|With the Great Barrier Reef just a hop and a skip away, Katrina Ndrejica of Bumble Bears makes her home in beautiful Queensland, Australia.
She first started making bears back in 1990 when she was looking to make a theme bedroom for her daughter.
"I came across a gorgeous room in the back of a shop with old book shelves that were lined with teddy bears."
Katrina envisioned a similar room for her daughter but believed that it would turn into quite an expensive task.
Since she had been a self-described "crafty person" all her life, Katrina thought that she should have a go
at making teddy bears herself.
So without lessons and armed with only a pattern and some fur, she set out to make her first bear.
"My husband thought it was funny and said that it looked like a mouse!
I wasn't going to let this deter me and I made another and things just took off from there."
She can honestly say that her husband isn't laughing at her bears now!
Katrina is a full-time bear maker for many years now with the occasional break to work retail.
"I have a passion for fashion," she confessed.
Bear making keeps her busy as she designs all of her bears entirely herself and hand-stitches everything.
"I believe, as collectibles, that they have to be hand-made and limited."
Her family does help her on occasion when it comes to naming the bears if she herself gets stuck and can't think of any.
"All of my bears come with hand-painted, terra cotta name tags detailing the date they were made, if they are one of a kind or limited edition number and each has my signature on the back."
Katrina keeps her bears on the move by selling at the occasional show in Australia, through her online web site and through sites such as Bearpile.
Her bears have found homes in International places like Italy, New Zealand, Signapore, the Netherlands, Estonia and Germany, to name a few.
She also sells a hand-full of patterns and has been published in several teddy bear magazines.