Teddy Bears and Totem Poles

I was looking for a pattern to make our grandson a fabric ball for his first birthday this month. I ran across this great site by Jennifer Murphy. She’s been making fabric toys since she was a child, and I was so intrigued by her whole story, I wanted to share it with you.

Her toys are charming and so full of character. You can purchase ready made stuffed toys, or kits to make your own, directly from Jennifer.

I especially loved her story. Being a mom and following your passion to work at home, is a balancing act. My kids are all grown and I am still trying to find that sweet spot. There are so many things tugging at my time that I want to do, that I just can’t seem to differentiate sometimes between “needs and wants“.

Right now I “need” to make some toys for my grandson’s birthday and I’m so glad to have run across Jennifer’s story. It reminded me of my days as a young mom and all the fun things I made for my boys.

Teddy Bear by Me
Benjer Bear

Last year I created a Totem for a project in my college level 3D art class. It was made from the Teddy Bears I sewed for my two oldest sons over 30 years ago. It included some books that were my mother’s. She instilled in our family the respect for an education. My son, the father of this wonderful grandson turning “1”, is now in graduate school and I sent the bears to him for little one to enjoy. I also attempted a Teddy for my grand-baby, and discovered I have a lot to catch up on in the sewing department. I’m excited to get back to it.

Teddy Bear with Bow Tie
Casey’s Bear
Brother's Bears and Grandma's Books
Brother’s Bears and Grandma’s Books
Baby and Bears
Baby and Bears

I am just wondering when time started moving so fast . . . or if it is possible that I just move so much slower.




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