We love this new dress up set, made of 100% wool and silk. The lavender silk is detachable and the leaf garland is adjustable so it can be worn either as a crown or as a cape that wraps around the neck. The garland and 2 bracelets were felted in a fair trade co-op in Nepal. The set sells for $28.
German Bird Tree Puzzle February 19, 2010
Yet another great new playset. 2 sizes of castle playsets are available. Endless configurations, and like the dollhouse set below is a puzzle to reassemble when kids finish playing. The larger one (shown below) is 10.5″ wide x 7″ high x 2.75″ deep and is $65. The smaller set is 7″ wide by 5″ high x 2″ deep. It sells for $52.
These are the coolest doll house sets. Doll house & furniture all in one! And a perfect puzzle at cleanup time. $58. Made in Germany. Measures: 6″ tall x 8.5″ wide x 2.75″ deep. Dolls sold separately.
Branch Furniture Sets for Our Amazing Tree Houses December 11, 2009
The tree houses have attracted a lot of attention in both the store & on the blog. There are 2 different styles: the tree house cottage & the build your own tree house, which comes in large or small (shown above). Not only are they naturally beautiful but children can rearrange change the tree houses into many different configurations! Tree houses range in price between $88 and $154. Check out the branch furniture sets that go in tree houses (or other doll houses). Furniture sets are between $16 and $32 for either a bedroom set or a living room set- and come in 2 different sizes, for larger or smaller doll or tree houses.
Favorite Gifts Under $15 (Part 2) December 10, 2009
The new palm fiber rattlesnake shown above has been really popular ($14). Several colors of rain sticks shown below. And the cute frog rolling stilts (great for developing balance) are just $13.50!
Not only are these marionettes beautiful, but they’re also American made & well priced! A hand crafted marionette for $39! We have a set of these on display in the store & we’re taking special orders for any we sell out of. We have pinocchio, lancelot on a horse, a siberian tiger & several others. Display stands are $15.
We also have a new line of unpainted wooden toys from Kentucky. The grasshopper pull toy below ($32) makes a great clicking noise as it’s pulled. From this toy supplier, we have a great selection of mini trucks & cars (for $3 to $6) as well as really unique items like the large river boat boat pull toy shown below.
Unique Play Sets November 27, 2009
This first set is Haba’s Japanese House in their architectural block series (made in Germany). We carry other sets in the series, such as a Russian house & a Coliseum. The Haba sets are in the $40 to $50 price range. The second photos shows our affordable, recyclable cardboard Western Fort that kids paint ($24)! Other cardboard playsets we carry from this company include paint-your-own fairy castles, doll houses, tree houses & farms (all are $24).
Judith (our store manager) came up with a wonderful gift idea the other day. Give a gift of livestock (such as a flock of geese for $20) to a family through Heifer International in honor of your child this holiday, then give your child a simple wooden animal toy or ornament resembling the animal you donated in their name! Our popular Ostheimer animals above (made in Germany) as well as these cute palm fiber, fair trade animal ornaments would be perfect (below). Palm fiber ornaments are $7.50 each. New Ostheimer shipment just arrived! (prices vary)
If you arent familiar with Heifer International, it’s worth checking out. Heifer gives donated livestock & training to families in developing countries for both food and income. Recipients often share the offspring of gift animals with their communities. Founded in 1944, Heifer has provided millions of families with both food and income. Gifts start at $20. Visit www.heifer.org to learn more.
More eco puzzles & games! November 20, 2009
Check out our newest line of affordable, eco puzzles made from basswood grown in managed forests! Here’s a small sampling of the amazing styles we carry. The dragon is 11″ x 6″ x 1.5″ and is for ages 7+. The tree balancing game is for 1 to 6 players (ages 6+). These puzzles & games are in the $15 to $25 range.