Diana constantly is searching for unique looking furs, mohairs and some faux fur. Often the faux fur has very interesting textures and colors.
“It is a family affair at my house for making bears. My very patient husband Steve, is my rock! He helps me with the bear making, keeping me sane when I am on the edge!
My sisters help inspire me with new design ideas, sometimes pushing me out
of my comfort zone. Some days are good, some days are crazy! I am so thankful for all of them! As they say it takes a village!”
Diana has been making bears for over 20 years. “I’m happy that I have had loyal collectors that entire time! They continue to adopt my creations.”
Participating in many online shows, Diana has added new collectors. “I am so grateful to have met these wonderful people and I have made so many friends thru the bears.”
Even some of Diana’s hair salon clients have adopt her creations. “They are so supportive and encouraging, and love to look at the online shows while under the hair drier!”
The best part of making bears for Diane is when collectors come to me at shows, or send emails with photos of how they display the bears. Knowing how much they enjoy my bears, warms my heart and keeps me creating.
As time flies, Diana now has three grand children. Her oldest son Billy and his wife Kelly have the twins, Haley and Hannah, that you saw in the first article. The girls are now 13 and just finished 7th grade with honors.
“We have had an addition since then. My youngest son Terrell and his wife Heather, have a 5 year old son named Tanner. He just graduated from pre school. I just love spending time with them. They bring me such joy!
My favorite thing to relax is to ride my bike. That is my “alone time” when I can regroup my thoughts and think about new designs.
Diana loves the theater and holds season tickets. “I can really relax during a performance.”
Cats and kittens are part of her life too. When the sorrow of losing a cat she finds herself volunteering at a cat rescue facility. At the present four rescue kitties reside in the house. “Love those little guys but did have to stop after adopting four. LOL!”
“I have been fortunate to win many awards since the last article. I won a URSA Award and a Toby for my Woodland and Moonbeam piece.
A Beverly Port award for my Astrid and Bjorn along with many URSA Awards over the last few years.
First place URSA Awards winners were: Arianwen,
Mr. Freedom and Sir Brave. One of my favorites last year was Mr. Hopkins and Sir Quakers.
I really appreciate everyone taking the time to look at the contest and vote. Thank you!
A special note to Valerie Rogers, Publisher/Executive Editor, who continues to put up with my late night last minute work! Her friendship and support over all the years means so much.”