The Bear Menagerie by Debbi Henretty
Hello! My name is Debbi Henretty. I've been designing and creating the teddy bears and friends of The Bear Menagerie since 1993.
My love of teddy bears came somewhat late in life. As a child, I never had my own teddy bear (although I'm quite sure my parents did love me!). I was in my mid-twenties when my best friend gave me my very own Paddington teddy bear. It was love at first sight!
No doubt you know that there is no such thing as a "one-teddy bear" home. Over the years, I added many teddy bear friends to my collection. And, just as one friend introduced me to teddy bears, it was a friend who introduced me to teddy bear-making.
I have always loved creating keepsakes. My interests have included quilting, embroidering, knitting and the like. I am fortunate enough to come from a long line of "Hand-Made, Heartfelt" folk.
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