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My name is Julie; my friends call me "Jules". I live in the United States in the state of Wisconsin. I'm happily married to my very loving, gentle husband, Joe. I have one awesome sister named Michele and two beautiful nieces named Katherine & Nicole. I became interested in making heirloom teddy bears about 10 years ago. I wanted to be the first person in my family to hand down a family heirloom for future generations. I wasn't blessed with children, so the idea filled me with joy, just the thought of being remembered. I'm a nurse, educator and nurse anesthetist by trade doing GOD’s work. Teddy bears were a natural extension of my caring nature for others. With the encouragement of a wonderful friend named, Georgia, I finally took my first stitch. She is the most generous person I know. She bought me several teddy bears books and I quickly learned on my own. I ta…

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  • Joined May 29, 2012

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Fur, Recycled coats, Seal, Beaver, Fox, Mink, Heirloom clothes, blankets, Wedding dress, Mohair, Speciality fabrics

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About

Hi,

My name is Julie; my friends call me "Jules". I live in the United States in the state of Wisconsin. I'm happily married to my very loving, gentle husband, Joe. I have one awesome sister named Michele and two beautiful nieces named Katherine & Nicole. I became interested in making heirloom teddy bears about 10 years ago. I wanted to be the first person in my family to hand down a family heirloom for future generations. I wasn't blessed with children, so the idea filled me with joy, just the thought of being remembered. I'm a nurse, educator and nurse anesthetist by trade doing GOD’s work. Teddy bears were a natural extension of my caring nature for others. With the encouragement of a wonderful friend named, Georgia, I finally took my first stitch. She is the most generous person I know. She bought me several teddy bears books and I quickly learned on my own. I taught myself how to make teddy bears.

While my Grandmother, Helen was living she gave me her mink fur coat so I could make teddy bears for the family. I'm kind of a perfectionist, so I wasn't ready to start cutting yet. I had to practice first. So that's what I did. Each time a little bear was finished, I brought it to work to show my friends at the hospital. People were so impressed...they asked if I would sell the bears to them. So, I thought about it for a while and soon that's just what I did I keep a picture of each bear and a little biography in my picture album, they are my adopted kids. I have now made over 500 teddy bears. I have not yet cut into my Grandmother's coat. I hope to someday to own a teddy bear shop. This is the first time my bears have been shown on the internet.

Where does the name “I Do Bears “come from? In the very beginning, I made a bear with a secret compartment in one of the foot pads. My mom, Pat has this original teddy bear “Reggie” I loved showing my bears to others and one day I shared this idea with the owner of Lee Ayers jewelry shop in my hometown. Lee was delighted with my teddy bears and ordered many bears over the years. He wanted me to make the teddy bears small and out of mink. That way they could be part of a proposal package. They were mini mink bears that fit into a jewelry box with the wedding ring on the paw, hidden within the fur. The gift was a hit. Many people proposed with my teddy bears. This was very special for me.

Why do I love making bears? I was hooked the first time I saw the wonderful joy on another person’s face when they received the teddy bear. My most recent client Nancy was so excited that she went running thru the house to show her husband, Elmer, the finished teddy bears. He just happened to be in the shower, but that didn't stop her. I was tickled pink (laughing on the inside).

*Remember: "Each and every collectible teddy bear or quilt purchased makes a difference in the life of someone in need"

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