My youngest daughter, Roberta, was around four or five years old when she decided my husband, Iain, needed a toy to take to work with him. Her school had recently had a “bring your favourite toy to school day” and she thought it would be a good idea for Iain to do the same.
The only problem was that the toy she had chosen was much too big, so we went out to look for a small teddy to go in his briefcase. We found a lonely green fluffy teddy about 7" high – the last one on the shelf! - and we bought him. Berta wrote note, in her best hand writing ("My name is Briefcase Bear I am here to be your friend!") and we then snuck him into Iain's briefcase.
What I didn’t realise was that Iain had an important meeting first thing the next day, so the well-intended gift didn’t just surprise him but also his superiors sat next to him when he opened his case to find a tiny shaggy teddy with a child’s hand written note around its neck staring at him! Thankfully, Iain’s bosses have a sense of humour, and Briefcase Bear has gone everywhere with him since.
It was Roberta (now in her twenties) who suggested that the bears I had recently taken to making be called Briefcase Bears, a reminder of the intention behind that first little bear – a brighter start to the day, a companion that doesn’t argue or talk back, and more importantly, a friend at work to cheer you up.
Glendower is an 18 inch tall Handmade One of a Kind Bear, made from Welsh wool sourced and woven in the Cambrian Mountains of mid-Wales. He is filled with polyester, carded cotton and steel shot. He is fully jointed and has glass eyes. His scarf is hand knitted from Cambrian wool
Charlotte is an 18 inch tall Handmade One of a Kind Bear, made from soft kid mohair. She is fully jointed and has glass eyes, pull her tail gently and the music box in her tummy will play a lullaby by Mozart.
George is an 18 inch tall Handmade One of a Kind Bear, made from soft kid mohair. He is fully jointed and has glass eyes, pull his tail gently and the music box in his tummy will play a lullaby by Mozart.