Winner: Nicole Larson! Congratulations!
Finding creative toys for MillerBug can be quite a challenge. He’s not the type of child that likes the regular old stuffed teddy bear. Or the blankie that everyone seems to have. He likes bright. And unique. And super fun! And as a mom, it’s my job to give him items that he loves. So, I’ve searched and searched and searched and when I saw the plush toys from Created By Laurie, I knew that we had found his dream come true.
Created By Laurie features amazingly cute and unique hand made plush toys for your little one or your favorite pet. Each piece is as individual as the person (or animal) they are created for and a ton of creativity goes into their creation.
I have always found it relaxing to be creative with my hands- the kind of person who buys used furniture to take home, to paint and fix up, or spend an afternoon baking and decorating cakes.
I can recall some memories growing up where I would be creative – such as making a catalog while in elementary school of items I owned for my brother, just in case he wanted to buy something 🙂 and even in high school- if there was an assignment of writing a short story… I would buy large poster board sheets for each page, creating bright colorful pages with my story written out; I even once recruited friends to help record a tape of the reading- along with sound effects to turn the page.
I like to rotate what I do, learn new things. I went through a writing phase, and even got in to painting while I was pregnant. When my son was about 3 months old I was given a sewing machine for a Christmas present from my Hubby which I was excited about. I started out by making toys for my cats. The first mouse looked like Frankenstein! But I got better with time and opened up an Etsy shop which I heard about from an old friend from High school. Within a few months of that I bought an embroidery machine… and have just had fun!
My son is now 20 months old and loves so sit on my lap and watch the embroidery machine, or watch when I stuff the animals with stuffing!
My Hubby is in the Navy and currently in IDC School. He graduates in August and then we will be moving again, yet we still don’t know where. 🙂 It’s not that big of a deal to me though because I grew up as an “Army Brat” with my Father in the army for 20 years. I just hope it’s an easy and smooth move with our little guy.
I would say my inspiration comes from my little man. I have bought some patterns for clothing since I started sewing, but I haven’t even tried yet. I’m just driven to make stuffed animals and toys. It’s what I enjoy, and I love hearing about why the customer wants a custom item, and then hear about how happy the child was when they received it. It’s a real good feeling. 🙂
Laurie takes her love for creating and makes it evident in each and every piece. Through meshing bright colors, favorite creatures and more, she is sure to create a friend that your little one will cherish for years to come. I absolutely adore the way that each creation is individually it’s own and she can even custom create pieces based on your favorite animal or color scheme.
And since she fully recongized that man’s best friend can sometimes be their baby as well, she created a line of pet toys that are sure to thrill and delight you and your pup! Each set contains several toys that will have your pet gnawing away for hours on a Created By Laurie masterpiece!
And now one of my lucky readers is going to get a $25 Gift Certificate to purchase their favorite creation! Entry is super easy thanks to Rafflecopter! Just use the form below!