While this is a sponsored post, the opinions are my own.
As a child I loved two things; my stuffed animals and drawing. I never imagined that these two loves of my life would one day be combined in an amazing product that my own children would be able to enjoy. Sound amazing? It is.
I was approached by a company called Budsies and told that they bring your child’s artwork to life. I was immediately intrigued and couldn’t wait to find out more. The concept is simple, brilliant and perfect for any child. I say any child because before creating his own Budsie, my son wasn’t particularly in to drawing. After seeing his own creation “come to life” when his Budsie arrived however, he’s suddenly wanted to draw more and more. I think seeing that his own creation become something that he could hug and hold may have actually stirred up some of his own creativity and now he’s excited to do more! As a Mom who loves to draw, nothing has made me more excited than to see my own son tap into his brilliant creativity. I also really like their option to use a template from their website for your Budsie rather than a one of a kind drawing that your child draws. Not every kid is in to drawing or may be at an age where they mostly draw swirls and scribbles which would be difficult to transfer into a stuffed animal. For those scenarios, the provided templates are a great option and ensures that all children can make a Budsie with their own artistic twist added to it.
The way the whole process works is really quite simple. You have your child draw their Budsie (either by drawing their own creation or using one of the many templates offered on the website), submit the drawing to www.budsies.com , wait a little over 1 month and you will have a beautifully, hand-sewn one of a kind stuffed animal at your doorstep!
When we first submitted Mr. L’s creation, I put his drawing on our refrigerator so he would be able to see it each day and to help build some anticipation for when his Budsie would arrive.
|How our Budsie began - orange, 5 eyes, green mouth & legs, blue floppy hair on top|
When our Budsie box about 6 weeks after submitting his drawing, Mr. L was beyond excited. I grabbed the drawing off the fridge and let him tear open the box. The look on his face as he realized HIS drawing had come to life and was now his to hug, hold and tote around everywhere was priceless! He was happy, excited and adorably proud of what he had done.
|The completed Budsie! Made to perfectly match Mr. L's drawing!|
Aside from the joy that this stuffed animal brought my child, as a Mom, I was actually quite impressed with the quality of the product. The fabric is so soft and sewn together very well. All too often our kids acquire toys that break or rip apart within weeks of getting them, but I am confident that Mr. L’s Budsie will be here for many years to come thanks to the quality of craftsmanship that was put into creating this wonderful gift.
I am in love with this whole concept and I think it would make an amazing gift for any child of nearly any age! With the holidays quickly approaching, I encourage you to check out www.budsies.com and have your child create their own masterpiece that Budsies will bring to life! Please keep in mind, it takes about 6 weeks to receive your Budsie after submitting the picture and description online so you’ll want to act FAST if you want to see your child light up and hug their own piece of art on Christmas morning!