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Featured Shop: Manzanita Kids

Nov 21, 2012

by manzanitakids

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Hello! We are Adrienne and David Minnery. We design and make wood toys for our shop, Manzanita Kids, from our home in Seattle, Washington.

Manzanita Kids grew organically with our kids. With the birth of our first child, our family “sun” shifted. MK was our solution to satisfy our own creative needs in harmony with the family life we wanted to live. Now I’m able to stay at home while Adrienne teaches at a local public school. One of our main goals is to have the shop support us entirely to allow both of us to be home as much as possible. Being able to design and craft a product that is your own is incredibly gratifying. We both love MK and put everything we can into our business.

Both Adrienne and I love to draw, and the sensation of feeling satin smooth wood. We love seeing freshly sanded walnut soak up our wax and turn a deep rich brown, and we love the rush of creating a new toy. We both have fond and vivid memories of playing with open-ended toys and household items that wouldn’t even normally be considered toys. We aim high and endeavor to create toys that we can be proud of and which offer the same hours of creative play as the toys we all remember.

Our creative process involves talking a lot about toys and even more about design. And we play with toys – a lot! Adrienne usually starts with an idea on paper, and then I take it to the shop to refine it. It goes back and forth until we know the toy will be a good addition to our shop. We won’t introduce a toy if we don’t feel it’s the best we can do.

Ownership of our designs and the care we take in crafting our toys are of paramount importance to both of us.  Consumers can buy an inexpensive mass produced toy at any big box store, so I think families come to our shop for something special. We both take our craft to heart, from the drafting table to the workshop to answering convos. We are offering an experience and it’s reflected in all our actions, not just our final product.

As designers and makers, we are true to ourselves. The moment when you see something and exclaim “Of course! This should have always existed” – that is the best way I can describe what we are aiming for. Innovation will not come if you are chasing someone else’s vision or comparing yourself to others.

We believe good design is brave design, and feel confident in our vision as artists, makers, educators and parents to be able to play with our designs until we get them right. We sometimes joke that our living room is a home for misfit toys, because we bring all our design prototypes inside for our kids to explore while we figure out what to tweak.

Etsy has meant everything to us in developing Manzanita Kids – it has allowed us the platform to grow our ideas and find a road to success. We believe that Etsy is working to create a new economy: one in which buyers and sellers interact on a personal basis. We are all buyers. We are all makers. Etsy has transformed the world into an organized local farmers’ market for all types of items, and we feel proud to be a part of it.

Toys are platforms to allow kids to be creative, play and learn. Unique toys, beautiful toys, creative toys, well-made toys, durable toys, fun toys – these are the platforms that sustain play and nurture a child’s growth. Everything that leaves our shop is something that we would feel great about our own children having.

All photographs by Manzanita Kids.

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Wood Name Puzzle, personalized wooden custom name puzzle // Montessori Educational Toy // custom handmade wood puzzle // baby Christmas gift
Wood Name Puzzle, personalized wooden custom name puzzle // Montessori Educational Toy // custom handmade wood puzzle // baby Christmas gift
manzanitakids
$29.00 USD
Wood Rainbow Stacking Puzzle Kids Toy - Baby Toy - Baby Puzzle
Wood Rainbow Stacking Puzzle Kids Toy - Baby Toy - Baby Puzzle
manzanitakids
$55.00 USD
Wood Building Blocks, 30 pc. Wooden Toy, Montessori Wood Blocks, Stacking and Building, all natural, handmade, heirloom wood blocks for kids
Wood Building Blocks, 30 pc. Wooden Toy, Montessori Wood Blocks, Stacking and Building, all natural, handmade, heirloom wood blocks for kids
manzanitakids
$59.00 USD
Wooden DollHouse
Wooden DollHouse
manzanitakids
$80.00 USD
Maple Wooden Age Blocks // Milestone Wooden Blocks // Age Blocks // Photography Prop
Maple Wooden Age Blocks // Milestone Wooden Blocks // Age Blocks // Photography Prop
manzanitakids
$24.00 USD
12 Natural Wood Blocks Set // This Classic Educational Kids Toy is Eco-Friendly, A Perfect for Montessori Learning Toy
12 Natural Wood Blocks Set // This Classic Educational Kids Toy is Eco-Friendly, A Perfect for Montessori Learning Toy
manzanitakids
$20.00 USD
Kansas Toy Wooden Teether
Kansas Toy Wooden Teether
manzanitakids
$15.00 USD
Colorado Toy Wooden Teether
Colorado Toy Wooden Teether
manzanitakids
$15.00 USD
Bird Wood Rattle // An Eco-Friendly Safe Baby Toy & Teether // Natural Wood Rattle Makes the Perfect Personalized Baby Shower Gift
Bird Wood Rattle // An Eco-Friendly Safe Baby Toy & Teether // Natural Wood Rattle Makes the Perfect Personalized Baby Shower Gift
manzanitakids
$20.00 USD
Personalized 6' Maple Growth Chart Ruler with Ticks
Personalized 6' Maple Growth Chart Ruler with Ticks
manzanitakids
$174.00 USD
Wood Puzzle Toy Shapes Natural // Personalized Organic Wood Baby Toy for Babies and Toddlers // Safe Baby Toy Handmade in the USA
Wood Puzzle Toy Shapes Natural // Personalized Organic Wood Baby Toy for Babies and Toddlers // Safe Baby Toy Handmade in the USA
manzanitakids
$25.00 USD
Dinosaur Wood Rattle // An Eco-Friendly Safe Baby Toy & Teether // Natural Wood Rattle Makes the Perfect Personalized Baby Shower Gift
Dinosaur Wood Rattle // An Eco-Friendly Safe Baby Toy & Teether // Natural Wood Rattle Makes the Perfect Personalized Baby Shower Gift
manzanitakids
$20.00 USD
Wooden Dachsund Baby Rattle // Weiner Dog Toy // Organic Baby Teether and Natural Rattle Toy in One // Safe For Sensitive Baby
Wooden Dachsund Baby Rattle // Weiner Dog Toy // Organic Baby Teether and Natural Rattle Toy in One // Safe For Sensitive Baby
manzanitakids
$20.00 USD
Wood Leaves Puzzle // Montessori Educational Toy // custom handmade wood puzzle // eco green babytoddler gift
Wood Leaves Puzzle // Montessori Educational Toy // custom handmade wood puzzle // eco green babytoddler gift
manzanitakids
$32.00 USD
Kids Step Stool in Walnut
Kids Step Stool in Walnut
manzanitakids
$115.00 USD
Wooden Bat Baby Rattle // Organic Baby Teether and Natural Rattle Toy in One // Safe For Sensitive Baby // woodland Themed Nursery Room
Wooden Bat Baby Rattle // Organic Baby Teether and Natural Rattle Toy in One // Safe For Sensitive Baby // woodland Themed Nursery Room
manzanitakids
$20.00 USD
ABC Letters, organic letters handmade
ABC Letters, organic letters handmade
manzanitakids
$4.00 USD
Mailbox Toy Wood Baby and Kids Pretend Play Gift
Mailbox Toy Wood Baby and Kids Pretend Play Gift
manzanitakids
$49.00 USD
Shapes Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
Shapes Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
manzanitakids
$5.00 USD
Ice Cream Cone Baby Toy Wooden Teether
Ice Cream Cone Baby Toy Wooden Teether
manzanitakids
$15.00 USD
Moose Animal Hook, cute nursery decor for hats, coats and backpacks. Personalize with a child's name.
Moose Animal Hook, cute nursery decor for hats, coats and backpacks. Personalize with a child's name.
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$16.00 USD
Monkey Animal Hook, cute nursery decor for hats, coats and backpacks. Personalize with a child's name.
Monkey Animal Hook, cute nursery decor for hats, coats and backpacks. Personalize with a child's name.
manzanitakids
$16.00 USD
Elephant Animal Hook, cute nursery decor for hats, coats and backpacks. Personalize with a child's name.
Elephant Animal Hook, cute nursery decor for hats, coats and backpacks. Personalize with a child's name.
manzanitakids
$16.00 USD
Counting Numbers Natural Wood Blocks Set // Learning Educational Toy is Eco-Friendly, Perfect for Pre-K Learning Toy
Counting Numbers Natural Wood Blocks Set // Learning Educational Toy is Eco-Friendly, Perfect for Pre-K Learning Toy
manzanitakids
$24.00 USD
Natural Guitar Rattle Toy // Handmade Organic guitar Baby Wood Rattle // Personalized Eco Friendly and Sweet Boy or Girl Baby Gift
Natural Guitar Rattle Toy // Handmade Organic guitar Baby Wood Rattle // Personalized Eco Friendly and Sweet Boy or Girl Baby Gift
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$20.00 USD
Oregon Toy Wooden Teether
Oregon Toy Wooden Teether
manzanitakids
$15.00 USD
Baby Name Blocks // Personalized Wooden Blocks // Age // Heart // Photography Prop
Baby Name Blocks // Personalized Wooden Blocks // Age // Heart // Photography Prop
manzanitakids
$13.50 USD
Custom Wooden Baby Name Blocks // Photography Props // Personalized Baby Gifts // Wood Blocks
Custom Wooden Baby Name Blocks // Photography Props // Personalized Baby Gifts // Wood Blocks
manzanitakids
$13.50 USD
North Carolina Toy Wooden Teether
North Carolina Toy Wooden Teether
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$15.00 USD
Tennessee Toy Wooden Teether
Tennessee Toy Wooden Teether
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$15.00 USD
Airplane Baby Toy Wooden Teether
Airplane Baby Toy Wooden Teether
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$15.00 USD
Heart Shaped Wood Rattle // An Eco-Friendly Safe Baby Toy & Teether  // Natural Wood Rattle Makes the Perfect Personalized Baby Shower Gift
Heart Shaped Wood Rattle // An Eco-Friendly Safe Baby Toy & Teether // Natural Wood Rattle Makes the Perfect Personalized Baby Shower Gift
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$20.00 USD
Personalized Wolf Baby Rattle // Organic, Handmade Wood Rattle Makes A Perfect Safe Baby Toy // Unique Baby Shower Gift
Personalized Wolf Baby Rattle // Organic, Handmade Wood Rattle Makes A Perfect Safe Baby Toy // Unique Baby Shower Gift
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$20.00 USD
Cat Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
Cat Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
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$5.00 USD
Giraffe Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
Giraffe Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
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$5.00 USD
T-Rex Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids, Dinosaur Toy, handmade stencil, wood stencil, all natural drawing toy for kids
T-Rex Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids, Dinosaur Toy, handmade stencil, wood stencil, all natural drawing toy for kids
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$5.00 USD
Fox Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
Fox Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
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$5.00 USD
Rabbit Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids, Bunny Toy
Rabbit Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids, Bunny Toy
manzanitakids
$5.00 USD
Owl Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
Owl Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
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$5.00 USD
Elephant Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
Elephant Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
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$5.00 USD
Wooden Cat Baby Rattle // Organic Baby Teether and Natural Rattle Toy in One // Safe For Sensitive Baby // Kitty Themed Nursery Room
Wooden Cat Baby Rattle // Organic Baby Teether and Natural Rattle Toy in One // Safe For Sensitive Baby // Kitty Themed Nursery Room
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$20.00 USD
Ghost Halloween Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
Ghost Halloween Stencil, Drawing Toy, DIY Craft for kids
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$5.00 USD
24 Natural Wood Blocks Large Set // This Classic Educational Kids Toy is Eco-Friendly, A Perfect for Montessori Learning Toy
24 Natural Wood Blocks Large Set // This Classic Educational Kids Toy is Eco-Friendly, A Perfect for Montessori Learning Toy
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$37.00 USD
Wooden Baby Rattle Fox | Wooden Baby Toy | Personalized Wood Baby Toys | Fox Toy | First Christmas Baby Toy
Wooden Baby Rattle Fox | Wooden Baby Toy | Personalized Wood Baby Toys | Fox Toy | First Christmas Baby Toy
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$20.00 USD
Unicorn Wood Rattle // An Eco-Friendly Safe Baby Toy & Teether // Natural Wood Rattle Makes the Perfect Personalized Baby Shower Gift
Unicorn Wood Rattle // An Eco-Friendly Safe Baby Toy & Teether // Natural Wood Rattle Makes the Perfect Personalized Baby Shower Gift
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$20.00 USD
Personalized Owl Wood Rattle // An Eco-Friendly Safe Baby Toy & Teether // Natural Wood Rattle // Personalized Baby Shower Gift
Personalized Owl Wood Rattle // An Eco-Friendly Safe Baby Toy & Teether // Natural Wood Rattle // Personalized Baby Shower Gift
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$20.00 USD
Three Personalized Wood Rattles, eco-friendly wooden toy organic finish, you choose the designs
Three Personalized Wood Rattles, eco-friendly wooden toy organic finish, you choose the designs
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$70.00 USD
Natural Bigfoot Rattle Toy // Handmade Organic Puppy Baby Wood Rattle // Personalized Eco Friendly and Sweet Boy or Girl Baby Gift
Natural Bigfoot Rattle Toy // Handmade Organic Puppy Baby Wood Rattle // Personalized Eco Friendly and Sweet Boy or Girl Baby Gift
manzanitakids
$20.00 USD
All Maple Wood Rainbow Stacking Puzzle Kids Toy - Baby Toy - Baby Puzzle
All Maple Wood Rainbow Stacking Puzzle Kids Toy - Baby Toy - Baby Puzzle
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$50.00 USD
Extra large ladder
Extra large ladder
manzanitakids
$7.00 USD
Extra small ladder
Extra small ladder
manzanitakids
$7.00 USD
Modular Building Walls, Manzanita Kids Classic Deluxe, Wood Building Toy, Handmade, All Natural, Wood Castle Building Set
Modular Building Walls, Manzanita Kids Classic Deluxe, Wood Building Toy, Handmade, All Natural, Wood Castle Building Set
manzanitakids
$114.00 USD
Forest Walls building toy // Modular Natural Building Toy Challenges Kids' Creativity // Interactive Eco Friendly Toy // Nature Themed Toys
Forest Walls building toy // Modular Natural Building Toy Challenges Kids' Creativity // Interactive Eco Friendly Toy // Nature Themed Toys
manzanitakids
$80.00 USD
Coffee Cup Baby Toy Wooden Teether
Coffee Cup Baby Toy Wooden Teether
manzanitakids
$15.00 USD
Modular Tree House Toy // This Modular Natural Building Toy will Challenge Kids' Creativity // modern wood toy // Modern Dollhouse
Modular Tree House Toy // This Modular Natural Building Toy will Challenge Kids' Creativity // modern wood toy // Modern Dollhouse
manzanitakids
$92.00 USD
Wood Numbers Puzzle // Montessori Educational Toy // custom handmade wood puzzle // baby Christmas gift
Wood Numbers Puzzle // Montessori Educational Toy // custom handmade wood puzzle // baby Christmas gift
manzanitakids
$57.00 USD
Guitar Baby Toy Wooden Teether
Guitar Baby Toy Wooden Teether
manzanitakids
$15.00 USD
Heart Baby Toy Wooden Teether
Heart Baby Toy Wooden Teether
manzanitakids
$15.00 USD
Natural Dog Rattle Toy // Handmade Organic Puppy Baby Wood Teething Rattle // Personalized Eco Friendly wood toy, natural baby gift
Natural Dog Rattle Toy // Handmade Organic Puppy Baby Wood Teething Rattle // Personalized Eco Friendly wood toy, natural baby gift
manzanitakids
$20.00 USD
Organic Natural Wood Rocket Play Set // Rocketship Modular Walls Build Your Own Alien Space World with this Montessori Inspired Toy Set
Organic Natural Wood Rocket Play Set // Rocketship Modular Walls Build Your Own Alien Space World with this Montessori Inspired Toy Set
manzanitakids
$80.00 USD

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