Custom Toy Portraits; My Favorite Gift!

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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Celenq 10 months ago

I’d probably pick the giant red stuffed teddy bear. All 3 of my kids so far have been in love with it at one point or another. :). Thanks!

Debbie Ball 11 months ago

I would love to have a portrait of my son’s Popples. Popples was a major part of his childhood and it has been safely stored for many years. My son is expecting his first child in April and would be amazed to receive a full color portrait of his childhood best friend for his child’s room.

Mommyofone 5 years ago

I love the idea of these!!! I would totally have her do one of my daughter’s lovie, Bear. She’s pink and wonderful and well loved. I want to capture it while I can… Great review!

Cindy S 5 years ago

I loved this so much that I already ordered. Mentioned to her that I learned it from you. What a special idea.

Karena 5 years ago

If I were to win this fabulous painting, I would choose to have Jennifer paint my son’s BlaBla elephant rattle – it is his all time favorite toy that I bought for him when he was just a few weeks old… I loved how it was small enough to fit in his tiny hand… I have pictures of him with it from when he was small – he is now 4yrs old & still has to have it with him at night while he sleeps… “Ollie” – a shortened version of the French pronunciation of elephant – is looking well loved and a bit worse from wear, but is dearly loved by all in this family (to the point that we had to buy one for his little brother as well as for newly born family members so other little ones may love them too!)

Angela 5 years ago

Well, his current favorite toy is a riding dump truck, but I think I’d make it one of his sock monkeys just because I think that would be way cuter.

Ashley 5 years ago

This is the most amazing idea ever! I would start with my oldest child’s “lovey” whose name is Ruffie. He’s a little blue dog that my son has had since he was born!

Melissa 5 years ago

I would definitely have to have this of my middle child’s doggy. He’s tattered and his seems are splitting but he’s been with us since the night my son was born. Stuffed animals have come and gone in our house but his doggy still sits on his bed.

Jessica 5 years ago

My daughters name is Belle and she has a baby doll named baby Belle(princess Belle as a baby). She loves this doll so much…I have already sewed her once and washed her quite a few times which has now left her with only one eyebrow lol. Baby belle’s hair is so crazy basically it looks just like my daughters who is bi-racial and has some beautiful crazy hair too. People ask why I don’t just buy another baby Belle doll? Which i have thought about but could never do it, this one feels so much a part of the family and I know my daughter would know the difference.

Zak 5 years ago

I love this so very much. My nine year old has a stuffed monkey, Elroy that she has had since she was one. He has gone everywhere with us and we once lost him in a Nordstorms. He is loved to pieces and I will cry real tears when she finally shelves him (I hope it is never ever ever and she takes him on her honeymoon).

Jenn 5 years ago

I would have to say that I would be selfish and the painting would be mine. I still have “Mousy” from when I was a child. My mother bought the pattern and made her for me. Her eyes aren’t the same and her pink braided tail is frayed. Mousy lost her cheese long ago and we’ve had to sew most of her parts back on at one time or another, but at almost 41, she still sits in my room, next to my dresser. She is who my first painting would be of.

Andi 5 years ago

I’d get one for Ka, my daughter’s doll.

Kimberly 5 years ago

My 5.5 year old son has his “Bobby” which is the classic bear head on a blanket. It’s discontinued so we cherish it and bring it everywhere on travels. This bear should have a passport! We are currently living overseas and we’ve established that our son can adapt to anything…so long as Bobby is with us.

Mosiphine 5 years ago

Definetly Huggy Bear!

Hatton 5 years ago

They are adorable!!!!
I LOVE the fire engine. If I were to get a painting, I’d get his turtle that his granddad gave to him… because it’s a newer version of Myrtle the Turtle that my husband carried with him everywhere. By everywhere, I mean boarding school, college, our first home… it’s in a drawer somewhere because our dog really liked it.

Patty 5 years ago

I would love-love-love to have a painting of my daughter’s barely recogizable black and white cat named Sammy. That cat has gotten so much love over the past five years he’s much less white and much more black. Great contest! This artist does wonderful work!

Amanda 5 years ago

It would have to be an Ellie… My 7 year old has about 20 different elephants. And he loves them all.

I have been crafting lately and made a couple sock creations… I made a sock-puppy, sock-monkey and a sock-bunny. But, I have four kids, so I asked him what he wanted for his. And, of course, he picked an elephant. I have yet to figure out how to make a sock-elephant.

jcristg 5 years ago

I’ve had Snoopy since my 2nd Christmas. I still sleep with him today, and I’m a 31-year old married woman! My husband is well aware that there will always be a third person in bed with us. HA!

Crystal 5 years ago

Aww! My baby would love his blue “Biba” up on his wall!!!!!

Adrienne 5 years ago

How Cute!!! I think cookie monster would look great on our living room wall.

Jennifer @ The Mommy Mambo 5 years ago

Mr. Turtle would look fabulous on canvas! And my 2 yr old would probably want to sleep with the canvas too. LOL
What he doesn’t know is that I secretly have two Mr. Turtles. One that stays at home only, and one that is allowed on supervised outings to Mother’s Day Out and GoGo’s house and scary doctor visits; like when getting tubes in the ears :(

I must admit I’m kind of fond of the saucer-eyed stuffed shell myself. So cute!

Lori Z. 5 years ago

My daughter would love to have her Giraffe, Georgina, in art form. She goes everywhere with her and even after that phase has ended, we’d have the portrait. I love this idea!

Dawn 5 years ago

I would agree with one of the ladies above #59! I still have my bear from the day I was born and my girls haven’t ever latched onto anything the way I still feel about this particular bear;) What a fabulous and wonderful way to keep on to something so special and “valuable” forever!

Love this blog too. Just discovered it and it’s been a breath of fresh air for an unexpected mother of twin girls…

Renee 5 years ago

BTW—Did any of you Mommies bawl during that last scene in Toy Story 3? I did—just thinking about Zach someday not needing Puppy.

Renee 5 years ago

This is the best idea! If I don’t win I may buy one anyway!
Puppy is my son Zach’s best friend. He was given to me years before Zach was born as a thank you from a vendor. I started sending Puppy to daycare with Zach so he’d have a friend to make nap time smoother. Now, 3 years later, they’re inseparable. Puppy goes to daycare every day and comes home every night and we’ve only left him there once. Although there have been many mornings where I’ve had to return home after drop-off only to turn around and come back, Puppy in hand. I’d love to honor that special friendship!

velocibadgergirl 5 years ago

I love this idea! I think I’d get the bear in my son’s crib, along with the tag blanket he snuggles with while he nurses <3

Jessica 5 years ago

LOVE IT! Wow, look at the detail she captured. Absolutely beautiful.

Hands down, my son’s Mickey Mouse plush is his cherished toy. He takes the darn thing everywhere, the gloves are no longer white! I am wondering how long this love affair is going to last!

E… 5 years ago

Oh, how we’d love to have Charley, the best brown dog ever, on our wall forever. My son is five, and I keep wincing at the thought of him outgrowing him!!

kribss 5 years ago

my son graduates this year- i would love to get his well loved blue bunny done!!

Jaime 5 years ago

These are awesome. It would have to be my daughter’s “Batty-pet” – a small mechanical “fur” covered leopard that she named Batty because when her grandparents gave it to her, they realized after she opened the box that they needed to find some batteries to make it work. apparently it was quite a process, and Batty was born. Needless to say, after the Batty incident of ’09, she no longer gets batteries, but she’s still around, and in my daughter’s bed each night and backpack each day.

OHN 5 years ago

Frisky. My son named his little bear Frisky and we have no idea where it came from (the name, not the bear). He would be mortified if he knew I told the world that when he was in junior high we were on vacation and while rounding up laundry I found Frisky under his pillow. When I asked him, he sheepishly told me that he knew he was “too old” to be taking a bear with him, but that unbeknownst to me, Frisky had been on ALL of our vacations, packed by him and then hidden in various spots, not to be found by his brothers, who would never let him live it down. He said Frisky would ALWAYS go on vacation with him.
This son is now 22, in love, and planning a cruise with his girlfriend. When he leaves, I will check the drawer in his old room to see if Frisky actually made it to the ship…my guess is that he will.

Andrea 5 years ago

My son never got attached to any toys until his babysitter gave him a little spotted puppy when we moved away, still known simply as ‘puppy’–all other dog dolls are just ‘other puppy’–I love this idea, it’s adorable!

Heather Martin 5 years ago

The toy I would get is actually one of mine, not my kids…hah. I’ve had Frederick Teddy Bear Martin (Fred Bear) since I was five months old – it was a first christmas present from my grandmother. To this day, if I’m feeling lonely or having trouble sleeping, I grab Fred and bring him from his ‘home’ in a dresser drawer to bed with me. My mom calls him her ‘first grandson’, he’s been on *every* single vacation I’ve ever taken, and he’s pretty much the most important material object I own. Having a painting of my buddy would be the most awesome thing ever. 😉

Cheers, here’s hoping I win! Have a great week, and thanks for your fantastic blog!
-Heather

Caitlin 5 years ago

Ooh! I’d get one of my daughter’s “Edward” (name having come from my husband randomly naming it Edward Norton one evening). It’s one of those animal torsos attached to a blanket bottom. It’s a green blanket and a multi colored lion up top and she LOVES it and sleeps with it every night and tucks it in to sleep every morning. It’s adorable and I’d love to get something like this so she has him even when he’s worn to shreds.

Kristina 5 years ago

My 2nd daughter has a bear that she calls Beary Bear. I swear Beary Bear is her appendage some days. He’s always with her. I bought an extra to have a back up but now she keeps both of them in her crib at night. I’d love a portrait of him for her bedroom!

Jennifer K 5 years ago

Can I pick the TV? Just kidding – her lovey.

Mary Ann 5 years ago

Oh my goodness. Love this! I think I’d have to ask my daughter which toy to have painted though.

MentalMom 5 years ago

This is an amazing giveaway! My daughter doesn’t have a favorite toy but her ducky blankie and a bear she has had since she was born would make a great painting!

CullenCD 5 years ago

Definately Sally Portuguese Water Dog (who is my daughter’s stuffed white dog). Our actual PWD (which is black and looks nothing like Sally) chewed its nose and eye off…but it’s still well loved!

JustMom420zaks 5 years ago

Wow, so many people are entering this. But if I was going to win ANY giveaway, I would want it to be this one.
My son, Tyler has a stuffed monkey we call Sleep Monkey (because he always sleeps with him) and he calls KiKi.
He’s so beat up and matted, I’ve sewn his arms, legs, neck and various chew holes more times than I can count. His eyes fell out over a year ago, and I sewed on new eyes.
KiKi is a beanie buddy by TY that is so hard to find, it’s not even funny and at this point in his decay it would be impossible to do the ole’ switch-a-roo on him anyways, it wouldn’t be the same monkey.
I seriously believe that KiKi will disintegrate well before Tyler is done with him. He’s only 3 years old, and his monkey is being slowly loved to death.
I would love to win this giveaway and be able to immortalize KiKi forever.

Molly 5 years ago

Cooper has a “baby” that I would love to be painted! Its an elephant head with a blanket that he has had from birth and sleeps with every night!

DrLori71 5 years ago

My 8 year old has a bear named Teddy. (Yeah I know, how original.) Teddy replaced the original bear named…wait for it…Mr. Bear. When I took away his pacifier, my son started to suck on Mr. Bear. Basically Mr. Bear disintigrated so he was replaced with Teddy. Teddy is pretty worn out now. He’s been through several “surgeries”. Once he was practically decapitated…I didn’t think he’d pull through, but he did. I don’t know how much longer Teddy will last so this would be a great reminder of him.

Laura 5 years ago

I guess I have a toy puppy that is very special to us. It was my “lovey” all through childhood. I had it before I was born. She doesn’t get to play with him since he’s raggedy and old. But I used to photograph my daughter next to it (to capture her growth). If I were to win, I’d want an 8×10 of that puppy.

punkinmama 5 years ago

Would love a portrait of Punkin’s stuffed frog and blankie. Would be too cute!

Brittany at Mommy Words 5 years ago

Awesome! Miles has a dinosaur that he adores so that would be my first choice. He would love it! If Sophia has more points on the day that I win though – I know she will want a pciture of her angel bear. What beautiful work!

Victori S. 5 years ago

My 4 yr old’ s teddy bear “Bem” and home made silky blanket that he won’t sleep without. What a great idea to keep the memory of the toy.

Adrienne 5 years ago

What a great idea! I’d have pictures of my daughter’s two “wubbies” .. they’re square blankets with part of a stuffed animal sewn into the center. She carries them with her everywhere, and sleeps with them everynight. She’s not completely verbose yet .. but she knows enough vocabulary to call them her “babies” and give them kisses. It makes my heart melt each time.

Jamie 5 years ago

OMeGosh, I’m in love!
We’d have to have a portrait made of Bobby the lamb.

And, just a little background about Bobby. Bobby is coincidentally the name of my Grandfather, who my Grandmother divorced. TWICE. We really have no idea where my daughter got Bobby from, thankfully, we live 600 miles away, so she doesn’t know yet.

Joanna 5 years ago

I’d get it of my daughter’s favorite thing… her lovey, pinky.

suzi 5 years ago

No question I would have her paint a picture of my daughter’s blanker, “Yellow”. She is 7 and Yellow is with her every night and when she sees it she has to smell it. It’s definitely a comfort thing but I would be devastated if something ever happened to Yellow. :)

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Freena 5 years ago

My baby sister is 12 now and she has an a little dog, flopsy her entire life. She is just getting to the stage where I can see her leaving flopsy behind, so I would get her a painting of her. That way shell never forget

Sara — The Football Wife 5 years ago

I would beg her to please paint a portrait of my beloved Bubby Bear (who I slept with until I moved in with my husband) holding my daughter’s precious Silky.

HaB 5 years ago

Oh my good heaven!!! I’d LOVE a custom portrait of my daughter’s beloved bear. I think I have just as much sentimental attachment to the darn thing as she does.

Erin 5 years ago

I love this idea – seems like everyone does – each of my kiddos has one or more – my oldest has “the guys” who are two identical beanie baby elephants and a grover. We started with 2 identicals thinking we’d be tricky (in case of emergency loss of one…) but he had another idea…quickly deciding that he needed both and Grover to boot
My middle monkey has “Puppy” – my fondness is for him is almost as dear as for my son:)
My baby girl has “Blankie” who was originally named “Puppy” because she assumed that anything you loved that much would be called Puppy:)

I LOVE THIS IDEA and will be looking into it for Christmas this year!! Thanks!!!

Tara 5 years ago

my 6 yr old little cousin has ‘elephant’ that hasn’t left his side since he was born. i know that he would LOVE a picture of it to go in his room.

Rachel Lew 5 years ago

It’s not a toy per se, but I would get a painting of my daughter’s blankie. It is her constant companion and even though it is just a cheap bubble-fabric thing someone bought at Babies R Us for my baby shower, it is so much a part of her now that I love it.

Erin 5 years ago

I just love these….so adorable! My one son has a monkey my youngest has a froggy….I think i’d have them both together as they are clear representations of my boys!

LZ 5 years ago

I love this! M has a Minnie Mouse that is falling apart…so, so loved!

Mary-Frances C. 5 years ago

Wow. I love these. My youngest daughter doesn’t have a favorite toy, she has a favorite “blankie”. She drags it around with her EVERYWHERE. She’s like Linus. I think I would choose a painting of that if possible. Otherwise, maybe my middle daughter’s princess doll. She favors that mostly.

Kate 5 years ago

My daughter’s Bitsy Bear doll would be perfect for such a portrait.

Jaden 5 years ago

I’d let my daughter pick which toy she wanted painted… But I’d have her choose between her curious george and her “baby bears”- a set of three mini ones in different little outfits. Thanks for the chance, these are SO adorable!

Francesca 5 years ago

I. Want. This.

Bad.

I know that entering is somewhat lame, given our “friends really shouldn’t win your giveaways” policy, but the hell with it. Pick me!

Coco 5 years ago

Jill, these are ADORABLE!!!!! Olivia cannot live without Oso, her bear. She recieved him one Christmas from her cousin’s grandmother when she was 2. Four years later, they are still going strong. As a matter of fact, that bear has beed FedEXed overnight so many times cross-country because we tend to forget him rushing out to airports, it’s embarassing!

Megan (Best of Fates) 5 years ago

That is the most unique thing I’ve heard of in a long time – I absolutely love it! And I *would* get my blankie, except my mom made throw it out.

Sure, it was somewhat singed after being left on the radiator, but it was still my blankie!

(The pain’s still fresh.)

(So now I’d probably get my stuffed rabbit, Penny.)

(But I still blame my mom for blankie, if that wasn’t clear.)

Jenni 5 years ago

I would definitely have a painting done of my nephews 2 Moe monkeys! He accidentally found the 2nd one that would be used when Moe #1 was being washed. He was excited. He said 2 Moes!

Alison 5 years ago

Oh these are beautiful! I don’t know how I’d choose, with two kids and two favorites….
I guess since my oldest son is getting close to at least hiding the desire to sleep with his stuffed animal, that would have to be the first portrait. Jingle Bunny first appeared in an Easter basket about 7 ? years ago when my son was about 1 (or was it 2?) We have a photo of the occasion and the clearly it was love at first sight.

When my son was younger, the first thing we’d hear in the morning and the last thing after bed was the soft jingling sound of the little bells inside the bunny’s body. We don’t hear that anymore….reminds me a little of the Polar Express.

Mandy W. 5 years ago

It would have to be a book. If I was lucky it would be a book they all loved as a little goose….hmmmm…thinking hard now….

Kelly 5 years ago

Oh, this is a hard one. Both kids had “Fluffy” the kitty, then “Comet” the kitty and “Lion” the lion. But one that stands out is “Nicky”. One of our favorite books to read was “What’s the Matter, Davy?” It’s about a bunny that loses his favorite stuffed bunny named Nicky. I cannot sew, with the exception of a button, but for Christmas one year, I hand-sewed each kid their own “Nicky”. One with a blue body and one with a red body. To this day, I still find Nicky tucked in the sheets when making their beds. It is special- he was handmade and well loved.

Melanie 5 years ago

Oh my gosh this is awesome!!!! Both my girls have bunny blankets – a bunny head with a blanket body. Actually they each have two….one was supposed to be a back up but it didn’t work that way! Valerie’s bunny is pink and Veronica’s is yellow. Val isn’t as attached as she was, but Veronica carries hers everywhere.

~Laura 5 years ago

These are darling! The picture of the dog looks just like my son’s dog, Sam. He’s the one that I’d do the portrait of. My son is 8 and still sleeps with Sam every night. I hate to see the day when he is cast aside. It will break my heart.

Mrs BC 5 years ago

I would love a portrait of my daughter’s Hippo – Hiddle. Hiddle was named after Hilda the Hippo, a character from many Richard Scarry stories.

When my daughter was born I bought many ‘tasteful’, expensive & beautiful toys, but her favourite was Hiddle, a garish, neon, polyester $2 Hippo; chosen by her & bought by my mother in law.

My daughter is 18 in 3 days, and Hiddle still has pride of place on her bookshelf.

meg 5 years ago

So great! My soon-to-be 3 year old has a group called “The Little Guys” comprised of Duckie, Piggy, the Meow-Meows, Hippo and Margot-Monkey that she adores. Piggy and Duckie (further broken down into “School Duckie,” “Home Duckie” and “Extra Duckie”) are her faves, but I think Piggy usually comes out the winner.
Artwork of her friend Piggy would be such an awesome birthday present!

Katie 5 years ago

these are so awesome! I would get one for my nephew as he has a trio of favourite stuffies: glowworm, iggle-piggle, and teddy :)

Chefanista32 5 years ago

My girls are older (9&8 yrs) and they were never really binky or blankey babes, but as they got older dolls were there thing. Through sibling rivalry I have tried to have them work out their frustrations with the dolls (brats) roll playing. It’s cute and to see the sisterly dolls hung on the wall would be icing. I’ll even send a pic with it hung!

sonya hoffman 5 years ago

Hands down it would be my daughter’s Geoffrey Giraffe…it’s a girl btw, don’t dare say he when she’s a she! Geoffrey has been with my daughter since her conception, orginally given to me by my husband who thought that it was hysterical that I loved the Toy’s R Us commercials into my adulthood. But after we had my daughter it just seemed natural that a child should love this adorable giraffe, who is btw over 20″ long. We have a million pictures with Geoffrey and Leah (my daughter), including studio portraits. Even at six and a half he, oops she!, hasn’t lost her appeal. My daughter brought her in for show and tell the other day and came home to proclaim how much of a hit Geoffrey was, and how everyone loved the story of Leah stealing Geoffrey away from me at birth. Giraffes will always hold a special place in my heart, but Geoffrey…I’ve decided must stay with me when the dreaded day comes that Leah moves away to start her adult life.

matt gordon 5 years ago

great idea and product. reasonable price as well. helping kids and adults remember youthful innocence and experiences is well worth the time and money

S Club Mama 5 years ago

Does she do pictures of blankies, too? If so, then that’s what I would get. Isaac’s blankies. Maybe with Tristan’s cars scattered on there LOL

Rebecca 5 years ago

So cute! I’d definitely have her paint my twins’ lovies…they are loving them to pieces…literally!

Krimsin King 5 years ago

As a 30 year old, I still have the stuffed horse who got me through some of the worse days a child could ever have. I kept her not to remember the bad, but as a promise, I would if I ever had a child to protect it to the death if I had to. Well Logan or as we call him, Little Dude came in and made my world amazing a bit over 6 years ago. He’s exceptional; and accelerated in all areas. He loves Harry Potter, and loves talking all about it with older kids, and adults. BUT he has a this stuffed TY puppy he named Woof at 11 months. He doesn’t say “woof,” no he says “Wagga Way!” He still loves that dog, sleeps wit hit every night, never fails. The day he falls apart, it will be like losing a member of the family. He tucks Woof in every night with the baby blanket I swaddled him in as a baby. The blanket has the phrase “You are my sunshine,” on it. He was and still is my sunshine, even when driving me up the wall and non-stop talking. He’s keeping his toy and a blanket and cherishing it for the happy memories they hold for him. As a Mommy I feel mission accomplished, a safe and happy little dude. Thank you for the amazing opportunity for this giveaway, I can just see Woof sitting with “Sunshine” in one of those darling paintings.

Jennifer 5 years ago

Forget the kids, can I get a painting of MY lovey. I still have Teddy wrapped up in my closet away from the sticky fingers of little children.

Carolyn 5 years ago

Out of all 4 of my kids, only 1 latched onto a toy. Julian has had a bear his Na-na gave when he and his twin sister were only 2 months old. Even though he finally gave up his “blankie” at age 5 with much hesitation, “Buddy”, as he is named, is never far away from him even at his ripe old age of 13 now. He especially clings to Buddy when he is sick, and if he ever knew I told anyone outside the house, I would be dead meat. A picture like this would forever immortalize Buddy for both my son and I.

Lolli 5 years ago

I would love to have a painting of my daughter’s now very sad looking Lamby, but remember what she used to look like before she was old and worn and stuffing-less. What a fun idea!

Kelly C 5 years ago

I absolutely love this idea!!! How adorable! My 9 year old has a stuffed goose that we bought at Ikea when he was a baby. Lucy is her name. She’s been EVERYWHERE on vacation with us, in almost every restaurant in town and all the parks and playgrounds. Lucy now resides in his baby brother’s room…all ready for brother to play with Lucy! I’d love a painting of her!!!

Mrs. MidAtlantic 5 years ago

Oh man… I’m not sure if I would gather all the “Guys” my siblings and I toted around, to have something special done for our parents, or if I’d have one done of my dad’s bear, “Mary,” who he found in upstate New York as a two year old. Mary still sits on his bedside table. OR would I go with Laura’s special puppy?!

Kelli 5 years ago

These are flippin adorable!! My daughter has a blanket/baby that we call “Bitsy” blanket. She takes it everywhere and thankfully we have two so we can constantly rotate dirty/clean Bitsy. This would be an awesome portrait for her room.

Mindy 5 years ago

My son and his “B” are best buds. “B” (or one of his identical bear brothers- he’s a triplet) goes everywhere with him… He’s 5.5 years old now, and I know he would LOVE this painting in his room. I love it too!

Robin O’Sullivan 5 years ago

Those paintings are impressive! We have a stuffed bunny that is begging for a portrait.

Jules 5 years ago

The girls have a lot of “coveted” toys and loveys but probably I’d do their big yellow bear….. someone’s always carrying him around or using him for a pillow. I keep trying to remember we probably need a second.

Jackie 5 years ago

These are so precious. Oh, we have a lovey. Her name is Baby. She’s always just been Baby. My daughter has slept with her every night since she was about 8 or 9 months (she’s now 2 1/2). Poor Baby goes to school with her three times a week, and has been washed more times than I can count. She’s dressed in all white — perfect for a doll that gets dragged everywhere, huh — and has a little hat that says God Bless.

Like our baby, she has blonde hair and blue eyes, which is why my grandmother bought her in the first place. Since I can’t sew, when baby’s silky pajamas started coming off, I had to glue them back on. Somehow that glue has survived another year of weekly (if not sooner) washings.

I think Baby’s days are numbered, too, and I’m already getting emotional about it. We’d need to get the painting done before Baby completely falls apart!

Rachel S. 5 years ago

My boys never took to lovey’s…but I have a rather tattered stuffed dog from my childhood thst would make the best painting ever!

Carole 5 years ago

This is such a cute idea!! My daughter’s favorite cuddly friend is her sock monkey named Josie. She was hand made by my great-aunt. Josie would be a great subject!!

Dana 5 years ago

Would you disqualify me if I actually chose my own stuffed monkey? I got Banjo at age 3 and slept with him until I got married at 29. He traveled the world with me, got torn to pieces by my childhood dog, wore a dress I had as a baby and still lives in my basement (and my heart). As an adult, I spied the exact same make of monkey in an antique store in Winston-Salem. I went insane. And bought it immediately, of course. My first daughter was totally disinterested. My second adopted it as her own. We call him Bongo.

McMommy 5 years ago

I rarely enter giveaways nowadays but would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this one!!!!!! I’m a huge believer that toys are more than just toys!! Pup-Pup and Lovey NEED their portraits done. They will forever symbolize to me the wonderfully sweet time of my kids’ childhood. They have helped my sons through long sleepless nights, boo-boos, and first days of preschool. These little stuffed animals are part of the family now and I would love nothing more than capture them forever with a portrait.

Kathy 5 years ago

It’s “Teddy.” She’s been dragging him around for a year. He looks a little worn, but we sure do love him.

Chrissy 5 years ago

I would have one done of my son’s favorite stuffed toy (and loyal companion), who we’ve nicknamed Baby Ocean.

OHmommy 5 years ago

My 8 year old son took “baby dog” (age 8) to the ER with him on Sunday. I would love this for him since baby dog – in stuffed animal years – is now super duper old.

Brandy 5 years ago

I would get Cameron’s build-a-bear leopard “Safari” done. That would be awesome.

kim 5 years ago

OMG so cute. My daughter had a duck that she LOVED as an infant and has since outgrown it and I can’t bear to get rid of it. Mr. Waddles. LOL. I would so get his portrait done.

Mari 5 years ago

This would make such a beautiful keepsake! My daughter is almost four and her granddad gave her a two tone pink plush puppy the day she was born, that she later named “Woofie.” Woofie goes EVERYWHERE with her, to bed, to daycare, to the store, in pictures… well you get the idea! I think that Woofie would look beautiful close up and on canvas!

Erin 5 years ago

Definitely my son’s Monkey… while he isn’t in the perfect condition he was, my son knows an imposter (cause I’ve tried!).

Ginger Parker 5 years ago

These are amazing!!! We have a ‘Lambie’ for each of our girls. It’s a little TY lamb that is (well, was) soft and snuggly. It’s the first thing SuperHotHubby and I buy for each of our girls when we find out that the ‘Weapon of Mass Fertilization” has struck again. We pack it for the hospital. And it’s in all of their 3 month pictures hanging in the house. :)
Would LOVE to have a portrait of Lambie (and his brother, and his other brother, and his other brother darryl.) ← Hahaha! so he can have a place all his own on the Big Wall O’ Baby Pictures. Thanks for the chance to win one, SM. And great work, Jennifer! Talk about having an awesome job! :)

Kassie 5 years ago

My 13th month old son had to have tubes put into his years well…. the nurse gave him a white teady bear that lights up where the heart should be… and the other one he has to sleep with is his doggy that my son me and my husband made with him at built a bear. The Bear that lights up is called momma Bear and the doggy is called Ra Ra

KB 5 years ago

My daughter had a little stuffed doll that was named simply “Baby”. She carried it everywhere and wouldn’t sleep without Baby. When her little sister was born, Baby suddenly wasn’t as much fun as the new baby so poor Baby ended up in the toy box forgotten.
Little sister has now become attached to Baby so I’d love to have a portrait of her.

Kelly W. 5 years ago

My son has a Black & White Dog (Boo) and a small Elephant that he loves. God help the child that lays hands on either of them because they will pay!

Tamara 5 years ago

It would have to be of my son’s “Puppy”, who is sometimes referred to by his whole name “Snuggle Puppy”. He received him as a gift from his auntie and cousins the day he was born and has taken him everywhere he has slept for the past seven and a half years. I have often been VERY nervous because we do not have a “twin”. We love Puppy!

Jen 5 years ago

These are so stinkin cute! I would definitely get one of my son’s stuffed owl from Old Navy. Hooter’s goes with us everywhere and I too will be wild with grief when he outgrows him.

crazylady 5 years ago

My daughter is in LOVE with her Skelanimal Kit. Basically, a black cat with a skeleton on it..

Miranda 5 years ago

This is such a cute idea. I’d love to have a painting done of my son’s toy mouse that he sleeps with. What about a favorite book? My son’s favorite book is I love you through and through. He would bring that book to me over and over again, and eventually he broke the spine and the inside came out. I know that this book is easily replaceable, but I still have the cover and the inside because I bought it for him while I was pregnant. It has special meaning! A painting of either the mouse or the book would be so special.

BalancingMama (Julie) 5 years ago

We would definitely have to get a portrait of “cat”. He’s a snow leopard that travels everywhere with us.

Megan 5 years ago

What an amazing idea. I think the love toys are just as special to me as they are to my boys. When we do our nightly ‘gratitudes’ I often give thanks for Bumpy Bear and Lutu because they keep my boys safe and loved when I can’t.

Suzanne 5 years ago

What a neat idea! My 10 yr old son still loves “Rachel”, his stuffed animal horse. A painting of her would be a neat way of remembering her! We cracked up when he named her at age 4. Not sure where ‘Rachel’ came from.

Christine 5 years ago

I’d get a painting of my nephews’ dog family (they’re three different brands of stuffed pugs, but the boys have assigned which ones are the dad, mom and baby). :)

Karen 5 years ago

My four year old has this plush blue little money he’s clung to it since he was 16 months old. He used to carry it everywhere. Now he just sleeps with it. My 18 moth old is now trying to take it over. His big brother lets him UNTIL bedtime. This is such a great idea. Something I would love to win. I am thinking abut purchasing for christmas. Thanks Scarry Mommy for the great find.

Betsy 5 years ago

We’d get a painting of “bear” my 7 year old’s lovey. His great grandpa & great grandma used to show up at the hospital with a teddy bear for the newborn great grandchild when they were born. Will was the first great grandchild that had his bear from “GG & Papa Bill” delivered by GG alone, as Papa Bill had passed away prior to his birth. What made it even more special is that Will was named after Papa Bill, as his daddy’s (my husband’s) best friend was Papa Bill. Now that Will’s 7, he still sleeps with Bear every single night, but I know the time for that will be coming to a close soon. Bear is special not only to Will, but to our whole family because of who it’s from and how very loved he is.

Tarrah 5 years ago

My son has a stuffed elephant that he named “Sanka”. We attemped one time to switch him for his twin brother and Caleb screamed “That is NOT my Sanka!!!”.
And yes, the weird names are not limited to loveys: he calls my dad Gunka.

Alicia 5 years ago

Ok, so I don’t have babies, yet. I am really working on that. So don’t hold that against me!
What’s ironic is my mom and I were talking today and I we were talking about my favorite toy as a child. My uncle gave her to me. It was my very first baby present. Her being a doll that I named Judy, much to my mother’s dismay. I loved Judy more than anything and took her everywhere with me. I eventually got older and didn’t need Judy anymore. I remember cleaning out my toys from the basement of my parents house. My mom instructed me to give as many toys as I could part with to the less fortunate. We were not rich, just average Americans living the dream.
I remember finding Judy and thinking “should I give her away or keep her for myself?” I thought that if another little girl could love her as much as I did, then it would be worth it. So I gave her to someone who needed her more than I did.
I often wonder what happened ton my beloved baby doll.
I hope she was as loved in her new home as I loved her.

Kelly 5 years ago

My 14 year old, high school freshman, has a “Dolly” since she was just a baby. It was a soft doll given to me at my baby shower. Would you believe she still sleeps with it, and hides it under her pillow during the day. When she has a bad day, I can find her snuggled up in bed, Ipod ear buds in her ears, and trust Dolly wrapped around her fingers. Poor Dolly is in rough shape, but my daughter won’t let us fix her, her head is hanging on by a string!! I would love to give her a portrait, so she can always have it, to remind her of home and comfort, maybe one day to hang in her baby’s room!!

MommyNamedApril 5 years ago

my two older sons have bears that they just *adore* i would get a painting of the bears with their arms around each other. these are precious!!!

Allie 5 years ago

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.

Andrea 5 years ago

I would pick my son’s baby blanket that he carried for years and his teddy bear. <3

Denise 5 years ago

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! :( )

Jesse 5 years ago

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. :)

Lulu the ladybug 5 years ago

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

Nicole 5 years ago

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!

Joanne 5 years ago

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.

Lindsay 5 years ago

What a great idea! I would get a picture of my son’s Elmo or Lego’s. He loves both equally : ) He sleeps with his Elmo at night and plays with his Lego’s all day!

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Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} 5 years ago

These are marvelous.

Diane 5 years ago

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.

Suzanne 5 years ago

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.

Tonya 5 years ago

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 :)

Linda Woody 5 years ago

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).

Jayme 5 years ago

My daughter’s bear, definitely. Although I don’t know if I’d use the intact version or the dismembered one :X

Rebecca 5 years ago

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.
:)

Kendra Doucet 5 years ago

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!!!!

Sunday 5 years ago

I would love to have a painting done of Sam’s green Ikea snake. He can’t sleep without it and he has had it since he was born.

Holly Neal 5 years ago

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!

Tam 5 years ago

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! :)

Yuliya 5 years ago

So sweet! My kid doesn’t even play with toys yet, just gnaws on them, but I’d buy her one if I won! Maybe a bunny?