CLARA OF BELLA'S BEARS & COMPANY
Tell us a bit about you and your #smallbiz
Hello I’m Clara, mother of 2 little girls, fur mama to a rottie and 2 cats, and married to my best friend for almost 6 years.
My little business Bella's Bears & Company just turned 2 years old as of June 2018.
When my oldest, Anabella, was about 5 months old I was sorting out her newborn clothes and decided I wanted to do something with them to keep as a memory for her. I wasn't quite sure what exactly I wanted to make, so I went online.
There were so many options, but I wasn't convinced until I came upon a bear pattern. I downloaded the pattern and decided to give it a go. I hadn't sewn since high school and I decided to get back into it with cutting up my baby girl's newborn clothes and trying to make a bear-- yikes!
A week later my first Bobo bear was born. Anabella absolutely loved him! She slept with him, took him on car rides and stroller walks, took a bath with him, puked on him, and snuggled him. To this day she still loves her Bobo bear.
After that, people started asking me if I could make them one, or get a different bear pattern. That was the beginning of Bella's Bears & Company!
I now make baby blankets, memory quilts and memory pillows too. I currently have 11 different bears available, with two new ones coming soon. I make them all using clothing from children or loved ones, stitching old memories into something new to cherish. I love what I do.
What in your business are you passionate about?
I love making the memory bears, pillows and quilts. That is really my passion; taking your children's or loved one's clothes and turning them into a keepsake that can be kept forever. I love that people trust me to create such a special memory, a treasure.
What is something fun/ interesting/ personal about you and your business?
Hmmm tough one…
I love to sew. I sew mostly during nap time (when the girls nap hehe) and at night, once everyone is asleep. That is my relaxing time. I love it! I could sew all night if I didn’t have to wake up at 6 am the next morning with my early riser. I love coffee, so that goes really well with my sewing. I love to travel and everywhere I go I’m always promoting my business, especially when I see babies. Gosh they give me the feels!
What does being a Canadian small business mean to you?
Even though I’m still a new business, I’m really proud to be a Canadian small business owner. There are so many amazing small shops and incredible mom bosses who created their little businesses and I’m honoured to be part of it. Supporting one another, that’s what it’s all about!
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