It’s not all about fashion!

It’s not all about fashion!

A little while ago I was asked to do something special for a family who had lost their daughter/sister.

They still had quite a few items of her clothes and chose the most worn, by her, for me to make up into something they could cherish. They had done something special each year on her birthday to keep her memory alive and this year they turned to me and I was thrilled and honoured to be a part of their memory building.

This time it was not my own clothes mountain I was choosing from, and they came to me with a few t-shirts and a special zippered jumper in which she always wore and my imagination took off….

Wanting to use all of what I was given for the project, but wanting it to be something extra special, we chose to make the clothes into a teddy bear. I chose some faux fur that suited the colours of the clothes and after a lot of hesitation of actually cutting into these special clothes, I got started and once I was started, I couldn’t stop and ended up with this…..

Introducing “Courtney Bear”…..

It's not all about the fashion!


It's not all about the fashion! A very special bear


It's not all about the fashion! A very special bear


It's not all about the fashion! A very special bear


It's not all about the fashion! A very special bear


I chose some pictures on the t-shirts which I felt had great meaning and placed them on the foot pads – a butterfly for freedom and a “love life” logo with a heart, because she was a girl who lived life to its fullest.

The zippered jumper I used for the body attaching a tag with Courtney’s name on it to the zip and leaving the zip so it can still open.

A collar from the other t-shirt, a little skirt and some flower embellishments and headband used up the rest of the clothes but not before I could make a special little heart that sits inside the body behind the zip to symbolize that love never dies!

I fell in love with this little bear and the concept behind it and I know that she is cherished by her owners and will be a constant reminder of the beautiful daughter/sister that had fulfilled her life’s plan early, touched the hearts of the people she needed to and flew off to her next destination to continue her journey.

Thank you for letting me into your life and allowing me to create this special bear for you!

Love Kirsty x


18 thoughts on “It’s not all about fashion!

  1. Deidre Pettit

    Amazing, Beautiful, a Treasure, Courtney Bear… you have outdone yourself Kirsty. You have such wonderful ability and a heart that Gives, Creates & makes you a Special Person:)

  2. Tegan Churchill

    What a gorgeous memory for the family you have created. I hope that it will bring them lots of smiles as it helps them to remember their special girl. What an awesome opportunity they gave you xx

  3. Gail Pick

    just love that bear Kirsty, your wonderful talents shine, so much more than you know, proud of you love mun xxx

  4. Katrina

    This really is so lovely. I honestly never thought to do something like this. It’s a fantastic thing to do. Knowing the person you are I’m sure it brought you such sadness and joy all at once to do this and it was made with absolute love x

  5. Me

    WOW – what an amazingly talented lady you – I know that they will cherish that bear for many many years to come !!!
    Have the BEST day !

  6. Pip (@BubSweatTears)

    Oh Kirsty, this beautiful creative bear brought tears to my eyes. Such a gorgeous concept with so much meaning yet for such a sad reason. Thank goodness you’re able to use your creative streak for such a heartwarming reason. What an honour.


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