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TEDDY BEARS PICK NIC

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It’s not uncommon to give a teddy bear to a child or a loved one, but it is quite rare to give someone a teddy bear that you made yourself. If you’re willing to put your sewing skills to work, you can give this traditional toy a personal touch and offer it affectionately to a special person.

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    Pattern pieces before sewing the "paws" to the inner arm.

     
     
     
     
    Arms with "paws" sewn on

     
     
     
     

     Arms with “paws” sewn on

    Arms sewn together

     
     
     
     

     Arms sewn together

    Sew the arm pieces together, leaving a slit for stuffing (usually at the elbows).

     
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    Legs ready for foot.

     
     
     
     

     Legs ready for foot.

    Foot pinned for sewing.

     
     
     
     

     Foot pinned for sewing.

    Sew the leg pieces together (usually along the bottom).

     
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    First head seam.

     
     
     
     

     First head seam.

    Stitch the two head profiles together from the nose to the neck.

     
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    Gusset pinned for sewing

     
     
     
     

     Gusset pinned for sewing

    Sew the wedge shaped piece (this is known as a “gusset”) between the two head pieces – from the nose or forehead to the back of the neck (this depends on the length of the gussett). You will need to line it up at the neck and pin it in place before sewing.

     
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    All pieces sewn

     
     
     
     

     All pieces sewn

    All seam allowances clipped to the seam.

     
     
     
     

     All seam allowances clipped to the seam.

    Clip all of the seams.

     
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    All pieces turned right side out

     
     
     
     

    All pieces turned right side out

    Turn all of the pieces.

     
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    Stuff the head and sew it to the top of the body, around the neck line.

     
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    Assemble the bear by attaching the arms to the sides of the body and attaching the legs to the lower sides of the body.

     
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    Cut, sew, turn and attach ears (if you want them, as not all bear patterns have them).

     
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    Add facial details (like nose and mouth, etc.) with embroidery floss or permanent markers.

     
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    Sew on button eyes.

     
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    Enjoy your new stuffed animal!

     
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    Take good care of your teddy bear, or it may easily fall apart!

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It’s hot here in Seattle. We’re all wondering what happened to our “Juneuary”.  True, not as hot as some other locales, but for a place where nearly none of us have air conditioning, it can get down right uncomfortable, especially if you stay pent-up in the house or anywhere inside really.  In addition to the heat, as of late, Bergen (22 months) has also been a less than stellar dining companion.  He wants his food now (or 5 minutes ago), and isn’t interested in waiting around.

So we decided to avoid it all, and fled to Madison Park for some beach time on Lake Washington.

Beach Play in Seattle's Madison Park on Lake Washington | WildTalesof.com

We certainly weren’t alone in our decision hit to lake, but that didn’t make it any less of an enjoyable experience.  I actually loved seeing what everybody else was up to aside from digging in the sand and swimming.  We saw boaters, stand-up paddle…

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 Teddy Bear’s Picnic

 And if you’re planning on going down to the woods today for a picnic, why not plan a big family surprise picnic that will have the kids super-excited or at the very list, have your teens in stitches at the silliness of it all!

 

 

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    Find your favorite teddy bears.

    Find your favorite teddy bears.

    Find your favorite teddy bears. Spruce them up in readiness for attending the picnic:

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    Prepare the food.

    Prepare the food.

    Prepare the food. No Teddy Bear’s picnic would be complete without the right food. Don’t forget that bears love honey and other things sweet! Some ideas of what to make or buy include:

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    Pack everything needed into an old-fashioned picnic basket.

     
     
     
     

     Pack everything needed into an old-fashioned picnic basket.

    Pack everything needed into an old-fashionedpicnic basket. Make sure to include plates, cups, utensils and picnic rugs to sit on.

     
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    Play teddy bear games and hold bear competitions.

    Play teddy bear games and hold bear competitions.

    Play teddy bear games and hold bear competitions. Even the adults can have some fun but it’s mainly for the kids, so have some little “bear prizes” ready for the winners:

    • Hold a competition for the best-dressed bear.
    • Hold a competition for the smallest and tallest bears.
    • Hold a competition for best-named bear.
    • Play hide and seek with the bears. The rules are up to you!
    • Have the kids play act being a bear.
    • Play Look Out for the Bear.
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    Hold some teddy bear activities.

    Hold some teddy bear activities.

    Hold some teddy bear activities.

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    Tell the children it's the teddy bear's bedtime when it's time to wrap the picnic.

     
     
     
     

                                                       Tell the children it’s the teddy bear’s bedtime when it’s time to wrap the picnic.

    tedIT’S BED TIME

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Most expensive teddy bear

Expensive and elegant have always fancied you. But have you ever thought that a teddy bear can also make it to the ‘most expensive items’ club. Since the birth of teddy bear trend from a cartoon titled ‘Drawing the line of Missisippi’, caricatured by Clifford Berryman, the cute-looking plaything has progressed from having fitted with button eyes to jewel-embedded eyes now. That illustrious cartoon was published in 1902 which depicted US President Roosevelt refusing to shoot a baby bear. The cartoon inspired a Russian emigrant Morris Michtom to come up with a toy bear. Today, teddy bears come in very innovative designs with, of course, expensive prices. Let’s check out few most expensive teddy bears ever sold. Read on.

 

 

1. Steiff’s Louis Vuitton Bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price : $2.1 Million

This is the world’s most expensive teddy bear ever sold at any auction. This was manufactured by a well-known German toy company Steiff. The company claims to have made the world’s first teddy bear. The company has made this bear with the brand name of the famous fashion house Louis Vuitton. This teddy bear was sold at the Monaco auction in the year 2000 at the most hefty price ever bet for a toy, which was $21, 00,000. Jessie Kim of Korea bought this Steiff bear, and now this bear is housed at Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju, Korea.

2. Louis Vuitton Monogram Bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $182,000

This is one bear that has been made completely by the brand Louis Vuitton in its 150 year fashion history. The bear is amongst the most favorite for the brand lovers and only 500 teddies were made. This one is named as DouDou. A foot-and-a-half tall, the bear comes with a logo of LV and was sold at an auction at Christie’s, Monaco for the price of $182,550.

3. Steiff’s diamond eyes teddy bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $84,000

The next most expensive bear that we have in list is again from the German teddy bear making company Steiff. This bear has a mouth of pure gold and its fur is made of golden threads. This golden bear was made to commemorate the company’s 125th anniversary. The best feature of the bear is the eyes that have been crafted from sapphires and diamonds. These bears are limited in numbers as only 125 of the collectables have been produced and each retails at $84,000.

4.Harlequin teddy bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $ 75,826

Harlequin teddy bear is also manufactured by Steiff manufactured. Created in 1925 with other 1,300 toys made by the German company that year, this is one of the most expensive bears available today. This bear was a part of the asset financier Paul Greenwood, who was held responsible for fraud last year. The bear has red and grey strips on its body with yellow paws and was expected to fetch around $80,000 to $130,000 but could fetch $75, 826 only.

5. Steiff teddy bear with hot water bottle

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $ 30,000

Another asset from the Paul Greenwood collection is this Steiff teddy that was expected to fetch around $50,000 at Christie’s International in London but got around $30,000. The bear was produced in 1910 and wore a brown fur jacket with a lace to tie both the ends.

6. Daniel Swarovski’s Teddy bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $ 10,566

Daniel Swarovski was an Austrian glass cutter and jeweler born in Bohemia and his father had a small glass factory that later started the production of crystal glass jewelry. This was how Swarovski, the famous brand, was born. The company made a teddy bear sponsored by the Daniel’s Swarovski. So, the shirt of the teddy was kept adorned with thousands of tawny crystals. The bear costs whopping $10,566 and is still available at selected Swarovski outlets.

7. Gund Snuffles teddy bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $ 10,000

Gund, a manufacturer of plush stuffed toys, made this expensive teddy bear. This teddy bear was in the ‘most sought after’ list at the Gund booth at the American International Toy Fair in New York, on last Valentines. This cute bear wears a 10-carat diamond necklace with a white gold chain and its eyes are made of black Tahitian pearls that make it very expensive.

8. Karl Lagerfeld Steiff Teddy Bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $2,080

Few years back, the iconic Karl Lagerfeld collaborated with the well-known toy making company Steiff to make a Karl Lagerfeld Steiff Teddy Bear for the latter’s 125th anniversary. The collaboration came up with a limited number of teddy bear i.e. only 2500 pieces. This teddy bear was wearing the famous black suit and sunglasses, quiet similar to what the star himself wears. The teddy also adorned the famous ear stud that is Karl’s patent style and also studded beld with the initials of the starts name “KL”. The toy was released at Colette with a price tag of $2,080.

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A Tribute to Fathers

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Father’s Day is an important day world wide. It is a fine opportunity to honor the Dad’s or Father’s of the world.

In Australia, Father’s Day is celebrated on the First Sunday in September.

Father’s Day in Canada, is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.

In the U.K. Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.

In the United States it is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.

Many Catholics call St. Joseph’s Day, on March 19th, Father’s Day because Joseph was the father of Jesus.

Another tradition of Father’s Day is that of the Flowers, Red roses are worn on Father’s Day to signify that one’s father is living. White roses mean one’s father has died.

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Any Time of the Yearfather&child

Father’s Day, an American holiday, was born from the love of a daughter, Sonora Smart Dodd, in 1909. Sonora’s father raised her and her 5 siblings when her mother died in childbirth and Sonora sought a way to honor and recognize the sacrifices and strengths of fathers everywhere. While Father’s Day for some is a commercial excuse to sell cards and gimmick gifts, like all things in life, it is what you make of it. Go out and celebrate Father’s Day on the 3rd Sunday in June or any other day, whether you have a father to honor or another man who embodies the sacrifices and strengths that Sonora recognized so many years ago.

  1. Teach your kids, and yourself, about the history of the holiday. Help them choose someone to honor, whether it is their own Daddy, Papa, favorite uncle, or neighbor who…

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One does not have to do anything to become a grandfather. It simply happens when your child has a child. It is up to you to decide how involved you will be in your grandchild’s life. There is an inherent biological relationship but the emotional bonding between grandfather and grandchild comes only with effort. It happens when the grandchild sees that you are open to forming a relationship. It happens when you get off your easy chair and make the effort to see what matters to your grandchild.

My Granddad

You are my Granddad

You are not just a fad

Like an x box, tablet or phone

I know you tend to groan

But you are my Granddad

Who makes me happy and sad

You can be very annoying

But when you’re in the bath

And I hear you sing

I am glad you are around

When I hear that sound

You are like a Victorian pear

You have always been there

Very mellow and soft to touch

Granddad I love you so much

Gillian Sims

 

 

My Dads Dad

 

 

My Granddad came to stay

 

My Dad bought him a card

 

I’m only four

 

And not sure

 

What this card was for

 

And this puzzled me

 

Was Granddad doing his family tour

 

I’m not sure

 

I’m only four

 

Was it Granddads birthday

 

So I asked my dad

 

To explain to me

 

What this card was for

 

He said it’s Fathers day

 

And your Granddad is daddy to me

THOMAS SIMS

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A son writes about his father. Dad worked hard all his life. He was devoted to his family and friends. A man so sure and steady that you thought he’d be around forever.

My Hero

© Wayne Baggerly

My hero never fought in a war 
He never drove a big fancy car 
He did not go very far in school 
But he lived his life by the golden rule 

He never had much money to spend 
But he had the respect of all his friends 
He was born and died in the same county 
He never felt the need to search the world for bounty 
He got up each morning at the break of dawn 
Ate breakfast, packed his lunch and then he was gone 

It takes a lot of work with a family to feed 
A lot of devotion to meet their need 
But he did it for years till his family was grown 
Then he could retire and get to stay home 

A time for rest but it didn’t last long 
He became sick and then he was gone 
I guess I thought he would always be there 
When I had a problem I needed to share 
But when I am low and feeling sad 
I still draw strength from my hero, my Dad.


© Wayne Baggerly

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