Welcome to Melisa's Bears

Melisa's Bears...

... introduces "Ahanu"

...a Happy Grizzly Bear Cub!

~*~     on a 7 day listing     ~*~

I'm so excited to introduce my newest lifelike Grizzly bear cub named Ahanu! His name is a Native American name that means “he laughs” - I thought it suited him well as he is such a happy and chubby little guy.

Ahanu was so enjoyable to create – he is 10” tall. We had a great photo shoot... he is so fun to pose!  Some of the photos are similar, but have differences like whether the eyes or mouth are open or closed.  I hope you enjoy seeing all the photos!

Ahanu is a one of a kind artist bear cub completely designed and hand sewn (no machine sewing) by me, Melisa Nichols. He is very detailed and as such he is his own unique individual and can not be duplicated ~ a true one of a kind. Many, many hours went into this baby!

Because of all this detailed work, I will never be able to create another baby just like Ahanu. I do not work with patterns - just from photos and drawings, so there is no pattern he can be remade from.

Ahanu is made from gorgeous faux fur. It is so realistic and soft! 

Ahanu's sweet baby face is full of detail. His face has been thread sculpted, scissor sculpted and subtly hand shaded. He has soulful glass eyes that are hand painted in brown. He also has moveable eyelids (top and bottom) so he can be posed awake, sleepy or fast asleep. They can closed completely. I created an adorable and realistic epoxy clay nose for him which I hand painted and sealed – it is shiny on the inside and is less glossy on the outside for more realism.

The inside of his ears are scissor sculpted and hand shaded. I've also given him a hand shaded leather open/close mouth with a thread sculpted tongue and epoxy clay teeth. Because of all this detailed work, I will never be able to create another bear cub just like Ahanu.

Ahanu's leather paws are thread sculpted and hand shaded. His paws have been scissor sculpted and hand shaded. I hand made epoxy clay claws for him which have been shaded and sealed.

Ahanu is completely hand sewn and filled with polyfil, pellets (in his tummy), and an extra portion of cuddles. I have left the area around his neck loosely stuffed to allow for freer head movement. He is fully armatured for lots of fun poses! 

Sleepy baby! :o)

If you have any questions or comments about Ahanu, please email me me... I'd love to hear from you! If you'd like to be on my mailing list, please let me know – I send out an email whenever I have a new creation ready for eBay.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing all of Ahanu's pictures. Thank you for visiting his auction!


Ahanu will arrive in a special box with hang tags that include him birth date, a picture of him and a signed Certificate of Authenticity. He is a collectable baby raven made for display only - not suitable for children due to small parts. Any props in the photos are not included.

Thank you to everyone who views and collects my soft sculptures! You've made every auction such a fun & enjoyable experience and I truly appreciate your appreciation and support!

Please visit my ABOUT ME page to see a sample of the packaging that will come with your creation and for more information about my creations.

All my soft sculptures are created in a smoke-free home.

***SHIPPING*** ~ I am delighted to offer Ahanu with free surface shipping anywhere in the world. This includes up to $1000 insurance for most countries (Canada Post will not insure to all countries). Free shipping is by surface mail which usually takes 1 1/2 to 2 weeks to US destinations and 6 - 8 weeks to overseas destinations. Please contact me for a quote if you would like to use Xpresspost instead which takes about 3-5 days to US destinations and about 6 days to overseas destinations.

***LAYAWAY *** ~ 1/3 payment within 7 days, 1/3 - 30 days after, and the final third, 30 additional days after that. For auctions over $1000 alternative layaway plans can be arranged. I do not charge a fee for my layaway service. Layaway payments are non-refundable. If you'd like to use this option, please email me before bidding.

***CUSTOMS*** ~ Customs fees, duties and tax will be the buyer's responsibility, according to the country's regulations, as well as delays due to customs regulations. Please do not ask me to mark as gift or to lower the declared value.

***FEEDBACK*** ~ I strive to do my best to make each auction a 5 star one - a five star rating is very important to me. Please consider giving me 5 stars in each area if you are happy with your purchase. Please be aware that I am in northern Canada and ship from a small town, so while I will get your package to the mail within 3 days of payment, I am not responsible for shipping delays - please rate my shipping time star based on my keeping my word as to my handling time. If you feel that you can not give me 5 stars, please contact me so I can do my best to fix any problem or address any concerns you may have.