mmet has been a major influence in the start and growth of both my lavender & clover shop and my lavender & clover blog. Soon after Emmet was born, I started painting. It was my way of relaxing from the parts of motherhood that are hard, we struggled with breastfeeding in the beginning, and when you are doing it every 2 hours all day it can get pretty stressful! So when Emmet was napping or sleeping at night I would sit down with my watercolors and paint. With the encouragement of Dave and my friend Patty, I took those paintings and started printing cards. It started out primarily prairie based, my favorites being the bison and the thistle, two of my very first paintings.
Soon after, I started painting patterns for swaddle blankets. I loved his soft muslin blankets but found that the thicker cotton knit fabrics held his swaddle a little better. So I drew them up, designed the pattern in photoshop, and had fabric printed (read more about the design process here). I then tried and failed a few design ideas before getting my hands on a serger (thanks Kim!). I fell in love with the look and cleanliness of a nice serged edge and stitched up my first few designs of baby blankets; succulents, swans, and, of course, bison. I started burp rags shortly after. Emmet went through a stage of constant spit up and I was getting tired of it soaking through onto my clothes and rolling off onto the floor. So I took some of the blanket scraps, some quilt batting, and flannel and made a burp rag that fixed both of those problems. From their our product line has continued to grow to bibs and teether toys as Emmet's little teeth have started poking through and drool has begun pouring from his cute little mouth.
We are getting ready to list the next round of baby items, and those are toddler quilts and pom pom pillows. While they are still in the development stage, they will be available upon request! A few weeks ago we had to move Emmet's mattress down because he started pulling himself up, which made me start thinking about what the next stage will be. Eventually he will sleep in his own little bed, and while it feels like forever away I want to be ready, so I designed him a quilt in, of course, his bison print. The bison quilt comes with a light grey back and is tied up in 12 spots with little white strings. The matching pillows have a grey pom pom border all around the outside. Each blanket has a different color back and pom pom edging to coordinate with the lavender & clover fabric. I'll be ordering fabric and sewing these bad boys up over the next several weeks. Let me know if you are interested and I will rush the design you are interested through! See color/fabric combinations below:
Which one is your favorite?
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