Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A package to inspire

 Do you love to receive mail?
I'm not talking bills, I mean real mail?

Today I received a parcel from a beautiful friend 
and collector, a box full of inspiration!
It was like christmas, opening each little package 
to see what it held. 

Just look at these beautiful Laduree boxes.
Some arrive today to add to the collection 
I received a little while ago. 
I am so in love with the Laduree packaging!

Can you just imagine the cub collection this will inspire??

And these little "sweet" tins. 

And ribbons, oh the ribbons! I couldn't help it,
I un-rolled just a few of the bundles -
but the rest I am going to sit back tonight 
and enjoy looking at each one. 

It's been such a busy time, with changes at work, 
and preparing for the show in only 2 weeks!
I've been feeling a little flat and exhausted,
but this parcel really lifted my spirits.
I'm so lucky to meet such amazing women, 
from creating my cubs.

I have been making a few custom cubs 
and of course some for the Melbourne Bear Bazzar
I'll be sure to show them here soon,
for those who can't make it to the show.
In the meantime you can 
check out the updated Bear Gallery

Monday, July 24, 2017

Frappuccino time - and cubs needing new homes!

Meet the last Bare Cub Designs Collection
Frappuccino inspired!

The baby size of just 3 inches when sitting 
(and most of this is the fur) 
These 2 little cubs are just too sweet!

It's like holding a little bird in the palm of your hand!

 Frappe' is created from a warm coffee colour

 Chino is from a unique creamy fur with honey brown tips!

Inspired by these adorable little drinks 

Check out the cubs available for adoption on the 
Bare Cub Designs "Bears" page

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Making - Bear Making Kits

A weekend of making...
Bear Making - Complete Kits.

While some of these kits will be on their way to Melbourne 
You can order your own Complete Kit from the website.

Each kit has the pattern, eyes, joints, clay for nose, thread, sinew, suede 
and the mink, pre traced, lined and ready to cut!

And of "course" you can always create your mink bear 
while you watch me create mine.
Watch the Mink Masterclass videos
Your own online video workshop with me 
but in the comfort of your own home 
watch even ever it suits you - get your life time access now

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bear Making Courses now available

Great news, at long last the Bare Cub Designs 

Online Bear Making courses are now live!

12 Patterns and 12 Guides covering all the techniques to make bears. 
Sculpting eye, Slit jointing, working in miniature, antique style bears, 
right through to advanced techniques like
open mouths, double jointed necks, and appliquéd paw pads.
and so much more...

Check out the Guides at there new home!

And Now...

An online workshop with me! 
The videos are broken down into bite sized chucks 
so you can watch, re-watch and soak up all the steps 
as you watch me make a mink bear.
I use all the same techniques when working in 
Alpaca, Mohair or faux fur. 
Also included are 3 patterns to download and make yourself.

Want it all?
Bundle and Save with the 

Or want to test the tech of how this all works?
Start right from the beginning...
Get your FREE Bear Making Mastery 3 Day mini course!

I hope your ready to join me and take your Bear Making to the next level!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A beautiful new site

Come and visit my new virtual home!
I hope you'll pop in for a cuppa or maybe a glass of wine.
Make yourself 
at home and take a peek around. 

We're still at the same address. 

Just a new fresh look!

If you are still seeing the old site 
you might want to delete your browser history or internet cookies 

I think everything is working, 
but if you come across something that does not seem right
Please drop me a line at helen@barecubdesigns.com

Come over and say Hi!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Things are coming along

A quick update to let you know, things are coming along.

I'm working double-time to crate the
fresh new look website and blog
and of course the platform for the 
bear making courses.

But with all of this going on, 
I have still managed to make some bears.

(Japanese for butterfly)

(from the chocolate factory)

A new Collection inspired by ice-cream cones
"Double Trouble"

That's Rocky Road ice-cream

These sweet hearts have been adopted, 
and Chou has been used on the fresh new
Bare Cub Designs logo

What do you think? 
I hope your looking forward to seeing what I've been up to!
Chou is the bear I create in the Bear Making Masterclass video.
All will be revealed soon.
Not long now - I promise.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Time for something new

I thought it was about time I shared with you something new I've been working on. 
As you know this year has been a busy one already for me. 
A workshop a at Cottonwool Creations, and another 3 booked at Bear Essence in October. 
That's 40 mink bear kits, traced, lined, cut and ready to sew!
If that were not enough on top of working full time and sewing bears.

I'm really touched that so many of you want to make a bear with me.
I even have one wonderful new friend coming from New Zealand to take my class!
Wow - how is that!

I'm so excited by it all. I can't wait to be at the Bear Bazzar show too!
I better make some bears.

In the meantime I have had the idea to create an online course.
An online workshop with me, for you, in your own home. 

All will be revealed soon!

In the meantime, I can promise you 
while you might not be seeing the weekly blog post, 
things are happening here.

I'm on holidays from work, but it's a "Stay"cation for me.
I'm here busy creating the Masterclass for you.

As always, I never do things by half, so I will be launching a 
new website, new blog, and a course platform!

I've been very busy today in Photoshop, something else I had to learn
taking photos and transforming screenshots 
for my new staged graphics.

What do you think?

Before - 

Add some Photoshop magic-

After -
The final result. 
Photo taken, Screenshots grabbed and inserted into the iPad post production.

Now I know how they get those clear screen images, in flat lays.
There is always a trick to know.
I can't wait to show you the new website!

So on that note, I will be bring you some of my bear making tricks soon.
Stay tuned, for updates.

I'd love to hear what you think of the Masterclass. 
You can drop me an email at helen@barecubdesigns.com
I'd love to hear what you would like to see. 
After all I am creating this for you!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Meet Ripple

Meet Ripple a large 6 inch Bare Cub Design
Chocolate with that beautiful one of a kind, 
hand dyed spotted mink fur 

As always inspired by his chocolate cupcake,
with Chocolate Ripple !

Ripple is now available for adoption 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Inspiration - Peanut Butter and Jelly

Check out the latest cub, 
inspired by another faux cupcake

Created with hand-shaded soft grape,
and beautiful blush mink.

PBJ is a sweet looking cub and comes with 
the wonderful Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Cupcake

If you would like this cub in your collection
on the Bare Cub Designs website

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Two too cute!

Today I have 2 cubs to share with you!

What sweet little friends these two make.

Sitting along side their inspiration cupcakes.
S'Morey is the larger of the two 
at just under 6 inches (4 inches sitting). 
While Ferro stands tall at 4 inches (3 inches sitting)

Check out the photos of these guys 
They are both available for adoption 
Visit the Available page at