MamaMadeThem

Mama Made Them

On Etsy since 2009

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MamaMadeThem

Mama Made Them

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Announcement    I make handcrafted wooden toys. I believe that toys can be a child's first experience of art. But I also believe that they should be a joy to play with. I believe in nice, rounded, smooth corners and edges, and I make them as durable as possible. I like to make toys with simple designs to spark the imagination.

It's important to me to have toys that will still look good ten years from now. I prefer not to paint and instead use different types of wood to achieve different colors.

Check out my Facebook page for updates on shows, sales, and new toy announcements: www.facebook.com/mamamadethemtoys

Enjoy!

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 5, 2020

I make handcrafted wooden toys. I believe that toys can be a child's first experience of art. But I also believe that they should be a joy to play with. I believe in nice, rounded, smooth corners and edges, and I make them as durable as possible. I like to make toys with simple designs to spark the imagination.

It's important to me to have toys that will still look good ten years from now. I prefer not to paint and instead use different types of wood to achieve different colors.

Check out my Facebook page for updates on shows, sales, and new toy announcements: www.facebook.com/mamamadethemtoys

Enjoy!

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About MamaMadeThem

Sales 14,969
On Etsy since 2009

Mama Made It!

When my son was one and a half, I moved back in with my parents until I could find another live-in nanny job. I was pretty broke, but I had just learned about the wide world of wooden toys, particularly the Waldorf style ones. Since I was poor, I didn't buy any.

Then I read on a forum about making wooden animals with a scroll saw, and I thought, I can do that! So I racked up some more credit card debt, and bought a scroll saw, and made my son some animals and some other toys for Christmas.

It was FUN! I slowly built up my workshop (then located in my parents' barn), relying more on craigslist than my credit card now, and I opened an Etsy shop in March 2009. I had maybe four sales by September of that year, but I kept making more things, and going to craft shows, and suddenly, Christmas time rolled around, and the orders started rolling in.

At the time I had a nanny job (not a live-in), so I was working until late at night, with the baby monitor right next to me, so i could run in when my son inevitably woke up screaming. But I survived, and with my Christmas money, I bought a conversion van.

I took out all but 2 seats, added a "kitchen" and a bed, and some lighting. Then I loaded it up with toys, my scroll saw, and some wood. For 6 months we traveled around, mostly in Florida (as it was winter). I sanded keys and animals on the beach while my son made friends with everyone we met.

But then fall rolled around, and I was tired of the road, and started looking for housing. In West Virginia, we found it: a house for $4,000, and the roof didn't even leak. It didn't have a working furnace, but it had plugs for my tools, and it was dry, so we called it home.

We've been there ever since. After that first freezing winter, we got a furnace. And the next year we bought a station wagon (the van became a liability after we moved in, so we walked).

This shop has evolved with every step of our journey, and the story of our life is the story of our shop. As I could afford it, I added tools. Most of the original ones were dirt cheap from craigslist, and I've been slowly replacing them over the years with nicer, newer ones.

I work in my basement and my living room. I play games with my homeschooled son and put wheels on cars at the same time. Life, work, and play weave together in a seamless web here at Mama Made Them.

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  • Cheryl

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    I'm a single mother of an 11 year old boy. I started making him toys when he was one, and started selling them soon after. Since then, we have taken the business on the road, living in our van, before settling down in West Virginia.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 21, 2014
Hi! It's my passion to make natural, lasting toys that your kids can pass down to their kids. Wooden toys, made from hard woods, will last as long as they are taken care of, but they can also decay and return to the earth once they are no longer wanted.

What do we believe?

-toys should be open-ended, multi-use
-they should be quality
-they should be nontoxic
-toys should last as long as you want them to, and then return to the earth to nourish the trees
-they should be beautiful

A child can incorporate an open-ended toy into his or her play in multiple ways (blocks can be anything, figures can act out any scene, etc.). A closed-ended toy only has one purpose (i.e. press this button, hear this song, watch this light up).

Open-ended toys encourage:
-Imagination
-Creativity
-Work (think Tonka trucks in the sandbox versus Bob the Builder computer game)
-Ingenuity
-producing, rather than consuming (open-ended toys can be used over and over again in many different ways)

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
I want you to be as happy with our toys as I were making them. If anything is a problem, I’ll fix it or replace it.
Shipping
I ship with USPS. You may request expedited shipping, and I can invoice you for the difference.
Additional policies and FAQs
I love doing custom orders. Some of my favorite items came from custom orders.

My wholesale policies are as follows: 40% discount with an order of at least 5 of each item, with a $250 minimum order. Also if you want to order 10 or more of just one item, I will give you a 20% discount without ordering $250 worth of toys.