Sunday, August 31, 2008

A Grouping Of Steiff Teddy Bear Friends.


Here is a grouping of Steiff friends awaiting a photo shoot. In the back row from left to right is a 13 inch 1950's Classic Steiff named "Gideon" after the boy who first owned him. All of the toys in this grouping are made of Mohair Plush and stuffed with straw. The middle bear in the back row is 13 inch "Constant O'Malley", so named because he's my Constant Companion and I received him on St. Patrick's Day, so I thought he should have an Irish name. Every year he joins my family and myself on St. Patrick's Day for a dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage. We all wear something green. Constant O'Malley wears a permanent Shamrock pin in his right ear for luck. Here he's also wearing one of my hair scrunchies covered with pins of different kinds I've collected. Click on this photo to see a larger version of it and see his collar. Other days he wears vintage handkerchiefs as bandannas to match the seasons or my outfit. He has lovely wavy, silky hair and has a tilt growler, which makes a friendly growl when he's tipped over. He's a very good friend of mine, and he's seen me through some of my darkest days. The 10 inch bear on the right is a 1906 style, Margaret Strong Museum Replica Bear named "Goldie" from the 1980's. In front of him is a 10 inch Artist bear named "Charlie". I'm sorry, but I don't know who made him. To the left is a Steiff Tapsy Kitty and to the left again is a Steiff dog, I believe his style name is Basie. Altogether, they're a fine grouping of friends. *Lovethemsteiff*

~"DON'T BE AFRAID TO EXPLORE PLAYFUL PLEASURES IN YOUR LIFE. LET THEM SPILL OUTSIDE THE BOUNDS OF YOUR LEISURE AND WORK, YOUR HOME AND OFFICE, YOUR SCHOOL AND CHURCH. LET THEM PERMEATE YOUR LIFE."~Luci Swindoll~

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Baby Bear (A Tiny 3 Inch Vintage Steiff Teddy Bear) Walks In The Woods.


dEAR dIARY, TODAY I (BaBy BEAr) wenT for a Walk in the wOODs, when I reALiZed I was LOST! i lOOKED aROUND AND didn't know WHat to DO. Then i heaRD a noISe coMing from the woodS nearby and i was goiNG to RUN but thEN a liTTle DEer put his heAD out from THe fErns and tolD Me not to be afRaid. HE let me waLk uP and pET him, ANd he waS very NIce. I waSN't frighTened At alL. TheN he oFfereD tO taKe Me homE On his baCK so i leT him, BecauSe i waS tiRed bY that tiMe. NeXt tiMe I'll taKe a FrieNd wiTh me sO i don'T get Lost aGain. Bye, BAby bEar

Clovis Is A 12 Inch, 1940's Chiltern Teddy Bear From England.

From An Old Postcard...
"HERE'S SOMETHING TO CUDDLE,
SOMETHING TO SQUEEZE,
SOMETHING TO LOVE
AND SOMETHING TO TEASE.
SOMEONE WHO'LL STICK THROUGH
STORM AND FAIR...
YOUR DEAR LITTLE CHUM,
TEDDY BEAR"

My Vintage Teddy Bear Smiley Poses With A Lily.


Here's a sweet little antique teddy bear that I purchased at a Toy Show in Maquoketa, Iowa a couple of years ago. It had been a tiring day and I hadn't found anything that I liked very well when my eyes landed on this little bear and I knew what I'd come to the show to find. He has a sweet kind face with a look of patience and humor. He's made of a silky and soft to the touch mohair. He's joined, he has wooden shoe button eyes and black stitching for his mouth. As we finished viewing the toy show together, I found a small Boyd's bear for a couple of dollars that was wearing this purple velvet corduroy jumper. It fit this old bear perfectly. Then at another booth I found this vintage gold locket for him to wear. He was very happy with that, so I asked him what name he would like to be called and he suggested the name "Smiley". He looked Smiley to me, so I agreed that would be a fine name. Now Smiley spends a lot of his time with the China Head Dolls on my desk. ~Lovethemsteiff~

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Here is a charming Vintage Postcard I found from Germany in the 1930's. I wish I knew the story that goes with it. It appears that Teddy, with a fresh bouquet of flowers was on his way to meet his Lady Love when he realized his suit coat had grown a bit snug. It must have shrunk in the wash...it couldn't have anything to do with that third helping of Oatmeal and Honey he's just had for his breakfast. It was a good thing the Tailor Gnome was Home and he was not a Roaming Gnome! A few quick stitches and a let out seam, and Friend Bear was off to see his Lady Love. Oops, he forgot to take his flowers with him! Oh, well, I'm sure she'll be glad to see him anyway!

The Meeting Of The Tiny Teddies Sewing Circle. (3 1/2 inch Steiff Teddy Bears.)


Dear Diary, Today was the meeting of the Tiny Teddies Sewing Circle. We meet once a month on the Second Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm. Everyone works on what they like to do best. I (Tiny Ted) am sewing a scrap quilt on my grandmother's sewing machine. Percy is finishing the binding on his Bow Tie and Four Patch Wall Hanging. Golda brings her knitting, and Mike likes to do Cross Stitch. It's wonderful to just sit and stitch and pass the time away. We love to see what everyone's working on, and if someone is needing an opinion on what colors or patterns to use next, we all try to be of help. The best part of the evening is when we have Show-And-Tell, when we each take a turn showing what we've completed that month. Knowing that it's almost time for the next meeting really helps to get motivated to have something completed to show. We all get so much fun out of it. Then we take a break for cookies and punch before the drive home. I can't wait till next month when I can show them my next project. I just love Second Tuesdays! Good-night, Dear Diary. Tiny Ted

"MAY THE THREAD OF YOUR LIFE BE TANGLE FREE."

16 Bears At The Computer. 100 Posts Finished.


These 16 bears at the computer have been working hard and have just completed 100 posts on their Teddy Bear Diaries Blog. They hope everyone out there on the net is enjoying the teddy bear journey with them. The bears would love to hear from you so if you have the time, please leave a comment or two under the posts where it says comments. Just click there and follow the directions. The bears have a lot of interesting things lined up for the next 100 posts so they'd better get back to work now. Teddy Bear Greetings To You All. ~Lovethemsteiff's Teddy Bear Hug~

Two Old Friends, Flat Bear And Red Feet.



Here are two wonderful friends I purchased from a farm auction. They'd been stored away for years and no one knew much about them. But I could tell by looking at them that some child loved them very much and all of that love was rubbed into them and they still keep it stored inside their hearts. I was glad that I could give them a good home and they would be kept together forever, because, "Old friends are the best friends."

Here You Can See Why I Call Him Flat Bear.


I've named this sweet little bear Flat Bear, and here you can see why. He's 7 inches tall, 5 inches wide, less than two inches thick and not much bigger than the palm of my hand. He's made from what I believe is a cotton plush with most of the fur loved away. His nose and mouth are stitched with black thread, and he has two wooden shoe button eyes. The centers of the eyes are worn revealing the brown wood beneath the black paint. I wonder how this little bear got so flat? At first a small child could have slept with him, perhaps laying on top of the bear. Then as the child got older, maybe the bear spent his nights beneath a pillow, bringing sweet dreams. When the child was grown, perhaps the bear was carried as a lucky mascot in a pocket, purse or briefcase. Perhaps he was even carried inside a jacket, off to war. He was such a valuable companion to someone once. But then what happened? It makes me think of the song, "Puff The Magic Dragon" where the song says, "Dragons live forever, but not so little boys"... The little boys grow up and eventually go away. But here is his loyal teddy bear waiting for him forever more. ~Lovethemsteiff~

Flat Bear's Funny Face.


Here's a close-up of the face of Flat Bear, as shown in the post above. Isn't it sweetly adorable? Such a gentle little soul. Made from cotton plush with wooden antique shoe button eyes. The black paint is rubbed off the center of the eyes to expose the brown wood beneath. The nose and mouth are stitched with black thread.

Poem, Author Unknown...
"TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR,
TORN AND TATTERED.
YOU WERE MY FRIEND
WHEN IT REALLY MATTERED."

Three Large Steiff Teddy Bears Relax By The River.

Three wonderful large Steiff Teddy Bears spend a summer afternoon on the banks of the Mississippi River. This is 18 inch Bear, a US Zone 1940's Steiff, 32 inch Maximillian, and 19 inch Max, a Margaret Strong Museum Replica Bear. They are all good friends and are very special to me. Bear and Max are among the bears that share my bed at night.

A TEDDY BEAR'S PRAYER...
THANK YOU LORD,
FOR GIVING ME,
THIS HUMAN PERSON
THAT I SEE.
THE ONE THAT HUGS
AND HOLDS ME TIGHT,
AND SHARES THEIR BED
WITH ME AT NIGHT.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Two 3 1/2 Inch Vintage Steiff Teddy Bears Take A Motorcycle Ride.


Dear Diary, Today I (Tiny Ted) was invited to ride on the back of Mike's new motorcycle. At first I was a bit frightened, but then I could see that Mike was a very safe driver, and after that I just relaxed and let myself enjoy the ride. We went down by the river and rode along the bank. It was very pretty there. It was a nice day and it was fun feeling the wind blowing in my hair. That must be what a horse feels, when it runs very fast. It was exhilarating. After a while we chose a clearing by the river to stop and have lunch. Mike had prepared a picnic lunch for us of Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches, Apples, and Nuts. After eating, we took a short nap under a nearby tree. The sound of the river gently passing by was soothing and peaceful. We had a wonderful day and I hope Mike invites me to go riding with him again some day, only next time I'll provide the lunch! Good-night, Dear Diary. PS, Mike says to write that he had a good time too!

Teddy Bear's Picnic China Set By Paul Cardew.

Here's a lovely set of china to use while having tea. It's a cup and bowl by Paul Cardew, marked Ted Tea on the bottoms. Around the rim is painted the words..."today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic." The china is decorated with pictures of antique teddy bears, tea pots and sweet tea cakes. They would make any teddy bear lover happy.

Bear, A 1940's - 19 Inch Steiff Bear Displays A Miniature Quilt.

Bear, a 19 inch Steiff Teddy Bear displays a Miniature Sampler Quilt with 4 inch blocks made by Lovethemsteiff. He is a rare bear because he wears a white tag sewn to his side which says US Zone Germany, from right after World War 2 in the 1940's. He is made of Golden Mohair Plush and he's stuffed with straw.

"WOMEN DERIVE A PLEASURE INCOMPREHENSIBLE TO THE OPPOSITE GENDER, FROM THE DELICATE TOIL OF THE NEEDLE." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne~

Monday, August 25, 2008

Lovey, A 3 1/2" Vintage Miniature Steiff Bear Moves Into His New Home.



Dear Diary, Today I (Lovey) moved into a new home. Since I came to live with Lovethemsteiff and her Teddy Bear friends, I've been staying with Theo. Today Lovethemsteiff helped me furnish a room with a red velvet couch, pillows that she made, an afghan my mother gave to me, a table, my Grandmother's Bible, a diary, and a window with a view. As we were moving everything into the house, I heard the soft mewing of a kitten and looked around until I found a sweet little white angora kitten hiding beneath my porch. It looked hungry so I decided to take it inside with me and I gave it some chicken soup and milk. She is such a dear little thing, I think I'll call her Sweetie. Then after a while I was surprised when in through my open door, the mother cat came to find her kitten. She was very friendly and made herself at home, so much so, that I'm not sure if I've adopted them or they've adopted me! I think I'll call the mother cat Darlin'. It looks like the three of us will be very comfortable here, and I want to thank Lovethemsteiff for all of her help. Soon I will begin to meet some of the other Bears in the neighborhood and make some new friends. It's a wonderful adventure, and I'm excited about my new life here. I believe tomorrow will be another wonderful day. I'd better get my rest now, so Good-night, Dear Diary. ~Lovey~

Christopher Robin Milne And His Winnie The Pooh.


I love this photo of Christopher Robin and His Pooh. Christopher is feeding Pooh a cookie, which I'm sure he likes very much. Christopher was born August 21, 1920, so this has been his Birthday week. This Alpha Farnell bear was given to him on his first Birthday. At first the bear was called Edward Bear. Eventually the name evolved into Winnie, which was the name of a tame bear Christopher Robin was allowed to feed at the London Zoo. And Pooh, which was the name of a Swan they met while on vacation. In the first chapter of Winnie-The-Pooh, Milne explains why Winnie-The-Pooh is often just called Pooh. "...his arms were so stiff they stayed up straight in the air for more than a week, and whenever a fly came and settled on his nose, he had to blow it off. And I think - but I am not sure - that that is why he is always called Pooh." *Lovethemsteiff*
(To learn more about Pooh, search this blog under the category of Pooh.)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Kenny Loggins, "House At Pooh Corner".


MY TEDDY BEAR
BY MARCHETTE CHUTE

"A TEDDY BEAR
IS A FAITHFUL FRIEND,
YOU CAN PICK HIM UP
AT EITHER END.
HIS FUR IS THE COLOR
OF BREAKFAST TOAST,
AND HE'S ALWAYS THERE
WHEN YOU NEED HIM MOST."

(Christopher Robin and Pooh illustrations by Ernest Shephard.)

Please enjoy the film of the song "House At Pooh Corner" by Kenny Loggins with the original illustrations for the story by Ernest H. Shephard. You can find the link on the left side of this page.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The 1910 Miniature Steiff Teddy Bear Flocks Hides In The Phlox.


Dearest Diary, Today was such a beautiful day. There was a little breeze, and the sunbeams peeking through the leaves of the trees seemed to dance upon the grass. I wanted to dance with them. The birds and I sang a little tune as I worked in my flower beds, and I was overcome by the beauty of the Old Fashioned Phlox that my Grandmother had given to me many years ago. I felt I needed to bury myself in it's color and scent so I climbed up into the flower. I could see the whole garden from up there. A gentle breeze swayed the flower and soon I felt myself being rocked to sleep, so I just let myself take a small nap right there for a few moments. It was so peaceful. Maybe tomorrow I'll do the same thing again. Good-night, Dearest Diary. *Flocks*

A Kaleidoscopic View Of Flocks In The Phlox.

Around and around they go, as in a dance. These Phlox flowers look like they are in an old Busby Berkley movie with chorus girls photographed from above while they danced in synchronization. Very pretty, don't you think? Flocks is hidden somewhere inside. *Lovethemsteiff*

Meet Cody, An Early 1900's American Stick Bear.


Sweet Cody was purchased by me a few years ago in LeClaire Iowa while I was on Vacation. LeClaire is situated on the Mississippi River and is famous for being the birth place of Buffalo Bill Cody from the Wild West days. So that's how this bear got his name. He's an early 1900's American Stick Bear. This style of bear is called a Stick Bear because his arms and legs are straight like sticks. His body is shaped like a football and he's made of short Mohair pile fabric and stuffed with straw. When I discovered him in an antique store across the street from the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum, he didn't have any eyes or mouth, just a black twill nose. I replaced his eyes with antique wooden shoe button eyes and restitched his mouth with black thread. I could just see the indentation in his fur where his original mouth had been, so I followed the line of that. He was dusty so I rubbed him down gently with a moist clean white cloth, being careful not to dampen his backing fabric which could weaken it. His paw pads need to be replaced and I will do that soon. I plan to use homespun plaid fabric on his pads to give him extra character. He looks like a new bear with his face restored. All of his charm is expressed by that sweet smile. He's a Flower Child at heart and is shown here admiring some yellow daisies. *Lovethemsteiff*

Theo (A Miniature Steiff Teddy) Goes For A Nature Walk In The Woods.


Dear Diary, Today I, (Theo), and my Cocker Spaniel Clancy took a Nature Walk in the woods by my home. It's good sometimes to get away from things and just be quiet for a while. At first you think you're alone, but then you realize there's a whole little world of activity of creatures that live in these woods. The seasons and colors are beginning to change from summer to fall. You can feel the coolness, and there's a rich, sweet smell in the air. Soon you begin to feel yourself relaxing as you leave your problems far behind. Clancy and I just sat on a log and took everything in, letting it relax our bodies, minds and souls. Sometimes I wish I could stay here in the woods all the time. But we'll come again another day, and see what changes time will bring. Good-night, Dear Diary. -Theo-

(Note: I created the oil painting used as a background in this photo. Lovethemsteiff)

Vintage Photo Of A Little Girl, Her Grandma and Her Teddy Bear.


Here is a sweet vintage photo of a darling curly headed girl and her bear, resting in her Grandmother's arms. The bear looks very much like my Steiff bear Sweet Bear shown in the photo below. (Maybe it's the same bear! Who knows?) The little girl has such an innocent expression and shows such love and trust for her Grandmother that this photo just warms my heart. I can see that although the Grandmother has her hair pulled tightly back, she has the same waves and curls as the little girl. From her face I can see that she just dotes on the child and perhaps she's the one who gave the girl the bear. I can imagine this girl could be Goldilocks from the Three Bears story, can't you? If so, she would be too innocent to know she was doing anything wrong when she visited the three bears. She was just hungry and tired from wandering around in the woods all day. *Lovethemsteiff*

Vintage Teddy Bears In My Kitchen. (A Chiltern and 3 Steiffs.)


Here are four bears from my personal collection which are on display in my kitchen. From left to right, there is Edward, a 12 inch circa 1940's Chiltern bear from England. All of the bears in this photo are made of Mohair Plush and stuffed with straw, or sawdust, except for this bear who has some soft suffing mixed in. Edward has a very endearing face and a permanent tilt to his head which makes him look both inquisitive and comical. He is missing most of his fur from being well loved, but is otherwise in good condition. He finds he sees better while wearing glasses. The pin attached to his vintage black ribbon says Roosevelt. The second bear is a 10 inch Steiff Teddy named Sweet Bear, circa 1950's. He is well loved, wears an expectant expression, a replacement blue ribbon and loves to give hugs. He's a comforting sort of bear. Next to him is a 6 inch Steiff Bear named Buddy, circa 1950's, who was discovered at a country club antique sale in New England. A very proper bear. He fits nicely in my hand and gives emotional support when the doctor has to give me a shot in the arm. He's very brave! He's wearing his original peach colored ribbon. Then finally on the right is an early Steiff Teddy, 13 inches tall, circa 1940's? (It's very hard to date a Steiff bear too accurately because the styles evolved over time and also every bear has it's own personality and look.) This bear is missing most of his fur, and is rather fragile so I call him Thread Bear. His body has taken on a lopsided look from being always held in the same position by his original child. Often you can tell how the bear was held by where his bald patches lie. I feel he has a romantic heart and it leads me to believe his original child was a girl and he was given lots of kisses and hugs. I know he misses his girl, and I wonder where she is now. I just hope that where ever she is, she knows that someone is taking good care of her bear. ~Lovethemsteiff~

Lovey Goes To The Birds. (3 1/2" Vintage Miniature Steiff Teddy Bear.)


Dear Diary, Today I went for an exploratory walk around the garden to see what's new. There is always something new in a garden. A garden is a living thing, always changing with the seasons. Every day is different. As I was walking, I heard some birds above me chattering to themselves. When they noticed me looking up at them, one of them said, "You're new, aren't you? Why don't you come up here so we can get a better look at you?" So I climbed on up the tree. They told me their names were Peepers, Cheepers and Chirp. They're silly birds and like to tell stories. They had a lot of stories to tell about flying high in the sky and feeling the wind beneath their wings. Cheepers offered to take me for a ride in the sky, but I said I was a down to earth kind of bear, and as a matter of fact, I wasn't very comfortable being up in that tree! So we all agreed it was time for me to climb down, but I'm glad I had that chance to see how the birdies live. What an experience. Good-night, Dear Diary. ~Lovey~

The 32" Steiff Teddy Bear Maximillian Waves Hello.

Maximillian waves a friendly greeting from the front porch to people passing by. It's cool and shady there out of the sun and a comfortable place to relax. Max is the Patriarch of our Teddy Bear family and, lends his calm, gentle wisdom to every situation. As you can imagine, receiving a Hug from this Gentle Giant is quite comforting. It's nice to know you have a friend you can count on when life becomes trying. *Lovethemsteiff*

A Kaleidoscopic View Of Maximillian And Some Tulips.



This is what the above photo of Maximillian and some tulips on the front porch looks like when viewed through a Kaleidoscope. Very Pretty! *Lovethemsteiff*

Vintage Photo Of A Little Girl With Her Teddy Bear.



In the post below this one is a photo of Barbara Cartland's bear, The Prince Of Love. I imagine that the photo at left could resemble what Miss Cartland and her Prince may have looked like when they were young. I think this bear looks very much like Miss Cartland's bear, don't you? *Lovethemsteiff*

Barbara Cartland's Bear, "The Prince Of Love." (Celebrity Bears.)


This fabulously bejewelled bear once belonged to the popular Historical Romance Novelist, Barbara Cartland. He now resides in a museum. The 16 inch mohair bear has a mouth that can be opened by operating a lever at the back of it's head. The bear wears a pink satin ribbon around his neck and is covered with costume jewelry from head to toe. Miss Cartland wrote this poem about her bear...

"I am a special Teddy Bear,
I am very particular what I wear,
My diamonds gleam like the stars above,
As really I am the Prince of Love."

Three Pandas And A Friend For Someone Special. Fun Facts.


Here is a nice grouping of four Friends For Someone Special. I sent them as a gift to a friend of mine in Vienna who loves Pandas and watches them all the time at the zoo. If you live long enough, you often hear that Scientists have reversed their decisions about things. When I was little, Pandas were Bears. Later when I was in school we were taught that Pandas weren't really Bears. They were from the Raccoon family. Now, the last few years they're teaching that, no, they were right the first time...Pandas really are Bears. So, now I'm just waiting for the news that the world really is flat. It looks flat to me! It's too bad that we can't always believe everything we are taught in school. (And hopefully, you won't get in a disagreement with someone from a different generation than yours which was taught something that conflicts with what you were taught. You will never be able to convince either side that they may be mistaken. By the way, if you know a newer version of this Panda story and want to let me know about it, please leave me a message where it says "comments" below. Thanks!) *Lovethemsteiff*

Theodore Meets The Great Pink Sea Snail.


Dear Diary, Today I had the most thrilling thing happen! As I was walking along the beach I discovered The Great Pink Sea Snail was resting there. He had just been on a long voyage with Doctor Doolittle to Africa and was now on his way home. Along the way he'd made friends with a Pink Flamingo, and she was very friendly to me also. The Sea Snail invited me in for a look inside his shell, and I could see that Doctor Doolittle must have been very comfortable riding along in there. We had a wonderful time, talking about all the faraway places he'd been to. Later in the day, there was a little bit of rain and when the sun came out again, suddenly we saw a beautiful rainbow filling the sky overhead. It took our breaths away. So altogether it was a glorious afternoon. There will never be another day like it. Good-night, Dear Diary. Theodore

Teddy Bears Dance On A Beach With A Pretty Doll. Vintage Post Card.



"TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR,
TURN AROUND.
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR,
TOUCH THE GROUND.
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR,
HOLD ME TIGHT.
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR,
SAY GOOD-NIGHT."
(A skipping song.)

12" Vintage English Chiltern Teddy Bear Named Clovis.

LULLABY....
"GO TO SLEEP, MY TEDDY BEAR,
CLOSE YOUR LITTLE BUTTON EYES,
AND LET ME SMOOTH YOUR HAIR.
IT FEELS SO SOFT AND SILKY THAT
I'D LOVE TO CUDDLE DOWN BY YOU,
SO, GO TO SLEEP MY DARLING TEDDY BEAR."

My Sterling Silver Teddy Bear Ring.


Isn't this cute? It's a Sterling Silver Teddy Bear Ring. The bear's arms, legs and head all move freely. It's very entertaining to fiddle with and watch all the silly poses he can be in. You can take the ring off and have him do a tap dance on the table top. I also have a necklace to match. It's always nice to be able to take a little teddy bear friend along with you, and in such a stylish way! *Lovethemsteiff*

Theodora and Teddy Attend A Wedding In The Rain.



Dear Diary, Today Teddy and I (Theodora) attended the wedding of Lovethemsteiff's nephew. It was an outdoor wedding in the bride's mother's garden with a beautifully decorated gazebo and flowers all around. Unfortunately it began to sprinkle lightly as the weather forecast had predicted, but luckily we had taken along an umbrella. Teddy and I stood in Lovethemsteiff's hand and that way we were able to see everything with no problem. Everyone was dressed beautifully and the Bride was so pretty. I've never seen her smile so much. Almost everyone had tears in their eyes as the ceremony was performed. After the vows were taken, it was time to take photos and the photographer was kept busy, even photographing us, since the family wanted a photo record of everyone who attended the ceremony. While we were waiting for the reception to begin, we watched the children jumping and splashing in the rain puddles. I wondered what their mother's would think when they saw what a mess the children had made of their clothing, but no one seemed to mind. Then it was time to observe the wedding couple cut the wedding cake. It was so nice to watch them beginning their first moments of married life together. There's so much ahead of them. We wish them Good Luck, Good Health and A Long Life Together. With love, Theodora and Teddy

Margaret Strong Steiff Teddy Bear Replica.

This is a little 10" Steiff Teddy Bear, made to look like a bear in the Margaret Strong Museum. He's an Old Gold color, made of Mohair and resembles vintage Teddy Bears from the early 1900's. He has a very sweet gentle expression. Here he is admiring a red Day Lily.

Tiny Ted (A 3 1/2" Vintage Steiff Teddy Bear) Visits The Garden.


Dear Diary, I read somewhere once that "Every house should have a Teddy Bear in it." I agree with that perfectly, so when I was out in the garden today, I noticed a cute little bird house and I thought I'd just move right in. But there was a problem with that idea...there was a family of Parakeets living in it already. They were very nice about it, and invited me to stay for lunch, but I said, "Thank you, no...not today anyway." I probably would have said "Yes" but I was afraid I wouldn't like bird food very much. I hear they eat seeds and worms! So I went home and had a Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich with some Chocolate Milk. That's a much better lunch for a Teddy Bear. Anyway, it was a fun day! Good-night, Dear Diary. Tiny Ted

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Frank, The Postage Stamp Bear. Fun Facts.




In 2002 The United States Postal Service issued a set of commemorative stamps of Vintage American Made Teddy Bears to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Teddy Bear. (See the previous post which is below this one to see a picture of the four stamps.) A Replica bear was designed by Dee Hockenberry and Frances Harper for Bears + Things. The 10 inch mohair Bear's name is Frank. This is a photo of one of these bears, from my personal Teddy Bear collection. He is number 322 out of a limited edition of 2000. Embroidered in black on his left foot, is 32 USA, and embroidered in red on his right foot, is the name Frank. I added the ribbon for color. He is displayed with a vintage toy mail box coin bank, and a vintage doll quilt as a backdrop. *Lovethemsteiff*

Teddy Bear Postage Stamps. Fun Facts.


These four Commemorative postage stamps with American Made Vintage Teddy Bears were issued by the United States Postal Service in 2002 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Teddy Bear. They sold for 37 cents each. The bear on the top left is a 13 inch, 1907 Golden Mohair-Plush Bruin. (His name is Wistful.) The bear on the top right, is called a Stick-Bear, because his arms and legs are straight like sticks, and his body is shaped like a foot ball. The bear on the bottom left is made by Gund. And the bear on the bottom right is a 1905 Ideal bear.

A Teddy Bear And Peg Doll Vintage Post Card.


Here is a Teddy Bear and a Peg Doll sending letters in a Postal Box. Post cards like these were popular during the early years of the Teddy Bear fad. Wouldn't it be fun to have a Teddy Bear Stamp on a Teddy Bear Post Card? *Lovethemsteiff*

The card says, "GUESS WHICH IS TRUE, THAT YOU'RE THINKING OF ME, OR I'M THINKING OF YOU?"

Lovey, A Miniature Steiff Bear With A Bandage Round His Knee.


This is little Lovey Bear, a 3 1/2 " Steiff Teddy from around 1950. His leg was injured and I bandaged it. I just love his sweet little face. *Lovethemsteiff*

"HE MAY NOT BE AS BEAUTIFUL
AS LOTS OF TEDS YOU SEE.
HE ISN'T NEW WITH RIBBONS
OR AS BIG AS BIG CAN BE.
HE'S SMALL AND OLD AND TIRED
WITH A BANDAGE ROUND HIS KNEE.
BUT HE'S REALLY TRULY SPECIAL
'COS HE ALL BELONGS TO ME."
By Gill Davies

The Dancing Bear From Captain Kangaroo.


Here's a nice photo of The Dancing Bear from Captain Kangaroo. It's fun to relive childhood memories of a favorite television show. I recently talked to my brother Gary on the phone and he went on in some detail about how much he enjoyed watching this bear and the silly things he did. It tickled my heart to hear a 50 year old man speaking that way. But as they say..."We're always the same age inside." *Carol Jean*

"Girls Just Want To Have Fun!" (Steiff Miniature Bears)


Dear Diary, Today three of us bears made some cute gardening hats and decorated them with ribbons and flowers. We felt they were very becoming to us. I think they'd be nice to wear to church on Easter too. Sometimes "Girls Just Want To Have Fun!"
(These little 3 1/2 inch vintage Steiff bears are Tiny Ted, Percy and Mike in disguise as girl bears! Isn't that funny?)

Five Old Teddy Bear Friends Of Mine.

Here are five of my earliest bears. As you can see, they've had lots of hugs! Their names are Elmer, Pooky, Teddy, Buddy and Dana.
"WAKE IN THE DEEPEST DARK OF NIGHT, AND HEAR THE DRIVING RAIN. REACH OUT A HAND AND TAKE A PAW AND GO TO SLEEP AGAIN." By Charlotte Gray b. 1937.

Little Elvis Presley And His Parents. Fun Facts.


Isn't this a charming photo of little Elvis Presley and his parents? I can imagine him going to bed with his Steiff Teddy Bear Mabel each night and whispering his secrets in her ear! Do you think he told her how he planned to be a famous singer one day? I'm sure she was his first fan. See the post below for a photo of Elvis's bear Mabel.
(Elvis and Elvis Presley are Registered Trademarks of the Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.)

Elvis Presley's Teddy Bear. Fun Facts.


Here is a photo of the Teddy Bear Elvis Presley owned as a child. Her name is "Mabel" and she's a 1909 Steiff Teddy Bear. The bear was sold at an Elvis Memorabilia auction in Memphis Tenn. for $75,000 dollars!
Look at the side bar on the left of this page for a link to hear Elvis singing, "My Teddy Bear". (How many young girls would have loved to have had a chance to hug this famous teddy bear!?
(Elvis and Elvis Presley are Registered Trademarks of the Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.)

Theodore Looks For A Pearl.


Dear Diary, Today I took a walk on the beach and found this beautiful shell. Someone told me that sometimes you can find pearls in shells, so I put my hand inside this shell to see if there were any pearls in it. Not only were there no pearls in the shell, but my hand got stuck and I couldn't get it out! Boy, did I feel silly walking around with that thing on my hand all day! Finally Percy helped me to remove it, laughing the whole time. Was my face red! Then Percy told me that pearls come from oysters and oyster shells, and this was not an oyster! Oh, well, it would have been a nice present for Flocks if I HAD found one. Later I put the shell up to my ear to hear the ocean roar, but instead I thought I heard Flocks calling my name. It won't be long before I go home to be with her again. Good-night, Diary. Theodore

Flocks, a 1910 Steiff Miniature Teddy Bear, Invites Theodora For Afternoon Tea.

"THEY TALKED OF THINGS
BOTH SMALL AND GREAT,
SOME LONG FORGOTTEN,
SOME UP TO DATE.
THEY LAUGHED AT JOKES
AND SPILLED THEIR TEA
AND MADE A MUSS
LIKE YOU AND ME."

(By Seymour Eaton,
The Roosevelt Bears Abroad.)

Dear Diary, Today Flocks invited me over for Afternoon Tea in her garden, It was so beautiful today with the roses blooming all around us. The fragrance was heavenly. For tea she served us little cucumber sandwiches, cookies and fairy cakes. We drank lots of tea (and spilled a little) and had a glorious time just visiting and talking about everything under the sun. We watched as her little dog Binkie chased the butterflies. It was so funny. She couldn't catch any but she sprang up in the air and hopped about in such a silly way. We just had to laugh. I always enjoy visiting with Flocks. We have so much in common. There's nothing like an old friend you've known for years. There're so many shared memories and it's fun to relive them together. It was a fun day. I hope we get to do it again soon. Good-night, Dear Diary. *Theodora*

Maximillian, a 32 Inch Steiff Teddy Bear And The Steiff Tiger.


Maximillian, a 32" Steiff Teddy Bear and his Steiff Tiger friend, enjoy the afternoon in the garden. Stone Lions look on.

"FRIENDS ARE FLOWERS IN THE GARDEN OF LIFE."

Friday, August 15, 2008

A Kaleidoscopic View Of Flocks In The Garden.


Being looked at through a Kaleidoscope, Flocks feels like she's lost in "Alice In Wonderland". Didn't she just see the White Rabbit running by?