The art of softie-making with children's drawings


In 2007, when I was contemplating the idea of Child’s Own Studio, I imagined myself as the kid whose drawing was turned into a three-dimensional object, and I knew that it would be a cool feeling, like no other.   When I was working as an architect’s assistant in that other life of mine, it was the same kind of thing, seeing my designs get built.  It’s an amazing feeling – soul satisfying and empowering.   A good kind of power, not the other kind.

I imagine people buy/collect guns for a feeling of power – the other kind – the kind that comes from knowing they can destroy something, bad or good.    I like to think that Child’s Own Studio is at the opposite end of the spectrum of this human condition.

I celebrate children’s art with hand-crafted softies and give young people a sense of the soft, small comforts they can make and of what power they have, with their imagination.  Children need to know this, so they grow up knowing the power of designing, making and crafting all sorts of things for a civilized world.

This is a strange post, but it’s been a challenging month – full of holiday excitement and stress and sorrow.   Today, I will donate 26 Tim Hortons gift cards and home-baked cookies to Covenant House, for the acts of kindness movement in the wake of an unspeakable tragedy.

My shop is now closed for the holidays.  I finished some personal projects, tidied up my studio and it’s now a guest room for my visiting dad.  Please forgive me if I don’t answer your emails in the next few weeks, as I turn my attention to my friends and family.    I wish you a peaceful holiday, and join you in looking forward to a happy new year.

By Amelie, age 7

by Jacob, age 10

by Devon, age 6

by Javinder, age 2

by Christopher, age 4

by Malia, age 6

by Allie, age 6

by Emelina, age 9

by Emilie, age 5

by Veronica, age 7

by Anis, age 7

by Zara, age 5


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  • Mr Gallo

    December 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm |

    This is a brilliant idea. I love your work. It is inspiring to me to see your passion from a young age come to life. Keep up the amazing work. I taught art at an elementary school for 3 years. Children’s art is just so natural and pure. Mistakes are non-existant and their imaginations are beautiful. I will be looking you up when I have children.

  • Susan Propp

    December 22, 2012 at 10:04 pm |

    I too am participating in Ann Curry’s 26 acts of kindness. And yes….what you do couldn’t be further from guns and what they represent….. God has given you an amazing talent…. Bless you for using it in such a special way!

  • Diane W

    December 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm |

    I love your work. You always capture the essence! Keep those newsletters coming cause you always make me smile!

  • Gloria

    December 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm |

    Thanks for always sparking our imaginations and for your thoughts on a serious part of life this time. Thanks for showing it touches you without sensationalizing. Softies to all. :)

  • Cathryn O'Dell

    December 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm |

    Love it–love it–love it. Do you take orders .

  • Valerie J. Garrison

    December 22, 2012 at 10:44 pm |

    Love this heartfelt post and your generosity as you remember the precious lives that were taken in Newtown, CT recently.

    This is my first time to submit a comment on your website. I wanted to finally tell you that I really enjoy your work!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    Wishing your family blessings in 2013!

    Valerie Garrison

  • Jennifer R

    December 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm |

    I just wanted to let you know that I think you do an awesome job. I would have loved to had stuffed version of my art work when I was younger. I hope to see many more emails from you.

  • Kathy Smith

    December 23, 2012 at 1:30 am |

    What a beautiful way to word a positive angle to a horrific tragedy. I love your symbolism of empowering children with the right kind of power. In this world of trial and heartache, children need every ounce of positive they can gather. Your concept is unique, creative, and wonderful. I can’t wait to place an order when my granddaughter gets a little older and will color/draw got more then three seconds. Have a blessed holiday and soak up your time with family!

  • Veda

    December 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm |

    You’re a very talented and big hearted lady. I love seeing your latest realisations of the childrens creations and I wish you and all your fans a wonderful holiday from a very wet England.

  • Lisa

    January 7, 2013 at 11:14 am |

    I just found you on Pinterest by accident really…I am so delighted and inspired by what you do!I have an art degree but have never sewn anything. I love, love, love this idea. I have a 22 yr. old of which I have every single early school drawing in a portfolio just waiting for something to do with them. I think I have the answer.

    I so hope to be lucky enough to get added to your waitlist for this coming year. My daughter and I will be thrilled to receive a softie one day. I might even have a drawing of something I did as a child somewhere that would be fabulous to have.

    I have to get busy narrowing down which drawing to use. I have her very first face drawing she ever made they might be the ones. Thank you so much for doing this and sharing your talent and idea with the world. I know you will be so very busy in the years to come!