Deborah Beardsley Elertson

Deborah Beardsley Elertson

Welcome to Deb's corner of the world!

So happy you could drop in to visit for a moment! I am new at this Blogging, but I thought I had better get in step with the times~ So please, "bear" with me as I explore this new world and creative venue~
I will be posting pictures of the new pieces I make, and also some of the older interesting ones. I do hope you will stop by often to see what is going on. Thoughts and musings about life in the middle of the Northern Wisconsin Woods, on this journey of bear making and grandparenting!
I will be adding new widgets and gadgets as I become more familiar with it all.
Many thanks for stopping by! See you soon!

About Me

Holcombe, Wisconsin, United States
I have been a full time professional teddy bear artist for 13 years. I sell through quite a few fine shoppes worldwide, have been published in several magazines and fine catalogs featured my creations along with many other wonderful doll and bear artists. I take much pride in my work and strive to bring that same sense to you,the collector. Before making my own teddy bear patterns, I worked in the commerical sewing industry, sewing upholstery, men's garments, furs, leather shoes, leather garments. It has been quite a journey and an adventure into all sorts of sewing! I truly love what I do and enjoy bringing that sense of pleasure to my customers worldwide. It is an honor and blessing. I am happily married to my husband, Pete, for many years =). We live on 92 beautiful wooded acres in Northern Wisconsin, it is very peaceful and quiet. Perfect for focusing and creating! Through my new BLOG, I will be posting new pieces for sale especially for you, my collectors. And if you are just visiting~ Thank you for stopping by!

Favorite things in life

  • Hugs and kisses from grandchildren!
  • Watching my children parent their children~
  • Meeting customers!
  • Creating teddy bears and their sometimes silly friends
  • Dyeing new mohair
  • New mohair
  • Good wine~~
  • Eating!
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Colorful flowers in my garden (or anyones'!)
  • Warm sunny days~

Blog Archive

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Prototype for sale to Mailing list!

  Been awhile once again.
  I have a brand new piece, newly created, that I am offering on a first come first serve basis.
  His name is *Chedward Cheeky Bunnie*
  He is 12" tall, made of aged, hand dyed, shaded and painted Viscose.
  Pads and Inner ears are Merino wool. Genuine antique shoe buttons eyes.
 Excelsior filled, weighted nicely with encased steel shot.
   Wonderful expression~~
  Antique uber rusty skeleton key, with an aged Satin ribbon at neck.
  let me know ASAP by emailing me.

 Special price~~$255.00~~ shipping included within USA.
 Hurry..cuz Ched will be headed to eBay within 24 hours.
Thank you~~
  Hugs per usual...Deb

Thursday, February 7, 2013

New pieces!~~~~


 Been awhile as usual, hope you are all doing fabulously~~!!
 Have a few new pieces I would like to post here, many new pieces actually~~
 Hope you enjoy! and do let me know if you would like something special??


  Below are a few pics of the pieces I sent to *THE TOY SHOPPE* in Richmond. VA~

  Boston Bugsy, Madeline the PUG and Vernon..a sweet little distressed teddy bear~
  More pics of newer designs to follow!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Olde Olde Petey the Pititful Pug~~

9" tall, straw filled, olde shoe buttons eyes...custom made olde sailor collar..

Deb's adorable new pups!

Hello everyone!

It's been an incredibly long long time since I posted anything..cannot say why for sure~~ but here I am again, will really try to be in touch this way more often :)

Been busy making:

3 adorable NEW pups!!

A Springer Spaniel, A Cocker Spaniel and an adorable..very very OLDE PUG! If you are interested in a special piece custom made piece, please email me..

Hope all is well where ever you are!!

With warmest Regards and HUGS!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Teddy Bears of Witney~ preview 2009-2010

New for 2009-2010! These cannot be pre-ordered, they will be coming out in the Fall 2009 Teddy Bears of Witney catalog. A little sneak peek just for YOU!
All exclusive for Teddy Bears of Witney in the UK.
Fun Fun!

Colette~ A little girl French Hare

A sweet little girl that just came into being today. She is now up for auction on eBay! A five day auction, she is 13" tall.
Made of hand dyed mohair, distressed for an aged appearance. Her dress is made of vintage hankies~ so incredibly sweet and unique.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Teddy Bear Show in Agawam, Mass.

These little fellas are on their way today for the show on April 4th and 5th.
Stop in and check them out if you are in the area! Marie Poole of "Basically Bears" always puts on a most wonderful show! Contact Marie for exact times and location~

"I will miss you little lovelies, have a good life wherever your path leads"

On their way to Basically Bears

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Random thoughts about workshop

I thought it would be interesting to post some pictures of the place I spend most of my time in. Sometimes starting as early at 7 AM, sometimes working as late as 1 AM.
All hours in between.
It is very quiet, located in the middle of our woods, about 100 yards from the house. I actually saw a Black Bear one day, walking down the path between the house and shop.
Needless to say, I did not go outside to play that day!
My workshop is a place where I can focus and create, and when I am done for the day, I can leave it all behind. I start anew the next morning.
Using mainly excelsior to stuff the bears and animals I make, it becomes unbearably messy quite often.
But it is all a process.
The texture and feel of the excelsior, the mohair, the tools, the colors that I dye the mohair, from the beginning to the final finished piece. It is a very rewarding process.
I have collected many books and encyclopedias about Teddy Bears and olde Stuffed toys, they continue to provide inspiration, as well as the nature that surrounds me.
I hope you enjoy this little peek into my world!