Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Chocolate Bunny's Tale

Back when I first started making bears and animals I had a little bit of a hard time letting them go. I think that's normal with all bear artists. But as I saw that people loved them, it became easier because I knew they were going to homes where they would be appreciated.

I have never sat down with the intention of making something just for myself since that very first bear. As a result I don't have a whole lot of my own work. Once in a blue moon one will decide to stay here. But for some reason I always have a little bit of guilt about wanting to keep one.

For several years I have wanted to make a simple little rabbit. I have made quite a few jointed rabbits over the years and I have never kept one. There is one that I have always kind of regretted sending out to a new home, but I am sure he is quite happy and where he is meant to be.

A few days ago I sat down to finally create my simple little rabbit. I figured with Easter coming it was a good choice to finally do it. I have amassed a few lovely little baskets and eggs along the way so I wanted to make "chocolate" bunnies for baskets reminiscent of childhood. I think we all loved getting those fancy little baskets.

After he had half his face finished yesterday I wasn't so sure he was going to turn out the way I wanted. But I forged ahead.

When he was completed, I was pleasantly surprised. You never really know for sure what they are going to look like until they are done. I think they just turn out how they choose and I have very little to do with it.

As I was finishing him up, Bunny and I formed a bond. For some reason I can't bear the thought of letting him go. Maybe it's because I have wanted to make one for so long, or maybe it's because I am allergic to chocolate and he is the only type of chocolate bunny I can have...or maybe he has his own reasons for wanting to stay here.

At any rate, I am going to give you a peek at the very first Chocolate Bunny. While he has chosen to stay here, never fear bunnies multiply and there will be more adventurous bunnies who want to go out into the world available for adoption soon!


Amanda said...

He is lovely and so very scrummy. I know what you mean about making for yourself, there is the odd bear I wish I'd kept, but...How nice to do something though, just like you have, for you!

Cheryl @ Bingle Bears said...

Kelly, he is delicious! No wonder you want to keep him!

julietk said...

Like you I don't make my Bears and friends to keep but I have two makes that have stayed in the house because my hubby pinched them and he has them on his bedside chest, Soppy old thing he is and so I get to see them daily. I have a habit of giving them away too if a family member or good friend expresses a liking for a particular piece (as I remember you do too) and it makes me happy to know they are in the family :-) Your Chocolate Bunny is adorable I look forward to seeing the others as they arrive too.

Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said...

He is wonderful, I would keep him too. Funny how that is that once in a while you really do form a bond.

Anne said...

He is absolutely adorable! As a collector of antique chocolate molds, anything combining bunnies and chocolate is right up my alley!

HopHopJingleBoo said...

oh my.. what a delightful little brown bunnie!!! I just found your blog..will add you to my blog! funny I do papier mache sculpting now, but years ago I use to make bears from a old German pattern I bought at a rummage sale and to this day the mohair critters that I make are the hardest to give up and usally I end up keeping!ha!

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