outsideeverywhere

wooden toys inspired by the natural world

Asheville, North Carolina
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Announcement    Hello hello! outside everywhere specializes in heirloom quality wooden toys that are inspired by the natural world.

I post all info about updates and other news (and pictures of my really cute cats) on my instagram @outside_everywhere.

I'm an Etsy Featured Shop! You can read my interview and find out more about me, my toys, and my process here: https://blog.etsy.com/en/featured-shop-outside-everywhere

All of my designs and patterns are hand-drawn by me and are unique to my shop.

Do you have an idea for something you'd like made just for you? Let's talk! I love custom orders!

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Last updated on Jan 3, 2023

Hello hello! outside everywhere specializes in heirloom quality wooden toys that are inspired by the natural world.

I post all info about updates and other news (and pictures of my really cute cats) on my instagram @outside_everywhere.

I'm an Etsy Featured Shop! You can read my interview and find out more about me, my toys, and my process here: https://blog.etsy.com/en/featured-shop-outside-everywhere

All of my designs and patterns are hand-drawn by me and are unique to my shop.

Do you have an idea for something you'd like made just for you? Let's talk! I love custom orders!

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About outsideeverywhere

Sales 6,062
On Etsy since 2009

When I was trying to come up with a name for my shop I spent some time thinking about where I found inspiration. As I sat on my front porch and looked around, I was having a hard time trying to narrow it down. I thought to myself, “I find inspiration in everything - outside, and everywhere”. And so my shop’s name was born. I am endlessly amazed by the natural world. I have loved animals for as long as i can remember (my top three are cats, opossums, and raccoons in case you were wondering), so it only seemed natural for me to make animal figurines. It’s the tiny details that really get me - have you ever noticed the tufts of fur on a black bear’s feet? Or the delicate space under a cat’s nose? These are the kinds of things that get me excited.

Creating things has been a part of my life since I was a young girl. I’ve explored many craft mediums, but woodworking is the one that spoke to my heart. Not long after my kid was born I began thinking about the kinds of things I wanted in their environment. I decided that I wanted them to have mostly natural toys. I had never worked with wood before, but I went out and bought a scroll saw and, through lots of trial and error, I taught myself how to make animal figurines. I keep the shapes of each animal true to nature, while still having the simplicity that I love. The tiny details are my favorite part. Slight changes to the curve of an animal’s face can completely change the personality of the figurine. I’m quite obsessive about the texture of my toys. I take several steps to make sure they are as smooth as possible. I’ve done so much research and testing into my paints and polish to make sure that they are safe for kids. It is also incredibly important to me that I only use materials that contain no animal ingredients and aren’t tested on animals. I make my wood polish myself so that I know exactly what goes into it (it’s just organic, unrefined jojoba oil and organic plant wax).

I love that I can hold a piece of rough wood in my hands and transform it into a beautiful, smooth toy. There is something so special about the simplicity of wooden toys and watching children create wildly imaginative stories with them. They have this warmth and connection to nature that you just can’t get from a piece of plastic. I make each of my animal figurines with a lot of love and a little bit of magic. I hope you can feel it!

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  • Allison

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    I am endlessly inspired by the natural world, and I might be a little too obsessed with cats. I create wooden toys in my cozy sun porch studio in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 23, 2023
The patterns for my wooden toys are all my original, hand-drawn designs. My toys are all made from sustainably harvested and locally sourced poplar wood. I sand everything super-smooth and the edges are rounded to make them safe and comfortable in little hands. All of the details are wood burned, and I use AP certified non-toxic water-based paints. My toys are finished with my homemade vegan wood polish made from organic, unrefined jojoba oil and plant wax.
All of my items adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and I am a registered small batch manufacturer.

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Last updated on Sep 11, 2022

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My items come packaged ready for gift-giving. I am more than happy to include a personalized, handwritten note with your order if it is a gift.

Custom and personalized orders

Custom orders are my favorite! If you have an idea for something you would like me to make, let's talk!
I am more than happy to customize colors or personalize any of my items.