I began making teddy bears in 2001 . My good friend, Esther, owned a teddy bear and gift store and had gotten Fred Slayter and Joyce Martin of the Paisley Bear to teach bearmaking. She sort of cajoled me into signing up for a class so we could make bears together. You know the rest. I was hooked! I made four bears and one bunny with Fred and Joyce and then went on to start drawing my own patterns. Rather than spend huge sums of money on mohair while I was trying out prototypes, I scoured JoAnne’s and the Rag Shop for upholstery fabric that might be suitable and called my bears “Couch Potatoes.”
I always wanted to do something artistic. However, early in life, my art teacher told my mother that I had a wonderful sense of color and design but that I couldn’t draw. I was devastated. Thanks to that fateful day when I agreed to take a class on bearmaking, my life was changed. I now have at outlet for all that artistic energy which was pent up and just waiting to erupt. I always say, “Better late than never!” Thanks to hard work and perseverence (and a little help from my fellow bearmakers), I have managed to have my bears nominated for several Golden Teddy and TOBY awards throughout the years.
I presently live in Sunny South Florida. As far as hobbies go, I do a lot of reading and also do counted cross stitch. I am going to start experimenting with some sculpture this summer and see how that goes.