it's a new year----> and time to unvail new projects!

The new year arrives just in time- after the gluttony of the holidays I always feel like it's time to change things up, look ahead and dream really big dreams of boundless happiness for the new year. I have to much to share with you - new directions- new adventures and new partnerships- but really one thing at a time...

First, let me wish you all a hearty HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you have a wonderful year ahead- and THANK YOU for coming here to visit and support my work... Since I've been making teddy bears and animals for so long it's always hard to nail down exactly how many years I can say I've been at it- do I count from age 11 when I made and sold my first bear? or 22 when I renewed my interest and quit all of my other jobs in order to put myself through college by sewing? or later when I launched my website and began making and selling much like I do today? There are so many milestones, but this year- 2011 finds me reminiscing because in 2001 I graduated from college. How could ten years have passed already? How time flies and (insert Beatles melody here) I have to admit it's getting better, getting better all the time... so WELCOME 2011!

Now, for the first bit of exciting news. My dear friend Emily and I have collaborated on a fun new project– an etsy store we have named the dullDiamond (and a blog to announce store updates and other bits). It's been in the works for ummmmmm- months and months now, but since we're both a little busy with a million things not to mention our little boys! (she's a mother of 2- a 3 and a half year old and a little bunch of goodness who's only 2 weeks older than Claude) it took us quite a while to get it all set up. Making stuff has been the easy part. All goods in the shop are handmade by us and for now we're featuring beaded jewelry and ceramics. This project has no expectations or boundaries...which means it is all funfunfun... what we make will depend on what we feel like making- that's a good very thing.

Here's a peak at some of the beautiful bits we've been working on. 
To see more visit our Esty Shop or our Blog... 


  1. Oh, congrats on the new store and blog!! So looking forward to seeing everything!!

  2. I just found your blog through Artful Blogging, congratulations on all the exciting new ventures. I absolutely love your bears and other creatures, they are beautiful. Good luck and much success to you and your partner!

  3. Love it all, Jennifer! Good for you two mommas!

  4. Good luck with your new shop and Happy New Year to you!

  5. Just found your blog from Somerset and I love it. I will be following and purchasing!

  6. perfect collaboration! love this work and the look and feel of the etsy store - fun and happy!