Bears & Other Critters

Nevada, Missouri

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Last updated on Jun 26, 2020

Follow me on Twitter to see my latest bears and critters @bearsandcritter
or on Facebook for my craft show schedule- Bears and Critters: Handcrafted Victorian Teddy Bears


Anne Bennett

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Anne Bennett


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About BearsandCritters

Sales 82
On Etsy since 2012

Hobby turned business

I originally started making bears in the early 1980s. I gave them as gifts to my family and friends. It was actually my cousin who suggested I sell them. I was a stay at home mom and my little "critters" were getting bigger, so it was a good time to try something new. I started doing craft shows throughout the Midwest, and before I knew it I had a thriving business.

I stopped and returned to teaching for about 20 years, but now that I am retired, I find myself with the time to focus on bear-making again. All the designs are my own originals, and the structure of the bears are based on the original "Teddy" bears with jointed head, arms, and legs. The bears are very sturdy, my kids still have bears from the 80's that they played with. The fur might be a little loved, but the joints have never worn out.

I enjoy the creativity of making bears, and I really love meeting new people who enjoy bears. I started this page on Etsy, and I do craft and art shows throughout the Midwest. If you want to select your bear in person, come see me- a list of shows is available at

Shop members

  • Anne Bennett


    I have been making bears since the early 80's. Originally a hobby, quickly grew into a business! I returned to teaching for about 20 years, but now, in my retirement, I am enjoying bear-making again. I also do shows throughout the Midwest.

  • Laura Bradley


    One of the original "critters", my daughter, Laura, has been helping me since I started making bears again. She creates all of the needle felted items in my shop.

Production partners

  • Laura Bradley

    Evanston, IL

    Laura is one of my talented daughters. She makes the llamas, llamacorns, all needle felting, and helps with the knitted clothes.

  • Sara Bradley-Hering

    Columbus, OH

    Sara is Anne's daughter. She has been involved in bringing bears to life since she was 10! At this time, her focus is on helping clothe the bears in beautiful hand knit items.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 19, 2020
Welcome to the Bears and Other Critters shop. I hope you enjoy visiting with the bears. Come back often to see what is new. I will soon have bear clothes available that will fit the "B. Bears" and other bears as well as other items.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I will make every effort to present the items to you using the best possible pictures including a variety of angles, poses, etc. Please convo me if you need more information or have questions. Customers are responsible for return postage. If you need more information, please convo and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Payment is due through PayPal at the time of check-out. You do not need an accout with PayPal to use this service and you can pay with either a debit or credit card. This is a completely secure method of payment. No one will see your credit card numbers or other information.
Items will be shipped by USPS mail. If you want insurance, please convo me. It is $1.70 per $100 or part thereof. I am not responsible for loss or damage if insurance is not purchased. I will ship your order within 2 business days of receiving the order.

Your purchases will be carefully packed and mailed in a recycled boxes.
Additional policies and FAQs
All my bears are original, one of a kind creations. If you would prefer to have him/her dressed in different colors, I can try to accommodate you, but usually it would take an additional week. Please convo what you would prefer.