again.

For my ever patient collectors that are waiting for "Antonio" and "Casper", ( you know who you are ) they are nearly completed and will be with you very soon!

The W.A Teddy Bear Challenge - 30th & 31st July to 1st August 2010

All show details are at , there is a competition, demonstrations, bear supplies and of course, new bears and critters looking to find their forever homes.

If you would like to be one of the first to view any of the new creations on offer over the next few months, please join my new "Special Sneak Peek" list by emailing me at , if you have already joined Russell Bears Members Club, you will need to join separately the "Special Sneak Peek" list to ensure you get all the details on new pieces.

The next new creation, a "Cory" inspired panda will be available in early to mid May and only Members on the "Special Sneak Peek" list will receive more information about him very soon. This time around I will be inviting these members to vote on his colour combinations, sales methods, and preferred listing times to make adoption more convenient for everyone concerned.
If you have any questions, please ask, I would love to hear from you!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy Easter to All

Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter holiday.

Boy, have I been a busy bear lady lately, as well as catching up on orders and finishing a couple of new creations for my website, I haven't been able to do much else due to some much needed renovations that have been happening to my home studio.
It's been a long time coming, lots of hard work, but it's nearly done!
Now I won't be embarrassed anymore taking collectors into my work space, no more yukky old carpet, and no more mess everywhere!!
So guess what I will be doing over the Easter holiday.....
I have already started reorganising and moving stuff back in...
still have to wait another day before the furniture can go back in.....

3 rooms worth of furniture and horded bear stuff is poked in all around the rest of the house, wherever it could fit for the last month...what a mess.....will take some more piccies when it is all done!
I think it's gonna make a big change, nothing like clearing out the old and making room for the new.
I can feel the inspiration brewing already!!!!!!