As you might guess, there is no shortage of toys here at the Bungalow. Plenty of wooden toys, sure, but we have some plastic toys as well. We encourage everyone to buy handmade wooden toys, perhaps in our online toy shop, but there are some thing you just can’t make out of wood. Like a tiny ladybug just a bit bigger than a penny (see below). Perhaps you’ll recognize her as the companion of a well known [and skimpily dressed] fairy. Wears a lot of green, has a fondness for lost things, and tinkering.
Anyway. The ladybug is a mighty favorite of one of the Kids here at the Bungalow. A faithful companion for months (literally never leaving his side). Some of the paint eventually wore off, and then off came an antennae. Liz and I were well practiced in finding the ladybug, so despite odds to the contrary, we found the broken antennae (about the thickness of spaghetti and 1/8″ long).
A superglue fix lasted about an hour. “The ladybug broke again!”
Okay. It’s time to get serious.
We can rebuild her. We have the technology. We can make her stronger.
I take our injured bug to the shop (note penny and vintage Lance’s X-Acto knife for scale). She needs a metal rod implanted to strengthen the break. By some miracle a company makes a drill bit just a bit thicker than a human hair (only sort of exaggerating). I carefully drill into the ladybug, then manage to drill into the broken antennae (and not my finger). Snip a piece of wire, glue it together, glue my fingers together.
Ugh. Yeah, I super-glued my fingers together. Note than slicing the fingers apart with an X-Acto knife is more challenging than you might think. But soaking your fingers nail-polish remover will [eventually] loosen up the glue (read: 1/2 hour of your life spent considering why you didn’t wear latex gloves).
But most importantly the ladybug was made whole and the Kids were happy and thankful.
Of course three weeks later it broke again. To our workmanship’s credit though, the new break was above the bionic implant. The broken piece was lost to eternity, but the Kids came to terms with the loss.
We’re happy to report that Ladybug is worn around the edges, but still well-loved.
Happy Bungalow is a family business – Don, Liz, and the Kids.Happy Bungalow makes wood toys – but don’t think grandpa whittling on the back porch, rather – roaring dinosaurs, zooming fast cars, flittering fairies, and the most awesome robots you’ll find. We use only natural wood (no stains) and only make toys we want our kids to play with (and yes, that we have fun playing with as well). We’re an old-fashioned family business – our woodshop is part of our house and holds a number of tools, but no lasers. Every piece is cut by hand, sanded silky smooth, and finished with love. Well, linseed oil and beeswax actually – it turns out love doesn’t adhere to wood very well.
The adventures of Three Bold Babies. Circling the globe and riding dragons. We have three adventurous babies here at the Bungalow (or recent babies) who would LOVE to ride a dragon. Just not the jagged-skinned, fire-breathed, sharp-toothed variety. We mostly dream up purple dragons with yellow stars and blue stripes. And polka dots. There must always be polka dots on your dragon.
And we must not forget that, of course, it is the rare exception that babies are allowed to gallivant around the world. Most triplets spend their waking hours being photographed.