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.