Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ebay auction for the Community Food Bank

ANYONE who bids, whether you ultimately win the auction or not, will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate from Mostly Bears. Low opening bid, no reserve, gorgeous Steiff polar valued at $210. 100% benefit for the Community Food Bank! What are you waiting for? :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Cyber Monday!

Welcome to Monday, teddy bear lovers. CyberMonday, that is. We've launched a new website for the festivities... (i.e. we're testing out a new web format, just to keep it interesting, lol.) If you're intrepid enough, you'll find tucked in amongst some crazily-priced items, five fabulous freebies for you to win. Good luck!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Thank you to all who attended our Open House yesterday, both in person and online! We're hoping to convince Steve to come back to Tucson in late January or early February, so if you're interested in taking a class from him, email me at and I'll keep you informed as to the specifics!
Steve Schutt Halloween Adventure 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Welcome to Mostly Bears Online Open House!
Click here to visit our Open House Blog page ~ enjoy!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wowee Zowee

Class concluded today...

With bodies being stuffed...

Faces being worked on...

Heads coming together...

Random faces around the table...

A witchy bear...

And of course the requisite chocolate breaks...

Wow, we are messy!!

Some of Steve's prototype heads.

Franken-bear coming together... with a little needle felted detailing.

A finished creation.

There is no end to our creativity! (Great work Rebecca!)

Next year? Who knows what the class will bring. The creative juices are just beginning. Stay tuned! Hope you can join us next time!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Steve Schutt's "Dark Period"

So, after much anticipation, we are here,
A BRAND new design!
from the master...

Can't wait to see what happens here... 

Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Some heavy duty needling today~

The day in pictures...

Diligent needlers!
Today's task...
Some finished creations...

Rebecca's Bearutiful Bat!

A new accessory for Cathy's "warlock" bear.
Tomorrow.... the adventure continues.... Steve Schutt style!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A batty update...

Actually a pretty cute face! *looks a little teddy bearish :)

Bat butt?

A bat in process...
More to come!!

Let the bat making begin!

Good Morning from the Adventure~

Good morning fellow teddy bear lovers!

First things first. It's time for...

And, of course, then...

It's also time for BATS!

We're ready!
And, if you can't be here in person, we hope you'll follow along virtually.
It's gonna be a fun class...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mark your calendars for our Open House, October 21st at Mostly Bears. We hope you can come in person... but if not, you can join us online!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Here's a few new faces...
...just In From Charlie Bears





Tickety Boo


Sherbert Lemon

Sherbert Lemon




Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheescake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Monday, July 16, 2012

Greetings to all,

As many of our friends are aware, Mostly Bears has been faced with a mandatory move from our location on Broadway. The City of Tucson notified us at the beginning of 2012 of their plan to widen Broadway Blvd., with many buildings slated to be demolished for the project. Our building is in the demolition zone!

The decision we faced, given the state of the economy and the teddy bear business as a whole, was not an easy one. Every bear store owner and artist I know (those still in business) are hanging on & hoping for a better tomorrow. And I've no doubt they all have faced the same decision: should we close our doors, throw in the towel? Or should we go on and keep moving forward?

I'm happy to report that Mostly Bears is going on!


I must admit, even after we had finally decided to move into our warehouse location and keep Mostly Bears open, I still had many lingering doubts.


I got a notice a few days ago to pick up a package from the Post Office. It was a surprise package, my favorite kind! And it was from a truly lovely Tucson family who for many, many years even after they had stopped collecting Steiff and started collecting (i.e. having) children, would stop into the store at random times just to make a delivery of some small teddy bear related gift. A bunch of flowers in a teddy bear vase, a package of teddy bear stationery, a teddy bear garland... their simple act of kindness always, always brightened my day and OFTEN came at times when I needed it the most. If by some unseen connection, they knew just exactly when I needed a teddy bear "care package."

So, when I opened my wonderful surprise package and read the hand written, thoughtful note... it reminded me just why we do this.

Because the power of the teddy bear is HEALING. And because the love of the teddy bear is BOUNDLESS. And because the connection of the teddy bear is TIMELESS.

When I opened the store in 1998, a man stopped by one day and asked, quite incredulously, "HOW did you get from nursing to THIS? Taken aback, I answered the first thing that came out of my brain... "Teddy bears are an extension of nursing." He laughed. Then turned and walked out.

But, little did I know how true those words really were.

This "little bear store that could", Mostly Bears, IS moving forward... to our newly remodeled warehouse, where the power of the teddy bear will transform this space into a healing, peaceful, creative place, where you can still... and always... get FREE HUGS.
And yes, our local friends might have to take a cue from Winnie the Pooh ~ be a wee bit brave ~ when they come into the warehouse district to "play bears." And we probably won't be open after dark! But I guarantee your visit will be worth it. (And, we'll be sharing the building with Ron's newly opened retail business, The Survey Shop, so we will have some built-in bodyguards around...) 

I do hope you'll stop by for a visit and check us out. For now, our retail hours will remain Wednesdays from 11-4, during classes and by appointment. On Wednesdays, we will have bear making in our bright new bear making room. And, of course, we will still be available all the time "on the web".

And finally, a special THANK YOU to the wonderful, dear LeCompte family for the goodies and especially for reminding me (at a time I really needed to be reminded) just "why bears?"

Hugs from Tucson,


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Steve Schutt Adventure 2012, Hallowe'en

Calling all teddy bear makers & lovers! Mark your calendars for "Steve Schutt Adventure 2012, Hallowe'en"... we are officially scheduled for Tuesday October 16th through Sunday October 21st, 2012. Class dates are Wednesday through Saturday and our annual signing and show is Sunday October 22nd. Details coming soon...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012