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Thursday, March 24, 2011

GIVEAWAY: FIRST FRIENDS CUSTOM TOY PORTRAIT


Could you just die? If your baby has a lovie, you understand how this photo melts my heart. That's Clare (the one with the green marker on her face and the shaggy Feral Child from Road Warrior hair) holding "Mermaid" and a portrait of "Mermaid" painted by Erin Chainani of First Friends Custom Toy Portraiture. Even Mermaid sees the resemblance...

Here's what Erin says about First Friends:
First Friends celebrates children's love for their favorite toys. Formerly a Yale-trained NYC-based professional costume designer, I'm now a Miami-based mom of three-year-old twins searching for new ways to stay creative and keep painting. I was inspired to create First Friends after painting portraits of my kids' favorite stuffed animals -- when they saw their paintings for the first time, they jumped around and screamed with joy....and thus First Friends was born. Dollies, stuffed animals, trains, action figures, or even toy garbage cans (seriously - one of my real commissions!) - whatever the toy, kids and adults love to see their favorite first friends memorialized in a unique, hand-painted portrait.


You can choose to order your portrait unframed or custom framed with a white mat and white recycled wood frame. I offer three portrait sizes, with prices ranging from $65 to $165. All portraits are hand-painted in watercolor, gouache and ink on professional-grade watercolor paper. Gift certificates are also available (and are a great option for grandparents, friends, uncles, aunts or anyone else who may not have access to a photo of the special toy). And for kids who have more than one true love, I'll paint multiple toys together in the portrait for no extra charge.

Aren't we going crazy over these portraits!?! I still can't get over the cuteness and I'm so I'm excited to announce that Erin is giving away a Framed 6"x9" custom toy portrait here on Prudent Baby!

Read on to find out how to enter this WORLDWIDE giveaway and see more adorable toy portraits.
Go to Erin's site and peruse the gallery (Mermaid is there!) then come back here. Leave a comment anytime between now and midnight next Wednesday, March 30th. We will randomly select a winner and announce next week. WORLDWIDE!!! Tell us what YOUR favorite toy was as a tot. I was big into Smurfs, like psychotically into Smurfs. For additional entries every day, Stumble, Tweet and Facebook "Like" this giveaway. Leave an extra comment for each.



Good Luck!

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OpenID Kylee Ochsner said...

Model horses! I still have all of them. Just thinking about getting rid of any makes me a little teary. *sniff*

March 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger HollowSquirrel said...

oh my GOSH this is amazing! Honestly, I'd get one done for my husband so we can finally part with his bedmite-ridden dustfest toy that is tucked away in our closet.

March 24, 2011 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I loved my barbie- we'd go on the weekends to garage sales and it seemed like we were always finding little accessories for her.

March 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Tristin @ Two Girls Being Crafty said...

I have a matryoshka doll (but not from Russia, it's from Turkey where I lived as a child) that my dad gave to me--and now my little one loves it, too. I imagine it will be passed down through generations, but it would be so neat to have it as a portrait.

It sits on a shelf in my living room, and when my little one asks to play with it, I oblige her. I mean, why should it be only decor?

What a wonderful concept Erin has created.

March 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Brianne said...

I've never entered here before, but this one is worth it. My favorite toy was Fox. But my kids have White Bear and Banky.

March 24, 2011 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Sarah Jane said...

What a great idea!!! Lily would love a picture of her favorite monkey! When I was little, my lovie was a little white bunny with big floppy ears.

March 24, 2011 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Jen H said...

So cute! Both of my girls lovies are striped kitties from bla bla. They would love this.

March 24, 2011 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger JenR said...

Oh, what an awesome idea! My girl would flip to have a painting of her beloved Moo! Mine was a teddy bear and a quilt that was made by my great-grandmother. I still have both and they still make me feel safe. ;)

March 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger hollymade said...

I had a stuffed puppy that was my favorite toy. I love the pictures of me as a baby smiling brightly at that little puppy. I still have it, and have passed it down to my son. He hasn't latched on to a favorite toy yet, but there are a couple in the running that always go to bed with him.

March 24, 2011 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger me said...

I have wanted to have a portrait of both of my daughter's blankies. I know one day they won't be 'whole' as they are now even with the love they show already but I want the girls to always remember that feeling of a cuddle from something that special.

March 24, 2011 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Blue said...

My favorite toy as a child was my 1970s era Barbie Styling Head. :-)

March 24, 2011 at 11:25 AM  
OpenID randomcreativity said...

I had WAY too many my little ponies... my niece has most of them now. thanks for the giveaway :-)

March 24, 2011 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger yumi-dude said...

I love it.... It would be great birthday present!! My favorit toy was Snoopys uncle.. I took him everywhere with me... One day I decided to take a bath with him and then he was no longer cuddly..... I was so sad and disappointed.....

March 24, 2011 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Such a sweet idea without worrying about hanging on to the raggedy toy 15 years down the road. Capture it in all it's glory! :)

Love this idea, and Claire's mermaid is so pretty!

March 24, 2011 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Mama And Baby Love said...

What a fantastic idea! I love all the pictures and the happy kids!
Penelope loves her Bla Bla dolls too. She has Mrs. Fox, which she thinks is a cat and call her Mow, Mow. Two mermaids and a monkey. She likes to line them up, and hand them to me one by one so I can nurse them.

I had lots of pound puppies as kid, loved them!

March 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Cate Lindsey said...

HA! I love the toy garbage cans. Kids are so original!
My favorite toy when I was young was a terrycloth bunny my grandmother sewed me. She actually made me a whole family of them, but one was really special to me. My stepmom found it in the attic years after I'd moved out, and gave it back to me at my wedding. Very sweet.

My son (just turned 2 on Tuesday!) doesn't have a favorite toy. He's been nursed on demand all along so his favorite source of comfort is, um, not the kind of art Erin does. If I win, I have twin nephews who would just *die* for an ironman portrait!

March 24, 2011 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Timmi said...

Absolutely perfect! I was lucky enough to bring along my daughter's 1st lovies as a baby and the photographer did a wonderful job incorporating them. She set them up to have a tea party and it such a precious picture! I would love to do this with her new lovies though!

March 24, 2011 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Timmi said...

Oh I guess I was supposed to tell about my own lovie ha it was scrappy dog that looked like a rabbit with a long tail. Still have him and no touches him!

March 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Naomi said...

I still treasure an adorable purple knitted bunny my mother made when I was a baby; all the more special to me (along with many other things she made for my and her first grandchild) since she passed away 2 years ago.

March 24, 2011 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Naomi said...

Oops - "for me" not "my"

March 24, 2011 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Oh I love this idea- my baby's "Roar" would be such a great picture. Thanks for the giveaway.

March 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Those are so sweeet! My fav when I was a girl, was a little babydoll that had a string pul - she said things like I love you, I'm hungry, night night - I loved her. And now my daughter has her!
My daughter's real favorite is a little blankie, but if I asked her, she'd probably shove all her stuffies in a pile and have them all painted. That actually might be cute - a portrait of a pile of stuffies!

March 24, 2011 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Ooooh, I need this! I have a 32 year old Grover doll that would make a great painting. He even went to basic training with me when I joined the ARmy. :o)

March 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger The Mulvihills said...

What a great idea! Both of my boys have special lovies. My oldest has Lammy, who would be perfect for such a talented artist! When I was little I loved Cabbage Patch dolls...with handmade clothes, of course!

March 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Veronica said...

My son (now 9 years old) has a bunny that he still sometimes sleeps with and it looks like it's been chewed up, spit out, and run over, oh wait, it has. I would LOVE a picture of "Bunny".

March 24, 2011 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

My Cabbage Patch Kid (circa 1984) was my best friend since I was 1 year old. Her name was Star Zeena. I kid you not, it was on her certificate of authenticity. :-) She had my hair and eye color, and wore a grren gingham romper. Now my 8 month old little girl owns her, and loves her just as much

March 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger EG said...

What a great idea! My son's "Puppy" has started to wear out so it'd be great to have him immortalized this way. :)

Wondering if "'Creepy Baby' for Ree, a grownup" is for Ree Drummond.

March 24, 2011 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Meadowlark said...

I don't personally have a favorite toy :( So I guess my favorite is my son's old favorite, ET or perhaps daughter's Lil' Foot. They both hang out in the basement bar (no drinking, they're just babies) and keep us company to this day.

:)

March 24, 2011 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

So adorable! My son's cheetah would be perfect portrait 'material'.
My favorite toy has always been a cradle my grandpa carved for me. He died when I was 3, so I cherish the link to such a special man. After grabbing my kids, it would be the first thing I took out if our house was burning (heaven forbid). In fact, it would be a great subject for a portrait, too!

March 24, 2011 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Abbykins said...

My favorite toy was a little lamb that would play Mary had a Little Lamb when you wound it up... After a while however, the song sounded a little more sad than sweet!

March 24, 2011 at 11:56 AM  
OpenID practicalpeaces said...

My Dukes of Hazzard race track. I was a hardcore Bo Duke fan. Okay, I still am.

March 24, 2011 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

My favorite lovey was a well-worn Winnie the Pooh. My son cuddles with a panda bear that I owuld love to see as a portrait. What beautiful pieces - - and a unique idea, too.

March 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Adrianne B said...

My favorite toy as a child was a stuffed brown bear named "Radar" after Radar O'Reilly on M*A*S*H.
I love the idea of a portrait commemorating the favorite childhood toy. My little girl's stuffed besty is Sailor Babo from the UglyDoll universe.

March 24, 2011 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

Probably a Cabbage Patch doll.... My favorite was a brown-haired girl in a red dress. I think she came with the name Tina.

March 24, 2011 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

My favorite toy was "Beary" the Bear. Yeah, original, I know. But I still have him, and he is still just as precious as when I accidentally left him on top of the pet zoo feeding box and cried hysterically the entire 10 miles back to the zoo to get him (don't worry - he was still there. With about a gazillion geese swarming him wondering what the crap he was doing on their birdseed).

March 24, 2011 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

Love these - such a sweet, artistic tribute to cherished toys!

My favorite toy was a tiny stuffed bear - I still have him, although he's showing his age a bit (who isn't?!).

:)

March 24, 2011 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I honestly did not have a toy I was particularly attached to as a kid but my 4 year old sure does! "Zagawa" is a stuffed baby penguin that she got on a trip to the zoo at the beginning of her (now going on 2 year) penguin obsession! She could identify all 17 species at age 2-no kidding-and may seriously become a marine biologist one day!!!:) she would adore a picture of her buddy "Zagawa!" thanks for offering this giveaway and letting us know about this ingenious business!
Kelly
lkellywoods@hotmail.com

March 24, 2011 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger eboot camp test said...

Too cute! We just celebrated our daughters 1st birthday party with a theme surrounding her favorite toy Mr. Waddles (Ty beanie penguin with HUGE eyes) we had pictures of him all over and even did some iron-on crafting and made t-shirts of him for all the family to wear :)

Jessica
jessica@ebootcampbook.com

March 24, 2011 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Jade said...

I love this! I had a bear that was white (bad choice) and strangely had no neck. Not sure if it stretched out from love or never had one in the first place. My oldest's love is Geoffrey, a little stuffed giraffe they stuck in her bassinet in the hospital, and became her favorite from the start. How fun to have a portrait of him, and what a sweet idea. jadelovesbrynn (at) yahoo [dot] com

March 24, 2011 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Jenn/hippygoth said...

My true toy love was my blankie that I wore to a shred (and then it disappeared!) but second would have been my Cabbage Patch Kid, Lynnea Francoise. I gave her away to a boyfriend in high school, and if I could give my daughter one piece of advice, it would be to keep her Tigger and save him for herself. Right now they are inseparable.

March 24, 2011 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Rachel Santos: said...

My favorite toy was a talking, Teddy Ruxpin.

March 24, 2011 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Jackson said...

This is such a cute idea!!!! My daughter has a wocket (Dr. Seuss) that she loves it would be so cute in a picture!

My fvorite toy was a bunny that my great great grandma made for me. I still have it and it's in perfect condition.

March 24, 2011 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Jackson said...

Shared on FB

March 24, 2011 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Cute! I loved care bears.

March 24, 2011 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Taylor {Sew Much Love} said...

My favorite toy was my cabbage patch kid. Those were the best!

March 24, 2011 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

I had a teddybear with a jingle bell in his ear, originally called 'Jingle', my mum said she always knew if it was me that had got up as he jingled as I walked. My daughter is 9 in Ma and her favourite is a soft baby doll she picked up in a shop when she was about 7 months old, she cried when I tried to put it back, it has been with her everynight since, has had holes patched and has received a new head, we found a boy version, but baby's head is inside, so it is still her, bless my little Charlotte for that.I know she would cry with happiness at receiving a picture of her Baby.
This is a lovely giveaway x

March 24, 2011 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Tamara said...

My favorite lovie was a soft blankey but I can't stop thinking about my 4 year old and the incredible bond he has with DoDo. (Yes, you read right) This bear means the world to him! What a beautiful way to preserve his memory! Great work.

March 24, 2011 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

My favorite "lovey" was a little teddy bear named Bobby, or "Young Robert" according to my dad. My daughter, on the other hand is in love with a little lamb named...Lamby.

March 24, 2011 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Cori said...

My favorite toy was a handmade Cheerbear carebear my grandma made me when I was born. I still have her. One of her googly eyes is yellowed and her tuft of hair is super short since I chewed it off when I was 3. She's got a hole in one leg, her "handmade by grandma" tag on her butt is starting to come loose and she is flat as a pancake but she's moved with me everywhere I go and still gets a "i love you" cuddle whenever I move her from her spot to dust.

March 24, 2011 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Growing up, my stuffed toy penguin was my best friend! He went everywhere with me, patiently listened whenever I needed to vent about being a kid, and kept all my secrets.

March 24, 2011 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

How cute are these?! My two children both have multiple stuffed toys/dolls that they love, but could definitely narrow down to their favorite ones! I was into barbies as a child.

March 24, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I love this concept of remembering a favorite toy in art. So cool!!
amyspiv@hotmail.com

March 24, 2011 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Elizabethwi said...

My lovie was Sunny Bear from Gummi Bears. My daughter has a pink bear and a white lamb that she LOVES, I would have the portrait made of that!!

March 24, 2011 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I loved my stuffed animals.
amyspiv@hotmail.com

March 24, 2011 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I posted this giveaway on my FB page.
amyspiv@hotmail.com

March 24, 2011 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I tweeted about this giveaway.
amyspiv@hotmail.com

March 24, 2011 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Colleen and Anthony said...

I was obsessed with cabbage patch dolls...and still have them in a box at my mother's house somewhere...waiting to be played with again!

March 24, 2011 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

My favorite was my purple puffulump. I still have her and I'm 24. And I have a husband and a son. She's missing one nostril. Yeah, it may be time to let her go, but I just can't do it.

March 24, 2011 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger kalliejenn81 said...

I used to looooove My Little Ponies...I'd brush their hair and give them baths!

March 24, 2011 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Luch said...

My favorite toy was my Cabbage Patch Doll, Michaela. I swore that when I was older I'd name my daughters Michaela, but alas (ha ha), I chose Katie and Sam for names instead. They both still play with this doll at Grandma's house. Sam has a particular favorite toy, also a blabla, that she adores and will not sleep without. Art commemorating "Dolly" would be so cute! =) Thanks for the chance!
Heather

March 24, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

I didn't have a favorite toy or doll that I remember. My daughter on the other hand has a few special babies she loves. That would be great to capture in art. :)

March 24, 2011 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger MelindaB said...

super cute! I loved my pound puppy and a white Gund polar bear best :)

March 24, 2011 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Paperdolls!!! My dad is a printer and we had access to all of the leftover paper that they would recycle! I still have some of those dolls we made somewhere...

March 24, 2011 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Riley said...

Love Love Love...so great!

My "lovey" was a snoopy looking dog named "Dumb Dog".

March 24, 2011 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

this is a great idea! My 3yr old has a toy doggie that he has named "Bobby" - and he talks to him like he's real and he sleeps with him at night... Bobby is his best friend. Thats what I would have done.

March 24, 2011 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

My favorite toy as a child would have to be handmade stuffed dolls from my mom's cousin. I played with them more than any store bought doll. This is a SUPER idea. My daughter's Baby (beloved since birth) is not holding together all that well (even after multpile visits to Mommy's Surgery and Repair Center. Beautiful work and so creative. Straight from a Mommy's heart!

March 24, 2011 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

This is an amazing idea! It's a perfect way to immortalize that loved toy and the warm and fuzzy feelings it brings. It's a great way to show your own children what your favorite toy was as a child. Even more so, it's ideal for cutting down on clutter when Mom just can't get rid of *any* of your favorite toys!

I had a handsewn doll that my aunt created to look just like me. Her name was Tootsie (which, incidentally was my nickname). She's not as beautiful as she used to be, and I'd love to have a portrait of her so that I can confidently give her to my daughter to love as much as I did, without the fear that Tootsie might be totally destroyed!

March 24, 2011 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

awww what a cute idea!!! My Henry has a lovie that should be remembered forever!!

March 24, 2011 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Tyler & Katie Rice said...

I was def a teddy bear girl. and I think this is such a great idea!

March 24, 2011 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

ah, what a cute idea! I loved my blankie as a child and embarrassingly, still have it in my closet. But I also loved anything to do with crafts. I referred to them as my "studies".

March 24, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Hollandra said...

Does anyone remember Poochie from the 80's? I still have a ton on my old toys that my daughter now plays with-care bears, barbie, strawberry shortcake, cabbage patch, and more- yes, we saved it all! All except Poochie, the pink poodle. How I miss her. I often tempted to buy another one on ebay for myself. She was awesome and I'm sad that my original one did not make it into the "save" pile.

My 4year old totes around a bassinet crib sheet called "Sheet" and a leopard named Jasper. To have those framed, oh she would love it!

March 24, 2011 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I liked this doll called "my child" that was supposed to look like my kid would look like (it actually kind of does!)

March 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

This is the cutest idea EVER! How is it that no one thought of this before?! My favorite toy in the whole world is still my incredibly old sheep dog puppet Henry. He is made by the folktale company and so is a full bodied stuff animal that is also a puppet. I still remember carrying him around the airport when we moved from NY and having people think I was carrying a real sheepdog puppy!

March 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I love this idea! My favorites from childhood were a brown pound puppy and an ABC blanket.

March 24, 2011 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Liked on Facebook too!

March 24, 2011 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger EHC said...

Even though I often play second-fiddle to my son's lovey, it would be wonderful to have a custom portrait of it! (Just hoping she would ignore all of the stains on it). :)

March 24, 2011 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Belinda Madsen said...

Loved my Skipper dolls.

March 24, 2011 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger jeni said...

Oh this is awesome! My daughter has 2 toys that she is in love with - her Curious George and her kitty she calls "Meow". I would so love this for her!! Thanks for the chance!

March 24, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Dakota said...

I played with playdoe. And I played make believe. And I made art and rode my bike. That was my fun. No actual toys that I remember loving. Lol. It makes me kinda sad. But I still have some paintings from kindergarten. :)

March 24, 2011 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger jeni said...

liked on Facebook!

March 24, 2011 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I am dying here....adorable. I hope I win, I hope I win! And, I gasped when I saw the photo of "Lala" because that is my daughter's lovey (well, hers is called "Lamby" but its the same toy).

When I was a girl, I had my "Teddy Blue Feet", a little teddy bear with a bell in his ear. I loved him so much I rubbed the fur off his feet and the stuffing started to come out. So my mom sewed a bit of one of my first dresses onto his feet as patches--and thus was born Teddy Blue Feet. My daughter loves playing with him today as well. If I win, I might even just have him painted.

March 24, 2011 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger bybido said...

I had a doll named Jenny that I loved!

March 24, 2011 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Absolutely, drop dead GORGEOUS! What a fabulous idea! My two-year-old daughter Lily is obsessed with her dolls - my only problem would be choosing one or two out of eight favourites! Oh how she (and I) would love to win this! Good luck everyone!

March 24, 2011 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger Erin Snow said...

So sweet! My favorite toy was a giant doll named Big Baby . . . Looke very similar to the Toy Story 3 big baby actually!

March 24, 2011 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Carol F said...

Mine was a monkey named Zip. He has a squeaky thing in his arm and is holding a banana. I chewed the end off the banana, of course!

March 24, 2011 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger kim said...

Mine was a garishly pink stuffed elephant called Ellie. Somehow amongst all that pink, and the girls name, he was a boy elephant. I remember many times sitting in the laundry watching him go around and around in the tumble dryer after my mum had washed him in the washing machine (the price he paid for sticking by me through thick and thin, vomit and tea parties, mud and first aeroplane rides). He was a great best friend.

March 24, 2011 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

My absolute favorite toy growing up was anything My Little Pony. I even had a mini purse to carry my friends around with me everywhere I went!

March 24, 2011 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

shared on facebook! :)

March 24, 2011 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Aura said...

My bear on fire (grey bear and pacifier)! In almost every picture I have from my childhood from newborn to age 6 I have my bear and fire. when I got married my husband threatened to throw out whats left of my bear so it's tucked away in a safe place in my mom's house but I would love a picture of him for my kids room

March 24, 2011 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger JoyandTren said...

This is a wonderful idea.
My favorite toy growing up was a patchwork cat that my babysitter stitched for me. I had it until I got married. I miss it now! :(
My daughter has a bunny, well 3 of the same one now, she can't go to sleep without it. What a precious idea.

March 24, 2011 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger JoyandTren said...

I LIKED this and posted a comment on FB!

March 24, 2011 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Rory, Chocolate Hair/Vanilla Care said...

i liked this on FB! :-)

March 24, 2011 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Rory, Chocolate Hair/Vanilla Care said...

my favourite toy was my teddy bear that i received at a gift exchange when i was in the brownies. i still have him, missing button-eye and all! :-)

March 24, 2011 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

I loved a bear my grandma made me that wore a plaid dress. I called her plaid bear.

March 24, 2011 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger kimpo76 said...

My 5 year old was just asking if I could find her another "Piggy", which they no longer manufacture anymore. She's old enough to know that Piggy was replaced once and then she lost him again, but even a year and a half later she is still asking about him and tearing up when she talks about losing him. It would be awesome to get a fancy painting of Piggy for her! She currently sleeps with MY lovey from childhood - a GIANT, not-so-soft-anymore floppy bunny that my parents brought to me in the hospital when I had my tonsils out.

March 24, 2011 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger shane said...

I loved my purple Popple and my Pound Puppy. Those 2 got me through a childhood with 4 brothers and no sisters. What a great idea to have a painting as a keepsake. Sometimes the toy itself gets quite ratty after a long period of time, but this is a great way to keep it in your memory forever. ANd when they get older, I 'm sure they will smile every time they look at it and think of all the great memories they had with it.
My son would be the one to ask for a painting of the trash cans.
But seriously, that creepy baby picture was really creepy.

March 24, 2011 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Elizabeth the cabbage patch doll was my favorite. She was part of the 1st wave of dolls back in the 80's and I had every accessory possible for her as well as a fabu wardrobe hand-sewn by my mom. She is still up in the attic of my childhood home because I just can't let her be thrown away!

March 24, 2011 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Aubrey Rose said...

Very cool! When I was 2 years old (eccck... 34 years ago) I was given a Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal that was made for me and was totally my lovie. I still have my Poo and gave it to my 2 year old daughter last year. It's so neat to be able to see her doing things that I loved to do when I was her age.

Thank you so much for this great give away offer.

March 24, 2011 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Sangeetha said...

So cute - would love one of Ruby (my son's bear) and puppy dog (my daughters dog)

March 24, 2011 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Mischelle said...

I had mostly homemade dolls...my favorite was a little brown velvet mouse...satin ears, embroidered eyes and nose and the cutest little pinafore with tiny mice all over it...She was tiny Tina!
BTW....my daughter also has the Bla Bla mermaid~ first and favorite lovey~ her name is Maiden. Love the portrait, we may need our own too!!

March 24, 2011 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger PharmaMom said...

I don't remember, which is even more reason for me to commemorate Amelia's "taggie" !! Precious idea.. precious!

March 24, 2011 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Jessica Johnson Moore said...

My favorite was Strawberry Shortcake! I adored her and when you squeezed her little belly she smelled like strawberries!

March 24, 2011 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Monnette said...

my gund "snuffles" polar bear! i loved that thing til the nose wore down.

March 24, 2011 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Ceciel T said...

i love these paintings and the description of happy children jumping up and down with joy when they view their first friends...i had a doll that was loved til raggedy--coarse, crazy colored hair, skin color a strange pink, body completely floppity; now my daughter is working on making her "little bebe" raggedy!

March 24, 2011 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

My favorite toy was my blanket named "Ricky Cece" (I named it after my cousin's hamster). I carried it everywhere and liked to fold it into quarters and smooth it as flat as possible.

March 24, 2011 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Mandie said...

I STILL have my bunny! I've had it since the day I was born. It's ears are so soft and I always used to sleep with bunny's cheek on my cheek. I cuddle him when my hubby is away.

March 24, 2011 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

This is an amazing idea! I love how being a mommy can bring so much creativity. My own daughter hasn't quite hit the age where she is attached to anything, however growing up I had a teddy bear that my big brother gave me for my birthday right before he went off to college, I was in first grade, I LOVED that bear and I always had a little part of my big brother around.

March 24, 2011 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger felicia said...

I had a stuffed dachshund named Peanut Butter that went everywhere with me. I still have him, one ear is falling off and his plastic eyes are all scratched but I love him. My kids both have special animals too! It would be hard to pick who would get a portrait.

March 24, 2011 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger felicia said...

I liked this giveaway on FB

March 24, 2011 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

This is such a great idea. If I don't win, I am going to have to paint my son's giraffe for him. My favorite toy growing up was Rainbow Brite.

March 24, 2011 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger felicia said...

I tweeted @3birdsstitch

March 24, 2011 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Oh, I SO want to win this. I LOVE First Friends. What a GREAT idea!

My favorite toy was Snuggles the doll.

March 24, 2011 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

I "Like" this on FB.

March 24, 2011 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

What a wonderful idea!! My 7 year old granddaughter has a beanie baby cat that I bought her when she was 2. She named the cat Noodle and yes Noodle is also a girl. Up until she started to school Noodle went everywhere she did. Now Noodle waits patiently for her to return home from school each day. She loves Noodle dearly and still carries her around and sleeps with her. I would love to win this for her!!!!

March 24, 2011 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

You are so right! This is the cutest best idea ever for moms (ah hmmm) I mean our babies lovies! Our littest ones lovie is Missy Mouse a teeny little white mouse with a pink bow and a tiny ribbon tail.

March 24, 2011 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Raechel said...

What a precious idea! I had a baby doll that I absolutely adored. I called her Chunker Babe. :)

March 24, 2011 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Eileen said...

Perfect for my son's "Bobby"! too bad my daughter is attached to a blanket, not such a good portrait!

March 24, 2011 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I loved dolls and paper dolls when I was little (still do :)!

March 24, 2011 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger MommyKirk said...

My daughter would love her lovie bear in a picture! I loved my American girl dolls...they were my fav. My Grandma would get the catalog and make me and my dolls matching outfits that were identical to what was in the catalog. :)

March 24, 2011 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Jenny and Andy Benson said...

I loved my Trusty- anyone else have one of those??

March 24, 2011 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

A kangaroo that my father took me on a special journey to FAO Schwarz to pick out a toy, I picked him and on the way home he and I came up with the name Francis Alouicious Oliver Schwarz for him to use the letters of FAO Schwarz. He is now a favorite of my own children now and is worn out and cuter than ever!

March 24, 2011 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Melissa Lewis said...

Oh my Lordy these are precious! I love these. What a wonderful and creative idea for our little ones. I would love to hang one in my boys room.

March 24, 2011 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger lace said...

Not sure I had a favorite but I loved playing with my barbies and cabbage patch kid.

March 24, 2011 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger .Jen said...

great paintings! my favorite toys were m Barbies.
jnine_n(at)hotmail(dot)com

March 24, 2011 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger The Heberts said...

So cute! I would have never thought of making a portrait of a favorite toy, but it's such a good idea, because heaven knows that if it's a true favorite it won't last ;) I had plenty favorites when I was young. One fav was a stuffed platypus and my younger brother also took it under his wing...by the end, poor platypus had not stuffing and a broken neck ;)

March 24, 2011 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Leah and Jake said...

I had a Honey Bunny. My daughter would flip if she got a painting of her teddy, who never leaves her sight.

March 24, 2011 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Could these be any cuter? OMG. My 5 month old already has a favorite doll. My favorite was a stuffed bunny with glow in the dark stars on her. Her name was Sparklins lol. I was 11 or 12 when our new puppy chewed her up and I cried even then! She was so raggedy and old and I was far past dragging her everywhere with me but I was still sad to loose that part of my childhood

March 24, 2011 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Passionatetraveller said...

I had a little blue bear that l use to sleep next to his now worn and old but he sits on my chair still. When my grandmother died my boyfriend now husband Adam bought me a teddybear called fudge. He had floppy legs and arms that you just hugged into. It has now become the family bear and poppy my 15 month old loves to have her bedtime song sung to her, her dolly sally and fudge the teddy each night before she shuts her eyes at night. Such simple and beautiful moments captured.

March 24, 2011 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Antigone said...

I still have Pinky and Puppy. I rubbed Puppy's ears down to nada!

March 24, 2011 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I loved any and all stuffed animals -- especially my pink fluffy bunny!

March 24, 2011 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Sal said...

How beautiful are these!!! My favourite was a much loved Cabbage Patch Kid called Anita .. when Santa brought her one Christmas night I loved her so much that I slept with the BOX!

March 25, 2011 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger tartankiwi said...

My favourite toy was my much loved Snoopy. He is now grey with one eye and has ears that have been sewn back on many times. I still love him though.

March 25, 2011 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger denise gisele said...

My lovie was a lavender hippo that was the same size as I was at 2 years old. I still have it. My grandmother had to re-stuff the thing 3 times in my childhood. Now my little boy plays with it on occasion. His lovies are a monkey and caterpillar (aka snake).

March 25, 2011 at 1:24 AM  
Blogger Yana said...

I remember my lovely rubber puppy - with him I bathed every day! My Filya, where are you now?:) Now I adore my son's soft fox, really cool toy

March 25, 2011 at 1:33 AM  
Blogger moomi said...

such gorgeous portraits! i'd have a hard time choosing which softie to have done, my youngest son's "foxy" or my little purple bunny my husband (then boyfriend) pulled out of his pocket for me when he accompanied me to hospital 15 years ago for a colposcopy procedure. i've had bun-bun ever since and she's now been claimed by my 5 year old (since he was baby) :)
x candice x

March 25, 2011 at 3:50 AM  
Blogger The Queen said...

I had small bear named "Mr. Bear" (I was SUCH a creative child) that had a lot of beans in him and they would all end up in his paws and butt.

March 25, 2011 at 4:06 AM  
Blogger Karen Norris said...

What a sweet giveaway.I love mermaids and im sure my little girl would love these. My favorite toy was Barbie and her friends.

March 25, 2011 at 4:27 AM  
Blogger Krista said...

I love this so much! My almost-5-year-old would flip if she saw her beloved Tiger in a work of art. Hmm, favorite toy as a kid? I was really into Strawberry Shortcake, and my Cabbage Patch Kids.

March 25, 2011 at 5:06 AM  
Blogger Michelle G said...

I love this! My 1 year old has "Doll" and if we ever lost her I don't know what would happen. I was in love with my "Big Baby" or the Gerber baby doll my parents gave me when my sister was born so I could be a mommy too.

March 25, 2011 at 6:01 AM  
Blogger Mary Teresa Israel West said...

This is so sweet. My grandmother made sock monkeys for both my boys and I would love a picture to commemorate them before they're utterly destroyed by toddler affection... My favorite toy as a kid was a large stuffed "Littlefoot" from the land before time. My mother was horrified.

March 25, 2011 at 6:28 AM  
Blogger dddhokie said...

Oooohhhhh....I would love one! Both for my daughter and her precious Foo Foo bunny and (shamelessly admitting) myself and my blanket that I still have from when I was born. :)

March 25, 2011 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger thesisks said...

My favorite was a doll named Samantha. I still have her, but she has seen better days...

March 25, 2011 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger other-option said...

Love it - what a great idea! My little one would love this!
- Danielle
other-option AT hotmail DOT com

March 25, 2011 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Amelia said...

These are gorgeous! I'd love a picture of my girl's baby doll. She and her doll have matching dresses and it melts my heart.

My favorite, by far, portrait that Erin has done is "Puff" for Charlie. Just darling!

March 25, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

What a great idea! Never thought of it. so cute. I love the mermaid : )

March 25, 2011 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I loved, loved, loved my Baby Beans dollies. My mother saved these for me and I still have them, with their dirty faces, worn out fabric, melted hair (I tried to style with a curling iron!) There's nothing like your first lovey!

March 25, 2011 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Lotte Lu and Brother Too said...

I had a cute baby alive doll that was given to me when my little brother was born. His very imaginative name was "Big Boy". I wish my daughter's lovey was as cute as Mermaid is. Alas, we will have to have a picture of Mr. Otter or Blankie if we win!

March 25, 2011 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Pinkie and Family said...

Mt favorite snuggly was a stuffed lamb and I was overcome when it became my daughters favorite snuggly. She called it NaNa. That'd be it if we win!

March 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Pinkie and Family said...

I shared on FB!

March 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Little Missy said...

This is such a sweet idea! My favorite toy was my cabbage patch doll, Irene Pauline. I dragged that doll everywhere I went! Needless to say, I got her quite dirty and when my dad tried to wash her, the drier cut huge gashes into the back of her plastic head. My grandma crocheted her a pink and white dress with matching bloomers and my great grandma patched up the holes in her arms and legs over the years. My mom still has her "birth certificate" - remember those? I still have her, and she's all sorts of tattered and patched, but I love it. Those patches and scratches are the marks of a well-loved toy and she serves as a connection to my childhood and the people I loved when I was little. I would love to get one of these for my husband. He had a teddy bear named John (my husband is a Jonathan, or Jon for short, so he named the bear John with an "H"- funny kid) when he was a kid. I guess his mom decided one day that he was too old to play with toys so she told him to box them up for good will. In his anger at her, he boxed up John, too. A few weeks later she asked him where his bear was and he said "you told me to get rid of my toys," to which she replied "I didn't mean John!" To this day he still misses that bear (and resents his mom for being the impetus) - I tried to buy him a new white teddy bear for our anniversary one year, but it just wasn't the same. We're trying for our first baby right now and I'd love to get a portrait of John and Irene Pauline for the nursery. I think that would be such a sweet way to connect the generations!

March 25, 2011 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger SpartanGirl said...

Oh my, I love this giveaway!!!

My favorite toy as a kid was my Care Bear and it warms my heart to see my oldest daughter with HER care bear lovey.

March 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger CycloneMomma said...

I had a stuffed dog named Suzie. A lady at our church made her for me right before my family moved to Mexico. Suzie had "lasix" before it was fashionable, and many episodes of "facelifts" and "collagen fillers" courtesy of my mom.

Suzie is quite the traveler having gone to 6 countries, 14 states, and three universities. She currently sits in her place of honor on the bookshelf in my daugther's room.

March 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger jessica said...

Yes PLEASE! I had a plaid teddy bear that had a big red felt heart on it when I was young. Someone made it for my Mom's baby shower, and it is so well made! No stuffing in bunches, no eyes missing, she was a crafty lady. Can't wait to make one for my own!!!

March 25, 2011 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

My little girl has a puppy I would love to have a picture of!! That puppy has been through a lot! He needs to be memorialized!

March 25, 2011 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

This is the best giveaway yet!! My daughter would absolutely freak out to see her "foof foof" (stuffed dog) and her teddy bear in a portrait! My favorite toys when I was younger were my twin baby dolls (boy & girl) that I named Sonny & Fluffy and my doll, Abigail, who is still missing an arm even after my grandmother sewed it back on about 10 times (teaching me to sew in the process) I loved her so much that I named my daughter, Abby!

March 25, 2011 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Genoa said...

My favorite toy as a child was a curly-haired doll I named Zachary. I sent Zachary along with my dad on a trip and it got left behind in a hotel. I am still sad 30 years later! My daughter's favorite toy is a baby she has dubbed Grandma Baby since her grandma gave it to her. She feels like a member of the family because she goes everywhere with us!

March 25, 2011 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

I "liked" this on facebook

March 25, 2011 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

I shared this on twitter!

March 25, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Tot Riser said...

My Perry loves his “dog”..,
A scrunched up stuffing deprived log,
Now Marty loves his Froggie...,
A bed pal bigger than a moggie. xxx

March 25, 2011 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Lindsay Cogan said...

What a great idea. My daughter would love to see her favorite stuffed sheep up on the wall.
lynzward@hotmail.com

March 25, 2011 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger MeanestMotherInTheWorld said...

My favorite toy as a little girl was my little "baby" Zach :) I used to set my alarm to wake up and feed it haha

March 25, 2011 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger rachel said...

Wow, I don't even remember what my favorite toy was as a kid! There were a lot of us kids and we liked alot of things but didn't get many of them. But I remember when I was old enough to read staying up every night with a book and a flashlight so I didn't wake up whatever sibling was on the top bunk. :) I think it would be adorable to get a portrait done of my 10yo daughter's dolly that she loved to pieces.

March 25, 2011 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Aussie-merican Adventures said...

I had a giant stuffed dog named Lisa. After years of taking her to school 'read-a-thons' (to use her as a pillow), slumber parties (also for a pillow), and just dragging her around the house she turned into a giant matted furball with no discernible features... But I still loved her! My daughter is still just a baby but I can already see that she's picked out a favorite toy! I hope her and her bunny have the same great relationship as me and my 'Lisa' dog did!

March 25, 2011 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

My favorite was a handmade doll from my mom. I still have it up in my closet. My little girls don't quite understand why mommy has a doll that she doesn't share!

March 25, 2011 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

I had a stuffed mouse doll that I dragged around with me everywhere! My dad wanted to throw it out because he thought it looked like a dead animal laying on the furniture, but my mother, god bless her, wouldn't let him.

March 25, 2011 at 6:25 PM  
OpenID badmummynocookie.com said...

My lovie was a little teddy bear with a brown body and a white belly. He is 32 yrs old and is still alive and well. My daughter is 5 yrs old and has re-named him Brownie and is a favorite teddy of hers. I would love to have a portrait done of her 'teddy', a much loved once-white teddy bear that is her nearly constant companion. It's the one toy that goes back and forth with her between my home and her dad's.

March 25, 2011 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I was super into Rainbow Bright and now my daughter is playing with my old doll.

March 25, 2011 at 7:00 PM  
OpenID a6570160-574e-11e0-bb4a-000bcdcb5194 said...

Ah, my cabbage patch dolls, with the yarn hair. I still have them, tey still make me smile.

March 25, 2011 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger Ajaire said...

I love this idea! Such fun portraits. I had a doll called Patrick Patrick that I was obsessed with as a little kid.

March 25, 2011 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger Darling Kelsey said...

A pink teddy bear with a rattle inside was my favorite, a gift from my dad. What a beautiful way to capture a special memory.

March 25, 2011 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Oh my daughter would LOVE this of her bun-bun! My childhood fave was a green elephant, which I still have.

March 25, 2011 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

great idea! I like Mr. Bear

March 25, 2011 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I had (still have!) Sandy bear- made for me by my Mum out of an aunt's camel hair coat. My daughter now has Rufus (aka Ruffie) who is her beloved teddy-dog.

March 25, 2011 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Katie Fennimore said...

What a talented artist! My favorite was strawberry shortcake (and I still have them in a shoebox in our garage) ....but my son's is his monkey...he can't sleep without it!!!

March 25, 2011 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger TracyMB @ Crow's Feet Chic said...

What warm & fuzzy subject matter!! My favourite toy was my Barbie Country Camper (circa 1973) which DD still plays with alongside her 2010 version. Our favourite stuffy may be the little Curious George she received at 3 months. We'd stuff it in with her in the jolly jumper - he's probably still dizzy.

March 26, 2011 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

I had Bernard, the mouse from "the rescuers". My daughters each have a stuffed animal, dragon and alligator, that we took pictures of with them each month for the first year. It was so fun to see them grow with their best friend. They still sleep on the bed with the girls, 7 and 9 years later. Kim

March 26, 2011 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Regan said...

What a fabulous artist! I absolutely LOVE the mermaid featured. As a child I was attached to Big Bird, who when I first acquired him, was larger than I was! LOL My baby girl, Lindsay, is just 9 months old so she is not truly attached to any one item in particular, but she definitely gets really excited everytime she sees her pink Silly Buddy Bunny. So cute!

March 26, 2011 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

My favorite was my cabbage patch doll and my mother had purchased tons when they came out (I don't know why) and she came across a blonde haired/blue eyed cabbage patch in storage and sent it to me while I was pregnant and it's funny because my blonde haired/hazel eyed boy has been attached to that baby since he was a few months old!
smartinez03 at live dot com

March 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Shirley said...

She is an amazing artist, I love how she puts the age of the toy owner with each piece in the gallery. :) My favorite toy as a child was my bicycle. I remember longing for one so badly (we were pretty poor) and when I finally got one I just rode all the time - it was my freedom and I never felt so good as when I was riding my bike.

March 26, 2011 at 7:03 PM  
OpenID tracyrosen said...

Oh dear, the Creepy Baby on her site is ... er ... creepy!

My favourite toy? I had an Annie that my mother's friend gave me when I was born. Annie is still around, her face is slightly (ok, more than slightly) on the dirty side, her legs are different than the rest of her (my sister tried to grab her from me when I was in our babysitter's arms, luckily we had a family friend who made Raggedy Anne dolls who could replace the legs that tore off (sniff) in said grab.
I wonder what Jack's favourite toy will be :) He is only 9 weeks old, right now it is mommy since I'm the milk machine!

March 27, 2011 at 2:30 AM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/OurGoatRodeo/status/52047839366361089

March 27, 2011 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger LSU twin Mom said...

A steiff stuffed lion I named mr fluff. <3 Now, 30 yrs later, he sits on a shelf in my twins' nursery.

March 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I love this! I'm going to get one done for my sister of her favorite doll as a child!

March 27, 2011 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger okdoki said...

I was into Care Bears as a kid. If I won, I'd get my daughter's bunny done. She has that bunny with her everywhere. Its rather ratty with holes in it now. But she just can't go to sleep without it.

March 27, 2011 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Barb A. said...

How amazing this would be as a gift! My 3yo son only has eyes for Giraffe - he's his best friend, he says. My favourite toy was my dollhouse my parents made for me and the little dolls that went with it.

March 27, 2011 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Barb A. said...

I liked this via Facebook.

March 27, 2011 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Barb A. said...

I tweeted this (@barbmia).

March 27, 2011 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

My favorite toy was a large wheat-colored stuffed dog with dark brown ears that I named Star. He was a Christmas present when I was 5. I wanted to name him "Starlight" but my grandma said it was too long and I'd forget it. I shortened it to "Star" but never forgot his full name.

He was the "star" of my kids playroom, until they got a little rough. My 2-year old boy ripped off his nose and Star started leaking fluff. I wish I'd seen this painting site before I sadly tossed him in the trash (he was 28 years old!). I would have had him painted and kept my star pic forever. :(

March 27, 2011 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger AmbieC said...

I would love to memorialize "Ella", Lily's favorite dolly since she was tiny. Thanks so much- love the site!

March 27, 2011 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger bunmama said...

My daughter would love this for her "mimi lion" lovey! my favorite toy as a child was my barbie dreamhouse - still remember being so jealous of her amazing funiture.

March 27, 2011 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger Kandice said...

I LOVED Strawberry Shortcake! I just recently found all my dolls and I haven't even been able to let my daughter play with them because they are so special to me! Thanks for the giveaway!
bufordkyle at hotmail dot com

March 27, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger SusieQ said...

This is such a fantastic idea. My favorite toy as a child was a stuffed white elephant named "Nicky" that I received when I had chicken pox. While I was confined at home for a week, my mother read me every name in a baby name book until I decided on the right name for him!

March 27, 2011 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Val said...

I had a stuffed walrus given to me by my stepfather while he and my mom were still dating. He brought it home from a trip to northern Alaska and gave it to me in the airport thirty years ago! My daughter still plays with it on occasion, although "he's kinda old".

March 28, 2011 at 12:48 AM  
Blogger momtoem said...

I had a Care Bear when I was a kid!!!
My daughter's 3rd birthday is coming up in a couple weeks and she'd be so excited to have a custom portrait of her stuffed dog! She loves that dog so much and it never leaves her side, EVER! I'd be thrilled to be the lucky winner of this beautiful giveawa! :D
lejn05 at yahoo dot com

March 28, 2011 at 5:29 AM  
Blogger momtoem said...

I liked this giveaway on FB (lena naef)
lejn05 at yahoo dot com

March 28, 2011 at 5:31 AM  
Blogger momtoem said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/momtoem/status/52347317159866369
lejn05 at yahoo dot com

March 28, 2011 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger ola said...

Wonderful idea. And well executed too! Beautiful.

March 28, 2011 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger abby said...

What a great concept and memory keeper! I love what creative people think of. My fav toy was a cabbage patch kid, and I also was pretty fond of my barbies :) My kiddos both have special lovies, and it just melts my heart to see them cuddled up in bed with them.

March 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger eireann said...

Oh, I just love Erin's paintings and I've been thinking about getting one for my daughter (of her Wubba) so this would be perfect. :) (And, she has the best name - HAH!) My favorite toy as a kid was Legos. Legos Legos Legos. Always Legos. Is it any surprise that as an adult I am not always building/creating stuff? :D

March 28, 2011 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger eireann said...

PS, I liked this on FB. :)

March 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM  
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