tired wood robot toy after long day of work

One Year Anniversary

Happy Bungalow is one year old!  We celebrated at our hometown show.  We’ve come a long way since last year (view here)

There’s a number of new products and new show furniture to display them on.

A new easier on the back sign

And ever popular dollhouse furniture.

I’ll be adding more products for the upcoming slate of fall shows and I’m going to tweak the booth o give things a bit more pop.

The anniversary show went off well – increased sales from a year ago, loads of business cards handed out, and bunches of conversations.  A tiring day, but fun.  Phew.

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas


Don’t want a doll or dinky Tinker Toy? Not interested in crocodiles or rhinoceroses? No problem. Want a hippopotamus for Christmas? You got it. Happy Bungalow is excited to announce it’s I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas charity drive. Perfect stocking stuffers, holiday decor, or ornaments – each wood hippo is crafted and finished by Don Clark (owner of Happy Bungalow). Happy Bungalow will donate 40% of all its handmade hippo sales between now and December 31st to Heifer International and Cincinnati charity The Neediest Kids of All.

Happy Bungalow’s hippos come in six different woods: cherry, maple, hickory, red oak, poplar, and walnut. Hippopotamus ornaments are drilled and come with choice of cotton string, jute twine, or wool yarn hanger. All hippos come with a gift tag and ribbon.

Lots of love and work were involved in the crafting of each hippopotamus – the wood was planed smooth, the hippo profile was cut on a bandsaw, the edges sanded smooth, and then the corners were rounded to make these creatures as gentle as possible. The wood was finished by hand with linseed oil.

Founded in 2011, Happy Bungalow is the handcrafted creation of Don Clark. Don makes furniture and toys that are creatively detailed and filled with whimsy. Designed with care, each Happy Bungalow creation is meant to be enjoyed by many hands for years to come.