Saturday, June 28, 2008

June '08 Newsletter

Hello fellow teddy bear lovers!

Summer is usually a quiet time here in Tucson. But this summer seems to be an exception so far. It's been a fun and exciting month filled with bear making, new shipments, giveaways and other stuff! I'll try to catch you up on what's been going on here in the store.
First of all, our June drawing is complete and here are the winners!

Prize #1)A little pink pig from Quarry Critters...the winner "diatom2@"

Prize #2)A little artist bear by Cheri Olney of Cher's Bears: OK, there's a problem with this one...see below...

I think maybe someone may have absconded with this little bear!!! Here's what I found on my storeroom shelf when I went to get this bear for the drawing:


Until I find out where the cutie little bear has been misplaced to, and the cutie little Mister who probably misplaced her (my grandson loves bears!)...I will substitute the following bear for this month's prize:
Prize #2(revised): A little artist bear in vintage shoe by Monica Murray...and the winner is: donna@!

Prize #3) Deb Canham Little Gems Christmas Bunny...winner is lilbear@!
And last but not least:

And the winner is:jnlnov20@!

Congratulations to all our winners! I will contact you all separately to arrange delivery or pickup.

We'll have another drawing as soon as I get it put together!!


June Class

Mary Ann's bear making class in June was a great success and some really lovely bears were born over the course of the weekend. Here's a snapshot of the finished class bears for your enjoyment.

Isn't it amazing how uniquely different everyone's bears are...same pattern and fabric...different artist!


Coming Up ~ July Bear Making Class!

Come on in out of the heat and take a class with Mary Ann Neisz ... you won't want to miss this one!

We invite you to join Mary Ann Neisz at Mostly Bears for a new two-day bear making class! Class will be held July 19th and 20th (Saturday and Sunday) from 10-5 each day. Mary Ann will be teaching the beautiful curly mohair collectible bear shown.

"Cubby" is a 10" long (& 6" tall) bear on all 4's. He is made from the ultra soft long curly mohair fabric. He has an open mouth design with sculpted feet, jointed limbs and a double jointed neck. All supplies and fabrics are included in the class price of $135. Students should bring their basic sewing and/or bear making tools (scissors, needles, etc.)

This is an intermediate class. However, if you are a beginner and would like to make this bear, Mary Ann can work with you on Wednesdays in July to help you prep or after the class to help you finish your bear on Wednesdays during our regular bear making group. There's no charge for the Wednesday groups.

We hope you will consider making this really outstanding bear! Visit the bear making webpage at for more info or to sign up. ( Or email us at ... or of course you can always give us a call at the store!)

Here are some more views of "Cubby":


New Stuff...

We are periodically getting our shipments in from Steiff and this month have seen the Bears in a Tin "William and Henry", a lovely mohair golden retriever puppy and all the new intermediate sized classic bears, including the new long legged, big eared, scruffy series called the "big foot bears".

I have also just gotten shipping notices on the Buddha bear, Beijing Panda, Sigi Hedgehog & Mr. Hopkins along with a whole lot of other goodies! Everything Steiff is on sale right now (see below), so it's a good time to check it out.

From Hansa, we just got in the most beautiful Sun Bear, he's huge and wonderful!



In honor of summer, we've put loads of items on sale here at the store.

Until mid July, we will have:

*All plush Gund and Mary Meyer items 50% off.

*$25 off any Steiff purchase of $75 or more or 10% off your purchase, whichever is greater. (Steiff club members, we will combine this sale with your normal 10% off!)

*"Archive" bears (artist pieces that have spent a good deal of time here at the store and need a home!) on sale at 20-75% off! I have created a page on the Mostly Bears website at so you can see the artist pieces that have been listed on sale so far. I will keep adding items as I can get photos taken. We hope you can stop in or stop by the website to take a peek. Online ordering is available on the artist sale page.


Until next time, I wish you all a happy summer wherever you are spending it. And a special hope for all our midwestern friends who are still drying out & recuperating that they have sunny dry days ahead.

Sincere thanks,


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