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Easy Steps to Start Your Store on Shopify
We thought we would show you some quick and easy ways to get started with your own Shopify website. Think about how exciting it would be to build your brand entirely into its own home!!  Start here!
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Moving From Etsy to Build Your Own Brand
If you are facing challenges with Etsy, this may be the time to take the jump and find another platform that will work even better for you!  Think about how exciting it would be to build your brand entirely into its own website where people can learn more about you without being distracted by all sorts of other random products and companies surrounding yours.  
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Tools of the Trade
Find out about the set of crafting tools that we think are invaluable to creating beautiful chewelry and teething toys!  Check out our 'maker' set-up for when we are creating and crafting and learn about how it can help you make the BEST designs!
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Our BIG MOVE!
We had outgrown our space by leaps and bounds, and it was becoming inefficient to store our stock and get around the space quickly!  It was time to MOVE!
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Tutorial: Facemask Lanyards
If you’re a mom, you know it's only a matter of time before the facemasks that you bought your kids start to go missing. It’s like mittens or socks. They’re guaranteed to disappear. But mama, we’ve got you.
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Balancing the Blessing of Family, Friends & Business: Our Story, Part 3
As so many of you know, it’s not always easy finding the best way to balance personal life with work. Each person finds their own routines to manage this, and there is no magic solution or rule.  Here is some of our story...
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1 Wood Play Gym - 3 Incredible Styles!
We wanted to do something fun on the blog and show you just how versatile our play gyms and accessories are. We’ve taken the same play gym and styled it three different ways!
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Tutorial: Peg People Counting Game
We have been LOVING the wood toy trend of the last couple years. It’s so exciting to see durable, handmade toys in the hands of our kids. They remind us of the toys we grew up with!  
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Kids' DIY Accessories for Back to School
We think this bright and glittery blogpost will spark some extra joy and longing for upcoming school days!  Be encouraged by the endless possibilities and creativity you can personalize for your precious littles!
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Small Business Starter Package for your New Handmade Business!

Yah! After months of preparation, our new SMALL BUSINESS STARTER KITS are ready...so much love and thought has gone into making these the absolute BEST for you!

Where to start?! Looking for product to start your new handmade business can feel overwhelming on the website: so many colors, sizes and styles of our silicone beads, teethers and accessories- we get it!

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Setting & Achieving Business Goals for Your Handmade Shop

Products. Bookkeeping. Income. Growth. There’s so much to learn about starting and running your business. We’ve noticed that finding resources for running a handmade shop are hard to come by. 

General ideas and concepts apply to most businesses, but we all know there is a uniqueness to running a handmade shop!

Today's blog includes some tidbits of knowledge we hope you'll find helpful to running your small business. 

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NEW Wood Rattle Kits!
These toy rattle kits have been carefully made with beautiful hard Canadian Maple, sourced and bought from local vendors - and we can't emphasize how important local is right now! Extra, careful attention and custom detail has been given to the proportions of this rattle, we are so excited to finally make it available! 
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Shop Talk: The Baby Niche
Meet Nysha from The Baby Niche, an incredible mamma, brand developer and small business owner!  She has set herself apart in the teething craft market with some phenomenal designs, stunning photography and a fresh openness to all of her discussions and reflections!
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How to Upgrade your Face Mask!
The last weeks and months have been a challenge for so many of us. We’ve had a chance to preview what our new ‘normal’ looks like, and it certainly looks a bit different!  It doesn’t look like face masks will be going anywhere very soon, so we came up with some great ideas using products in our shop!
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Book Review: The $100 Startup
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau is a great book packed with ideas and real-world examples of individuals who developed and nurtured successful businesses with small amounts of cash and BUCKET-LOADS of passion and motivation as investment!  Just like so many of our phenomenal customers!
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FREE Downloadable Shipping and Thank-You Labels
Shake up your shipping! We wanted to gift you with some adorable printable labels for your handmade business! 
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Tutorial: DIY Bead Doll
The possibilities are e n d l e s s with this one! No crown beads on hand? No problem, sub it out for a bow accent bead. Don’t love pink? We’ve got lots of other amazing colors!  This must-make tutorial even comes with a downloadable template so it's SUPER SIMPLE for you!  
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Tutorial: Painting Peg People
Have you ever considered that the type of toys our children play with helps shape who they respect?  That’s where the inspiration came from for this little tutorial-a craft that will teach them lessons about courage and a toy that we can use to discuss current issues in their language. 
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Tutorial: Boho Crib Mobile
A stunning piece for any baby nursery, our exclusive tutorial will help you create a centrepiece that is full of personal touches and love for the precious baby in your life!
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Budget-Friendly Spring Organization Hacks
It’s that time of year! We know we’re not the only ones that start to go a bit crazy with spring cleaning and organization this time of year. The end of winter is in sight, and we’re feeling energized to take on home organizing! 
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Product Photography Tips & Tricks
Product photography is one of the MOST important aspects of your handmade business. So, we want to share some of the fantastic tips and tricks we’ve learned and pass them on to you!
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