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Fashioning a Fairy Tale PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trina Laube   
Friday, 01 August 2008 00:00

R. John Wright’s “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” are the stars of a photo-storybook to be released by Puffin Books in fall 2008. “Mama Bear,” “Papa Bear” and “Baby Bear” are offered in an edition of 250 sets. The captivating trio is priced at $1,875. “Goldilocks,” 12¼ inches, is offered separately in an edition of 350 for $725.“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” is the newest chapter of stunning storybook characters from R. John Wright.

 

The endearing dolls and animals from R. John Wright Dolls in Bennington, Vt., are what fairy tales are made of. Their expressive faces and unparalleled detail enliven quintessential characters that once only lived in our imaginations or illustrated the pages of our favorite books. From Alice in Wonderland to Winnie-the-Pooh, John and his wife and creative partner, Susan, create classic characters that are sought after by doll and bear collectors and fairytale fans alike.

 
A Shore Thing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Beth Phillips   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Boyds Bears explains how randomly placed patterns found on every creation make each bear a true one-of-a-kind. “Noah,” 14 inches, and “Grace,” 21 inches, embody a nostalgic, charming feel. The small Shore bears are priced at $19.99; the larger 21-inch one is $34.99.Courtesy of Boyds Bears, Jim Shore’s past and present patch together in a seamless blend of quilting quaintness and folksy whimsy.

 

While other little boys spent their childhoods dreaming of becoming firemen, cowboys or astronauts, Jim Shore, well-known creator of the “Heartwood Creek” line of collectibles, “knew” at the age of four that he was an artist.

 
Stealing Your Heart, Heading for Home PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

“Sputnik” and “Satchel” are 9 inches, priced at $80 each and are both limited to 408 pieces. Designed by Ren Lee, the bears are based on bygone memories and nostalgic appeal. Part of the “Vintage Teddies” line, the characters embody sweetness and wholesomeness.Cooperstown Bears has hit a home run—again—through its dedication to ingenuity and innovation.

 

When you take a gander at Cooperstown Bears’ lush archives, you assume this is a firm that has been around for decades, if not a century. They have accomplished so much, and have birthed so many beautiful and comely critters.

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

Getting ready for beddy-bye never looked so sweet! “PJ” is a 14-inch miss that holds her slumbering friend “Patches.” Wearing the most adorable pink pajamas with a matching bow, “PJ and Patches” is $22.  “Ol' Patch,” 12 inches, is a cute chenille bear that wears a bow around his neck, and is priced at $12.Stray cats strut...and so do piggies, bunnies and bears. Meet the Bearington Collection’s well-heeled, well-made menagerie.

 

One of the most remarkable parts of being a child was the imaginary world we all inhabited. In the confines of our bedrooms, or in the privacy of a clubhouse or a tree-filled backyard, we were free to spin, twirl, close our eyes and pretend to soar.

 
Ahoy, Matey! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 01 February 2007 00:00

"Bear Captain" by R. John WrightR. John Wright goes full-steam ahead with his “Bears-At-Sea.”

 

An artist is a lot like an explorer. At the start of the day, he sits down and sets out to navigate uncharted courses. Sailing through his memories, climbing to the pinnacle of his hidden self and finally planting a flag of achievement, a creative soul forges toward new and exciting territories on a daily basis.

 
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