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Hi there, nice to have you visiting! I'm Heidi and this is the blog for Heidi Bears. Here is where I post all the happenings in my work and daily life. Here and there you'll find info on things that have caught my attention as well as the odd tutorial. I hope you enjoy your visits. I love to have feedback, so leave me a comment!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

An African Flower Surprise Pattern

Hello everyone! It's been a looooooong time since I last had the time to blog, but I have managed to write up my pattern for our newest family member...Lollo African Flower Bear!
She is named after my youngest daughter, whose nickname is Lollo. Lollo has been long in the making, with more frogging than I care to remember, and more design changes than I would like to admit.

Between work and all the rest of family life, I have worked on and off on this pattern. Before I started , I managed to speak to the original designer of the African Flower Hexagon Pattern, who graciously sent me an email with permission to use the pattern and to make up Lollo Bear and sell the pattern. Thank you very much! Lots of Lollo Love coming your way :)

I have purposely over-explained every single step of how to make Lollo. The eBook comprises almost 200 pages and has over 300 explanatory photographs, with clear legends. That being said, the eBook has been broken down into several parts, as the whole book is quite a big file.
This week, I am going to try get to grips with uploading the eBook to Ravelry! I have never submitted a multi part eBook, so wish me success with this... :) ...so keep checking back if you are interested in making a Lollo for yourself!

On other matters...it has been a very busy time in the last 6 months! We had a fabulous holiday in France, skiing in April this year :) We have also been extremely busy in the ICU, with loads of new developments. Gerry has been busy with all his ECMO work as well, and is presenting at the International ELSO Conference in September this year...I am very proud of him!

I have also turned part of my garden into an organic vegetable garden and orchard. It is Spring in South Africa and the fruit trees are blooming! I have sweet cherries, pears, peaches, mulberries, grapefruit, apples, nectarines, loads of lemons, Calamondin oranges, limes, Kumquats, pomegranates, figs, gooseberries, plums, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, Loganberries, Blackberries and am going to try and grow litchis and avocados as well (however, they will have to live in the greenhouse, as it gets way too cold here!) I will post some gardening photos and info in another post...I have learned so much about organic gardening and companion planting in the last few months :)

I have so many things I want to post about, but have run out of time, so I'll say Ciao! everyone,
have a good evening :)



Anonymous said...

That is one sweet bear! I love your flowers, so pretty!

Unknown said...

Dear Heidi!
The Teddy is soooo lovely! I really love him! I want to buy this pattern from you, please tell me, if it`s possible!
Nice greetings from Austria

Faerie-Dancer said...

Oh that's the prettiest bear! I was surprise to find out it was crochet. I thought you sewn together a pretty fabric. I'm keeping my eyes and ears open for the eBook!

Lin said...

Soooooo cute. Good luck with your e-book-project.

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Val said...

How lovely to see you post again!
That bear is truly Excellent :0) :0) :0)
Good luck with the posting!!!!!

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Linda said...

Your Lollo Bear is gorgeous!!! I wish you the very best with your eBook, I know it is going to do so well:)

Your veggie garden sounds lovely, I can't wait to see photos.

Have a wonderful week my friend,

hooksandyarns said...

Oh my gosh - he is the cutest. Great use of the african flowers. :)

Marlene Pires said...

Olá Heidi ficou lindo seu urso!!!

tintocktap said...

Oh wow! Lollo Bear is wonderful! Good luck with Ravelry - I'd certainly be interested in seeing the pattern!

☼ Carolina ☼ said...

i love ´t
from Chile

Petunia Pill said...

OMG, this is ADORABLE! I want one! Can't wait until the pattern is available! You're amazing! Annette

Iza said...

woau!what an idee!It's so cute!:)

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Lollo is gorgeous and your plans for your garden sound delicious

Anonymous said...

Hallo Heidi

Der Bär ist so schön, ganz toll.

Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland von Andrea

Baa-Me Kniits said...

No time to blog but you have done a 300page e-book....woo hoo!! Well done and it is such a gorgeous bear too, I will be looking out for that pattern :-)

Ellen Kathrine said...

wauw- you are very creative- what a bear!

Sue said...

Oh, Heidi, that bear is absolutely beautiful!

Trish said...

wow! this bear is amazing! so beautiful!

Unknown said...

Aww. This is just adorable!! A friend of mine just had a new baby 4 days ago, this would be so cute to make for her.

Anonymous said...

I like your work, they are beautiful. Your crochet bear is very, very sympathetic
have a good week

Martine said...

Such a beautiful bear :) I just bought you pattern and is really looking forward to making it. Thank you!

Snowcatcher said...

What a great idea! Perfect colors, too! I hope the e-book is successful!

Tami said...

I logged on to read about the African Flower pattern but saw that you mentioned ECMO and ICU. My nephew was discoverd to have a hernia in his diaphram in-utero and surgery while still inside his mother was not an option. He was born close by, and on ECMO in Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles for many many months. He is now 15 years old and is an amazing miracle!

Thank God for the work of researchers and Drs. who care about these things!

Thanks for sharing the pattern. It is beautiful. I am contemplating making some Lollo Bears for Christmas... hmm is there time?

cindi112 said...

I had just found your blog and your patterns. I bought the bear pattern and eagerly planning on making it! I have three children and try to make something handmade for Christmas gifts..this is perfect! I do plan to create more in the future, especially the hippo and elephant...thanks for the excellent illustrations and step by step instructions, they are awesome!

cindi112 said...

I had just found your blog and awesome patterns last night and purchased this bear pattern...I am very excited to make a few of thése since I have 3 kids and would make great Christmas presents. Your illustrations and step by step instructions are super! I look forward to creating this bear and afterwards, the hippo and elephant! Awesome designing, thank you!