This week, my daughter is attending her middle-school dance. She’s in seventh grade, and it’s a big deal. Even though they are not wearing gowns or tuxes—this isn’t a prom, after all—she definitely wanted to look nice. So she spent a day in search of an “elegant creation.” How interesting that teddy bear artist Vicky Lougher creates her well-heeled (and sometimes undressed) critters under the banner of Elegant Creations. The array of well-garbed bears run the gamut from a “Wicked” witch, who could be belting out “Defying Gravity,” to a dapper husband-and-wife pair of newlyweds. Her characters are supernatural and theatrical, sure to cast a spell on collectors.
Bears ‘N Friends owner Lisa Wooding died April 6 after fighting a long, lingering infection. A memorial was held April 21 in her home town of Anacortes, Washington. In lieu of flowers, her family asked for donations to the Anacortes Relay for Life’s Team Malson/Wooding, which Wooding had started with her mother, Kaaren Wooding Malson. Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society, and according to Lisa Wooding’s obituary, published in the Skagit Valley Herald, she was a top fundraiser in the event for many years.
If you’ve been living anywhere in the United States, you have to agree on one thing: spring is sure taking a long and leisurely route for its arrival. With snow alternating with gusty storms, and sunshine playing hide-and-seek with clouds, it’s hard to believe that we are in the month of April. (However, I know that the looming IRS deadline for tax payments will work as a brisk wake-up reminder.) With the weatherman not cooperating, and the taxman as our only signal that mid-April is upon us, I have to say “thank goodness” for Bearington Collection and its spring bunnies.