I decided not to push myself this year because of the arthritis in my hands, but was able to get one done for a Christmas gift.
This is T12 with his joints installed and ready for stuffing.
Fortunately, I had the parts sewn and the seams pressed when our power went out three days before Christmas. The bear ended up being one of the projects I worked on for the three days without electricity.
He was stuffed and I got his arms and legs stitched closed, but by the time I got his head on, the sun was starting to fade.
Once he got his mouth, he told me he wanted to be an artist. He does look a bit artsy with the patchwork of many colors.
I had Bob hold a flashlight so I could sew that ear on the sewing machine by turning the handwheel. It's a good thing it was just a small part, or my hand would have been super sore!
We were quite the pioneers. I finished the stitching of his mouth, claws and ears by candlelight. He now represents all eleven of the other Griswold bears
Davey, Emily, and Bobby joined in along with Othar, Ben, and Cheeka. Becky fed them homemade honey wheat bread with homemade butter, and of course there was lots of honey on the slices too.
After the party, T12 had to be packed so he could go to his new home in Spokane, Washington.
He had a long arduous journey that was very nerve wracking on my end, since FedEx decided not to track shipments that week. He finally arrived by January 2nd, and was very happy to get unpacked!
His adopted dad Nick was very happy with him. They are going to get along famously. T12 has a new name, but it is quite similar to his old name. Nick is calling him Tiz, because that is what the tag that came with him looked like.
Tiz is looking forward to art lessons from Nick, who is an artist. It will be fun to see what kind of art work they come up with.