Looking over the many things I enjoy creating or RE-creating etc...I think the most exciting is making historic looking animal toys reminiscent of the very early 1900s. Being a lifelong animal lover, there is special joy in bringing to life my own little critters. My 'babies' don't look new even when they are newborns. True antique toys wear time so gracefully, and they're often quite shabby from having been loved long and hard. That is the look I try to mimic - a spirit and an expression that defies newness. The same is true of many other goodies I enjoy making; I'll be posting photos in the near future.
For now, here is my Pooh. Winnie has been a favorite of countless children down through the generations, and he is mine also. The version of Winnie via modern animation, while cute, does not have the charm and distinctive sweetness that was so evident in the real Pooh created by A. A. Milne and his illustrator, Ernest H. Shepard. I dedicate my Pooh to the endearing little bear they made famous.