Rainy Day Blog

Southern Yankee

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This week we were able to talk personally with the fabulously talented Jennifer of Southern Yankee. You will recognize her unique, one of a kind design from window displays, our infant section, and throughout our store. No two Southern Yankee designs are alike, and they are all small batch, US made!

Jennifer has been sewing for as long as she can remember. Texas born, with a degree in fashion design, She moved to NYC to work in the industry. After seeing a beautiful baby's blanket made entirely from vintage handkerchieves, Jennifer knew her future.

Jennifer sources her materials from flea markets, vintage stores, and ebay. Friends and family send her boxes of vintage fabric that they have no use for, but cannot bear to throw away.

No two Southern Yankee pieces are alike, and the fabric is ever changing. Jennifer uses a US made cotton body suit as the base, and her imagination does the rest!

"The vintage handkerchiefs really speak to you, it is fun to hear people's reasons for why they pick the dress they do... maybe it's the color, or the pattern on the hankie, but there is something that speaks up." Says Jennifer about her designs. 

If you are looking for a one of a kind, US made, really special new baby gift, check out what we have in stock from Southern Yankee! Find the piece that speaks to you.

All photos by Andrea Topalian of Moments by Andrea

Tags: baby, blog, local, made in the usa, made in usa, newborn, one of a kind, onesies, rainy day, shop local, southern yankee, thoughtful, us made

From the Store: MilkBarn

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Kid's products, from clothing to toys, have to be one of our favorite departments within Rainy Day. When we think about children it hits close to home - owners Heather and Bob have boys of their own, and there are a few mother and daughter teams that make up our staff.

So, we're not joking when we put in orders for kids stuff. We're also not joking about how much we love MilkBarn. MilkBarn is one of those special companies that just sings out to you with it's undeniable pairing of simple practicality and beyond cute design aesthetics!

Right now we are very happily carrying quite an array of MilkBarn Products. From bibs, stroller blankets, and onesies, sporting foxes, geese, hedgehogs and hummingbirds. Boxes and the best newborn clothes we've seen in a long while.

In particular, we love their Newborn Keepsake Set, which should be a no brainer present for the next baby shower you attend! It includes a swaddle blanket, little hat and newborn gown, in all their signature prints.

The kicker? This company was started by a mother, Stacey, in 2006 sewing her own bibs for her 7 month old. It's grown since then, but stayed in the family. Stacey has since incorporated the designs of her 17 year old daughter into their signature prints, which you can see within this collection!

Support organic, support small business, and never sweat again over "baby's first gift."

Tags: baby, big lovely, blanket, blankets, cute, gifts, gown, milkbarn, newborn, onesies, organic, swaddle, unisex