What are you most proud of? The girl I made the brown bearded one for loves it and is so excited for Christmas to get here so that she can give it to her husband. The black beard is for my brother. I didn't have a model for this so I rolled up one of my pillows and used it as a head for the brown one and I used my table lamp for the black one LOL....gotta use what I have available What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make sure you have several hours to work on it. It is time consuming. You can use any hat pattern and any beard pattern ( I just winged it) If you want instructions on how to give the beard that real life look then just leave a comment below with your e-mail address and I will let you know how I did it. It isn't hard to do, just time consuming.