Have A Party With Your Bear Day

Party With Your Bear Day

So today’s odd holiday is all about having a party with your bear. Again, not sure who is to blame for this one and bear type was not specified. I opted for a teddy bear instead of an actual brown bear or, I suppose, a large hirsute man in a nightclub, since as many of you know, I don’t enjoy drawing people.

I tried to think back, but couldn’t come up with a time that I actually partied with my teddy bears. I guess I had a version of a slumber party that would count, but the primary intent was to sleep and didn’t include snacks so it was really the worst party one can imagine.

Also, I didn’t like parties back then either, so creating one just for kicks was unlikely to happen. I had several teddy bears, and I just assumed they all shared my disdain, but it occurs to me now there was probably at least one I was disappointing.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m traveling for work today and don’t have time to complete a proper story. So I invite you to share your own story in the comments! Have you ever partied with a bear? Tell us about it!

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51 Comments
  1. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    what nice fur your bear has!

    • Author

      Awww thanks!! The references I choose had different fur but I liked this kind of fur, so I tried that instead. Hehe…glad you like it, Cynthia!💕😃

  2. Kari 2 years ago

    I’ve never partied with a bear(not real, stuffed or hirsute one in a bar). I have, however, helped my kids party with the stuffed kind. When I taught preschool, there was a teddy bear picnic day in which we got to wear our pj’s (mine was a sexy Peppy Le Pew pj bottoms and a black tank, lol) and have a snack with our bears. I’ve always wanted a life-size teddy bear that Costco sells. 😊 Beautiful texture on your teddy bear!! It looks very soft and cuddly! Safe travels, Charlie!!

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! 💕😃Glad you like him!! Ooooo I think that Costco bear is so cool! But I could never justify getting him. Lol And teddy bear picnic day was referenced when I was researching this one. It was definitely “teddy bear” so much easier to celebrate with certainty! Hehe

  3. Teri C 2 years ago

    Love the look of your bears.
    I have one I call ‘chocolate bear’ that my husband bought for me while on vacation early in our marriage and the three of us partied often. 😍😊
    Are you traveling somewhere fun I hope?

    • Author

      Thanks so much Teri! 😃😃I bet ‘chocolate bear’ was fun at parties! Hehe And no, nothing exotic for travel, just a quick hop over to Chicago! 😊

  4. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    This is the most ADORABLE doodlewashed teddy bear!! He looks so realistic & fuzzy!

    • Author

      Awww thanks Nicole!! 💕😃 I always choose things that are furry and then worry about how the heck I’m going to make the fur look okay! 😊 hehe… I’m so glad you think he turned out well!!

  5. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    I’ve partied with my large stuffed giraffe. Does this count? lol! I posted it on my blog but I think this was before we knew each other. I dressed my giraffe with all these cute hats a friend loaned me and did a photo shoot in the backyard. I suppose it was kind of like a party. 😉 My neighbor thought I had lost it…but it made me laugh! I’m a little strange in that way. 😜 LoVe your Doodlewashed teddy bear! Great job on the fur! ❤️ Guess we both had teddy bears on our minds today! 😄🎨❤️

    • Author

      I think a giraffe totally counts!! For this silly day you could apparently just call him “bear” as it really wasn’t specific! Lol And wait…this was as an adult that you did this?! I think I love you even more now!! 😉💕💕

      • Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

        Oh, Charlie! Thank you! ❤️💖💚 If you want yo see my photos of my giraffe party, I have it categorized as “Photoshoot” listed on the right side of my blog. Hehe! 😄

      • Author

        Those are awesome!! Hehe!! What a fun thing to do!!! 😃😃💕

  6. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    The toy my parents bought me for our first Christmas in Canada was a teddy bear so I have a fondness for them. Your doodlewashed bear is even cuter than my old bear. I ❤️ him! 😊

    • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

      I didn’t answer your question though. I never partied with mine but I read to him a lot. That’s a party, isn’t it? 😉

      • Author

        Depends on what you read to him I guess and whether he liked it. Lol 😉But I think a good book is always a party! I’m just geeky that way 😊

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        I love my geeky friends! xo

    • Author

      Awww that’s awesome, Teresa!! I love that! ❤️❤️😃 My mom made me several bears one Christmas and it’s one of the best memories I have!! 😊

  7. Jacob 2 years ago

    I admit when I saw the title of this in my inbox, even knowing your aversion to (drawing) people, I kept my fingers crossed for the hirsute party animal… never mind though! This is heaps better; he is a dream! The fur looks so good – I expect that was either fun to achieve, or a blinkin’ nightmare.

    The concept is a new one on me (as indeed are most of these days you come out with). I have vague memories of some sort of teddy bear’s picnic at school or maybe even nursery, but vague is the operative word – I might be imagining this. Other than that, no memories of partying with teddies, and my experiences with hairy clubbers are distressingly few.

    • Author

      Haha… There was no way I was going there, but it did cross my mind! Lol And yeah…I have actually heard of the teddy bear’s picnic, but just a party with a bear day was a new one for me! A bit less precise and strange. Glad you liked my furry doodlewash though! Hehe 😉😃

  8. Eric Disney 2 years ago

    you really wouldn’t want to hear about it…trust me. 🙂

  9. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Lol, I had a party with bears this weekend with my 4 year old grand daughter. Adorable bear doodle wash, Charlie.

  10. Damita M-S 2 years ago

    Aww… I love the teddy bear. He is so cute.

  11. Jodi 2 years ago

    Oh Charlie O! I am blown away by your bear! Wowza! What you “cut short” in the storytelling of your post was so so so made up for in the fabulous doodlewash of this amazing teddy bear! Seriously!???!! You are traveling for work and had time to do this amazing painting?!? Blown away by the talent buddy! Shaking my head at disbelief at the computer screen with a huge smile – in awe of YOU!

    • Author

      Awww Jodi, you’re sweet!! ❤❤️️😃Thank you so much my friend!! 😊It’s tough both doodlewash and blog with business travel! So the doodlewash will always come first! Hehe So glad you liked this one! Luckily I’m back home tomorrow night! 😊

  12. Tori 2 years ago

    Fabulous fur Charlie, your bear is just asking for a hug 😀 No bear stories of my own I’m afraid but I did partake in a few teddy bears picnics with my son when he was little.

    • Author

      Thanks Tori!! 💕😃 He was fun to doodlewash! And I think the picnics are all I remember! Hehe… never quite a full on party! 😉

  13. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Great texture and a cute bear.
    I don’t remember most of my childhood animals, but I do have a photo of me sleeping with my arms around a bear. So a slumber party at least. (K)

    • Author

      Slumber parties sound way easier to deal with!! I’m for those! Hehe 😉 Thanks Kerfe!! Glad you liked my little bear! 💕😃

  14. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    Sweet bear Charlie. I hope your work trip to Chicago goes well! I have no bear stories other then calling my oldest and hairiest dog, “Ottie-bear”, he’s very furry and snuggly.

  15. Rachel Murphree 2 years ago

    Charlie, the texture you get is amazing, and it still looks fresh. wow! I have never cared for stuffed animals, but I took many years of piano lessons as a child, and loved to play the Teddy Bears’ Picnic song. I had totally forgotten about singing that with my mom. thanks for the memory, Charlie. have a good trip.

    • Author

      Thanks Rachel! 💕😃I wasn’t sure at first how the little texture I made up was going to turn out! 😳hehe And love that you played piano…I did as well… but never played that song! Listened to it though! And now it’s in my head! Lol 😉

  16. Susan Feniak 2 years ago

    Cute Teddy Bear! I never did party with my Teddy but he did hear all my secrets. Nice thing about Teddy’s they are non judgemental and they can’t talk back. 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Susan! And true…bears are pretty awesome companions when you think about it. They also can’t tell other people all your secrets! 😉

  17. weisserwatercolours 2 years ago

    ….awwwww! that’s so loveable, Charlie.

  18. jmnowak 2 years ago

    I never had any bears as a kid (lots of girly dolls ‘tho), but I’ve made up for it now. You know your Charlie’s Cabinet of Curiosities bear, well, mine, whom I’ve called Jack, as he’s so handsome, is virtually the same as yours in that post, although Jack’s jumper is a navy blue with red hearts across his chest. He’s small enough to sit on my desk, keeping a foot on my extHD, to keep it from toppling over. He likes that job, and keeping me company! And he gets cuddles from me, frequently, and lots of interesting conversations! Cool doodle, Charlie.

    • Author

      Thanks Janina! ❤️😃Awww…Jack sounds cute! (Since he’s also like my little Buff! Hehe) I think they should have a cuddle with your bear day as that sounds much better, and with less planning than a party requires. Actually, they probably do at some point! I haven’t checked! Lol

      • jmnowak 2 years ago

        Now, Charlie…this is only cyberspace…but, then, anything’s possible there, ain’t that true?! Jack says Hi… 😉

      • Author

        Hi Jack!! It’s a pleasure to meet you! 😃

      • jmnowak 2 years ago

        You’ve given me an idea (how dare you!) — I’ll take a cellphone pic of Jack and ‘work’ on him in a painterly way, if possible, and post him. Yeah!

      • Author

        Excellent!! Hehe… Glad I could help! 😉

  19. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Adorable painting, looks ready for a cuddle and a party. Fun post…🐻

  20. Artful Aspirations 9 months ago

    Too adorable! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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