Miranda and Pinky #2

In 2001 I made a bear for Miranda from her favorite pink thermal blanket.  She named it Pinky.  A few years later I ‘remade’ a very well loved Pinky by taking the bear apart and turning the pieces inside out.  Pinky went everywhere with Miranda, everywhere~!!

To celebrate Miranda’s  21st in December 2016 her mother asked me to make Pinky #2.  She ordered a new thermal blanket and had it mailed to me.  I made the new bear and even it’s own blanket.

Looking at the picture it’s hard to believe that the first Pinky was ever a true pink in color but it’s evidence of a treasure of time and precious memories for Miranda.  She was moved to tears when she opened the gift bag on her 21st birthday to find a brand new Pinky.

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Jerremie Brewster

Jerremie was born on October 26, 1978. He died on October 8, 1980.  He accomplished in two years what takes most of us a life time to achieve, to be in the Presence of God.  He was born with a compromised immune system and succumbed to the ravages of disease.  The bear was his favorite toy, I did not make it.  The outfit and shoes were Jerremie’s. I altered the clothing to fit the bear.

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A Very, Very Old Quilt

Lynda asked me to make four bears from a quilt made by her great-grandmother.  Two were to be given to the newest generation in her family, cousins Finley and Thomas. The other two are to be tucked away for future babies.

Lynda wrote a letter to Finley.

Dear Finley, I had this teddy bear made for you from a very special quilt. The quilt was made by your great-great grandmother, Della Hart Smith, for your great-grandmother, Mary Lynn Perkins, who had it on her bed when she was a girl. She then gave it to me for my bed when I was a little girl. Over time, it became too fragile to be used, so it was lovingly packed away, and there it sat for many years. A few months ago, I found it while unpacking some boxes after moving. I took it out thinking that surely it could be used again in some way. A few weeks later, you were born, and I thought of the most perfect way the quilt could have a new life – as a teddy bear for you. There’s so much love built into this bear – from the hands that made the quilt, from those who slept under it throughout the years, and from my friend who made the teddy bear – which is now yours to love and enjoy!

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The fabric of the quilt was so fragile I asked Lynda’s permission to intervene with some embroidery over the areas that ‘popped’ open when the bears were stuffed.  I love what I do~!

Something old, Something new

This is not a memory bear.  I have a stash of recycled sweaters and lace that I chose from to make this bear for a friend. She received a promotion and was transferred to a distant city.  It was hard for her to leave what was familiar and all the people that love her.

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The bear is a symbol of something new.  It is made from a brown recycled knit sweater overlaid with lace from a knit shirt.  The collar is one of the ribbed cuffs, I added the crocheting. Both fabrics were, at one time, brand new.  They lived out their journey serving in the area of their value and worth.  Then one day they took a new path and became something new, again.  Revelation 21:5

Will and Andrew

Every bear that I make has a story. Not all, but most of the bears are memories of someone who passed away after living a long and quantitative life.  Will and Andrew, two very little boys, won’t have the opportunity to create memories with their father.  He died in October 2015 in a vehicle accident.  No words can bring justice to this sweet family for Will, Andrew and their mother.

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