Monday, December 29, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR ~ 2009 ~


HAPPY NEW YEAR WISHES TO ALL OUR FRIENDS FROM THE TEDDY BEARS AT THE TEDDY BEAR DIARIES, AND FROM CAROL JEAN TOO! MAY THIS BE YOUR BEST YEAR EVER.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Tiny 3 1/2 inch Steiff Teddy Bears Celebrate Christmas.












[Post by Tiny Ted] Dear Diary, Oh, we had such a jolly time for Christmas this year! First, I visited Little Ed and he read out loud the story of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. That was so funny! But that Grinch is very Grinchy. You would never see a Teddy Bear behave so badly, I can tell you! While Little Ed read,(hey, that rhymes!) I looked at his Christmas cards on the fire place mantle. I love to get cards from my friends. Some of them live so far away, but it's nice to know someone is thinking about you, isn't it?

After visiting Little Ed, I returned home to decorate my tree for Christmas. Little Bear came by to see how it was going. On the table beside me was my photo of my Teddy Bear girlfriend Veronica, who lives in Vienna. We are only pen pals, because it's too far for either of us to travel, but I love her anyway. (Merry Christmas Veronica! Tiny Bear Hugs And Kisses To You Too. Tiny Ted.)

I had to climb up on a chair on top of a bench to reach high enough to put the star on the tree. I was very high up and thought it would have been nice if Little Bear would give me a hand, but he was busy eating the Christmas cookies that I'd set out for Santa! I made him leave some of them though. Just as we finished decorating the tree, guess what happened? Santa came down the chimney and popped into my living room, just like that! I was so startled. I thought Santa would only come after we were asleep in bed, but he explained that so many children and Teddy Bears has been extra good this year, that his sleigh was overflowing with presents, and he was going to have to make two trips! So he was getting an early start on delivering his packages, and that was alright with me. I'd always wanted to meet Santa. He's just as nice and jolly as the stories tell you. He filled our stockings and gave us lots of presents, and then he ate his cookies and cocoa that we had made for him. We all had a lovely visit. Then it was time for Santa to continue on his rounds, so he wiggled his nose, and winked his eye, and whoosh, up the chimney he went, and we could hear him calling from the rooftop, Merry Christmas To All, And To All A Good-Night! And with that, I'll wish you Good-Night too, Dear Diary! And a Merry Christmas too! ~Love, Tiny Ted~

[Click on any of these photos to see them larger.]

Monday, December 22, 2008

Quirky The Bear Is Decorating For Christmas.



[Post By Quirky The Bear.] We are all very busy here at The Teddy Bear Diaries. The office is looking very festive since we put up the Christmas tree. The Christmas cards have NOT all been sent yet, so I'll be finishing them up tomorrow. We've been making (and eating) Christmas cookies, and there's cookie crumbs everywhere. The snow is getting deep outside, and luckily us bears like to hibernate in the winter, so we don't have to go out in the cold. Once the Christmas celebrating is over, I plan to take a long winter's nap till Spring comes around. We hope you are all enjoying your Holiday preparations as much as we are. Merry Christmas from the Staff here at The Teddy Bear Diaries. ~Quirky The Bear, Assistant Editor~

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tiny Ted Makes A Ginger Bread House For Christmas. (Vintage Miniature Steiff Teddy Bear.)


[Post by Tiny Ted.] Dear Diary, It's only a few days before Christmas and I've been very busy this year. I sent a lot of Christmas cards out, and I'm glad, because I received many pretty ones back. I placed them on the table and along the fireplace mantle. I also spent the weekend making a Ginger Bread House. It was fun baking all the different pieces, and sticking them together with white icing to look like snow. This year I remembered to make a few extra pieces so I wouldn't be tempted to nibble at the house as I worked on it. Last year, the house got smaller and smaller. It finally looked more like a Ginger Bread Shed than a House. Ha Ha. When I was shopping today, I found a little Christmas tree that's just the right size to set next to the Ginger Bread House. I can almost imagine the tiny bears that could live in a house this size. Since I'm only 3 1/2" tall myself, they would have to be VERY tiny, wouldn't they? I'm so excited. I just can't wait until Christmas. Good-Night, Dear Diary - Tiny Ted -

(This photo has been Featured in Toys at Webshots. POTD ~Carol Jean~)

Just Wishing You A Merry Christmas. 1915 Postcard.


Here I'd like to share a vintage postcard from my collection. Merry Christmas, Everyone! Carol Jean and The Teddies.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

This Tiny Teddies Christmas Photo Is Featured At Webshots Today.(3 1/2 Inch Vintage Miniature Steiff Bears.)


(This photo of the Tiny Teddies is Featured in Toys [Photo Of The Day, or POTD] at Webshots today, Dec. 16, 2008. It was also featured in Dec. 2006.)

Dear Diary, Today we Tiny Teddies spent the day decorating three Christmas trees for the Holidays. Little Ted and Little Ed built a Snowman, and Little Joe put a star on the top of a tree. The bendy bears, rode through the snow on a sled. We all had so much fun. A little Santa Claus stopped by to help us wish everyone a Merry Christmas! It was a great day. Good-night, Dear Diary, The Tiny Teddies.

Monday, December 15, 2008

We Wish You A Very Merry Christmas Season.


Bo, A 16 Inch Steiff Margarete Stong Replica Teddy Bear And His Vintage Steiff Kitty Friends Want To Wish All Of You A Very Merry Christmas Season, From All Of Us At The Teddy Bear Diaries. We Hope All Your Wishes Come True!

(This photo has been Featured, Photo Of The Day, POTD, Most Downloaded and Most Viewed in Toys at Webshots.)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hello! I'm Quirky The Bear, The Blog's New Assistant Editor.



Hello! I'm Quirky the Bear and I'm nine inches tall. I'm a replica of an old bear from around 1915 that belongs to the collection of Teddy Bears of Witney in England. Carol Jean thinks I'm very funny and wise, and she loves to take me everywhere with her in her purse. I was created from orange and green distressed Mohair plush to make me look as much like my Grand-Dad as possible. You can see from the first photo of me, with his picture, how much I resemble him. I'm stuffed with straw and look very old, but actually I have many good years in front of me. I see a good deal with my wooden eyes, and am a great keeper of secrets because I have no mouth. The second photo is of me looking forward to last month's Trick-Or-Treating. I collected quite a lot of treats in my pumpkin. Carol Jean was afraid I would make myself sick eating all that Candy Corn, but I had to remind her that Teddy Bears eat a lot of Honey, and that's VERY sweet! (I communicate with CJ by telepathy. She understands everything I think! And I understand her pretty well too!) She says that I can help her keep this Blog going, as Assistant Editor, as some of the jobs are a little large for the Tiny Teddies to handle. For one thing, I'm better at typing than they are, because my paws are bigger! So it's been nice meeting you all, and you can expect to see me from time to time, sharing what goes on in the world of Teddy Bear Blogging. Teddy Bear Greetings, Quirky The Bear.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Tiny Teddies Pose In The Last Of The Fall Leaves. (3 1/2" Miniature Vintage Steiff Bears.)


Dear Diary, I (Tiny Ted on the left), and my friends (clockwise from Ted, are Percy, Goldie and Little Ed), spent a beautiful day in the garden. The leaves have almost all fallen now and there is a chill in the air. The sun came out for a bit, and we had our photos taken together in the last rays of the sun. The colors of the fallen leaves are so pretty. It's too bad we can't keep them forever. Our friend Carol Jean is making a Maple Leaf Quilt and is going to give directions for making the blocks in her Quilting Blog, Loving Stitches By Carol Jean. The link to her blog is included on the sidebar of this blog. She has taken photos of the leaves and trees, and bought quilting fabric that she matched to some leaves she took with her to the fabric store. It will be a beautiful quilt. The Tiny Teddies and the Tiny Teddies Sewing Circle may even make a quilt with the scraps left over from Carol Jean's blocks. But first she says all these leaves have to be raked up and carried out to the street! I'm afraid we're too small to be much help there. Three and a half inch bears would get lost in all those leaves! It will be nice when all the work is done and we can help Carol Jean with her winter sewing projects. Warm quilts make a cold winter seem so much nicer. We're actually looking forward to winter this year. I hope it's a nice one! Good-night, Dear Diary. -Tiny Ted-

FUN FACTS. Christopher Robin Milne, The Owner Of Winnie-The-Pooh.


Here are two photos of Christopher Robin Milne.

[From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.]
"In his childhood, Christopher Robin Milne was quite fond of being associated with his father's books, helping him to write a few of the stories. Once, he went so far as to organize a short play for his parents, reenacting a story about himself and his friends in the woods. After starting school, he was mocked by his peers, who recited whatever they had memorized of the books at every chance, particularly a passage from the poem Vespers, reading "Hush! Hush! Whisper? Who dares? Christopher Robin is saying his prayers." The young Milne therefore grew to resent the attention that his father's success had brought to him. Though his father announced that The House at Pooh Corner (1928) would be the last Christopher Robin book, the popularity of the books subsequently made it almost impossible for Milne to enjoy a normal life."

"Although Christopher had previously had a close relationship with his father, this bond was broken by his war experience. While serving abroad, he began to resent what he saw as his father's exploitation of his childhood and came to hate the books that had thrust him into the public eye."

"In 1974, Christopher Milne decided to publish the first of three autobiographical books. The Enchanted Places gave an account of his childhood and of the problems that he had encountered because of the Pooh books."

"Christopher Milne lived for some years with myasthenia gravis (muscular weakness) and died in his sleep on 20 April 1996, at age 75."

[Notice that young Christopher Robin in the photo above, is wearing the same outfit as in the drawing in the post below. For more posts about Winnie-The-Pooh and Christopher Robin Milne, search the categories list on the side bar at the left of this page.]

Winnie-The-Pooh Goes Up And Downstairs, Bumping His Head All The Way.





"Here is Edward Bear (later named Winnie-The-Pooh), coming downstairs now, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping a moment and think of it. And then, he feels that perhaps there isn't. Anyhow, here he is at the bottom, and ready to be introduced to you." From Winnie-The-Pooh, by A.A. Milne.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Albert Is A Johanna Haida Bear.


Albert was made in Germany in the year 2000 by the Johanna Haida Company. He is made of Mohair plush and is stuffed Very Hard! He has a tilt growler, black thread stitched nose and beautiful shiny amber eyes. He likes to wear his cover-alls and neckerchief. On this gorgeous autumn day, Albert decided to have a lay-down in the newly fallen leaves, and watch the clouds roll by overhead.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Little Bear's Halloween Adventure. ( 3" Vintage Miniature Steiff Teddy.)










Dear Diary, Today I, Little Bear, went to the woods for a picnic. I had brought bread, wine, cheese and candied pumpkins for desert. I carefully laid everything out on a rug and waited for my friend Thumblina to arrive as she was going to have lunch with me there under the trees. When Thumblina arrived, suddenly out jumped Dracula from behind a bush! He chased Thumblina and she climbed up onto the picnic tin where he couldn't reach her. "Help, Help," she cried. "I will save you" I said, and bounded forward fearlessly. Dracula wasn't prepared for the heroism of an angry Teddy Bear, and retreated the scene, saying, "Curses, Foiled Again!" Then Thumblina threw her arms around my neck, saying, "My Hero!" I was so proud and have to admit I even blushed a little. It was a great day! Good-night, Dear Diary -Little Bear-

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Gayle! I Miss You!



This is for my sister Gayle, whose Birthday is this week. Happy Birthday Gayle! Love, Carol Jean

(Vintage Postcard Photo Of Shirley Temple And Her Teddy Bear.)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Halloween Harvest.



Teddy and Coal admire their Halloween pumpkins, while Tabby looks on. (Did you notice the little orange kitty peeking in at the side of the picture? She's just a little shy!) Click on the photo to see a close-up.

[Photo Featured in Toys at Webshots, Oct. 2008]

Thursday, October 23, 2008

"Threadbear" My Vintage Steiff Teddy Bear.

"Threadbear" is a Vintage 1950's Steiff Teddy Bear. I purchased him at an Antique show where he charmed everyone who saw him. You can tell that he was very loved at one time, because his body has taken on a curve from being held in his child's arms every night, and his cheek fur has worn thin from being held against some one's chest. He's been hugged and squeezed, but never abused. His felt foot pads show where hands have stroked them away, showing the straw filling underneath. His expression is one of patience. He's had most of his fur loved away and his voice box no longer makes a sound. He is very beautiful to me and he's especially so placed here among my glass paperweight collection on my patio table. Fall leaves mingle with the glass to make an unusual arrangement. I hope it brings a smile to your face today. ~Bear Hugs, Carol Jean~

Vintage Photo Of Children And Their Toys.










"BEARS NEED PEOPLE."

"PEOPLE NEED BEARS."

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Two Miniature Steiff Bears Enjoy An Autumn Day. [Post Number 150.]


Dear Diary, Today I (Golda) and Baby Bear spent a restful day in the woods sitting on our favorite park bench. It was such a beautiful day. The trees overhead are changing colors and everywhere leaves are starting to fall. I guess that's why they call it "Fall", right? Well, you can imagine how we were startled when a very large Maple leaf fell right on our heads and covered us up completely. After all, we are only three inches tall! That frightened Baby Bear a bit, so I soothed him by letting him help carve our Jack-O-Lantern for the front porch of our house. We're looking forward to decorating for Halloween. It's less than two weeks away and there's a lot to be done. We'd better get to bed early tonight, because I have a full day planned for tomorrow. Good-night, Dear Diary. *Golda*
[Congratulations Teddies! This is your 150 th post! Bear Hugs, Carol Jean]

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Three Bears In A Pumpkin Patch.


[Post by Wilson, the largest bear.} Hello Diary, Today us three bears visited a pumpkin patch in LeClaire Iowa, down near the Mississippi River. I love the color Orange, because My color is Orange! So I thought I looked particularly handsome in among the pumpkins. My two Steiff friends, Teddy and Little Bear went along for the ride. Little Bear chose a pretty pumpkin that was Very Orange and Very Round. We thought it would make a marvelous Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween this year. We rested on some hay bales and watched the river flow by. But it was hard to get comfortable, because the hay tickled my butt! I just can't wait for Halloween! I love Trick-Or-Treat candy! We had a fun day today. Good-night, Dear Diary, Wilson (Wilson was made by Teddy Bear Artist Heidi Steiner, and originally named Zeb. When he watched the movie "Cast Away" with Tom Hanks, he was impressed by the bravery of the basket ball named Wilson, and so he changed his name to Wilson! ~Carol Jean~)

Friday, October 10, 2008


One-Eyed Connely, who is 1-1/2 inches tall, says Happy Halloween. Have you ever heard this poem?

"Five little Pumpkins sitting on a gate, the first one said, Oh my, it's getting late. The second one said, I'm ready for some fun. The third one said, Let's run and run and run. The fourth one said, There're Witches in the air. The fifth one said, I don't care! Whooo went the wind and out went the light, and the five little Pumpkins rolled out of sight."
(Photo Featured at Webshots in Home and Garden, Sub-Category Toys, Member's Choice, Oct. 13, 2007.)

Mt Five Favorite Bears On A Bench.


Hi! I just wanted to share that this photo is featured at Webshots today, under Home and Garden, sub group Toys. The bears are, from left to right, back to front, Clarence, an artist bear, Bo, a Steiff, Scruffy, a Johanna Haida bear, Little Charlie, an artist bear, and Constant O'Malley, a Steiff. All of these bears have been through a lot with me...Charlie went with me on Vacation, Scruffy went in an ambulance with me to the hospital where we stayed for a week, Constant O'Malley watched a tornado go by with me from the front porch one time, and he went with me to my Mother's funeral. Clarence just likes to sit in the chair by me and talk. And Bo is my everything bear. He's been everywhere, and he sits by me while I work on my computer and gives me his Beary Best Advice. He's a wise old thing, and I love the way he smells of old sawdust. ~Carol Jean / Lovethemsteiff~

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Pocket Lint Ted, A Friend For Life!


This is my dear little three inch bear "Pocket Lint Ted". He's a Steiff Bendy Teddy Bear from the 1960's. He has such a sweet little face. When I purchased him at a Toy Show a few years ago, he already showed some signs of wear, and his arms and legs were no longer bendable. I found he fits comfortably in my jeans pocket. I often take him out and hold him in my hand when I need a little moral support, or when I'm having a fleeting pain. Whenever I pull him from my pocket, he always has a bit of pocket lint stuck to him, so that's why I call him, "Pocket Lint Ted". So, then I dust him off a bit, give him a little squeeze and a kiss on the forehead for Luck. I can't get through the day without him. Steiff has always made tiny mascot bears, and one of Steiff's slogans is "Steiff, A Friend For Life". I think this is really true. I hope you have such a friend in your life. Tiny Bear Hugs To You All, Carol Jean ~

My Most Embarrassing Teddy Bear Moment.


Meet "Saggy Bear". He's a 14-1/2 inch Mohair bear made by Teddy Bear Artist, Jennie Rettig - 1995. (At least I think that's what the tag says. It's written with a black marker on a strip of leather attached to his back, and the lettering's almost worn off.) Saggy is filled with a mixture of stuffing and pellets, so he has a lot of weight, but he's still sort of scrunchable and huggable. His pads are of Felt with small holes cut into them to make them look worn. The feet are stuffed with straw and the straw shows through the holes. In a couple of places, this straw was scratchy to my hand, so I placed scraps of antique homespun plaid fabric in the holes to cover the straw. I worked it in with the tip of a metal nail-file. I think the homespun adds to his charm. He has a lovely, endearing face, and he's a special friend of mine and goes everywhere with me. Because of this, he was the cause of my Most Embarrassing Teddy Bear Moment! Here is the story...

I sometimes feel a bit silly when I take my Hug of Bears with me to the park or riverside. I always think people must think I'm crazy! I always carry a Teddy Bear with me. I have a small Steiff Bendy Bear in my pants pocket named "Pocket Lint Ted" and I usually carry "Saggy Bear" with me in the top of my open purse. He lays on a quilt I made for him. Well, I had open heart surgery 9 years ago, and couldn't stand to have the seat belt in the car go across my chest. So I started putting Saggy Bear between me and the seat belt strap. I also rest my chin on him sometimes or hug him a bit. My husband's driving can make me nervous, so Saggy is used to me pulling on his legs as I hang on for dear life! One time we were in the drive through at the bank and I had Saggy between me and the seat belt. As we were waiting for the two girls inside the window to cash our check, we overheard one of the girls say to the other one, "What's that she has there? Is that a Teddy Bear? When's the last time you saw a grown woman with a Teddy Bear?" Then we heard a little giggling. So my husband turned and said to me, loud enough that it could be heard inside the bank box through the speaker, "They don't know that we can hear everything they say in there!" It was so embarrassing! Now every time we go through the bank drive through, I hide my bear in my purse! I felt that I had the bear there for medical reasons to act as a pillow and they shouldn't have been judging me. That kind of hurt. But now I'm often seen with bears, because I also photograph them, and I take them into all sorts of places. I don't care what people think anymore. "Teddy Bears Make Life Bearable." And I'm having much more fun than the people around me who are "Bearless". Take care, Bear Hugs, Carol Jean

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Happy Fall, Ya'll.


Today the bears Constant O'Malley and Saggy Bear went to the Farmer's Market to look at the goards. They chose some pretty ones to fill a basket for the kitchen table. Fall is upon us, and all the warm colors of the harvest season.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Tiny Teddies Sewing Circle With 3-1/2 Inch Vintage Steiff Bears Help Start A New Blog.


Dear Diary, This week I, (Tiny Ted) and Percy helped Mom start another Blog. This one is about Quilt Making, and it's named "Loving Stitches By Carol Jean". She used to design and make Quilts for Quilting Magazines years ago, and wrote many patterns, articles and stories about Quilts and Quilting. She thought she'd like to talk about Quilting again, so we helped her go through her old articles and photos of her quilts and get a folder ready of things she could write about. She's very excited about it, because she used to enjoy Quilting very much and taught classes and everything. But then she had some health problems all happen at once, and she had to take some time off to recover. By the time she felt better, she was already doing other things, like taking photos of us bears and her Dinky Doggies. Oh, I almost forgot, Carol Jean also started a Blog for her "Darling Dinky Dogs" this month. Now she has four blogs, and Dad says she has blog-itis! I don't know what that is, but I hear it's contagious! Mom's friend Boo has it and gave it to Mom. Then Mom's friend Vera got it too, and who knows where it will end? It means many more hours at the computer keyboard, but we help keep Carol Jean's strength up with Root Beer, Chocolate Chips and Granola Bars. We're also good listeners when she proof reads her writing to us. Percy is good at catching the spelling mistakes, but I'm more interested in listening to how it sounds. Does it roll off the tongue in a natural way? She has told us many times that she just couldn't do it without us, so we will be working behind the scenes on all of the blogs to help her out. We're all looking forward to spending the winter blogging. It will sure help to pass the time during those long winter months. Good-night, Dear Diary. -Tiny Ted-

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Visit My Christian Blog, Love Bears All Things.



Hello Friends, I'd like to share that I just began a second Blog. It's called, Love Bears All Things. It's a Christian Blog, and has Encouraging Scriptures, Thoughts, Prayers, Poems and so on. It will usually contain some of what I've been studying that day or week. I tend to wander around my Bible, letting God lead me to find what I need for that day. The Blog also has lots of photos of my Garden, my Dogs, some Bears, and other things. I think you'd enjoy it. Just click on the link in the blue sidebar at the left side of this Homepage for a closer look. May God Bless You All Today. Bear Hugs, Carol Jean / lovethemsteiff (This photo is of my Bible Cover. I thought of the name for the Blog before I found the cover. I just had to have something with Bear in the title!)

My Dinky Daisy And Daisy Bear.


This picture was taken last summer when my little Dinky Daisy was a puppy. She's 4 pounds in this photo, and now she's about 7 pounds, full grown at a year old and she has longer hair. She likes to dress up and have her photo taken so one day she was wearing this cute Daisy Dress and I saw my Teddy Bear wearing a Daisy Dress also, so I put them on this little wicker love seat together. Don't they look sweet? (Dinky Daisy is a Pomchi...a Pomeranian / Chihuahua.)

My Dinky Daisy Kissing The Daisy Bear.


Surprise! As I was taking photos, little Dinky Daisy got up and gave the Teddy a kiss on the nose. How sweet was that? Awww. Sweet Puppy. Sweet Teddy. I'm glad they wanted to be friends. (Click on the photo to see it larger.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tiny Ted, A Miniature Steiff Teddy Bear Enjoys The Morning.


Dear Diary, Today was a glorious morning. The sunrise colored the sky with purple, pink and gold. It was stunning. It was as though God spilled his paintbox all over the sky! The colors changed very slowly as the sun peeked over the horizon. I stood in awe. I looked around my garden, bathed in the golden light, and saw the last red hollyhock flower in bloom. Fall is coming and there are very few flowers now left in the garden. I want to appreciate every one. Each day is a gift from God, and has it's own beauty. I hope I always remember to look for it. Good-night, Dear Diary. -Tiny Ted-

Vintage Photo Of Two Boys And Their Toys.



"A BEAR TEACHES US THAT IF THE HEART IS TRUE, IT DOESN'T MATTER MUCH IF AN EAR DROPS OFF." ~Helen Exley~

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Five Of My First Teddy Bear Friends.


Not all of my bears are fancy collectible Teddy Bears. Here are 5 old friends of mine, and they are as valuable to me as the most expensive Steiff bears in my collection. Their names are Elmer, Pookie (Garfield's friend),Teddy, Buddy (who goes to Flea Markets with me and gives me luck...notice his flea market hat, so the sun doesn't get in his eyes!), and Dana (Named after Dana Andrews, because he wore a bomber jacket like this one in the movie "The Best Years Of Our Lives". They are all just sweet little simple bears, and they were the beginning of my collection. ~Carol Jean~

Hamish, A 12 Inch Merrythought Bear From The 1980's Looks Out From A Japanese Maple Tree.


Hamish is a sweet little bear. He takes turns with Saggy Bear in going to the movies with me, and he keeps his ticket stubs in his Lee Jeans Coverall pocket. He has thick Golden Mohair Plush and he's stuffed with Kapok. His nose and mouth are stitched with black thread and he has plastic eyes. He loves to give and receive hugs. On his right foot is a tag that says Merrythought (A Merrythought is another name for a Good Luck Wish Bone) Ironbridge, Shrops (for Shropshire) Made In England. His other foot is signed by a member of the Merrythought company. I believe it says B. Holmes. He must have been signed at a toy show. I bought a number of nice collectible bears about 10 years ago from a woman who was moving to a smaller home and had to let some of her bears go. You will be meeting more of them in the future. ~Lovethemsteiff~

"TEDDY BEARS MAKE LIFE BEARABLE."

Flocks, a 1910 Miniature Steiff Teddy Bear, Flies The Flag.


Dearest Diary, Well, here it is again, the Anniversary of 9 - 11. With it comes such a mix of emotions and memories...it must be like this for anyone who's lived during the time of war. Teddy Bears don't like to worry about such things, but we are aware of them. It's our job to help our human friends to rally their courage and hope, and give them the support and comfort that they need. I imagine a lot of Teddy Bears got extra hugs today. I'm proud that Teddy Bears have become such a symbol of love and healing to the world. There's more than one organization which donates Teddy Bears to disaster victims, from flood or fire or earthquakes or even war. Orphans in Africa are shipped Teddy Bears along with food and clothing. Police and Fire Fighters carry Teddy Bears with them to give to a child in distress to help sooth them and take their minds off, if only for a little while, the frightening things that they are experiencing. We're also given to the elderly when they are alone or confused to sooth their fears. Healing hugs from us are also welcome in hospitals and doctor's offices. We have a big job to play providing comfort to this world and we are doing our best to fill that job. I'm so proud that after 100 years, the Teddy Bear has become such a valuable token of love and friendship between peoples. I'm proud to be involved. Proud to be a member of this planet Earth. I hope the next 100 years will continue to prove our influence of love on this world. God Bless America, and God Bless The World! Good-Night, Dearest Diary. *Flocks*

Charming Vintage Photo Of A Boy And His Bear, 1920.



"IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE LARGER AND LOUDER THAN YOURSELF, IT IS VERY COMFORTING TO HAVE A SMALL, QUIET COMPANION." -Peter Gray-

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Clarence Waves The American Flag.


Teddy Bears have come to be a symbol of peace, love, hope, and faith to all the people of the world. When the attack on the World Trade Center in New York happened on September 11, 2001, people began placing photos of their loved ones who were missing on a fence near the area. Then flowers and other gifts including many teddy bears were placed below them. They symbolized the love that could not be spoken.

Two Steiff Bears Join The Lady Liberty In Rememberance Of September 11, 2001.




The bears are filled with feelings of patriotism. God Bless America!

Mr. Bean's Teddy Wearing Glasses. (Celebrity Bear)



Here's a lovely photo of Mr. Bean's Teddy watching Television with his glasses on. He sees so much better now! Read more about Mr. Bean's Teddy in the posts below this one. Good-Night, Teddy. ~Lovethemsteiff~

Mr. Bean And His Teddy.

This is Rowan Atkinson and his Teddy. They were the stars of the British Comedy Show, Mr. Bean. Teddy usually had only a short part in each show, but that was always my favorite part! I have all of the shows on tape and can watch them when I need something purely silly. On September 9, 2008, Teddy, who had been donated by Rowan Atkinson to The Teddy Bear Museum in Stratford-Upon-Avon in England, was sold as part of a special auction of bears from that Museum because of it's closing. The auction was held by Bonham's in Knowles and Mr. Bean's Teddy sold for 180 pounds, or $333.00 American dollars. ~Lovethemsteiff~

The Teddy Bear Museum In Englad Is Closed And The Contents Sold.


September 9, 2008, According to the BBC, The Teddy Bear Museum, based on Stratford-Upon-Avon, in England is being closed, and the contents were actioned. This photo is of the Museum front, and for 20 years, the World's Biggest, and Best Loved Bear sat in the entrance of the Museum. Hundreds of Thousands of children have played on him, including 2 Royal Princesses. One report states that the 11 foot bear had not been sold, but a different report from the auction house of Bonham's in Knowles stated that the bear did sell, for 18 pounds. (If anyone has the correct information, please share it with me by making a comment in the place provided below this post.) The Museum has been in a transition state for the last few years, as the owners wished to retire. Some of the world's most famous bears had been donated or lent to the Museum and now, unfortunately, the collection has had to be broken up and sold. Some of the bears were actioned on Sept. 9 th. Please share any further information you may come across in a comment below. Thank you. ~Lovethemsteiff~ (Further information on the sale of this museum is included in the comment below by Lynda, from A Friendly Company Of Bears.)

6 Tiny Steiff Teddy Bears Prepare For 9 -11 Remembrance Day.

Six Little Steiff Miniature Teddy Bears, (3 1/2 inches tall) load into their wagons and prepare for 9 - 11 Remembrance Day, tomorrow. Everyone is hanging out their flags this week and our thoughts return to that fateful day, 7 years ago. Lest we forget...

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Guess Who This Sweet Little Bear Is!? (Celebrity Bear)

Look at this Sweet Little Bear...do you recognise him? It's the actual bear belonging to Mr. Thurston Howell The Third, from The Gilligan's Island Television Show! His name was Teddy! I can remember Mr. Howell sleeping with Teddy tucked up under his chin, pressed tightly to his chest, as he confided in Teddy's sympathetic ear. He was a great comfort to him, no matter what was going wrong on that island. I think it's funny to think of this powerful man, boarding that little boat, The Minnow, carrying his suitcase full of money, with his teddy bear tucked safely inside. ~Carol Jean~

Mr. Sanders Plays With The Tiny Steiff Teddies On His Boat.


Dear Diary, Today, I (Tiny Ted), and my friends, Mike, Baby Bear, Golda, Little Ted and Little Ed, (all 3 1/2 inch Vintage Steiff Miniature Bears From Germany), were invited on a boat trip with our friend Mr. Sanders. (Mr. Sanders is a Herman Bear from Germany.) He is a great boats man and often races his boat on the lake in competition, so we knew we were in good hands. It was a beautiful day for boating, with a gentle breeze, but not so strong as to tip the boat over! We sailed around the lake for while and listened to the water slapping the sides of the boat. The gentle rocking from the waves and the caressing breeze all worked together to make me fall asleep. If it hadn't been for Mr. Sanders keeping watch, I may have fallen over the side! But everything was safe with him there. After an hour or so we decided we'd better return to shore, before we all developed a sun burn. Baby Bear was relieved to get back, because he's been watching Gilligan's Island on TV lately, and thought we might get shipwrecked on a deserted island! But Mr. Sanders reassured him that there were no deserted islands on this lake. Once we'd returned to shore, we discovered a picnic lunch had been prepared for us by Mr. Sanders before we left. We ate peanut butter and banana sandwiches, corn on the cob, chocolate chip cookies, and lemonade. Once we had eaten, we all lay down on the warm grass and watched the clouds roll by. Baby Bear and Little Ted both fell asleep and I did too, for a bit. Then it was time to go home. So we gathered up the picnic things and Mr. Sanders picked up his boat. Then we all had a nice walk home. It was a memorable day, and I hope he asks us again sometime. Boy, I'll have a good night's sleep tonight! Good-Night, Dear Diary. Tiny Ted

A Loopy-Cheeky By Merrythought Stands On His Head.

This is a funny little 14 inch Loopy-Cheeky Bear by Merrythought in England. He is Loop Jointed so he can flop about. He's made of the most Wonderful Silky Mohair Plush, that looks Sparse so he appears to be old, but he's really only a few years old. He has Bells in his Ears, as all Cheeky Bears do. He's a pleasure to behold when the world gets a little bleak. ~Lovethemsteiff~

IN A WORLD GONE BAD, A BEAR -- EVEN A BEAR STANDING ON IT'S HEAD -- IS A COMFORTING, UNCOMPLICATED DEPENDABLE HUNK OF SANITY." BY ~PAM BROWN~