About 18 years ago, I visited a friend of mine in California and was introduced to the world of bear-making. She had almost a hundred bears, and as I picked up each and every one of them to marvel at their individual characters, a little light went on inside me. A few months later, back in Florida, I went to my first teddy bear show and met two ladies who made teddy bears from recycled fur coats. That little light came on again because I loved the idea of recycling. The ladies were offering classes so I immediately signed up. I went to my first class and have been hooked on bear-making ever since. I hope you enjoy my Heir Bears as much as I enjoy creating them!
Shows & Events Scheduled in 2018:
January 5-7, 2018: Antiques & Collectibles Show, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 N.W. 40th Street, Coconut Creek, FL Directions & Details
February 2-4, 2018: West Palm Beach Antiques Festival SPECTACULAR (Antiques & Collectibles), South Florida Fairgrounds, Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL -- Directions & Details
February 2-5, 2018: Bright Star Online Teddy Bear Show. Opens Friday at 11:00 a.m. and closes on Monday.at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time zone)
February 18, 2018: Teddy Bear Show (Bright Star Promotions), Crown Plaza Westshore, 5303 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL -- Directions & Info
March 2-4, 2018: Bear Hugs 4 U Online Teddy Bear Show. Opens Friday at 11:00 a.m. and closes on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern time zone). Click here for site
April 12-14, 2018: Quinlan's Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Convention, Clarion Airport Hotel, off I-95 at Exit 9A, Philadelphia, PA -- Details & Info
April 28-29, 2018: TEDDYBAR TOTAL, Exhibition Hall Middle, Messe- und Congress Centrum Halle Munsterland, Albersloher Weg 32, 48155 Munster, GERMANY (International Show) -- Information
July 13-15, 2018: Bear Hugs 4 U Online Teddy Bear Show. Opens Friday at 11:00 a.m. and closes on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern time zone). Click here for site
August 16-18, 2018: TBAI (Teddy Bear Artist Invitational), Holiday Inn Liverpool, Syracuse, NY -- Directions & Info
September 7-10, 2018: Bright Star Online Teddy Bear Show. Opens Friday at 11:00 a.m. and closes on Monday.at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time zone)
October 5-7, 2018: Bear Hugs 4 U Online Teddy Bear Show. Opens Friday at 11:00 a.m. and closes on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern time zone). Click here for site
November 9-12, 2018: Bright Star Online Teddy Bear Show. Opens Friday at 11:00 a.m. and closes on Saturday.at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time zone)
November, 2018: Arts & Crafts Festival, North Palm Beach Community Center, 1200 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach, FL. Click here for details: PENDING
November 24-25, 2018: Craft Festival, Stephen O'Connell Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
December, 2018: Holiday Bazaar, Palm Beach Gardens Community Center, Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. PENDING
Heir Bears in Print: Who's Who in Bear Making 2008; Teddy Bear & Friends Magazine (see feature article in Sept.-Oct. 2008 issue); Teddy Bear Review Magazine (see feature article in April 2009 issue AND "Monroe" on the cover); and Teddy Bear Times 2016.
"Your bears have the dearest faces. I know they are yours before I see the name." D.M.
"The two bears made from my Mom's beaver coat arrived ... they are absolutely precious and even cuter than I thought possible. The workmanship is wonderful; I just love their faces!" M.S.
" The Safari Bear arrived today. I think you do a wonderful job in shaping the faces. He is very adorable." M.P.
"I love 'Lil Coyote ('Wiley Coyote'). It's always great to see you & your bears." C.W.
"Your bears have the magic touch!!" L.V.M.
"... thrilled with the bear. (I) had no idea that furs could be recycled into such magnificent creatures!" C.K.
"Your work is beautiful and I am thrilled to own a piece of it!" G.M.
"'Little Ted' arrived safe and sound today. He's even better than I anticipated! Thank you for sharing your talent with me!" L.N.
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