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Free Rag Doll face painting tutorials, hospital and why I love my job!

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Free Rag Doll face painting tutorials, hospital and why I love my job!

I LOVE MY JOB! I thought I'd throw that one out there. Just in case any of you were in any doubt at all. I've had an enforced break of two long weeks following a very minor op and missed our little shop and the amazing Team Teddy  sooooo, so very much.  It's not like I didn't know how lucky I am. How many people wake up and give a resigned little sigh when they realise they're NOT in work that day? But then, playing and creating with Rag Dolls and Teddies while making people so happy they cry in...

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Why we'll never be (money) rich!

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Why we'll never be (money) rich!

People and Planet before profit is the motto we shamelessly borrow and tweak from the incredible ORB 'Organisation for Responsible Businesses' It's why we put so much energy into projects like our Memory Rag Doll making tutorials. They'll never make us rich. Selling a full kit is far better for our profit bottom line but teaching someone to make a Rag Doll that will become a treasured family heirloom is a wonderful feeling and helping them to do that with recycled fabrics means our People and Planet bottom lines are looking pretty healthy. You can join us right now by...

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Our Harrods Teddy Bear Sofa. A project from 2006

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Our Harrods Teddy Bear Sofa. A project from 2006

Here's a trip down memory lane. A Teddy Bear Sofa we made way, way back in 2006 exclusively for Harrods, London.  Made from hundreds of Harrods Bears created by RUSS and hand stitched by Rikey Austin and Jo Farmer at the RUSS BERRIE Head Office in Southampton.

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Tat takes a trip.

Tat takes a trip.

If you don't already know this cute fella, let me introduce you. This is Tat, the first of the Alice's Bear Shop characters to ever get his own book. I began telling Tat's tale to my children when my eldest son was around eight years old. That's a whopping twenty years ago! I finally wrote and illustrated Tat's story about a decade later and a gorgeous series of soft toys followed. To celebrate our new Teddy passports and the imminent launch of our Teddy Tags global map (watch this space) we're sending My own Tat bear on a journey around...

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We were on the radio!

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We were on the radio!

On Thursday 2nd of March, our interview with the lovely Charlotte Foot aired on BBC Radio Solent. Charlotte was a sweetheart. We had such giggles and even managed to get across an important message. Our Teddy and Doll Hospital is at the heart of our ethical business. It's a perfect example of the circular economy making it a great thing for the planet. Those of you who know us won't be surprised by the pleasure our work gives us. It's wonderful, truly wonderful to see the joy that handing over a mended, beloved teddy brings. You can listen to the...

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