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Let it sew, let it sew, let it sew . . . do you see what I did there?

Bear Making Christmas Competition gift Rag Doll Making

Let it sew, let it sew, let it sew . . . do you see what I did there?

I know I'm not on my own in my almost scary love of Christmas. Giving is one of my guilty pleasures, especially when my children were growing up and I was able to relive my childhood through them. These days I really do try to think about what I'm giving. Our purchases don't just have an obvious cost, they often have other, far reaching and far more important costs. It's important to consider the environmental and social impact of your purchase and the easiest way to do that is to buy from a company who you trust to have done the groundwork for you. They'll...

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Keep your ethical chin up.

Keep your ethical chin up.

It's not easy, in a world, very much tilted towards the desires of the big corporations, to keep your ethical chin up as a small business.  We've been a Teddy and Doll Hospital for seventeen years now and for more than a decade we've made ethics the heart of what we do. Not that we went around being unethical before that you understand! Not at all, but until we really began to understand, the depth and harm of consumerism aimed at children, we just pootled along on a cloud of teddy fluff and innocence.   The day I was told...

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Knitting patterns for the butterfly minded.

Knitting patterns for the butterfly minded.

We've have reinvented the knitting pattern! If you are anything at all like me, you can be half way through a sentence and .... erm ..... where was I? Yeah, you get the message. So, taking into account the phone call, distracting conversation that I'm not included in or, quite simply a butterfly mind, I find it hard enough to concentrate at the best of times, let alone when I'm trying to do something as focussed as following a knitting pattern.  As the 'Attention Deficit Adult' in our team (I tested in the high 90s!) and therefore so full of creativity and...

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And then there was STUFF! and it was ethical and it was goooood.

And then there was STUFF! and it was ethical and it was goooood.

It's only when I actually sit down to add your products to your new website that I realise, not only how much 'stuff' you have to sell but also how gorgeous it all is.  I'm reminded of the many hours, trawling through the ether to find the very best we could of each range. Speaking to everyone from the utter numpty who thought ethics was was an old model making company!!! to the lady who squealed with joy because she thought she was all alone in caring about how her products were made and what they were made from, who'd...

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Ethical Teddy Kits, Rag Dolls, and why we do what we do!

Ethical Teddy Kits, Rag Dolls, and why we do what we do!

It's been an 'adventure', it really has.  Alice's Bear Shop has been a part of the teddy bear world since 2000. During that time we've discovered a real passion for ethical trading and we've made that the very heart of what we do. We proudly display a sign that reads 'People and Planet before profit'. With capitals where we think they deserve to be. A motto we learned from the gorgeous people at 'ORB' The Organisation for Responsible Businesses.  All of our Kits and patterns are as ethically produced as we can make them. And we really do make them...

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