Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Letter from Hamlin

If you have read here for any length of time, you know that sometimes the bears have stories of their own. Occasionally, when they travel, they write me from their new homes to say all is well. It seems that teddy bears like to reassure us bear makers from time to time that we’ve done the right thing – letting them venture out on their own.


So it was with great joy that I received a letter from one of my recently adopted bears. Normally, I would not post their missives, as they can be quite personal, but Hamlin reassured me that he would be delighted to make yet another appearance here on bearbits. I hope you will enjoy his letter.



Thank you so much for the treats you packed in my box with me. Playing Solitaire was a great way to pass the time. I was so excited to arrive at my new home as my new mommy put me under the Christmas tree. She whispered that she'd open me when her husband needed a break from his work, as she thought he'd have fun watching her open me because of all the cute things you put in the box with me.

Sure enough he came to the tree last night for a break and I could hear them smiling and laughing over all my cute things. Then when they opened me, they both really liked me and I was so glad. She thinks I have a lovely and expressive face and wonderful body (and so did he.) He really liked how you shaded my paws. They both liked my colors, too. He enjoyed trying my flashlight and laughing at the notes and then he had to go back to work but Mommy played with me under the tree until it was time to go to bed. I could tell that she really loves me and is so happy I'm here. :)

She introduced me to my new friends and left us for the night. They were all nice and told me that I would get to ride a reindeer the next day! Oh boy! My first reindeer ride. My mommy loves reindeer they said and so then it made sense why she had been so excited over the card you sent her. She said it was perfect for her. She LOVES Teddy bears the most but really likes old postcards right up there after that! She collects those too and makes artwork from them. She has a new website that is getting built in stages and it shows some of the things she makes from old postcards.


I know how busy you are Aunt Ginger at this time of year, so if you don't visit her site right away she'll understand but hopes you can drop by in the New Year sometime at  I'll ask her to put a photo in here so you can see what I mean about what she makes because when you see them- you'll know why she really loved the card you sent! She has it on display and told me to say a big thank you to you for me most of all (aww shucks!) and then the card, and other fun surprises, too..  and oh yes, she said she liked my hang tag as it is so pretty and the color reminds her of her favorite dark chocolate. :)


Here are 2 photos of the "cut-outs" she makes from antique & vintage postcard images. (She hand cuts and decorates each one to be one of a kind- like me. :) She loves that I am one of a kind.) She also really appreciated you sharing with her about how you named and made me. She is enclosing this first photo because I like reindeer so much after today. :) (it is a double layer one- her husband helps her make the stands with two grooves for the pieces to sit in.) and the next photo is a special village one with lights.

Then as promised, I got to meet the Steiff reindeer today and go for a ride..


He was so nice- told me about how he came from Germany and let me hold on to his antlers so I wouldn't be afraid of falling off.


My mommy gave me my own stocking to hang up to wait for Santa


I gave him a big hug to say thank you for the ride..


and then I read him a bed time story...


Good night & Sweet sugar plums dreams!


Dear Little Hamlin,

Thank you for the lovely letter.  It really made me smile.  I am certain you will enjoy your new home and your new friends. 

A very Merry Christmas to you.

Love & hugs,


  1. One can see that Hamlin is in very good hands. He is so sweet!

  2. Wonderful history! Wonderful photos! Very pleasantly that the bear has found a kind and good family!

  3. Hi Ginger,

    Here I sit, early, early morning and tears are rolling down my cheeks. Thank you for this wonderful story. And the pictures are just wonderful.

    Thank you, dear friend, this post began my day with a smile and a light heart, happy heart. (o:


  4. All I can say is awhhh. What a sweet letter and such adorable pictures. It is so nice to see the happiness bears bring.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing our happy story with the lovely readers of your blog.

    I am presently sitting next to Hamlin and his new reindeer friend and they are clapping their paws and (hooves) with joy! They are so excited to see their pictures up here on your blog. Now they are inviting all their other friends to see too.. and it's getting a little crowded here at my computer with all those fuzzy little faces peering at the screen.. I'm moving over now so they can see better... :) ..oh! Celebration party breaking out here.. better go.. but first, we definitely all wanted to say Merry Christmas to you and your bears!!!

  6. Aww, what a lovely tale, and so glad Hamlin has so many new friends :o)

  7. that's really a sweet letter from your teddy who's gone to his new mummy. wonderful pictures too. ;)

  8. Ah, Hamlin is obviously very happy in his new home:)

  9. Love the letter Ginger !!! It is always so nice to hear from our little ones when they leave home. :)
    Big Hugs,

  10. This is so darling, and how sweet to have received a letter from Hamlin sharing his new life. Just too sweet.

    Enjoy the Season.


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