About Us

Wildflower Toys ™ is a small family business in northern California. All our dolls are designed and handmade by owner, Suzanne Barker.

 We are a homesteading, homeschooling family and many times fairies come to life while listening to a spelling test or history lesson.


Wildflower Toys owner Suzanne

Owner Suzanne Barker with one of her Jacobs sheep when they were babies.


How Wildflower Toys got its start.

 

Elves and Angels northern Maine

As a young girl growing up, I lived with my parents and 11 brothers and sisters on a small farm in Maine. My father was a toymaker and my mother homeschooled us children. Together they built a home and a way of life that to often is forgotten these days. A life of hard work and old fashioned values, where creativity thrived.

Suzanne with first Elves and Angels toys Back in 1988
Suzanne with one of the first Elves and Angels toys Back in 1988.

I have always loved working with my hands. My parents encouraged my love of learning new skills and supported my interests.
My mother taught me to knit when I was only 4 years old and how to sew as well. My father taught me the value of a hard days work, the importance of quality and the pride you feel in a job well done. He has always worked harder then anyone I know, and yet he still sees the world through the eyes of a child...
David Smalley owner of Elves and Angels
My dad, David Smalley. Head Elf and owner of Elves and Angels since 1988.

I now have a family of my own and as I raise my own daughters I found myself wanting to show them the same spark, the same innocence that my parents had shown me. In our world of disposable, Made in China products, I wanted them to understand, to feel the difference of something made by hand. I wanted them to experience the kind of quality toys that our grandparents had...the kind that you don't just throw away.
And so, I started making toys and clothes...a doll for Christmas, a new skirt for a birthday...Eventually Wildflower Toys was born.
 It is my mission to carry the highest quality, heirloom, children's toys and gifts that will be cherished for years to come.
Childhood is short and we should allow our children to remain innocent for that short time, surrounding them with things of quality and beauty.
Suzanne Barker
Wildflower Toys