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Soulfully Stitched PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Saturday, 01 December 2007 00:00

Part of the Fashionable Lady series, “Madame Dubeary” is a stunning “clotheshorse” that sports a splendid, colorful gown and hat. The well-garbed gal stands 5¾ inches.Sue Pendleton’s charmingly crocheted bears brighten up the room and collectors’ hearts.


One of the most fascinating things about bear artist Sue Pendleton is that she is so understated and modest about herself and her experiences. Though she presents herself as an average Jane with a typical workday, her bears spotlight something altogether different.

Best Kept Secret PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 01 October 2007 00:00

Mouat made “Hope” as a charitable donation for Children Affected by AIDS Foundation. The inspirational bear has a music box placed inside her tummy and her head rotates to the music.Stephanie Finnegan chats with up-and-coming artist Kerrie Mouat, of Best Dressed Bears, about hailing from “down under,” the upside of insomnia, and the highs and lows of being a creative personality.


Kerrie Mouat, the dynamic driving force behind Best Dressed Bears, is a people person. Even though she is surrounded by ursine companions ten and 15 hours per day, she comes alive when she is engaged with a customer, a fellow bruin enthusiast, an inquisitive magazine writer or just a person stopping by at her booth to say, “How are you?”

Double Happiness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 01 October 2007 00:00

Mother-and-son duo Jane and Jared Monroe have a combined 42 years in the collectibles field.It’s twice the fun as family members Jane and Jared Monroe roll up their sleeves and create.


Bears and bunnies: The two breeds seem to go together like a hand in a glove or, more fittingly, a paw in a mitten. These two cuddly critters have long adorned cutely decorated bedrooms and friendly, folksy living rooms. When it comes to excelling at bears and hares, two names stand out in the field: C. Riffenberg Bear Co. and Jare Hares & Bears.

Wondering and Wandering PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Priced at $495, 15-inch “Joe Schmoe from Kokomo” boasts a silly name and a dramatically aged appearance. “She has found a way to weave a magic spell that combines outstanding artistry and a true love of teddy bears,” states collector Debbie Sweitzer. “Her bears are heirloom quality and have unique and charming personalities.”Laure Weltsch has mined her memories and her many journeys to create charming critters.


How do you remember what you remember? Why is it that we can recollect a summer’s day lazing in the grass, back in 1979, but we can’t recall what we ate for breakfast last Wednesday? What is it about incidents from our childhood that suddenly make them pop up and feel real and tangible and alive?

Fashion Forward PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Friday, 01 June 2007 00:00

One-of-a-kind “Lotz” is an 18-inch explorer.The Dufeus are forging a path as a creative and innovative design duo. Stephanie Finnegan chats with the pair about how looking backward has helped them to strive ahead.


Americans have always been infatuated with canines: We’ve been gaga for Lassie, Rin-Tin-Tin and Benji. Knowing this national affection for pups and pooches, it makes perfect sense that the artistic team behind Dufeu-Bears is getting a lot of feedback.

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