Funny to think I've been making these little bears and animals for- well, forever now. It's been 12 or 22 years depending on how you add them up (when I quit all other pursuits to sew or when I first began making and selling them). Either way you count it, it's been a long time and in all these years I've never really had a muse. I was driven by the love of the process, material, and heritage of the craft, but now... Now I have my muse and it makes everything I make so much more powerful and imbued with purpose. Often, like this morning I bring one of my newest pieces up for Claude's inspection. This new pattern, inspired by Claude's physique (teehee), was greeted this morning- Hurarah for the new bear in the house Haha!... He ran in circles holding him up. I think he's gotten Claude's stamp of approval. I should have an actual stamp for that?!