Saturday, January 21, 2012

Coming Soon: Natural Toys Handmade in the US!

In my last post introducing my sleepy little owl, I didn't tell you exactly who made it. I am so excited to introduce to you...Bright Life Toys! I am thrilled about this new addition--I searched and searched for toys that not only meet strict federal safety standards, but my own requirements of high quality, natural and handmade in the US. Bright Life Toys just far surpasses all expectations I had!

Bright Life Toys is owned by Gail, who is a real treasure. She lovingly sews, paints, dyes, polishes, stamps, etc. each and every toy. And the wool inside the dolls and plush animals? As I mentioned in my prior post, it comes from a farm near to her, the first certified humane sheep farm in the US, and she cleans and cards it herself! She also uses bamboo velour, natural wood, polish made from beeswax and jojoba oil, professional grade low impact dyes and non-toxic paints. You will find a wide array of imaginative toys that inspire creative play--Waldorf dolls, natural wooden toys, manipulative and sensory toys, memory games and many adorable items for teething babies. These are toys your children will be able to enjoy for years!

I placed my order yesterday and will be working on getting everything set up in the store in anticipation of their arrival. I will announce when they go live, and with the hand dyed bamboo velour items, if you see something you like in a certain colorway, I suggest you grab it because it may be the only one! Except for my custom owls, I purchased what she had on hand, and there are only a few things that will have more than one of a certain colorway available. In the future I will think about permanently stocking certain colorways, but for now, I want to get a feel for what people like. And besides, it might be a fun surprise to see what I put up when my orders arrive! :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sleepy Little Owl GIVEAWAY!

I have designed an adorable little plush owl that will be lovingly made by a gal with a line of gorgeous natural toys (I love how she brought my design on paper to life in the pic above!), and you will soon be seeing many, many items from her line at Tiny Owl too (official announcement coming soon)! The Sleepy Little Owl will is made of super soft and squishy organic bamboo velour hand-dyed in different colorways for you to choose, and the eyes and beak are hand embroidered,sort of Waldorf -inspired.

I have the option to get the owl filled with wool or poly-fil. Wool is of course natural, and it comes from a farm near where the toys are made, the first certified humane sheep farm in the US. She cleans and cards it herself. The wool would make the owl hand wash only. The poly-fil is of course 100% polyester and not natural, though it would be vegan as well as make the owl machine washable. I am not opposed to carrying both as options for my customers to choose (there is a $1.50 price difference in the finished owl), but I would like to know which you would prefer!

Simply fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter the giveaway to win the Sleepy Little Owl of your choice! The only mandatory entry is letting me know if you prefer wool or poly-fil, but there are a few other options that will give you additional entries, so you have the ability to earn three more entries beyond the mandatory one!