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Wednesday, 19 May 2021

WOYWW...The 12th anniversary.

 Happy anniversary to one and all.  Twelve years of fun and friendship really is something to celebrate. I've been making ATCs ready to swap so if you've said you'd like to swap with Jo and I [we are posting ours together so please return ours in the same envelope to either one of us to save on postage] and please be sure to check that we have your postage details.

I've had a really busy week with making Memories for my customers so I'm just going to quickly post them here for you to see...


These were the very emotionally charged pair of bears I was making last Wednesday.  They were made from a mum's wedding dress in memory of her baby girl who was born sleeping.  One is to go in the coffin with her baby girl when she is buried and the other is to keep as a memory of the perfect little angel they lost.

I do get asked to make some really special bears.


These 4 were made from a much loved Dad's dressing gown.  Two are wearing his bow ties and the other two are wearing miniature versions of his favourite scarf.




This one was made in memory of a husband made with his favourite West Bromwich Albion shirt.





These two pretty little bears are made in memory of a Mum and Grandma using her favourite nighties.

I really love how each little bear I make is so different to the next and yet they mean so much to each and every one of my customers and bring them all a lot of comfort....I'm blessed.





Finally I would like to say a huge thank you for all the love and support from you all over the last 12 years and of course the biggest hug is for Julia for keeping us all going all this time.  You're a gem....we love you lots.

Hugs,

Annie x

32 comments:

Lynn Holland said...

Oh eck I’ve just deleted my comment. I’ll have to start again.
I just wanted to say how beautiful the bears for the lady who’s baby was born sleeping are. What a comfort they will be. You are one special lady Annie and your talent for making is heaven sent.
I’m so happy to be the recipient of an ATC from you. I’ve still got my others. Thank you.
Much love Lynn xxx

Twiglet said...

Your bears are so lovely - especially the little wedding dress bears. See you later. xx Jo

Christine said...

Beautiful teddies, I had wondered about the dressing gowns . . . .
Such poignant memories for the recipients.
Have a good week and stay safe
Christine #28

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Many of your teddies are emotionally charged but thie ones form the wedding dress even more so....
Happy 12th WOYWW, thanks for all the fun and friendship over the past 12 years!
Hugs LLJ 3 xxxx

Diana Taylor said...

Your little bears are beautiful and the stories behind them are so special. The little wedding dress ones are particularly poignant and you have done such a wonderful job making such special little treasures.
I notice you are my PIF, so would you please let me have your details - my email is velvetmothstudio(at)gmail(dot)com.
Happy 12th anniversary,
Diana xx #18

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was nearly heartbroken when I read about the first bears you showed. I think you are fulfilling a great service. They look great on your desk. Happy 12th Anniversary from # 10.

Catriona said...

What a wonderful job for the angel baby’s Mum-it takes a really special person to make such beautiful bears. Happy 12 years WOYWW and so glad I was invited in two years ago. 💕

Lynnecrafts said...

Hi Annie, thanks so much for your lovely comment, and thanks for all your friendship over the years.
I don’t know how you can make some of these bears, the stories are heartbreaking, especially the pair for the baby born sleeping.
They are all so beautiful
Stay safe and happy WOYWW anniversary
Hugs
Lynnecrafts 3

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Annie, I should think you must be quite famous by now with all the bears you've made. The white ones are beautiful and I'm sure they will help with the sad time. Have a lovely creative WOYWW Anniversary and many thanks for your friendship. Hugs, Angela x25x

Lisa-Jane said...

Good grief Annie, how do you hold yourself together when you exchange the fabrics and bears?! The lacey ones do look very pretty and such a perfect way to remember a precious baby that they never got to take home. I'm sending your ATC to Jo (when it's finally made!) Anyway, happy anniversary! Lisa-Jane, #2

Crafting With Jack said...

Oh that is so sad about the little girl. The bears are really beautiful and will be treasured. Happy WOYWW Angela #23

My name is Cindy said...

Beautiful bears as always and the ones made from the wedding dress brought a lump to my throat. You help people deal with loss in a very special way. Swaps are on the way - Happy Anniversary, love n hugs, Cindy #17

Caro said...

Your bears are all so gorgeous, but the ones from the wedding dress are so special and poignant. Happy 12th WOYWW Anniversary. Take care and stay safe. With love & God Bless, Caro xxx (#15)

Robyn said...

Happy 12th anniversary! Thanks for inviting me and visiting my place. Here’s to 12 more!
Robyn #6

Helen said...

those first bears especially are beautiful; how completely heartbreaking. Happy anniversary to us! thanks for stopping by. Helen '#11

glitterandglue said...

Hi Annie. Happy anniversary. Oh my word - they were not easy little bears to make - I rather imagine a few tears went into those first two! They do indeed all look so very different - what a mix of emotions you must go through!
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #25

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

The stories behind the memory bears are always sad, Annie, but the one attached to the mum's wedding dress is just heart-breaking. I couldn't work on these bears without crying but I guess you get used to it, a bit like doctors and nurses get used to losing patients - and just doing their jobs so that they can help the ones who are still around. Happy Anniversary - I'm glad my ATCs have arrived and you and Jo liked them :) I'll keep a look-out for yours! xx zsuzsa #17

Stacy Sheldon said...

Happy Anniversary Annie, Oh my gosh those bears. how cool is this. :) ~Stacy #35

Olde Dame Holly said...

Happy Anniversary. The bears are so heartwarming and so heartbreaking...they are truly memory bears.

Neet said...

On checking seems as if my comments have gone awol. I would hate not to comment on such an auspicious occasion as today.
I am sure I could not cope with the sad stories that come with the bears - I would be crying all the time. You are so good!
Happy Anniversary, I will always remember how you made that journey to the pub to see me!
Hugs, Neet 1 xx

roffeycreations said...

Hi Annie - lovely to see all your teddies in a row - thanks for popping by my space - I am so far still not getting any crafty stuff done - but its nice to see others are. See you at next WOYWW Cheers Maurs xxx #26

Sarah Brennan said...

SUch a moving array of memory bears this week Annie. SO hoping we can get together later this year - I have so missed our annual crops. Stay safe and happy 12th anniversary WOYWW. Sarah #9

Susan Renshaw said...

Happy Anniversary!

Oh my goodness what special bears you make! The first ones are really heart rending but each and every one has a special story...



Happy WOYWW!

Susan #31

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Hi again Annie! Just letting you know that your lovely ATC and card have just arrived, along with Jo's. Thank you so much! The poem you wrote is so cute, very heartwarming! I've forgotten that rhymes are one of your many talents! xx

Felicia said...

Annie, as usual, your bears are just the most special craftings! Like you said, each and every one is different and the representations are so precious and you get to be a part, which is so lovely!! Happy 12th to you and thank you so much for stopping by my desk! Blessings, Felicia #34 (P.S. Yours and Jo's ATC will be coming to her address.....a bit late, but will be coming! :))

Heather M said...

Hi Annie happy 12th Anniversary. I love seeing the pics of all the bears you make, but my goodness the wedding dress ones are so precious and special. I'd have been in tears making them! You really are a treasure to be able to create something so special for people to keep for many years. Thank you for your friendship since I joined this brilliant blog hop! Have a lovely week, Heather xx #20

Julia Dunnit said...

I’ll take your hug and return it ten fold, WOYWW is very much about its participants and you are rather a big stitch in our pattern. See what I did there?!! Damn I amuse myself. So glad you’ve been so busy at the machine, but yikes, some of the stories you are told....I’m blushing at the thought!!

Shoshi said...

I am always touched by the little stories behind the memory bears, Annie, but especially so this time. How terrible about that little baby girl... We had a stilbirth in the family many years ago - so sad. All your bears are so special, and personal. It must be hard to keep back the tears sometimes. Keep up the good work - it is a blessing to so many!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #29

Anne said...

Hello Annie. I was just checking my replies/ comments. I thought I had already left a comment, I am losing the plot. You know I love your bears!!! Happy Anniversary. Anne x 30

Spyder said...

Happy 12th Anniversary! Sorry I', late!! Love love those Teddy bears! Specialy the one wearing the Bromwich Albion shirt. It really is such a lovely idea! stay Safe!! Keep crafting!((Lyn)) #5

Kyla said...

Loving these, especially the bath robe bears, such a wonderful idea with the scraf too. Running late this week as been manic with work but finally getting round (since its raining today so good excuse!).

Hope your having a nice weekend
kyla

Empire of the Cat said...

your bears are adorable. Happy 12th WOYWW! Better late than never! Elle #12