Thursday, December 11, 2008

Brick and Mortar shop

I took a drive up to beautiful Solvang yesterday to check out the shop that carries some of my clothes:

Totally great shop! The shop carries so many wonderful handmade and alternative toys, clothes and goods! Lots of Organic options and lead free toys. Owned and operated by a couple of wonderful women, Michellene and Sarah, the two are set on only stocking the best of the best!
They now have a couple of my organic onsies for sale, as well as a great selection of my other items.
If you are visiting the Santa Ynez area or Solvang...stop by and go shopping!

Sucessful boutique

I had a pretty good weekend selling in the Ojai Boutique.
I sold a fair bit of stuff and a few people took my card.
It was a mellow day out on the driveway...but the hardest part was doing nothing but that for so many hours.
I have been doing so many projects at once for so many weeks now, that the simple act of doing one thing at a time nearly drove me insane!
There are still great items for sale in my stop by and take a peek!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ojai boutique this weekend!!

After sewing like a mad woman for weeks, I am ready to sell it all !!
Please take a lovely drive up to Ojai this weekend and buy some local handmade goods direct from the artist.

This weekend December 6 &7th in Ojai:
Holiday Boutique, A wonderful chance to purchase local handmade goods directly from the artists! Over 20 local artists featured.

A full range of options to delight you at affordable prices:
Pottery, children’s clothing (The Bird & The Bean), jewelry, lanterns, candles, soaps, skincare products, aromatherapy, kids crafts, art cards, edibles and more!

Saturday and Sunday December 6th & 7th
Times: 11am-4pm
Place: 615 & 613 Emily St, Ojai Ca

Friday, November 28, 2008

Play the 12 Days of Christmas

As promised here is the link to play:

Look for the image daily and enter for a chnace to win prizes!!
Good luck and happy holiday shopping

Saturday, November 22, 2008

ETSYkids 12 days of Christmas give-away!!

Starting November 28th, 2008 we will be hiding images in the EtsyKids member webshops, find the items and you could win prizes!!
Each day contestants will have to find the image of the day, which will be hidden in one of our listings. When they find it, they will email/convo the person collecting entries for that day with a link to the listing, or the listing id number. All correct entries will go into a drawing to win a prize. We will give away 1 prize the first day, 2 the second day, 3 the third, and so on!

Please stop by Etsy and check out the EtsyKid vendors!!
More information how to to play coming up soon!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Holiday Boutique Dec 6th & 7th 2008

Besides my Etsy store, and June Bug Natural Baby Boutique...I am participating in a wonderful holiday boutique here in Ventura, well Ojai actually.
If you are in the area and want to get your hands on some great kids handmade kids clothes
or other locally made goodies drive on up and check us out!!

Holiday Boutique
Dec 6th and 7th
615 & 613 Emily St
Ojai CA
from 11am-4pm

Featuring the creative works of over
20 local artists and crafters
Including Pottery, clothing, jewelry, lanterns, candles, soaps
Skincare, aromatherapy, kids crafts, art cards, edibles and more!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Friday October 24th and Saturday October 25th be a part of a massive Etsy Street Team event. An EtsyKids BOGO sale of monstrous proportions!! With over 175 EtsyKids’ shops participating you’ll be sure to find huge deals on what you need this holiday season for children big and small.
Get your shopping list ready today and beat the crowd by previewing the entire list of EtsyKids shops taking part in this colossal event:

A La Mode Fabric -
Ali Bug Bowtique -
Baby Friendly Beads -
Baby Hangers -
Baby Kay's -
Baby Peas And Carrots -
Bam Designs -
Black Eyed Susie -
Boo Roo's Bowtique -
Bossy Baby -
Bows & Things -
Bumble Belly Designs -
Chichi Boulie -
CiCi Art Factory -
Ciuccio -
Coco and Milk Weed -
Cozy Cabin Creations -
Cute And Sweet -
Daisy Chains -
Deedaloos -
Designs By Michele -
Dine.N.Doodle -
Doodies Booties -
Doodle Designs -
Ellie Beans -
Flora and Nicole's -
Francisbel Boutique -
Going-Ga-Ga -
Grandmas Girl -
Griffin Gear -
Happy House Quilts -
Hip Kids Tye-Dye -
Hot Fudge -
Hullabaloo Boutique -
I Luv U TuTu Much -
Itsy Bitsy Bunny -
Jennifer's Bows and More -
Joey And Aleethea -
Jus Shar Designs -
Kaching Design -
Kathy's Lil Creations -
Katie Bean Kids -
KeiKi Boutique -
Kim's Stitch In Time -
Kissie Girl -
Knit Style -
Kuddle Bugz Threadz -
Lemon Cadet -
Lilly Rose Bow Company -
Little Bird Creations -
Little Bit Designs -
Little Butterbeans -
Little Duckies -
Little Empress -
Little Prairie Designs -
Lizzy Pops -
Loco Mo Momma -
Loopy 4 Ewe -
Love 2 Sparkle -
Luca Bella Designs -
LuLu & Peep Children's Shop -
Madaline Jane -
Mami Girl Boutique -
Mary Had A Little Party -
Michele's Jewelry Designs -
MJD Boutique -
Mom N Mia Quilts -
Moochies Mama -
My Kangaroo -
My Sugar Plum Baby -
Nana McQuilts -
Ninkey -
Odannysgirl -
Olive & Ollie -
On Cottage Way -
On The Sweeter Side -
Once Upon A Cloud -
Oscar and Theodore -
Painted With Heart -
Petit Debutant -
Petunias -
Pink Dixie -
PJ Hill Co. Crochet -
Pretty Baby Boutique -
Pumpkin Head Baby Co. -
Punky Fae Designs -
Punky Fae Designs -
QB Tots -
Reilly Belle -
Retro 80's -
Retro Family Works -
Ribbon and Ruffles Boutique -
Rosey Posey Bowtique -
Rozzis Sweet Peas -
Scandeez -
Scissor Stitch -
Seaside Quilts -
SewSoNancy -
Sheeps Clothing -
Snap Dragon Design House -
SoBright Designs -
Stella Bella Designs -
Sunny Day Tags -
Sweet Beets -
Sweet Pea Boutique -
The Bird & The Bean -
The Clever Kitty -
The Quilted Lion -
Thumbelina Boutique -
Tiki Tales -
Trendy Tot -
TuTu Cute & Moore -
Tweet Tweet Boutique -
Twinkle Star Art -
Whimzee Baby Boutique -
Wild Olive Kids -
Zwei Baby -

*Sale/sale items vary per shop, please read individual shop announcements before purchasing*

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Gocco cards available!

I have been back at my Print Gocco machine!!

I spent some time brainstorming on images that would be perfect for many occasions or celebrations and came up with these!
Kewpie babies are what I am calling them, cute little 40's styled kids waving and giggling. I combined a bunch of colors on a variety of papers to create a whole series of cards.

Guitar Man, this image was hand drawn by me during a classical guitar concert. It is called a blind contour drawing;a drawing done by only looking at the subject and not the paper. It is very insightful as to how you are "seeing" your drawing subject. I have also printed this image on a variety of papers for a cool series.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New tees hot of the press!!

I have been brainstorming of what I could make to satisfy the older kids and not play on something that was already "branded" I wanted to make something universal to both boys and girls. No logos or fillers or flavors...
I came up with appliqued tees:
I even had the nephew of a neighbor (7 years old) come over after they were done, to rate them; after I received a "thumbs up" I went ahead and added them to the shop!
Kid approved!!

I am hoping to make more, and would even be willing to make them in "bigger kid" sizes for us "more grown up" kids.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Monster friends

As soon as I can get a model or two I will be posting this and hopefully others in my shop.

These shirts are sized 6-8 so little men can wear them proudly and know they always have a friend with them.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

New items in the works!

In recent meetings with fans of The Bird & The Bean, I have been hearing that I am "light in boy items"; so I brainstormed and I think I have come up with some ideas.

With my nephews and friends boys in mind, I am working on items that will compliment their rough and tumble curiosity as well as keep them at the top of the cool kids list!

One of my Northwest nephews....Aqua-man to the rest of you.

New BOY items coming soon!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Let's Draw!!

I have been making all sorts of custom items and gifts for friends and family.

I made a new item for my nephew (he turns 3 this weekend) and thought, this would be great for the shop. This is AJ's gift
So...introducing the newest item to hit The Bird & The Bean shop:
Crayon and Drawing paper rolls!

I have made mine a little bigger and they can hold markers, pens, pencils or crayons!

My mom always supplied my brother and I with paper and pens when we went anywhere that traditionally bores kids. I loved being able to zone out and draw and color.

These rolls allow kids to always have supplies on hand and let the creative juices flow wherever they are.

More styles coming soon!

Monday, July 21, 2008

New items coming soon

Working on the "creative" front and juggling lots of plates at once!
New "creative items" coming soon.

I want to keep all you little Birds & Beans on your feet.
It won't be long....promise!

Thank you again for checking in!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Custom Blankets

Blankets always make a great baby shower gift; and they go great with my double-tie top baby outfits!
I received a custom request for a larger blanket with satin border.

My customer simply gave me a color preference and I went from there, complete creative freedom!

I choose some great graphic colors that would work for a baby or a toddler.

Here is the finished piece with the gift bag it shipped in.
All Bird & Bean orders are packaged in reusable cloth bags!
Be kind to Mother Earth

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


I am currently brainstorming for new clothing designs, I got some new fabric while I was that is burning a hole in my mind and I want to make something fantastic with it.

In the meantime, while I am running all sorts of ideas through the sieve known as my mind, I am also working on launching my

art site:

I have been making window-hinged mattes for my art and writing down clothing ideas along the way!!
New ideas coming soon!!
Keep checking in for details.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Home again

Even when you want to run away, it is sometimes nice to come home and sleep in your own bed for a little bit.
I had a wonderful bit of time away, but alas, all things must end and so we came home this morning.

The blow of my return "back to earth" was softened when I opened my email, and found this sweet little lovely snuggling up underneath the "Kissy Fish" blanket. Her Uncle ordered this for her the day she was born. What a pretty little doll!

Another little "Bird" living the Bird & Bean lifestyle.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Bird & Bean ran away for a little bit

Off to find some more inspirations...I will be back on the 3rd of July!!

Happy Summer Solstice my Bird & Bean friends!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Happy Little Birds and Beans

I got this forwarded to me today, I love seeing things I have made making little B&B's happy!
It makes my heart soar and inspires me to make more cool things to share.
Keep them coming, you have a fan in me.

Monday, June 16, 2008

New items posted in the shop today!

I spent the morning making blankets and posting all the new outfits I made late last week.

All are available for sale via my Etsy store!

I used a doll my aunt made for me as a child as the model for my new blankets, as she is the same size as a 2 year old.

It was nice to play with my old friend.

Enjoy the new items!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Getting ready for the shop

I have sewn for another two days and produced some more great things.
Here is a sneak peak....I will only show the fabrics!!
They are the newest Double Tie outfits and I love this batch as much as the first.
I am hoping that these will be just as popular and that someone will fall in love with them as well!
Look for them soon in the shop.

I decided to make a new style dress in a size 2-3T

I call it the "Cupcake Dress", I swear I smelt chocolate every time I used the iron on it. Luscious chocolate swirls and rows of cherries and strawberries. Yum, yum...who wouldn't want this for their little sweetie!!

This dress will be posting on the shop later this weekend as well.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Currently under the foot

Hello there Birds and Beans!!

I made a VERY pink apron for my sister in law, she wanted an apron that Bree of Desperate Housewives would wear.
This is what I came up with, ruffles and all!!

Currently "Under the Foot":
Double Tie Top outfits....four more coming soon to the shop!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Newest members of the Bird & Bean family

These little guys are the newest members available for sale on the webstore.

I made them last night and actually got to bed at a decent hour.

They will be available for sale later today on:

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Cutting fabric

I stayed home from school today, as gas prices seem to be making my decisions. I can barely justify my driving 80 miles to and from school.
I am going to be trying some new printing techniques, as my school is beginning the summer break.
As for now I am cutting fabric and plan on cutting some more tomorrow, followed with an afternoon of sewing.

I sometimes hesitate cutting new fabric as I am so in love with it, but my desire to want to share it overrides and so I cut and then sew, and fall in love with the clothes they become.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Today is custom work...

I will be cutting more fabric tonight and tomorrow to make more baby goods.
As for today, I was making custom items for customer requests.
It was a little frustrating...but I knew that if I got the custom stuff out of the way I could get back into my routine.

Upcoming items:
double tie tops
animal companions

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Bird & The Bean

I have been sewing stuff for awhile, it all started when a friend got pregnant. I made her little girl a really scary looking stuffed cat. I wouldn't even play with it!
I did horribly in Home Economics in Jr high school, but after much time and reading, I discovered that my teacher was wrong...I can sew!
It started the ball rolling and as more and more friends and family started having kids I kept making more and more things. People often asked if I had made these things for my kids,
I don't have any kids of my own, turns out I can not make them.
So instead I started sewing these goods out of the love and desire to see kids in them!
I now have a shop up and at 'em and I thought it was about time to show the down and dirty reality of what my day to day is.

I quit my job in the Customer Service field, as I was being screamed at for too long (8years) and with the encouragement of my husband and parents I went back to pursuing my real love.
The art of making things...drawing, printing, sewing, crafting and gardening.

I have started a kids clothing line: The Bird & The Bean

I work at what use to be my kitchen table and make things for days on end, then use my family and friends kids as models and try to sell the goods.
I will be starting a webshop that sells my fine art soon, but today I have special orders up to my ears and I need to get those all done so I can see straight.

I hope that someone reads these...and gets some joy from them.
Hello out there!!