Brand Botes created an image for under the bunk bed. It will be visible when the bunk bed is folded up and invisible when the bunk bed is in use. Unless you are in the main bed below the bunk bed – then you’ll see it again. I love the way both characters are sound asleep – or possibly dead. The Goldilocks story has various conclusions and I love the open-endedness of this one.

 

An empty bunk bed base

An empty bunk bed base

 

The final image, ready to be printed

The final image, ready to be printed

Printed, separated and installed

Printed, separated and installed

 

Detail of the head

Detail of the head

 

Detail of the girl asleep in the bear's tummy

Detail of the girl asleep in the bear

Detail of the feet

Detail of the feet

Nicola Meiring has done us proud with the shower curtain she designed for our, er, shower. It’s still being made to fit the awkward size, but here is a visual of the actual artwork. 

 

Shower curtain artwork

Shower curtain artwork

 

Detail (can you see the naughty bits?)

Detail (can you see the naughty bits?)

 

A strange shape to fill

A strange shape to fill

Rikus Ferreira did a piece called “Too Hot” inside the top drawer of the kitchen unit. Voted “best piece” by members of the audience under 15, its painted on old books, cut out and mounted in 3D. A layer of perspex will protect it. What kind of a things is that to put into a bears new home?

Tiny dead bears burning in hell...

Tiny dead bears burning in hell...

...with tiny dead bear skulls.

...with tiny dead bear skulls.

 

A layer of perspex keeps the art safe and the spoons clean

A layer of perspex keeps the art safe and the spoons clean

So Joe has been helping Mark with the so called “hard work”. The interior spaces of all the cupboards have been painted red – check it out.

Taking a break inside the bath. You can see the new bog.

Taking a break inside the bath. You can see the new bog.

Kitchen cupboard - who opened my drawers?

Kitchen cupboard - who opened my drawers?

See, its red both sides.

See, its red both sides.

...and on the other side.

...and on the other side.

The thing with a floor is its all in the base. A good base makes the floor sing. A bad base makes it cry. Masonite is the thing and Bentleytex is the shit. A good applicator does not go amiss either.

Of course, you have to remove the gigantic towing structure first, but after that it’s all good. Mark sent photos of his morning and David’s afternoon. Thanks David.

The towing bar has been removed, so we're down to Marleytile.

The towing bar has been removed, so we

Masonite it the thing...

Masonite it the thing...

(more Masonite)

(more Masonite)

..but Bentleytex is the shit.

..and Bentleytex is the shit.

Mark sent me some pics of his progress in the caravan – seems he’s taken my advice that Mrs. Bear loves blue to heart. He also seems to really love sanding. The love of tools is a beautiful thing.

The kitchen and lounge area is a lovely light blue

The kitchen and lounge area is a lovely light blue

It seems to get gradually darker towards the bathroom

It seems to get gradually darker towards the bathroom

A man who loves his mouse

A man who loves his mouse

Ruana has also been busy making an outfit for someone called Goldilocks. Sounds like a naughty girl to me, but the outfit looks cute. The images she sent also show the inspiration and the progress of the outfit. I wonder who she is?

The inspiration is Gingham

The inspiration is Gingham

Detail of the one size fits all top

Detail of the one size fits all top

Now, just to add the white apron

Now, just to add the white apron

Stockings or a garter belt should finish it off nicely

Stockings or a garter belt should finish it off nicely

How to be a bear? That’s the question.
Now, for me it’s easy, being a bear and all. But for the humans around me it’s not. So Ruana Strydom, a friend of mine, has gone to great lengths to give people the opportunity of actually being a bear. She has created a suit that does the job. She has been sending me photo’s of her progress and I attach them below.

You have to start with the right references

You have to start with the right references

You also need the right body shape

You also need the right body shape

The body and head start getting together

The body and head start getting together

The basic shape of the head in progress

The basic shape of the head in progress

Anatomically correct details are crucial

Anatomically correct details are crucial

Mouth and teeth details are finally added.

Mouth and teeth details are finally added.

Joe has been busy too. She is in charge of soft furnishings and has sent thru some pics of the quilt that will go over our bed. All the embroidery was done by Joe and Ashley and it is currently being stitched together (in front of the TV – seems human females can multi-task).

"Who ate my porridge?"

 

Portable embroidery means you can watch TV and work too.

Portable embroidery means you can watch TV and work too.

 

Run, little girl, run.

Run, little girl, run.

 

The pieces are slowly coming together.

The pieces are slowly coming together.

Mark sent me some images of the various floor options we have. The bamboo we wanted was just too expensive, so we’re going to put down a layer of screed, cover that in glue and enter the world of laminated flooring. Exciting stuff.

 

The blue stippled one...

The blue stippled one...

 

...or the plastic wooden ones?

...or the plastic wooden ones?

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