AT HANDSOME STITCHERY WE CELEBRATE THE CIRCLE OF LIFE - FROM BIRTH TO DEATH, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.
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"Charlie was only 1 when her dad made the decision to join the military. We packed up and moved 5,000 miles away and have been stationed in Hawaii most all of her life. So she is no stranger to missing family and loved ones. She is strong and resilient and the best military kid a mom could ask for.
But a few months ago orders dropped sending us all to Alaska, and then three weeks later sending my husband to Kuwait on deployment...and my daughter is devastated.
She and her father are inseparable and to a 4 year old, 9-12 months may as well be years. She knows that Dad won't be there for her 5th birthday, her first day of Kinder, Easter, thanksgiving and many more important dates, and we are dreading his upcoming departure.
This bear is made from the first uniform that my husband was issued in Basic Training and I'm hoping that it can give her comfort where I am unable to, until her dad is home safe. It's such an amazing thing you do for families and I just wanted to thank you myself for this."
A couple of months ago we lost my beautiful cousin Alicia to cancer. Alicia left behind her wonderful husband, Mike, and gorgeous little 3-year old girl, Rylee.
Being that Rylee is only three we know that the main memories she has of her mom are going to be from all the stories, pictures, and videos that all of Alicia's friends and family are going to continue to share with her. So I thought this would be a nice way for her to feel a connection to her mom while still being at such a young age.
I obtained one of Alicia's old shirts from my Auntie Linda and had a bear made for Rylee.
It turned out better than I could have ever expected.
She even added a few special touches for me (2 hearts on the paws - 1 that reads 'mom' and 1 that reads 'Alicia', she even infused all off the stuffing with lavender essence and put a pocket on its back that we could put sachets of fresh lavender in it (Rylee associates the smell of lavender with her mom).
Thank you Handsome Stitchery! Rylee loved the bear and you have shone a little beam of sunshine on a very dark time for a beautiful little girl.
When my boys were born 34 and 32 years ago they were fortunate that their great grandmother was alive. For each of them she had made a quilt for their crib; the quilt was done in an announcement of their birth.
I kept the quilts, holding onto them as they were the last thing that she had ever made showing her handiwork of embroidery. I never knew what I would do with them.
Since both of my boys were married and each now had a baby of their own I brought the quilts to Handsome Stitchery, and asked if she could make a bear for each of my grandbabies, explaining to her the history of the quilts through 5 generations. She of course asked if I was certain I wanted to do this, and I knew in my heart I wanted this done.
I was uncertain how she would make the bears: Would she be maintaining the handmade embroidery of the now great great grandmother of my grandbabies? I doubted it was possible. All I knew for certain she would do a fantastic job.
Well, I knew they both would be great, but they were beyond great. Even now typing this my eyes water: not only did she preserve the history of the quilt, but the story was all there for my sons. Looking at the details brought tears to my eyes; my grandmother, the great grandmother, and now great great grandmother was with me at that moment."