Wednesday, 15 August 2012

eyes for Teddy

vintage teddy gets new eyes mother of pearl button collection régi maci mackó új szemeket kap gomb gyűjtemény fellvarrva

I vaguely remember having Ziggy Stardust in mind when I did this a few years ago.

This is my childhood teddy, it's been around since I can remember. It had many crazy and dangerous adventures. When I grew out of him, my brother and then my sister played with him... he's seen a lot and some more.

His whole arm came off at some point - my mum darned it back on. He sure had to go for a spin in the washing machine, not even once.

He got buried in sawdust in the shed and was left there for a whole winter - we forgot him... Then we remembered, and when we dug him up a black beetle crawled out of his leg. In the wash he went again, then more needle&thread repairs took place.

During all this turmoil he lost an eye first, then both.

old teddy bears vintage button collection m-o-p eyes kopott macin sok antik gomb szem

My little sister fixed that problem - she stitched some red buttons on with the thread crossing in the middle. Better than being blind, she said.

This fellow must have imprinted on me when I was tiny because I just couldn't bear those red crossed eyes on him. Took those off but couldn't really stand him being blind either. I tried half of my vintage button collection on him pair by pair, but nothing looked right. Eventually I had the idea of making him bright-as-a-button eyed with precious carved mother-of-pearl buttons. In fact, my whole collection of them.

Strangely enough now he looks just right. He seems to be wearing them like medals for his lifetime achievement of being a very special first friend. And for surviving it.

old vintage teddy paws stitched régi mackó maci talpai megfoltozva


I'm linking this post (and Teddy) up with the Favourite Thing link party over at the Mockingbird Hill Cottage.

16 comments:

  1. I am so inlove with your teddy. What a delightful read. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I'm glad you like him and enjoyed the read!

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  2. how amazing, that you still have him! he brings so many memories. :)

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    1. it is! For a few years i thought he was lost, but he turned up from the underbed storage one day :)

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  3. He's beautiful - the buttons were an inspired idea. Something so well loved deserves the absolute very best. Thank you so much for joining in!

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Thank you Claudia! I'm so glad I stumbled on your link party - a perfect way to show my teddy off :) I'm also liking the mixture of things that get shared. What a lovely way to connect with people! Thanks for hosting!

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  4. What a loved teddy bear. Just precious.
    Balisha

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    1. Thanks Balisha!

      He went through a lot with all three of us. We had quite a lot of toys but we pretty much thrashed up and spoiled most of it (we were very 'creative' kids to say the least) so thinking about that it's a real miracle he is still around. I cherish him now :)

      PS. I really enjoyed reading your recent posts - i left such a looooong comment of the humming bird one, i hope you won't mind.

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  5. He is adorable... kind of has a pirate like button eye patch. Just right for him. :)

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    1. That's a great way to see his buttonsy makeover! He's a true adventurer for sure!

      Thanks for your comment Tracy!

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  6. He is a well loved teddy for sure.

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    1. Thank you Babajeza! Great you stopped by!

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  7. I guess he is real by now (see the Velveteen Rabbit). What a sweet guy.

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  8. Thank you Linda!
    I love the sweet little story of the velveteen rabbit - yes I reckon this bear of mine probably feels quite real even without a fairy's magic :)

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  9. What a beautiful story about your very special first friend. And a lovely tale of survival, thanks to you and your family's love. Thank you SO much for posting this, Linda. Truly.

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    1. Thank you Linda,
      I was so happy to come across your 'Favourite Thing' link party! As soon as I saw it I just knew it was the perfect spot for my ted. Thanks for hosting!

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