It's the tail end of Handmade Toy Alliance's (HTA) blog week and I want to give a shout out to my friend and colleague Mary Newell, HTA Treasurer and creator of the ingenious Mary's Soft Dough!
Mary goes above and beyond her role at the HTA; Aside from her awesome work as Treasurer, she makes sure our member information is organized, contributes to our website, has performed endless hours of research, and taken part in CPSC panels to help adapt the interpretation of CPSIA in Washington. Mary has a way of brightening our days with her sense of humor, even when things aren't looking so good.
Please scroll down to the bottom after reading about Mary, so you can learn more about the HTA and it's important mission.
Mary's Softdough is a unique toy designed to let kids create all kinds of soft sculptures. Taken apart and stored in its airtight containers, the dough can be used again and again. What I like best is that the doughs come in lots of colors including some that have glitter and yummy natural scents mixed in. Even better, it's made from food grade materials so it's completely non toxic and safe.
Mary makes every batch of Softdough from scratch herself in her Oregon workshop. I remember Mary telling me her story about a fairly large (natural/organic) burger chain that had requested thousands of mini dough packs for their kid meal boxes, and yep she made them all herself! Take a look at Mary's complete line and find out where you can purchase Mary's Softdough at softdough.com You'll be happy you did.
A few words about the Handmade Toy Alliance (HTA). The HTA is a non profit organization that was formed in 2008 after Mattel recalled millions of lead laced toys and the CPSIA lead law was introduced. The CPSIA has put hundreds of businesses and handmade items in danger of disappearing forever.
Powered completely by volunteers, the HTA has been working hard ever since to help keep producers and retailers of small batch children's items from having to close shop. Find out more about the HTA's remarkable mission, becoming a member, and how you can help at handmadetoyalliance.org