Monday, June 27, 2011

Fall into our Sneak Peek!

As promised! A sneak peek into our Fall Collection! While our fall designs will officially be released for sale on August 2nd, we have an AMAZING offer coming up next week. Check back for details or sign up for PetalLove, our monthly e-Newsletter, at

Much (Petal) Love,

PetalPetal designs and VintageChild:Modern

Friday, June 24, 2011

Go Child! Break It Down with Emma...

Anyone else up for a Friday dance party with Emma? Photo sessions with 3 year olds are never boring! Love this kid!

Much (Petal) Love,

PetalPetal designs and VintageChild:Modern

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I Feel Like Throwing a Serious Dance Party!

The VintageChild:Modern online shop has been in the works for a while and it's finally live, along with the rest of our new website! Happy dance!

It feels so good to type out our new web address: So simple and sweet! There's even a little surprise on the site, so pop over and check it out (Hint: you may recognize some of the photos above...) And feel free to let us know what you think about the new site - it's design and usability. 

P.S. - Gift certificates now available online as well. The perfect gift for little fashionistas!

Much (Petal) Love,

PetalPetal designs and VintageChild:Modern

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sugar High at Rocket Fizz

When photographer Rena Durham asked if I would provide the wardrobe for a photoshoot at vintage inspired candy shoppe Ricket Fizz in Simi Valley, I jumped at the chance. The results are delightful!

The sweet models are wearing The Customizable A-Line Dress and The Chevron Stripes and Florals A-Line Dress by VintageChild:Modern.

Additional photos at Rena's blog:

Photography by Rena Durham

Much (Petal) Love,

PetalPetal designs and VintageChild:Modern

Friday, June 17, 2011

How To Lounge

It has been a busy week in the PetalPetal and VintageChild:Modern studio and I mean busy! We've sent off an order to the latest boutique to pick up VintageChild:Modern (check out Vann and Liv - cuteness!), begun to finalize ideas for the VintageChild:Modern Fall Collection, edited what felt like a million photos and began the process of building our very own online shop, which we hope to officially launch next week. And by we, I mean me, the pups and the chicks. I do most of the designing, sewing, packaging, marketing, photographing and building of websites and they do most of the sleeping. So when my week officially ends Saturday at approximately 1:35 pm, I hope to be in something similar to the lovely finds below by approximately 1:40...

Much (Petal) Love,

PetalPetal designs and VintageChild:Modern

Monday, June 13, 2011

What You Get for 8 Balloons and .07 Cents

Ever had to pay off a 3 year old to dress up and tromp around a park and dance on a table? Turns out they come pretty cheap...

An unexpected bonus! New Logo from the session...

Sweet Emma was more than willing to take these pics in exchange for the balloons from the shoot and the nickel and pennies she found in my car (but I sent her home with The Bubble Romper too). Isn't she a total doll? Thank goodness for friends with cute kids!

Much (Petal) Love,

PetalPetal designs and VintageChild:Modern

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The VintageChild:Modern Studio Is Hopping! Floral Bunnies Are Here!

Ta Duh! The VintageChild:Modern Floral Bunny Costume is here, floppy ears and all! 

Our bubble romper turned bunny suit is perfect for all climates! If your halloweens are sunny, just wear as is. If you tend to have rainy and cool Octobers (hand is raised), layer it up with long sleeve tees and tights. How sweet would this be with silly rain boots and a little cardi? Now available here in our VintageChild:Modern shop!

Much (Petal) Love,

PetalPetal designs and VintageChild:Modern

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Too Early for Halloween? Never!

Not at the VintageChild:Modern Studio anyway! We're working on our first costume EVER and hope to share the finished product tomorrow. In the meantime... 

Can you guess from this sneak peek what we're cutting out and sewing up today?

Much (Petal) Love,

PetalPetal designs and VintageChild:Modern

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

In a Child's Room: Vintage, Blue and Bold

The Thomas & Olivia Alphabet Poster

Vintage Tin Toy Violin

Handmade Textile Art Bug in Blue Floral

Vintage Scandinavian Style Blocks

Run Wild My Child Print

Imperial World Globe

The Rooster Crows: Vintage Book of Poems, Rhymes, Games 

Antique Bench Covered in European Grain Sack

Piggy Puppet

Much (Petal) Love,

PetalPetal designs and VintageChild:Modern

Monday, June 6, 2011

My SQUEE! Moment of the Month

I really, really don't squeal often. It takes alot, but this photo did me in....

I had the pleasure of working with Marta Locklear for a PetalPetal photoshoot... and by worked with, I mean I sent her the outfits and she created magic. This is the first photo from the shoot and I just had to share. I can't wait to see the rest of the photos and share with you all!

P.S. - The little angel (seriously, is she not the cutest?) is wearing...
The Hearts a Flutter Skirt
The Ruffle Your Feathers Top
The Tulle Love Tutu
and The PetalPetal Hair Sash

Much (Petal) Love,

PetalPetal designs and VintageChild:Modern

Friday, June 3, 2011

Who Is Art: Sloe Gin Fizz

Nicole Ray of sloe gin fizz brings colorful whimsy and a hint of retro to the world of illustrations, prints and paper goods. Her subjects range from the simple to the scientific, but somehow always evoke in me a feeling of cheerful memories.

Read on about Nicole and sloe gin fizz below…

First, I have to know what the meaning behind your name is.

The name comes the song "Portland, Oregon" by Loretta Lynn and Jack White. It's one of my all-time favorites and how could you not love a line like this: "Well sloe gin fizz works mighty fast when you drink it by the pitcher and not by the glass…" I'd like to have a similar effect on people with my art work.

You have such a variety of subjects in your work. What is it that provides cohesion? What is the connection between rubber boots and the “Opening Doors” illustration, for instance.

I think a focus on line work is the common thread running through my work. I draw inspiration from so many different sources and in so many different ways, but it is always about capturing the essence of the design in a simple way through line quality. I never know where or when inspiration will strike -- it seems to come like a flood in those moments when I am open to it. The Wellington boot drawing, for example, was an act of desperation as my very favorite pair of boots was quickly disintegrating. I wanted to capture them before it was too late. On the other end of the spectrum, the "Opening Doors" illustration leapt out at me while exploring the work of others: I write a monthly feature I write called "Eye Candy" for the blog of a local craft space. ( In the first month I present a variety of images related to a theme. The following month I return with a drawing inspired by those images. This is how "Opening Doors" happened. 

Opening Doors

My Favorite Yellow Boot

I get the sense that many of your illustrations are like little memories. What in your life has inspired your art?

People and travel. I got the travel bug earlier on and my favorite part about it is the people you meet along the way. I've met so many people following exactly the path they want--or extremely unconventional life paths -- rather than what is expected. I find this endlessly inspiring and encouraging and it is what has helped me choose to make art and be an artist -- and to take a new direction when the whim dictates.

You seem to have a bright and bold color palette, which I love. Are you drawn to the bright and bold in all areas of your life?

Hmmm, I think that was probably more true of my younger self. I've had some truly wonderful adventures so far, but find my tastes are mellowing in an extremely pleasing way. I certainly enjoy the bright and bold but also find pleasure in the calm and constant. I've been known to dive in and throw caution to the wind just for the sake of doing and movement, but in recent years I think I revel in the everyday a bit more. 

Masked Birds Sticker Set

Under the Sea

I mentioned the fact that your colors are bright and fun, but many of your subjects are simple, everyday objects that other artists might find uninspiring. Somehow you are able to take a French Press and a Stanley Thermos and draw me into your art. What about these objects attracts you and make you want to give them life?

So many everyday objects are so well-considered and well-designed without us ever thinking about it. I like to really look at them and as I draw I inevitablly see and discover new details I hadn't noticed. It helps me really see. 

French Press

Classic Stanley Thermos

It’s always interesting to hear about an artist’s background. How long have you been creating art? Where does your artistic nature come from?

I have been drawing since I was a little kid, but it's been about 2 1/2 years that I have been focusing on it as a business. My mother is convinced that my artistic nature is based purely in the fact that she didn't let me watch television as a child, but I also grew up in a town that really appreciated and supported art and music in the schools and greater community. 

On the Breeze

More ways to connect with the fabulous Nicole and sloe gin fizz...


For the complete Who Is Art series, click here or let us know if your work has a story to tell!

Much (Petal) Love,

PetalPetal designs and VintageChild:Modern
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