Monday, July 11, 2011

Good News Bear

A little over a month ago my friend Kerri Hartman, of Bazaar Girls, asked me I would be interested in creating a pattern for a "good news bear," a small wall hanging that holds a collection of cards upon which kids or parents can write the "good news" that they have to look forward that day.

I thought it was a great project idea, one that translates well into my style, is simple to execute, and yet full of many possibilities. I agreed to pitch in.
The original Good News Bear was created
by Angela Amos, of Bazaar Girls.
The original "Good News Bear" was created by Kerri's business partner, Angela Amos, and Kerri fell in love with the concept. As a contributing editor to Inspiring Times, she wanted my interpretation of the pattern to be the first craft project featured in the newspaper. Based in Port Townsend, Washington, this new alternative free paper focuses on "good" news, supporting small businesses, creativity, and healthy living.

As I worked on the pattern I thought about all of the words and images that my daughter and I could put on the index cards that the Good News Bear holds — all things that would make us happy upon seeing them each morning. With all the things I have on my to-do list, I sometimes get so overwhelmed by cluttered thoughts, images, words that the simplicity of the Good News Bear is comforting to me.

The Good News Bear is easy to make, and only requires a materials and beginning sewing skills. It can hang on a wall, or with the addition of magnets, on your fridge — which is where my family hangs ours. Teachers might also like using it their classroom.

The Good News Bear DIY Kit, complete with the materials and instructions, is available for purchase online through the Kata Golda Etsy boutique, and contains:
  • Pattern and detailed instructions
  • Color photo of what bear will look like when finished
  • Wool felt
  • 2 buttons
  • Cotton thread
  • 10 blank index cards (3x5")
Those in the Port Townsend area of Washington state looking to pick up a free copy of Inspiring Times can do so at several downtown stores, including:
  • Don's Pharmacy
    1151 Water St
    Port Townsend, WA 98368
    (360) 385-2622
  • The Writer's Workshoppe
    820 Water St
    Port Townsend, WA 98368(360) 379-2617
  • Elevated Ice Cream
    631 Water Street
    Port Townsend, WA 98368
    (360) 385-1156
  • Creative Union Fabrics*
    112 Kala Square Place, Suite 3
    Port Townsend, WA 98368
    (360) 379-0655

    *Also sells Kata Golda Good News Bear DIY Kits.

~ Kata Golda

Look in the new Summer 2011 issue of Petite Purls for Kata Golda's tutorial on how to sew an egg-shaped chick from felt.

SHOP: & Etsy

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