Holding onto Childhood (For Dear Life)


I had a favorite stuffed animal as a child, a dog with a white body and floppy brown ears. My sister and I had the same one, but mine was so worn that the ears were virtually bald. Now it’s long gone, and all I have to remember that dog is this one photo that my sister printed a few years ago from the original slide. (That’s me on the left when the pup was still new. And really, I have no idea why we were watching TV with the dogs between our legs.)

Kids get so attached to their toys, but it’s impossible to try to keep them all for posterity. Here are a few ways to make a lovey last…

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Have a custom portrait painted of your child’s toy. Visit Customtoyportrait.com.


Fill your child’s beloved with beans to make a bookend or a doorstop. Found on Real Simple.


Make a sweet picture book with photos of your child’s toys. Maybe it can help teach them to read. Spotted on Party Perfect.


March 8, 2010| Decor, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Gifts, Grown-Up