From top left corner: Projectgrabbag, Elsiemarley, Goose Grease, Little Alouette, Mummysam, Discovery Denim
These are just a handful of my favorites (I so badly want one of those diggers and wooden toy teethers are the only way to go... boo to plastic). I have many, many more favorites... check Nat's tutus, Becky's tutus (but her shop is closed temporarily) or Sarah Jane's beautiful art, really the list could go on and on...
These toys are absolutely and positively wonderful and what really makes them special is that they are made with love. Okay, sounds cheesy, but really... they are made by women who don't just do them to get a quick buck because so many of them probably would have given up a long time ago (believe me, I know), but to them it is fun and an art. Something they love.
Now what's sad is that this may soon be taken away. I am not sure if you are aware but there will soon be legislation requiring that ALL things (clothing to toys) made for children in the U.S. undergo third party testing to check for hazardous materials in these products. I think checking for safety is wonderful, but this third party testing is super expensive and will put all the little guys (like me and others) out of business.
It is all because big toy makers got greedy and stop caring about the safety of children and more about mass producing for more money, thus using cheaper and some hazardous materials. Okay, I am not too good at talking about the logistics of all this, but you can read it about it on Our Green Nest. She says everything much better than I could, so instead of me ranting about it, just read it here.
Please do what you can to help. This means so much to me and many other artists all over the U.S. and to those who value something special in buying handmade.
Oh and thank you again everyone for your continuous support and enthusiasm in viewing our home!!!