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20 September, 2009

Metamorphosis/Mosaic Monday...or...My Grandson Designs Superhero Toys!

page At the tender age of six…almost seven...my grandson decided that he would like to design a “line of toys” (his words!), superheroes and villains that would appeal to children his age! A future entrepreneur? Maybe! So…crayons and paper in hand, he set about drawing them. My job? To transfer them from paper to cloth…to create his prototypes, so to speak!


IMG_0635 Here is his original design! It is a little wrinkled because we took it to the fabric store to choose our materials. My grandson made all of the decisions himself…fabrics, colors, buttons, yarn. He had total creative control of his project! Let me introduce you to his creations and show you their metamorphosis from drawings to actual toys!


te This is his superhero T.E. We don’t know what T.E. stands for. It seems that it helps to have initials as your name if you are a superhero! As you must know, all superheroes have super powers and T.E.’s is a powerful punching arm, as you can see in the drawing. One design change that was made was the addition of the periods after the initials.


xte Here is T.E.’s arch enemy…XTE, who underwent quite a few design changes. When a satisfactory multicolor fabric for his cape couldn’t be found, my grandson changed it to red. And since XTE is a robot, he also decided to change him to gray so that he wouldn’t be sporting the same colors as our hero T.E.


po Even at six, my grandson understood that it is a smart idea to also appeal to the feminine toy buyers, so he designed P.O. as his superheroine! Now, I know what you are thinking, but P.O.’s name is just initials. That’s just the deal with superheroes. She is very good at roping the villains!


trex And every line of toys needs to include a monster, so this is T-Rex…a fire-breathing sort of dragon-dinosaur mix! As you can see, he sometimes falls prey to the roping skills of our heroine, P.O. I think he is my favorite.


IMG_8085 So here they are…my grandson’s line of toys. He is now nine years old, but he is still very proud of his creations and is awaiting a financial opportunity to begin manufacturing! So if one day you should happen to see T.E and P.O. in stores, remember…you saw them here first!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please join Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday to see one of her beautiful mosaics and to find a list of this week’s participants!

met mon Then join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday, where you will be treated to changes that she is making around her beautiful home! Be sure to visit our fellow bloggers, who will also be displaying some fun and interesting changes! I’ll see you next time! A la prochaine!

67 comments:

  1. So adorable I'm thinking and estsy.com shop for superhero toys!

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  2. How smart is he?! And what a great group of characters. So fun!!!

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  3. Debbie, these are priceless! I say kudos to both of you! Your grandson's idea for a line of Super Hero Toys and for you for encouraging and assisting to make his idea into something tangible. I have a five year old niece who is battling cancer. She is a Super Hero fan and considers herself a Super Hero battling cancer. If you want to produce one or two of these for a special order, I think it would be a fun gift to send Mighty Molly. Perhaps your grandson could design one just for her! Let me know what you think. I'm serious in the offer. Great Met Monday post. ~ Sarah

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  4. Oh Debbie, you are the best grandma ever. I love his drawings and then your wonderful creations bringing them to life is just super. I know he is so proud of them. What a special memory for the two of you and I will definitely look for his line in the stores one day. Hugs, Marty

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  5. These sorts of toys are the most fun and create the best memories.
    With all the Ninja Turtle stuff my boys had it was the sewer tunnels my neighbor made out of plumbing pipe for them that they played with the most.

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  6. Oh adorable -- and how clever you both are! Hope it makes you both a million ka zillion dollars -- let us know when we can purchase these -- and we'll want a signed one, of course!

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  7. Debbie,

    These little toys are great, thanks to you and your grandson. He will have the greatest memories of making them with you. And the toys clearly show your love and patience (not to mention creativity!!)

    Now it is time for you to make that phone call to Mattel!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  8. So adorable. What a great grandmother you are!

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  9. Debbie, these are just the cutest creations!! Wouldn't be surprized if a toy company got wind of these and picked up his line. You might should be thinking about how many of these you can make in a day! LOL!

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  10. Debbie, these are adorable! What a great imagination. I bet he was thrilled that you took him shopping and helped him create these so he could see his vision become a reality. I think PO is my favorite, but I love the imagination that went into XTE - the caped robot is just a great idea. Do I see an etsy shop in your (or Andrew's) future? What a way to start his college fund! Loved this post. Hugs, Kat

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  11. now this is just adorable!!! How cool is it that you put his drawings into real life! great idea...good designs and wonderful woman to create it all for him!

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  12. This is one of the cutest things I've seen in a long while! And you are "Super Grandmother" for taking his designs and making them real! Very sweet! Makes me smile!

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  13. How adorable, Debbie. There's a budding artist in the family! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  14. Oh Debbie,
    This is just the cutest post!! What a brilliant grandson you have and what a creative Grandma he has! Bravo!! Cindy

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  15. So adorable.... What a great grandmother you are... They are so cute...
    xoxo
    Julie

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  16. Quite an artist you have there!

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  17. Oh my gosh, Debbie, that is SO cute!!! Thanks so much for sharing the superheroes with us all at Mosaic Monday. :)

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  18. Great...you may have an entrepreneur on your hands!!!

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  19. OMG ! That is the cutest thing I have ever seen - what a neat thing you did to help !! I think at the very least ,you should write down like you did here and have one of those hardback books made....so cool !
    Kammy

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  20. What a wonderful idea taking a childs vision and young talent and turning it into something real....Only a grandmother would have the time and patience to create such little masterpieces....It's like all the grandother's in the world that make Barbie doll clothes...Very adorable....

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  21. Oh my gosh! This is great. How wonderful to encourage his creativity as well.

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  22. Okay, this is about the cutest thing I have ever seen!!!! :) I love that you helped him every step of the way. He sounds adorable, and I love that he wants to appeal to the female audience. :) Thanks for the visit!

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  23. Debbie,
    His drawings are great and what a wonderful grandmother to create along with him. I will venture to say that he will never forget this! I cannot think of anything more important than creating these kinds of memories with our grandchildren!! Blessings to both of you!

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  24. This is a wonderful thing you have done. Your little grandson is so creative and it's just great that you are encouraging him. I hope he keeps these dolls forever. You qualify for world's best grandma. Watch out world.

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  25. Absolutely wonderful!! I'm posting a link for this on my blog. I hope you don't mind!

    http://minivanlife.wordpress.com

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  26. This is great, your grandson is very creative and you are an awesome grandma! Great mosaic, love this post!

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  27. Those are TOO CUTE! How neat to make them TOGETHER. What a great project!

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  28. Hi Debbie, Yes, a budding entrepreneur for sure! And you certainly made a great assistant! :-) I like the fire breathing T-Rex the best, too...he's very fierce! :-) Susan

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  29. These toys are pricless and the memories you made with your grandson, well, let's just say he will have nothing but the fondest of memories with you and about you. You can't buy that. I hope these little super heros find a market, so cute.

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  30. How fun & creative! What a wonderful way to make memories with your grandson. He'll always remember the experience.

    Hugs,
    Carol

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  31. Debbie, you let your grandson know that Claudie thinks P.O. is the perfect name for a Super Hero. I'm so glad he thought of a girl in the first place...BRAVO
    Happy MET Monday
    Love Claudie
    oxoxo

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  32. Hi Debbie. Your grandson is very creative. Great superheroes!
    Wonderful post. Have lovely week.
    Regina

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  33. Hello, your grandson has a very lovely grandma!!!

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  34. Wow Debbie. You are a wonderful grandmother. Making his "line" come to life was a great gift for him. He's going to have such a "can do" attitude when he grows up. He's quite the artist too!
    Dawn

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  35. What a creative and clever little boy Debbie. I am sure you are so proud of him. And you did a great job sewing all the heroes.
    Have a nice day
    Riet

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  36. What a clever grandson! He will always remember this creative project with you.

    Carol

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  37. Oh my gosh...that is sooo cute! I love that you actually made his creations! He must be loving them and they'll always be so special to him! The initals things is so funny! It's wonderful that you encourage his creativity! You're such a good Grandma!

    Manuela

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  38. Thank you very much Debbie for coming to my blog, and it´s an honour that you are now following my blog. There`s so many I have to learn from you.
    muchos cariños
    María Cecilia

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  39. Deb, you know how much I love a story about Andrew and his Grandma. he is such a clever little guy and you have cultivated that in him in such a loving way that only a grandma could do. Tell Andrew I am totally impressed with his ability to create. I am also totally impressed with your ability to love as only you can do. Hugs Kathysue

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  40. That is so funny and so cute! Good for you to work with your grandson and his imagination!

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  41. Hi Debbie...

    Girl, I am in awe of your grandson and his creative imagination...as well as his foresight into the world of business!!! This is totally awesome! I really do think this extremely great planning...he drew the design and knew exactly what kind of fabrics, etc. that he needed! I just adore each one of his superheroes!!! I will not be a bit surprised to see some of your grandson's creations in the future!!! This is just too cute!

    Well my friend, I was so happy to see you stop by for a visit today! Thank you so much for your sweet comments...I sure do appreciate them!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  42. Woah! Je suis impressionée - incroyable! Ton petit-fils est tellement doué...comme sa grand-mère! Linda

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  43. How wonderful to see such creativity in both your grandson and you :) I love how you managed to turn his paper designs into reality. The names are a hoot!

    ~Susan

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  44. What creative and innovative fun! Love them all ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  45. Debbie! What a creative young man you have in the family. And you're just as awesome bringing his super heroes to life!

    XO ~ Bonnie

    PS - thanks for stopping by earlier

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  46. You are so creative, I love visiting your sight, I enjoy your posts and all the great pictures and especially your passion for dishes and design.....Phyllis

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  47. Debbie, your grandson is obviously a genius - I'm serious! Amazing that he wanted to produce a whole line of toys rather than just one toy for him to play with! At least you know that his inventions will make him wealthy enough to take care of you in your old age! You did a fabulous of job of creating his designs. What a memory and encouragement you created for him! laurie

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  48. Wow what a great mosaic and grandmother!

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  49. Hi Debbie!

    I couldn't find your email address but I was wondering if you knew Maggie from Normandylile.blogspot.com

    I thought of you right away because of your tea set. She is very much into Quimper and has quite a collection, some of which she posted today. The group or association of Quimper lovers (my wording...lol!! meet every year at different locations. I believe I saw the meeting next year in Savannah.

    If you are interested, visit her sight. She is the nicest lady!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  50. What a smart little fella.He will be the next Bill Gates. He is very creative too and how nice of you to make the dolls....Christine

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  51. Hi Debbie, thanks for checking out my no sew pillow! I wish I COULD sew like you!! I have to hot glue all of my stuff...lol.

    Your grandson has a great imagination! He should definitly have his own line of toys! I love that you made them come to life for him...I bet he was thrilled!!

    Have a great rest of the week!! Kristen

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  52. These are amazing & what a clever grandson you have! ♥

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  53. Now you can retire! That is one clever little boy and the characters are adorable. Love the dragon. Sue and I want to know when you want to meet up with us for some fun one day.
    Joyce

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  54. I was awarded an Honest Scrap Award today and I am awarding it to 7 other bloggers ~ you are one of them! I did a post about it on my blog so you can see the basic lay-out. Not sure if you've received this award yet or not...but I enjoy your blog and would like to pass the award on to you!

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  55. I am sooooo late getting here, Debbie!! I absolutely love this and am sending the link to my daughters. Noah's Mommy will love this, in particular. She's my utra creative girl.

    Your grandson is amazing and you both are very gifted!

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  56. what a smart boy...bet we will be seeing his super heros soon...

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  57. Debbie-I am just now getting here and am SO glad I did not miss this. This is special in so many ways--first,that you may have a little Walt Disney on your hands, but mainly that you have given him the freedom to create and made his dream real for him....what a gift! You are some kind of grandma!!!

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  58. Oh, these are precious! And how very special. These will be treasured forever! Thanks for sharing.

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  59. This is just amazing! What a creative young man. I think these are just wonderful and yes. They should be on etsy or some other marketplace!
    I love them.
    Love,
    Sue

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  60. Your grandson's promise as an entrepeneur is evident! Keep encouraging him and let me know how to invest in his company:) I would love for you to participate in Crock Pot Wednesday at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com. Thanks so much. Debbie

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  61. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!

    Debbie, these are the cutest things EVER. I would order them right now if they were in production. I would want the boy for Clement and the girl for Cecelia. SO cute!

    Love to you and your precious little man...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  62. This is one of the cutest things I think I've ever seen. I love how you indulged your grandson and made this happen for him when most parents and grandparents might have just blown him off, thinking he'd move on to some other nutty idea soon enough and who has time to shop for super hero fabric anyway? Great job! To both of you!!

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  63. Oh--what a cute idea!! I love this!! I like your music on your blog too---normally I find music aggrivating, but I like yours. I only have it on my recipe blog because I like music while I am cooking ;-)

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie