Natural Toys just FEEL better!

As everyone knows, not all children are born with eyesight.  For some surgery can help restore vision, and for others it is permanent.  Stories continually amaze me, like the man I met who was legally blind since birth but rode a bicycle through downtown Toronto using his hearing and some ability to see grey blobs… I am not making that up!!

Girl with horse

I am thrilled to have just received a couple of pictures of a little girl (above) who was given one of my horses a little over a year ago.  I had sent off a couple of felt horses I had made to someone who volunteers at a therapeutic horse park to give one to a girl who rides there.

When this came up I wondered how it would be to only be able to only feel one of my 100% wool felt horses… they are soft, shaped like a horse and ‘warm’ to the touch from the felt and wool stuffing, lovingly handmade (of course!), plus they do also smell quite nice!  I then imagined the alternative, plastic with hard bits made by a machine.  It took me about a nanosecond to realise that a natural toy would would feel better all around even if you could never see it. Since that day I will often stop, close my eyes and feel what I am working on.

On the topic of blind children, I want to link a fundraiser for Max, the son of doll maker Amy, owner of Malula Dolls.  His page is Mad Max at Trolley Run 2012  . Of course you can always support Malula Dolls, which I adore of course!!  Her Facebook fan page is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Malula-Dolls .

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One Response to Natural Toys just FEEL better!

  1. Kristen says:

    Oh – come on. I’m the only comment on this? You’ve written a thoughtful, provocative piece here, and it’s gotten me a little more awake this morning. While awareness of those around us is really of primal and spiritual importance, I think that even noticing our own senses, the ones we take so for granted is also important. You can’t be grateful for something if you remain unaware of it – even when you are using it everyday as a major component in your reality.

    My daughter made me start a Pinterest board. I was not friendly with it at first. Too many people pinning things without any link to the artist. But I kind of started catching the vision – keeping track of things you want to buy, want to make. And then realizing that Pinterest is good free advertising for folks who have a good product. So one of the first things I pinned was your horse. I was amazed and astonished – and still am – at the constant stream of repinning that immediately went on. I don’t know about repinning because I only pin from the original source and do a little review on the thing and the artist. I hope that all that info goes with the pin when it gets sucked away by others.

    You should have seen a nice small surge in sales, anyway – which I hope happened, but only if that would be a good thing for you. Yours was the first horse pattern I bought on my quest to make a soft horse. I still haven’t made one – how stupid is that? It’s been a couple of years full of good intentions. But I’m getting closer.

    I wanted to thank you for the pattern – clear as a bell, well designed, charming – as I imagine your whole mind must be.

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