The art of softie-making with children's drawings

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  • Toos van Riet

    January 22, 2012 at 4:25 am |

    I just saw your website thanks to my nephew who send me the link
    WAUW WAUW WAUW !!!!!!
    Toos from the netherlands.

  • Nicole

    January 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm |

    Oh my goodness, I’m so excited! A friend gave me the link to your page, because I love doing creative projects with my daughter. Your softies are incredible! Absolutely wonderful, awesome! I would like to tell everybody and share the joy. You light up the darkest rainy day and give instantly good mood! A very big THANK YOU from Germany, Wendy :-)

  • Sally Mayor

    January 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm |

    I LOVE this site! I’ve come back to have another look because I think it’s so brilliant! I don’t have any kids but I’m making sure all my friends and family know about it. Such an excellent idea.

  • A dad ...

    January 27, 2012 at 2:27 am |

    Wendy, I am a dad of two, 3 and 7 years old. There’s nothing better than the sparkling eyes of a happy child …

    Honestly, I have tears in my eyes because I am so touched by work you do, bringing happiness to the world.

  • AG

    January 31, 2012 at 8:47 pm |

    What an absolutely FABULOUS idea and site. I don’t have kids (yet) but this is so cool! THANK YOU for doing this with your life!

  • Janet

    February 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm |

    Omg. This is the most amazing idea ever. Just saw your work on pinterest. So I visited your website and wondered where in the US you’d be located. Was over the moon to hear you’re in Vancouver (yay!!). I’m in Burnaby am Going to put this on my Facebook page cuz its priceless!! My kids are older 20, 14 so too bad as I would have jumped on this for sure. Am going to tell people I know that have small kids. Kudos to you.
    Janet

  • Niki Blake

    February 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm |

    HI there! I think you are about to get really busy b/c I just say you on Pinterest and you are being PINNED A LOT!! I came over to take a look and I can’t believe how talented you are. Amazing…and that you can see the “creature” in these kiddos drawings…..amazing. Good luck….love your stuff so much! :)

  • Angela W.

    February 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm |

    I LOVE that you are based out of Vancouver. I always get discouraged when I find artisans I like and they are based out of country. I can’t wait to encourage my niece to draw me something AMAZING.

    Also – If you are ever serious about needing an extra pair of hands, I’m a Vancouverite, been sewing for 28 years and I have a very flexible schedule. :)

  • Maria Luisa Pérez

    February 5, 2012 at 9:41 pm |

    Excellent idea!!!!!!!!
    Can you send them to Mexico….PLEASE?????

  • Kerry

    February 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm |

    I think you work is pure genius. I will scour my children’s artwork for a piece that my children love enough to send to you. My only hope is that you wont be to busy, or too expensive when I get there. Keep up your beautiful and groundbreakingly imaginative work!

  • Arthi

    February 6, 2012 at 1:59 am |

    Hello! I am a business student at Concordia University in Montreal! I love your idea and am rushing my nephew to make a drawing so he can get one of your dolls ASAP! :) I love what you are doing and think it’s really inspiring! If you need help with ideas on how you can expand or even set up a manufacturer I would love to help! Your amazing and keep up the great work :).

  • Sherry

    February 6, 2012 at 3:30 am |

    Dear Wendy,
    Someone has Pinned you…you’re in trouble now!! ;)
    I just wanted to pay you a compliment…your work is magnificent! The idea alone is brilliant.
    Each design is flawless, and your interpretation and craftsmanship of each drawing is just wonderful!!! =) I’m simply amazed!!!!!!!
    I wish you MUCH success!!
    Sincerely,
    Sherry

  • wowbabyx4

    February 6, 2012 at 3:45 am |

    Do you ship to the U.S? I have 4 kids and am seriously wanting to surprise them with something like this!

  • Michelle

    February 6, 2012 at 5:35 am |

    I live in Australia and am absolutely amazed! Well done on such a creative idea!

  • Rebecca Wilson

    February 6, 2012 at 8:37 am |

    WOW! What else is there to say, you are brilliantly creative and what an amazing gift you provide. I can’t wait to have my child’s drawing turned into a Softy! You are just astounding, what a phenomenal idea and more power to you for keeping control of the manufacture. Love it! Thanks in advance!

  • D.

    February 6, 2012 at 9:00 am |

    You need to take out a loan and hire some employees, patent the idea, go on Shark Tank to ask for help, call Jeff Bezos for some advice on how he made the leap from his garage to NASDAQ…something! I found out about you on Pinterest. You know what that means, right? You’re about to be inundated (even more) with requests. What a great idea! FANTASTIC work too! Good luck! :)

  • Audra

    February 6, 2012 at 11:30 am |

    I want to have a baby RIGHT NOW! Brilliant, talented….Best idea I have seen in a very long time. Wish you nothing but success……..protect your idea before someone steals it.

  • Jamie

    February 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm |

    This is so amazing – I can’t stop coming back to your site today! Originally found you this morning on Pinterest and already have multiple people repinning from me. Hopefully you’ll get some more hands to help and still be in business in a couple years when my daughter is old enough to draw something spectacular. Thanks for making my Monday :)

  • Teresa

    February 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm |

    Girl! I am local in Vancouver and I am SO impressed. You could be on Dragon’s Den and eat them for lunch!!!
    Teresa

  • Roxy Bee

    February 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm |

    I am not a parent, nor can I sew (with a machine), nor am I Canadian… but I want to help you keep making softies because you are amazing and your gift is something I would hate to see lost to overwhelming demand and pressure that is sure to come. Too much business is a good problem to have, they say. I hope that you are able to find help so that you can enjoy your craft and still have a life of your own. Your blog has inspired so much and I needed that.

  • Aesha

    February 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm |

    Hey! Your stuff just blew my mind. Genius idea! You should get more employees and go big, this company is about to TAKE OFF! Anyways, I wanted to know the price range for one toy and if you ship to the USA?

  • Angela H.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm |

    Do you ship to the U.S.?

  • Rachel

    February 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm |

    I do not have a child for drawings to have made, but I was wondering if I sent you a picture of my pets (dog and bird) if you could make one off of that.

  • Ashley

    February 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm |

    I am not sure if I prematurely hit send on my phone, if I did then this is the 2nd message you will have gotten from me and I apologize. In case it wasn send I hit, I just wrote to get a ballpark tentative date you are telling everyone and just a guesstimated range on average of cost. Thanks a million.

  • Vanessa Brown

    February 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm |

    Your stuff is AMAZING. I have just emailed a dozen friends with kids. I hope they get to you before you explode into superstardom. This is a fantastic idea and the execution is lovely. I WANT ONE. Congrats…. Like a few others, I found you through Pinterest too.

  • Nikki

    February 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm |

    Your work is brilliant and I just wanted to congratulate you on your excellent execution of a really fantastic idea!

    (Also found you through pinterest. If your page views haven’t blown up already, they’re about to!)

  • Stephanie

    February 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm |

    Absolutely INSANE business idea!! So glad to see you’re local too! Have you thought of hiring a student to help you out? Someone in VCC or Emily Carr or some fashion college? I’m sure someone is looking for a short term intern position! Who knows, you might even qualify for a wage subsidy since you’d be employing a student. Oh and btw I’d trade you my sewing machine for two dolls based on my boys’ cartoon characters! :D

  • Lori Mandon

    February 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm |

    You are an artist, a genius, a dream giver! May your creativity be blessed. I am sure I will be sending you my own children’s art soon.
    Pinterest is where I found you.

  • Theresa Eckert

    February 7, 2012 at 3:20 am |

    Wendy,
    My girls are grown but I just had to tell you how great your work is…ok craft as you put it. I am sure all these children just love you so much for brining their vision to life(sorta). I should send you picture my kids did when they were little and have you make for next Christmas!! Just felt you needed a big pat on the back for what you do. LOVE IT!!!!

    Enjoy,
    Theresa Eckert
    Stafford, Va

  • Mandy

    February 7, 2012 at 4:07 am |

    From your blog posts it’s pretty obvious you don’t want the business to “blow up” as keeps getting promised to you. If I were you, I would increase the cost of these babies to $300 each so that your orders don’t get too overwhelming! Beautiful, whimsical work, by the way! And well worth $300 for a keepsake like that.

  • Linda Corbet

    February 7, 2012 at 7:46 am |

    So cool! I don’t have kids but makes me want one! You do awesome work. Keep it up! :) Made me smile!

  • kellelynn

    February 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm |

    So Totally awesome! You are the best! I plan on putting some orders together for you!

  • Spencer

    February 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm |

    This is a really cool idea! Very creative and it brings a kids imagination to life!

  • Jamie

    February 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm |

    YOU are amazing. This is a brilliant idea and it brings tears to my eyes, just thinking of my child’s drawing as a toy. This is something my mother would have loved. She was such a lover of my kids’ drawings. Oh, thank you SO much for this.

  • rebecca kilian

    February 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm |

    I have tears in my eyes looking at the the wonderful creations you have, what an amazing idea. I also have tears of joy for you, for the overwheling response you have had from admirers! take it one day at a time. you idea is fabulous and I hope I can get through with an order soon.
    Keep up the amazing work, take a deep breath.

  • Ann Evans

    February 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm |

    Wendy, this is such a unique idea. I just saw it on Pinterest and was so excited about it, I made a spontaneous comment before I got into your site and read your request NOT to make comments until you catch up with orders. So sorry! I’m a first grade teacher in Carmel, California, and a lover of children’s art, and this is an incredible idea! Sounds like you’re going to have to hire some innovative, like-minded, creative people to help you in your rapidly expanding business–soon! I can’t wait ’til you’re able to MY order! Until then, best of luck to you!

  • Kimberly Lyons Wood

    February 8, 2012 at 6:22 am |

    I am floored and speechless. You seriously are a genius! You need to patent this immediately if you haven’t already and contact a lawyer who can help you grow your business. As well as an accountant. This is your calling and your purpose! You are a true “Willy Wonka”. You are bringing to life the imaginations of our children and it is truly inspiring. I urge you to PLEASE contact the right people to turn this business into a Fortune 500 company. Not for the money, but for all the children whose lives will be forever changed and all the parents (especially the ones whose children have gone onto be with the Lord too soon) by your God given talent and genius. These are not just stuffed toys, they are innocence and memories turned tangible. Something to hold onto and treasure. Sincerely, a mother of four daughters and friend to several who have lost children and would love to have these as keepsakes. Thank you for being you because you are amazing!:)

  • Margaret

    February 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm |

    I too, just found you on Pinterest and immidiately wanted to order for my girlies – but then saw that you are up to your eyeballs in orders!! (GOOD FOR YOU!!!)

    You are truly AMAZING!!!!! I really hope you figure out how to grow your business because taking something from a child’s imagination and bringing it to life is COMPLETELY MIND BOGGELING!!

    I will bookmark your site and I can’t wait to watch you blossum!! This is IT!! You have found something AMAZING!!! And you are MARVELOUS at it!!!!!

  • Charlene

    February 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm |

    I just want to say that you are AMAZING! Bringing children’s imaginations to life, in a whole new way! If i could even sew I wouldnt be able to do that. I wish that I could get one done for my daughter as she is coming to that age where drawings are starting to be more ‘normal’ and not the childhood make-believe things she use to draw. I know that you are swamped and I would never dream of asking you to make one (order one.) I just wanted to say that you have enriched and enlightened so many young children and their families, and you should be proud of who you have affected, in such a positive way.
    In my opinion you should definately look into expanding, this is a million dollar idea you are sitting on. Well done!

  • ann

    February 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm |

    You are clearly a Genius (capital G). How will you ever find a team of like-minded geniuses to keep up with the deluge of orders you must be receiving? My children are now 21 and 25, and I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to recreate their childhood illustrations for their own children! A brilliant concept!

  • Stephanie

    February 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm |

    Simply amazing. You do incredible work and bring a child’s dream to life. I know you are busy but hope one day I might submit one of my 10 year child’s pictures.

  • Chelsea

    February 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm |

    It’s time to HIRE!

    • Shalini

      February 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm |

      i agree! you should hire people to help you so you can keep up with the demand of your BEAUTIFUL product!

    • Claire Hunt

      February 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm |

      HA ha ha ….an answer to pRayer!!!! Not payer!!!

  • ellen

    February 9, 2012 at 4:22 am |

    Can not really add something anymore… only this ‘also the Belgian jury likes you’ ! Yep, you’ve gone worldwide! I was just going to ask you what a project costs (‘about’… ). I really would love to order something. No stress, we’ve got time! (maybe I should try an easy project myself. See how far I jump. And I can be you European co-worker!). Oh, dreamzzzzz….

    Love from snowy Antwerp,
    ellen

  • Melissa

    February 9, 2012 at 10:48 am |

    You have gone viral! I am sending something ASAP! Congrats! This is such an amazing idea!

  • Wiebke

    February 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm |

    Absolutely wonderful stuff! Shame my own children have grown out of cuddly toys, you’re truly amazing :-) ! Don’t let your business eat you up alive!!
    Cheers!
    Wiebke (from Germany, found you on pinterest)

  • Kandyce

    February 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm |

    You should go onto Shark Tank, get some investment capital, and hire. Great idea. I’m so sick of mass manufactured items. What is more creative and special than a child’s own drawings…. absolutely, 100% brilliant.

    • ashley

      February 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm |

      I agree with this person. You really need to turn this into a business. You have gone viral and it wont slow down. You need help and will need to hire people to help you. You just went from small home business to C.E.O. Patent your idea if possible so people cannot copy. Great idea! Hope you enjoy the ride! =)

  • Karina Hernandez

    February 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm |

    I love this idea! I am an art teacher and love creative ideas! If you need the help I would love to have the opportunity to learn your skill and help you expand!

  • Liz

    February 10, 2012 at 5:04 am |

    I’m from Germany and I really LOVE your work! I can’t wait my little doughter (14 months) paint her favorite thing, so I can give her one of these special presents you do!

  • Sophie

    February 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm |

    Wow. I am so in love with your creations, and can’t wait for my children to be old enough to draw something more than a scribbly mess. :) Congratulations on your success. You deserve it!!!!

  • Julie

    February 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm |

    Your work is amazing!!!! I know you don’t it shared right now, but you are just way too talented. I want to show all my friends on FB how amazing you work is. You are truly an amazing artist!

    • Julie

      February 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm |

      *want

  • Brenda Ochoa

    February 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm |

    Wendy , I am in Awwww.. With your work.. I just recently found an old picture my niece drew for me when she was 2 1/2 … She has been trying to get pregnant for a couple of years now.. They are doing fertility treatments now… I would Love for you to make a doll of what she drew for me… Thank you for making me feel like a kid again ..
    God Bless, Brenda

  • Lynsey Goddard

    February 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm |

    Hello,
    I am interested in having you make two different characters from pictures for the kids I’m having in my wedding. The wedding is in September and I see how swamped you are! Please let me know if this is at all possible and take your time getting back to me I have 7 months before I’d need them!
    Lynsey

  • Missey Rowe

    February 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm |

    You are truly offering a gift to children (and their parents) that is absolutely precious:):) How Awesome!!:) No need to reply…I read how swamped you are…I just wanted to share with you how cool I think this is:)

  • Amy velez

    February 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm |

    I am interested in making my daughters picture a toy. How much do u charge? I know you are swamped but I’d lOve to be placed on your waitlist! You are so talented!!!!

  • Andrea

    February 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm |

    You are an amazing artist. I love how you can bring a child’s illustration to life, improving it, yet leaving in all the important details. I can see quite a frenzy building about you right now–stay calm and enjoy. Absolutely wonderful!

  • Crystal Dyess-Carroll

    February 12, 2012 at 10:53 am |

    You are truly amazing! This is something that many will enjoy. I see it as something that will encourage children who are coping with disabilities and who have been diagnosed with an illness. Looks like you are barely keeping up with orders, but I am sure you are very happy!! Good for you! Congrats on your accomplishments!!

  • Jackie

    February 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm |

    What a cute idea! I see you are rolling in the orders, good for you!! Would you be interested in hiring help? My mom actually did something similar for my nephew. She made his favorite zombie, from zombie farm into a “doll”. If you are interested i can put you in contact with.

    Lots of success on your business! It’s a great idea!

  • tina

    February 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

    I am in LOVE with this concept and will be having my niece and nephew start putting some crayons to paper shortly!!! AWESOME work can’t wait to place an order :)

  • Wendy

    February 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm |

    Hello Wendy!!

    Wow….what an incredibly unique and imaginative idea you created! To echo the rest of the comments you’ve been receiving….you are super talented, kids are going to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their softies, and I hope you do not get overburdened with the well deserved attention you’re receiving. Keep up the amazing work!! Wendy in PA p.s. I wish I lived closer to you because I would offer to “volunteer” and help you with whatever you need! :))

  • Renee Jupena

    February 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm |

    Oh my gosh please please please tell you you’re gonna be around for years to come because I’m not a mother just yet but I am DEFINITELY going to want some of these for my kids!!!

    • MISTI

      February 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm |

      LOVE THIS IDEA>>>MAKES ME WANNA LEARN HOW TO SEW JUST SO I CAN HELP YOU.!!! :) FANTASTIC IDEA AND I SO WANT TO ORDER.

  • Bruce Devereaux

    February 13, 2012 at 12:56 am |

    Hi there. I’d love to put up a link to your site on my blog – I’ve already linked to my FB page. I love what you do and I just wish to share it around. Would you mind terribly if with the link I put up a couple of your photos? Thank you. Bruce Devereaux

  • Olivia Bennett

    February 15, 2012 at 7:04 am |

    I love this. I am a crafter and am interested. I’d like more info. Thanks

  • Cella

    February 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm |

    I saw your stuff on pinterest – pure awesome genuineness. Really, you have an amazing talent. I don’t have children but am simply blown away by your ability to make pictures come to life. Love your work!!!

  • Amie

    February 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm |

    I just wanted to say I think your work is amazing! What a great idea, you must make so many kids so happy.

    I hope one day you can make a toy from my kids drawing.

    You are truly amazing at what you do :)

  • Jenny Smith

    February 19, 2012 at 8:28 am |

    You should think about applying for the show Shark Tank. Such a great idea!!!

  • Jessica Holzermer

    February 19, 2012 at 9:27 am |

    You really should try to get on the show “Shark Tank.” You could get an investor and really get your business booming. It is an amazing idea! Hopefully you are still doing this when my daughter starts to draw. (She is only 1 now.) I would love to have some of her artwork made into a toy. Keep up the great work!

    • Megan

      March 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm |

      I agree! That is the first thing I thought of when I was sent your business idea. Good luck with this!

      • Crystal

        April 3, 2012 at 4:16 am |

        lol,I guess I didn’t read this comment earlier, I just posted that! If I had the money I would invest.

  • Miki

    February 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm |

    You are SIMPLY AMAZING!!!
    I haven’t seen such a talent in a very long time !!!!

    WOW !!!!!!!!!!!
    Stunning pieces!!!
    When I’ll have kids, I would definitely use your services.

    Keep up your fantastic work and thank you for doing it ! :-)

  • Janelle Napoleon

    February 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm |

    My daughter and I love your website!! I plan to order in the near future!

  • mary

    February 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm |

    Wauw! I don’t know if you would read this, but I just wanted to say ‘You’re really great and awesome in making those cute things!’. Keep doing this great job, you definitely make a lot of people happy!

    Kind Regards,

    Mary

  • Ramona Tanceusz

    March 3, 2012 at 10:07 am |

    HI there,
    You are amazing, what a wonderful gift you’re giving these kids. I would love to order 2 for girls and don’t care how long I have to wait. How can I place a order?

  • Mecole M

    March 3, 2012 at 10:15 am |

    This is a genius idea, and you are a genius. And your softies are incredible. I’m sure you know this, but you’re making dreams come true everyday. (4 times a week apparently), and for that, you deserve a standing ovation. All the best!
    M

  • Deb Nillas

    March 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm |

    I can’t think of a better way to preserve the characters my daughter has created in her imagination. I’d love to have a drawing made into a stuffie! Let me know how to send and who to contact. I would love to do it! Brilliant!

    Deb Nillas

  • Jen J

    March 5, 2012 at 1:36 am |

    You. Are. Amazing. This has left me utterly speechless. :)

  • Gabriela

    March 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm |

    Do you ship to México? I Love your work

  • Sally Mayor

    March 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm |

    Hi Wendy,
    Thank you so much for letting me use some of your photos in my blog.
    All the best,
    Sally.

  • Fernanda Roca, Miami, FL

    March 11, 2012 at 7:55 am |

    BRILLIANT. GENIUS. STUNNING. SPECTACULAR. TALENTED. CREATIVE !!!!

  • lightlifephotog

    March 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm |

    OH MY! This is AMAZING! I must get a stuffie of my fave pic of a mermaid that my daughter made when she was 3!!! Holy cow! Your talent is AMAZING!

  • Julia Tsao

    April 6, 2012 at 6:38 am |

    Great idea! I can’t wait until my niece starts drawing! Also we have 2 things in common. Tsao & Vancouver =)