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.

Honey Grove Bears Now Has A Store on Etsy!

Howdy Y’all! It’s 2019 and Elle decided to get some of her art stuffs on the Esty Universe. She’s letting Brownie and Clementine (our bear proprietors of Bears Howse Mercantile in Honey Grove) have an online presence. She will sell her goods through Bears Howse Mercantile. I will put some of my paw-mades in the shop as well. And, anyone else who would like to sell their art/handmade/pawmade items are welcome to contact us to be considered to sell their items here too. And! IF/WHEN I decide to continue my Hope’s TeaParty Parcels, they will be made available through this shop. I really want to continue them, but offer something really special. Something that pairs or parallels with a story in Honey Grove and not necessarily just me. OR offer two types of parcels. Maybe one of my tea samples, tasty treats and special pawmades, and one that is more Honey Grove related with a story, and an item/toy/doll. What do y’all think?

NOW, head on over to Bears Howse Mercantile and take a little a peek. It’s only got my Tea Party Calendars for sell right now, but soon, we will adding CUSTOM PLUSHIE/PET PORTRAITS and some Paper Dolls and maybe a Camp HoopLaHooRay souvenir package.

Lambearke’s Advent Calendar

My sheep buddy @Lambearke (on Instagram) had their hooman create this beautiful plushie advent calendar that you can click on the day and then poems, photos, letters from plushie’s hearts are revealed. Next year, I’m hoping to help spread the word about it sooner so it’s more on everyone’s radar to look at. Please feel free to share this post with others as I am including the link here: https://calendar.myadvent.net/?id=969f8e8fcf31ea10bbdadb8f056e8a86  

Please go see this special creation! 

Other Stories of Honey Grove

Barry Barnes 

A few have inquired about some of the stories ElleM wrote, such as the Barry Barnes story or Tim & Bub at the Seashore. There’s other stories too that ya’ll liked. Since Elle is wanting to compile a book of those stories, we aren’t sure if there’s a way to protect them if they are posted here. IF any of ya’ll know how to protect the content, or have suggestions, please email me. ALSO!  If you have a favorite story that you would like to see here again (since you very well can’t go to my old blog to re-read them), please leave a request in the comments.