It is so nice to be recognized, by someone I have never had contact with before, for my efforts to provide bear lovers with fresh and exciting shows to participate in and attend!!! As an artist and collector I have a very personal interest in seeing high quality shows continue and am pleased to know that others appreciate my hard work! Thank you, Bettina, for thinking of me!
I am going to pass this special award on to a very dear friend of mine who shares her heart with so many in the adorable bears she makes, and is also working with me to create the Chicagoland Teddy Bear Show. Laura Matthews of Teddies by Laura Lynn is not only a fabulous teddy bear artist, committed to keeping the bear industry alive, but she's also an amazing friend who has made such a difference in my life! You deserve a public thank you and award, Laura!!
I'd also like to pass this award on to Paula Carter of All Bear. She has given her time and energy to create a site of top bear artist blogs which has brought so many of us together and given us a sense of community and belonging as bear bloggers! Thank you, Paula!
I just loooove being a part of such a wonderful group of people!!