Tuesday, July 21, 2009

hello little-byrd



Meet Rebekah, she has a delightful blog and shares what she wears and what she collects and creates. I enjoy reading her blog and the way she can breathe new life into found objects and give them an update. Enjoy this interview with little-byRD!

How did you come to blog?
I never thought I would have a blog! I had just started reading other people and remember thinking, "I could never do this". But then I opened up my Etsy shop and read one way t0 gain exposure was to have a blog. So I originally did it for business. It quickly became a mix of both personal and business, which I really enjoy.

How did you decide on a name for your blog?
My business name is Little Byrd. The Byrd is for By RD ( RD are my initials). I wanted a little business, something small to call my own and one day after months of trying to think of a name it dawned on me that my initials could be a play on words. So from there I named the blog Little Byrd, and then Little Byrd Vintage once I started the vintage side of it.

When did your love for thrifting, scouting, antiquing begin?
You know, I don't really remember. I would say shortly after high school. I had a close friend and she and her mom were always junking and decorating so marvellously with their friends and that really inspired me. Once I started going to the shops the thrill of the hunt hooked me. I've been treasure hunting for at least 15 years and it never gets old!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What will you be doing? I don't know. Thinking about this question has lead me to realize I never had a grand plan for life. I've worked in many different industries from travel to event planning to HR and most I've just fallen into by chance. Some days I think I will be doing exactly what I am right now, only perhaps bigger and better, maybe I will change my business name to Big Byrd - lol! Other days I think I might be doing something completely different. I love that it is a mystery!

What is your favorite thing to sew and what kind of methods do you have?
My favorite thing to sew right now is my woolen ear flap flapper inspired caps made from recycled woolen sweaters. I make handmade flowers to attach to each hat and choose an antique button to adorn it as well. Each one is one of it's kind. One of my favorite materials is wool and then combine that with the hunt for the perfect woolen sweater...I love it!

Who taught you to sew?
About 12 years ago a very kind and patient friend agreed to show me how. I couldn't even sew a button onto a shirt at this point. She was a fabulous teacher and taught me all the basics I needed to get started. The rest has been a self teaching experience. I still can't read a pattern though! My machine is Pfaff Hobby. Nothing fancy, very easy to use and always reliable.

Does your little boy enjoying scouting too?
What is his favorite thing to do? I think he is learning to love it! He is very observant by nature so he enjoys looking around wherever we are finding something interesting to talk about. He has recently picked up the habit of collecting bits of nature on our walks which I love! Leaves and rocks and sticks. I would say his favorite thing to do right now is roll play...ranging anywhere from scooby doo to firemen. He has a great imagination.

From reading your blog, I know you allow yourself time to wander-tell us why wandering is good for our soul?
Yes! One of my favorite things in this world is a walk all alone with my thoughts. It really keeps me in touch with all the thoughts and ideas swirling around my head and keeps it all in perspective. Wandering renews ones soul...When I am feeling burned out or overwhelmed a good wander is the quickest way to getting back in the swing of things.

Please take a moment to fly over to meet little-byrd and leave a comment. While you are there take a look at her Etsy shop! She has lots of sweet items.

32 comments:

PS~Erin said...

What a great illustration and interview of a very neat lady! Love Rebekah!

Purple Flowers said...

Lovely post.

Debra said...

What a chic and fabuolus illustration for a chic and fabulous lady. I love her blog. She has such a gift of putting together a great look with found objects- for her home or her sweet self~ or her shop.

Frau said...

Great interview I'm heading over to read her blog. I have found so many great blogs from you. Thanks!

Clarity said...

She seems so charming and open. I like how she describes it as "treasure hunting". Lovely illustration.

Julia said...

Ahhhh, I saw your fantastic illustration before I read the title, and knew immediately it was our dear, beautiful little byrd :) Wonderful interview!

littlebyrd said...

Oh Patricia! This was such a treat to wake up to this morning! Thank you. THANK YOU! That sketch is amazing and makes me look so tall and thin ~ I LOVE it ;) Thank you. It was a joy doing this interview with you.

Deidra said...

Great interview. I love how she chose the name for her shop. I also really appreciate how she answered the question about what she'll be doing in ten years. Not too planned or structured, but very expectant.

You do a wonderful job of highlighting the talents and warmth of others. Thanks for sharing. Now, I'm off to check out a certain Little Byrd.

Jeanneoli said...

Thank you for this great interview. I love Rebekah's blog and it has been fun to learn more about her. Your sketch is stunning!

Kwana said...

Wonderful interview. Love the illustration and her shop looks lovely.

apriliniowa said...

Her wandering soul and those fabulous caps she creates is what drew me to her blog originally! Wonderful illustration of her as well. You've certainly captured her fabulous style down to her signature pose before the mirror, even! Well done interview. :)

Joyce said...

I love how she picked the name for her blog and store! Oh how I like learning something new. I have visited her blog and shop love everything!!

Great interview and illustration. xoxo

home before dark said...

Heartfelt and nurturing. Nicely done, PVE.

Karena said...

Love the illustration and the interview. So interesting to hear the thought and ideas of other artists and designers
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Jill said...

so nice to learn more about little byrd! i love her blog and her shop!

Simply Mel said...

Lovely knowing others find such comfort and peace in being peripatetic!

Very fun illustration - Sassy and Chic!

Lori said...

great illustration and lovely items in her shop! I am going to read her blog now :)

pam@pixelimpress said...

beautiful drawing, patricia. thanks for the re-introduction to rebekah. i met her ever-so-briefly at a barn house sale last year. i'll have to check out her blog. and i might need to commission you to draw me... at 5'1" it might be the only way i'll ever have long legs! pam

Dustjacket attic said...

I'm a friend of little byrd, just had to come over and say hi.

Love your work, fantastic. The Q & A was great too.

I'll be back to see what your up to!xxx

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

By RD...that is so fabulous! :-) I am just learning to sew -- also from a kind and extremely patient teacher, lol! -- so I can appreciate Rebekah's journey. I am inspired that she's combined her love of (and talent for)thrifting and her craftiness into a business oportunity that she clearly loves. Brava!

LuLu said...

This is my first time to your blog and had to comment on your talent. your captured Little Byrds style. it's beautiful. thank you for the great interview and getting to know her better,
LuLu

koralee said...

Found your lovely blog through Rebekah...i love love that girl...and i even love her more now that she led me to your lovely blog...off to check out your amazing talent...the illustration was amazing...so Rebekah! Nice to meet you!

A Day That is Dessert said...

Thanks for introducing me to a new blog! Very chic illustration.

Zuniga Interiors Design Studio said...

I love your illustrations! Illustrating was always a passion of mine- since a very young age, though I only do it at times for design projects. So, when I see artists like you my heart jumps! Lovely!
Michelle

pve design said...

Oh my goodness, I am so glad you stopped by to say hello to little-byrd and to to me too! Have a wonderful day full of found treasures.
pve

High Desert Diva said...

Rebekah's blog is one of my favorites. Your sketch is wonderful.

Jaimee said...

Fantastic Interview & wonderful accompanying sketch...just perfect.
Love them both!

You're both such a great source of inspiration - THANKS :)

Janet said...

Lovely! Thanks for this interview.

Leanne said...

All things lovely. Great sketch. Sweet interview.

Tamstyles said...

did i tell you i love your art..never seems to amaze me.

Carey said...

I love words, and they are a big part of my life. I so appreciate the clever way that Little Byrd arrived at a label for her company:) I certainly share her love for "the hunt" too. It is indeed something that never gets old because you're dealing with items that are no longer "off the rack."

Carey said...

p.s. love your drawing of Little Byrd too. Chic!