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Contest: Fur-st Aid for ailing Teddies and Friends PDF Print E-mail

BeforeTeddy Bear & Friends is teaming up with Sally Winey Bears to provide some tender loving care to three bears and/or friends in need of repair! If one of your plush pals is in need of fur-st aid, here’s how you could get his or her treatment fully covered by Teddy Bear & Friends!


Contest Rules: To enter, take a picture of the teddy bear or friend you wish to enter in the contest. Then go to Teddy Bear & Friends’ Facebook page and click the “Like” button at the top of the page.


afterJust underneath is a box labeled “Post.” Type in your name and the name of the bear or friend you wish to enter in the contest. Then click the “Photo/Video” link and upload the photo of your prospective patient. We’ll accept photo entries until 9 a.m. Central Time on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.


Later that week, we’ll begin posting qualified entries for our Facebook fans to vote on — the exact structure of the voting rounds will depend on how many entries are received. The final round of voting will determine which three bears or friends will have their course of treatment at Salley Winey’s bear hospital covered by Teddy Bear & Friends.


Winners will be notified via Facebook. Winners must cover the cost of shipping the patients to Sally Winey (winners outside of North America must also cover the cost of return shipping).


Sally Winey Bears will restore each of the three bears and/or friends, and a feature story on the restoration will appear in a 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends. Find out more about Sally Winey’s bear hospital at

Enter the 2013 TOBY Awards! PDF Print E-mail

TOBY-logoTeddy Bear & Friends is accepting entries for the 2013 Teddy Bear of the Year (TOBY) competition through Dec. 21, 2012. The TOBY Awards reward and encourages excellence in conception, design and execution of teddy bears and soft-sculpture animals.


Photos of all entries are reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges, who evaluate each submission on overall aesthetic appeal, excellence in concept, design and execution, and quality of material and workmanship; the highest-scoring creations in each category receive the TOBY Industry’s Choice Awards and become the nominees for that year’s TOBY Public’s Choice Awards. Teddy Bear & Friends readers then vote for their favorite nominee in each category to determine the Public’s Choice winners.


To enter the 2013 TOBY Award competition, first read all the rules online, then click the TOBY 2013 link to go to the contest entry page.

Basel toy museum announces upcoming exhibits PDF Print E-mail

Folding_griffinIn addition to its standing exhibits of dolls, teddy bears, and other toys, Toy World Museum Basle has announced two special exhibitions which will run through the holiday season: Napkin Folding: A Western Folding Art and Christmas Light: Peace, Faith, Love, Hope.


Get ready to enter the 2013 TOBY Award competition PDF Print E-mail

We're putting the final touches on the TOBY 2013 web page right now, making sure everything works correctly, before we begin accepting entries for the 2013 TOBY Awards. We expect to open the competition to entries next week Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 - look for the TOBY 2013 link on our home page!


We will accept entries through Dec. 21, 2012. Full rules and details will be posted on the contest page, but for now, here's a list of the award categories for 2013:


Artist Categories

1: Miniature Dressed Bear (5 inches or smaller)

2: Miniature Undressed Bear (5 inches or smaller)

3: Small Dressed Bear (over 5 inches; under 14 inches)

4: Small Undressed Bear (over 5 inches; under 14 inches)

5: Large Dressed Bear (14 inches or larger)

6: Large Undressed Bear (14 inches or larger)

7: Miniature “Friend” (5 inches or smaller, no bears)

8: Small “Friend” (over 5 inches; under 14 inches, no bears)

9: Large “Friend” (14 inches or larger, no bears)

10: Bear or “Friend” using Nontraditional Materials

11: Set or Vignette12: Special Theme Category: Bears & Friends of the Future (science-fiction themed bear or “friend,” any size)


Manufacturer Categories

13: Manufactured Bear (any size, dressed or undressed)

14: Manufactured “Friend” (any size, dressed or undressed, no bears)


We look forward to seeing your entries!

Artist creates 8-foot bear from pine needles PDF Print E-mail

OutOfTheWoodsIdaho artist Richard Carpenter spent seven months constructing his entry in the 2012 ArtPrize competition held in Grand Rapids, Mich. — and 8-foot-tall bear painstakingly woven from pine needles, titled “Out of the Woods.” Its mouth, claws, and other features were carved out of wood.

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