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Socially Responsible Company

Shop socially responsible products this year with Little Bird Vintage Designs this year!

Every aspect of Little Bird Vintage Designs is as sustainably produced as possible

Little Bird Vintage Designs prides itself on being a Socially Responsible Company and Product. Family owned and operated, American Made, each of our 4 product lines practice minimal to zero waste throughout production. From our Marketing Material which is produced on recycled, recyclable paper, to our Direct To Garment Print which uses water-based ink and is extremely Earth and Kid Friendly, to our hand Painted Applique’s, each individually painted onto organic Cotton and sewn to ensure the quality you would expect.

We only have one Earth and I feel passionately about preserving it for generations to come.

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Tales from a Mompreneur #2

Many ask what my typical day looks like, and in my favorite podcast:  Entrepreneurs on Fire, their second routine question to their guest is always:  What does a typical morning look like for you?

I know my Mompreneur Friends can relate:  Typical?!?!

I have 4 children, and I’m pregnant with my 5th–and that’s this year…  My spouse works shift work, which varies from month to month on which days he’ll be on and then off and then on and then off… I try and be as much a full time parent first, Spouse second and Mompreneur 3rd, but that’s a difficult request when deadlines come up.  Luckily, my husband loves being a full time parent just as much when he’s home, so it makes the balance  a little easier. 🙂

Here are 2 examples of a “Typical” day for me:

6:45:  Wake up, get fully ready for the day, heat up 16 oz of water with lemon and drink up!

7:05:   Check on boys, who are already up eating breakfast together after doing their morning routine of making beds, brushing teeth, and getting socks on–We wear our clothes for the next day instead of Pajamas, a trick my neighbor Fran taught me long ago 😉

7:10:  I get the girls breakfast set, wake them up, shuffle them through their morning routine and then get lunches out (I make a weeks worth all on Sunday night), and we’re out the door as soon as they eat!

8:00ish:  We arrive at school.  We have a bit of a commute since we’ve moved.  It’s worth it though.  I really love this trapped quality time with each of them and it allows us all a chance to fully wake up for the day.

9:00:  I’m back home and start to work.  Everyday is a new agenda for work, some days are filled with producing, some with inventorying, some with webwork, all start with checking orders!

Noon:  I break for lunch, either solo or with my husband, or any employee that might be working that day.  And go for a walk and just get moving for a bit.

1:00:  I wrap up work projects so that I’m done by 2 just in case I need to run errands before I pick up around 3ish, or just take a quick power nap–which as of this year, I’ve had to work into my routine again, with a life form growing each day inside of me.

3:30:  Kids are loaded and we start our commute back home.

By 4:00 we’re home for the day and luckily we live on a fabulous property for both kids and adults that allows for peaceful outdoor play and adventures or just a serene setting to just sit and observe 🙂

5:30:  I’ve got dinner started while kids pair off for showers (we have 2 girls and 2 boys so it makes it easier).  My big kids are so much help with my littles, and thankfully they are all pretty self sufficient beings.  AND it helps that they pick out their own clothes and take pride in dressing themselves.

6:00:  We eat!  Together, when possible, which thankfully is most nights since we’re not quite at that extracurricular phase of life yet…

6:45:  Night time routine begins, books are read by and/or to all 4, and they’re asleep (or content in their own bed winding down by 7!)

7:15PM:  This fluctuates with John’s schedule.  When he’s working, I get back to work in my studio.  When he’s off, I’m off.

Bedtime could come earlier, but it’s usually closer to 11….

and then wake up and do it all again.

ON A DEADLINE:

I wake up at 5:15 and do my morning routine and head to the studio to sneak in 2 hours before my world wakes up, and then work while they’re in school or around them when they’re home, and then by 7:15, work until midnight or so…


Luckily as a mompreneur, I have an inner drive that keeps me going–entreprenuering paired with mommying is challenging, but doable if both roles are something you love and are passionate about.  I love that I rarely waste an hour throughout my day–and when I do, it’s painful.. I feel it.  My biggest weakness is making time to just sit and veg out.  I’ve got so much life to live!

I am so grateful for a fabulous team though!  I couldn’t even think of Mompreneuring successfully without outsourcing–Which I do locally.

Taira has become our Fiber Artist Extraordinaire by just being responsible for that component of Little Bird.  When I was doing it all, the painting was sub par to say the least 🙂  Each Animal comes to you Bold, touchable and soft.  IT’s been triple coated with quality textile paint, heat set, and washed, ensuring your Bird, Lion, Octopus and/or Gecko remains as lovable and bright as the day you brought it home to your Nest!  Completely washablethe painted animals simply get softer with each use and wash!

Karen and Mariana have completely mastered and taken ownership of each stitch sewn on each animal, making each of our 4 Trademarked Animals come to life!  I remember when they first stitched an Octopus and stayed on the line with each curve to all 8 tentacles!  I was sold!  I’m a self taught seamstress (and painter), so the minute I could pass those tasks off couldn’t come soon enough!  They are brilliant at it.  And the 3 of them make such a dream team!

My Website and Marketing are now outsourced to Angela Wysocki, of Make it Radiant. She keeps me on top of my web design and development and provides me with all things marketing and upward moving in my business.

Jennifer Fraser, a fellow Mompreneur and Little Bird’s photographer and visual imaging specialist, keeps Little Bird looking fresh, exciting and completely approachable!  I love her work and style.  I needed my product to come across as touchable and warm in pictures and she achieves that so beautifully!  My tags on each of our products are thanks to her mad skills.

Erin Wallace of www.tinytwistcreative.com, is the creative force behind 3 of 4 of Little Bird’s 4 Trademarked Animals, and the designer of my Brand identity and Visual Image!  We started working together when we just had a Bird in our Nest 🙂

AND Anastasia Postema is the Original Artist of THE Signature Ava Bird!  I will forever be grateful for the gift she gave to Ava way back in January of 2007.   I remember the moment like it was yesterday.  I opened the door to her standing with a lot of crafts she was giving me as she was packing the last of her things for their trek to Oregon to live.  And then she handed me the Lovie, our first Ava Bird Lovie.  It was a beautiful gray, original design, Bird, on a minky square of mint green stripe and pink minky backing, with little pink minky circles on the front.   It was love at first site….  More on the rest of the story another time.

Thank you ladies for making Little Bird a reality!  There’s no looking back–excited for all that is to come!!

Wishing you a Warm, Happy Day today, FULL of Love and Whimsy!

Joyfully Optimistic Bird,

Grace

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Why Little Bird Uses Direct To Garment Printing on all Printed Totes and shirts:

Why Eco-Friendly Print—{Direct to Garment Print}??

Direct to Garment Printing practices are pretty new, 6 years old to be exact.  It’s a safer, cleaner, environmentally conscience option to Screen Print.  Using Water based inks and dyes rather than screens and harsh chemicals, just makes sense to me.

That’s why I chose this process for Little Bird Vintage Designs.

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