Sunday, December 16, 2007

Tatty Teddy story....

The Me To You range is produced by Carte Blanche Greetings & has a huge following appealing to young & not so young. The range covers nearly every possible item you can imagine from plush cuddly bears, greeting cards, clothing, jewellery, resin & ceramic figures, stationary & the list goes on.

The blue nosed bear was created in 1987 by an artist working under the name of Miranda (Alias Mike Payne), he chose the name Miranda as he spent an enjoyable holiday with his family on a houseboat bearing this name. This can take a few people by surprise when introduced to Mike as he is a big man sporting a beard & Miranda somehow does not quite fit. Tatty Teddy is just one of many animals in the Miranda range to be sold in nearly 60 countries across the world.

Those of you who are already collectors will know the Tatty Teddy story which can be found in booklet form on some of the bears, for any others here is a shortened version.

Tatty Teddy's Heartwarming Story

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Tatty Drawing

Official Story. Written by Miranda. Actual book illustrated by Steve Mort-Hill

The oldest, smallest house you can imagine was about to be knocked down.
All the things that once made the house nice and cosy had been thrown outside and piled up in the front garden, from the soft springy bed the owners slept in, to the old wooden floorboards they used to walk on...and even...surely by some mistake...a little brown teddy bear.

He was trapped amongst all the other unwanted things, and couldn't move.
Then, one day...a very, very cold day, something fell from the sky...
...a little snowflake.
It landed on the teddy bear's little nose and was then followed by many more.
He began to get cold, very cold indeed.

More and more snow fell, heavier and heavier.
The little bear was now so cold that his nose started turning blue... cold that his brown fur started turning grey.

He was cold, unloved and all alone in the world, and felt very, very sad.
Winter finally passed and the weather got warmer, and, one beautiful spring day, a little girl was playing near the old house, when she spotted the grey bear in the pile of unwanted things.

He was like no other bear she had ever seen, and she pulled him out from where he was trapped.
She dusted him down and lifted him high in the sky to look at him.
"A grey bear...with a blue nose?"
She thought.
"How strange!"
The teddy bear wanted to cry. He thought she didn't like him and would throw him back with the other unwanted things.
"But he's lovely!" she continued and she fell completely in love with him.

She ran home as fast as her little legs would carry her to see if her Grandma could patch him up, as a lot of his stuffing had fallen out, and he was very much in need of repair.

She looked on has her Grandma replaced his stuffing and patched up his holes.
His stitches has started showing where his fur had worn away, but little girl thought he looked perfect.

It was all cosy and warm in the little girl's house and the bear now felt cosy and warm in his heart. However, his nose was still blue and his fur was still grey, and they would never return to brown. He was unique amongst teddy bears.

The little girl gave him a great big hug. She loved him more than anything else in the world...her little, grey, blue-nosed...tatty teddy.