Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Sentimental Christmas Gift ~ 2008

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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 : )

7 comments:

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.

hugs,

Brenda

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

HELLO KAREN,
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....
xoxo,
Queenie

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.

Hugs
Carolyn

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!