2014-THANKSgiving

Custom Toy Portraits; My Favorite Gift!

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I’ve written many times about Bo-Bo, my son’s favorite teddy bear. I adore Bo-Bo, (and the other Bo-Bo, his twin brother,) perhaps to an unhealthy degree. The day that Ben is too big for him, I have no doubt that I’ll be clutching the tan bear, sobbing into him, and wondering where my baby went. Bo-Bo is so much more than some simple fabric and filling.

Jennifer from Custom Toy Portraits understands that toys can be more than just toys. A long-time collector of unique stuffed animals, she began painting them when her daughter was a baby with loveys of her own. Other parents wanted the sweet paintings for themselves and a business was born. Through her custom paintings, Jennifer manages to capture the charm and uniqueness that makes these animals and toys so special to our children (and to us.) Here are a few of her adorable creations:

So stinking cute right? And so affordable. The smallest, a 5″x7″ acrylic on canvas is just $60 and the largest, a 9″x12″ is only $130. I think that is an absolute steal for a one of a kind work of art that represents childhood so well. Birthdays? Christmas? Baby gift? It’s just perfect for any special occasion.

Here’s the painting she did of Bo-Bo:

I just adore it.

Best of all, Jennifer has generously offered one of my readers an 8″x10″ Custom Toy Portrait, worth $100. To enter, just leave a comment and tell me which toy you’d get the painting of if you won. I’ll pick a random winner on Sunday, October 31 at noon. Good luck!

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    Tam says

    My daughter tried to steal a stuffed hippo from a news stand when she was just 6 months old. She’s 3.5 now, and “hibbobo” goes everywhere with her, and always has. (To clarify, when she drooled all over the hippo, we had to buy it, obviously. We didn’t actually LET her steal it). Hibbobo would look great on canvas! :)

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    Holly Neal says

    Oh man. Even if I don’t win this, I’m getting one. My 6 yo has Lady from Lady and the Tramp. 3 of them actually. Lady is much loved around our house. This would be such a huge epic gift for her!

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    Kendra Doucet says

    First I have to say, I love this!!!! My four year old has a stuffed bunny she got for her first Christmas. Since she was six months old, she has slept with “Bunny” and taken Bunny everywhere she goes! Bunny is seriously a part of our family! A portrait of Bunny would be priceless as I’m sure one day, my little girl will grow up and not need Bunny anymore and he will be put in a box for safekeeping (as I will never get rid of him!) I would love to have a painting to hang on the wall we can always look at! Thanks for sharing this great idea!!!!

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    Rebecca says

    I would definitely have to say that I would love to have a portrait of “Blue” which is Braxton’s favorite bear since infancy!

    He was in the NICU for the 1st six days of his life and Blue was right next to him at all times. Blue still goes to bed every night with Blue and knows the color blue because of his favorite bedtime buddy!

    I too will be very sad the day B could care less about Blue! I will probably end up snuggling with him myself when he gets to the age where he doesn’t want to snuggle with Mommy anymore :(

    I would want the Custom Toy Portrait to look at as a memory of his childhood, as well as his birth. Somehow, I think Blue got B through his rough times in the NICU.
    :)

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    Linda Woody says

    My daughter has 2 dogs (a dalmatian and chihuahua) that she has had since she could hold a toy. She grabbed these two, put one under her left arm, put the other under her right arm…tucked her tiny finger in her belly and went to sleep. We have two backups, but of course, she knows who is the real-deal. I think I will end up sleeping w/these things when she’s done w/them (minus that whole belly button thing).

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    Tonya says

    Mine baby boy is still in my tummy Im 36 weeks on Wed. We have named him Dakota Kayden Alexander :) Mommy calls him Kody Bear….hes just like a little hibernating cub!! I would defiantly choose a little bear that resembles my Kody Bear :)

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    Suzanne says

    I would LOVE portrait of the bear I knit for my son! It’s not the most durable of toys and I have no doubt he’s going to literally love it to death one of these days. A painting would be wonderful.

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    Diane says

    Oh what a great idea! I would love to have one of my “baby’s” (he’s 7 now) precious Curious George stuffed animal. There was once a time that nobody in the house was gonna be gettin’ any sleep until that little monkey was found.

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    Joanne says

    I LOVE this. What a great idea! For me, if I am going to hang a painting I like it to have meaning and this would be it. I would get my son’s Carter dog that he calls “Puppy” painted. He has had it since he was in the womb. I’m pretty attached to his lovey, too, since it is his best friend.

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    Nicole says

    OMG, I would get one with my daughters sleepy sheep and her binky. She started crawling this weekend and i’m already wondering where my baby went. Hope we win!

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    Lulu the ladybug says

    Very cute! I would have to pick my 4 yr old daughter’s lime green stuffed Lemur. When you push it’s foot, it makes a cute little ‘lemur like’ noise with music. The first one she carried around everywhere, to the zoo, to Nonna’s house, into the bath, even all the way to her Oma in Hungary. We had to buy a second one just in case it ever went missing. 2 yrs ago his music stopped and she was disappointed, but none-the-less still loved her little friend. Last year, when we moved to Zurich, Adri found the second one and was estatic that he had a ‘sister’ like her… which still sang and played music. So the best toy for this would be the gangley, lime lemur… and his sister. Thanks for the notice! -Jen

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    Jesse says

    If I won this, I would choose my 4 year old daughter’s Little Baby Puppy (delightfully named by my daughter when she started forming sentences). That’s been the name of her favorite companion as far back as she can remember. My husband bought it for her while I was still pregnant before he left for basic training for the United States Army Reserves. He is currently in Iraq, and our daughter has grown more attached the Little Baby Puppy since his departure. I think painting such precious friends of our children is an amazing idea. :)

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    Denise says

    My daughter’s favorite stuffed animals: dog, Grant, and Chinchilla, Shelby (who, incidently, just lost her nose when Bender the real dog ate it off, and pulled out some of her stuffing! :( )

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    Allie says

    This is a great idea! Your child might not appreciate the portrait now but when he or she is an adult and misses doing everything with “Boo Boo”or “Critter” that portrait will be valued!
    I’m not sure if I would pick my son’s fav stuffed animal his lab, Coco, or my daughter’s husky, Misha. I would flip a coin and probably pay for the other one.

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