04 December 2013

Feature on Creative: Baby Bird Basics

This week we are excited to feature Andrea from Baby Bird Basics, the face behind a exciting new range of baby bandanas that will be in store very soon. Watch this space!    

How did Clever Bird Banter/Baby Bird Basics begin? When/Where/how did it all start?
I started my blog, Clever Bird Banter in 2010 while I was still living in the UK. It was a creative platform for me to express myself and a way for me to document life happenings and things I did/liked/found.

The idea for Baby Bird Basics came about after we moved back to South Africa from London - my experience as a mom has helped me to recognise a gap in the market for funky/different baby-related clothing/accessories that I found were generally limited here, and/or usually quite expensive...

With the initial focus specifically on Bandana Bibs, because they are pretty much a staple in our daughter Addison's day to day wardrobe, and because people often comment on the ones she wears, I decided to make and sell them for others to enjoy too. As of 25th September 2013, we have another little Baby Bird in the nest - Julia - and, as you can see below, she looks equally as cute in her Bandana Bibs as big sister Addi!

Why do you do what you do?
I love being creative - on my computer and in real life - sewing and crafting is a great way to balance out all the hours I spend behind a computer when I'm doing graphic design work! I am also not JUST a mom: being entrepreneurial and creative is something I don't want to 'lose' while being at home with my children - it's also a great thing to share with them and hopefully something they can learn from.

When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?
An actress! I loved drama school and up until matric, that was the plan (I am SO glad I never pursued drama/acting beyond school level, phew!)

What inspires you when designing new products?
My beautiful children of course!

What are your hopes and dreams for your products?
I hope to build the business over the next year and I would really like someone to come on board and help with the production side of things so that I can focus on the more creative and business focused parts of running a small business.

About you... What's your - Top Song? Top Food? Top Beverage? Top Place? Top Movie?
Song: Hmmmm, so many, where to start? Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol and Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
Food: I'm a cliche - pizza and ice cream - and all the bad things like chocolate and puddings!
Beverage: am I allowed to say wine?! Red preferably! Top soft drink is DEFINTELY the Orange and Rooibos Ice Tea from Woolies
Place: Ahhhhh, London - my second home - I miss it!
Movie: Again, so many - but I do love 'Beaches' with Bette Middler A LOT!

Imagine you are heading out for dinner with a bunch of creative geniuses - who would be sitting around the table with you?
A bunch of kids - no one can beat a child's imagination!


  1. I LOVE Baby Bird Basics' range of bandana bibs, so loved reading more about how Baby Bird Basics came about!

    1. We love doing our 'Feature on Creative' posts... so nice to have a glimpse of the people behind our products. Baby bird Basics bibs exclusively designed for our shop our now in store!


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