Shortly after Cora died, I scooped up all of the clothes out of her laundry hamper, tied them tightly in a trash bag and put them somewhere safe. I wanted to lock in her smell forever. The bag was so tiny, but her closet so full of clothes she never wore.
Many of them I donated or gave to friends and family that had babies after Cora. Some of them I kept in another laundry basket stowed in our spare bedroom.
I’ve played with the idea of making a quilt, but couldn’t imagine putting all of Cora’s clothes in one place. What if they were lost? And then I knew I wouldn’t want to actually use the quilt. We have two monstrous dogs.
When I first saw The Patchwork Bear memory bear, I knew that’s what I was meant to do with some of Cora’s things.
So of course when they allowed me to review one, I was excited, touched and worried at the same time–worried to send off her things. My worries were completely unwarranted. The Patchwork Bear lets you pay a small fee to have all the extra scraps returned, so I didn’t have to worry about her items being thrown away. I chose to get a little insurance for mine. Not that they could ever be replaced, but hey at least I could have an ice cream fund to drown my sorrows in if they were lost. You can easily add certified mail or anything you’d like for extra piece of mind at the post office.
You can see my entire review of my Patchwork Bear here for more details about the whole process, but let’s jump straight to some awesome news!
My finished bear. I explain the significance of each piece on my review.
I wanted to share my joy at getting Cora’s clothes made into a cute snugly bear I could hug when sad, and put on the shelf to have a piece of her near me the rest of the time so I asked The Patchwork Bear if I could give away a bear to one of my fellow loss moms.
They immediately said yes, and offered a 20 percent discount code for anyone that wants one but doesn’t win! Use code “CORA” (without the quotes to get 20 percent off your bear) at checkout. The discount code will only be good for a week or two after this post goes up, so make sure to use it right away.
The winner will get a kit for the bear. You put the items you chose (I picked some clothes, part of a Boppy cover and a blanket) in the box. You can give detailed instructions about what to use where, or let the designer surprise you. Mail it off, and you’ll get your bear in about 2 to 4 weeks.
To enter to win a Patchwork Bear of your own, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
Sorry, this is open to U.S. residents only. If you have any questions about the bear or the giveaway, feel free to leave a comment, or email me directly, email@example.com.
Hurry and enter! The giveaway closes September 5, 2013 at midnight EDT.
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