My First Teddy and Definitely Won’t be My Last…


The name “Teddy” actually comes from former United States President Theodore Roosevelt, who was commonly known as “Teddy” when he refused to shoot an exhausted and tied down black bear during a hunting trip in 1902 and instructed that the bear be killed to put it out of its misery.

Death is not the greatest loss in life.

The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

Norman Cousins

The incident soon became the topic of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902. When Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt, he was inspired to create a teddy bear. After sending a bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to use his name, the toys were an immediate success and Michtom founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

Even till this day, teddy bears are among the most popular gifts for children and are often given to adults to signify love, affection, congratulations, or sympathy. Perhaps every lovely soul who crochets would have a teddy bear project in his/her to-do list.

As for me, it happens to be my first amigurumi project.

A little ambitious for an amigurumi noob back in 2015, who had ONE crochet hook (a Japanese crochet hook size 1/0-2/0) and some left over acrylic yarns huh? Well, my guts told me to go ahead anyway and found myself a cute teddy bear tutorial on YouTube.

Their written pattern can be found HERE

TADA~ MY FIRST AMIGURUMI TEDDY BEAR!

😑I know, totally no resemblance to the ones shown in tutorial.

Well, like I mentioned earlier, I only had one Japanese crochet hook (1/0-2/0) and some left over acrylic yarns during that time. So this cutie was stuffed with toilet paper (not joking) and the eyes were glass beads instead of safety eyes. It was very discouraging when the outcome was not the same as the one shown in the tutorial (nothing like a Teddy.. LOL) so, I stopped crocheting amigurumi for a while and went back to crocheting bags. Then in 2016, I decided to try again and started with something smaller — a snail.

My second attempt in amigurumi
(We will Get There)

Well, at least this one looked like a snail huh? I think there is nothing wrong with being ambitious, but when it comes to crafting, unless you are one of the super talented ones, it is better to take small simple steps during the early stage.

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh
My third amigurumi – A pig piglet
(Shades of Pink)

After completing my third amigurumi, I started my journey in “bringing a series of small things together”. There were ups and downs along the way, with many mental debates on whether I should change my path to crocheting instead. Eventually I started my Esty shop in 2018 and have received unconditional supports from my family and friends. I am very thankful to be still hanging on at this moment.

Just a few days ago, after updating my shop and wondering what I should do next, something came up and I decided to crochet that Teddy bear again. Using the same crochet hook and a similar yarn but this time, I’ve had all the materials needed.

Same pattern but different outcomes?

From this “experiment”, I realized that in the world of amigurumi, the skill that we’ve acquired is not really only about crocheting but how we “sculpt” all our crocheted components.

I have to admit that assembling the components is still the most intimidating part for me but ironically, it is the very same thing that we need to master well in order to give “life” to all these cuties!

Sometimes you have to do what you don’t like to get to where you want to be.

Tori Amos

Thank you for reading this post and have a wonderful day ahead! Do stay safe, healthy and happy!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

Stepping Stones


As according to Merriam Webster,

A STEPPING STONE IS…
  1. a large, flat stone that you step on to cross a stream
  2. something that helps you get or achieve something

If you make an error, use it as a stepping stone to a new idea you might not have otherwise discovered.~ Roger von Oech 

Thus, here are some of those lovely stepping stones which helped us discovered many new ideas:

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Winter Butterflies – A Custom Made Bracelet


One of our regular clients actually wanted to purchase the Sunny-Side-Up Anklet but it is too long for her wrist and so, we have custom-made this Winter-Butterfly Bracelet for her based on some of her favourite colours.

Did you know?

Some species of butterfly hibernate as adult butterflies, while some survive the winter as eggs, caterpillars or chrysalis.

Read more @ http://www.britishbutterflies.co.uk/winter.asp

Just before sunset…


Drawing is definitely not my forte despite taking lessons for a few years when I was still a little girl. That is why I really envy my brother, who is able to draw the Simpsons very well, and my baby sis (who is drawing some of the doodling arts in our “Laugh With Us” category).

With my sister now doing a contractual job at a bank while I do the setting up our online shop (I’ve stopped working with those lovable students of mine due to the relapses of my backaches :(), she has very little time to draw.

Actually, I am a fan of her doodling arts ever since she started drawing all those funny characters inside her notebooks and erhhmm….lecture notes. They never fail to make me laugh.

I wanted to read more of her works, but I guess just my liking isn’t enough 😦.

HOWEVER..if you’ve already read our “Laugh With Us” posts (it is just a click away, sweeties!!) and think they are worth reading, do leave down your likes and comments so that she is motivated to draw more.

Without further adieu, here’s the result of my first piece of work:

paper-nail-design-1

The top nail (ya…drawn by yours truly) was done with colour pencils and markers.

Actual nail polish were applied to the one at the bottom with the fimo slices and rhinestones placed only after the colours are dried so that I can reuse them hehe…

The colours used : Jet Black, Mustard Yellow, Blue & Silver Glitter

Art Decor used: 3 butterfly fimo & Black rhinestones

With this, I can create as many designs as I want to without using any top coat (yes, I’ve yet to buy them…) and best of all, I don’t have to remove them.

I’ve just purchased some acrylic nails and nail polish brushes/dotting tools  so that I can try out all my paper designs on the nails.

Oh~ can’t wait for them to arrive. 😀

Hope you do enjoy this humble post of ours.

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

This entry was first posted on Clouds N Cups, Be With Us (2nd Aug 2012) and we would like to thank the following lovely souls for reading, commenting and pressing the ‘Like’ button:

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  13. erica0angelique ~ Hello, Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my “Driving me carazzzy” post. You’re designs are adorable. That is one medium I have never worked with…Fimo, I will certainly have to try it one day. 😀
  14. ibelivetoday ~ Hi there friend!! Thanks for visiting my blog n hitting on one of my fav posts 🙂 Cheers Shraddha
  15. BillyBooth ~ BWU – thanks for liking my drawings. Don’t be discouraged by drawing skills. With the right vision and creative mind set (which you obviously have) you’ll surprise yourself with the sketches you can come up with. I’m in the same boat, just keep at it, i like to keep it simple and relatable. Keep up the good work – BB