In the fall of 2014, we found out about one of the 5 greatest gifts we would ever receive. The news met John and I with complete shock and uncertainty…and that was before we knew he would have Down Syndrome. We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to go through the natural stages of grief, confusion, and scary uncertainty before he arrived, so that upon his entrance into the world at 36 weeks on May 14, 2015, our hearts were overwhelmed with complete joy and fullness! It’s hard to remember feeling complete before Teddy. He makes us who we are. He has opened our eyes to bigger capabilities, dreams and aspirations. I am so grateful to be his mother and have this front row seat to all that he will achieve and accomplish in his lifetime. Today is World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. To honor Teddy, I took the 3/21 pledge and donated $21 to Ruby’s Rainbow at 321pledge.org, an organization that helps make higher education and achieving all things possible for people with Down Syndrome. Second, I pledge to be kind and compassionate to people of all abilities, and to raise my children to do the same. Finally, 10% of Little Bird Vintage Designs sales this week will be donated to Ruby’s Rainbow.
Ever wonder how your Bird (Lion, Octopus or Gecko) from Little Bird Vintage Designs comes to life? In this series, I walk you through, step by step on the making of your Little Bird Blanket! Featuring our New Ava Bird Blanket with our Signature Ava Bird on a beautiful setting of Purple and Mint was inspired by my oldest daughter, 10 years ago! We’ve had 4 more additions to our Nest since and over 13 Collections within 4 Product lines to choose from!
When a Blanket//Lovie//Pillow is purchased from Little Bird Vintage Designs, a Little Bird blanket is donated to a child in need at a local Children’s Shelter. Because I believe every child should be wrapped in warmth, love and happiness everyday.
Enjoy and follow along! And a great way to support a socially responsible small business is to share the good news! Comment below and I’ll personally thank you 🙂
Help spread Warmth, Love and Happiness throughout the world by shopping Little Bird! www.littlebirdvintagedesigns.com
Little Bird Vintage Designs is SO excited to take roost in our
3rd Pop Up Nest at the 23rd Annual Holiday Olé Market from
Wednesday, Oct. 26th – Saturday, Oct. 29th, 2016 at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall!!
- ALL locally made products have a LOCAL Give associated with them!
- For each blanket, pillow and/or Lovie purchased, a blanket will be donated to the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio.
- 5% will be donated to the Food Bank of San Antonio providing meals to children in need within our community from every Little Bird apparel and accessory items purchased.
- Full Collections on ALL 13 available +
- Introducing our NEW Limited Edition Alden Winter Collection!!
- Special Collection Prices!
- NEW Ornaments and Mini Lovies available
- Flat Rate $4 shipping available for show.
- Monogramming available on order–free in town pick up at Bambino’s Baby Boutique off Basse Road in Lincoln Heights Shopping Center.
- Bring 9 of the 12 items listed below that will be donated to the Food Bank of San Antonio and receive a FREE Tote Bag!
- Tag us in your post of you shopping in our Pop Up Nest at the Holiday Ole Market and receive 10% off your initial purchase!
- Tag us and follow us on ALL of our Social Media Outlets and received a Free Tote Bag AND 10% off your initial purchase!
I hope you come shop Little Bird this Ole Market and help spread warmth, love and happiness throughout San Antonio this year!!
I am THRILLED to announce our newest NEST! Little Bird Vintage Designs is now a part of the Cultivated Kids Showroom in Dallas Market Center! They were Awarded 2016 Best Dallas Showroom by Earnieshaw’s magazine!
Be sure to check our line out this week at the
Dallas Children’s Market October 24-28th!
Schedule an appointment 🌵🌵🌵🌵🌵
I look forward to filling your orders!!
A give is associated with every hand made product produced at Little Bird Vintage Designs.
For every blanket, lovie or minky pillow purchased, a blanket is donated to a child in need. We have partnered with the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio to perfect a model to work with children’s shelters across the nation to ensure Gives take place within each community where Little Bird Vintage Designs products are sold.
For all Little Bird Vintage Designs apparel and accessories sold, 5% of proceeds are donated to #feedingamerica programs through community food banks to provide meals to children in need in each community Little Bird Vintage Designs products are sold. This is what we call our Buy Love, Give Love Branch.
We LOVE working with each of our boutiques and their customers!
Looking forward to meeting you and having you join our flock!
DEBUTING NEW Limited Edition Winter Collection as well as NEW MINI Lovies and Christmas Ornaments with a Purpose!
Each purchase from Little Bird benefits local organizations.
The Children’s Shelter, where Blankets are donated from each purchase of a Little Bird Blanket, Pillow or Lovie;
5% from ALL Little Bird Apparel and Accessory items provide meals to the @safoodbank.
Karen Jenkins Saunders, owner of Bambinos – Baby & Children’s Boutique will be donating all proceeds made from Little Birds on Saturday, October 15th to Threads of Love San Antonio, a local non profit that benefits Premies and families of NICU babies locally! So get out your Christmas List and come Shop Little Bird this weekend at Bambinos!!
An Extension of our Buy Love, Give Love Branch. With Every Minky Pillow, Lovie or Blanket purchase, a Blanket is donated to a child in need that is receiving care and services at the Children’s Shelter.
From the sales in our fall/winter quarters in 2015, 1750 meals were provided and 40 blankets were donated to children throughout San Antonio from the funds donated from Little Bird thanks to your support and purchases!
Our Goal for 2016:
3500 meals DONATED along with 150 Blankets to the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio!
Special For the Bambino’s Event Saturday, October 15th:
Bring in 9 of the recommended 12 Pantry items to donate to the San Antonio Food Bank and receive
a Free Eco Friendly Tote Bag from Little Bird!!!
Each product created, produced and sold at Little Bird Vintage Designs has a Give associated with it and is produced in the most eco-friendly, socially responsible manner. From the online shop back at our Nest to a boutique near you, our packaging clearly states what is wrapped within each purchase. Our Buy Love, Give Love Branch and philosophy is to spread warmth, love and happiness, one little bird at a time. It’s easy to be part of the giving; simply shop Little Bird Vintage Designs!
Come See us Saturday, October 15th!
With each purchase from Little Bird Vintage Designs, 5% is donated to organizations that benefit children within the community Little Bird Vintage Designs product is sold.
Our signature appliquéd laptees, onesies and crews are hand painted, heat set, individually stitched and 100% American made, ensuring your Little Bird Vintage Designs appliquéd crews remain a favorite wardrobe staple for your fledgling (and future fledglings) for years to come! Every item is washable, dryable and most importantly, lovable!
The method used for each printed item is called direct to garment print. I chose this method because it causes zero negative impact on the environment by only using water-based inks, no chemicals! You are sure to love the designs blending into the fibers of the fabric, rather than them laying on top and fading after only a few washes. Direct to garment print images are also soft to the touch, and not harsh in any way (baby approved!).
All of our hand created products here at Little Bird Vintage Designs are 100% washable, dryable and LOVABLE!
Each product as well as packaging is 100% earth, environment and baby friendly!
In 2011 we were able to donate 40 blankets to a local San Antonian organization, SAMMinistries, a homeless shelter that supports families in need. They have a campus that provides housing and assistance in order to directly support these families.
Little Bird’s Branching Out projects have been centered around things that I hold dear to my heart, such as security, safety and income through a steady job, all things which I am extremely grateful for. When I travel, I nearly come unhinged with the absence of a routine, so I could not imagine having insecurities in these major areas of my life. My five fledglings are lovie and blanket enthusiasts! Lovies bring such happiness to each of them and provide them with a sense of protection and security, especially when we travel! It is my wish to provide a similar sense of security, warmth and love to all children–whether through purchase or, as in this case, the donation of a blanket.
I received a really sweet thank you note from SAMMinistries, and a couple of pictures of a blanket in use from this sweet little girl! It meant a lot to me, and made me even more thankful for you, all our Little Bird fans who made such a gift possible. I thought I’d share them with you, thank you!
On behalf of the smallest residents in our SAMM shelters, thank you for your thoughtful donation of blankets! It is clear from your email that this donation is truly a gift from your heart. Your sincerity and generosity are so special and I want to thank you for sharing of yourself and your business with those who are struggling.
…I had the opportunity last week to meet a sweet three-year-old little girl at our Haven for Hope campus. She is pictured in the attached photos using one of the Little Bird blankets. She had the brightest smile and was eager to have her photo taken with the new blanket. Her mom just brought home a new baby sister for her (just a few weeks old) and I am sure that the blanket will give her comfort during the transition. I hope you can see that your blankets are truly making an impact.
Thank you for thinking of SAMMinistries for your outreach and donations.
Throughout 2015, Little Bird Vintage Designs focused it’s giving efforts toward benefiting local non-profit organizations in San Antonio, Texas such as The Center for Family Relations, now known officially as The Guardian House. I would like to be more intentional in the blanket donations and worked alongside their Executive Director, Shannon White, to develop the a product that would act not only as an item of comfort and love to the recipient, but also aid in counseling sessions as a therapeutic tool. We developed a 10″x10″ version of our Lovie and used our smaller animals in the corner of the soft minky square. They were a hit and we were so happy to work with the agency to ensure the donated blankets would indeed be needed, used and loved. I’ve attached the thank you note we received from Mrs. White since you play a pivotal role in our ability to donate. With each product you purchase from Little Bird Product, we GIVE! We call this our Buy Love, Give Love Branch.
Dear Little Bird Vintage Designs,
On behalf of the families and staff at the Center for Family Relations, I would like to thank you for your generous donation of Little Bird Vintage Designs blankets. Our families had a wonderful time at the Give event and have fallen in love with their blankets. One of our little clients was going to begin seeing her father at our center; she hadn’t seen him for a while and was a bit nervous. The Give event was her first introduction to our staff and facility. At the Give, she played with staff and other children, engaged in the art activities you provided and had cookies…she was joyful and lugging her blanket around like an old friend. Her tension replaced by confidence and security, she came easily to the Center for her visits.
One look in the eyes of a child that has received a gift of your blanket, and one understands that this is not just a blanket to them. It is a tangible expression of security, love and hope. At the Center for Family Relations, we utilize the Little Bird blanket as a therapeutic tool. For many children coming to visit their parent in a supervised setting there may be elements of fear, anxiety, loss of control, anger and confusion. The Little Bird blanket goes such a long way in helping alleviate those feelings…the soft, textured material is soothing and comforting; the blanket provides a sense of control, security. It is a gift of love and hope.
As you know, not all of the blankets were given out at the Give event. I would like to share the story about what happened with two of the Little Bird blankets that were awaiting a home. Grandma brought in her pre-teen granddaughter and grandson for grief counseling – their mother had recently died unexpectedly and Christmas was right around the corner. They were struggling under the weight of this turn of events. After their session, the counselor presented a blanket to each of the children. Both they, and grandma, began to cry. They explained that this was the first time they had really been able to talk about their mother’s death, and their blankets were the first sense of peace they had experienced. They shared, through their tears, that they will think of her every time they use their blanket.
Thank you for sharing your joyful optimism with the children at the Center for Family Relations. These beautiful blankets unfold a story of comfort, love and joy at a time when they so need it…when their world has been turned upside-down. We appreciate you designating the Center for Family Relations as a partner for your Buy Love, Give Love program, and we look forward to continuing to partner with you!
Giving back feels great! We are moved beyond words each time we hear stories like this, and hope to grow our Gives every year to spread more warmth love and happiness! We hope that by seeing the impact we are able to make with your help, you’ll want to keep Little Bird Vintage Designs on your wish list all year round!
For every blanket, lovie or minky pillow purchased, Little Bird Vintage Designs donates a blanket to a child in need…Buy Love, Give Love.
Our signature appliquéd anti-pill fleece blankets, lovies and minky pillows are 100% American made, hand painted, heat set, and individually stitched, ensuring your Little Bird Vintage Designs Appliquéd Blanket and Pillow remains a favorite with your fledgling (and future fledglings) for years to come!
100% washable, dryable and LOVABLE!
Your trademarked appliqué will remain bold in color and become softer with each wash and use.
Help us spread warmth, love and happiness throughout the world by purchasing from Little Bird Vintage Designs!
Since 2011, Little Bird Vintage Designs has had a Give associated with our blanket and minky pillow lines – For every blanket, lovie or minky pillow sold, a blanket is given to a child in need. As our apparel and accessories lines grew, we decided we needed to dream up a way to make an impact through all of our hand crafted Little Bird products!
Little Bird partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank and designated a 5% Give from all apparel and accessory sales to be donated to their Hunger Initiative Program, which aids in reducing childhood hunger in the community. From the sales in our fall/winter quarters in 2015, 1750 meals were provided to children throughout San Antonio from the funds donated from Little Bird thanks to your support and purchases!
Today, each product created, produced and sold at Little Bird Vintage Designs has a Give associated with it and is produced in the most eco-friendly, socially responsible manner. From the online shop back at our Nest to a boutique near you, our packaging clearly states what is wrapped within each purchase. Our Buy Love, Give Love Branch and philosophy is to spread warmth, love and happiness, one little bird at a time. It’s easy to be part of the giving; simply shop Little Bird Vintage Designs!
Wishing you warmth, love and happiness today and all days!