Let me introduce you to my new soft (reeeaaaally soft actually) friends.
Since we are going on a Bear Hunt I figured a DIY bear workshop was appropriate. I was going to buy only bears but then I decided to go for a selection of soft animals instead.
I got them from Be My Bear and I only have compliments for their products and service.
The website (or should I say websites since Bear Factory is the same one, and you can also find them on ebay.co.uk) is good. The descriptions are accurate and they have a very good selection of soft animals (in 8", 12" and 15") and clothes.
Delivery was £10, a little dear I thought.. Saying that, items were dispatched and delivered quickly by courier (and they will do rush orders with next day delivery if needed), so it seems worth the high delivery charge.
I called them twice and got an answer straight away. The company is based in the UK and the person I spoke to was polite and helpful.
Now for the product itself. I have to say I wasn't expecting the skin to be so soft. They are truly gorgeous. If it wasn't for the small parts (eyes and nose) it would actually be good enough for a baby !
Each party package comprises of one no-need-to-sew-to-close skin, one bag of stuffing (new), a wishing star, a birth certificate and a party bag. You also get party invitations. On top of that I ordered some T-shirts for the kids to decorate with fabric paint (paint also available to buy with your order).
In your parcel you get a leaflet on how to stuff the bears and a letter with loads of party ideas.
Quite honestly I think they have done a brilliant job. I hope the kids will like them and I believe having the party at home is so much more personal that going to a Bear Workshop in a shopping centre (and more affordable)....
I forgot to say, they have a little video to demonstrate how to run the party. It is good to see how the bears get stuffed and closed. It was a selling point for me to see how easy it is to close them up.