Saturday, January 14, 2012

my very first toy society drop


Last year I stumbled across The Toy Society's blog and knew it was something I wanted to take part in.  It wasn't until this holiday season, when I made a sleepy baby for my niece, that I realized how I wanted to contribute.


 The Toy Society is a group of people from around the world doing a small random act of kindness - they leave a handmade toy for someone to find.  It's done anonymously and with no strings attached.  It's simply done for the joy of bringing a bit of handmade happiness into someone's life.

It's my goal to do one drop a month this year, each a sleepy baby fitting the theme of the season.  January's here is clutching a little snowball in her mittens and she has snowflakes at her feet.


Her (his?) shape is simple but easy for little ones to hold.  I added embroidered details like a tuft of hair and little bitty eyelashes.  She's made of all recycled wool, mostly from sweaters, and she's very soft.  I stuffed her with wool and lavender so she smells lovely and is delightfully squishy.


I gave her the cuddle test and yup, perfectly squishy.

She was my very first drop, and I left her at a small park in town yesterday.  I hope whoever finds her, loves her.


I think I'm going to enlist the help of my kids for the next drop.   I think it will be good for them to take part in a random act of kindness, and it will make me feel less like a creeper when I'm skulking around a playground if they're with me.

I can't wait to get started on February's.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lovely! You are going to make some little person so happy!

Amy O'H. said...

Oh, this brings tears to my eyes! What a wonderful thing to take part in. I'm sure you have just given a treasure to some lucky child!

Chelsea said...

can you come drop one on my porch? :) hehe

what a great idea! once, i found a pair of origami cranes - one big one and one tiny - with a note that said something like "you found me," and i loved them so much. found treasures, especially when they are intentionally left there for a new home, are wonderful.

if only i could get the boy to get his sewing machine out of his trunk....i could make snuggle babies too!

Anonymous said...

Lisa, I love that idea. It will be so fun for the kids to do.....makes me want to try to make something! Morgan loves hers and I love it too!
Sherry

Christine Zorn said...

I LOVE her! What a fun idea!

eidolons said...

You are an amazing person. It just needed to be said.

Karen said...

What a wonderful thing to do!

Valerie said...

Such a thoughtful way to pay it forward. I just might have to do this in my town. Thanks for sharing.
x, Val

srsaeaa@gmail.com said...

Oh! I'd have to secretly stay and watch to see who found her . . . Lovely doll, lovely thought, lovely you. : )

dylagence said...

What a great idea. Just like yarn bombing only cuddly toy bombing.

This is My Life said...

What a sweet gesture.

Scrapiana said...

A truly beautiful thing to do. Were you trying to make us all cry...? Job done! ;)

Sally said...

Lovely. Simply lovely.

Colleen said...

Thank you for the reminder! I haven't done a drop in some time. What a wonderful way to start the year. :)

Glo said...

You are very generous. I wouldn't be able to do something like this. A part of you is put into each handmade item you make. I have the utmost respect for handmade crafts because of that. When I find an embroidered tablecloth at the thrift store I wonder the hours that some anonymous person spent over it, pouring her patience on it, straining her eyesight... only to have her creation end up in a dusty store. I am very careful who I give handmade stuff to, as over the years I have realized not everyone has the same sense of appreciation. Part of what motivated me to open an Etsy shop was that I could let my creations go with the soothing effect of money. I admire what you're doing

Mona said...

Never heard of The Toy Soceity before, I suppose 'dumping' could be done worldwide :)
Your doll is the cutest little thing ever!! And as a 'poor forsaken baby' she must surely be loved very much by the finder!

Cozy Memories said...

the toy you've made is beyond adorable, and was made with so much love, care & good intentions, that it actually gets me all teary eyed. I've heard of the Toy Society a while ago, but never got around getting involved. After noticing only three toy drops for my country, I might need to add my contribution.
I really hope someone (one lucky someone) will pick your amazing baby toy up, and that we'll get to see it on the TS site !
sending you lots of love, you big hearted friend
xoxoxo

Maggie Mae said...

Where did you say that park is?! She is beautiful! Thanks for sharing with me. :)

Златина said...

Wonderful idea and great doll! :)

Tara said...

what a generous act of kindness, Lisa. I can only imagine how happy you have made one little person out there in the world.

Julie Clay Illustration said...

That is a delightful thing to do. I hope she/he finds a very good home!

Els said...

What a lovely initiative ! Someone will be very happy !
Good idea to follow up, thanks

joanie said...

She's perfect... you're perfect!
I know she'll be loved.
Jx

Fiona said...

Such a delightful idea. And what a beautiful baby you have mad. Someone will be overjoyed at finding her.

HollyM said...

How absolutely sweet. And it must be wonderful to contemplate some child cuddling the sleepy baby.

Nanou said...

The sweetest project ever !!! There should be a camera, there, to let you see the wonderment of the little child who'll find your cuttie. You're a maker of beauty and joy, Lisa !!!

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