The Princess has always liked using crayons. I say "using" because it took a very long time for her to actually draw anything recognizable. Then one day she showed me an actual picture and I complimented her on the face she'd drawn. "It's not a face, it's Bob!" She rolled her eyes at me for not knowing immediately and then she drew and drew and drew and drew Bob some more.
Usually Bob was a simple creature; round head, eyes, nose, and mouth - cute. But one day she left me a sheet of paper with a portrait on it. Bob, with arms, legs and hair. I was smitten. Of course, I immediately tucked that sheet into a page protector and snapped it into a binder where I would absolutely not lose it.
Then, on Pinterest (ahh, Pinterest!), I ran into a picture of a child's drawing turned into a stuffed animal... Well, I hopped on over to the Child's Own Studio website, emailed the drawing of Bob to Wendy, and got put on the 6 month long waiting list because everyone else had seen that adorable pin on Pinterest as well!
Bob arrived in the mail last week. He's soft, he's cuddly, he's Bob in the "flesh". The Princess took one look at him and started giggling like she's never done before. It was a non-stop giggle as she hugged him and asked where on earth he had come from. And then I showed her her drawing. "He looks just the same!" she exclaimed between more giggles.
Seriously, Bob come to life is one of the best things I have ever done. Now I'm just waiting to see what Sweetpea comes up with.
*Browse her website to see more pictures of drawings and stuffed "animals". They're amazing!
**She also provides a list of other softie creators.