I love finding surprising teddy bear images in my in-box. As we get closer to the holiday season, all of us will be checking our physical mailboxes for Christmas cards and family holiday portraits. I’m always excited when I receive postcards from teddy bear artists I’ve met over the years and get a chance to marvel at their talent and their kindness. Yep, finding a photo that can make you smile is a treat, no matter the time of year. Discovering one during the hectic run-up to Noel is a mood elevator; it is the “paws that refreshes,” to paraphrase an old beverage advertising slogan!
Images Courtesy of UglyDolls LLC and STXfilms PR
UglyDolls are a quirky and unconventional line of plush creatures that straddle the concept of dolls and stuffed animals. Shaped like aliens from other dimensions, but begging to be held and hugged, the UglyDolls have been a sensation for a dozen years. Created in late 2005, the line of plush pals became a surprise hit for co-creators David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. Developing a rabid cult following, the UglyDolls won the Toy of the Year award in 2006 for its eccentric and genre-busting appearances. The UglyDolls gained a worldwide following, and they never looked back!
Amid the pleasures of being a parent there also lurk the worries, the anxieties, the fears, and the downright fright. Yes, being a parent is rewarding, but it’s also a terror-inducing experience. My own personal trip into the “Nightmare Alley” happened this week when my son had to go for facial surgery. Having a growth on his skin, which could not be diminished or treated via vanishing creams or any ointments, he had to be checked in for an operation. It was a cyst that was bursting through his skin, and it was anchored beneath the epidermis. Quite horrible!