Alien Abduction

by Sinclair, age 4

I received an urgent message from Santa. Apparently his elves, while they are quite capable at fashioning trains and the like, are not very equipped for creating softies. So, upon receiveing this drawing from a little girl named Sinclair….Alien Abduction Drawing

…Santa said that she had been very nice this year and he really wanted to be sure that she could receive exactly what she wanted! So, Sinclair explained that this drawing is her family in a space ship. I guess they are zooming through outer space. What a fun family vacation.

Alien Abduction Softie

Now, I decided that the little family in the space ship might enjoy getting out and stretching their legs once in a while, so I created them as removable puppets…

Alien Abduction with Puppets

I hope you enjoy many hours of playing with your new softie, Sinclair! Merry Christmas!!

Mini Max

by Emma, Age 9

Max is a cute, little, kinda crazy and wacky dog. He’s super spunky!

Max Drawing

He is one of Emma’s best friends. They love to play and cuddle together.

Here’s a picture of Max and Emma. Aren’t they precious?.

Max and Emma

For Emma’s birthday, I made her a Max softie. She named him “Mini Max”!  What a rascal!

Max the Softie

Namayani

Namayani, by Sofia

My daughter Sofia has been learning to sew. So, she decided that she wanted to create her very own softie. She did a great job, didn’t she! It was a gift for her tia Marika, who named her Namayani after a thirteen year old Maasai missionary. We recently had the opportunity to watch the Maasai choir perform in our little town. What they are doing is amazing! They work with the group Pamoja, traveling around the world, performing and collecting money in order to build schools in their homeland. You should check them out! Blessings, Olivia

The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes

by Sofia, Age 6

You’ve probably heard the expression “The cobbler’s children have no shoes.” Well, I couldn’t help but think of this when a certain event transpired with my daughter Sofia.

From the very first day 0f launching my blog in February 2012, I have had a steady stream of work coming in. It has been an exciting blessing! Each time a drawing is submitted to me, I download the picture and my 6 year old Sofia eagerly looks at the creations and is inspired by all of the talented artists. Seeing your softie come to life is really cool for adults, so I am sure that you can only imagine that for a child it is even moreso.  Within seconds of seeing most drawings, Sofia informs me, “Mama, I want a softie like that one.” And off she dashes, to create her very own personalized version, taking her favorite parts from each drawing she sees.” She is quite the prolific artist. And, upon completing each drawing, she confidently hands me her newest creation and says, “Here you go, Mama. I want this softie.”

Well, in case you didn’t know, my work takes me a while. Softies take me at least ten hours to create, and as much as twenty hours. Its not like a pattern, or instructions exist for creating “Carson’s Dragon” or “Lily the Fairy”. Each work is completely different and unique. It is a labor of love! I do enjoy it.

So, back to Sofia. Now, if I were to create every softie requested by Sofia, I would never have time for anything else. She loves softies! So, each time she handed me a new drawing I would tell her, “Put it in my sewing room and I will make it when I have time. I have to do my paying jobs first.” After a few months of this, my very smart daughter came up to me with a drawing and said, “Mama, I want you to make me this softie and I’m going to pay you.”

I responded emphatically, “No, Sweetie, you do not have to pay me for your softies.”

“Mama, I’m going to pay you,” she said as she turned and marched out of the room. A few moments later she returned with her hand outstretched. “Here.”

“I don’t want your money. You do not need to pay me for your softie.”

“Take it, Mama.” I reluctantly take her money. “Now I am your next paying customer and you have to make my softie next!”

And there I was, hand open, one dollar and three cents…committed to my next customer. I suppose it was quite turturous for her to see all those softies being created and shipped off to other children. There she was, the daughter of a softie-maker, tirelessly awaitng her turn. Like the cobbler’s children running around barefoot, and their very own daddy the maker-of-shoes!

 

 

 

Behold, Children are a Hertitage from the Lord

Psalm 127:3-5  Behold, children are a heritage  from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a  warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his  quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies  in the gate.

Created for Kindervine Nursery

Congratulations, Lorraine, on your new business! Ministering to children through our lives is a privilege.

Speaking of children and ministering, my family just joined forces with a fantastic organization called Compassion International by sponsoring a little girl named Rachel.

“Compassion International is a Christian child development organization dedicated to releasing children from poverty. Our ministry is twofold: We work through local churches to provide child development programs to deliver children from economic, physical, social and spiritual poverty, enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. And we speak out for children in poverty – informing, motivating and equipping others to become advocates for children.” Quote taken from Compassion.com.

We can each do our part to change the world by positively investing in a child’s life!

Happy Anniversary!

The story that accompanies this drawing is so romantic, and so apropos!!

While Zack and Danielle were dating, Zack carried this picture around with him that Danielle had drawn for him.  Now, for their twelfth anniversary, Zack asked me to turn this drawing into a softie for his beloved Danielle as an anniversary gift!

Zack, that was so thoughtful. I wish you and Danielle a very Happy Anniversary!

Marraige is a wonderful blessing that takes a lot of work, patience, and selflessness. As a matter of fact, my husband and I will be celebrating our anniversary next week.

You have inspired me, Zack! I need to do something sweet and thoughtful for my honey for our anniversary. Humm? Not sure what. Any ideas???

Coloring with Dad-Creating Precious Childhood Memories

by Daria and Daddy

I love the story behind this softie. As a child, Daria and her father worked side-by-side creating and coloring this cow. They have held on to this picture for all of these years, and now have a softie to bring it to life.

As a daughter, I know I have a few special momentos that remind me of special times that I shared with my father as a little girl, and I am reminded of how important it is to my daughter when we spend time with her, coloring, creating, or playing games.

Children are a blessing, and so are the parents who love, nurture and protect them.