Saturday, 21 September 2013

Weekly Bear-Polar Bear Pair

Finally a new Weekly Bear! This ATC is a collage made from mostly recycled materials: paper from a card, bear pictures cut from my stationary, and the "True North" words from my old agenda. If you'd like to trade, it is available in my gallery on

Polar Bear Facts:
  • Their reliance on Arctic sea ice makes them "marine mammals." This designation is usually used for animals like seals, porpoises, and whales.
  • 60% of all polar bears live in Canada
  • They are genetically close to grizzly bears, and due to climate change, interbreeding may become a reality. At least two "pizzlies" have been documented in Canada
  • They are threatened by climate change, due to the shrinking of sea ice
Help polar bears by conserving energy, taking your bike, and spending lots of time outdoors, rather than online reading this blog! :)

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Back Again

Hello. I am back again in Teddy Forest. Had a busy summer and am now feeling a bit blaugh. Here are some things from summer.

Blue Bear for a swap on
Watercolour by smallgirl
Said it once and I'll say it again, I wish I was that little raccoon
"Campfire Friends" ATC by smallgirl
Hope I start to feel like this again soon.
Dancing in the Rain, atc by smallgirl

Have a Happy Wednesday!!

Friday, 19 July 2013

Summertime "Crops" in Teddy Forest

Here are some little crops from Teddy Forest...
The bears want to make these into preserves, but there are only enough to enjoy now.

The bears turn their noses up at green vegetables like kale, but love to eat swamp lanterns.



Sunday, 30 June 2013

West Coast Creature Feature- The Breathtaking Western Tanager

Male Western Tanager by Smallgirl

This flashy bird migrates between Mexico, Costa Rica, and the West Coast. This year, we were lucky enough to have this beauty visit our garden for a few days.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Another Weekly Bear...and some bees.

"Oh Bother! Bees!" by smallgirl
I realize that my Teddy Forest posts are getting a little sporadic, and this trend may get worse as I am teaching this summer. However, here is another Weekly Bear, created for the My Sweet Honey Bees swap on

The rest of the cards in the set are bee themed.
Queen Bee by smallgirl
Fraser Valley Honey by smallgirl
Tricoloured bumblebee by smallgirl

Have a berutiful 

Friday, 31 May 2013

West Coast Creature Feature-The Beautiful Banana Slug

On May 24, I spent about 20 minutes watching urban elementary school students interact with this banana slug. It was amazing, because half an hour before meeting the slug, the students were afraid to leave the path for fear of getting "dirty"
by smallgirl

Yes, banana slugs are beautiful!! These fabulous friends of the forest can be found in West Coast rainforests, and are the largest slug species native to the area. A banana slug is a "decomposer," meaning that it helps break down organic materials on the forest floor. These amazing creatures have no legs, so rely on slime to propel themselves across the forest floor. They actually move quite fast and are very friendly! I love picking up banana slugs and introducing them to children, who are fascinated by their tentacles (used to sense light) and sliminess.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Monday, 27 May 2013

Weekly Bear #10- "Remembear" that a baby bear is a baby bear!

It's Spring and on the West Coast that means that baby black bears and grizzly bears are emerging with their parents. They are soooo fluffy, and soooo cute, and soooo totally still BEARS!
Grizzly bear cub by smallgirl
Black bear cub by smallgirl
Cute as they are, bears are wild animals and should not be fed, pet, touched, or interacted with in any way by people. Each year, many black bears are destroyed here on the West Coast because of negative interactions with humans. We can all live together safely if we follow a few basic precautions like: if you live in bear country, store your trash and pet food properly, clean up and pick fruit from fruit trees quickly, leash your pets when hiking, and travel in areas known to have bears in groups and with caution.

Check out this amazing video for more information about why bears are deserving of our respect:

Monday, 20 May 2013

Long Time No Teddy Forest!

Happy Spring from Teddy Forest
Hello from Teddy Forest! Although there has been a lot of beauty, fun, and bears going on lately, there has also been some fear, sadness, and general turmoil, which has prevented me and the bears from sharing lately and has stalled the Weekly Bear ATC project. Hopefully things will get back on track soon! In the meantime, I leave you with some shots of spring so far.
Ensatina by smallgirl
Mallard and ducklings by smallgirl
West Coast Black Bear by smallgirl
Keep it joyful, and see you soon :)

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

More Weekly Bears!!

So, I am really behind in the Weekly Bears. They are not so weekly anymore, more like "weeklyish." All the bears in Teddy Forest are disappointed in me, as they were all clamouring to have their portraits drawn. However, to make up for it, here are four bears for a swap on
The theme is Whimsical Critters at the Beach.

Whimsical Bears at the Beach by smallgirl
Have a beary nice day!

Monday, 1 April 2013

West Coast Creature Feature- The Easter Bunny, or Not so Silly Rabbits!

"Psst...Teddy Forest is the funnest place ever!"
April Fools! And Happy Belated Easter! This West Creature Feature is brought to you by Pikachu and Perriwinkle, the (mostly) friendly rabbits in Teddy Forest. These little fellas were adopted from the local animal shelter, after being dumped in the wet West Coast streets. Now, the frolick around Teddy Forest and have as much food and love as they could possibly want.

Pickachu says: "Did you know that most wild rabbits in North America are escapees or dumped pets gone wild?" 
Perriwinkle says: "The most common local native rabbit is actually not a rabbit, but a snowshoe hare."

We hope you enjoyed this special West Coast Creature Feature!

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Weekly Bear #8- Green Thumb Teddy Bear

Green Thumb Teddy Bear by smallgirl
Don't you just love this little bear ATC? He's probably my favourite weekly bear (so much so that this is actually version #2, I've kept version #1 for my collection). To trade, look for smallgirl at

It's so gorgeous right now...sunny for the past few days with temperatures in the mid-teens, all kinds of flowers blooming, and robins everywhere!

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Wee folk, St. Patrick's Day, and Weekly Bear #7

Minty and a Wade leprachaun by smallgirl
Happy St. Patrick's Day from Teddy Forest! Minty, one of the Teddy Forest wee bears, went on a little St. Patrick's Day stroll in the garden today. She was lovingly made by the Timeless Doll Gallery, local West Coast makers of fine porcelain miniature dolls and bears. Sadly, they are no longer in business.
Weekly Bear #7-St. Patty's Bear
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Weekly Bear #6-Dreaming of Spring

Weekly Bear #6-Dreaming of Spring
This polar bear wonders what spring is like in other lands. Done in watercolour pencil and gel pen with collage.
crocus by smallgirl
It's been gorgeous here on the West Coast (amid rain and wind storms) and the spring flowers are starting to bloom.
first daffodil by smallgirl
snowdrops by smallgirl
Wishing you sunshine and flowers!!

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

West Coast Creature Feature-The Elegant Northern Pintail

Northern pintail by smallgirl
I've had the fantastic privledge of being able to observe a pair of these beautiful ducks at a pond within walking distance of my home. Alhough it is in an urban area, the entire coast is part of the Pacific Flyway, which migratory birds use to travel up and down the continent.

The Northern Pintail is a very worldly bird- although it often winters on the West Coast, its range extends across North America, northern Europe and Asian, and it nests in Central America and north central Africa.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Weekly Bear #5- Postal Panda

Since this month celebrates the Lunar New Year festival, I thought I would continue with another panda.
Postal Panda by smallgirl
I made this panda ATC by recycling the insides of security envelopes, as well as a red envelope that contained a Year of the Snake mini-calendar. To trade with me, got to and look for smallgirl.

I've also linked Postal Panda on Collage Obsession, where this week's theme is "Asian inspired" and Fun With ATCs, where the bi-weekly theme is "Something Red"

Happy Saturday!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Today would have been Edward Gorey's Birthday

Here is an excerpt from the abecedary, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, by Edward Gorey
DISCLAIMER: The bears in Teddy Forest were not involved in assaulting Basil.
Weekly Bear #5 to follow soon.

Monday, 18 February 2013

SUCH a GOOD Mail Day!!

Such a great start to the week! Teddy Forest received wonderful ATCs and cards from three very talented artists!
"Little Red Owl" and "Hannah Hedgehog" by Tandy
"Sugar Glider", origami, and print by Melissa
"Pelicans a Pair" by Bonnie
Woot! Woot! I feel so lucky to be able to share with these friendly folks :)

Monday, 11 February 2013

Weekly Bear #4- Love Rules Without Rules Polar Bears

Happy Valentine's Day from Teddy Forest! For this week's Weekly Bear ATC, I offer two loving polar bears. As usual, if you would like to trade with me, please go to and look for smallgirl.
Love Rules Without Rules ATC by smallgirl
I made this collage ATC using My Mind's Eye scrapbook paper, punched vellum and paper, and a picture of polar bears cut from Canadian Wildlife Federation stationary.

Happy Valentine's Day!! LOVE LOVE LOVE smallgirl and Teddy Forest

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Weekly Bear #3- Gung Hay Fat Choy Panda

Gung Hay Fat Choy from Teddy Forest! It's Chinese New Year on Sunday, so my Weekly Bear is a Panda. If I get my act together, I hope to do some more Chinese New Year posting, but for now, please enjoy...THE GUNG HAY FAT CHOY PANDA!
Weekly Bear #3 by smallgirl
To trade, go to and look for smallgirl

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Happy World Wetlands Day!

Here at Teddy Forest, the bears and I love wetlands...bogs, lakes, streams, you name it! Wetlands are some of the most biodiverse places on earth and are home to thousands of unique species. Support your local wetlands by putting litter in its place, adding organic food items to your meals, leaving the car at home, and leashing your dog.

frog, by smallgirl
(I think it might be an invasive European green frog, but beautiful nonetheless)
Snowy Owl overwintering on local flats by smallgirl
Great Blue Herons in summer by smallgirl
Raccoons by smallgirl
Love your wetlands today!!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Weekly Bear #2- Midnight Sun Polar Bear

Midnight Sun Polar Bear ATC by smallgirl
This torn-paper "Midnight Sun Polar Bear" is my second ATC in the Weekly Bear ATC series. The design was inspired by the painting style of British-Canadian artist, Ted Harrison. Weekly Bear #1, Sebastian, is still available. Find both via

Sunday, 27 January 2013

West Coast Creature Feature- The Sweet Little Northern Saw-whet Owl

Snoopy, the northern saw-whet owl by smallgirl
The northern saw-whet owl is a wee little owl that lives in West Coast forests. This little fella was hit by a car and could not be released back to the wild by the wildlife rehabilitation group that found it, so he is now used to educate people about owls. Litter along roadsides attracts mice and rats, which in turn attracts owls, results in hundreds of owls being hit by car each year, so don't throw stuff out of your car windows folks!
Northern saw-whet owl ATC painted by smallgirl

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Announcing...the Weekly Bear project at Teddy Forest

Here in Teddy Forest, I have decided to make one ATC with a bear on it each week and upload it to this blog. Hopefully, this will help me commit to blogging more regularly about bears (my favourite animal!), spread the word about how awesome bears are (real and teddy), and help me practice new artistic techniques.

If you would like to trade your ATCs for any of my Weekly Bears, please contact me through, username "smallgirl".

Here is "Sebastian, the Hitchhiker" my first Weekly Bear ATC!

Sebastian, the hitchhiker by smallgirl
Weekly Bear #1
 Wish me luck with this :)

Saturday, 19 January 2013

To begin 2013...finally

Happy New Year from Teddy Forest! It's already shaping up to be a pretty creative year, I hope! I figured out the photo issue: basically, my version of Blogger won't allow uploads from a computer anymore (so annoying).

I ended 2012 with creating a lot of ATCs and needlefelting this Cuban tody for my mom.
Cuban tody designed and needlefelted by smallgirl
Although I'm not much for resolutions, this year I hope to...
1. Finish needlefelting this Fantastic Mr. Fox.
2. Host an ATC swap
These birds were created for a Whimsical Bird Swap
3. See more birds!
Finally, I have a special project that will be the subject for my next post. Hint: it has to do with bears.
What are your hopes for 2013?