The Littlest Family’s Big Day

This book was written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin who lives in Portland, Oregon. She is an author and illustrator of several books including “Oddfellows Orphanage” and “Dream Animals”. This particular book was published by Random House in 2016. Here’s a link to a youtube video featuring Ms Emily Winfield Martin and here’s a link to her website for those who would like to see more of her artistic “etceteras” (as she terms them).

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Should you like the book and wish to order, you can use my handy dandy Amazon Link (I get a wee commission to help fund a charity, boss bear business and an insatiable sweet tooth).

And now, here is the link to me reading “The Littlest Family’s Big Day”:

TEDDY BEAR TUCK-IN TIME.

September Update

Whew! I battled THE HOT most of the Summer and I think I emerged the victor…AGAIN! (3 cheers for all of us who managed to REVENGE THE HOT)

I have managed to convince Elle to post some downloadable paper dolls of me in the Bears Howse Mercantile (click here) Esty Shop AS WELL AS to allow for FIVE CUSTOM ORDERS of little Hope Ornaments/Figurines. YUP! I try to keep Elle busy, otherwise she would just have her full time job at the library to occupy her time, which I’m sure must be a snooze fest. As a good boss bear, I wouldn’t want her to be bored or lacking in things to do, so I always try to offer creative work/ideas for her. (she IS excited about the opportunity to make little custom Hopes; she told me so!)

Here is a photo of the two poses: One is a stand-alone figurine that is a pencil holder & the other is a hanging ornament that can hang on a wall, hook, knob or tree. The stand alone Hope can be posed to hold a teacup rather than be a pencil holder and the flag can say anything one wants. I’m most excited to offer these for a limited time.

WE DID IT! $610 RAISED!

We did it y’all! Together, we raised $610 to send a chronically ill, special needs or handicapped child to Summer Camp at Texas Lions Camp this summer. In the previous post, you read about my GoFundMe campaign and my Camp Kits I offered for sale. Y’all answered the call by donating or purchasing a Camp Kit. Also, Plushie Wear made the official Camp T-shirts and will donate a portion of their sales to the cause. (Thank you Froggie and Gator and Crew)

Camp Hoop La Hoo Ray postcards

And now, I have souvenir post cards of Camp Hoop La Hoo Ray (by elleM) available in the Esty shop “Bears Howse Mercantile“. A portion of the sales of these professionally printed postcards will be donated to Texas Lions Camp. These cards come 3 in a set for $7 (shipping included) and are representative of the last 3 years of our plushie camp that plushies from all over the world on Instagram attend via a #. We just completed the 2019 camp and I’m already making plans for the 2020 camp.

Go check out Plushie Wear for a Hooman or plushie sized Camp HLHR 2019 Tshirt (sold through end of July) and then get your postcards from Bears Howse Mercantile. All of which are special souvenirs from a fun time at Camp Hoop La Hoo Ray (and most importantly, help a child attend camp and make happy memories as well).

I CREATED A GoFundMe! AND…AND!!….

Hey Y’all! I now have a GoFundMe set up to donate to! Here’s the link: gf.me/u/rid23y The campaign is called “Camp HoopLaHooRay 2019 FUNdraiser”. I’m trying to raise funds to send a child to Summer Camp this summer. I thought since we plushies have attended Camp HoopLaHooRay going on 4 years now, it’s time we give back and help a Special Needs, Chronically Ill or Handicapped child attend camp.

Camp Hoop La Hoo Ray Logo can be seen on GoFundMe Campaign and on
Official Camp Swag

I’m giving money to the Texas Lions Camp who serves these children. The camp DOES NOT CHARGE the families for the week-long camp. So, they need our help to sponsor a kiddo. I’m raising $1000 towards this cause and have til May 15, 2019 to do it. You can help by donating via the above link. No amount is too small to give, because it all adds up and we plushies can do anything together.

ANOTHER FUN THING I’M DOING TO RAISE MONEY IS…. *drum roll please* I’m putting together a CAMP KIT 2019! I will sell it for $50 *plus shipping* ($25 of the sale price will go to Texas Lions Camp). ONLY 30 KITS AVAILABLE UNTIL APRIL 16TH ** SO PRE-ORDER/PRE-PAY BEFORE THEN TO SECURE YOURS** In this CAMP KIT will be: Custom plushie sized (size options) Camp HLHR Sleeping Bag (made by Bears Howse Mercantile) valued at $16, Official Camp plushie sized (size options) HLHR T-shirt (made by Plushiewear ) valued at $18, Official Camp Pennant, Official Camp Postcard created by @1elleM , Texas Lions Camp activity/souvenir, snacks and miscellaneous camp supplies. AND YES! Camp t-shirts will be available solely on Plushiewear website if you just want a tshirt (check back there in mid-April) . Sleeping Bags will be available at Bears Howse Mercantile in mid-April.

WHEW!! I feel a snack attack coming on, so I’ll sign off for now. Thanks again for being terrific friends. Great big Texas sized hugs from me to ya’ll!

Gearing Up For Camp HoopLaHooRay 2019

a lakeside campsite at Camp HoopLaHooRay

The annual plushie community Summer Camp HoopLaHooRay (Camp HLHR) is slated for June 20-23, 2019. It’s an exciting and adventurous time with crafts, activities, campfire stories, camp food and mischief. I’m usually the main Camp Director and there are Camp Counselors who help oversee each hashbrown (#/hashtag). We even have a medic on duty!

This year will be the 4th year I host this event. Last year, there were almost 1000 posts to the #campHLHR2018. WOW!!

THIS YEAR WILL HAS AN ADDED BONUS! I am adding a donation aspect to this year’s camp. WHAT???!! YES!! It’s true. I believe that if we plushies can enjoy summer camp, a child should too. So this year, I am going to put together a CAMP KIT and sell it with most of the proceeds (after covering some of my costs) going to a charity that helps special needs kids, handicapped kiddos and terminally ill children attend camp. I will also have a DONATE button on my FB page and possibly a GOFUNDME set up as well.

All of this is still incubating in my fuzz brain. But I wanted y’all to be the first to know. I will be giving more information in future posts as well as on my two social media accounts: Facebook and Instagram. If you have any suggestions or advice or would like to be a camp counselor, please contact me.

NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Hello My Dears!

I’ve got some NEW news! We bears and critters of Honey Grove are launching a YouTube Channel. All of us are excited about this new tool and opportunity for reaching out to the world. We are developing content that will bring happiness to others while educating and entertaining (edutainment??).

First up will be a series of storytimes with myself (Hope) hosting and reading. I call it “TEDDY BEAR TUCK-IN TIME“. If you’ve ever wanted a teddy bear to tuck you in, then this is what you’ll want to watch. I read a Children’s Picture Book aloud and make commentary while I read (because that’s how I interact with the book).

On my blog (this page) will be some information about the author and the book and a link to the new post on YouTube. I will need your help in sharing my new endeavor. I’ll also put a link to the book (via Amazon) if you’re interested in purchasing the book. Should you purchase through my Amazon link, I will make a wee bit of change to help with my charity work (Texas Lion’s Camp), my boss bear business and feed my sweet tooth a little nibble of something tasty.

Keep lookout for new readings each week by subscribing to THIS blog. If you have ideas for content or books to read, let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me. You can also find me on Instagram @honeygrovebears or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BearsofHoneyGrove/