Orange Moon Toys

Another local company, Orange Moon Toys (seriously local: Meredith lives in Madison and Robin lives in my hometown of Milton, WI) just hit it big with an appearance on The Martha Stewart show. See their segment here.

The duo creates fabulous shadow puppets with their original designs and the ingenius use of some everyday materials. They even offer kits to make your own!

hi tree

little tiny maple tree
little tiny maple tree

Here’s your daily dose of cuteness: Perfect for any-aged kid or tree hugger, these adorable toys and pillows are hand sewn from wool felt. The owner’s daughter says “hi!” to every tree she sees, hence the company name hi tree!

Hi Mr. Oak Tree
Hi Mr. Oak Tree

Little Sapling Toys

Several months ago, I started doing some graphic design work for a company out of Eureka, CA called Little Sapling Toys. Nick and Kimber are a husband and wife team who create beautiful rattles, teething rings and toys for toddlers. All of their work is made from reclaimed or FSC Certified hardwood that has been shaped, sanded super smooth and some are finished with beeswax. If I had kids I would rather they chew on that than plastic or something covered in polyurethane. Their work is absolutely beautiful — works of art. Plus (WARNING: shameless self-promotion) they have a great logo! You can learn more about the company here, purchase their work here, and learn more about their family here.

Maple/Khaya wood rattle with curvy handle
Maple/Khaya wood rattle with curvy handle
Maple/Walnut wood stacking toy
Maple/Walnut wood stacking toy