Gathering courage I decided to dip my toe in the teddy bear world. My husband was my chauffeur and we would pack our little car so tight with bears and bear “stuff” for the show that it resembled the clown car!"
Traveling to the live shows became mini-vacations for the Czaja's and they had so much fun together.
"My favorite teddy bear show was Christmas in Williamsburg, Virginia. It was magical!"
Sandy loves to sew. "I create my own patterns to make the bears that I would like to own. They can be hard to part with, but our house is only so big!"
She loves making bears with character, or bears that tell a story.
“Gramps” was featured on the cover of Teddy Bear Times & Friends, January 2022. He is a grizzled, an old looking fellow wearing a pair of old glasses, a vest and pocket watch. He was made from brown multi-colored faux fur."
Sandy enjoys making small bears out of mini-fabrics and sparse mohair along with natural furs for a more tradition bear.
"Mink, fox, all of the natural furs are beautiful. They take more time, because they need to be lined and the fur pieces must be matched, but there is nothing as soft or luxurious. Now most of my bears are made from imported faux fur. The colors are rich, vibrant, beautiful, and the furs are nicely made."
Times change, and the Czaja's are now living in Oregon and selling bears in online teddy bear xhows.
"My bears travel far and wide, all around the world.
Receiving emails filled with joy when the collector's purchase arrives brings a smile to Sandy's face and warms her heart.
"Although not meeting the collectors in person,the online shows keeps me motivated and creative."
"I believe I started making teddy bears for teddy bear shows in 1993. After all that time, collectors are still asking where I got the name for my business.
My grandmother had a name for anything that wasn’t good, it was “Schlok”.
I told my husband that
I wanted my bears to be the best.
I said, “ I won’t make schlocky bears”.
He said, “that’s the title of your bear company