Beardsley Bears by Deborah Beardsley Elertson
Deb's roots (necessary boring drivel):
Way back in the 1800's...great, great, great grandfather, Elam Beardsley, decided Wisconsin was the place to raise his young family. Adelia, his ever lovin' wife, made primitive cloth dolls and other fascinating trinkets for their girl-children. (Sadly, teddy bears were never made.) The boys played with bugs, snakes, and other icky stuff. This odd tradition of never making or giving teddy bears to succeeding Beardsley girls passed from generation to generation. That is...until Deborah, girl-child, was born (*see epiphany*)
There was something lacking in Deborah's life...she decided at a young age (*see epiphany again*) that she would either make teddy bears or be an astronaut someday! Much to the disappointment of NASA...guess what happened?? Fast forward to high school...After struggling thru Home Economics in High School, thinking who would EVER need sewing skills, she began her sewing career at age 18. Working with men's and women's garments, shoes, upholstery...eventually ending up as an Alterations manager in the Leather and Fur Industry...sewing...sewing...sewing...(who knew?? it was all falling into place. ;o))
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