Wednesday 18 February 2009


"Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin" said Little Bear proudly. After a long day playing out in the woods, the bears loved nothing better than Storytime by the warmth of their fire. Little Bear had so many favourite books he couldn't choose just one, as usual Storytime could take a while!

With all the cold winter weather many of us are having I hope this new Mounted Print will bring some cosiness into your life. It is available from my Etsy store or directly from me, just send me an email.

Busy days here in the world of Bumpkin Bears, working on commissioned pandas and bears. We are also re-doing our bathroom, about half way through so far, can't wait for it to be finished! I hope you all had a lovely Valentines, my wonderful fiance surprised me with the most beautiful framed print from Mandy atBelle and Boo. I mentioned some time back how much I loved this one image especially and he remembered :)

Beary Hugs, Catherine x


Lynda (Granny K) said...

Gorgeous Catherine! Good luck with the new bathroom!

Mandy @ Belle and Boo said...

thanks so much Catherine, your new illustrations are beautiful x

Unknown said...

Catherine I lovee your bears! I wonder; do your bears tat???


C. JoyBell C. said...

Oh, what precious, lovely images I can see when I visit your blog! What a darling blog! And what a darling you! :)

The Victorian Parlor said...

I love it! Just when I think I have seen my favorite of your prints you do another one that I like even more:) Can't wait to see the new bears!

Tracy said...

Love your new illustration, Catherine...what a sweet story it evokes. And such treats your sweetie gave you that wonderful surprise for your birthday--so lovely! Your day is next week, right? ;o) Happy Day, my friend ((HUGS))

Swapna said...

Oh.. you are soooo talented...!! I did not know there was such a sweet world of bears out daughter loves Panda bears!!

Cathy Santarsiero, "The Christmas Corgi" said...

Love your new illustrations, Catherine! Have a happy weekend, Warmly, Cat ^..^

Unknown said...

I'm quite in love with Belle and Boo too! But your bears just kill me ... Have you ever heard of Teddy Robinson? They were my favorite books as a child and I still sometimes manage to persuade my husband to read me the stories!

naoko said...

Thank you for coming to visit me♪
Your bears and illustrations so lovely.

Wendster said...

Dear Catherine,
I am so happy to get caught up with your blog and see your wonderful success with your bears and your prints and your stories. I LOVED the Christmas story and the way you word things: "sat in a heap feeling sorry for themselves." The way you word things just draws me in and makes me want to hear more, much more, about what my little bear friends are doing.

I've been rather absent. Trouble on the home front, I'm afraid, and it never seems to end. I apologize for not updating you sooner ... the news was just too sad and I didn't want to dwell on it. We lost our case in court. The other party lied and we lost the house. The bank auction, which was already held once the day before Thanksgiving, was rescinded and is now being held again tomorrow. We had never heard of that being done before. So now we are on the edges of our seats waiting to see if anyone buys this house or if it will be bank owned. Bank owned would be good news, because then maybe they would sell it to us. If the previous owner brings the loan current and it's under his control again, not so good! He's been very unpleasant to work with and has not kept ANY of his promises to us ... but he did keep our $100,000 deposit.

In the meanwhile, I am trying to be productive and get my own business going. I am very inspired by you and no doubt could use your advice on how to set up my own etsy account, if you have a moment.

Please come and see a bit of my work at

I only have a few samples up, but I will be adding more.

Perhaps I could make cards out of my prints too?

Or put them on plates. You might want to put yours on plates too. If you e mail me I'll tell you all about it.

Hugs to you Catherine!

I appreciate the friendship you have always showered me with.


Anonymous said...

oh my gosh!!! how cute, I love your blog!! and I love your bears. I'm following your blog it is just wonderful! I'm going to join your mailing list too! if you would like to follow my blog too, I would love to have you. take care!

Anonymous said...

Hi Catherine! I just love your drawings. Carol Jean