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Show & Tell : Little Alouette

Showandtell_updated

 

Amy is one of those blogging friends who seems to have been part of my "neighborhood" for as long as I can remember. I couldn't put a finger on the point when she and I became blogging pals, but I'm so glad we have. Not only is she a complete sweetheart, she and her husband are the genius team behind one of my favorite shops, Little Alouette.

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My children have the privilege of having a set of Little Alouette shakey blocks in our collection. They are one of those toys that are equally fun to play with and look at. There is something about the sweetness and beauty of wooden toys that can never be duplicated in the world of plastic. And LittleAlouette toys have a simplicity and style that I love. They are classics.

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A few months ago, Little Alouette was one of etsy's featured sellers. As I was reading the article this morning to be sure I had all my facts straight about Amy 🙂 , I had to share a few words from the write-up because it is a good story:

Over a decade ago a handsome British boy and an Ohio lass met and
fell madly in love at first site in a sleepy university town. The boy
was a classically trained master carpenter and the girl a writer with a
bit of wanderlust. They worked together creatively through the years on
many projects involving woodworking as they restored and remodeled
homes together. The boy taught his love about trees on their land in
the country and how to use power tools and the girl read poems to him
while they worked. They started a journey of following their bliss and
eventually brought two wee ones into the world and began creating
wooden toys for them. They decided to share these wee wooden toys with
the world and Little Alouette was born over hot steaming mugs of cocoa
in the winter of 2007.

We are Joe and Amy Sharp of Worthington, Ohio.

And I love their words about their creative process:

Each product is made by hand and usually all the wood is surrounded by
cups of tea, laughing children, and disco music so each product will
come to you infused with love and bliss! We use locally sourced Ohio
timber and only finish our products with certified organic flax seed
oil.

Seriously. I've been telling my husband that if I can't have a bandsaw, then I'll just settle for a jigsaw. Reading about Joe and Amy's process makes me think I need to put it on my birthday list again this year. 

If you haven't been introduced to LittleAlouette be sure to take a few moments to check out their shop. And after my Lotta Jansdotter giveaway last week, I know a lot of you are shopping for baby gifts–for yourself or for people you know. And if you are "people I know" and you're having a baby soon…don't look, unless you want to spoil the surprise. 

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And guess what? Amy has graciously offered to give one mommycoddle reader one of her Harper the Hippo teethers! yay. You know the drill, leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway. I'll announce the random winner on Sunday!

Happy Weekend, friends!

Showandtell_updated

 

Amy is one of those blogging friends who seems to have been part of my "neighborhood" for as long as I can remember. I couldn't put a finger on the point when she and I became blogging pals, but I'm so glad we have. Not only is she a complete sweetheart, she and her husband are the genius team behind one of my favorite shops, Little Alouette.

Iusb_760x100.6402581

My children have the privilege of having a set of Little Alouette shakey blocks in our collection. They are one of those toys that are equally fun to play with and look at. There is something about the sweetness and beauty of wooden toys that can never be duplicated in the world of plastic. And LittleAlouette toys have a simplicity and style that I love. They are classics.

Il_430xN.76180205 Il_430xN.77029904

A few months ago, Little Alouette was one of etsy's featured sellers. As I was reading the article this morning to be sure I had all my facts straight about Amy 🙂 , I had to share a few words from the write-up because it is a good story:

Over a decade ago a handsome British boy and an Ohio lass met and
fell madly in love at first site in a sleepy university town. The boy
was a classically trained master carpenter and the girl a writer with a
bit of wanderlust. They worked together creatively through the years on
many projects involving woodworking as they restored and remodeled
homes together. The boy taught his love about trees on their land in
the country and how to use power tools and the girl read poems to him
while they worked. They started a journey of following their bliss and
eventually brought two wee ones into the world and began creating
wooden toys for them. They decided to share these wee wooden toys with
the world and Little Alouette was born over hot steaming mugs of cocoa
in the winter of 2007.

We are Joe and Amy Sharp of Worthington, Ohio.

And I love their words about their creative process:

Each product is made by hand and usually all the wood is surrounded by
cups of tea, laughing children, and disco music so each product will
come to you infused with love and bliss! We use locally sourced Ohio
timber and only finish our products with certified organic flax seed
oil.

Seriously. I've been telling my husband that if I can't have a bandsaw, then I'll just settle for a jigsaw. Reading about Joe and Amy's process makes me think I need to put it on my birthday list again this year. 

If you haven't been introduced to LittleAlouette be sure to take a few moments to check out their shop. And after my Lotta Jansdotter giveaway last week, I know a lot of you are shopping for baby gifts–for yourself or for people you know. And if you are "people I know" and you're having a baby soon…don't look, unless you want to spoil the surprise. 

Il_430xN.76980476

And guess what? Amy has graciously offered to give one mommycoddle reader one of her Harper the Hippo teethers! yay. You know the drill, leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway. I'll announce the random winner on Sunday!

Happy Weekend, friends!

73 comments on “Show & Tell : Little Alouette”

  1. Hi Molly. Thanks for this post. I have newborn twins next door, and I’ve been looking for the best of all baby gifts. Think I found it-I’m going over to their shop right now!

  2. I love finding toys that are both safe and beautiful. What a great alternative to the mounds of plastic toys trying to creep in to my son’s life…

    He’d love this hippo! Even at 15 months. And it would be great to have for the next one in the not-too-distant future 🙂

  3. A harper the hippo teether would be perfect as I have a very cranky teething baby at the moment! Those poor little gums!

  4. I got goosebumps when I read their story. It sounds like a fairy tale! Who can’t feel good about buying something (especially these particular somethings) when it comes from a place like theirs? My friend just had a baby last week and I’ve been wondering what to get for her. This little hippo would just be perfect. Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. I’m not even entering because I never win anything, but I just got the rattle/teether pictured to the left in your top photo and my 5 month old absolutely loves it! He can hold onto it so easily and his teeth sink in a bit easier than the hard varnished Haba toys we have so he really holds onto it and chews for a long while. He’s had teeth since 4 months, and this has been a wonderful, wonderful toy! So well made ;o) Okay, I will stop gushing now… back to the contest!

  6. this would be perfect for my little piper! i was just looking at her butterfly teether…thanks for the extra info on this little company!

  7. I am slowly working on transitioning over to natural baby toys. This would be a lovely teething toy for my little man.

  8. What an excellent post, what a sweet story of true love…and a give away to boot! I’m totally in, if I win I’ll save it for our future papoose. ;o)

  9. Oh their things are lovely. I have a egg shaker and keys that I ordered not too long ago – would love Harper to round out the collection for my kiddos. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  10. Wonderful! I have a friend having a baby in a few weeks.

    It is so cool these days to hear about folks following their passions and being successful at it! Gives me hope.

  11. One of my best friends is having a baby. I would love love love to give this to her. I am going to check out the website now, just in case I don’t win!

  12. I would love to be able to give this to my high school best friend finally having her first baby. Put my name in the hat. Por Favor!

  13. These are just too sweet. I love toys that I enjoy looking at, especially since they never seem to stay put away around here…

  14. Molly, I just started reading your blog a couple of weeks ago and then this past weekend we had a big festival here in Columbus, OH and who had a booth there? Little Alouette, of course! I told Amy that I had read your post about her just the other day and promised to buy some of her lovely toys when I’m no longer unemployed.

    Amy was so sweet and said nice things about you.

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