Last spring I signed up for the Talisman Challenge with San Francisco School of Needlework. I didn't know it at the time but I qualified to receive some upcycled Swarovswki crystals. I had to agree to send my work to San Francisco if accepted the crystals. I applied the crystals to the tree shape on this bear. I love my bear talisman. For me, it signifies the strong Momma bear to whom I strongly identify. Don't mess with my kids!