A book can change your life and that's what happened in the 1990's when Nancy McNally found a book on miniature bear making.
"Right away, I was hooked, as I always loved miniatures and teddy bears."
From her home in Lindenhurst, New York's on Long Island, Nancy began making miniature bears.
"I was heavily influence by artists that use scissor sculpting and face shading."
She found that she was able to incorporate both techniques into her bears' tiny faces, giving them character and bringing them to life.
Her teddies are known for their child-like features.
They appeal to collectors with a fondness for cute and sweet bears with a nostalgic theme.
"I like to base my teddies on childhood activities and traditions, like trick-or-treating or going to the beach."
When Nancy began selling her bears in 2000, she mainly sold online through auction sites but now sells through online shows and through her website.