One of our great friends got a walker from us for their son. We tried it first in San Fran with Z and he totally loved it. From wobbly legs to quick steps Z started to try to walk without my help. It was one of the reasons we fell in love with Plan Toy products and not to mention the eco aspect. Here is what our friends wrote:
"Hey guys! I'm enjoying reading your blog. Thank you so much for recommending the wooden walker for David from Plan Toys. It was the only walker he ended up using (as the others were too low, too fast, etc.). I loved how this one can adjust the height, tension and it even has front bumpers so he 'crashed' more gently! Thanks to this walker, David gained a lot of much needed practice (and motivation) to walk. He's now walking, yeah! Definitely one of our favourite toys and extremely well made. We look forward to using it longer, now that he can move onto playing with the blocks! Love your blog and website btw. I am enjoying following it." - Irene
So, I don't know if you've looked yet, our site has a new page. It's Build-A-Sock-Monkey and Lulu and I are very excited. I am hoping that people will contact us for custom jobs. We love making a monkey that someone specifically wants. It's strange. There is a different reaction from us when someone comes and "adopts" a monkey at a show vs. when then order one custom made. It's almost as if the monkey has a soul. We envision what the monkey will look like while its being made. I know that it sounds weird but it feels like that. So far, there has been a lot of traffic to the site but no buyers. It's not really the season for it. We were hoping for some orders for Valentines but our busy schedules prevented us from picking up socks that are good quality and Valentinesy themed.
Lulu and I had been planning for a long time to carry children's wooden toys and other items that were currently not on the website. I had made a number of set of blocks for Zander before he was born and we sat down during a number of evenings and decoupaged them. We thought they were great! Lots of colour and great images from "Wired" magazine (we are both computer geeks at heart). Hoping people would buy them from us, we tried the out on ETSY... Sadly, nothing sold and we seriously had to rethink what we were going to do.
In the meantime, we gave Z the blocks. He absolutely loved them but, to our dismay he started to grind off the sides of the blocks with his teeth. Fearing complaints from future customers, we dropped the idea of selling them.
While we were traveling in San Francisco during the summer with Zander, we discovered the awesomeness of "Plan Toys" and "Melissa & Doug" toys. I think I was more entertained about the toys than our son. Plan Toys has great colours and a wonderful feel (all of their products are Eco-friendly and mostly made of wood). The M&D toys are great; very low-tech dynamic play sets and play-boards. We had already wanted a ton of the toys for our own son and it got me thinking about carrying it on the website. It was a perfect solution to our problem of expanding what we carry. M&D and Plan Toys spend millions on Research and Development, saving me the hassle of doing it. So, we got back to Toronto and I set up the accounts.
I know that there is more value to handmade products and there is a certain uniqueness to each one; I just didn't want to take a chance with someone elses kids. I am very happy with both companies. I wish I could sell more but I am not too worried.
lulu & mika craft and make many beautiful items. Always creating and working together.