TBAAF - Purchase Directly From International Bear and Doll Artists



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TBAAF - Purchase Directly From International Bear and Doll Artists

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My name is Linda Benson, I've been making and selling bears since about 1983 when I was making very simple little teds for babies and small children. I sold them through a couple of craft galleries here in Tasmania.

I live with my husband Chris and sometimes my daughter in our mudbrick home deep in the Tasmanian bush. This is an ongoing project, we have been building for at least 23 years, as time and finances allow (though there was a 6 year hiatus when we lived in NSW for a while, so make that 17 years and still building!)

It's lovely being here, on the whole it's very quiet and I quite happily sit for hours with my sewing, though it can be a distraction too. With an energetic dog to walk and endless bush to do it in, and a lake thrown in for good measure!

Even so I try to get some bear making done each day, I'm not sure how many I make in a year, I've never been organised enough to count them up! These days my output is a smaller number, but that's basically because there is so much more involved in each bear I make. 

Creating bears is something I absolutely enjoy, when the joy goes that's when I'll quit; but right now I get a huge feeling of achievement from what I do, especially when a new design turns out the way I want.

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Reply Pauline Collison
4:15 AM on August 6, 2010 
Thank you Linda, that is so kind of you to say such a nice a thing about my bears :O) that means a lot. I'd love to hear how you get on, so don't forget to 'dish the gossip' and say 'hi' to Susan. Teddy bear hugs Pauline :O)
Reply Pauline Collison
4:14 AM on August 5, 2010 
HI Linda, hope all goes well with your course in England next month, I am sorry but I won't be there this time :O( Safe journey and make sure you keep hold of your handbag!! Teddy bear hugs Pauline :O)
Reply Maggie2bears
2:21 AM on April 2, 2010 
Hi Linda,
Just stopping by to see if you are enjoying your time here on the site. I hope you are! Have you tried out the forum ? It's a great place for fun filled bear activities. I also wanted to Wish you and your family a Lovely Easter Day. Hope it's filled with fun, laughter and a few chocolate bunnies. Big Bear Hugs.....Maggie
Reply Huwibears
12:23 PM on March 16, 2010 
wow love that expression on your bear`s face ..great work compliments greetings from Switzerland
Reply Maggie2bears
6:44 PM on March 13, 2010 
Greetings & Welcome. It sounds as though you live in a wonderful area of the world....almost magical. I adore the profile picture of your bear. He's awesome! What a gorgeous face! I hope you are having a wonderful day. Best Wishes & Bear Hugs.....Maggie