About Me

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I am a teddy bear artist by profession. I also play rhythm guitar with a local bluegrass band on weekends that I am not off to teddy bear shows. I have a very funny papillon named PJ. He is 10 years old and he keeps me mobile by making me take him walking every day. I love antiquing and use many of my finds for my teddy bears. I am just starting to do mixed media artwork and collage. You can find some of my things my website:www.marthasbears.com

Saturday, July 30, 2011

one more trunk show pic

Here is a representation of Amy Thornton's work. There is a link to her blog here on this page

trunk show update

Here are some examples of Susan McCay's work -- Her things are so small and wonderful! The clock case had 3 tiny bears and all of the wonderful antique accessories. She also makes elephants, giraffs, birds and more. The little flowered bear is made from antique fabric and is about 2 1/2" tall.

Friday, July 29, 2011

More trunk show news

I got pics for the trunk show to represent work from Terri Larson, Joel Hoy & Dian Pete.

Top to bottom:
Terri Larson's work
Joel Hoy's Boris
Dian Pete's work
Joel Hoy's Switch

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pics for the October trunk show

I just got these from Adriana Esqueda. Her dolls are spectacular! You are seeing Trix and Smudge the cat. Both have beaded faces.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Owl wizard

Hi there - I am working on a new owl wizard and bird lady. Punch punch punch with the felting needle. Some great Halloween pieces too.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Getting ready for TBAI

Wow - it's nearly time for TBAI in Binghamton, NY! Gotta sew - sew - sew. New bears in my brain - gotta use the stuff I just got. Watch here for more stuff. New wizard in my brain.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Just finished this little guy - he will be on my main website tonight. His name is Oakton
I had just a tiny scrap of the longer green mohair, but found a coordinating piece of green/orange tip for the arms, ears and legs. 6" tall and pretty cute!

some inspiring finds

Hey, We went antiquing and goodwilling yesterday - I found some great stuff, pretty cheap. Can't wait to use the hats and the little silk baby dress. (that is going to be dyed for a spooky dress). Don't find this kind of stuff reasonably anymore. Look a the silver loops for my funky jewelry!
Whooooo hooooo, I am excited!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


I am having so much fun working on steampunk style jewelry as well as the lockets like the one pictured here. A few of the necklaces are on etsy right now.

Guess I should sleep so that I can sew and work on jewelry tomorrow.

Monday, July 18, 2011

new links

Hi all - it is bleeping hot here today, so I am working indoors. I just added a few blog links at the bottom of this page. Do you think that I will ever figure this out????

My poor dogs are just beside themselves. They forget that it is too hot to take walks, so the pester and pester at "walk time". We get outside and they look at me as if to say -- "Are you CRAZY? We are going back in"
Here is a cool pic for those of us in the heat wave ;-)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

trunk show news

Here is how I intend this show to work. I am going to have artists send me their pieces and I will display them in my home. Invitations will go out to our mailing lists of anyone within driving distance. I will also hold a one day online web version of the trunk show so that those not able to attend can not only see the show, but purchase items also. So far, I have a variety of items coming including jewelry, floral, teddy bears, dolls, Halloween accessories, needle felted work.
I am really excited about this.
Pat Berkowich is participating with her bears, Here is an example of her work.

Here we go

Well, I have decided to hold a Halloween/Autumn trunk show out of my home and online in October. I have 16 different artists participating right now and will be putting pictures of their work up here from time to time. There is a full list on my website with links back to their work as well. check it and let me know what you think.
Here is a sample of the Hayes work - DRAGONS!!! and new dragon jewerly

Saturday, July 16, 2011


You can check my Etsy store from time to time - http://www.etsy.com/shop/marthasbears

also find me on facebook

Well, let's see if I can keep this up

Hi again, I am going to try this blogging thing. I've been working on teddy bears for TBAI and and just finishing out the Teddies Worldwide summer bears on parade show. GREAT fun, thanks Daphne. Gotta run for today, but will honestly post pics and get into this

Here is one of my new Pack Rats