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Sustainable Fashion from Little Bird

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!

EF_Onesie_Collection_smallThe 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!

 

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San Antonio Food Bank and Little Bird

Since 2011, Little Bird Vintage Designs has had a Give associated with our blanket and minky pillow linesFor 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!

IMG_2165Little 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!

 

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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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!

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Spotlight on Little Bird Lovies!

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Little Bird Lovies make the perfect gift for all sizes and ages this holiday season! It’s 20″x20″ square minky size makes it ideal for infants, they tuck neatly around your baby in the car seat and stroller, keeping him/her snug and secure without dragging. We used to tuck one around our swaddled babes in the crib, ensuring extra security and warmth through the night. Each Little Bird Lovie features one of our Hand Painted bold, Trademarked animals {Bird, Lion, Octopus and Gecko} appliqued front and center! Each Hand Painted Animal is triple coated and heat set, ensuring your Lovie will not fade, but will simply get softer and softer with each use and wash.

With each Purchase of a Little Bird Lovie, Blanket or Pillow, Little Bird donates a Little Bird Blanket to a person in need through our Buy Love, Give Love Program. Our Mission: To Spread Warmth, Love, and Happiness throughout the world, one Little Bird at a time. And, thanks to your support, we’re doing just that! To date, Little Bird has donated 148 Little Bird Blankets. This month, Little Bird will donate 12 blankets to families within the Center for Family Relations in San Antonio, as well as 2 blankets to The Seaside Health Clinic in Louisiana.

December Special: FREE Eco Friendly Tote included with purchase of Lovie, Blanket or Pillow. Orders to arrive by Christmas must be placed before December 19th please!!

Thank you for supporting Local and Our Mission!

Joyfully Optimistic Bird,

Grace

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100% Product Satisfaction Gauranteed!

On my Little Bird agenda this month (there are far too many ‘to-do’s’ to list here) but one in particular is to educate and inform future and current Little Bird Fans on exactly why Little Bird stands by and supports particular products and concepts and design elements and make each Little Bird fan more comfortable with all things that make Little Bird, Little Bird.

For starters, Price…  I know Little Bird product is pricey–and it can’t just be reasoned with “it’s hand-made, one of a kind, unique”… I am continually in search of and researching the most efficient cost effective ways of producing all Little Bird items all while remaining true to why I started this company in the first place–To provide a safe, secure, loveable item that will make the world a better place and all those who encounter it happier and enthused to go out and do the same!  Organic, Sustainable, Free Trade, Environmentally Responsible, Eco Friendly resources come at a price, which, luckily, as more companies dive into this concept are driving prices down, it’s still going to be more expensive than other items on the market today to produce and sell.  You have my word that I will be ever vigilant of ensuring a fair price though.  And one thing you can count on from Little Bird is quality, and 100% satisfaction.  Which brings me to my next point.

Customer Guarantee.   Little Bird is in the business of selling Warmth, LOVE, and Happiness, if that is not what is felt when your item is received, then by all means, give me the chance to make it so or offer your money back. If you are not completely 100% satisfied with your Little Bird item–let me know.   I recently did a Trade Show in San Antonio, TX, something I realized I do not really do enough of, I’d say.  Therefore, I had no idea what to expect!  So I filled my booth with pre-made items which were wonderful, and gave a good representation of all Little Bird has to offer, but I did not factor in how many Custom Orders I would walk away with and the time it would take post show to fill them.  In fact, of the 24 sales, 16 were Custom Orders.  It caught me off guard and I wasn’t able to provide that individual attention that goes into each custom order before the blanket is even produced to ensure customer satisfaction.  I also usually hand deliver items and receive direct feedback, but since these were from out of state and so outstretched in our South Texas area, I had to mail some orders.  In turn, of the feedback, which was only given by a third of the Custom Orders, there was 1 overjoyed, 1 upset but anxious and hopeful it could be corrected easily (unfortunately there was a tear), and 3 complaints, mainly stating it wasn’t what they had pictured!  Oh my, I was sad.  It’s no fun getting complaints no matter who you are or what service you offer.  I was so thankful that each gave me the opportunity to correct the issues and work on getting closer to their ideal image though, and learned a great deal and made adjustments based on this experience.  It’s tough growing…

The main point I want to get out to you though is:  Please utilize our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.  AND, to make it easier for you, please contact me directly via email, I promise a prompt response.  AND please spread the joy if you are completely satisfied!!  Nothing could make me happier–well maybe the sheer excitement that comes from the children’s faces as the gifted blankets are given–there’s nothing that can replace the joy of a gift received!

Wishing you all a joyful end of summer!

J.O.B.,

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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