When did you start making toys?
I actually started making toys when my oldest son was a baby. I have been a "maker" my whole life but I felt it finally had a focus and was rooted in when I first became a mama. I created mamaroots and made gifts and toys from fiber- cotton and wool which later evolved into wood. So I have been making toys for about 9 years now and making wood toys for about 3 years. I like to call it the Slow Toy movement!
My boys inspire me everyday- their energy and love of story. My educational background is in English and Art History and during the day I work at a local bookstore as a book buyer, so books are probably my second most influence in my life. I was an early reader, loved books as a child, and now love discovering them and helping others discover them. Storytelling and books have always been a huge influence in my toy making.
Sadly many of us small toy makers are still closely watching all the CPSIA stuff- the second government stay will end in Feb 2011 and we will see if they make any amendments. It is so incredibly complicated but basically for wood toy makers, wood is exempt from lead testing unless you add anything to the wood- paints or seals, not matter if you use non-toxic, plant based or not. Otherwise you have to pay very high testing fees- It may force many of us to close or limit our selections- ughhhh. This is a good link: www.handmadetoyalliance.org/
MamaRoots on etsy and tell me your favorite item past or present (the past ones are addicting to browse!) and
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Thank you MamaRoots!