HANDMADE IN THE U.S.A.
It all started on a whim -- I wanted to make something fun for my nieces and nephews, and they were all into the Sesame Street characters. I also needed to help pay bills while my husband was in college.
I was doing various arts and crafts and started playing with a design for a fun puppet. They were instantly a huge hit with the family. I tried them out at some local craft shows and things just took off. Before I knew it I was buying rolls of fur, hundreds of yards, directly from the mills. I had six people sewing and we were shipping hundreds of puppets a week!
In 1982, on the way to the hospital to have our first baby, I had to stop off and deliver fur to be sewn! Honest!
A few years later, several moves and a couple more children I stopped producing Cuddly Critters. The mills in the USA started dropping production of quality fake fur and supply started to dry up.
Lately some off-shore mills have again started producing high quality fake fur and we decided to again start up production.
Today, just like in the past, all Cuddly Critter Puppets are handmade! I work with local retired seamstresses, stay at home moms and fun women who all enjoy putting their talents to great use.
Pine Cone Wreaths
Rocks to Riches - Sapphire Mining
Cuddly Critter Puppets
Family Tree Hearts
The Wallflowers Painting - murals and faux finishes
Various Arts & Crafts
Fairy Journals/wands and halos
Custom Doll Trunks
Some products and businesses that I have created and started!
THE STORY SO FAR...
Yes, that is Cheryl in 1981!