This week was NOT a very creative one for me - with the exception of the Inspiration Avenue challenge I didn't create at all. And even that took forever.
We still have sunny and pleasant weather here in Northern California, and I was afraid that the fruit trees would think it's already spring and start to bloom before I'm done trimming them. This is one of the garden chores I like the least, but I overcame my laziness and trimmed and pruned those trees - I'm almost done. This is the reason I didn't spend much time at my worktable. However, while I was doing this, I thought about the IA challenge's theme - "furry". Well, I was sweating out there and didn't like the idea of something furry at all! Oh boy, this was quite a stretch.
Animals are furry (well, not all, I know!) and the next thought was "bear" and then it slowly developed in my imagination. I finished the card yesterday - I took the picture of the bear in the summer of 2009 while visiting the Berlin Zoo during our trip to Germany. The bear is the heraldic animal of Berlin, although the most famous Berlin bear of course is Knut, the polar bear cub who was abandoned by his mom (he's not little anymore, but very funny). Anyway, I was quite happy to capture this bear this very moment where you can actually really see his eyes. So this had to be the picture for "furry".
And then I got the idea of taking a picture of the bear card with Kaefer's teddy bears sitting in the little rocking chair that I painted for her several Christmas ago. One picture turned into many, I had such a blast. In none of them you can really see the card, so here's a scan. Oh, and thank you for your patience to read through all of this...
I'm a little bit disappointed that you're not able to see his eyes in this picture - I lowered the resolution for the web.