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From a kids' Sketch to Plush Toy

 
 
Posted Thursday, June 5th 2014 @ 5pm

Kids' original sketches become cherished plush toys

Pink Octopus, drawn by Taylor Podraza, who was killed in a car crash in 2010. It was given to her best friend Maddie Vosik as a gift and way to remember her.
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Pink Octopus, drawn by Taylor Podraza, who was killed in a car crash in 2010. It was given to her best friend Maddie Vosik as a gift and way to remember her.

This past winter, Christine Vosik of Omaha, Nebraska, surprised her 14-year-old daughter, Maddie, with a special stuffed toy — a cheery pink octopus with orange splotches and curly tentacles. 

The toy was based on a picture drawn by the girl who Maddie did everything with, Taylor Podraza, who signed it and wrote: “Dedicated to my best friend Maddie Vosik.” Seven months after sketching the octopus, Taylor was killed in a car crash in December, 2010, but Maddie had never seen the picture until it was found in October and given to her.

Maddie's beloved octopus is part of a line of one-of-a-kind creations by Budsies, a company that makes handmade stuffed toys and animals based on a child's own drawing.

“I feel better because it’s something cuddly that reminds me of her, so it’s hugging a piece of her,” Maddie said. “It was made for me, so it’s really special to me.”

The Super Micah, drawn by Michale DeLong for her brother Micah
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The Super Micah, drawn by Michale DeLong for her brother Micah

In Munster, Indiana, Michale DeLong, 15, drew a picture of her brother, Micah, as “Super Micah,” a grinning superhero with an “M” on his chest. Micah has cerebral palsy, and cannot speak or stand, yet has surpassed his life expectancy and smiles when he’s happy.

 
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