The clerk explained that the back of the store was full of Care Bears but they weren't allowed to put them out until the next day.
She was so touched by what my father told her that she searched the back room and found one."
To this day, Barb's favorite bear is the Cheer Bear. As a bear had played such a pivotal roll in her life, it wasn't long, after years and years of collecting, that Barb thought, "I think I can do that."
With a variety of styles to offer, she created bears using all types of mohair and also needle felting.
Now she is offering a 'Create your own Bear' page on her website to give her customers more say in the bear or bud they want to adopt. "I am always designing patterns so that my bears don't look alike."
Best known for her types of noses, Barb gives attention to detail with her father's mantra of "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing your best," rolling around in her head.
Although her work is now being offered in a couple of collectible stores located in Texas and Connecticut, Barb prefers to sell from her website or at trade shows.
"The best thing about the teddy bear making industry is the kind people I have met and the friends that I've made."
It's during the trade shows that she finds what she describes as what every bear artists strives for; that moment when you see a collector pick up a bear and utter "Awww..."
Another bear saves the day.
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