I am going to admit that I feel like a terrible blogger today. I have continually been putting this review off, for no other reason then I really wanted to do Jenny from The Green Bird justice. I love Etsy and I love what jenny does with her shop, I am just struggling lately with how to get those feelings across in words.
When I told Jenny that we were attempting to teach Coraline some good self soothing methods she was so sweet and generous. Not only did she offer mom to mom advice, but she offered to make Coraline a beautiful "lovey"- not even available at The Green Bird at the time. A brief history, we share a family bed, Coraline is breastfed and eventually we know that she is going to have to transition to her own room. Because the first months of her life were spent falling asleep while nursing, Cora needs to learn to soothe herself to sleep instead of always using Mommy. A lovey item can be a really great way to soothe a child, something they can have with them, it's a comfort item that allows them to feel safe while sleeping or anytime. Growing up, I always had a lovey. Mine was a scrap of red satin fabric that was cut from the nightgown my mother wore in the hospital when having me, it was called my "Bubble". Thinking abou it reminds of this scene from Mr. Mom
My parents never took my "bubble" or made a big deal about my having it. At first it went everywhere with me, which resulted in the tragic mistake of leaving it on the bus in New York when I was a toddler. Eventually, I would have it only at home and then even later just for bed until the "bubble" fazed itself out. I still have it and because I remember the value it had in my life, I really wanted Coraline to have an attachment object.
Jenny let us custom pick our fabrics for the lovey, I love any seller that takes custom orders! When we received the little blanket in the mail, I gave it to Coraline. She promptly put it in her mouth and crawled away. Since then we have been trying to incoorporate "lovey" into our sleep routines, for nap and night. I would love to proclaim that she was immediately wildly attached to her lovey and ta da, she sleeps all on her own but this is reality. We play with "lovey" a lot, she will crawl around with it, play peekaboo by holding it in front of her face or mine, but it has not become our go to comfort item. I think it will for sure, once she chooses to use it as such.
Made from a lovely organic cotton in a deep teal and green with a organic flannel backing the lovey is soft and cuddly. The little Green Bird hang tag is the perfect size for a tiny hand to hook onto, a small detail that shows how much care and thought are put into each product. Jenny really shows the difference between homemade" and "handmade", when you purchase something from The Green Bird you are getting a quality "handmade" piece. You can see in the picture above, Cora's "lovey is next to her, a regular site these days.
I asked Jenny a few questions about how she got started and what she loves, I am so interested in the histories that people have to share.
When did you start sewing?
I guess I could say I started sewing when I was a little girl. I would hand sew the oddest little things. My mom wasn't very creative in that department so I would gather whatever I could for scraps and make bear and doll clothes, etc. Whatever I could poke through with a needle and a thread, it got sewn together. Then my mom bought me a used sewing machine and I worked on that for a bit. Last year when I was pregnant I kept finding so many cool things I wanted to buy and my husband said, "why don't I just buy you a sewing machine and you do it yourself?" knowing it would save him money and give me a creative outlet. Worked for me! So I really picked it up again when that maternity instinct kicks into create things for your baby on the way.
What made you decide to open a store?
Oh gosh....I am addicted to Etsy so I thought I might as well give it a shot. I should say I had grand ideas of earning lots of money, but really I have been sewing to feed my own Etsy habit. Which isn't the worst thing in the world - I like to support hand made items. I was approached by a local woman who has a small cloth diaper and eco friendly baby item shop in our area to sell my things wholesale to her it was a combination of that and wanting to reach a larger audience that led me to open the Etsy store.
How did you come up with the name for your shop?
I really struggled with this. I am creative in so many ways, but not for things like that, but soon after I found out I was pregnant I became fascinated with doing a nature/bird "theme" for my son's nursery. It just went with my style and I preferred that over some of the more over the top and character nurseries that just weren't my style. Then, since my products (and our family), are organic/eco-friendly I thought how I could incorporate being "green" with my bird theme. And The Green Bird was born. :)
What is your favorite part of owning a business?
What did you do before you were an entrepreneur?
I think it's in my blood to be some sort of entrepreneur as I have been thinking up new little ideas and companies for as long as I can remember and still am today as I am getting ready to launch my photography business and website, but until I had my son last August I worked for a small CPA firm. And by small I mean, the CPA and me. So basically I did everything he didn't want to, which ended up to be a lot, but I loved my job and it gave me a lot of experience working with various small businesses which was great!
Anything from the shop would make the perfect, thoughtful and unique gift for a new baby!
Jenny has generously offered one lucky reader a handmade lovey all their own!
Thanks so much Jenny!
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