Handmade from the Heart will begin in a few weeks on Valentine's Day! The Giveaway Hop Event will be all about celebrating handmade products and their makers.
During the Event, you'll find a fabulous Grand Prize here at SEBG and According to Jenny. We'll be hosting a $100 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway, thanks to 10 talented and generous handmade Sponsors! We'll be introducing you to these artists and their handmade shops over the next 2 weeks!
Smiling Tree Toys
We're Justin and Kathleen, fun loving kids-at-heart with a deep appreciation for living simply and being kind to mother nature. We’ve been creating wooden gifts for family and friends for over 10 years now. In January 2010 we embarked on a journey to turn our passion into a small business. We started by designing custom cutting boards and kitchen utensils, and after our daughter was born later that year we slowly found our way to the world of children’s toys. Our motivation is simple: to do our small part of good in the world by creating safe, natural, handmade wooden toys that minimize our eco-footprint. We want to offer children everywhere the opportunities to learn, grow, create, and imagine with heirloom hardwood toys that are safe, inspiring, open-ended, and educational. We also strongly believe in giving back (as former Peace Corps Volunteers we donate to Peace Corps Youth Development projects for every toy sold), supporting American businesses (we source our cotton drawstring bags from a family business in the southern United States and work with local or American-based vendors whenever possible), and respecting Mother Nature (we use certified sustainably harvested American hardwoods, finish our pieces with our homegrown organic oil blend, re-use brown packing paper and recycled boxes for shipping, and participate in our local green energy program).
about our toys:
Smiling Tree Toys are made using the finest American-grown hardwoods available. We take great care to handcraft every toy to perfection and believe our passion for high-quality, eco-friendly toys shows through in every aspect of our family business. One of the most unique aspects about our wooden toys is the homegrown organic oil blend with which we finish our toys. It's a one-of-a-kind blend is made from camelina oil and beeswax, both of which are grown/harvested on our family's certified organic farmland. Camelina is a close relative of flaxseed. Not only is it a nutritious culinary oil high in Omega-3's, but it's also a great natural finish for wood! We blend it with a bit of pure beeswax (to add a nice sheen and a bit of waterproofing), and brush it on every one of our toys (with the exception of our maple teethers, which we leave unfinished). Learn more about our camelina oil/beeswax blend at Smiling Tree's blog, and pay a visit to Omega Maiden Oils – our family business that grows, processes, and sells Omega Maiden organic camelina oil.
The SEBG family is quite fond of these handcrafted toys too. You can check out a personal Smiling Tree Toys Review that I wrote in October of 2011.