Welcome to my blog! I thought I would start out telling you more about myself and my bears. I’m Canadian and have been making bears for 21 1/2 years now so much has happened in the bear world and in my world in that time. I have always loved stuffed animals, I never really grew out of it. There is just something about their sweet faces, soft fur and how cuddly they are. No matter the size. Yes, you can cuddle a mini bear! I’ve done it. Lol. When I first started dating my husband he was touring as the bass player with a country band. On one of their tours he brought me home a polar bear from Jasper, Alberta. I love that bear! He was a snuggle from Rob when he wasn’t there to do it himself. He started me on my collecting.
Then the first Christmas my husband and I were married he bought me a few more bears (a Boyd’s bear and a Russ bear) and The Teddy Bear Encyclopedia where I learned about Artist Bears. I had no idea such a thing was out there and I wanted to try. I’d always loved doing crafts and knew how to sew a little bit. I looked hard at my bears and tried to figure out how the pattern pieces looked and how they went together. At this time we didn’t have a computer or the internet yet and since I live in a small town there was no option to go buy a pattern. I still have those bears and they taught me a lot but thank goodness I was able to find a true bear pattern on a trip to the city. Some proper fabric too. As soon as I started making bears I was addicted! Within months I had created my own patterns and started developing my own style. We bought a computer and I learned HTML and was able to design my own website. It all took off from there. The very first bear I made from my own unique design (big nose, low ears, big feet) was a Christmas gift for me husband. His name is Shamus. This special bear and style choice was the start and basis of every bear I have created since.
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