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Featured Seller: justhatched

Sep 13, 2010

by justhatched

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello! I’m Amanda Troxell, and my husband is Joel. We live in a small town in Indiana, where Joel works a full-time nonprofit job and I maintain the homestead (our tiny starter home on a sunny little street). Our world right now revolves around our two young boys: Nathan (3) and Asher (1). We consume a lot of very strong coffee.

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Apart from creating things, what do you do?FS_justhatched_3.jpg

When we’re not working on puzzles or toys (or sometimes even when we are!), we are playing Candy Land, trying to grow vegetables, going for walks, and spending time in the great outdoors.

The precious moments of solitude that I find are spent knitting, baking bread, and reading food and crafting blogs. Joel spends his free time (usually when we are all asleep) working out with a sledgehammer and reading philosophy.

What first made you want to become an artist?

I don’t think we ever consciously set out to be artists. But I think there were two things that set us on this path. Initially, we became tired of poorly made, mass-produced toys that our oldest child found more frustrating than enjoyable. When we heard about safety problems with some of the toys sold through major retailers, we began to explore what else was available. We immediately fell in love with the beauty of simple, handcrafted toys.

The first time I handled the things we began buying for our kids, I knew there was a lot of thought and care that went into it. While the word “artist” never went though my mind, I remember thinking, “I want to make beautiful things like this, too.”

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Please describe your creative process.

It seems like every time we watch our kids playing, one of us comes up with an idea of something new to make. (Although finding the time to try out all of these ideas and test them is another story!) The bulk of the work is done in our garage, where Joel cuts and sands each piece. Usually by the time I get the little ones tucked in for the night, I am greeted with a pile of unfinished puzzles and animals on the kitchen table awaiting painting and details. Finishing pieces with beeswax polish is often a family affair, and there always FS_justhatched_2.jpgseems to be a jar of homemade polish floating around our house, waiting for a pair of hands in need of a job.

The computer work, organizing, packaging and shipping takes place in our small office, which is a shared space with the kids’ art area. (Did I mention it’s tiny?) Any work I do here is often accompanied by the smells of play dough and shrieks of delight from a big brother who just loves coloring on the baby.

 

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

I have a tattered old red floral apron that was my great-grandmother’s. It is paper-thin from years of use and has several patches and a few seams that have been repaired more than once. Every time I put it on, it’s like she is right there in the kitchen with me.

I always wonder what her day was like when she sat down to sew it, and how many meals were prepared by her wearing it. Although she wasn’t alive to know me as an adult, with a family of my own, I am certain she would be proud to know that I am putting her apron to good use (even when I use store-bought pasta sauce).

We also really love the wooden play stand/kitchen that my dad made for our boys. The time and love he put into these items is remembered every time we enjoy some pretend soup or cookies.

Name your top five books, movies, musicians, and websites besides Etsy.

Books:
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Zoe Francois
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling FS_justhatched_8.jpg

Movies:
Lord of the Rings trilogy
My Neighbor Totoro
A Christmas Story
National Treasure
Life is Beautiful

Musicians:
Dar Williams
David Gray
Elizabeth Mitchell
Bon Iver
Ani DiFranco

Websites:
Ravelry
Tasty Kitchen
Cake Wrecks
Craft Gawker
Smug Mug

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

Read the Etsy Seller Handbook. All of it. Spend a lot of time in the Forums and learn from other successful sellers. Shop a lot too!

What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?

I love the Teams. We are a member of the Natural Kids Team, which is filled with so many wonderful and talented sellers. We have learned a lot from our teammates, and really enjoy the supportive atmosphere that the team provides. I think the Voter is really fun too!

As a bit of an organizational nut, I would love to be able to sort and manage conversations more like emails. I’d also really love a little text box on the Sold Orders page, so I can jot notes for myself on each order’s progress before I mark it as shipped.

How do you promote your work?

Joel likes to say that our toys promote themselves, which really means that we still have a lot to learn about marketing our shop. We have been very fortunate to have items featured on some popular blogs, and the exposure we got from our Leaf Puzzle winning Etsy’s Earth Day Voter was phenomenal. It also doesn’t hurt to have a proud Italian mother who brags about our shop to anyone who will listen.

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In ten years, where would you like to be?

In ten years, we’d like to be living in the country with lots of land for the kids to roam on, lots of things growing in the garden, and working together to make wooden things for children all the time. But wherever life leads, I hope we still have the good sense to realize that this is right where we’re supposed to be.

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242 comments

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful story. I have hearted many an item from this shop. Love their leaf puzzle. Congrats!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    your work is just gorgeous!! wishes for much success to you over the next couple of days! congrats!!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 7 years ago

    Very sweet items. Continued success to you!

  • FerntreeFlowers

    FerntreeFlowers said 7 years ago

    Great interview. The products are lovely. I can certainly empathize with the wonders of work and parenting at the same time! The things we do to keep them entertained while we work would seem silly to anyone else. :)

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    what a wonderful shop and a beautiful family! congrats :)

  • debdeanart

    debdeanart said 7 years ago

    A pleasure to meet you and your family, Amanda. I'm going to your shop from here to "heart it"...much success and God bless!

  • jelvehdesigns

    jelvehdesigns said 7 years ago

    Great story...great family and wonderful art...

  • whimhandmadejewelry

    whimhandmadejewelry said 7 years ago

    How beautiful... I just love your creations, and your two boys are adorable!! :)

  • bellabijoujewellery

    bellabijoujewellery said 7 years ago

    Great story and I love the product!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 7 years ago

    Looks great family! Beautiful article! Great shop ! Thanks for sharing :)

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 7 years ago

    So wonderful! Their works are clearly made with love...

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 7 years ago

    A great article for a lovely shop. And you have great taste in movies too!

  • bananabottoms

    bananabottoms said 7 years ago

    Congratulations Amanda!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 7 years ago

    Love your work! Great Article! Thanks for sharing! ;)

  • recyclejewels

    recyclejewels said 7 years ago

    BEAUTIFULLLL PROJECT...

  • lterrill9

    lterrill9 said 7 years ago

    What a great story ad wonderful work! Thank you for sharing!

  • SweetAnneVintage

    SweetAnneVintage said 7 years ago

    So proud to be a fellow Hoosier! Your shop is just beautiful, I hope the exposure brings you tons of success!

  • mirandapmaher

    mirandapmaher said 7 years ago

    This is a great story and I adore the puzzles! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Hammermann

    Hammermann said 7 years ago

    Awesome toys! It is great the kids are going back to the good old toys.

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 7 years ago

    Those are beautiful- and I think they go beyond toys. They are wonderful wood sculptures. Love the leaves- wonderful teaching toy! Would love a big adult bowl of leaves for display for my house! (hint, hint) mixed in with the wood toy animals. Would make great decor!

  • jenni4k

    jenni4k said 7 years ago

    i've noticed your shop before and just LOVE your items! I think the concept of beautiful toys that are creative, fun, and educational is great. It makes me want to have kids just so I have an excuse to buy your puzzles!

  • RozPetalzStudio

    RozPetalzStudio said 7 years ago

    What a great shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • michemozaix

    michemozaix said 7 years ago

    Great family, Wishing you continued success!!

  • annieWHERE

    annieWHERE said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story and wonderful work! Thank you for sharing your wholesome life. Wishing you much happiness and success :)

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    so thrilled to see you here!! love your work!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work! And great story!

  • sdxox

    sdxox said 7 years ago

    nice! i have been looking at these puzzles for a while and am please to see that the family is as cute as the products!

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 7 years ago

    We have similar lives, so I enjoyed your story!! What wonderful toys, I love your moon puzzle! Good luck with your business, I wish you much success and happiness!

  • thesittingtree

    thesittingtree said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful feature! Many blessings~

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 7 years ago

    sweet and heartfelt story great product....wishing much success to this family!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 7 years ago

    Wonderful interview. Everyone should read The Big Orange Splot, even if they don't have kids. Perfect seller to feature in time for holiday shopping. Congratulations!

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 7 years ago

    Love your story and shop! Congrats!

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 7 years ago

    My new favorite shop! I have little ones too

  • smeastman

    smeastman said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on this well-deserved feature!!! Your shop is beautiful - I love the little raccoon that I purchased. These are wonderful quality items and the story makes them even more special. Best wishes and much success!

  • fullcircleimages

    fullcircleimages said 7 years ago

    What great toys! Much better than anything you can get from one of the big chains. Keep up the good work!

  • DistressingDelilah

    DistressingDelilah said 7 years ago

    I love these!

  • philosophydoll

    philosophydoll said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful story to inspire and start the week... I love the collaborative creativity involved in what you make, and that you find the time to do it with two small children... I wish you all the best with your dreams!!!

  • chariT

    chariT said 7 years ago

    Tooo cute! Congrats and may God be with you and your family!!

  • sweetoliviadesigns

    sweetoliviadesigns said 7 years ago

    I love your work! You are so talented, much success to you!

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 7 years ago

    Beautiful workmanship! Your toys are a child's dream!

  • LaVantteHome

    LaVantteHome said 7 years ago

    So wonderful! Their works are clearly made with love...

  • fiddleheadart

    fiddleheadart said 7 years ago

    wonderful,all the success and blessings!

  • stephaniemonroe

    stephaniemonroe said 7 years ago

    Absolutely, organically lovely!!! I love the illustrative feel of each piece. These are definitely toys to treasure and pass down from generation to generation. Congrats and job well done!

  • uniquenique

    uniquenique said 7 years ago

    Congratulations - you have a beautiful store and you can see that much love and care has been put into your items. Well done

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 7 years ago

    The leaf puzzle is fantastic! My son loves collecting things from nature.

  • jrandall

    jrandall said 7 years ago

    Love your story. There is nothing like a good homemade toy. The best!!

  • PeaceLightLove

    PeaceLightLove said 7 years ago

    Another Hoosier seller, yay! I'll definitely be doing some shopping from this shop!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 7 years ago

    One of my favorite shops on etsy - have several of justhatched toys! Awesome!!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    Such a great read Amanda; thank you for sharing the justhatched story! Your toys are WONDERFUL! The wooden leaf puzzle is simply perfect; I need one for myself. :) Congrats on FS! May your success continue!

  • TheLittleStitcher

    TheLittleStitcher said 7 years ago

    I have marked some of these items as next year I plan to have children. I really don't want to miss out on such lovely well made items when I do have babies!

  • XPoppysWickedGardenX

    XPoppysWickedGardenX said 7 years ago

    Awwwe great Feature! Congrats:)

  • gallagj

    gallagj said 7 years ago

    I work with your friend, Sherri Cripe and she told me you were Featured Seller! I have an Etsy shop also and wanted to say Congrats to you! May this bring you many sales and success!

  • KitzieG

    KitzieG said 7 years ago

    A lovely shop - so nice to see you featured. JustHatched was one of the shops I came across when creating my first treasury - so won't be easily forgotten!

  • PiggybackPacks

    PiggybackPacks said 7 years ago

    wow...lovin' your family's work, such beautiful toys!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story and beautifully thoughtful handcrafted items! Wishing you many years of happiness and continued success!

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 7 years ago

    Beautiful items, I wish I had some of these awesome puzzles and toys when I was a tot!

  • MoonDanceTextiles

    MoonDanceTextiles said 7 years ago

    these are beautiful wooden toys...I wanna be a kid again ...

  • opheliasapothecary

    opheliasapothecary said 7 years ago

    what a beautiful family! thank you for sharing with us...congrats on featured seller...blessings, ophelia

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts said 7 years ago

    Very nice piece. Good luck with your little business!

  • MonkeysOnTheRoof

    MonkeysOnTheRoof said 7 years ago

    Oh I feel so much better knowing that not everyone has the "perfect" studio work environment. I also love their dream of moving to the country...me too!!! Thanks for a great read.

  • AlyTheRed

    AlyTheRed said 7 years ago

    Awww, I love their work, and the beautiful photos accompanying this interview. Wish mine were tots again! Congrats.

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 7 years ago

    Lovely items! I especially like the leaf puzzle.

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse said 7 years ago

    Wow, such delightful toys!

  • TrueOrganics

    TrueOrganics said 7 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your work!! A new favorite! :) I'll be sure to buy a teether and toys when my little one is ready. I'm patiently waiting for her to arrive. She has 2 weeks to come out on her own.

  • masibill

    masibill said 7 years ago

    Wonderful toys ! Love your work !

  • timasartstudio

    timasartstudio said 7 years ago

    Love their work. They are was on my treasury with wooden leaf puzzle. Love it so much!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 7 years ago

    Great puzzles

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 7 years ago

    Lovely looking family and great products! :) darling kids

  • SomeOtherPrairie

    SomeOtherPrairie said 7 years ago

    so beautiful!!!!

  • cassandrastephanie

    cassandrastephanie said 7 years ago

    What beautiful work!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    What a fabulous shop!

  • ezliving

    ezliving said 7 years ago

    great family! love your work! Thank you for sharing!

  • thepaisleyln

    thepaisleyln said 7 years ago

    such a great pick and waht a sweet family! :)

  • theenchantedcupboard

    theenchantedcupboard said 7 years ago

    So happy to see you here!! Congrats! Great shop, great lady!!!

  • woodmouse

    woodmouse said 7 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Thanks for mentioning our NaturalKids team!

  • earthexpressions

    earthexpressions said 7 years ago

    Sweet and lovely items... congratulations, wish you all the success! :D Blessings, Susy

  • gingeraledesigns

    gingeraledesigns said 7 years ago

    great xmas gifts! i want the wooden vegetables for myself :)

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 7 years ago

    Great idea and loved your story! Congratulations on your success!!

  • taylortoads

    taylortoads said 7 years ago

    You both have amazing talent! Everything in your shop is just beautiful!!

  • elvery

    elvery said 7 years ago

    My daughter will be getting a puzzle for xmas...these are amazing!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 7 years ago

    adorable pieces!

  • Tumus

    Tumus said 7 years ago

    I love Totoro! It's a great movie ^_^ It's nice to have your "kids testers" on hand to make sure your toys will be well received once available to the public.

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your success! You have a beautiful family. Wooden puzzles were always my kids favorites...I really appreciate your beautiful work!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 7 years ago

    such a sweet success story ..

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 7 years ago

    Your boys are very lucky :-) Wonderful work!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful story ! Cheers !

  • JuJuBells

    JuJuBells said 7 years ago

    Your work is awesome! I know my little boy would love all the cool toys you've made!

  • JuJuBells

    JuJuBells said 7 years ago

    What awesome toys you've made! I know my little boy would adore them! Congrats on your success!

  • corinaperson

    corinaperson said 7 years ago

    This is amazing stuff! My mom is the assistant director at a small environmental preschool and I can't wait to show her some of your items...I have a feeling she'll want some for her school. Thanks for your beautiful work!

  • ViviansKitchen

    ViviansKitchen said 7 years ago

    Just darling and what a delightful read. Thank you for sharing ♥

  • BeachTreasure

    BeachTreasure said 7 years ago

    Great story. Good luck with busy sales. Great wood toys.

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work and your lovely family with us...what a heartwarming story!

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs said 7 years ago

    Every piece in your shop are beautiful!

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 7 years ago

    Great post! I love the toys and puzzles

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Your work is amazing!

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 7 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful shop! You've been a favorite of mine for awhile now. No babies yet for me but when I do I will certainly be buying from you! Thanks so much for sharing your story!

  • LittleCutieCakes

    LittleCutieCakes said 7 years ago

    Love your shop! I first found your shop when my bobby pins met up with your leaf puzzle in a recent treasury. Beautiful work!

  • SunshineSparrow

    SunshineSparrow said 7 years ago

    lovely pieces....congrats...very well written piece. thanks for sharing your creations with etsy!

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 7 years ago

    So cute! Fantastic story and lovely product! I remember some of my favorite toys were these tiny wooden blocks that you could make elaborate cities and houses out of.... definitely add this to my favorites!

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 7 years ago

    Kind of renews you faith in people to see such great friends making great things!

  • tumbleweedkids

    tumbleweedkids said 7 years ago

    I'm so happy I discovered your shop, I love it!

  • twirlaway

    twirlaway said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story and beautiful shop! I LOVE the toys!

  • OneInTheHand

    OneInTheHand said 7 years ago

    So very excited for you, Amanda! Readers, I know this lady and it's been amazing to watch her family and their shop bloom. They have a sincere heart for their lifestyle and it spills over into the great things they make. They are the real deal!

  • Ferlies

    Ferlies said 7 years ago

    What a brilliant family and shop!!!Congratulations!

  • KIKIbirdCrafts

    KIKIbirdCrafts said 7 years ago

    I have loved your work since the first time I saw it many months ago. It is absolutely beautiful! Keep up the great work and good luck with all the future holds.

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    EvesLittleEarthlings said 7 years ago

    Way to go Amanda and Joel! Your work is beautiful.

  • oktak

    oktak said 7 years ago

    Lovely interview - esp. loved the bit about your grandma's apron :) Beautiful work, congrats Amanda!

  • Earthystyle

    Earthystyle said 7 years ago

    the wooden toy animals are the BEST

  • babyjives

    babyjives said 7 years ago

    As a mom just starting out on etsy I am completely inspired by how you are weaving your life in with your work. I am also sharing my space where I make my mobiles with my son's toys in a rather small house. Your work is wonderful - I have hearted many items (and hope to buy them eventually).

  • TheBunnyHole

    TheBunnyHole said 7 years ago

    You and your family are just lovely! Best of luck to you my dear.

  • Absurdious

    Absurdious said 7 years ago

    Adorable family and I just loved their story. The toys they are making are beyond FANTASTIC!!!!!! Super success to you all!

  • lizroca

    lizroca said 7 years ago

    I love your toys -- I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new baby in our extended family so that I have a reason to buy some!

  • branda

    branda said 7 years ago

    Congrats for been featured! We can see here all the love you have for your family and your creations. ♥♥

  • ArtistBeingHuman

    ArtistBeingHuman said 7 years ago

    Adorable. :)

  • GreatestJoyDesigns

    GreatestJoyDesigns said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work. My husband is a housing framer and I just love to hug him and smell the wood on his clothes. I will always have love workcraft.

  • That70sShoppe

    That70sShoppe said 7 years ago

    Neat story and those puzzles are wonderful!

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 7 years ago

    Very nice! My sons when they were younger worked on wood puzzles over and over for hours. I love the nature theme on your puzzles--never miss an opportunity to learn and expand their horizons. Bless your beautiful family and congratulations on your featured seller status. Well earned!

  • fieldtrip

    fieldtrip said 7 years ago

    i don't have children - but your toys are wonderful and i've bookmarked your shop as these are great gift items! great to hear that these are kid safe - it's a concern how many kids toys aren't these days :(

  • creativefools

    creativefools said 7 years ago

    What a great interview! I'm even more in love than I was before. Congratulations and best wishes to your entire lovely family.

  • amandabeth1981

    amandabeth1981 said 7 years ago

    Hey fellow New Castle resident! You have beautiful items. Glad to see some Hoosiers getting the recognition they deserve. :)

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 7 years ago

    Great interview. Great puzzles. Wonderful items : )

  • CraftsByKeri

    CraftsByKeri said 7 years ago

    What lovely toys! Congratulations on being featured!

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 7 years ago

    I love your toys and your beautiful family, it's so much like mine! I love to see your kids" working" with you. Cute moments like these in your life are a great support for the rest of their lives. I grew up working with my dad and mom, and now I am doing the same with my sons, it is my turn! Take a look at our shop when you have some time and also take a look at my childhood photo here http://www.etsy.com/storque/handmade-... All the best to you!

  • PrintasticDesigns

    PrintasticDesigns said 7 years ago

    I also live in Indiana and have been very frustrated with all the poorly made toys being sold over the last several years. It's so wonderful that you have the imagination and desire to create something safe, fun and beautiful for our precious children. Good Luck with your shop!!

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 7 years ago

    Oh just lovely! I love the tiny details..like the lines on the leaves and veggies! Beautiful work! xoxo

  • JunebugGems

    JunebugGems said 7 years ago

    Amanda & Joel, Your shop is amazing! I just love the philosophy behind your work. I'll definitely be adding you to my favorites. I have a 1-year-old son who is going to love your toys! Congrats on "featured shop"! ~Katie

  • huggablehorribles

    huggablehorribles said 7 years ago

    Amanda! What a wonderful interview :) So glad to finally see it!

  • treefp

    treefp said 7 years ago

    "wherever life leads, I hope we still have the good sense to realize that this is right where we're supposed to be" words to live by....great family, great creations,great memories for your kids... i bet you guys have a ball! Continued and growing success to you!

  • phings

    phings said 7 years ago

    My inspiration!

  • skrocki

    skrocki said 7 years ago

    These remind me of the handmade wood toys I had when I was a kid! Great interview and I hope you guys receive a lot of success!

  • knittingmomma

    knittingmomma said 7 years ago

    Congatulations Just Hatched! Such a wonderful story - you make beautiful toys.

  • freesoul

    freesoul said 7 years ago

    Your toys are beautiful! have added you as a favourite when it'll be time to buy gifts for our boys (1 & 2) Thank you for the great advice as well!

  • dirtdancestonewerks

    dirtdancestonewerks said 7 years ago

    Love your words and your toys/art!

  • ChloeANDMaddie

    ChloeANDMaddie said 7 years ago

    Wonderful feature! I am in love with your products! many blessings to you!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 7 years ago

    Great article! Your puzzles are so cute! Best of Luck to you and continued success!

  • ravenhaired

    ravenhaired said 7 years ago

    Congrats from a fellow Indian resident. Such great pictures of your family!

  • leapinggazelle

    leapinggazelle said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful interview. I adore your puzzles! Best of luck to you and your children!

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 7 years ago

    You are a new heart in my shop! Beautiful family and lovely story. Congrats on your success and wishes for much more in the future!

  • designacrayon

    designacrayon said 7 years ago

    Beautiful article and even more beautiful family! Keep up the great work!! Congrats!!

  • studiodandelion

    studiodandelion said 7 years ago

    What fabulous creativity you all have. How wonderful that you can share your journey together. I absolutely love your pieces, I will be buying some for my boy!

  • merrydaledolls

    merrydaledolls said 7 years ago

    A wonderful shop with beautiful creations ! Congratulations!

  • OliveandFern

    OliveandFern said 7 years ago

    I "heart" the leaf puzzle...congrats!

  • sockmonkeysbyrosanna

    sockmonkeysbyrosanna said 7 years ago

    GREAT TOYS. A WONDERFULSHOP CONGRATULATIONS.

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 7 years ago

    Continued success!! What great toys!!!

  • marymule

    marymule said 7 years ago

    I just hearted their shop last week! Glad to see it featured. Keep up the good work.

  • willowbaus

    willowbaus said 7 years ago

    cheers to you! we are living very similar lives and I can truly appreciate the LOVE that goes into your products;)

  • ifBEADScouldTALK

    ifBEADScouldTALK said 7 years ago

    Nice work...great story

  • ellaminnowpeadesigns

    ellaminnowpeadesigns said 7 years ago

    Oh so perfect! Loving the wooden toys. Instant favorite

  • artsyflorist

    artsyflorist said 7 years ago

    Great family. Lots of wonderful toys. Enjoyed .Wishing you all the best!

  • ecopartybaby

    ecopartybaby said 7 years ago

    I actually read the whole article, that says alot! Thank you for sharing your story & knowledge - continued success to you & your family! :)

  • happyfamily

    happyfamily said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story! I heart your entire shop...and your two boys are adorable!

  • cutelittlething

    cutelittlething said 7 years ago

    Great article! Wonderful insight into a talented and grounded family sharing their gifts with the world!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    So cool.....congratulations to the whole family!

  • asherjasper

    asherjasper said 7 years ago

    Loved reading about this and LOVED to see another maker of natural toys as a featured seller :) Cute items!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 7 years ago

    Exceptional products and family values, how could you not succeed. Keep up the wonderful creating!

  • raga7

    raga7 said 7 years ago

    lovely , inspiring & totally honest story ...

  • AubreyMade

    AubreyMade said 7 years ago

    Yeah, I've read some of the comments and I agree, I'd love to have that leaves puzzle hanging as a wall decor. Great Story! More sales to you!

  • HoudiniCards

    HoudiniCards said 7 years ago

    Beautiful - well done and good luck ;-)

  • CarriesCustomDesigns

    CarriesCustomDesigns said 7 years ago

    The toys are not just destined for today's children, they look like they will be heirlooms of generations to come. Best of luck!!

  • germandolls

    germandolls said 7 years ago

    I am so elated that one of our team made it to this spot! Go Amanda! Your toys are beautiful! Cute family, too!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 7 years ago

    Beautiful craftsmanship. Lovely story.

  • piecesofthepastgal

    piecesofthepastgal said 7 years ago

    Reading your story makes me want to slow waaaaay down and live a quiet life like yours! It sounds wonderful! I love puzzles and yours just look so rich and sturdy--just like the old puzzles of my time looked!

  • lalaspequenos

    lalaspequenos said 7 years ago

    Yay Amanda! We're really proud of you!

  • claudiascreation1

    claudiascreation1 said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! Love the teether!

  • VedaArts

    VedaArts said 7 years ago

    O my dream! Lovely family and people, congratulations!

  • PaperPhine

    PaperPhine said 7 years ago

    Wishing someone got a baby real soon - so many lovely toys to give away without having to worry about a baby or toddler chewing them... Thanks for this inspiring article!

  • Ferrarel

    Ferrarel said 7 years ago

    very beautiful work!

  • celentanowoodworks

    celentanowoodworks said 7 years ago

    Awesome work. Keep it up. Rock on.

  • gingerandgems

    gingerandgems said 7 years ago

    I absolutely love your puzzles!! I also love your story! I wish my daughter were young enough to still play with puzzles, but alas, she is a teenager :( I will be thinking of you for Christmas gifts.

  • ForbiddenWorlds

    ForbiddenWorlds said 7 years ago

    Beautiful, beautiful toys. I think that's the kids christmas presents sorted out :)

  • CosmoBeets

    CosmoBeets said 7 years ago

    It so refreshing to see a family on the front page!!!!! Thank you for all your hard work, as parents and artist!!!!!!!xoxoxoxo

  • junebell

    junebell said 7 years ago

    absolutely beautiful toys! I love wooden playthings for children.

  • junebell

    junebell said 7 years ago

    your wooden toys are so beautiful! I loved these kinds of toys as a kid, and think they or th best!

  • LaurelsBench

    LaurelsBench said 7 years ago

    Wonderful work and a great story! I always look to see where an artist (or family of them) are located, and I'm always excited to see work I admire come from the same general area as myself. It makes the etsy community feel even closer!

  • MissMatchDesign

    MissMatchDesign said 7 years ago

    Lovely items. The animals are just too cute. Love and luck!

  • reikirisingarts

    reikirisingarts said 7 years ago

    There is nothing like the feel, smell and texture of natural wood toys-Beautiful work!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 7 years ago

    I love the last line in where you hope to be in 10 years. Perfect! Great storque story! Great shop!

  • glamasaurus

    glamasaurus said 7 years ago

    What beautiful toys and a beautiful family.

  • yennnie

    yennnie said 7 years ago

    The leaf puzzle looks adorable!

  • greenplow

    greenplow said 7 years ago

    Really happy to see you guys as featured sellers. Your shop has been a long time favorite of mine. Yay!

  • flowerandpearlstudio

    flowerandpearlstudio said 7 years ago

    The two of you are working very hard, raising two beautiful kids and making wonderful things!

  • CheersToJuly

    CheersToJuly said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful family to read about :) great feature, best wishes to you!

  • AncaNY

    AncaNY said 7 years ago

    Wow, the whole article reads like a poem. This is what is all about after all, isn't it?

  • ModernShop

    ModernShop said 7 years ago

    Lovely work! Congrats!

  • ilovemysoldier03

    ilovemysoldier03 said 7 years ago

    The puzzles look like great learning tools for little ones. Beautiful work!

  • jolinne

    jolinne said 7 years ago

    Wonderful shop and a great post! Good luck to you!

  • janicewd

    janicewd said 7 years ago

    Lovely crafted items. The wooden fruit is so sweet. I always loved wooden puzzles when mine were small. They are just great!

  • moonsongranch

    moonsongranch said 7 years ago

    I truly enjoyed reading your story. Very heartwarming. I can totally relate. We also have kids and they are constantly part of the production process. How could they not be with such intense curiosity. I wish you the greatest success.

  • Flyingace

    Flyingace said 7 years ago

    Happy to see justhatched as the featured seller. I am often admiring your work! Keep it up!

  • taraashleytreasures

    taraashleytreasures said 7 years ago

    Great handmade toys! Especially the puzzles and play veggies/food. Wonderful to see toys that children can play with safely and creatively.

  • dressupandgo

    dressupandgo said 7 years ago

    Wonderful idea and really beautiful mission!! Good luck with Your artworks! :) :)

  • MamaKs

    MamaKs said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! I know what my girls are getting for holiday gifts....

  • CyanideStitches

    CyanideStitches said 7 years ago

    The wooden food is so cute! What a great family. Congrats on the featured seller and good luck to you!

  • echosofspring

    echosofspring said 7 years ago

    Lovely article. Awesome shop and gorgeous kids :) All the very best to you and keep it up!

  • Imagesbylynnann

    Imagesbylynnann said 7 years ago

    Great story, great family, adorable kids! A fabulous shop and nice to see wonderfully simple toys being made and enjoyed......such a far cry from the high tech toys and the stress and hecticness (is that a word?) that so many families have. I am all about simplicity and practicality, so this is just very cool!

  • owlsay

    owlsay said 7 years ago

    Such a great story! I love how you guys all work together :)

  • erinspencer

    erinspencer said 7 years ago

    I've seen your shop before and really LOVE all your items! I have a 2 year old and some of these will probably end up in our play area soon:) I also just had to say that I noticed you like Dar Williams. She's #1 on my list of favorites:)

  • artbyaimeejoy

    artbyaimeejoy said 7 years ago

    Sweet story, what a nice family! Love the leaf puzzles! Beautiful woodworking

  • annastrunk

    annastrunk said 7 years ago

    I loved reading this interview!! My four year old son came to see what I was looking at and loved looking at all the items in your shop! You've inspired me! Thank you!

  • underthenightmoon

    underthenightmoon said 7 years ago

    I am 43 can I play with these?? :) Love them!

  • Freshline

    Freshline said 7 years ago

    This is a beautiful story! I enjoyed reading about your family and business! Congrats on your success and wonderful shop! :) Your puzzles are gorgeous!

  • PiacereMioPaperie

    PiacereMioPaperie said 7 years ago

    Your work is fabulous. I am always looking for quality wooden toys for my child. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • silvertique

    silvertique said 7 years ago

    wow!! love the leaf puzzle =)

  • LoveYouSo

    LoveYouSo said 7 years ago

    So nice to see a couple working so well together. You have a beautiful family and make lovely toys!

  • HeadpinWear

    HeadpinWear said 7 years ago

    Your fruit on a plate is amazing. I suddenly wished my girls were still young and I was too. Congrat's on the "Featured Seller". Best wishes to all of you ;)

  • KellysBath

    KellysBath said 7 years ago

    I love the puzzles!

  • TheLandofG

    TheLandofG said 7 years ago

    When you spoke about your grandmother's apron, it just touched my heart. My profile also speaks about my grandma's impact on my life. Beautiful work!

  • CompAndHandDone

    CompAndHandDone said 7 years ago

    Nice Toys Great Idea

  • 2rgalleriesdubai

    2rgalleriesdubai said 7 years ago

    what a super feature.your work is lovely and wish you every success.

  • LBoutique

    LBoutique said 7 years ago

    You have amazing items and great advice! Thank you!

  • nicoleroloff

    nicoleroloff said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed your interview. . .everything you said felt so familiar, like you described a very similar world to ours. I'm so inspired by your amazing work amid the incredible pace of life that two children, a home and a marriage offers! I am trying to sort through that wonderful, but complicated maze! Thanks for the inspiration, I will be shopping your store for Christmas presents. Best wishes. . .

  • daisymaye

    daisymaye said 7 years ago

    just wonderful... to see a happy family with all life's wonders and smile's ~you are living carpe diem @ it's finest!!!

  • solarwood7222

    solarwood7222 said 7 years ago

    just beautiful!

  • artiscratch

    artiscratch said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! Well done! :)

  • CuriousTuesday

    CuriousTuesday said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous shop! Something to aspire too.

  • PortugueseVintage

    PortugueseVintage said 7 years ago

    I just love it! My son loves wood toys!and me too.I don´t like plastic at all!

  • hildes

    hildes said 7 years ago

    Great puzzle!

  • inaru71

    inaru71 said 7 years ago

    Es un trabajo muy bonito. It's beautiful job.

  • NeedleNookCreations

    NeedleNookCreations said 7 years ago

    Love the article! Great Story, keeps us going strong!!

  • goulash

    goulash said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work! It's completely perfect and inspiring - and I'm glad to see a fellow Hoosier featured!

  • SandisShellscapes

    SandisShellscapes said 7 years ago

    Wow - what I would've given for toys like this when my son was that young! Keep up the good handmade work!!

  • southstreet

    southstreet said 7 years ago

    adorable family and great designers! many thanks for sharing!

  • cordelialovelady

    cordelialovelady said 7 years ago

    Beautiful products and wonderful family and shop!! Best to you and your family. Keep up all the beautiful work!

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 7 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • Laniec1

    Laniec1 said 7 years ago

    Dont you love making things for kids! They are always so happy to get whatever you give them...

  • oscar5

    oscar5 said 7 years ago

    way kool

  • originalsbyannemarie

    originalsbyannemarie said 7 years ago

    Great. Love to hear from real craft people. Your toys show your love and understanding of kids!

  • whiteart

    whiteart said 7 years ago

    Very nice work !!! Carry on

  • Gamut

    Gamut said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this article! I truly love their product. And wish I had them when I raised my four children.

  • LaPerLaA

    LaPerLaA said 7 years ago

    Great interview and great source of inspiration! Thank you for sharing your experience! Ciao from the country of very strong coffe!

  • justhatched

    justhatched said 7 years ago

    Many thanks to Etsy for this opportunity! And to each of you who left such sweet comments here, we appreciate your kind words more than you know. <3

  • jadjusjewelry

    jadjusjewelry said 7 years ago

    Beautiful Artistry!! Thanks for sharing.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    I've always loved this shop and am glad to see you featured! Much success to you & your family.

  • planetstudio

    planetstudio said 7 years ago

    Great work! it's a beautiful story ~

  • darialvovsky

    darialvovsky said 7 years ago

    Love your story! Beautiful family, adorable kids! Your work is gorgeous!Congrats!

  • ipooo

    ipooo said 7 years ago

    Very cute very ngenuity.. I'm chinafacebook..

  • ipooo

    ipooo said 7 years ago

    Happy Family.. very Ingenuity.very cute...

  • feltigirl

    feltigirl said 7 years ago

    The minute I saw the beautiful puzzles and wooden sets I knew it would be a great fit for our eco toyshop. The quality of the work and beautifully simple aesthetic appeals to all ages. We are so happy to support other families with the same philosophy -and I think anyone with a family and a home based business can identify with trying to keep the playdough off the receipt books! Great story, and lovely to see the artists at work. thank you for your creations! feltigirl

  • IrinaSztukowski

    IrinaSztukowski said 7 years ago

    Hi this is very nice. Thank you. The creations you make in your shop are out of ordinary. I love every single piece. I will definitely visit your shop and even maybe (most likely) buy something there. I have only one question here: why nobody “Truly Estian” ever got to my shop and ever wanted to buy something? The people that were buying from my shop are all outsiders. I myself bought a lot of stuff on Etsy followed by wonderful articles about Great Etsy Community and about how Etsians help each other. The result: none of Etsians even convo me about even considering buying my creations. I have more than 160 items from original art to great handmade gifts and jewelry. I spend tons of money trying to promote my shop. It is hard to believe that my shop would not be noticeable by at least one Etsian (the one from Great Community). This is neither request nor invitation nor begging. This speech is just what I have noticed and I wanted to share it with you Guys. Please convo me if you have any questions or comments. Thank you for your attention, Irina

  • dreamaginarius

    dreamaginarius said 7 years ago

    This is the kind of toys I want my future kids to play with. Truly inspiring :D

  • Kasploy

    Kasploy said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work!

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    […] inspire me more and more, here and there for example. With Spring being almost here in NZ I found this puzzle to be a clever toy to identify all the leaves that are growing at the moment. Cutting foliage at A […]

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