Back in 2009 I created a little grey plush creature who stared at me with wonky eyes and seemed to want to carry my burdens with me. So I stuffed him with a fat belly (so I could squish him for comfort) and I added dried lavender (to relax my nerves).
I am very open with my feelings and being part of the art world, I found other people were too. I became very aware that a Worry may be just the thing others were in need of and offered some in my online store. Worry is, to this day, my best selling creation and my most loved. He is my baby and I love that he travels the world helping others rid themselves of worries and anxieties.
I had the most beautiful feedback from a truly wonderful customer:
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"I have thought about it for awhile and I would like to share with you the path one of your Worries had. I do not share it so you will feel sorry for me, but rather, as the creator of these wonderful toys I want you to feel encouraged by what you do.
I'm not sure exactly when it was that I discovered your shop. All I know is that upon reading the description of a Worry, I wanted to adopt him. I contacted a friend and made the arrangements.
Worry lived in my pocket. Under my pillow. Came with me every time I left the house. I didn't feel so alone, knowing the creature in my pocket understood. I got through each day and slowly began to heal. I stopped panicking when I would have to approach somebody. After all, Worry understood and his sweet lavender scent made me smile. He was soft, fit comfortably in my hand and his wonky eyes just added to his adorableness. I took him with me to my therapy group and there was a girl there that was in the same state I had been only months before. She now has that Worry, and when I saw her last she had it tucked in her bag.
That little Worry took on a very special path. He helped me and is now helping someone else. I have sent your link to your Etsy shop to several people, each with their own stories, their own Feelings that they will connect with and maybe adopt.
This was my story. Worry was my Feeling. Such a simple thing that meant so much, all because you decided to reach out and touch the world."
Due to working full time as a Teacher and being limited with free time, I am stuck only being able to create small batches of Worry's and there has been a gap in them being available as I completed my Teacher Training this past 2 years.
If this campaign is fully funded I will be able to produce 100 Worry's. They are completely handmade by my own little paws; eye popping, belly stuffing... the lot! Due to their handmade nature and lavender centres they won't go through a washing machine, so please use a wet sponge if you need to clean them. This is a handmade, art doll, it's not a toy.
It is very time consuming, so the other aspect of this campaign is that I will be able to order a prototype from a manufacturing company. If we are happy with the prototype, then I will be able to set up a future Kickstarter where I will (hopefully) order a much bigger quantity.
Thank you to everyone who helps me fund this campaign. You are superb!
Risks and challenges
If the project doesn't reach full funding, I won't be able to pay for the time and materials it will cost to produce these creatures. So sadly, this won't go ahead.
The estimated arrival dates are the 'worst case scenario' dates. I intend for items (especially those going to the UK) to arrive well before this, but am aiming for nothing to arrive any later than this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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