My name is Donna Hinkelman. I fell in love with bears and began collecting them. Since 1993,
I have been designing and creating bears and other animals.
I use my designs and quality projects creating my pieces. All are stuffed with fiberfill and some with plastic pellets and fiberfill, five ways jointed and most have touches of airbrushing and German glass eyes.
Over the years I’ve received 4 nominations and two Golden Teddy awards, appeared on the covers of two magazines and a feature cover and article in Bears&Buds Online Teddy Bear Magazine.
Patton, my entry for 2016 won URSA Major-Best Overall. My most recent award winner is Charlie. He won the 2017 URSA first place award in his category from Bears&Buds, an online teddy bear magazine in its 12th year. Charlie is now living in England.
My husband Carl and I celebrated our 62nd wedding anniversary in April.
We have a great family; five children, twelve grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren with
number 29 on the way. God has blessed us.
Creating bears and sharing them with happy and wonderful collectors is a dream come true.
My basement sewing room is my hide-a-way, my happy place.