Have you seen these sweet little hand painted peg dolls around social media? They seem to be taking little one’s worlds by storm, and I won’t lie, I am not surprised at all. We are huge fans of wooden toys, and (of course) we are huge fans of handcrafted things.
The most amazing thing about these little wooden dolls is that your child gets to use their imagination in every aspect of play with them. Imagination is important for little ones learning about people or events they don’t directly experience, like history or worldly events. It allows children to wonder about the future, like what they will do when they grow up.
The fact that a wooden toy has no sound or buttons, means the child must manually push, pull, walk, talk, and dance for the character. This requires the child to have an active mind! It teaches them through play, and that is vital for brain stimulation and growth.
Maria is so sweet to offer a 15% off discount just for my readers! All you have to do is visit Anitas Peg Dolls and use the code MISTY15. Make sure to visit her Instagram as well so you can keep up with her new products, sales, and giveaways, and her Facebook, too!
Learn more about Maria and Anita’s Peg Dolls below.
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Maria Casanova, I’m a mom of twin girls, and since September as one of my girl’s wrote in her mother’s day questionnaire, her mom’s job is cooking and painting dolls! My husband’s work has taken us on adventures all around the world, living in 5 different countries in the last 10 years, and Canada is our home now!
Tell us a little bit about your company – How did it come to be?
The name of my store is Anitas Peg Dolls, in honor of my twins’ names Ana Isabella & Ana Teresa, and in Spanish Anitas means little Anas.
One day, I started painting our own family for the girls to play, and their reaction and excitement when they saw it and started recognizing themselves on the peg dolls made me keep doing it.
What have you learned since you opened your business?
That time is very important from any point of view. Everything takes time; even the smallest, simplest common thing will require time. You might think that taking a picture is just that, but no, the light, the setting, the product, even choosing the best picture will take time, and you need to know it for you to learn to manage your time specially if your are working from home, where other people or situations might need your attention too. I’m for one, I’m still working on that.
What is your biggest tip for someone interested in starting their own business?
Be patient, and give it time. Some weeks you might have a lot of sales and enquiries, but some weeks you might have less. Don’t be sad about it, on those days, keep yourself busy creating new things!
What does a day in your life look like?
It’s pretty busy, I’m not going to say I wake up at 5am because Thank God the girls sleep at least until 7! Apart from cooking and painting (like my daughter said), they girls go a couple of days a week to Preschool, plus ballet and gymnastics. So, pretty much our day is gone getting ready to go out and settling back home, playing outside, until around 5pm when my husband is back home, and the day gets so much easier…. Fridays and the weekends are our days with no scheduled activities, and we love it!!
Who inspires you?
For new designs and ideas, the girls with their games, their clothes, their color combinations, their curiosity about the world. My husband with his ideas about new dolls, specially for boys themes. Sometimes nature with its seasons, colors, and little creatures, especially here in Canada where even with very long winter, each season has its time to show off its beauty.
Even though my family are my biggest inspiration and supporters, the opportunity that apps like Instagram bring to business owners to share part of their lives and their products, you get to connect with great people and even if you only get to know them via photos and email, they’ll give you advice and inspire you to keep going on.
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