China Cupboard Bears grew out of my love of Antique dolls and Costuming and was a natural extension of my background in Fashion Design. I am constantly amazed at how my skills from my variety of jobs have contributed to what I do. From my first job sewing clothes for dogs to my years as a Florist, stint in the Bridal Market ,three years as a Mascot Costume Designer and 30 plus years as a Mother of 4 which taught me Time Management!
Started in the late 1980's when my doll collection outgrew the house I started to do doll shows to weed out my collection and find new things. When I ran out of antique dolls to re-sell I started to make stuffed dolls and teddy bears. The bears started to sell and a business was born.
Who knew it would be so rewarding and take me all over the United States, Europe and Japan and find that so many people speak "BEAR"!. How rewarding to continue to be creative , my ultimate goal. What an extraordinary number of wonderful people I have met over the years, collectors, fellow artists and business folk.
After 20 plus years I am still striving to offer the unexpected. Sweet loveable faces, wonderful fabrics and trim, interesting antiques or vintage additions, all with a sense of humor to hopefully make you smile.
Thank you for checking out my website and I hope I can continue to delight you!
Cats and rats and elephants,
they all come here to play.
with Teddy Bears and Long earred Hares,
they make it a special day.
Antique Toys bring special joys,
the bears join in the fun.
With pigs and dogs and silly hogs,
theres plenty more to come.