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The Making of your Bird (Lion, Octopus and Gecko)!

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!

Each of the 5 Trademarked Animals from Little Bird Vintage Designs are hand painted, (triple coated and heat set to ensure your Bird, Lion, Octopus or Gecko stay bold and bright with each wash and use) individually stitched (as highlighted in the video below) and then appliquéd onto one of the 4 product lines offered at Little Bird!

I hope you enjoy this Making of your Bird Series!

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! Shop Little Bird!

Joyously!

Grace

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Perfect Equals Procrastination!

“Perfect equals Procrastination”. This quote hit me right between the eyes this past week as I closed out 2016 and headed into 2017.

I have wanted to do a series to give our Little Bird fans and followers greater insight into the everyday business of building this Little Bird Vintage Designs venture of mine all while raising 5 fledglings throughout these past 10 years! It just seemed like I could never quite coordinate my make-up, hair, attire, time without distraction, thoughts and so on…

And so, without further adieu, I present to you my imperfect take on a vlog that, if you can get past wardrobe, will hopefully provide you with a deeper connection into this venture and your connection to it.

Ten years ago, I began this dream with one trademarked animal. It has now grown into five inspired trademarked animals and four product lines, which each have a Give associated with them, all produced right here in South Texas.

My mission to spread warmth, love, and happiness throughout the world, one Little Bird at a time, was inspired by my personal motherhood story. I wanted to share the same warmth, love and security to children in need throughout my community and world that I am able to provide daily to my own children. I decided to do so through a for-profit give model in order to show my children through example how one person, one family, one business can make a positive impact in the world while also making a living.

Little Bird currently partners with The Children’s Shelter of San Antonio to donate blankets to children in need. We hope to eventually give to children’s shelters nationwide in order to donate blankets within each community they are sold to benefit children in need across America.

For all apparel and accessory lines we carry, a percentage of proceeds are donated to local food banks through the Feeding America program to provide meals to children in need throughout the nation. At Little Bird Vintage Designs, we call this our Buy Love, Give Love Branch!

Follow along by subscribing to our YouTube channel, and The Chirp (our company blog) littlebirdvintagedesigns.com.

Wishing you warmth, love and happiness in the year ahead!

Grace

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Environmentally Conscious

When Little Bird Vintage Designs™ began to offer a Printed Line, back in 2011, Environmentally Conscious printing methods was a must. The Direct To Garment Printing method was the clear choice to use due to it’s zero impact on the environment in production. All inks used in this printing method for Little Bird Vintage Designs products are 100% water based, chemical free. And each item is individually printed to ensure 100% attention to quality and consistency every time.  We are thrilled to present our Printed Earth and Kid friendly product line!  We hope this trend catches on!

Shop your favorite Little Bird Vintage Designs Collection today!

Wishing you warmth, Love and happiness!

Joyously!

Grace

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It all started with a… {Part 1}

Each year I tell the magical startup tale of Little Bird Vintage Designs.  “It all began with a Lovie and our Signature Ava Bird.”   Little Bird Vintage Designs got started 9 years ago this month in Corpus Christi, TX.  My husband was beginning his residency, and we were starting our family with just the one, Ava.

A Hand Painted, originally designed, Ava Bird Lovie was given to Ava as a goodbye gift from my very best and probably most influential of mommy friends, Anastacia Postema.  It was love at first sight!  I knew right then and there in the doorway of our tiny apartment, this was IT!  This was the product I had been dreaming of when I envisioned being an entrepreneur — I had found it!  The moment was magical, I still remember it as if it was yesterday.  I told Anastacia my plan and got to work on implementing it the very next day by heading to the court house and registering Little Bird Vintage Design (Side Note: in 2011, I officially changed the name to Little Bird Vintage Designs.)  It was the first name that came to mind, and since I couldn’t imagine anything but a bird at the time, it just felt perfect.  And the rest is history….

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Anastacia Postema, Ava, Eli and me, 9 years ago…

But did you know it actually all started with TWO Birds?!?!  

Stephanie Harrison of Belly and Baby, now Little Paper Crowns took a huge leap of faith in us right from the beginning and started our initial following and orders for product that February.  It became clear that we were limiting our audience by just offering the feminine Ava Bird.  Thus, a boy version was born!  Since I was a novice at sewing and crafting, I could not figure out how to reduce the size of his hair to accommodate the set 20″ x 20″ Lovie pattern that we had become accustomed to developing, so his existence was only lived out in a few rare samples.

Until NOW!

It is SO unbelievably cool how God works.

Looking back on every step of this business, all 9 years of it, things have gone exactly how things should for each period and season of my life.

  • In 2007 we hatched the Signature Ava Bird and Lovie.
  • In 2008, Leo the Lion, created by our Graphic Designer and Visual Creator, Erin Wallace, arrived and the Nest hasn’t been the same since.
  • In 2009, Maximus Our Octopus came to be and donned the same signature eyes and curve to his tentacles just like the Ava Bird and Leo Lion.
  • In 2010, My husband finished Residency and we moved our Nest to San Antonio, TX just as the market was crashing, Boutiques were leary of homemade businesses and I was expecting our 4th…. Needless to say, I took a tiny step back from Little Bird to regroup….

By the Summer of 2011–our 4th and {final} animal was discovered through brainstorming with Erin over email. (We have never met in person, all these 8 years, and 3 animals, and many web designs between us.)  We new we wanted a reptile, but all the sketches looked too characteristic of Pascal from the new film “Tangled”. Until, my husband struck a pose at the fridge in our kitchen, I took a picture and sent it over immediately, the next day, the design of the Kalli Gecko was born!

  • That year (2011) we not only Launched our 4th Trademarked Design but also our new Eco Friendly Printed Collection.  This Eco Friendly Collection features a new organic option of printing versus the standard Screen Print.  The Method is called Direct to Garment Print and uses 100% water based inks, and blends into the fabric rather than laying on top. It is 100% Environment and People safe. Each animal got a full Collection of both Hand Painted Appliquéd Products and Eco Friendly Print Products.
  • December of 2011, I read the wonderful book Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes, and was immediately inspired!  If I was going to do this, I sure better be doing it with purpose and for a purpose!
  • The Buy Love, Give Love segment of Little Bird Vintage Designs was added and the “One for One” model adopted–“For every Blanket, Lovie, Pillow purchased, Little Bird Vintage Designs donates a blanket to a child in need.  Buy Love, Give Love.”  And we do just that, with the hopes of “Spreading warmth, Love and Happiness throughout the World, one Little Bird at a time.”
  • To date, 228 Blankets have been donated around the world.  Visit our Buy Love, Give Love page on the site to read more.

It had been a dream of mine since the beginning to get in Whole Foods Market and on the Ellen Show, AND guess what!  I’m still awaiting my invite to the Ellen Show, but we have been selling out on Aisle 8 of the Flagship Location of Whole Foods Market on Lamar, in Downtown Austin, Texas since the Spring of 2015!!!  In fact, right next to TOMS Shoes in the Whole Body Department!  

Yes, things were growing almost as if I had planned it …

2015 was GREAT, unexpectedly amazing, moving, humbling–to say the least!  I solidified my presence and title of self proclaimed Mompreneur and can hardly wait to show you our Latest Addition to our Nest!!  Come Back February!  I will debut our Latest Addition to our Nest on the 1st day of my favorite shortest month of the year!!  Until Then… Check out our Fresh New Shop Layout on the Site!  Sorted by Animal, featuring each of the 5 Trademarked Designs’ Full Collections including our newest accessory–Little Bird Vintage Designs TERVIS!!!!

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Little Bird Gives 30 Blankets to Orphanage in Belize

Thanks to your Spring and Summer, 2015 Purchases, Little Bird Vintage Designs donated 30 blankets to an orphange in Ladyville, Belize!

Our very own Taira Alderman-Drews and good friend of the Nest, Lisa Piraino, were able to personally make the Blanket Drop to Liberty Orphanage in Belize! They actually stayed at the orphanage for a week, serving, playing and really getting quality time with each of the children.

They brought along a Little Bird craft to color alongside of them and really got a chance to know their personalities before handing out the blankets—ensuring each got the animal and blanket suited to their personalities. I loved that! Her story is so endearing, it makes you feel as if you were right there with her distributing the Love, Warmth and Happiness!

Looking so forward to our next Give and many more to come thanks to your continuous support through purchasing Little Bird Vintage Designs Blankets/Lovies/Pillows and more!

SHOP NOW to help support our next Give to the Center of Family Relations.

Little Bird Blankets/Lovies/Pillows for purchase.

Read more:  Buy Love, Give Love Program

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August Giveaway with Little Bird Vintage Designs!

Congratulations to the Winner of our August Giveaway Basket that is FULL of Little Bird Goodies from each our Vlog Posts in the Month of August Including a special addition of a Babies4Babies Direct to Garment print Swaddle donated by their Founder and Mompreneur Extraordinaire, Kate Marie Grinold Sigfusson! You’ll want to head their site after this and check out all of her beautiful products and support her mission of saving 1 MILLION lives! Thanks for all who entered, stay tuned for our next Giveaway coming this month!!!

 

We’ve made it easy and fun for you to enter our next September Giveaway!! (See below)

WAYS TO ENTER GIVEAWAY (do one or all of these as many times as you’d like!)
1. Subscribe to our channel! (All subscribers’ names will be entered each month in all future Giveaways!)
2. Join our Bi-Monthly Newsletter—Not only do you stay up to date on all Little Bird happenings and Giveaways  (All subscribers’ names will be entered each month in all future Giveaways!)
3. Help us Spread our mission to the world by sharing us on your Social Media and tagging ‘Little Bird Vintage Designs’
4. Tag Pictures of your Little Bird Product out and about! {#littlebirdvintagedesigns or simply #LBVDLove, #buylovegivelove … If you have an idea of a new tag share it with us!}

There you have it–so many ways to enter, so many chances of winning!! We’ll make sure to create Fabulous Baskets for each Giveaway!

Sign up for our Newsletter to stay up to date on ALL happenings back at the Nest
Share links of Little Bird Vintage Designs Vlogs, Blogs, Purchases or Posts on your Social Media!

As always, your feedback is ALWAYS welcome!
We love it, so be sure to follow along the journey:

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August Give Away–Here’s How to Win!

This Vlog Series is new to the Nest, but I have challenged myself and team to put out 1 video a week–4 for the entire month. Each Vlog entry will have an underlying theme running throughout the entire month and at least one product featured in each week will be added to our Give Away Basket to be given the Final Day of the month and announced at the beginning episode of the next month.

We want to make it easy and fun for you to enter so I’ve created a list of:

WAYS TO ENTER GIVEAWAY {do one or all of these as many times as you’d like!}
*Comment Below (Love feedback!)
*Friend us on Instagram and Twitter (2 entries there!)
*’Like’ us on Facebook!
*Sign up for our Newsletter to stay up to date on ALL happenings back at the Nest
*Tag Pictures of your Little Bird Product out and about! {#littlebirdvintagedesigns or simply #LBVDLove, #buylovegivelove or make up your own tag and let me know and share it with us!}
*Share links of Little Bird Vintage Designs Vlogs, Blogs, Purchases or Posts on your Social Media!
*Make a purchase! {1 entry per $5 spent!} Did you know that each Little Bird Vintage Designs Product has a GIVE included with it?! Read more back at the Site under our Buy Love, Give Love Page.

There you have it–so many ways to enter, so many chances of winning!! It’s an AWESOME basket too!

So far it includes an Octopus EF Tote and Octopus 100% ORganic Gown from our DTG vs Screen Print Episode, and a Rigby Lovie from our Lovie Episode.  All the makings for a perfect WELCOME TO THE NEST, Baby Gift!  Tune in this week to see the latest Little Bird Vintage Designs item {hint:  It’s probably from the Octopus family ;)}  And be sure to enter to win!  

Tune back in Next week {subscribe to our channel to ensure you won’t miss it!} as I show off the New Hand Painted Appliqued LapTees, Crews and Raglans!!! Just in time for Back to School!

As always, your feedback is ALWAYS welcome!
We love it and be sure to follow along the journey:

Instagram: @littlebirdvintagedesigns
Twitter: @littlebirdvint
Website: www.littlebirdvintagedesigns.com
Blog: www.littlebirdvintagedesigns.com/thechirp
Shop: www.littlebirdvintagedesigns.com/shop
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Buy Love, Give Love Blankets Given to aide in Child Therapy

Little Bird Vintage Designs is all about Spreading Warmth, LOVE and happiness and does just that!  When you purchase one of our Products, were you aware that each one has a Give attached to it? With our Blanket/Pillow/Lovie Collections, a blanket is given to a child in need.  Buy Love, Give Love.

Our most recent give took place right in here in San Antonio, Texas at the Center for Family Relations. We co-hosted a party along with the Center for their families that benefit from the services that the Center provides.  Each Child received a Give Blanket and ‘painted their own Bird {Lion, Octopus and Gecko}’ through our Little Bird Craft that we bring to all events.

We are so excited to partner up with the Center to offer continual Gives that benefit their Therapy sessions.  Alongside of the Executive Director, Shannon White, a unique Give Blanket was created to offer as a Therapy tool.  More to come on this as we introduce it into their sessions and receive feedback.

Until then, I’ll share the note we received from the Center the other day.  You play a major role in our Little Bird Gives.  Your purchases and spreading the word of Little Bird helps us to Give more!  Stay tuned for our next Give:  Our very own Taira Alderman Drews will be personally making a Blanket drop in an Orphanage in Belize on the 23rd of August!  Look for much more on that Give in September!

Dear Grace,

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 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, begin 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 that 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 a a partner for your Buy Love, Give Love program, and we look forward to continuing to partner with you!

Sincerely,

Shannon White, MS, LPC-S

Executive Director

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Limited Edition Tribal Print Pillow

Appliquéd Hand Painted Trademarked Bird in Red, machine sewn on to a 20″ x 20″ Limited Edition Tribal Print Pillow.  Our Tribal Little Bird Pillow in Bold Southwest patterns and colors of reds, soft blues and yellow on Front with bright Red Minky Dot and Red Minky Backing.

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I purchased this fabric a while back while shopping for cool ideas for my girls.  Since I’m not exactly an expert seamstress, it was just sitting in my Fabric Stockpile…  So we naturally decided to welcome it to our Little Bird Inventory by adding a Red Bird to it and making it into a unique, one of a kind pillow–perfect for all ages!

What do ya think?!

Get yours today!  Limited Availability–once they’re gone, they’re gone…

Shop Here:  Limited Edition Tribal Print Pillow

Buy Love, GIVE Love Product

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Welcome to the Nest!

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Teddy!

Theodore Orion Berios, Teddy, was greeted with joy and love as he entered the world in May!

 He is such a welcomed and wonderful gift to us, looking so forward to witnessing first hand all that God has planned for his life–and ours!  So thankful for this bright, beautiful, strong, happy, healthy baby boy.  He has already taught us so much of who we are and the strength of God’s love and commitment and plan for each of us.  Trusting in His will.

I am THRILLED to debut his animal–next week!!!!

You will love the story behind the reason for the animal we chose, even before we met him!

Thank you for your patience as we adapt to a Nest FULL with now 7 members in our flock!  The Shop is open, and orders are being sent out each day right on time, and as we come closer to finding our new groove, I’ll debut our new items in the Shop for purchase!  June looks to be an exciting month full!

Stay tuned…….

From our Flock to yours!, Buy Love, GIVE Love!, Shop Here!