Have you come across Wendy Tsao at Child’s Own Studio yet? If not, I encourage you to go and have a look at the most amazing work she does creating custom-made softies from a child’s own drawing. It is such a simple (and comforting) idea, yet she executes it so brilliantly – she truly celebrates children’s art and their imagination with a hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind soft toy. I just love this idea.
Apparently, Wendy made her first toy based on a drawing by her (then) 4-year-old son Dani. Dani’s school had asked the children to bring a toy from home. The idea was to use it as an emergency measure if the child was upset. Since Wendy didn’t want to send Dani’s favorite toy with him to school, she decided to make him a new toy based on a drawing he had done of a snowman. From this, Child’s Own Studio was born.
Here are a few of her wonderful interpretations:
Don’t you think this is just the most fabulous concept? I can’t imagine a child not cherishing one of these wonderful softies (although, according to Wendy, it has happened!)
Sadly – for us, anyway! – Wendy’s soft toys are proving so popular, she has even closed her wait-list and is not taking any new orders at this time. She does list other craft artists who may be able to provide a similar service on her website. If you would like to know more about Child’s Own Studio, check out her site at: www.childsown.com