Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Sentimental Christmas Gift ~ 2008

This is a lovely photo of Marian Earle . . . taken about 75 years ago. Marian passed away last summer at the age of 96. Her family misses her dearly, especially her daughter Dianne. I was asked to make a Teddy Bear from Marian's Mink Stole, as a special Christmas Gift for Dianne.

Here is a before picture of Marian's Coat

The Bear started to take shape nicely.

I was hoping for a very sweet teddy bear.

I wanted her to be very feminine and pretty. I gave her an Irish Crochet Collar and a silk bow (from the lining of the coat).

I added a purple velvet flower ~ Vintage Millinery and gave her pretty light green eyes.

I sewed the label from within the coat to the back of the silk bow.

Ms. Bear had a quick photo shoot before I mailed her ~ the package arrived on Christmas Eve.

She was certainly a surprise and her arrival was a very emotional moment.

Her new home is on top of Marian's Memory Box in Dianne's bedroom. She is the first thing Dianne see's every morning when she wakes up.

I am happy Teddy made it to her new home for Christmas : )


Brenda said...

Hi Karen,
Teddy looks very proud to have made Dianne so happy on Christmas morning! You did a wonderful job making her - she's absolutely stunning.



"bear's house" by bear by ni said...

I'm NIVES! WOW...your Teddy is wonderful. You are a very professional artist. PERFECT and GOOD, GOOD!!!I'm really happy for your fantastic job. Your "hand-made" is lovely! HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR! KISSES A LOT from Italy the country of the "sun"! ...a soon...BYE. NIVES

MaygreenFairies said...

Oh my, what a beautiful post! Your Teddy is so lovely and how happy he will make Dianne! Hugs,
Mandy x

Queenie~ said...

Hi! I followed the link at Nikki's blog post today at Rose Scarlett Garden...and found you.....Your teddy bears are darling, I just love the cotton crochet you add to them..... you are very talented....

Melissa's Cozy Teacup said...

Such a touching story.Thank you for sharing!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Karen,

Your post is beautiful and it is lovely to see the photo of Marian, she is beautiful.
I just love old photos,they are so precious.

Then to see how happy her daughter was to receive the beautiful bear, made from the fur stole.
Great job.


VBR said...

What a beautiful story. This little bear is going to bring many years of happy memories. Such beautiful work you have done here!