Natural Suburbia Sponsor Giveaway from Armadillo Dreams

Today, I would like to introduce you to our newest Natural Suburbia sponsor, Armadillo Dreams and their beautiful wooden treasures that they sell in their Etsy shop.
Natural Suburbia:
Tell us about the beginnings of your business and how it has developed and grown.
Armadillo Dreams:
Armadillo Dreams began as a way for us to combine our skills into an etsy shop that we could run together. I (Dustin) found a love for woodworking after building our chicken coop, and Amanda wanted a child centered creative outlet.  We thought it might help to bring in a little income on the side and a way to provide our kids with natural toys on a limited budget. The success we were able to achieve in our first year of business far exceeded our expectations! After having gotten through the 2011 holiday season (whew) we are now working on more new toys, expanding the wood shop and preparing to launch our own shop/blog on http://armadillodreams.com. Our main goal in 2012 is to turn Armadillo Dreams into a sustainable business that can support our family financially.
 
Natural Suburbia: 
Who or what is your inspiration?
Armadillo Dreams:
Our two children are our hugest inspirations. We have a daughter named Lucy who is almost 5 and a son named Lincoln who is 1 ½. Watching them play and imagine gives us lots of ideas for toys. We live in beautiful Central Oregon where we are surrounded by forest, desert, lakes, rivers, mountains and the Pacific Ocean just a few hours drive away. Being in nature is always inspiring.
Natural Suburbia:
What is your creative process and how long have you been creating these beautiful wooden treasures?
Armadillo Dreams:
We have been making handmade wooden toys for almost a year and a half. Amanda comes up with a lot of the designs for the toys. She never knows when inspiration will strike and is constantly inspired by little things – just this or that. She usually will let an idea marinate in her head for a while until she is ready to try it out (with gusto). I like to tease her for being impulsive but she insists she’s not. Once the idea is drawn out on paper the design is transferred onto wood and we work as a team turning the idea into a physical toy. 
Natural Suburbia:
What do you enjoy most about your business?
Armadillo Dreams:
My number one favorite thing about our shops by far is all of the great feedback we receive from our customers! I love receiving it and reading over it. It’s really nice when people take time out of their day to tell a shop owner how much they enjoyed the products they received or to tell about their shopping experience. I especially enjoy the stories of their children playing with our toys. In my previous professions I had never heard such nice things from customers. I used to have way more negative customer interactions than positive interactions. To be able to devote myself to Armadillo Dreams is like a breath of fresh air. The world needs more people like Etsy customers! 
Natural Suburbia:
 Are there any new and exciting products you would like to tell us about?
Armadillo Dreams:
We just recently launched our Spring/Easter line. Spring starts on March 20th (our daughter’s birthday!) and these items are perfect for spring nature tables and as gifts for Easter baskets! We always have new product lines for each season. We also come out with fun, new toys for every season and many holidays. Our product line is constantly evolving so there’s always something new!
 Isn’t this Pirate Ship just gorgeous!!
You can also find Armadillo Dreams here:

Giveaway:

Armadillo Dreams is giving away this beautifully made, wooden Montessori Weather Set to one reader.
To enter, leave a comment below, to earn extra entries, you can Tweet, Facebook or blog about this giveaway and please remember to comment each time you share the giveaway for more entries.
The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, the 13th of March and will be announced here in this post.
PS If you are reading this post in Google Reader in your email inbox, you need to click on the title of the post and it will bring you here to the actual blog post and you will be able to comment there to enter.

Winner:
Congratulations to:
 

These are fine toys. I like when something so simple is so much fun
Please could you email me your postal details:)
Thanks so much
Linda
Discount Offer:
Armadillo Dreams is offering a special discount to Natural Suburbia readers! Enter code “NS312” during checkout to receive 10% off of your order!
Thank you so much to both Dustin and Amanda for joining us here today and sharing their thoughts and wonderful work with us.I wish you all the best with your beautiful business!
If you would like to become a sponsor here on Natural Suburbia, you can contact me at: lindadawkins@mweb.co.za
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67 Responses to Natural Suburbia Sponsor Giveaway from Armadillo Dreams

  1. Heather aka Proud Mama March 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    My friend received the weather set recently and it is truly gorgeous!

  2. sarah in the woods March 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Such beautifully made toys!

  3. Another March 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    they look adorable! please enter me into the competition! 😀

  4. Julia C March 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Cute toys! Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Lori ann March 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    it’s beautiful, such soft colors. thank you!

  6. W-S Wanderings March 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    Such lovely creations full of the glowing warmth of wood. Thank you 🙂

  7. Sunshine Mama March 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    What a beautiful set, their toys are so gorgeous!

  8. Mama Gone Green March 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    That pirate ship is the cutest thing ever! Love your stuff!

  9. barb March 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Thank you so much for the lovely giveaway. What a beautiful line of toys. I love the weather set. Great idea. Wonderful way to teach science to children.

  10. Maria March 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    I’m not entering the contest (no littles! lol) but I love these toys and this is definitely going to be a favorite shop! What workmanship and creativity!

  11. Kimberly Vervain March 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Beautiful wooden toys!

  12. Kimberly Vervain March 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    I just entered this on Facebook.

  13. Wendy Johnson March 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Nice! Armadillo Dreams has dreamy wood toys!!!

  14. MJ March 10, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    These are fine toys. I like when something so simple is so much fun

  15. Domestic Diva March 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. Rachel March 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Another wonderful give a way by lovely Linda! Thank you Linda!! These are fabulous!!

  17. The craft goddess March 10, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    These are gorgeous. My nephew would love them!

  18. Robin March 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    Her toys are beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway – my granddaughter would love them! cokelush at gmail

  19. Lenka March 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Beautiful! We have some Armadilllo Dreams toys and they are lovely. I wish you every success with your business!

  20. ikkinlala March 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    These are lovely!

  21. Joy March 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    I just received the weather set in the mail yesterday! It’s such a beautiful set. 🙂 I also ordered their Peter and the Wolf set. It’s just as beautiful. What a lovely giveaway from a wonderful shop!

  22. Sarah Policastro March 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Way, way cute!

  23. Tracey March 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    What beautiful toys, thank you!

  24. Melissa B March 10, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    I ordered some Armadillo Dreams toys for my children for Christmas and they are well made and beautiful. Check them out even if you don’t win!

  25. Melissa B March 10, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Armadillo Dreams is added as a favorite on my Esty shops.

  26. Hallie March 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    These would be such a wonderful addition to our nature table!! Love them!!

  27. MamaWestWind March 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Beautiful toys!!!! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Becca

  28. Miss Colleen March 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    I love these wooden weather toys! They would be perfect for my preschool classroom.

  29. Sarah O March 10, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Love their toys – so beautiful, yet simple.

  30. Kristin March 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    I was just admiring the Armadillo Dreams Shop the other day. The toys are so lovely and unique! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  31. Mama Ruck March 11, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    I like the bee and beehive set that they do. I have been eyeing the weather set for our circle times. Thank you for the giveaway!

  32. Sheila March 11, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    Would love to use these in my ESL classes at school!

  33. Shannon March 11, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    Generous and inspiring – going to have a good look now.
    Thank you both.

  34. Seaside Siblings March 11, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    They make some beautiful things. Thanks for giving us the chance to win some.

  35. Mummyzilla March 11, 2012 at 2:53 am #

    Wow those are beautiful. I’d love to win them

  36. Cathy March 11, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    I love the weather set. It would be perfect for my weather-loving kiddos (http://whiteapples.typepad.com/blog/2011/11/cloudy-with-a-chance-of-rainbow.html)!

  37. Janis March 11, 2012 at 4:19 am #

    I Love that!!!

  38. fleureche March 11, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    What beautiful toys! Thank you for sharing!

  39. Tanya M March 11, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    These are so beautiful!!! Thank you for the giveaway!

  40. Tanya M March 11, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    I just shared this giveaway on Facebook as Tanya Rubezhov.

  41. Tanya M March 11, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    I just blogged about this giveaway.
    http://tasik77.livejournal.com/17819.html

  42. ziezo March 11, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    I love their creations. They looks so lovely!

  43. KC Pagano March 11, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    These toys are fantastic! Such craftsmanship!

  44. Criossa March 11, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Please enter me too! I love the wooden toys and the weather ones are so unique!

  45. Something lubely March 11, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    What a beuatiful way for our children to learn about the weather !

  46. Marnie March 11, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    I was eyeing this set on Etsy earlier tonight! Then I found this giveaway!

  47. Marnie March 11, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    I retweeted this giveaway!

  48. Marnie March 11, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    I FBed this giveaway!

  49. Anonymous March 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    the weathr set is lovely. it would get a lot of use on our nature table! nancywalters44@hotmail.com

  50. bug March 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Really beautiful work! Love it! Any child would be lucky to be able to play with your toys.

  51. Michelle March 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    I am so happy to see your family doing well, and thank you for the beautiful toys.

  52. stephka March 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    i would so very much like to win that beautiful set for my kids! thanks for the chance to win them!

  53. Mel March 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    Wow, so unique! I would love to add this to a gift set at a baby shower I’m going to next month. The mom loves anything handmade and boutique! Thanks for the opportunity!

  54. Mel March 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    I blogged about your giveaway over at http://noplacelikehomekc.blogspot.com/. Thanks again for the giveaway opportunity!

  55. DaffodilAngel March 12, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    Wow, these toys are just beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the give-away.

  56. boatbaby March 12, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    I have been coveting this set for a while now! Thank you so much for the chance!

  57. Mimmy Ma March 12, 2012 at 4:45 am #

    Beautiful beautiful toys, thank you for the opportunity.

  58. Barefooted Mama March 12, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    would love to win ! beautiful wooden pieces!

    alaskan(dot)hippie(dot)mama(at)gmail(dot)come

  59. Chelsey March 12, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    This weather set is gorgeous!! I love it!

  60. Steph of Super Skivvies March 12, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    I love the simple designs. Beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity to win this stunning set!

    Steph
    http://superskivvies.biz

  61. Stacey March 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    They are such wonderful pieces. So simple and beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

  62. Melissa March 13, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    what great tools for play and learning. i love the love that handmade toys embody.

  63. Anonymous March 13, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    Your creations are amazing and I agree with you watching my children (all 5, well one will be 20 tomorrow the 13th) playing with hand crafted natural toys inspires me also with my small online buisness! Thank you for such a generouse giveaway! Leslie momtobushbabies@aol.com

  64. Rachel March 13, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    I love the weather set. Can’t wait to check out your shop!

  65. Counting Coconuts March 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Absolutely in LOVE with this set – and the entire story for that matter, my goodness what talented folks over there!

    Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway, and for all of your beautiful patterns! I’m just about to make some itty bitty hearts for my new babe. 🙂

    Warmly,
    Mari-Ann

  66. Joy March 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    I shared about the set here: http://www.anartfamily.com/2012/03/weatherand-other-homeschooling.html

  67. Plain and Joyful Living March 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    There pieces are just beautiful and I wish them lots of success with their dreams.

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