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Call of the Wild PDF Print E-mail

Meet dapper “Anda Panda.” He is mohair and five-way jointed. Dressed to impress, Anda longingly looks up with his soulful hand-painted eyes. His feet are weighted with beans and his shoes keep him balanced, despite his larger-than-life head. He holds a walking stick in one hand and a poseable puppy in the other.Shelly Lampshire answers her unrelenting urge to create and to entertain.


Fabric artist Shelly Lampshire was born and raised in Port Huron, Mich. Note that the word “raised” is used, not “grew up,” for in many ways, the 38-year-old Lampshire is still a big kid at heart. If “growing up” implies a conservative, buttoned-down way of life, Lampshire is the complete opposite. She is open-minded and ready to tackle anything. She is a free spirit, a dreamer, a visionary and an eternal optimist.

2008 Golden Teddy Awards PDF Print E-mail

The best of the best were acknowledged at the Doll and Teddy Bear EXPO's Gala Dinner Banquet in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 9, 2008. After tallying the votes for the 2008 Golden Teddy Awards, 15 wonderful creations came out on top. The winners are listed in bold.

Strokes of Genius PDF Print E-mail

“My boxes vary in size from 3 inches to 12 inches. All are different shapes and different materials, as well as hinged or lidded,” Donna Armstrong explains. “My miniature boxes can be found online for $10 to $30.”Teddy Bear Review senior contributor Stephanie Finnegan canvasses the bear world to find enterprising artists and their unique artistic impressions.


When a bear artist feels compelled to try her hand at an alternative to a traditional teddy bear, where does she turn for a muse? The answer, surprisingly, is not very far from her studio’s workspace.

Teddies Reviewed: August 2008 PDF Print E-mail

Teddy bear made no later than 1908This bear belonged to an 87-year-old. It is 16 inches long and we date it from 1909 to 1921. Could you shed some light on who might have made the bear and its value today? The eyes are black shoe buttons if that helps you. —Lois and Bob Kathan, Onalaska, Wis.

The Critters of Whisker Woods PDF Print E-mail

Fashioned from tan resin, “Scooter Bear” looks dignified in a furry brown hooded jumper. Photos by Charlene FertelGoodreau Doll’s ball-jointed animals make their way onto the doll and bear scene.


As she sculpts the molds and designs the costumes for Goodreau Doll’s American Ball Jointed Dolls (BJDs), Paulette Goodreau is surrounded by pets she and her sister, Annette Goodreau, have rescued. The two share their home with 17 very loved animals. They even call their home “Whisker Woods.” With such an animal attraction, it’s no surprise Paulette is now creating critter companions for the company’s dolls.

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