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...and a beebeard

"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
And I will leave you with this fun photo of me, with a honeybee beard!
Have a bee-autiful day!!

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!