Happy Bungalow is a Family Business

Happy Bungalow is a family business – Don, Liz, and the Kids.hand-drawn family portraitHappy 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.

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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.

vintage illustration  the adventures of three bold babies

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.

vintage baby show photo

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A Magic Spell for Turning Your Brother Into a Toad

magic spell for turning your brother into a toad

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A Magic Spell for Getting What You Want

Here at the Bungalow we have loads of kids still learning the finer points of negotiation.  For the most part they do well, except when they’re a little hungry or a bit tired.  When they’re hungry and tired?  Then the going can get rough.  They don’t call it the magic word for nothing. So myself (Don) and Liz work tirelessly on this particular spell.

For Getting What You Want

When begging has failed you.
When crying is no good.
Your tantrums were for naught?
Then try saying these words,
with a flick of your wand
and a slight bend of the knees:

“Oh please oh please oh please.
May I have this please?”

Magic Spell Written on top of Vintage Manuscript

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Robot Lords from Cosmic Space

Vintage Looking Sci-Fi Movie Poseter With Robots

“Vintage” movie poster:  Robot Lords from Cosmic Space.  Looks nice, and maybe passably real at a glance.  Though we made this one up ourselves.  The robots in the poster are renderings of our own wooden robot toys available for purchase in our online toy shop.  Pick one up and make some fun of your own.

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Lions Strike Fear Into the Hearts of Millions

We’ve been collecting vintage images and illustrations for a while now.  There are a ton of cool old pictures out there.  Some are a bit disturbing, others speak to deep-rooted fears.  Like lions.

I was at the zoo with the Kids last year and for the first time heard an honest to goodness lion roar.  We weren’t even at the lion exhibit.  We were over looking that rhino or the ice cream cones or something.  But man was that lion load.

So yes, this vintage illustration from a French book will probably give me a nightmare tonight.

French Book Coverpainting- Lions Stalking Campsite

And what is wrong with this lady?  Didn’t she hear about Siegfried and Roy?  Well, I guess not, since this picture is from 1894.  (On a side-note, the lion I heard roar at the zoo was a white lion donated to the zoo by Siegfried and Roy.)

We found this image with some assorted circus images – you know – weird clowns, high-wire acts over pits of fire, and this – stuff that makes sword swallowing look tame.  It’s bad enough to not have a fence between you and the lion, but to have a fence trapping you?  Eek!

Lion Tamer in Cage with Lion - Vintage Illustration

But fear not!  Happy Bungalow makes a lovable, touchable, almost cuddly wooden lion toy.  Head over to our online toy shop and pick up your own lion.

wooden toy lion

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Wooden Toy Rhinos

Sure, you’d love to have a real rhino for your kid’s 8th birthday party.  I mean come on: rhino rides for everyone all afternoon!  Pony rides are fun and all, but you want those kids to remember the day?  Call in the rhinos!

But good grief, the reams of permits and insurance forms you need for that.  And they’d probably do some damage to the lawn (rhinos are on the heavy side).  Not to mention the rhino’s notorious poor eyesight.  If one mistook you cherry tree for a ne’er–do–well lion – goodbye cherry tree.wooden toy rhinos

Perhaps we’d better stick with wooden toy rhinos to make your party unforgettable.  Every Happy Bungalow rhino favor is made to order just for your party, ready in about a week. We use natural hardwoods (no stains) like ash, cherry (though not charged down by a near-sited rhino), hickory, maple, oak, poplar, red oak, sassafras, and walnut. wooden toy rhino party favorsPick up your own wooden toy rhinos from our online toy shop today.

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Wooden Elephant Party Favors

You’re throwing a party but don’t know what to give for party favors? Cash is easy, but seems impersonal to for 8 year-olds. Candy just ends up creating hyper-manics or screaming-tantrums. Those plastic toys from the party store are cheap, but they end up in a landfill before the week is out.

wooden elephant toy party favorWhat you need are handmade, natural wooden toys that these kids’s kids will be playing with. Give your party goers a favor they’re certain to remember: a natural, handmade wood elephant.wooden elephant toy party favorEvery animal favor is made to order just for your party, ready in about a week. We use natural hardwoods (no stains) like ash, cherry, hickory, maple, oak, poplar, red oak, sassafras, and walnut. We’ll make your animals from a mix of these woods or use a custom wood selection to your liking. We sand all the wood by hand until it’s smooth and protect the wood with a beeswax polish we make ourselves. wooden elephant toy party favorThese wooden elephants are available right now in our shop.  Click here to take yours home today.

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Heirloom Giraffe Party Favors

With these giraffes you won’t have to stretch yourself to find the perfect favor for your guests.  Okay, we’re fans of lame jokes, but we take toy-crafting seriously around here.  We make these giraffes (and all of our toys) to last.

  heirloom wood giraffe party favorEvery piece is cut individually and crafted with care.  We sand all the wood by hand until it’s smooth and protect the toy with a beeswax polish we make ourselves.heirloom wood giraffe party favorEvery animal favor is made to order just for your party, ready in about a week. We use natural hardwoods (no stains) like ash, cherry, hickory, maple, oak, poplar, red oak, sassafras, and walnut. We’ll make your animals from a mix of these woods or use a custom wood selection to your likingheirloom wood giraffe party favorSaunter over to our webstore and take home some of these long-necked beauties today.

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Dinosaurs vs Cars

The day was getting on just fine until the dinosaurs showed up and started turning over cars.wood dinosaurs cause havok with wooden toy cars in play sceneWant to have a dinosaurs vs cars matchup in your own home?  Well, just head over to our shop and pick up some wood dinosaurs and toy cars.

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