I’ve been writing lots lately about a certain bear with a blue nose and his friends. Florence is smitten with the collection and at an event recently fell in love with the dress up version which I wrote about recently. I know that Tatty Teddy and his Blue Nose Friends are collectors items and I remembered that a good friend of mine is one of those said collectors! She very kindly agreed to write a guest post for me about why she loves them so much! I love her story, hope you do too!
Yes, I Cut Off The Tags!!!!
I love and always have loved cuddly toys! When I was younger we had bunk beds at home, but I didn’t share a room. Apparently my sister (who is 3 ½ years older) didn’t like sharing a room with me! How rude………. anyway back to the beds. I slept on the bottom, with a pink canopy around it, and on the top were my cuddly toys. There were lots, I mean it was full! I knew each one, could tell if one was missing and had them all in a set order. The special privileged few slept on the bottom bunk with me. In my late teens/early 20’s you could still find a number of cuddly toys (minus the bunk beds) on my bed, and yes I still went to sleep cuddling one!!! That all changed once I met my now husband, their new place was on a shelf or (sob) for some, the loft!
So it comes as no surprise that I love ‘Me To You Bears’ by Tatty Teddy And My Blue Nose Friends, and yes they live on a shelf (well until I had my daughter, but to that later). It’s hard to say why I love them; there are a number of reasons really, the softness, the cute little blue nose, the patches or the different types? Ruth remembered me obsessing over a ‘Me To You Bear’ once, because of one I desperately wanted years ago when we worked together. He was dressed up in an elephant onesie, cute right? I knew I wanted him, but couldn’t find him anywhere! I did manage to get him though: my fiancé found him while working away for the week, I was a happy girl.
This leads nicely on to another reason why I love them: the memories. So many of my bears are linked to fun or sweet memories and I’ll share a few with you.
Tatty Teddy slippers – I really, really, really wanted these for Christmas. My now husband was left in no doubt that he HAD to get them for me, which he did. However he thought he was funny: he had wrapped them up individually. One was given in the morning before Christmas dinner and it took a number of hours for him to give me the other foot.
Guiding bear – I am a Girl Guide leader. My parents gave me a bear that is wearing a Guiding uniform. He always joins me on camps.
Limited addition Large Brown Bear – I remember seeing this bear, which is what the Tatty Teddy looks like before being left in the snow and became damaged, and I thought he looked adorable. He also came with a story book about how he became Tatty. I knew I wanted to have it and give to my child (whenever that would be). The Bear now lives in my daughter’s room and the book is a favourite bedtime story.
I know some people keep theirs in pristine condition, with the tags left on. I once did that, but now as a Mummy I want my daughter to enjoy them and for her that involves playing/cuddling/touching them, so yes I cut/remove the tags! What is the point in having a cuddly toy if you don’t cuddle it?!?
Did I mention the nickname my husband gave me when we first got together? It was bear!