Sunday, October 26, 2014

Free Custom Plushies! [Closed]

Yes, you read that right, and no, the title is not too good to be true.

The Toy Cove's first custom plushie

After receiving several requests to make custom stuffed animals for friends (see "an angry, green dinosaur" above), I've decided to try my hand at the popular kid's-drawings-to-plushie. So if you have a kid, and that kid has a cute imaginary creature committed to paper (or .bmp paint file), and you'd like to get a FREE plushified rendering of it, today is your lucky day.

Just pay $3 shipping. Yes, $3 shipping gets you a one-of-a-kind stuffed animal from your child's drawing.

How do I get in on this?

Just be one of the first three people to comment on this blog post. Then send me your image within 48 hours.

Okay. Give me the fine print.

  • If you're selected and you send me your image file, you'll be given a custom listing on You'll pay the $3 fee through this listing, and in 2-4 weeks, you'll be receiving your plushie.
  • By doing this, you agree that I can use your original image and the finished plushie on this blog (,,, and anywhere else The Toy Cove is present on the web. I may also print your original image next to the finished product for use at toy and craft shows, or any other promotional materials.
  • Let me restate this for total clarity. If you are selected, you are granting The Toy Cove unlimited license to use your child's drawing for its commercial purposes, royalty and link-back free.
  • I can also refuse to render your/your child's drawing for any reason (mainly if it's inappropriate, too large, or excessively complicated. A 50-armed, 4-foot high, naked monster is probably not going to happen).
  • What if I/someone else doesn't send the image?  If any of the three winners does not send the image within 48 hours, the next person in line will be selected as the auxiliary winner. So, if you see three posts already, you might as well go ahead and post your entry too.

 Any other information?

Your custom plushie will be made from Eco-Fi felt, and will proudly bear The Toy Cove's 'U.S-made' tag. If your drawing is not in color, and you do not provide color information, I'll select the colors that look best to me. Any specified colors may differ slightly from your image/instructions. Your plushie will be between 7 and 14'' big.

Do you have examples of your work?

Certainly! Check out The Toy Cove on Etsy.

Now get posting!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Dolls, 2014

It's finally that time of year again! Time for a brand new set of peluches para Dia de los Muertos!

Each one is unique, and once it's sold, it won't be seen again.*


A few of the dolls currently available are:




To see them all, click over to The Toy Cove on Etsy!

* You can always request custom colors on a Sugar Skull Doll, and I'll be glad to re-make one that has sold, by request. But it will take some time (from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on how many orders I have), to complete it.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mt. Holly Arts Festival

The Toy Cove is back from an amazing artisan festival in Mount Holly, NC. This was the first year I'd been there, and I wasn't sure what to expect.

Setting up shop in the morning.
Everything was well-organized, and I was able to set up pretty quickly. Luckily, the weather was completely perfect; 75 degrees and sunny all day.

The Black Cats & Kittens were excited and curious:

The Long-Leggity Frogs were ready to leap for joy:

But perhaps most excited were the Baby Leopard Rays, who were making their world debut that day:

"Adopt me!"
 The Sugar Skulls received quite a lot of attention:

And even Angry Ankylosaurus seemed to have a good time. In his own way.

Though, as happy as I am to see them adopted, it's a little hard to see them go.

Adios, mi amigito.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience. The Mt. Holly city employees and festival volunteers were extraordinarily helpful, and the festival was very well attended. I hope I can go back again next year with lots of new little plushies.

Thanks from The Toy Cove!

To see the stuffed animals pictured in this blog, click over to The Toy Cove on Etsy:
Or just visit our website at

To learn more about the Mt. Holly Arts Festival, click here: