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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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3-2-1…Blessings

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.

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The Making of a Bird {Lion, Octopus and Gecko} Part 3!

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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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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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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10 Years Looks Warm, Loving and Happy!

This dream of mine came to be in 2007. My firstborn was 6 months old and I was given a gift. It was the first ever, Ava Bird lovie, personally created and crafted by Stacy Postema, and it was love at first sight! I knew then that this bird was what I had been waiting for my entire life…

 

I love to tell the story of Little Bird Vintage Designs, how it came to be, how far it’s come today, alongside my family of seven! This month, 10 years ago marks the beginning of this adventure. Little Bird pulled me through those days of early motherhood, along with it, loss of identity, creativity and contributing purpose and value. While supporting my husband through his residency with a full time job as well as raising our three kids during that time frame, Little Bird provided me with a purposeful outlet. It was both creative and meaningful for me. I think all parents long for some sort of positive, creative outlet. Mine has been Little Bird.

 

By 2011, our fourth inspired trademarked design–the Kalli Gecko was introduced as well as the eco-friendly alternative to screen print. Our direct to garment line debuted spotlighting all four trademarked animals in addition to the painted appliqued line in order to offer a lower price point to our growing customer base.

 

Our Buy Love, Give Love Branch was born in December of that year, after reading Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie. I was inspired through his story to join the socially conscious movement and teach my children how one person, one family, one business can be successful AND make a positive impact on the world around them. From our sales that year, we were able to give 40 Little Bird blankets to SAMMinistries, a homeless shelter for families. 285 blankets have since been donated as our business has continued to grow.

 

In 2015, we were surprised with the joy of a 5th child! The Teddy Bird was introduced to our nest, both in home and business. His presence makes us complete and whole. I can’t imagine looking back, how we ever thought our nest was closed before he arrived! NOW, it’s really official. No more animals until perhaps grandchildren arrive!

 

The goal for last year was to get our product into boutiques throughout Texas and Whole Foods. We succeeded tremendously! Not only did we get into Whole Foods, Little Bird could be found on the 8th aisle of their flagship location on Lamar and 6th street in Austin, Texas! An end cap, right next to TOMS shoes, I might add! What a testimony and example of God’s provision and grace. We are also in leading boutiques throughout South Texas. In August, Cultivated Kids, the Earnie Award Winning Dallas Showroom, picked us up and now Little Bird product can be found year round in their beautiful showroom!

 

This year, I look forward to partnering with children’s shelters throughout the nation and finding a way provide each of the children who enter their facilities with a blanket from Little Bird, ensuring warmth, love and happiness is spread throughout the world. Through our Buy Love, Give Love Branch, a blanket is donated to a child in need with every purchase of a blanket, lovie or pillow. In 2016, I resolved that a give be associated with every product produced and sold by Little Bird.   For every apparel and accessory item sold, meals are provided to children in need throughout each community via our partnering Feeding America® programs and local food banks. This past year, 3500 meals were donated from your support and purchases! We look forward to watching these new chapters unfold as we continue to spread warmth, love and happiness, one little bird at a time.

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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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Mompreneuring it

Screen_Shot_2015-08-24_at_9.58.47_PM_1024x1024Momprenuering it is hard. You definitely must have a passion for your product/idea/service in order to persevere.  Times will get tough–especially as your hobby becomes your “jobby” and your time is in high demand.  Although it is true, you can outsource some of your household duties as a mom, it’s a lot more challenging than one would assume!  If you are of that momprenuering mindset, ‘you can always do it better’

The reality is, being a #startupmom is lonely and unrewarding at times.  It’s important not to feel as if you are a martyr though, because this is worth it.  You are worth it.  This dream and vision is worth it!  Speak up and do not be afraid to ask for help and understanding from your family and friends.  It is also important to keep this little tidbit in mind: this is your dream, not theirs. This is something I have to constantly remind myself of. Sometimes people need guidance on how to show support.  Be open with them, respectful and above all, appreciative.  Be sure to reciprocate the sentiment when they need you in their corner as well.

A key verse that stands out for me is 1 Corinthians 14:33, “God is not a god of confusion, but of peace.”  If it doesn’t feel right, don’t open that door.  I put my trust in God at the helm of my business and pray for guidance and direction in every action that I take.  The phrase, “Beautifully in Over My Head” is another point of inspiration for me.  It occurs to me, however, that this is an every mom sentiment though, right?

There you have it, a little glimpse of my sometimes unglamorous experience pursuing my dreams, in the middle of building and shaping this family of 7, and of course, striving to accomplish both with patience and poise.

Wishing you warmth, love and happiness — and the time to fulfill your dreams!  🙂

Grace

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23rd Annual Holiday Ole Market 2016!

  • 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!!  alden-collection-complete_small
  • Special Collection Prices!
  • NEW Ornaments and Mini Lovies available
  • Apparel
  • 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.

 

 

EVENT Perks!

  • 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!

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  • 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!!

Joyfully!

Grace

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Cultivated Kids Dallas Showroom!

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 🌵🌵🌵🌵🌵

214•630•5455 info@cultivatedkids.com

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!

Joyfully!

Grace