The response to the 70 Teddy Bear project has been heartwarmingly overwhelming.
The first note went out just a few weeks ago and we have had pledges from all over South Africa and even from friends in other parts of the world. So far 50 teddies have been collected with many more in the making. I've heard that friends have planned 'Teddy Bear Work afternoons' and people who can't knit or crochet have commissioned friends to help them out.
More friends are sewing teddies together making sure that they have enough filling to make them really huggable. Godchildren are knitting and long-lost friends are also participating and have encouraged friends and sisters to join in as well.
Not only are teddies huggable, but people are warmhearted too.
I have already started my celebrations with a wonderful long-weekend away in the Kruger with my family. Well nearly my whole family as David and Miriam are in Israel. We spent a wonderful time at Sirini bush camp. We shared laughter, good food and more laughter. Special times.
The studio has become my calligraphy space again. It is clean and open and only converts to other creativity on Monday afternoons when we do our charity work.
In the next few weeks I shall be teaching pointed brush lettering to two groups of young women I will present a short four week course to each group. A lovely challenge and great to meet new students.
Monday evenings and Thursday mornings are ongoing and will be fun as we continue Italics and explore Sacred Geometry. We will be studying the Golden Mean and incorporating the principles into our creative work. Something else to look forward to.
David and I are off to the Franschoek Literary Festival next week and we look forward to some great lectures, good wine, delicious food and friendship.
Till next time, remember, teddy says 'a hug is a great gift and it's easy to exchange - pass it on'.