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Friday, February 20, 2009

Teddy Bear in a jif

one of the things that set me apart when i was a kid from my other cousins was that i did not hold much stock to stuffed animals or dolls. i just wasn't into them. my cousin huey had a white, fluffy teddy bear he carried around with him. his brother Minh had a grey pound puppy (remember those?!). yes i thought they were cute, snuggly and squishy, but i didn't feel the need to have them constantly in my arms. i collected my fair share of the things and boyfriends have given me teddy bears. i have one stuffed gorilla that jason gave me years ago that i keep because it's adorable but i don't sleep with it. what is it about these things that kids love so much? and most importantly, aren't they freaked out when they wake up in the middle of the night with these things in their arms and the unmoving eyes are looking at them, judging them?

last year jason's sister gave birth to a baby boy. i met him for the first time over xmas break and he is the most photogenic child i've ever met. if it were ever a guarantee that all babies could be as angelic as Cole, i'd be more inclined to have kids myself. last month he turned one and i decided to not only celebrate his birth but i wanted to acknowledge jason's sister because afterall, she gave birth to Cole.

teddy bear

For Cole i made him a stuffed animal. i figured i'm the odd one, he probably likes teddy bears. i used a lion brand pattern, it swore it wasn't going to take long but it literally took me weeks to complete. i hate the sewing part and i think i have an aversion to making limbs, as mine turned out uneven sizes. i've done my fair share of stuffed animals this past year and it's all the same, there's always something off with the limbs. i used a J hook rather than the H because i wanted the teddy bear to be somewhat on the big side for Cole. for michelle, i bought cute frames from Restoration Hardware and filled with pictures i had taken of Cole over xmas. i had a lot of pictures to choose from, i couldn't help not snapping away on my camera! he wasn't talking yet but he did make the "ba" sound which i informed Michelle means daddy in vietnamese. the kid is totally bi-lingual! :)

teddy bear 2

today's song: Sesame Street Theme Song

would you believe, in two days my own blog is a year old? :) i started out doing crafts and then i realized that cooking and baking was pretty damn enjoyable, and chronicling it was amusing so... here i am. speaking of which, have you seen the list of Top 50 Food Blogs? most of the blogs listed are ones i visit and drool over... not only for content, but for the beautiful pictures and inspiration. my friend Mike gave me the best compliment: given a more professional layout, i could eventually get on that list. AW! that is not my goal, that would take too much time and effort on my part, i'm just glad my own personal friends enjoy this blog and that i've met other bloggers too. happy weekend!


12 comments:

  1. You are so creative. You amaze me. If I tried to make something like this, well, it would not go well. (You should start a shop on Etsy! I know it would take a lot of time, though.)

    PS: Congrats on the one-year blogging anniversary! I feel like you are such an old pro at this, you must have been doing it for much longer than that. And I totally agree about finding good friends this way - glad to have found you!

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  2. If the Teddy had more uniform limbs I would not like him as much! Totally more character with uneven limbs. Great job and what a thoughtful gift. You're cool like that to think of the mommy whose child had the birthday. And Happy First Blogoversary! And many more to come! You build it and I will be there.

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  3. congrats on the 1 year anniversary! An excellent blog and I am glad I came across it. I have become a fan and a avid reader. Cheers to you and your blog, hope to be able to read many more from you.
    Houstonwok

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  4. Aw, too cute! I gotta learn how to crochet animals. I'm still doing straight lines.

    Happy blog birthday!

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  5. shannalee --
    thanks. i just so thoroughly enjoy crafting that putting a price on it would take the fun away.

    trish --
    you're such a great cheerleader! i heart that you appreciate Teddy's uneven limbs. :)

    houstonwok --
    thank you so much for your support, i'm glad that my blog provides such reading entertainment for you. :)

    wc --
    thanks! once you figure out how to crochet in the round, it's sooooo easy, i promise.

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  6. happy anny to the angry asian blog! it's been fun reading all of your entries and having cooking texts sent during class ;) awesome job fellow doorknob!

    xoxo-

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  7. That bear is out of control cute. Seriously I have an aversion to sewing limbs on crocked. I make them the right size but some how the arms are always too close together or the legs too far apart. I think Mr. Bear looks perfect and I really enjoy his snappy scarf!

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  8. I can totally see you not being the teddy bear type. As for myself, I had my stuffed animals and I played with them, but it wasn't a can't-be-without-them kind of thing... I wonder where Benji is now...

    Oh, and I think that stuffed animals with uneven limbs are somehow BETTER than normal ones-- they're unique! And it's kinda like that kid clown fish in Finding Nemo that had a stubby fin-- makes it that much more cute. :)

    Oh, and congrats on the one-year mark! It's impressive you've stuck it out this long, and it's lucky for us readers that you have!

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  9. big k, you're too cute! thanks girl.

    kirby, it's all about the personality of the stuffed animal right? as well as the wardrobe. :)

    thanks Timothy. you're too nice! btw, benji was probably recycled. iJustSaying. :)

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  10. That bear is out of control cute. Seriously I have an aversion to sewing limbs on crocked. I make them the right size but some how the arms are always too close together or the legs too far apart. I think Mr. Bear looks perfect and I really enjoy his snappy scarf!

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  11. congrats on the 1 year anniversary! An excellent blog and I am glad I came across it. I have become a fan and a avid reader. Cheers to you and your blog, hope to be able to read many more from you.
    Houstonwok

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  12. You are so creative. You amaze me. If I tried to make something like this, well, it would not go well. (You should start a shop on Etsy! I know it would take a lot of time, though.)

    PS: Congrats on the one-year blogging anniversary! I feel like you are such an old pro at this, you must have been doing it for much longer than that. And I totally agree about finding good friends this way - glad to have found you!

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