She makes between 40 and 60 bears annually, selling them on her web site, online auctions and the occasional local art show. This passion has continued for the past six years. In addition to the bears made from thread, she also makes mohair and alpaca bears.
"One of my favorite things to do when making my critters, is to add a penny to the belly filling, for good luck."
And good luck is finding its way to Cynthia as she's been working diligently to make enough bears available to fill all the orders for those who are discovering her work through her web site.
Cynthia also sells patterns so her collectors can make their own crocheted bears. She designs about 25 new patterns annually. Creativeness indulges her imagination and inspire others to find their own little piece of heaven inside this creative industry.
A friend introduced her to Amigurumi, which is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures; Cynthia was immediately enthralled.
Now this style of creating has become a self proclaimed obsession for her.
"I love anything Asian and with my previous history and knowledge of knitting, crocheting, tatting, ribbon, cross stitch, sewing and lacework, thread bears seemed to be a logical
match for my skills."
When she's not making bears and Amigurumi creatures, Cynthia enjoys life with her family on their farm in Oregon. The farm is inhabited by dairy goats, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs, and a very special goose named Gaston.
"With the farm, there is little time for anything else, but I do enjoy showing my Pomeranian dogs. We love to take advantage of the wonderful country around us by taking trips to go sledding in the mountains or to drive on Oregon's beautiful Pacific coast."
"Our life is enjoyed by spending time with friends, cooking and gardening. And happily, bears and bear related things take up most of my free time."