Terri Larson

As a child, Terri Larson always had a good imagination. She spent hours reading, playing with dolls and creating all sorts of things. She never quite learned to sew although she did attempt to make Barbie clothes. She had stuffed animals of all sorts, but she never had a teddy bear.

As a teen, Terri Larson developed an appreciation for treasures of the past. She loved old photographs, her grandmother's hat, the colors and patterns of old quilts, and things with nice patina. With such an abundance of existing wonders to discover, it would take a few years for her to develop the desire to make things with her own hands.

During her high school years, she developed a fascination for photography, a skill that would serve her well in later years.

When she grew to share a love of antique and artist teddy bears with her mother, Judy. The need to possess some of her own awakened her creative side. She picked up a needle an taught herself to sew. Of course, soon she had many bears and began to sell them in order to buy more mohair, and make more bears. In 1992 Terri quit her job to make bears full-time .

In 2004 after the birth of her second daughter, she took a break to concentrate on raising her girls. Working part time and being a full time Mom has been very rewarding, but she is still always designing something in her head. And she knows that she is never truly happy unless she is being creative.