Why do handmade items cost so much?

Why do handmade items cost so much? "Why does it cost so much?" or simply "How much?!" This is comment often made at craft fairs when they pass my stall. Usually it is muttered quietly or it's a look in the eyes of the visitor as if to say the same thing, which is...

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What is an artist bear?

What is an Artist Bear? I wonder how many people know about the wonderful world of artist bears? I'm assuming that since you are reading this that you have heard about artist bears before. Most people meet teddy bears in toy shops. You've seen the bears in the shops...

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A history of Brierley Bears, in photos

I think I've come a long way in the 11 years that I have been creating my bears, so here is a history of Brierley Bears, in photos. So, I thought I'd share my bear making journey with you. Starting at the beginning, I'll show you how my creations have changed over the...

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Scotland holiday

We've just got back from our Scotland holiday. I love Scotland, and it was my husband's first time visiting, and I think it's safe to say that we will be going back in the not too distant future 🙂   We started our trip in Edinburgh, this was the halfway point, and a...

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New bathroom

It's been a while since I posted on here as I'm afraid that there hasn't been much bear making lately. We have been converting the small bedroom next to my work room into a bathroom, so my workshop has been covered in tools and toolboxes etc., and I wouldn't have been...

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What a fantastic January

What a fantastic January this has been! I'll tell you about it in a moment, but let's start off at the beginning of the year. *** I started the year off with a Koala commission. He was my first Koala, so I was slightly nervous about how he would turn out, especially...

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Hoggle the hedgehog

I would like to introduce you to Hoggle the hedgehog. We took in this little guy on Friday night. He was curled up in a ball at the side of the road and we nearly ran him over, so we turned round and picked him up. He was very lethargic and the rescue centre said he...

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