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Unveilings and How To’s Series Intro!

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

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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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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:

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Twitter: @littlebirdvint
Website: www.littlebirdvintagedesigns.com
Blog: www.littlebirdvintagedesigns.com/thechirp
Shop: www.littlebirdvintagedesigns.com/shop
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Lovies Make the Best Infant Blanket

I’ve been asked so many times:  Why the 20″x20″ Minky Blanket?

From my mommy perspective, I feel it is the perfect size!  It tucks neatly and snuggly around the infant in a carseat and stroller.  Number one benefit to that as opposed to larger blankets is that it does not drag or get caught in tire.  I love that.  The incredibly luscious, silky, Minky, appliquéd square not only ensures the infant stays completely warm and comforted, the brightly painted Trademarked Little Bird Vintage Designs Animals appliquéd right in the center offers a whimsically fun accent!

Win, Win!

Another win I’ve discovered, as my children have grown, their Lovie has remained a safe, secure source of warmth, LOVE and happiness for them, much like a security blanket–but without the length to drag around!  Although they need it 24 hours, it’s not nearly as filthy as some security blankets I’ve seen! 😉

The original inspiration to what started Little Bird Vintage Designs 8 1/2 years ago, was from the gift of the first Lovie, from Staci Postema, pictured here. The Original Little Bird Lovie :)It was love at first sight and the spark that ignited the dream of Little Bird!  The Lovie became our Signature product.  Postema would paint and stitch each Bird, and I would appliqué and produce the Lovies to sell.  Demand for our product at a local boutique in Corpus Christi, Texas, Belly & Baby, grew so high that Postema could no longer keep up with production.  In the Fall of 2007, I took over the entire production of Little Bird Vintage Designs, and since then 3 more animals and 4 more product lines have been added!

This week on the Vlog I give examples of why we adore Little Bird Vintage Designs Lovies.  I would love to hear from you!  How is your Little Bird Vintage Designs Lovie loved and in flight!

Comment below and be entered in the drawing for the August Give!  {MORE INFO TO COME!}

We are so excited to have you in our Flock!

Be sure to stay completely up to date with all things Little Bird by Liking our Facebook Fan Page, following us on Instagram (we’re trying to get 10,000 followers by December!!!), Tweet along with us on Twitter, and join our bi-monthly Newsletter!  I offer coupons on each media outlet, so be sure to stay fully connected as we grow!

#LBVDLovie #lovielove #littlebirdvintagedesigns

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God’s Gift, Light from Heaven

The summer of Teddy… That’s what the Summer of 2015 will go down in history as…  Our world completely changed the day we got the surprise news we were unexpectedly expecting again after closing that chapter in our lives when our 4th arrived.  Little Bird was our 5th child!  God had other plans in mind, and once we made the decision to accept and move forward with trusting in His plan, and letting go of our image of “The Perfect Plan”, we haven’t looked back.   John and I had no idea we had always obviously needed 5 children, we can’t remember what life was like without Teddy!  What a gift!

He arrived early and fast!  {I had my first contraction at noon and he was here by 4:02pm that day–we had to decide, do we go pick  the kids up from school or head straight to the hospital and have family pick the other 4 up???  So glad we chose the Hospital route.;)} He made his grand entrance into the world 12 minutes after we arrived!

His signature hair is proof of his speedy delivery!     

The day we found out the sex of Teddy, at week 13, we found out he was even more of a special gift than we could have imagined.  I can now officially speak from experience from birthing 5 children, you never know how you will react to the news:  Your baby has Down Syndrome, until you hear that exact statement directed at you.  And all the stories are true and immediately relatable.  You instantly know that gut wrenching, uncontrollable, inevitable sadness and despair that envelopes you, mourning the loss of the hope of a “healthy” child.  The uncertainty that follows.  The darkness.  The conversations that come, the choices that have to be decided upon.  The leaning on faith and trusting…  And then, just like many of the stories you hear, there is a light!  And just as quickly as  the news was delivered, that dark period of grief and loss that felt so overwhelming, becomes a blip in your distant memory, the crevice in your heart slowly fills with a new, brighter joy and you find your way out.  At least that was the case for me.  Of course a much abbreviated explanation of my reaction, but there is no need to dwell in that time for me.  In fact, I am so grateful for the gift of experiencing that sorrow ahead of his arrival so that not only I could welcome him into this world with such wide open loving arms, but I could prepare all his loved ones hearts as well.  It’s a natural response to grieve the expectation of a 100% healthy child, but I am so glad to have had the first hand knowledge of knowing our vision of 100% is somewhat limited and lacking.  Each one of my 5 are 100%+ perfect the second I meet them!  And Teddy was no exception.  He was perfect.  He is perfect.

I was struggling with how to bring his uniqueness out into the conversation.  God’s presence and voice was so strong and present throughout my pregnancy and even stronger now that he has arrived.  I feel the overwhelming desire to shout it to the world, and spread the Good News!  I am so grateful and joyous that I get this front row seat to witness first hand God’s plan unfold in not only Teddy, but my other 4 gifts, his siblings and my husband and myself.  He already has shown us so many gifts in ourselves and our family that we never expected, and has proven time and again that He is in control and to trust solely in HIM.  Since I relinquished my vision of “The Perfect Plan” for my life, he has shown me so much more than I could have ever dreamed, and opened my eyes to the beauty that comes in faith and trust.

I am thankful and thrilled for what’s to come…

Needless to say, Little Bird has slowed slightly–not nearly as much as I expected from transitioning a family of 6 to a family of 7, but I do appreciate your patience as we adapt to our present.  I now start each day differently, and with an attitude that is evident in my actions going forward as a daughter, wife, mother, and business owner, ‘Let thine Will be done’!

I felt strongly that I needed to share this with you.  I run things completely differently than I did last Fall, and I am so glad for the opportunity to share my heart and be vulnerable with you.  I am so joyous for this life I have been given and truly want to Shout it Out–and I hope it shows throughout my family, friends, community and in my business.

You will notice some additions to help make you feel more a part of the Flock with our monthly Newsletters–sign up below if you haven’t already, our new Vlog on youtube, which gives you a more behind the scene glance of all things Little Bird and the decisions that go into perfecting each product–including the making of a Little Bird Product start to finish!  You can now purchase everything directly from our Website:  www.littlebirdvintagedesigns.com/shop, and Little Bird Vintage Designs products are also being sold at select Whole Foods Market and boutiques throughout Texas.  As we grow and expand into different venues, we want you to know that our online shop will always be available 24/7!  Keep up to date with Flash Sales and promotions by following along with us on our Social Media outlets too!  {sign up for all of the above through their links to stay completely up to date with all things Little Bird}.

Yes, Teddy will have a new animal that is chosen and was actually created 8 years ago by the original Designer of the Ava Bird, Anastacia Postema.  Although it was Trademarked, it was never added to the Nest officially–until now!  Hoping to debut him by September!!  Thank you for your patience, though!  He came so early, we weren’t ready to for him!;)

Thank you again for all of your support and love for Little Bird Vintage Designs and all that it means to me and my family.  I am excited for what’s to come and glad to share in the bright future with you!

Wishing you warmth, Love and happiness all the days of your life~

Joyfully Optimistic Bird,

Grace

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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

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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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Reality from this Mompreneur…

After a HUGE week of illness within our Nest–we are finally seeing the light!  The end is near, and the sun is returning ensuring a wonderfully warm weekend ahead–This Mama Bird in particular is EXTREMELY thankful for this!  

I truly feel torn at times whether to be all business with you, our Little Bird Flock, or be in reality.  I’m a mother of four — soon to be five!  Look for our Latest Addition to both our Little Bird Nest and home Summer 2015!!

A wife to a very supportive, strong, attentive, loving and passionate man, who also happens to work crazy, unpredictable schedules on any given week, but who still makes time for each of us.

A lover of Montessori {if I didn’t LOVE Little Bird, I’d be opening my own Montessori School House ;)}, a proud Entrepreneur with a passion for Socially Conscious Business and Consumerism–why can’t you make a buck and help your fellow man simultaneously??

I am a believer in the good and positive and try to avoid negativity like the plague!  Forward thinking individuals are who I chose to surround myself with.

I am a consumer of great organics and environmentally/people friendly goods–thus Little Bird’s Eco Friendly Printed Collection, which produces Vibrant, Bold styles using only water-based, sustainable printing materials.

I think homemade gifts are the best to receive–even when purchased.;)

I support Local!

All that said, you will notice throughout Little Bird’s 8 years in operation, the company has been a true reflection of my life in all the roles that encompass being a Mompreneur.

Alongside Little Bird’s 4 high quality product lines, you will see touches of my world wrapped within each order-Literally!  Did you know that each of our 4 Signature Trademarked Designs, {Bird, Lion, Octopus and Gecko} represent each of our 4 Children?

I have decided to be more outspoken and honest about how that title looks on any given day.  There are a lot of stumbling blocks and hurdles, thankfully surrounded by even more moments of joys and victories {no matter the size ;)}!

I am so thankful in this day and age, one can be a mom, a wife and a business owner all in one!  Granted–it’s a tough balance at times, but it’s worth it to me.

I hope to encourage, not deter, other Mompreneurs out there, and provide our Flock with more insight in all that you are receiving when you purchase from Little Bird Vintage Designs!

Your feedback and shared stories are always welcome to me!

I wish you a gorgeous, warm and sunny weekend–where ever your Nest may be!

Joyfully Optimistic Bird,

Grace