Ray Tollison and his twin twelve-year-olds, Ben and Sam, are men who make monsters. That's right: Together, the handy trio created their own monster-making company, A Monster to Love. They stitch together each adorable stuffed creature by hand, and the twin theme carries over into the charitable side of the business, which decrees that for every monster sold, a twin monster will be donated to a child in need.
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Tonight they'll team up with Tenn Street Coffee and Books to host a Monster Makers auction, and the monsters on the block will be extra-special. Each one has been designed by a local artist using custom fabrics and whimsical accessories, and all proceeds from sales will benefit the Art & Justice League of Denver. Join the fun from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at Tenn Street; visit the Facebook event page online for details.
Read on for an auction preview that comes with a warning: So darn cute!
Says artist Mark Monroe of his creation: "I wanted to be involved with the Monsters project for one reason: Bean made me do it. Bean is the little red beast I purchased, er, adopted at the Holiday Handmade event in December 2012. Little did I know when I brought him home, he would be such a fussbudget. Terrorizing the cats, demanding chocolate ice cream and orange juice smoothies at all hours of the day and night, complaining about our Netflix queue (not enough monster shows, apparently)...ugh. He's cute, but JEEZ. Adopt my cyclops at your own risk!"
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