Thursday, July 23, 2015
The mini bears came about because two Christmases ago, someone complained that my larger stuffed animals were too expensive to be dog toys. (They were, and I was appalled that he even wanted to give one to his dog, but it's his money).
So I decided to make these little guys, very simple shapes, basic embroidered faces, yarn bows tied through their necks.
And almost no one buys them for their dogs. A customer this spring called them "hush bears," because they're the perfect thing -- inexpensive and small -- to quiet a howling toddler.
Maria Wulf, for her new dog, who certainly seems to appreciate it.
But the bulk of the bears go to kids, large and small, and the occasional adult. I display them at shows in this picnic basket I found at the thrift store, one of my favorite finds ever. And how can you go wrong with storage and display in one?
I finally got around to listing them on Etsy yesterday. I'd never bothered, since they do well enough at in-person shows, but the scraps keep coming, so I'll keep making them, and it never hurts to have another outlet.