Soon she decided to change direction, returned to college where she obtained a Paralegal degree and went to work for attorneys. All the while her bear making continued.
Her creations have received numerous ribbons and awards
at teddy bear shows around the country. "For each of these honors, my bears and I are truly grateful to the many collectors who made these tributes possible."
Bette's bears have graced a few books as well.
The vintage aspects of her bear making gives her bears the "love worn" look. "I distress the parts of the bear that a child would wear off as he/she carried the beloved bear around." She will often simulate the uneven stitches where a small child would have lovingly repaired their favorite bear.
Bette and her husband live in Murphy, Texas and search through local antique and vintage shops for period clothing and memorabilia to finish the look of the bears.
When she is not designing and creating teddy bears, Bette and her husband enjoy hunting and fly fishing around the country. This hobby affords them a great opportunity to search all those antique, thrift and quilt stores along their way for even more inspiration.
"I have more bear designs in my head than I will ever be able to execute. Designs keep coming when I see something that inspires me!" And with her many travels, we can only imagine what new and wonderful creations she has in store for us..