Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Custom Cuteness

Meet Mittens. No Gracie didn't draw this, but some of you may just recognize who did!

I was completely blown away a few weeks ago, when I took a look at Casserole's blog, to see a post about her collaboration with her four year old daughter, Liv. After being inspired by Tootsie and Grace and all the fun I have with Gracie, Anne (that would be Casserole) sat down with her daughter and the two of them created the cutest little stuffed kitty named Mittens, which Casserole blogged about here. The pattern was drawn by Liv, who also chose the fabrics and did the kitty stuffing.

The end result was this adorable stuffed kitten. Now, I took a look at that cat and thought "aaaawwwww!" because seriously, how cute? But then I took a look at Liv's original drawing of Mittens and though... "AAAAWWWW"

... because seriously, how CUTE?

I've been wanting to add custom illustrations to Tootsie and Grace because, while Gracie's pictures are the cutest pictures on the planet (says her mother), other parents might just like their own kids artwork better. I can't blame them, of course!

Thus began my secret project (although Anne actually did know that something was up, as I asked for permission to steal pictures from her blog) of creating a custom illustration based on another child's work, just to see if I could. Frankly, I think this is one of my best illustrations to date. And doesn't Mittens look fabulous as a notecard?

And as a set of 8 gift tags?

And a scrap booking tag?

I sure do.

Coming soon to Tootsie and Grace: Custom Cuteness Illustrations featuring your own child's artwork. There will be two packages to choose from.

The Standard includes:

1 custom illustration
1 professional print (perfect for friends and family)
1 note card with coordinating envelope

The Deluxe includes:
1 custom Illustration
2 professional prints
1 3 x 5 in. scrap booking tag (perfect for a baby book, scrap book or as a gift tag)
1 note card with coordinating envelope
1 set of 8 gift tags, measuring 3 x 3 in.

All prints, cards and gift tags come come with a little bit of info about the illustration. And all prints are signed by me, with room for your own child's signature, as well. Everything is packaged beautifully as well as protected by clear cello sleeves.

So, Anne, you have a deluxe package in the mail and I REALLY hope you and Liv like it!!

24 comments:

Denise Felton said...

OH. MY. GAWD!!!!!!! YEAAAAAA!!!!

Now THERE's a brilliant collaboration--Casserole and Elegant. Mittens is just fabulous. And, Marisa, your idea for producing artwork from the sketches of other people's children--it's inspired, to say the least.

You rock, you rock, you rock!

Mary Richmond said...

what a great idea! and i love the work itself. really nice.

Winklepots said...

Aw, Marisa, those are awesome! You did a fabulous job and I can't wait to see the prints you do in the future of other kids' art.

Bamdesigns said...

that is so great and what a good idea- how very cute

casserole said...

OMG OMG OMG!!! Denise called me from work to tell me to look at your blog RIGHT THEN. And so I did. And my mother was over, and so she looked over my shoulder. When I loaded this page, my mouth hit the floor. WHOA. OMG OMG OMG!!!

I can't believe that Liv's little pattern has become a Tootsie & Grace illustration! Seriously - that is SO cool, and it turned out so stinkin' cute!!

And OMG thank you so much for sending me a package with an illustration, and tags, and prints. OMG OMG OMG.

Your idea to create custom artwork is PURE brilliance!!! And I'm oh, so honored that you chose Liv's design as your first. Seriously, you've got a killer product idea here.

Thank you again so very very much!!!

Nikki said...

Marisa! You are awesome!

leah said...

SUCH a good idea!

Whimsical Creations said...

What a fantastic idea! You are soooo smart marisa! Mittens is great.

:-) melanie

sweetpicklespottery said...

Oh My gosh!! I cannot WAIT to do this!! What a fabulous idea!! Yay Marisa!! FAMtabulous great wonderful!!!

luv4sams (Lisa) said...

What a great project and I luv the idea of you making a child's artwork come to life!

lindylou said...

This really turned out so adorable Marisa!!! You continually out-do yourself! Best future success with this addition to your shop.

Janna said...

Wow! That is so incredibly adorable! And what a totally brilliant idea you have to do custom illustrations of other kids' drawings! And how sweet of you to send a package to Anne. I know she is going to LOVE it.

Rosebud Collection said...

What an idea..I have to say, everything is wonderful and so cute..you did a great job..I think it is amazing how you came up with children's art..Clever..Lots of luck to you...

Leah said...

Marisa I swear this is going to take your shop and your life to a whole new level. I hope you are ready for it because this is going to be HUGE! Especially if I have anything to do with it. I'm telling EVERYONE!

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

OMG....So talented and amazing! What a great idea too...To sell the kits and offer custom work like that! Too clever! ;)

Patrizia said...

CUTE! Love the plush! The first drawing has awesome color and composition!

I used to draw Sailor Moon when I was young... anyway!

ThisOldHenHouse said...

Eeeep! What an amazing idea! Mittens is absolutely adorable!

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Beautiful work,this is going to be a success I'm certain. You have a great eye and your adaptation of the original takes nothing away from the childlike quality. Great effort, congrats!

Cathy said...

wow! what a fabulous idea!!!!! damn! my boys can't really draw yet! too busy playing with cars! As soon as they do though, I'll be employing your services! What a great idea :)

joanie said...

gorgeous! what a happy cat that is, I love it as much as the stuffed version - and the original of course!

Marie said...

That is a great idea! I love it-that cat print is too cute-nice job Marisa!

Alisa Nordholt-Dean said...

I just love the collaborations you're doing with your daughter! What a fabulous idea to offer custom work!

blazedanielle said...

These are so cute!! I love the idea of collaborating with children and their absolutely beautiful and creative minds!!

Regal Beads said...

wow, you are truly amazing! :)

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