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Bear for Nanny by VesteNotus Bear for Nanny by VesteNotus
My grandmother (I call her "Nanny") was diagnosed with ovarian cancer two years ago. She has received chemo, she has underwent surgeries. She has received radiology. She continues to smile, talk with me at length about wigs (I collect them, and now she does too), and be supportive - just as a grandmother should.

At around the same time as her initial diagnosis, I started making plushies for people. She kept telling me how proud she was of me that I was the first in my family to be able to make at least a little money doing something I love. She is my biggest fan and I love her dearly.

So I have created a bear for her. It is not my best work, oh no. But it is something made, from the heart, for a woman who inspires me and a woman who holds my family together. Nanny, this bear is for you.
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I-Am-Lying Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
That's so sweet.
I've started making ribbons and handing them out at school for my mother, since she has Ovarian Cancer. I have one hanging in my locker and one on my wall. I make drawings for her, rather than make plushies.

But I think your bear is cute. It's a cute thought. I wish I could do that for my momma.
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chaos-bringer23 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
Aww..that's really nice of you. :) Special thoughts placed into a special bear.
I hope your grandma is doing okay.
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AnimeJunkie18 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
:cry:... What you said in the comments reminds me of the way I feel about my great grandmother who I call Granny. I definitely know how you feel about your Nanny. Anyway, this bear is so cute and the meaning behind him makes him just so special :aww: ! *adds to faves :+favlove: *
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JaninaKeks Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Good luck to your nanny :)
And the bear is so cute, I'm totally jealous of her :heart:
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corpsechild Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, that's so sweet. You're right though, it doesn't matter if it's not your best work, it's the emotions used to make it that does. :)
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Xuui Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
aww nanny! i miss her, how is she? OOO!!!! Tell her i said hi!!!!!!!
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teamTHRASH Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
Wow, this is so cute! The fur color is really pretty. It's such a classic design, too. The green bow really helps break up the colors. That was nice of you!
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227 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
awww..damn :(


But when you face death, and have the humor to talk about wigs?

some grandma's could face down the hulk, galactus and even the reaper himself. i'm pullin' for her.

your hands made something ordinary, but your heart made it extra-ordinary.
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VesteNotus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
Thank you so much for your support.
:-) My grandmother may feel down, but I'm hoping that this bear gives her an extra boost of encouragement
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kittykomix Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
Aww, thats so sweet. I'm sure she will love it, more so because you made it specially for her ^^. It's very heart felt. Great work :)
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kurokumo-yume Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so sweet. You made me cry, seriously. Enjoy every minute you have with her, I'm sure you do, just...I don't know. I'm sure she will love it with all her heart and more.

I miss Grandma Elsie. :(
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VesteNotus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
now it was your turn to make me cry!
One of the hardest things about being away at college is that I cannot see her as often as I want to.
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kurokumo-yume Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry, I didn't mean too!

That just makes the times that you do spend with her even more sweet.
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LimeTH Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007  Student Digital Artist
i hope everything turns around for the better for ya, it would suck if it didnt
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VesteNotus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
thank you.
it means a lot to me to have so much support from people on DA with respect to my grandmother's health.
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Rhinjinfan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
err...one of my grannies died and another is sick! I gave my sick one one of my kitty plushes because she misses her old cat, Mow :sniff: cute bear though ^^
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VesteNotus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
That was very nice of you!
Awww... I can only imagine how much your grandmother appreciated that kitty plushie.
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Rhinjinfan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
yesh, she isn't in this state anymore she's in Chicago...better air for her! I want to know also where did you learn to sew up plushies? You're like the best OO
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CandyGoth Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
nonsense think the bear looks wonderful and im sure she does too, (it looks so cuddely...i miss my stuffed panda bear i lost him somewhere) ;_;
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VesteNotus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
gosh, thank you

I'm sorry you lost your stuffed panda - I lost my stuffed monkey somewhere in that big ol' world... and I'm gonna find it!
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Lorilei Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007   Writer
:aww: i call my grandmother Nani spelled different though................sadly mine is opinionated and has a mean-streak............
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VesteNotus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
Really? I never knew another person who called their grandmother Nanny/Nani. That's very amusing!
I love it when people call their grandmothers something other than "grandmother" or "grandma"
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Lorilei Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007   Writer
yep and we call our great-grandmothers on my mom's side Wella which is short for abuela which is grandmother in spanish :) btw i sent u a note saying that i have sent Chii's payment okies
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AmberSpike Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
That's really heart warming and heart felt =) I really like this, there green looks very nice with the grey =D My best wishes to you and your Grandma =. I hope everyhting turns out alright. =D Great bear <3.
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VesteNotus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
thanks a lot, AmberSpike
:-)
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operative274 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
Well DONE darlin :clap: - And you're right, it doesn't matter how good it is, it's ow much heart you put into it :clap: Although this is damn good for a quickie hehee

Here's hoping for a speedy recovery :w00t:

Oh and the shoelace bow is PERFECT - VERY clever ;)
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VesteNotus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
Thanks so much. I agree - as long as the heart is there, the product itself is secondary.
Also, thanks for the compliments on the shoelace bow - I rather liked it more than any ribbon I put on him.
^__^
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skei Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
That is a really, really sweet gift to give her. I hope she continues to be so wonderful and upbeat, and that she lives on with good health. Having someone so great and encouraging like that in your life is important, and a blessing. :heart:

;D That being said, the bear is very cute! Hehe. He looks really soft.
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VesteNotus Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
Thank you very much. Her disposition wavers somewhat when she get nervous or scared, which is really strange to see (as she had always been a "pillar of strength" to me), but she is very brave regardless. Her love of life and the people in it is inspiring.
I cherish each day I spend with her. :-)

I'm glad you like my bear. It was hastily made so that my family could pick it up (they are driving past my apartment this weekend) and deliver it personally to my grandmother. I was very worried people would see it and say "wow. this is terribly made!"
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Eloquent-Censored Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thats really heart felt... I know how its like to have a family member with that kindof cancer and I really sympathize, Send my best wishes to your gran. Oh! and wondefull job on the teddy bear! it makes me want to hug it ^,^ chu~!
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VesteNotus Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
Thank you so much. I'm just hoping that this past surgery she had was her last and that she will get better... and perhaps beat it.

I just wanted to give her something I made, after she spent so long telling other people about what I make.
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