Manely Recycled

American Made Since 2009

Amy Bryan

Solana Beach, California
Thank you for looking into this shop of imaginative play. Unique, hand sewn, toddler-size hobby horses for play, love and room decor.

Tell us about your business.

Sewing one-of-a-kind art for your children is my passion. Three small boys of my own are my inspiration. When I was unable to find a beautiful, handmade hobby horse (stick pony) for my toddler, I made my own. Realizing there was a market gap, I made 8 more, painstakingly, completely by hand. I posted them to a quickly made etsy shop and sold out in just hours. I love what I do, love what I make, love the reactions children have when her new pony gallops from my sewing paddock to her side. I intend to continue sewing children's toys and art for a very, very long time. This is my passion and my creative outlet. I love the people I've met, the clients I work with, the children for whom I create.

What makes your business stand out?

Whenever practical, upcycled fabrics, ribbon, trimmings, yarns, etc. are used. I am proud that fewer beautiful, useful crafting materials fill the landfills of Southern California due to these creations.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Create for the children and the parents will also be happy.

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  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

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  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

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  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

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  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

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