A while ago my bear asked me, "You spend so much time and love making your toys, don't you feel sad when they're gone?"
Without hesitation I replied, "No, it is actually a pleasure to give them away, nothing beats the happiness (and sometimes) surprise on someone's face when I plonk a softie in their hands".
It quite literally gives me a buzz and makes me smile all day long :)
The only thing that can beat that, is a "happy customer" photo and here are my very first ones!
Here's little Inez with the Moo. I just love the fact that the softie is almost as big as her :D
... and here's Finn proudly showing Mr. Penguin.
This might sound a bit weird, but when I make a toy I talk with it as I go along, especially when I know that the owner is going to be a child. In my mind I give it a personality, imagine the adventures that they'll have together and hope that the softie will always be there ready for a hug if necessary.
I instill so much into each toy that I'm surprised that they haven't started talking to me :P
... coff, coff, how made am I sounding just about now?...