Monday, September 15, 2008

And now, for Something Cute

The last several weeks have been so stressful. We have hurricanes, train wrecks, financial failures, political negativity, not to mention the personal tragedies that befall some of us every is hard. And, considering the country we live in, life should be a tad happier, don't you think? It's difficult. I'm feeling a bit beaten down...what about you?

Today I decided that I would post something "cute." It's not going to make life any better for us. But, just for a minute, maybe we will smile....and remember happier days...perhaps when we were young, had no responsibilities, and loved our dolls and teddy bears.

Here's a big 'ole teddy bear made from felt. She was named by the daughter of a friend of mine, who, when she saw her...said she wanted to name her after Sara, her best friend. Of course, I said ok, and wrote the story of Sara along the hemline of her underskirt. She is made from felt, with buttons for eyes, her dress is homespun. I used part of an old doily to make her collar. She is wearing a crocheted "church purse" which I bought for five cents at a flea market many years ago. She actually has some pennies in her purse.

There is another little bear, made from old quilt fabrics. He is entirely handmade and has black beads for eyes. I made him long ago and really should make some updated ones. He's so cute and I have displayed him in many little chairs, in baskets, and on shelves over time. The beige fabric used to have a design in it, but poor dear, he has faded over the years.

The other little bear was made for my friend, Sharon in the early 80's. She kept him on her office desk for years. He is made from a wooly fabric, the little heart is stuffed with a red sticker on the front and the flag pole is a toothpick (which gives you an idea of the size of this little bear!). He is handmade too. I brought him to the Nest when I helped clean out Sharon's studio.

So, for this day...three cute bears. Feel free to smile! Pat


Christine said...

Pat, I did more than smile! Isn't it great how the simple things in life mean the most to us in the difficult times? I love Sara's elegant posture, like she's a proper Victorian Matriach or something like that.
Thanks for sharing your gorgeous bears, I hope everything improves over there. We have had our share of problems lately,too, here in Oz, but it happens, and we have to pick up and move on don't we. It would be too easy to give up and just fade away, but I'm definitely NOT a faded rose these days, LOL.
Christine said...

Thank you for giving me a smile, my post tonight is a little nostalgic. Your little bears are so cute. Hug your little bears for me.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Loved your bears! I'll have to post a picture of my Jed sometime. :) blessings, marlene

Tina Marie the Willow Witch said...

I am sorry for your stress. We all have our times but I truly believe that if it were not for the downs we would not understand how wonderful the up's in life really are. Thanks for the infusion of the cutie's.

Gayle said...

Who knew angels could visit in the form of teddy bears. :-)Loved the post today.

Sharon Tomlinson said...

Cute cute teddies but it was the little church purse that caught my eye. I never knew that term, 'church purse'.
Thank you for visiting and wishing me well.

Anonymous said...

Gracious - is there anything your hands can't create! They are all adorable.

My big old work project is finally winding down and I can finally get cracking on the silk ribbon embroidery. I can't wait to get started!

Anne said...


Those bears are adorable! I love reading the stories about them, too.

BTW, if you still want to share with me about your method for piecing crazy quilts, my email is acarp[at]

As you pointed out, life has been hectic with those nasty hurricanes blowing through, and I meant to contact you earlier about your gorgeous crazy quilts.

Judy said...

Hi Pat. Thanks for the smiles!! I love the bears, they are way too cute. I agree about everything that is going on around us. I is pretty difficult somedays to cope with everything. I think that is why blogging helps. It is a way for us to communicate and make each other smile. Have a great day!!

Jackie said...

They DId make me smile! very sweet. Thank you.

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