Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ima Clown Bear


Quite a number of years ago, I had the pleasure of restoring a number of Steiff animals and teddy bears for a good friend of mine. My favorite of the lot was an old 1925 Steiff Clown bear. For some reason, he simply captured my heart and I could not forget him.

This is what he looked like before I got my teddy hands on him.

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This is what he looked like afterwards.


He was way out of my reach as far as purchasing him was concerned, so I simply hung on to his picture and just loved him anyway.

A week or so ago, I was in creative mode and one of the bears I decided to make turned out to be a clown. I made her out of sparse mohair and had every intention of putting her up for sale in my Etsy store.

After the photo shoot today, I noticed that one of her arms was quite loosely jointed. Too loose to present her for sale and although I could have taken her apart and repaired the arm, it occurred to me that this bear was adopting me and that was her way of telling me she wasn’t going anywhere.

Teddies have a way of choosing us. I don’t know how that works. It’s a look, a feeling, one of those phenomenon that can’t be explained. But I believe they choose us, we don’t choose them.

Llittle Ima had this one in the bag from the beginning, much to my surprise. And I couldn’t be happier, loose little arm and all.

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Thanks for sharing the teddy love. Hugs from Vicki and Ima!


  1. I'm so glad Little Ima chose to stay with you, Vicki. She chose well!
    And she's adorable. Ima's eyes are so expressive, I believe she can see into our very souls. She's truly wonderful.
    As are you, my dear friend. Though miles part us, you are always with me, in my heart.
    Love & Hugs,

  2. Vicki, isn't it amazing how some of them are made to stay with you and this little one looks very determined. Can't blame her for wanting to stay with you. She is absolutely precious.

    Pat xx

  3. I feel the same way, Laura and Pat. Like friends we meet on the blog or otherwise, teddies just have that irrestible magic, if we are open enough to see it. I feel blessed to have both of you in my life.

  4. First of all can I just say what a brilliant job you did on the Steiff bear - no wonder you didn't want to part with him!

    Secondly, little Ima, tugs at the heartstrings and my eyes are all tearful just looking at her. Irrisistable Ima i'd say! Glad she is staying. :o)

  5. Thanks for kudos on the Steiff clown; and little Ima is beside herself with happiness that you stopped by to visit (she knows that you are the lady who takes teddies on picnics...)