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Bears. Special Memory Bears

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One of my favourite things to make is the special Memory Bears.  I have a steady stream of requests which is nice and also make some time for some personal dressmaking too. All in all I just love my sewing. 

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There is something especially lovely about taking a pile of clothes and turning them into a bear.  Something that can be cuddled and treasured. 

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The nicest part is knowing that someone else will look at their bear and see all those memories of the person who wore the clothes. It might be someone young or old. A baby or a grown up. It could be someone past or present and any fabric will work.
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It might be a stack of baby clothes. Or it could be shirts.
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I love making the baby bears. Usually these are for mums to remember their child’s baby days in a special way rather than clothes in a box. But it could be a remembrance bear which is something both sad and special at the same time.
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Sometimes the bears are made from dressmaking fabric I have. Usually these are special requests in fabrics that the new owner will love. This heart bear has been made for a special brave lady who has spent months in hospital fighting for her life and thankfully is now on the road to recovery.
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Having a bear made is easy.
1. Gather up the clothes and send them to me.
2. I make the bear and send it back. This usually takes between 4 to 6 weeks. Sometimes faster if especially requested. I can also add special stitched messages too.
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I do this by hand so restrict this to names , dates and or short messages. I am about to make 2 grandpa bears for 2 little boys who live a long way away from their grandpa and will stitch their names on the feet.
If you are interested please message me. My email address is on my site and my fb page and twitter account are here too.


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Nothing days

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Today is a Bank holiday.  A perfect day for doing nothing.  A play day.  A day for dens in the lounge and movies with popcorn. A day when we do nothing much at all but lots of fun little things.  
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I love days like today and it’s nice for family too.  To spend time together but not necessarily on day trips just to spend time doing not much. 

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We started with some Montossori inspired sensory sorting play.  Ok so basically coloured marble stones and tubs with spoons.  We also have a movie on and in our house that only means one thing.
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Which also means a rendition of Let it go from my littlest. Meanwhile I managed to lay out a pile of materials for another special bear.
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I love being able to transform piles like this into special memory bears.
So what have you got planned for days like bank holidays? Wonder what we will do with the rest of the day? Nothing very much at all.
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Sometimes nothing days can be quite busy. Just filled with lots of nothing much that’s productive just fun. No housework, no shopping just fun. Lego and stickers and craft things. Maybe some cake making and movies. Nothing much.
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Do I feel guilty? No ! Because sometimes it’s good to have purposefully idle time. Time to just play and have fun and relax. We spend so much time rushing about that doing nothing is something we often forget to do. So treat yourself. Have a nothing day and enjoy it guilt free.


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Holidays and Hobbies

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We are off on holiday and I am taking my sewing. 

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To some people that might seem odd but to me it makes perfect sense to bring along my favourite thing to do in the evening while we sit about in the caravan.  The family will watch movies and I will occupy the kitchen table and plan and cut and sew. 

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I found when I was packing that I loved the pile of laundry of holiday clothes that I made.  These are things we wear which I made.  So why stop just because we aren’t at home.  I am sure I wouldn’t take my sewing machine abroad but we are driving and have room in the boot so along with the beach things will go my project box too.

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Fabric Love

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In my house the sound of the postman knocking is like magic.  It probably means there is something that won’t go through the letter box and it’s more than likely to be raw material for a bear or fabric. 

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Even my littlest gets as excited as me which is lovely.  In a very simple way her excitement adds to mine as it’s just joyful to see her laughing at all the parcels. Even before we have started to open them she is jumping about and shouting for me to get scissors to “ope” the packages. 
Once open I like to take pictures of the fabrics to keep in my fabric photo folder. This time though my little minx insisted on perching atop the pile making us both giggle.

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There was a lovely collection in this delivery and something from Amazon too. I ordered a copy of #TheTudorTailor a book about creating Tudor Style Costumes.
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I can’t wait to start reading up about fabric choices and courtly dresses. Who wants to dress up as a peasant? He he.
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We put away the fabric eventually but not until there had been some fabric love. It’s so nice to see that my littlest loves the fabric choices I make. Of course a lot of what I make will end up in her wardrobe lol. I do love this picture. It epitomises how we feel in this house about fabric and crafting. I love that I am able to teach my children to love being creative.
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We picked our favourite. Which was given the official “cute” hug lol. It was this lovely aqua blue with butterflies all over.
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