When my friends at Paradox Design Studio asked me to create a baby gift for one of their clients expecting a baby boy, I jumped at the chance! The clients, the owners of Unearthed Vintage, are also special to me because we share a love of all things vintage.
I started following Unearthed Vintage on Instagram a couple years ago. At the time, the vintage furniture rental company was considering relocating to a warehouse space in Hollywood. I was so excited at the possibility of such a fun, creative company being neighbors with me! In the end, they took a space in Miami. But I continued to follow them, enjoying the spectacular events they adorn with their gorgeous styled furniture.
When I create a baby gift, I think about every detail of the recipient’s life. I love to really capture the spark of receiving a custom gift. I almost always choose unisex colors when creating baby gifts. For this one, I hand-dyed a 3-6 month onesie a muted mint green color, and fabric-collaged a simple black and white image of a chair. I use this fabric with hand-drawn black and white images quite often. Believe it or not, I purchased a bolt 5 years ago from IKEA, of all places. I chose the chair image because it felt so personal—to give the owners of a vintage furniture company a onesie with a simple chair on it.
When it comes to choosing a size for a baby gift, I know that giving gifts in two sizes is a great way to make the thoughtfulness last. So for an infant, I usually do a 3-6 month gift and a 12-month gift—something for now and something for later! The 12-month gift is a pair of vintage upcycled OshKosh B’gosh train conductor overalls. In my signature style, I fabric-collaged a motif of birds sitting on tree limbs, from head to toe.
And of course, a gift is never complete until it’s wrapped! I wanted the gift to extend into the custom wrap. I choose a vintage Sesame Street mini pillowcase I pulled from my collection of vintage linens. Then I added a sturdy piece of cardboard to the inside and sweetly folded the clothing pieces and slipped them inside. I tied the case shut with a muted mint pompom ribbon I purchased at an After-Christmas sale at Anthropologie. I hope they enjoy the gift as much as I enjoyed making it!