He is the present Cheri received when she adopted "Katarina and Your Present" from the Christmas in July show last weekend.
"Thank you very much for Yuletide! He is so darling! I certainly feel very
fortunate to have won him. I also love Katarina! She is truly beautiful, and
the two of them together are quite a pair. Thank you, thank you!"
I would like to introduce you to "Maui" and "Leilani".
They are my 2015 Teddy Bear and Friends on Vacation Showpiece bears.
The theme of this Teddies Worldwide show is "Making Memories", a favorite vacation memory.
My memories took me back to when we took our son and daughter to Hawaii for a family vacation. Their Grandma and Grandpa were already on vacation there so we hopped on a plane and stayed for a week with them in Maui.
The particular memory is the drive to the top of the volcano, Haleakalā. It started off great, but the constant curves of the road made us all quite nauseous. We pulled off the road to stop for a minutes before turning around to drive down again. That is when we saw the beautiful double rainbow!
"Maui" and "Leilani" are inspired by the double rainbow and the beautiful paradise colors of Hawaii.
"Leilani" is 8" tall. I created her from hand-dyed mohair.
Around her neck she wears a lei that I made just for her.
"Maui" is a big 16" tall. I created him from a combination of soft rainbow faux fur and a spring green faux fur. His muzzle is French Tissavel.
Voting has begun if you would like to pop over and put in your votes for your favorite bears.