The first of some of the awesome new product we are getting in for holiday shoppers!
Much of the cuteness you behold is from Gund, a plush company that’s been around since 1898! They are ALL super soft and priced great… I never personally see cute plush around much for sale these days, and Rosemary loves her stuffed animal buddies!!
Right next to our register downstairs, we have setup a little 12x12x12 glass cube display to showcase some of the various products we carry upstairs in the Bear and Bird Boutique. It is an effort to entice customers to make the looooong climb up the stairs (lol) to take a look. You’d truly be surprised how many people never make it up to see what’s happening… they just assume its something they wouldn’t be interested in I guess!
Anyway, we change out the cube display once a month and here is a pic of the newest refresh by Kreisten! She did a great job and included a sweet (so soft) little brown bear from Jellycat England; some awesome stripy animal sticker from Djeco France ($5 for 4 big sheets!); GloBoy, a new solar powered light from Fred; one of the cute little cup/bowl sets from PecanPals; some Automoblox from Manhattan Toys and Souper the spoon head action figure (dishwasher safe!) from Fred.
Fun stuff, right? We’ll post next months display as well, to give those of you non-locals a glimpse.
Creep Cinema, our annual October “all locals” megashow features 150 South Florida local’s take on scary movies!
More images of the art and opening to come… This is just a sneak peek! We just finished hanging… Whew!!!
Opening tomorrow night at 6pm!
While briefly visiting Aurian Redson’s blog earlier this week I was tickled to find that he contributed to this cool website which I had never heard of! It is called illostribute and their tagline is “investigation through interpretation” – that’s a pretty nifty and simple premise and I love the idea that artists explore and are inspired by a variety of sources, I think it will help expose new fans to these “old” favorites too. I am often surprised by how artists don’t know anything about the history of “style” they adopt as their own and perhaps were subliminally (?) inspired by in their childhoods.
This specific assignment by illostribute, I came across on Aurian’s site, was explore the essence of the work of Mary Blair. I love Mary Blair! Her work is so fun, funky and simply adorable. It’s happy and angular and so totally of the era. The background info on Ms. Blair, written by illostribute, was comprehensive and interesting. This type of scholarly respect is all too often missing online. Kudos to you guys, I will be sure to pop back to your site when I get time!
Aurian’s contribution to this project is as sweet and original as can be. I couldn’t be more proud to have had him do the illustrations for Bear and Bird, here on this site and more fun stuff to come! Check out both his site and illostribute for some lovely things. -Amanda
Just a quick little screen shot and mention of the obvious… Bear and Bird web 1.0 is now part of the archives…! Originally created by me in Adobe GoLive with scant knowledge of html, the old site served its purpose well, but it was time for an update! Sweet Jen Wang artwork in the nav bar, you will be missed – but not forgotten!
This new and hopefully improved site was created for the most part by the inimitable Anna Pants in the weird, wide world of WordPress! I helped a teeny tiny bit with the look and feel mostly. One of the goals in changing the site was to make it even easier to navigate and to update. Please expect much more frequent blog posts here and other fun stuff.
Another wonderful addition to this new site is the artwork of Aurian Redson – who created a number of custom original illustrations for us specifically for use on the site. We gave him little direction, other than to use his amazing style to create some pieces including a Bear and a Bird. What he came back to us with inspired and delighted us to no end. He truly is a wonderful artist and person, we are proud and honored to have his charisma filled Bear and Bird represent us in a visual cuteness!
Promise we will put together a post soon that shows all of the art he created, along with the awesome sketches & ideas he came up with.