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And then there were two – a farewell from Kiralee

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Tambo Teddies – It has been a privilege What a wonderful journey Tambo Teddies has taken me on.  I remember back to the first 6 months, completing a day of teaching and then heading down to the Tambo Teddies workshop for a few more hours each afternoon – busy, busy, busy.  The running joke was to ‘Go Global’ (which seems more like a reality these days).  There were so many ideas we wanted to put into place, the struggle was focusing on just one at a time.   I guess I imagined after 3 years that the ideas and inspiration for…

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Teddy Bears Facts…………..

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We thought we would like to share a few cool facts about teddy bears with you and put a bit of teddy bear history in perspective. There are many famous teddy bears and we are proud to include ourselves in this little teddy bear timeline. 1902 – Roosevelt leaves on November 12 for Mississippi for his 4 day bear hunt. – Berryman’s ‘Drawing the Line in Mississippi’ cartoon published in The Washington Post on November 16. – Morris Michtom and Steiff produce teddy bears. 1907 – American John W. Bratton composes the music for ‘The Teddy Bear’s Picnic’. 1914-1918 – Teddy bear factories are used to make…

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Australian Teddy Bear supports Little Legs Campaign

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A true, blue Australian teddy bear, a Tambo Teddy no less, recently set off to England to support the Little Legs campaign. Little Legs, is a fundraiser being driven by Kate and Michael Still, and the money raised will go to the Steps international charity that supports children in the third world with congenital Talipes Equivarous and the Camelia Botnar Children’s Orthopedic Centre over in England. Kate and Michael have a compelling motivation to help………. ‘In October 2016, at our 20 week scan we found out that our little girl had a fetal abnormality – congenital Talipes Equivarous, otherwise known…

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Tambo Teddies take on China!

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Ever since we purchased the business we have been talking about going global……and last week we took the first solid steps along this path.   It may seem that 3 years is a long time to get our act together but we really wanted to make sure we undertook this project with as little risk as possible. So rather than just dropping into China and announcing Tambo Teddies have arrived! we engaged the services of an experienced consultant, Ben Ferguson, and we were very thankful that we did. Tammy and Alison flew into Guangzhou to spend a week at the…

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The Real Teddy Bear Story

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Have you ever wondered where the name ‘teddy bear’ came from? Our name, Tambo Teddies, is fairly self explanatory but why ‘teddies’- where on earth did the ‘teddy’ come from to describe a soft, cuddly toy bear?   Well, believe it or not, teddy bears are named after the U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt!   It all started with a hunting trip President Roosevelt took in 1902 in Mississippi at the invitation of Mississippi Governor, Andrew H. Longino. After three days of hunting, President Roosevelt had not spotted a single bear.   And since hunting bears was the whole point of…

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Tambo Teddies Master Crafter- Verna Kruckow

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Chances are when you purchase a Tambo Teddy it might just have the initials ‘VK’ on the bum tag and will have been created in the teddy bear workshop by Tambo Teddies Master Crafter, Verna Kruckow. The Kruckow family moved to Tambo in April 2003 and Verna started working part-time at Teddies in May of that year.  For the first few years she sewed Bickie Bears and echidnas, perfecting these before moving onto crafting the ‘big bears’, the Basils and Tobies. Working for the previous owner in a part-time capacity, Verna spent her time creating bears at her machine in one…

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