I'm not going to lie, this is probably the most excited I've ever been to write a blog post. I'm seriously just so excited to share this company with you but before I jump right in, I guess I have to start with a little bit of the back story first...
Z just turned 3 in January and she has been showing signs of being incredibly artistic (she definitely doesn't get that from me). Her favorite activities throughout the day are to paint, play with play doh, and color. Well, a few weeks ago, while she coloring she brought me her artwork and proudly proclaimed "its an octopus." And my jaw almost hit the floor... it most certainly was an octopus! I excitedly exclaimed, "Oh my gosh! It is an octopus! You did so great!" which really got her pumped up and the next thing I knew, she was drawing me 50 of them! I knew I wanted to preserve her first doodles somehow so of course I took to the internet searching for the best idea and I found it... I could turn her beautiful artwork into a stuffed animal!
Cryoow! is a company in Bali (inspired by the creator's daughter) that will turn your child's artwork into their very own doll. They are exactly the type of company that I love supporting on my blog-- incredibly friendly, cares about their customers, and are completely professional. The intention of Cryoow! dolls is to bring the kids away from the TV/game console/iPhone/you name it to create something on their very own!
In interest of full disclosure, because Z is barely 3, I did color in her octopus for her (because she didn't want it to be white) and I darkened over her outline because they were really light and didn't scan well. The ordering process could not be anymore simple than it is; You just upload a picture of your child's drawing, pay for it, and they will work their magic! Pictures don't even do this toy justice, it is truly adorable and Z absolutely loves it.
You can tell that they pack the Cryoow! doll with care because it comes in a cute bag with a glow-in-the-dark Cryoow! bracelet and a little note to thank you for your purchase and to let you know who made your doll with love!
There are no words to express how happy Z's Cryoow! doll has made her. She beamed with pride when she first saw it and said "my octopus!" She absolutely refused to share it with me so I had to wait until she went to bed before I could take some good pictures because this is one of the only ones she would allow me to take:
I was seriously so excited to get the chance to work with Cryoow! on this wonderful project and I would order from them again in a heartbeat. The quality of the Cryoow! doll we received is so great and I know Z will cherish her little octopus for a really long time. The special experience of having such a great keepsake for her makes me tear up just thinking about how personal it is!
Now as a financially responsible adult, I do know that $149 USD does seem a bit steep for a stuffed animal but 40% of the retail price is used for DHL delivery. Normal post would take up to 6 weeks and the company recognizes that it would disappoint kids if it were to take that long. Plus, with DHL you will have the possibility to track your delivery from the moment they send it out in Bali until it is delivered to your doorstep. It only took two days for our "octopus" to get all the way from Bali to Michigan, USA... that's absolutely amazingly insane to me! The smile on my daughter's face and the precious little stuffed animal that she cherishes make it absolutely worth it.
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To order your own Cryoow! doll or to see more examples of Cryoow! dolls go to cryoow.com!
Cryoow! has generously offered one I'm No Domestic Goddess reader a customized Cryoow! doll of their own! Entering the giveaway is simple; just visit the Cryoow Facebook page and answer the following question "how was the unique name "Cryoow!" created?" Leave your answer in the giveaway tools form. (Answer to the question can be found in the Cryoow! Facebook About Me section)
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."