Monday, October 14, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Greetings from New Mexico...

The most challenging part of driving across the desert is its sheer size... and today its windy-ness.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Road Trip!


What's the best way to get from here (Tucson) to Long Island, NY? We haven't decided yet!

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Back to the blog after almost a half year without posting... it's way past time to chime in.
     It was an interesting summer, challenging at times and super fun at others. One highlight was having the opportunity to accompany our daughter to Hawaii, where she presented a poster session at a national conference. It was our very first trip to the islands and we had a great time sightseeing and being proud parents.
     We even did some snorkeling, which, as an ocean-fearing land lubber I would describe as a sometimes ecstatic, sometimes terrifying experience!
     But I am happy to be back playing bears & working on the new website. The new format was inspired by my customers, really, watching you browse through the store & happening upon just the right bear that must go home with you. So, it's really to meant to honor that.... just presenting a few bears at a time, as if you were stopping by to see what jumps off the shelf and into your hands. The important part of the new format to remember is that you really should pop in and browse every week or so. Things will change often!
     I also have a new feature on the site called "Teddy Bear Stories" which was actually inspired by an email from a collector. It's a place where you and I can share those incredible stories we all have of the love, heroics, healing, saving, did I say love, that teddy bears so readily provide. A teddy bear is a universal gift of comfort. Don't we know it! I hope you'll consider visiting and sharing your stories. Everyone is welcome. (The only rule is the stories have to be rated E for everyone... I'm sure that goes without saying...)
     The new Charlie Bears fall 2013 line has launched! I have set up a page on the website for viewing and adding your wish list. Instead of taking preorders (the turnaround time is just too long),  I created a wish list so that I can better accomodate everyone's favorite bears.

     You can access the site with two addresses at the moment. From our regular website at and from the new address of  At some point in the future, these will both be merged into the .com site, but for now we have the two points of access.

     I hope you all had a fabulous summer & are looking forward, as I am, to getting back to cooler temperatures and a little more playing-bears-time.

Sincerely, Trish

Yes, that's me!! Eeeek!


Friday, April 5, 2013

Win this Bear!

Two days left to sign up to win Charlie Bears' Blackberry Crumble!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis

Hello teddy bear friends!

Next weekend my granddaughter is celebrating her 13th birthday with her friends by walking in Great Strides & raising some $$ for Cystic Fibrosis. I'm so very proud that she decided to forgo gifts this year for such a fantastic cause, so I started a Mostly Bears fundraising page to help her reach her goal. If you're feeling so inclined, won't you visit here & leave a few dollars behind? Thank you so very much~

donate to my cause

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Stark beauty of Southern New Mexico

Thanks for following along. Be sure to comment to be entered into our "on the road" drawings.

We see bears...

... almost everywhere we go, even if it's at Bed Bath & Beyond in New Mexico.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Our first March Madness giveaway!

Good day campers!
I'm here in the camper... chillin'... waiting for the real trip to begin after the "hubby-has-a-conference-gig" in Albuquerque is finished tomorrow. I'm working on our first March Madness giveaway.
And here he is:
Gund bunny "Clover"!
He's about 12 inches in size (not including ears), softer than soft & he can be yours!
Just leave a comment below OR share our blog link from the Mostly Bears page on Facebook. (here)
We'll  be drawing the winner after we get at least 10 entries OR on March 25, whichever comes first!
Good luck!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


First look at downtown Albuquerque...

On the road...

Hello campers!
We're "On The Road" today, heading to New Mexico and Texas... We invite you to follow along... and, of course, watch this space for some fun giveaways along the way!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Enter our Valentine's Giveaway!

Greetings teddy bear lovers,
It's been awhile since I've blogged. I'm hoping to get back to it a little more regularly in 2013.
Here's a pretty good way to start out, with a giveaway!
I've added a nifty new piece of technology called "Rafflecopter." (A program in which to administer giveaways.) It looks pretty easy to use and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it, in fact, is.

Here's the lovely Steiff collectible bear we're gifting to one lucky recipient, just in time for Valentine's day:
Steiff Club Bear
 Beautiful off-white wavy mohair
 2010 Edition, #157
To enter, click below and do whatever Rafflecopter tells you to do. I don't quite know what that is going to be yet. I guess we're in this learning curve together.
I know there should be options to share across social networking, Pinterest, FB, Twitter, etc., so you should get multiple entry possibilities each day though. At least I THINK that's how it works.
(One detail which needs to be shared, I do have a disclaimer in there that international entries are subject to shipping charges & customs taxes.)
Giveaway ends 2/13/12.
Good luck to us all!