How exciting! Our first Guest Contributor to Made by Mitty! I think it’s very fitting that the first cab off the rank should be the very talented, Susan Mitchell from Blue Valley Bears (who also happens to be my mother)!
Susan has been creating gorgeous bears since 2005. She purchases mink coats from Ebay, and breathes new life into them, by turning them into the most adorable little friends you’d ever hope to meet.
Although each little creation is “one of a kind”, the Blue Valley Bear family all have the same distinctive characteristics. Soulful little eyes, puffy cheeks, and a halo of soft, fuzzy hair. Hours are spent carefully sculpting their gorgeous faces, and making their little accessories.
While bears are the most common creations, Susan sometimes branches out, and makes a bunny, with long, floppy ears! Or she’ll do a lion, with a big mane! Kittens are also a popular choice, and get snapped up quickly by collectors.
And now we come to the ‘contributor’ part… I am thrilled to be able to offer an original, specially made Blue Valley Bear creation on Made by Mitty!
“I am very happy to offer for adoption a new bear called Sangani; this sweet bear stands just 6 inches high. Sangani is completely hand stitched from recycled vintage mink furs in medium brown and leopard printed. Dark brown ultra-suede is used for his feet and paw pads. Many hours have been devoted to precisely hand scissor sculpting his muzzle to reveal his round cheeks and little chin, his mouth is embroidered with black perle cotton. Sangani’s cute nose is hand sculpted from dark brown polymer clay and sealed for shine and durability. He views the world through black glass eyes with white ultrasuede detail for a “Please love me” expression and his face is completed with many layers of shading to enhance. On the inside he is five way cotter pin jointed, his arms and legs are double cotter pin jointed, which allow his limbs to flop and move with ease. Each pattern piece is reinforced with cotton for strength and durability and all seams are double stitched to last a lifetime of hugs, he is filled with poly fibre. Sangani wears a grosgrain polka dot ribbon.” – Susan, Blue Valley Bears
If you’d like to adopt Sangani, please visit our Etsy store for more details. You’d better hurry, we only have one bear available, and who could resist that face!