ArmadilloDreams

Handmade Wooden Toys - Waldorf Toys - Wood Toys

Redmond, Oregon · 3915 Sales

ArmadilloDreams

Handmade Wooden Toys - Waldorf Toys - Wood Toys

Redmond, Oregon 3915 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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ArmadilloDreams is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner We've decided to scale back Armadillo Dreams due to Dustin working full time outside the home, Amanda homeschooling, and our 3rd child being born in April 2015. We're busy! Thanks for understanding; we miss it greatly but there's only so much we can get done in a day.
HOWEVER, Amanda is happily working on items here and there for her new shop, www.birdtuckyandpip.etsy.com, and you will find Armadillo Dreams items there in small runs and among play sets as she's able to make them. So please check there every now and again to see if your favorite items are there!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 18, 2015

We've decided to scale back Armadillo Dreams due to Dustin working full time outside the home, Amanda homeschooling, and our 3rd child being born in April 2015. We're busy! Thanks for understanding; we miss it greatly but there's only so much we can get done in a day.
HOWEVER, Amanda is happily working on items here and there for her new shop, www.birdtuckyandpip.etsy.com, and you will find Armadillo Dreams items there in small runs and among play sets as she's able to make them. So please check there every now and again to see if your favorite items are there!

Dustin and Amanda Cowell

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Dustin and Amanda Cowell

Reviews

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Maggie0

Maggie0 on Feb 2, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Love everything Armadillo Dreams makes!

maliabyers1

maliabyers1 on Jan 30, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Cute little teether and I love that it is hand made!!!!

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About

Behind the Toys

*** About Us ***

Armadillo Dreams is run by Dustin and Amanda Cowell. We have lived in Central Oregon most of our lives. We met during sophomore year in high school. After graduation we moved to Portland, Oregon for about 3 years and then moved back. We got married in 2004, had our daughter Lucy in 2007 and had our son Lincoln in 2010.

*** Our History ***

Armadillo Dreams started in late 2010. We started the shop after Dustin discovered a passion for woodworking during the summer that year while building a backyard chicken coop. We always wanted more wooden toys for our children, but didn’t have a lot of money. Amanda had already been selling on Etsy for about 5 years with her shop (Wild Plums: http://wildplums.etsy.com). We combined Amanda’s artistic skills and knowledge of Etsy with Dustin's passion for woodworking and Armadillo Dreams was born.

No matter how big Armadillo Dreams gets we plan to keep operations small and home based. Our wood shop is in our backyard (a large converted shed). We also have a two car garage that was remodeled into a family room that serves as an indoor work area. A lot of work also takes place on our dining room table. We like it that way.

*** Our Process ***

We hand draw all of the designs for our toys. We then cut them out of hard maple in our backyard wood shop. Each toy goes through up to five sanding processes to make them super smooth on all sides. Next we wood burn all of the details so they will never fade. At this point we paint some of our toys with AP certified non-toxic watercolor, while others are left natural. Lastly, we seal the toys with natural beeswax polish.

*** About Our Toys ***

We get our hard maple from a local lumber yard who sources it from a sustainable supplier. Each toy is made from a different piece of wood, so grain and slight color variation may occur. Our wooden toys are hand detailed and each has its own personality, but will look very close to the original. Painted toys receive a light wash of paint instead of completely coating them, so you can still see the wood grain for a more natural texture. All of our designs are hand drawn so you won't find wooden toys like ours anywhere!

*** Safety ***

We don't recommend giving our painted toys or small toys to children who are still placing objects in their mouths. Our painted toys are painted with AP certified non-toxic paint and sealed with natural beeswax polish, so they are safe if a child does happen to put a toy in their mouth.

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Shop members

  • Dustin

    Owner, Maker, Customer Service, Shipping, Marketing, Husband, Father

    Dustin does the cutting, sanding, some painting, polishing, packaging, shipping, customer service and marketing. He also enjoys fishing, cycling, gardening and movies.

  • Amanda

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Wife, Mother

    Amanda is the artist. She makes all the patterns, wood burns, and paints. She designs our graphics for web and print. She also chases around our children, has three other Etsy shops, is learning fishing, reads and gardens. She is Super Woman!

  • Lucy

    Daughter, Toy Tester

    Lucy is amazingly smart, creative, is an advanced reader and has a huge love of the outdoors. She enjoys spending time with her Dad in the wood shop.

  • Lincoln

    Son, Toy Tester

    Lincoln is a very active and fun toddler. He has a big personality for a little guy. He enjoys dinosaurs, planes and loves the outdoors. He likes to say "shoes... go... bye bye".

Shop policies

Last updated on February 3, 2011
Thanks so much for your interest in our Etsy shop! We take a lot of pride in the items we make. We always make sure they are up to our standards before adding them to our shop! We want you to be as happy with the item you purchase as we were to make it, and we hope you and/or your children get lots of enjoyment out of anything you purchase here.

Our process/materials:
We use poplar wood for almost everything in our shop. Each item is carefully cut, sanded smooth, and the edges are slightly rounded and hand sanded to make sure they're friendly for little hands. Details are wood-burned by hand so they'll never wear away. Some items are painted with a wash of AP certified non-toxic watercolor paints, but most are left natural so children can project their own colors onto them, stimulating imagination! We finish each item with a beeswax/mineral oil wood cream which is rubbed in and buffed for sheen and to help seal the wood. Since we use watercolor paints for color, items are not suitable for use in water.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Payment
We accept Paypal or money orders. If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a message before purchasing and we will respond as soon as we can.
Shipping
We almost always ship USPS first class mail (sometimes priority on larger items) but please message us if you need something fast and we will be happy to work with you! We will ship anywhere in the world (additional rates apply outside the United States)! We always package carefully and nicely, we know presentation is important. We do sometimes recycle boxes and envelopes, if this is a problem just let us know.
Refunds and Exchanges
If something you purchased didn't meet your expectations, was damaged in shipping or was otherwise unacceptable, please contact us and we will either exchange the item or refund your purchase price. If item wasn't damaged in shipping but you're not happy with it, you are responsible for shipping it back to us in the same condition it arrived in. We will refund the purchase price upon receipt of item.
Additional policies and FAQs
We want to make your experience buying from us a positive one, so if there's anything we can do to make that happen just let us know! We are message friendly and would love to hear from other sellers, so drop us a line! We are trade friendly and love to do custom orders as well. We also love wholesale accounts, so just let us know if you're interested and we will give you our terms. Thank you for your time and for visiting our shop!