Monday, October 27, 2008
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
Friday, October 24, 2008
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" 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~
Sunday, October 19, 2008
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
[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.)
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
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 ~
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
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
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-