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« on: April 05, 2010 08:55:02 AM »

So I recently made two little pairs of toys for the toy society, a group that encourages people to make handmade toys and leave them in public for children to find.  I love the concept, and had a great time doing this.  I'd highly encourage more people to join, what have you got to lose?

My first attempt at making a "real" toy with limbs failed miserably.  so i decided to stick with what i know- embroidery!
I made these with a "wee wonderfuls"  freebie pattern, i just embellished their outfits a little bit to make each one unique.  I also used vintage fabric, embroidery floss and poly-fill fiber.

here they are:


This is the back of the bunnies.  (For some reason I didn't get a pic of the back of the bears, i used a colorful, striped denim for them)

This is one of the places I left them to be found-

For more info, please feel free to visit my post about it.
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2010 09:13:27 AM »

Too cute. And I love the idea of leaving them around!!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2010 09:29:15 AM »

I love your sweet toys!  I would worry though, that in today's paranoid world, parents wouldn't allow their children to actually take them home.  I even know a few people who have acted squemish about the things I get from Craftster because, " you don't really know those people or how they live".  I hope I'm wrong and would love to get involved in the toy society if the toys are actually taken and used.
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2010 09:30:18 AM »

What a great idea, love it!  And your animals came out adorable!
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2010 09:51:28 AM »

These are so adorable. Your stitching is great and I really like the back fabric!

This is such a cool idea. I'm sure a very lucky child was thrilled to receive your thoughtful treat.
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2010 10:23:53 AM »

Very cute toys-and I love the idea!
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2010 11:03:30 AM »

I've heard about the toy society before and thought it was a cool idea. It's really fun to see the things people are actually making for it. Very cool.
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2010 12:50:43 PM »

I love them! Sadly I know what you mean about parents being concerned...I left a few at the state park where I volunteered and I had to rescue them out of the trash because rangers had completley thrown them away  Cry
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2010 01:33:06 PM »

I have been thinking about your post all morning, and after google-ing it I joined. I can't wait to get crafting. Thanks for the inspiration.
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2010 02:30:54 PM »

I've been unable to get this off my mind all day.  I decided to quit being so cynical and I joined!  I'm going to make drops and assume that they will find their way to the children they were intended for.  I'm not going to even allow myself to think differently.  I used to be such an optimist, and re-reading my post above saddened me.  Thanks for sharing this, I needed it!
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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2010 08:21:16 PM »

I agree, what a brill idea. The wees came out great too!
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2010 08:51:49 PM »

These guys are awesome, you should be very pleased! And I can imagine how thrilled whoever picks them up will be.

For those who don't know, the Toy Society's website is here http://thetoysociety.blogspot.com/

There's nothing too it. Sign up, make a toy, drop it somewhere and leave, knowing that you'll brighten someone's day unimaginably. In a world that seems so cynical, heartless and mass produced, dropping a toy is leaving a stranger a little handmade ray of sunshine.
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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2010 11:50:22 PM »

I haven't ever heard of this society before, but darnit, I joined! I'm recently learning how to use a sewing machine, so I think it will be fun to make some simple toys to drop. I love this idea and can't wait to start.
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« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2010 05:26:57 AM »

I absolutely adore these!!! WOW!! I love things that bring me back to the innocence of my childhood...and these definitely do! Amazing!!
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« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2010 08:20:05 AM »

Pat yourself on the back for starting a trend.  This is too cool. Congratulations on recruiting new Craftsters to the movement.  I love your bunnies and bears, but if I found them I would want to keep them for myself.  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2010 09:46:56 AM »

Thank you so much!

Thank you Sayaphim for including the link, I totally forgot to do that in my original post.

It makes me super happy that other people are going to make toys now!  That was the whole reason that I put it on here and my blog. 

Trust me, I've always been a very cynical person but over the last few years I've found myself changing... for the better.  With this, I figured- if everyone was paranoid, no one would do anything and the world would just be even worse.  So, I'm using this as an opportunity to turn over a new, more positive leaf.

As for the "innocence" factor that's what I really love about it!  Kids find joy in so much, so even though my toys are simple I know that they will be loved!  Kids are great like that.
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« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2010 10:21:56 AM »


It makes me super happy that other people are going to make toys now!  That was the whole reason that I put it on here and my blog. 

I am glad you said that. I am so excited about this I got my mom on board. She is so into it she is going to borrow my camera so she can take pictures of her toys and drops. We even shared some simple softie patterns. like this frog (my favorite) http://www.purlbee.com/purl-frog/

And this owl (my moms fav) http://www.lollychops.com/lollychops/2008/11/abraham-owl.html

Then I wanted to get on to tell you what you have started but I didn't want to take the thread away from your super cute toys.
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« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2010 02:54:24 PM »

I really love the idea that when people do find the "drops" that they will go onto the website and be like "Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I found this really fantabulous doll here _________________. I really appreciate the hardwork put forth by the maker, and would love to get involved in the future!" Or something along those lines. Though obviously not everyone does such, but it is just nice to see that people actually do appreciate them, and you know, that they don't just end up in the trash or whatnot.
I have over a dozen black apple dolls that I should send with my little sister on her school trip in a couple of weeks. I think she is hitting up England, France, Germany, and Amsterdam... Hmmmmm...  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2010 01:03:34 PM »

I just googled toy society and after reading on their website for like 2 minutes...I'm crying like a rainy day. I'm thinking very seriously about joining. I have the same skepticism gamemom42 has, but I'm going to follow her lead and be an optimist!!
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« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2010 01:27:57 PM »

I'm glad you're joining in! I'm going to share this story for anyone who cares to read it.

My Dad was a very gruff, kind of unfriendly man who believed in no higher power and had very few kind words for the people in his life.  He hid a heart of gold beneath that hard exterior.  Whenever we saw a beggar who was "blind" or "lame", we always gave them money.  I asked him once what would happen if they were faking it.  He looked me in the eye and quietly said the most important words anyone ever said to me.  He said it really didn't matter if they were faking or not.  He said , " always do the right thing and give.  It's none of your business what happens on the other side of that act of charity.  All you have to concern yourself with are your own actions.  If those people are faking, it doesn't change the good you've done in any way".  I guess I had kind of forgotten that lesson.  I am so grateful for this chance to remember it and do the right thing.

Also; I mentioned this to my best friend who plans to incorporate it into her church's service project for the summer!
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« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2010 07:16:17 PM »

man oh man!  you guys are making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  i love that it's spreading...yay for the toys.  together we'll be making lots of little kids happy  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2010 07:14:47 PM »

Nice embroidery work!  E.
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« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2010 10:15:49 AM »

Thank you!

I have great news guys!!  i know that everyone was concerned about whether or not they would actually get into the hands of a child... I opened my e-mail yesterday to find this-


It looks like a pair of the toys have a good home.  They live with a wee 2 year old who seems to like them very much.  So, I guess Bunny and Bear don't have it too bad after all.
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« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2010 10:29:57 AM »

that is awesome
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« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2010 12:22:39 PM »

awesome--that post made my day!
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« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2010 02:00:01 PM »

Oh Wow, it is so cool that the person whose child got those toys took time to send that to you.  If an occasional unthinking park ranger or such throws a toy away,  its still worth the effort knowing that most of the toys probably find friendly farm toy families to live with like Bear and Bunny did!
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« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2010 02:27:19 PM »

gamemom42--thanks for sharing your father's wise words...my dad had the exact sentiment...once you give a gift, it is no longer yours...if the recipient throws it away, gives it away, etc., you have to be content in knowing that YOU gave...it would be hard to walk away leaving such cute things, but, just seeing that one pic made it worth it!

You guys should also check out the stuff on Maremare's Kindness craftalong for other ideas of how to randomly do nice things...I know it has helped my outlook to work with her and also kittykill on attitude improvement through helping others...
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I'm glad you're joining in! I'm going to share this story for anyone who cares to read it.

My Dad was a very gruff, kind of unfriendly man who believed in no higher power and had very few kind words for the people in his life.  He hid a heart of gold beneath that hard exterior.  Whenever we saw a beggar who was "blind" or "lame", we always gave them money.  I asked him once what would happen if they were faking it.  He looked me in the eye and quietly said the most important words anyone ever said to me.  He said it really didn't matter if they were faking or not.  He said , " always do the right thing and give.  It's none of your business what happens on the other side of that act of charity.  All you have to concern yourself with are your own actions.  If those people are faking, it doesn't change the good you've done in any way".  I guess I had kind of forgotten that lesson.  I am so grateful for this chance to remember it and do the right thing.

Also; I mentioned this to my best friend who plans to incorporate it into her church's service project for the summer!

Thank you so much for posting that!!
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« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2010 06:58:14 AM »

Not only are they adorable - the whole thing is just fantastic! I think I may need to look into this...thanks for leaving the link Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: May 27, 2010 01:12:44 PM »

thanks, you should really do a drop.  it's a lot of fun and it's probably something your kids would get excited about too!
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« Reply #30 on: May 27, 2010 06:15:49 PM »

Adorable toys! I bet whoever finds them will love them. I joined the toy society about a year ago, but I haven't made any drops yet.
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« Reply #31 on: August 02, 2010 03:22:53 PM »

I just joined the toy society andI live in a small towns where jobs and happiness seem to be very scarse, so Bc of all the posts, I'm gonna get all my firends and my church in on this! Thank you all for reminding me why god gave us the gift of giving and making.
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« Reply #32 on: August 11, 2010 09:14:11 AM »

Awww, this is so great! I love that you got a picture back of your little guys in their new home! That is seriously a cool little farm they moved to. I'm going to sign up, too. This is going to be fun! Thanks so much for sharing. Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: August 12, 2010 07:04:34 PM »

Amazing! Now I know what to do with all my boys creative creatures they want me to make. Make them and share!

Yours are adorable and I'm very glad to see someone found them and loves them.
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