My story is pretty simple. I used to breed Dachshunds. At the time I lived on a small rural dirt road that wasn't named. The county government needed to name all the roads for the 911 system(this was back in the 80's) and asked for suggestions from the residents. I submitted several with dog themes and they decided on Dog Patch. For all the youngsters that don't remember, and those not in the US, Dog Patch was where the comic strip character Lil Abner lived. In the 80's I was making muslin bunnies, velour dogs and bears, and calico cats. I sold them at craft shows and Dog Patch Critters seemed to fit. It still seems to fit as I still make all kinds of critters, just in mostly mohair now.
I have most things jammed into a small room but there is a LOT! Ribbon(never have the right one though), fabric( as I make most of the clothes for my creations), beads, brass findings, buttons, and notions. I have a container of doll clothes and one labeled props. You never know when you might need a miniature pinwheel or bucket. Oh, lace and trims. I'm always very excited when I find vintage lace at yard and rummage sales. Books on how to make things...good for referencing. One container full of wool felt and one full of ultrasuede and leather.
Of course, also in this small room is my doll collection, my bear collection and assorted other knick knacks.
Penelope was created with a soft alpaca. Measuring 10 inches tall, she has glass google eyes, a needle felted nose and wool felt paws.Her muzzle, ears and paws have been hand shaded. Five way jointed with discs and bolts, she is filled with fiberfil and some encased bb's in her tummy for weight.
Penelope is wearing a sundress made just for her from a reproduction of a vintage print.
Each Puppy Grrl has a bone shaped button on her dress, Penelope has two. She is available on Bear Pile http://www.bearpile.com/item/57973
I moved recently and discovered this piece of fur. It has an Intercal card stapled to the corner and I think is says 350S. It isn't mohair but feels like wool(?). It is clumped like sheep fleece. I may have purchased more than 10 years ago and can't remember why or what I made with it. I might try to sell it but would like to know what it is first.
I have been making mohair bears since the mid 90's. Before that, starting in the mid 80's, I made muslin bunnies, cabbage patch style dolls, and small thread jointing bears. After a 2 year break, I started up again around 2002. Selling on the internet was really starting to take off. It's very interesting looking at the old mags. No one had an email address or a website.
I really like having a website...even if it is not cheap. I use frontpage and can update easily. I also sell on bearpile, etsy, and artfire. I have a fb fanpage. I have not been updating my blog lately because we are getting ready to move and that is taking time away from bear making. I have sold from all venues. I will probably set up a store on fb after the move. It is time consuming but we all know, it's important to be "out there".