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It was my mom’s birthday a couple of weeks ago.

Hubby and I gave her the coolest Memory game (which I hope and think she liked), and to stick on top of the wrapped present, I beaded a cute (well… so-so cute) little Teddy bear giving her his heart, and because the bear didn’t end up being quite as perfect as I would have liked him to be, I made an extra, bigger heart as well.

Here they are, stuck on top of the present with a strip of Scotch tape each.

Torsten Becker, the guy whose pattern I used for these two, originally intended the bear to be made with wire.

Since my beads were transparent, and I only had copper-colored wire, I used transparent nylon thread instead. That proved to be a very slippery business, and the bear ended up going rather pear-shaped, (not only) figuratively speaking.

But ugly things can be cute, too, don’t you think?

By the way, in case you were wondering at the ugly yellow blob at the side of Aemilia Bearheart’s head: That’s where I melted the nylon thread with a lighter to prevent that pesky knot from coming loose.

And look, I’m too much of an airhead to actually put some form of size-reference into pictures of really small things, or to take pictures of things before they’re stuck onto a present with a piece of tape, so I’m going to pretend that the piece of Scotch tape is there on purpose, to give you a reference for the figurines’ size. Also, to give you an even better idea about the size, pleaso note my fingerprint that is visible on the surface of the tape! How’s that for making the best of a bad job?

In this picture, you can also see the singed nylon at the tips of the heart’s bows. Fortunately, since the two objects are so small, the scorched thread-ends aren’t really very noticeable to the naked eye. I do have to work on my smouldering-technique, though.

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