MDHandfieldDesigns

Handcrafted Canadian Made Learning Toys and Games

Beaumont, Canada · 560 Sales

MDHandfieldDesigns

Handcrafted Canadian Made Learning Toys and Games

Beaumont, Canada 560 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Note from shop owner It is with much regret that I inform you due to circumstances beyond our control, M.D. Handfield Designs Inc. will be closing immediately. Thank you so much for following and supporting us. We will be completing the orders we currently have and shipping them out as soon as possible.

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Last updated on Sep 22, 2018

It is with much regret that I inform you due to circumstances beyond our control, M.D. Handfield Designs Inc. will be closing immediately. Thank you so much for following and supporting us. We will be completing the orders we currently have and shipping them out as soon as possible.

Miriam

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About

Once Upon A Hot Summer's Day not so very long ago,

Once upon a hot summer's day, not so very long ago in 2010, there was a craft fair in Westlock, Alberta. Deep in the back corner of the craft fair sat an artisan selling her handcrafted jewelry and mixed media art canvases. She was having a great time talking to the few customers that came by now and then. But one particular customer caught her attention.

This particular customer was a little boy around 5 or 6 years old. His face looked so sad, his eyes downcast and his mouth about to quiver. He held his mom's hand while she went from table to table looking at wares.

The more tables she stopped by, the sadder he got. There were hair clips and headbands, tutus and jewelry and lots of things that little girls, especially his sister, would love. It was all too much for him and big, fat tears started rolling down his face.

"Mom," he whispered, "why isn't there ever anything for boys at these places?"

"Hush", his mom said very worried that someone would overhear her son complaining. "All these people make these things. I don't know why no one makes things for boys. But don't worry, we will stop at the store to get something for you." And they hurried along their way.

That night when the artisan got home, she sat down and did a little soul searching. She was a mother of 2 young boys and she too could never find anything to bring home to them. She took out her pencil and sketch pad and started brainstorming. She knew someone had to start making items for boys and she also knew that she was that someone.


Current day:

After 6 months of product development, market research and learning toy manufacturing laws, I decided to start creating imaginative play worlds and characters. Learning toys were added after my middle child was diagnosed with autism and I had to developed educational manipulatives for him. And now that our oldest son is a preteen, we have started adding party favours and cosplay accessories that are geared for preteens/teens/adults.

Although I can no longer attend craft fairs due to a back injury from a car accident and pregnancies that have left me with sciatica in both legs, I am proud to say that my toys were an inspiration for many. It is so nice to see that now throughout Alberta and BC there are lots of other artists that currently can be found making items for boys.

But now that there are so many who do what I do and I am limited to online sales only, I had to come up with a way to set my company apart from the masses. The way I did this was by recruiting my husband into making parts and pieces for my toy sets. As we have expanded and grown bigger, I have found other local woodworkers who help me make my toy designs become reality. Instead of only ordering mass produced wooden parts, we offer a premium line of Made in Alberta wooden toys, 100% made in our workshops.

I have not let the inability to walk or stand for long periods of time stop me from creating. I usually can be found with a pen and notepad for writing stories/bonus materials and a sketchpad for designing new toys. At night when my 3 kids are tucked in bed, I take out the paint brushes and paint up orders. When the orders are complete, I get to lovingly package them up and ship them out to you for your children to enjoy.

If you have any questions on any of my toys or educational materials, or just want to give me a shout to say Hi!, please feel free to message me.

-Miriam


To view my shop in action, catch the local CTVEdmonton news clip: http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1015359&binId=1.1203428&playlistPageNum=1p

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  • Miriam Handfield

    Owner, Toy Designer, Artist/Author And Everything Else

    My autistic son and I were so disappointed to find out that the pictures on beloved big brand wooden toys were just paper and rubbed away when wiping up the milk he spilled. There needed to be a better product on the market so I created it.

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Last updated on Sep 20, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Making Your Order Special

Imagine....

A little child is opening a special gift from you. He tears open the bright, beautiful wrapping paper to find an exquisitely crafted wooden toy in his favorite colours and it even has his name on it! Oh my, his excitement cannot be contained! It is his favourite gift ever! And you are now his favourite person in the whole world!

That is what we aim for when we personalize and customize our wooden toys for you.

Whether it be a wood burned name on a solid wood toy, choosing special colours that your little one loves or even customizing a toy set around a theme that your little one is currently mesmerized with, we offer you the ability to personalize lots of toys in our lineup.

All our toys come gift wrapped.

Do you love Disney, Marvel, or hockey and want something made to resemble the characters you love? Please do not ask us as we will turn your request down.

Imagine...

An artist is working night and day, pouring their heart and soul out creating a special character. This character is alive in their minds. They talk to it and listen to it. They become friends with the special character. And then it gets kidnapped.

Why would we want to do that to a fellow artist and their special character?

We are a company that complies with copyright laws pertaining to licensed characters, logos and trademarks. As per law, no copyrighted/trademarked characters can be made for commercial purposes without licensing agreements.

In the war against plagiarism, we take a strong stance. Strong enough to legally protect our own characters. And strong enough to say no to stealing other people's characters.

Returns

Conditions of Return:
- Must contact the seller for a return authorization number within 3 days of recieving item.
- All product packaging (boxes, etc.) and, if applicable, certificates of authenticity, grading, and appraisal must be returned with the item.
- Customer is responsible for all shipping costs including tracking and insurance.
- Refunds are for product only and refunds will be processed once we have received product and verified that it has been unopened.
- returns subject to 50% restock fee
-We have the right to refuse a refund if the product has been opened or if the circumstances are not as customer described.
-if item is refused/return to sender, the items will not be refunded

Price/Picture/Description Changes

- All prices, pictures and descriptions and availability of items on this site are subject to change without prior notice.

- When you place your order with me, you agree to the price and terms indicated on my website on the day of your order purchase. Price differences related to future or past prices in my store are not refundable.

- by placing an order with me, you understand and agree that you have read the listing, taken note of all materials used and finished sizes of items, understand what comes with the item listing you purchased and have read the age recommendations and any warnings associated with the product. By placing an order with me, you agree that you have read and understood our shop policies and that you agree to them.

Custom and personalized orders

- We accept no responsibility for user initiated damage and/or loss of parts incurred during operation or use of product. Should you damage your item during use or lose any of the pieces to your sets, you can contact us to purchase replacement parts.

- We reserve the right to refuse any sale at any time.

- We reserve the right to change my policies at any time without notice.

- We reserve the right to change my pricing at any time without notice.

Wholesale availability

Yes! We wholesale some items to retail stores and craft sale vendors.


WHOLESALE T&Cs:

~ Opening order minimum is $250.
~ Reorder minimum $100.

~ 2-3 week turnaround time for us to complete your order.

~ Wholesale is 50% of retail pricing. Message us to order.



INDEPENDENT CRAFT FAIR VENDORS:

We have some basic discounted packages in our Products for Resale section if you are a vendor looking to resell our products at Christmas Markets and craft fairs.


PRICING & RESALE T&Cs
Products are not to be sold for less than 10% under Manufacturer Approved Pricing

All products must remain in the retail packaging we provide you, complete with the labels and safety information in order to comply with Canadian Toy manufacturing laws.

What is the process if the post office loses my package

Once your package leaves our hands and is placed in the hands of the post office, they have taken over responsibility to deliver your package safely. That is why we ALWAYS send your package tracked and with insurance.

If your package is missing, the first step is for you to contact your post office and find out the GPS location on the last place it was tracked. If the Post Office proves delivery with the co-ordinates, then the next step is to contact your local authorities and file a police report for the theft. Message us the police report and we will file an insurance claim. Once claim has been approved we can replace or refund.

Shipping Outside Of Canada

Unfortunately at this point of time we cannot ship outside of Canada. We are hoping to do so again in the near future, but for now we have to close to cross-boarder shipping.