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Happy Chinese New Year!

Around the world hundreds of millions people, or rather over a billion if we are going to be accurate, are celebrating the lunar New Year this week with the New Year falling on February 8 this year.

Chinese astrology has 12 signs under five elements; Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat (or mouse), Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse and Goat. The five elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth and the Chinese believe that the element influences the sign. This year is the Year of the Fire Monkey. Check out a Chinese astrology calendar to find out your sign!

Chinese New Year is an exciting time of year as the scattered population of Chinese people across the globe celebrate the onset of the New Year with lion dancers to bring good luck and firecrackers to frighten away bad spirits.

Traditional lore tells of a mythical beast that preyed on children in the village, to appease the monster villagers would put food in front of their doors once a year. However, one villager decided it was time to get revenge, a god told him that the beast was afraid of the color red so the villagers would hang red paper over their windows and doorsteps, wear red clothes and hang red lanterns. Firecrackers were also used to frighten off the beast, who never returned.

These ancient traditions remain in use today and a trip to any Chinese city or Chinatown on February 8 will find the streets filled with red papers, the noise of firecrackers, gongs and cymbals, and dragon and lion dancers to bring good luck to businesses and families. Family members and business owners will give juniors a red envelope with cash for good luck, good health and prosperity.

To celebrate The Year of the Monkey Child’s Own Studio presents a monkey softie (of course!), a lion dancer softie, and Chinese boy and girl softies celebrating their very own Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year with the traditional blessings of prosperity, good health and happiness! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Child’s Own Studio!

Love is in the air on Valentine’s Day!!

While most people think today is the day for lovers, a day to buy roses or chocolates. I think it’s a good day for us to love each other, and as Shel Silverstein said in his poem “Hug O’War” from the wonderful book “Where the Sidewalk Ends”, a day to hug each other!

Making Kids Happy Through Child’s Own

Commencing operation in 2007 by Wendy Tsao, Child’s Own Studio was established, transforming children’s artwork into loveable plush toys. The concept initiated when Wendy created a softie for her 5 year old son to take to school as a comfort toy for his emergency kit.

In 2015, Wendy felt like she had taken the company as far as she could and wanted, making the tough decision to sell the company. Wendy was committed to finding the right person to take over the company; someone who shared her ideals and commitment to value and quality.
Alex Blois-Brooke and Wendy communicated for several months prior to Wendy making an official decision. Wendy liked Alex’s attitude towards business and his outlook for the company. Alex invited Wendy to visit his production factory, located on the other side of the world.

Wendy spent a week touring the facilities, which were clean, well-equipped and staffed by positive and happy employees. Wendy was walked through Alex’s manufacturing processes and showed samples of work.

There were two things that persuaded Wendy that Alex and his company were the right buyer for Child’s Own Studio. The first was the metal detector, a step that was used as part of the toy-making process, whereby every single toy passed through this customized metal detection station before being packaged and shipped. It was clear to Wendy that the safety for their customers and their staff was paramount.

The second persuasive motivator for Wendy was the community first approached the company had and the support is showed to the local orphanages. The company’s humanitarian endeavours, which fell outside their business activities, revealed their personal values and their philosophy that supporting children is the best way to build a healthy society.

Following her visit to the factories, Wendy knew that Alex and his team were the best people to take Child’s Own to the next level.

Owning and operating the company for more than a year, Alex and the team are now producing hundreds of personalized toys per month and shipping these one-of-a-kind creations to more than 200 countries, putting smiles on faces across the globe.