Friday, September 24, 2010

Delightful Discoveries - The Bear Necessities 09.24.10

Let's be teddy bears in our next lifetime. Everybody loves them, nobody cares if they're fat, and the older they get, the more they're worth. ~unknown

Today's post is about teddy bears - those delightful, fluffy, cuddly critters that should be a required item in every childhood. Growing up, cartoons and childrens' shows featured lots of bears - the Dancing Bear on The Captain Kangaroo Show, Yogi and Boo-Boo on Yogi the Bear cartoons, and the antics of a boy and his real-life teddy bear named Gentle Ben. I actually didn't receive my first teddy bear until I was 13 (which may explain a few things) - a Valentine's Day gift from the first young man I would ever fall in love with... and that bear would be my companion and confidante for nearly a decade through all of my adventures and tribulations. Just a couple years after I received my first bear, another teddy bear favorite of mine in the form of a song - Biff, the Friendly Purple Bear - would be released on Mac Davis' album All the Love in the World. That song would lead to my making sure that all of my children had their own teddy bear companions when they were born... and the teddy bear theme followed into the next generation as well with Pooh Bear and friends figuring into the nursery decor for two of my grandsons!

Repeating an idea from earlier in the week that was well received, I'm going to share some of my favorite collected quotes and thoughts about teddy bears and the magic they share with the world as I showcase the wonderful (and in some cases, very unique) bears that you all shared with me. Enjoy!

"Teddy bears don't need hearts
as they are already stuffed with love.

"Bears are just about the only toy that can lose just about everything and still maintain their dignity and worth." ~Samantha Armstrong

"Bears sleep by day. At night they stay awake to chase away bad dreams." ~ Jesse O'Neil

Sweet little Pink Teddy Bear by OliviaOlivia

"You really don't have to be young to find a friend in a teddy bear." ~ Rachel Newman

Brownbeare the Pirate by YellowBugBoutique

"There is probably nothing that a bear so dislikes as a good wash." ~Marion C. Garretty

"It is astonishing how many thoroughly mature, well-adjusted grown-ups harbour a teddy bear - which is perhaps why they are thoroughly mature and will-adjusted." ~Joseph Lempa

A Teddy bear is a faithful friend
You can pick him up at either end.
His fur is the colour of breakfast toast,
And he's always there when you need him most.

Handmade Knit Teddy Bear - Rupert the Lovable by susanneedlehands **

"There's no bear like an old bear." ~ Samantha Armstrong

Vintage 1990 Teddys Toys Note Card Set from vintagenowandthen

"Everything in life I share,
except of course my teddy bear." ~ Anonymous

"Teddy bears like to go on morning picnics in the summertime, so they can enjoy the sunshine before it is too hot for their furry selves." ~ Abigail Darling

"Anyone who has looked a teddy bear in the face will recognize the friendly twinkle in his knowing look." ~Harold Nadolny

The Well-Dressed Huggable Teddy Bear by BoppiesKids

"Cuddly and warm, these calming creatures reassure me in the days when fears fly before reason and the world looms bleak instead of beautiful. The Teddy Bear, all things to all ages... a symbol that all is right with the world if one only believes." ~Anonymous

Alice a 19 inch Baby Safe Flannel Teddy Bear in a Pink Patchwork Pattern from MinnieMaes

"A bear remains a bear - even when most of him
has fallen off or worn away." ~ Charlotte Gray

Zombie Bear by Mariska

"Love me Love my Teddy Bear." ~ Samantha Armstrong

"What is it about this inanimate object of fur and stuffing that makes it so hard to part with?" ~ Sarah McClennan

Tilo- miniature amigurumi bear collectible toy by knittingdreams

"In a world where everyone seems to be larger and louder than yourself, it is very comforting to have a small, quiet companion." ~ Peter Gray

Sunflower Bear Polymer Clay Figure by HeartshapedCreations

"Once a bear has been loved by a human being, its expression is forever marked." ~ Jama Kim Rattigan

Nounousse, a handmade stuffed bear with a lot of caracter by MoutonsKallou

"There's just something about a Teddy Bear that's impossible to explain. When you hold one in your arms, you get a feeling of love, comfort and security. It's almost supernatural." ~ James Ownby

As long as there is a need for companionship, security, and unconditional love, there will be a need for teddy bears. They are probably the one toy that is known all around the world as a symbol of safety and comfort, appealing to everyone regardless of gender or age... and forever a companion of the heart, no matter how old or worn the bear or its owner are.

I hope you've enjoyed this look at teddy bears, and that you'll come back tomorrow for my final installment in this week long look at toys, collectibles, and games when I take a little more grown-up look at games with a showcase of items relates to games of chance. I'd love to see any of your items that relate to this theme - including dice, casino related items, playing cards, and such. Simply click here for the submission form to e-mail me the link to the page of the shop where I can see your items or your favorites from another shop.

For now, have a bear-y wonderful day!

**designates an undiscovered or underdiscovered shop


heartshapedcreations said...

What an adorable feature to teddies!!! :) Thank you so much for making me a part of it! :)

Knittingdreams said...

Hi! Great post! Thank you so much for featuring my little bear!!

NeedaCritter said...

Thanks for including my little angel bear in your blog! I always love reading about teddy bears.

mysticwynd said...

Glad you all approve!

Ivy9 / SusanNeedlehands said...

Such a fun topic for a blog post! These handmade, unique, and adorable bears, all imbued with the love and good intentions of their makers are all ready for a wonderful, loving home!

Fluffels said...

Great post, thank you for adding my zombie bear!

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