Sunday, May 17, 2009


I have add two links on here. One is to my brother's website, Jare Hares and Bears. And my mother's website, C. Riffenberg Bear Co. Please visit these two site and browse around.
A little history about my brother, Jared, and mom, Jane.

C. Riffenberg Bear Co. – Jane Monroe
Jane Monroe’s fascination with sewing began at age five when her mother, an avid seamstress, gave her a needle and floss and taught her embroidery stitches. That beginning led to a lifetime of sewing, from articles of clothing to a variety of craft projects. As a teenager, she discovered an equal passion for most things old, particularly teddy bears. In 1982, she combined both loves and began designing and constructing teddies. Her bears are usually made in very limited quantities and frequently from unique hand-dyed fabrics.

As a child, Jane was fascinated with her great-great-grandmother’s name, Carrie Riffenberg. The decision to use her name for the business came after discovering that she too was a seamstress as well as a maker of fine laces. It has been Jane’s good fortune to inherit this legacy and carry it into the wonderful world of teddy bears.

Jare Hares & Bears – Jared Monroe
To say that creativity began at an early age for Jared Monroe would not be an exaggeration. At the age of two he entertained himself by taking thread and a needle from his mom’s pincushion and sewing buttons on scraps of fabric to form shapes and designs. Throughout school, he developed his artistic talents in both traditional art classes and in music and performance arts.

In 1990, Jared designed his first rabbit, which has become his specialty. Jared’s designs also include bears, dogs, cats, elephants, and mice. Made from his original designs, pieces range in size from 6 to 42 inches.

Nicknamed Jare Bear as a child, Jared thought it seemed natural to incorporate that into his business name, Jare Hares & Bears.

As you can see creativity runs in my family.

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