Here's a post that I had hoped not to have to make:
2020 is almost fully booked (no, I am not joking) for the number of custom (memory) orders that I am able to do in that time. I have had to make the incredibly hard decision to stop taking orders for bears or bunnies ONCE THESE SPOTS ARE FULL to give me a chance to get caught up. Whether I begin to take orders again once I'm caught up is uncertain right now as who knows what the next 18 months will bring. I'll revisit that decision when the orders are under control once more. In the meantime, I'll continue to take orders for pillows and throws as they are easier to fit into my schedule but no memory bears or bunnies. I'll continue on as usual with my artist bears well into the future (or as long as my body and/or husband allows!) In the meantime, there are still some spots open but if you want bears made by me for Christmas 2020, don't wait too long to book them.
Why leave a special garment, blanket, quilt, coat or anything else of sentimental value in a closet when it can be turned into a teddy bear to sit out in your room and available for a hug when you need one? I can also create a bear and dress it in miniature clothes that have special memories for you. Machine embroidery on paw pads is also now available.
The memory bears are created from a pattern that I have developed over time and continue to develop. I have samples here to give you an idea of what the bears will look like but there will be subtle changes due to the type of fur or garment used. The collector bears are made from even more personal patterns. They are of limited quantities to provide a personal touch. They range in size from 6" to 20".
I do have a rather long waiting list for custom work. I am working hard to shorten the wait time for you but current demand means a wait of approximately 18 months from the time you are placed on my custom order list. This can change quickly depending on demand.
IF YOU HAVE CONTACTED ME ABOUT BEARS AND HAVE BEEN PLACED ON MY CUSTOM ORDER LIST, PLEASE SEND ME YOUR COAT/GARMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I AM NO LONGER ABLE TO HOLD SPOTS ON THIS LIST FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME WITHOUT RECEIVING THE ITEM AS CONFIRMATION OF YOUR ORDER.
The memory bear sizes shown from left to right -
Large, Medium, Small, 10" & 8".
The large, medium and small bears created from an old bed spread. Garments and old quilts work just as well.
This family of bears was created from a muskrat and fox coat. Both furs were used to create a unique bear.
A relative's collection of handkerchiefs were used to create these bears for a client.
A hug of bears created from a client's muskrat coat.