Today we begin with Marlon and Tamar’s My Father’s Hands. Marlon was raised on a farm in the Uwharrie Mountains of rural North Carolina, and would often steal a moment between chores to create wooden treasures. Embarking on his journey of fatherhood, he found a new purpose for his love of woodworking. He says, “Inspired to create battery – free toys for my young children, I have been lovingly transforming lumber into creative toys encouraging imaginative play. My creations are designed with safety in mind using only eco-friendly, toxin – free materials. The name of our shop was inspired by our son Silas. When he was asked who had made his toy he answered “my daddy’s hands,” and from there the name evolved to what we have today.” Wee Log Hauler and Sleeper Cab
Here is a beautiful philosophy from Muddy Feet. “I believe that every child should have the chance to feel the mud between their toes, feel warm sand fall through their fingers, and feel gnarled bark upon their fingers. We live in a world dominated by plastics and many children go about their lives with very little contact with natural items. Such wonderful, tactile experiences give us the the experiences we draw on throughout our lives and no child (or adult) should be deprived of that!
I also strongly feel that no child should be deprived of art and imagination. In our mass-produced society, we often neglect these areas in regards to our children. When was the last time you saw a stunningly beautiful toy for a child? By giving children beautiful, creative playthings and showing that these are meaningful ideals to ourselves, they will come to treasure these values, develop them and use them in their own lives.” Here is an example of one of those beautiful toys: Little Felt Snails
Mosey Handmade is inspired by the fabrics from her childhood, calico’s and tiny prints, hand dyed felt. She loves working with recycled materials…dyeing them, cutting them up and fashioning them into new lovelies. After graduating from the museum school in Boston, Mosey dusted off the old sewing machine and got right down to work. Natural materials have become a mosey favorite and she cannot seem to get enough of wool, linen, and cotton. She has a love of things found in her tiny garden, the ocean or the forest nearby. Mosey handmade has been felting recycled sweaters in her washing machine all fall and winter- and there is nothing like the hum of the wash and the smell of lavender soap to get one sewing! Here is her Ant Hill Upcycled Sweater.
Happy Banyan loves fabric and sewing. “I make children’s organic clothing that is modern, completely sustainable, and fun. I like to keep my designs comfortable and easy to wear, and most of the fabrics I use are eco-friendly.I love children and laughter and building forts on rainy days. I believe in recycling and upcycling. I support eco-friendly and sustainable businesses. I think we should be kinder to the earth. I love the ocean and walking along the beach. I love picnics and sunsets and believe all children should be loved. Here is her Wrap Around Kimono Dress with Pink Organic Top.
That’s it for this week…. from sturdy, environmentally friendly wooden toys to fuzzy toys for small hands to upcycled and organic children’s clothes…this is just a taste of the quality and variety our customers find from the fine crafts folk/artists of the Naturakids team.
Rebecca aka Nushkie