sigh . . . not any more . . . sigh.
I participated in a Stitched with Love exchange called 'Animal Antics'. My partner-to-stitch-for was Loretta and her favorite animal is the bear -- not a teddy bear -- a bear. Hmmmm, easy enough. So off I went in search of a bear pattern. I didn't actually remember such a pattern but surely amongst my stash I could find one. Nope. Nary a bear.
Well, perhaps I could find a log cabin and a bear charm or button to attach? Yup, found a cute log cabin in the woods . . . found a really nice log cabin quilt block . . . found a charm? a button? Nope. Nary a one. And I really liked the log cabin quilt block with a bear charm idea -- bummer.
Hmmmm, not so easy after all.
I guess I'll have to settle for a teddy bear. Mind you, there were 2 other animals that were Loretta's 2nd and 3rd choice (easy ones, too, dogs and cats --I have tons of dog and cat patterns because they are some of my favs also.). But no, I was determined to go with her first choice. So back to my patterns I went in search of the Christmas teddy bear pattern book I knew was there (but never did find). And in searching for that book, I came across this:
Check it out -- a BEAR!
And a suggestion for the BEAR sans forest friends -- perfect!
(Okay, now here's the lack of organization part. I forgot to get the designer's name but if you check out your old "Cross Stitch and Country Crafts" Mar/Apr 1992 issue you can find it yourself. Sorry.)
And here he is, made into a cute little pillow (a new-to-me finish and, yes, I'm very proud of it):
And the rest of the exchange (also please note the black, brown, white color combo -- the color of bears):
This was such a fun project because I really had to do some thinking and searching for bear things.
My partner-who-stitched-for-me in this exchange was Lainey who combined some of my favorite things into one package:
Check out all the butterflies! And some in pink, no less. Thank you Lainey! I love it. The butterfly ornament she stitched hangs on my dresser mirror looking so pretty. I'm very lucky :)