Little Alouette

Amy Turn Sharp of Little Alouette is one half of the duo that creates simple, modern, and eco friendly wooden teethers, blocks, rattles, and other toys. The shop uses certified organic seed oil to finish the products, which are made of locally grown Maple whenever possible.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Amy.
My Husband is a classically trained British master carpenter and he and I have always loved wood and building projects together- we have restored two old homes and when we had children we found the toy arts. We were tired of recalls and wanted a more natural way of play for our two sons. Little Alouette was born from our need for it.
Over a decade ago a handsome British boy and an Ohio lass met and fell madly in love at first sight in a sleepy university town. The boy was a classically trained master carpenter and the girl a writer with a bit of wanderlust. They worked together creatively through the years on many projects involving woodworking as they restored and remodeled homes together. The boy taught his love about trees on their land in the country and how to use power tools and the girl read poems to him while they worked. They started a journey of following their bliss and eventually brought two wee ones into the world and began creating wooden toys for them. They decided to share these wee wooden toys with the world and Little Alouette, LLC was born over hot steaming mugs of cocoa in the winter of 2007.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
have time off with family and just be together
Pancake Sundays
travel- bit of wanderlust here
dilly dally
read trashy mags and see old films

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Learning how to run a business.
The "becoming" of a biz is much like the begining of parenthood- the learning curve is steep!
I worry over small things and take things to personally.

I stress and stress over things that really don't matter at the end of the day.
I am trying in 2009 to be more focused on the real issues of my biz. No drama!

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I love love love our maple Waldorf teether rattle. It is so unique and modern looking. I am so pleased with it- it is my baby.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
a writer and an actress perhaps...

What other shops out there do you love?
and ALL of the shops I have featured on my series over at scoutie girl

What does your future hold?
I hope more and more happiness and a larger studio/workshop. We are working on local events this summer and have fun events planned her in Ohio that will focus on education, art, kids, and LA.
I honestly just want to be able to make gorgeous toys and gifts for people to enjoy. My husband and I are so inspired by our children and they give us so much- it is great to make these with love and unleash them to the world.

Visit Amy at Little Alouette or her blog as well as the new site