Hi, I’m Penelope, the keeper of the Toys by Toddles menagerie.
I first fell in love with teddy bears at age seven, when Santa left me Bearfoot as a bonus gift.
From then on, I collected everything bear-related. I had mugs, cookie jars, posters and, of course, more stuffed bears. Then on my 13th birthday, my mom took me to lunch and handed me a skinny box with a big bow. Inside was Albert, a floppy bear with crooked eyes and a white turtleneck sweater.
"He's your last one," she said.
I was happy and crushed - until I learned how to make bears. Then no one could say how many I could have. Making and selling them became my after-school job. (They paid for my first typewriter.)…
- Born on July 6
- Joined November 28, 2009
- Richmond, VA, United States