|About myself and Keith|
|Who does what at the Belfry|
With our surname of Batt and Keith's
sense of humour, or not,
he decided to call the house The Belfry.
It seems that as in many partnerships,
where mawspaws is concerned that Keith has the role of book keeper, web site designer ( he is self taught, so please excuse any mistakes) and tea maker,
although during the summer this has to fit in with his hobby of Hot Air Ballooning,
so when the weather is good things get very hectic.
Very simple really, my husband Keith always calls me by the nickname of "Maw"
so after a few seconds the connection between Maws and Paws became evident and so MAWSPAWS was created.
I wish it was more convoluted than that but the simple way is often the best.
What a shock
"Hey Maw, come
and have a look at this email from Hong Kong"
Maureen and Lydia
The lessons learnt after
such an experience,
|some photos of the cushion covers|
How did MAWSPAWS start?
Very much by accident really, my hobby used to be knitting
but a few years ago whilst I was off work due to illness,
Keith brought me a Bear making kit to keep me occupied.
Since then my spare time has been taken up with making Teddy Bears and generally turning into an arctophile.
I worked for Marks and Spencer for over 35 years ( I was very young when I started! ) but retired to go full time into bear making and Mawspaws.
How has MAWSPAWS progressed ?
When I first made the decision to actually sell the bears
I had made it was through friends and both Keith's work place and mine.
Keith used to work for the head office of a multi-national company, this led to many of the bears travelling around the world to find new homes.
The local shopping centre was then chosen as a way of selling the bears, hiring a barrow and with my mother there to lend both a helping and reassuring hand.
This was obviously a major move for me, although I have spent all my working days in retail this was something else.
The questions that run through your mind are sometimes frightening, will anyone actually come up and talk to me, will they like the bears, if so will it be enough to make them actually buy my bears?
Therefore it was with great trepidation we set up the barrow for the first time, a couple of hours passed without so much as a good morning, then my first customer,
a local bear lover who has since become a friend.
As those of you who regularly do shows know,
you get some good days and some not so good,
in fact some down right useless.
This starts to put different questions in your head,
are my bears any good, are they over priced, what is wrong,
those of us that sell bears must have been through this.
The facts were that most of the time we had a barrow we were successful and the contact with people who were themselves interested in bears was very satisfying and also encouraging.
The lucky break
A friend who worked for a design agency was approached
to produce a bear for a promotion.
She contacted me for some assistance and that eventually led to my bears being sold through The English Teddy Bear Company.
When we consider all the chances of this happening ,
this can definitely be classed as our lucky break.
We have had the pleasure of exhibiting at fairs in Berne, Switzerland, Kensington, Alexandra Palace, Hove and many others and it is a real pleasure to meet so many people at the shows.
What rewards have you had from MAWSPAWS?
Ever since I managed to create my first bear from the kit Keith
brought me and literally brought it to life, I have had so many rewards.
The self satisfaction of bringing joy to other interested in my bears.
The people I have had the pleasure of meeting and communicating wish who have such a genuine love of bears and sharing this with others.
The great sense of personal warmth and I realise how lucky I am to be involved in this pastime.
What next for MAWSPAWS?
( laughs out loud )
Who knows, my bears being sold in Harrods or Hamleys,
an all expenses paid trip for myself and Keith around the world to promote MAWSPAWS The Film, The Book, The Cookery Show, The CD ROM, even The Postage Stamp, Any offers will be considered.
That's in my dreams but, so was making, designing and selling bears, having my own web site etc. only a few years ago. so who really knows. Realistically, looking for other outlets
and ways to promote my bears with the continued love of teddy bears and friendship of others involved with teddy bears.
Selfishly to still enjoy making bears and avoid the book keeping side of the business.
I sincerely hope that the British Bears on the Net will grow
and provide as much pleasure to others as it has already has given to me.
Finally I must thank everyone who has adopted a mawspaws creation and shown so much trust in both myself and Keith.
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Keith Batt 2004-2018
Web site designed and updated by Keith Batt