outsideeverywhere

wooden toys inspired by the natural world

Asheville, North Carolina · 2060 Sales

outsideeverywhere

wooden toys inspired by the natural world

Asheville, North Carolina 2060 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Allison

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

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.

As a long-time vegan, it is very important to me that all of my toys are completely animal-friendly. I use non-toxic water based paints and homemade wood polish that are not only free of animal products, but also free of animal testing.

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

Please contact me for information about wholesale orders.

Find my shop on facebook to find out about sales and special offers.
http://www.facebook.com/outsideeverywhere

and for a little peek into outside everywhere family life (including lots of pictures of my cats) and new designs follow me on instagram! @outside_everywhere

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 16, 2017

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

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.

As a long-time vegan, it is very important to me that all of my toys are completely animal-friendly. I use non-toxic water based paints and homemade wood polish that are not only free of animal products, but also free of animal testing.

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

Please contact me for information about wholesale orders.

Find my shop on facebook to find out about sales and special offers.
http://www.facebook.com/outsideeverywhere

and for a little peek into outside everywhere family life (including lots of pictures of my cats) and new designs follow me on instagram! @outside_everywhere

Allison

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Far from human eyes, the animals of the forest gather every Solstice to dance around the bonfire. A new Solstice Celebration has recently been added to my shop!
I've been busy making so many new toys, and updating some existing designs. The newly redesigned deer are one of my favorites!

About

Creating things has been a part of my life since I was a young girl. The first thing I remember making was a stuffed brontosaurus with my Mom. We made him out of an old pair of argyle socks. Sure, his neck was a little too long, and he was lumpy from his pantyhose stuffing, but I loved him. I have explored many, many different craft mediums…I taught myself to sew in college, I did embroidery for a while, I made wire-wrapped jewelry, I make plush animals and dolls. Weaving is my newest craft-love. I am completely self-taught with all of my craft interests, and wood working is no different for me.

Not long after my son was born I began thinking about the kinds of things I wanted in his environment. I decided that I wanted him to have mostly natural toys. In the meantime, I had been trying to find something that my partner and I could make together. One day I told my him that we should make wooden toys. He thought I was a little crazy because neither of us had ever done any kind of woodworking. My enthusiasm must have been pretty convincing, because we went and bought a scroll saw, and jumped right in. For the first few years, my partner and I both made toys. I made all of the patterns, he would cut them out, we would both sand, and then I would do the wood burning and painting. A little over a year ago my partner decided to pursue other interests, so the full weight of the shop was on me. For a bit I was unsure of the fate of the shop, but I persevered and have found so much joy in my shop being a one-woman production.

I am endlessly inspired by the natural world. I have loved animals for as long as i can remember, so it only seemed natural that I would specialize in making animal figurines.My Dad is a mural artist, and through him I learned to pay attention to the tiniest details. I try to translate those tiny details into my toys. I could study animals’ features all day long. (Have you ever really noticed a black bear’s feet? Or the delicate space under a cat’s nose? They are amazing!!) I love that I can hold a piece of rough wood in my hands and transform it into a beautiful, smooth toy. There is a something magical about the simplicity of wooden toys and watching children play with them. Wooden toys have this warmth and connection to nature that you just can’t get from a piece of plastic. As I’m making my toys, I think about this connection and try to put love and positive vibrations into each of them. If just a little bit of this magic finds it’s way into my toys, then I’m an extremely happy girl.

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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 on my cozy sun porch in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 16, 2017
My wooden toys are all made from sustainably harvested and locally sourced poplar wood. My patterns are all my original, hand-drawn designs. My toys are sanded super-smooth and all edges are rounded to make them safe and comfortable in little hands. I use AP certified non-toxic paints. My toys are finished with my homemade vegan wood polish.

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Payment
I accept paypal and etsy direct checkout.
Payment is expected at the time of purchase.
Since my items are made-to-order, I can only accept cancellations within 1 day of an order being placed.
Custom orders cannot be cancelled once they are placed.
Shipping
Orders are shipped USPS First Class unless you upgrade to priority shipping during checkout.

All of my items are made-to-order and the current turn-around time is 2 weeks. If you need your order to ship earlier, please send me a message *before* you place your order.

For international customers: customs and duty fees are your responsibility. Please be aware that depending on your country and the value of your items, you may be required to pay customs and duty fees before you can pick up your item from the post.
Refunds and Exchanges
Returns and exchanges are accepted if you notify me of a problem with your item within three days of receiving it.
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
For items lost or damaged during shipping, please contact me as soon as possible.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! You can contact me through my etsy shop or email me at outside.everywhere [!at] gmail.com

More information

Last updated on Jan 16, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Gift wrapping and packaging

My toys will arrive in a home-sewn eco-felt bag tied with string. I am more than happy to include a note if the item is a gift.

Wholesale availability

I accept wholesale requests. Please contact me for more information.

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.