Wondering if anyone else wants to share about bears that they love. They don't have to be ones that you own, they can be ones that you've seen, owned since you were little or even made yourself. I'd love to hear about why they're special to you, if you don't mind telling (of course).
I might as well start by saying that one of my favourite bears is one I bought for my sister, Sandman by Clare Davis Tedd (I think he's in the gallery here). He was the first artist bear I ever bought, I really liked his eyes and his tired face....and he cheered my sister up no end...he also required more and more Bear-friends
I thought I'd better put this in the Collectors section rather than general, since it pertains mostly to collecting; if it needs moving, I don't mind.
My very first bear's name was Harry, however I didn't love him that much and so my second bear kind of took over from him. My second bear, who remains my favourite bear and I still own him, is named Bicky and is nothing all that special to anyone else. In fact I've been told he's awfully grubby from other's perspectives - but I think he's the most gorgeous bear in the whole wide world
I was a very unwell child, and very often (I had a number of illnesses and it was not unusual for me to be unwell) my mum used to cheer me up by telling stories with Bicky, talking in "his" voice and telling me great tales of adventure. I especially remember a story she told me about a koala (Bicky looked nothing like a Koala but everyone who knows me will tell you I have a huge imagination so he was the BEST koala I'd ever seen lol) who had a stutter and lived near a creek full of chocolate.... I don't remember what happened in the story but I remember it made me so happy because I'd been coughing (asthma at that stage) all night and crying, and couldn't sleep.... I had a ventilator in my room that poured out steam to try and make it easier for me to breathe and all my other bears got locked in my cupboard so they wouldn't end up soaking wet lol, but not Bicky! There would have been hell to pay if ended up locked anywhere.
The next day he was always hanging outside from the washing line..... used to be by his ears, but I thought that was awful so mum would put him in a stocking like a hammock and position him all cutely so he looked comfy LOL.
I also had a lot of puppets (which is why I've always collected puppets and now perform puppet shows almost daily for birthday kids and kindergartons etc) and lots of them were treasured too, but none quite like Bicky.
And I can tell Bicky was important to me because all my other bears had their ribbons literally RIPPED off of them as I HATED ribbons (then), but Bicky got to keep his ribbon - so that's saying something LOL :D:D
OK now that I've remembered things out loud for some time I'd better go try and work out how to make this custom ordered pony.... Hugs to you all and thanks so much for starting this post
Bicky sounds like a lovely bear, and a very reliable friend. It sounds like his stories were a lot of fun, too, maybe Bicky should write a book one day.
My grandparents used to do puppet shows (and my Grandpa did magic, too) and there's nothing quite like a Punch and Judy show (or any other puppet show, actually) for capturing a child's imagination!
My favorite bear is Arcto. If you keep scrolling in this section you'll find him. I haven't had him that long, but he's really been my therapy through this year, which has been the worst year of my life. I've loved bears all my life, but I've never loved, and don't think I ever will love, a bear or anything else the way I love him.
Well I use that word all the time, well, arctophobe. I think Peterbear and I coined that term. Not so much as people who are afraid of bears, but people who have an aversion to them. Those people freak me out. I don't know if I've heard anyone else call them that, but I've known many of them and I wish I could send them to a desert island so we arctophiles could enjoy our bears in peace. I could tell you many horror stories about those blasted arctophobes.
I've heard of people being rude to doll owners at events and things, so I imagine it's much the same for bear owners. There were a few horror stories kicking about between some doll owners I knew, but my knowledge of similar bear stories is sadly lacking: maybe there ought to be a thread for horror stories, those are always interesting and often informative.
It's mainly people in my family or people who know me well that say I shouldn't have bears. It happened to me more when I was a kid than now, but I hate when I try to show my bears to someone, especially Arcto, and they disrespect him. We had a lady that used to come over to help us take care of our house because we're disabled. She had the nerve to call Arcto a "stupid stuffed animal"!! I could have shot her.
It's not fair when people criticise others for something like that...something personal like that, it's not something that they have a perspective on. If someone went to their house, pointed out a picture that was a gift and called it 'silly' (or something) then they'd certainly be upset.
My favorite bear belonged to someone's mother. I bought her on ebay. I don't know why you would ever sell your mother's bear. She had no eyes, so I gave her some old shoe button ones. She is mohair with felt paw pads. She is filled with wood wool. There are no marks on her, so I don't know who made her. If anyone recognizes her please tell me. She is sweet and gentle and has been my favorite since the first time I saw her.