Friday, 20 March 2015

Big Blue Dog Needs New Eyes

Big Blue has been in the family for over 50 years.  This poor guy came to us with no eyes, dirty, and needing some replacement stuffing.  First we empty out his stuffing which was old Styrofoam chips and paper.  There was so much stuffing that it filled our trash can!  Then he was washed and re-stuffed with new fiberfill.

He can barely keep his head up. Poor guy.

Look at me now!  New eyes, lots more stuffing, and clean fur.  The daddy told us he didn't remember his Big Blue to have a nose.  I would like to try and see what one would look like.  We will have to ask before we preform a nose job.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Tiger Splits in Two! Shocks Momma

Tiggy, "I have had better days!"  Well we are not sure what happened to this little guy, but we can only imagine.  Maybe a tug-a-war? (We are still researching the reason for such a traumatic injury).  The boy friend scooped up all the remains of the little guy and carefully mailedl him from New Brunswick.  Wow a long way for this little guy to come for a repair!

Ripped in two!

Finished results.  He was washed and re-sewn.  It was not an easy task since we didn't know what it looked like.  It took several tries until we eventually looked online to see what the original tiger looked like.  Thank you internet. 

I'm so happy. 

Can you see my scar?

Not bad.  Almost can't see the rip.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Déjà vu...Wow Another Dee An Cee Composition Doll?

A little bit about me:

My first love are dolls.  When I was a teenager, I wanted to make dolls.  Looking back, it was mighty strange for a teenager to have the desire to make dolls.  So I found a place that had youth classes to learn the art of making porcelain dolls.
 My teacher encouraged me to put some of my dolls in the Annual Doll Competition....and I won a lot of them.  Lots of fun.  Unfortunately, I grew tired of making them, but I still love hunting for the dolls that sing my name.

Enough about me!

The Momma of this composition doll, told me that she had a really hard time finding someone local to fix her doll.  I was kind of surprised that she found us, since we are a Teddy Bear Store.  I told her that I would be glad to look at it to see if I could fix it.  When I examined the doll, I told the Momma that I could re-string the doll.  She was so happy that I could do it.  This was her mom's doll and her mom just passed away not very long ago.  Sentimental value...I understand.

This poor baby doll really needs some TLC.  No markings on her but she looks like Dee An Cee Doll...Canadian Doll.  Poorly re-strung, she can barely sit up.  Cracks on her body which the previous owner had  mended with large staples.  Wow I'm amazed at the workmanship, trying to keep the doll together.  Next, the doll has large chunks of her thick paint chipped off.  I suggested stocking and shoes for protecting the damaged foot and leg.

Staple holding her together and missing heel

After taking her apart, the previous fixer upper used a large rubber band to string her together.  Hum very crafty person.  I was all ready to re-string her, but she was missing an "s" ring in her head!  Where do you get something like that?

I found the "s" ring at Home Depot.  Thank you!  Attached the "s" rings in all the limbs and re-strung her.  We called her Momma the next day and when she saw her she almost started to cry.  It is so wonderful that I could help fix her mother's doll.  Just a little bit of her history restored.  

Friday, 6 March 2015

Bobo - Cheeky Bear by Merrythought

Bobo had been laying quietly in his owner's closet when his owner noticed an odd smell.  When she took Bobo down, she noticed that he had some burn marks on his fur.  Unfortunately he was too close to a  light blub in the closet.  She contacted us to see if we could restore him.

At first glance, he didn't look to bad.  When we opened him up, we were shocked!!  His fiberfill was just like charcoal.  The smell was so awful that we had to take him apart outside.
If he had stayed in the closet much longer, he could have caught on fire.  We removed all the black stuffing, washed and washed him and set about the repairs.

Bag full of burnt fiberfill

We decided not to replace some of the scorched fabric as a remembrance of what happened to Bobo.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Chewie - May the force be with you! Part 3 - The Finally

Do you think Chewbacca would look like this if he took a bath???  Our Chewie has finally been put back together.  What do you think of him now?  Oh, his real name is..... Cyril.  I still like the name Chewbacca.

Cowardly Lion Puppet

During my life as a young Lion Puppet, I was carefully played with by my owner.  He took me on all his adventures, until one day he put me in storage.  I was very sad to be left alone for so long.  A rat used me for nesting material.  When my owner found me I was such in disarray, holes all over my body.  I shook from fright.  Fortunately my owner found the Teddy Bear Doctor.

Rat chewed holes in me

Now after a total body reconstruction, I'm ready to go home!  This time I will be put in a safe place, no rats!  

Wow this Daddy use to live in the Dr.'s neighborhood!  Small world.  He even got to visit his childhood home a few blocks away.  Now they live far away.  Happy trips the two of you.