“eden gray” clothing

please allow me to introduce you to our newest adventure, friends.

“eden gray” clothing.

so here’s a run-down of the whys, wheres, whos, whens, and hows… ๐Ÿ˜‰

why clothing?

it has been my dream for some time now to open my own boutique. you can read more about that here. for a long time, i have been piecing together ideas and doing research on how to make this dream a reality for me and my family. someday, i pray and hope to have an actual storefront that you can all come and visit. until then, our sweet klover house shop via big cartel will do just fine.

why “eden gray”?

as you may (or may not) know, we named our third daughter, eden grace. isla (‘eye-la’), our second daughter, calls her baby sister “eden gray”, and we just think it is the most precious thing ever. i often catch myself calling her “eden gray” or “e-gray” for short too. i love that isla has brought such whimsy to our lives and, unintentionally, gifted us with the name for our company.

who are we?

mother-daughter-duo, kristi (me) and sharon k. (my mama, aka mema) this pic is from a few years ago, but aren’t we darling? haha man, i miss good hair days. anyway…

where can you find our pieces?

in the klover house shop, of course! 
you can click here or find the “shop” tab above.

we have three dresses in the line-up right now. our winter collection consists of: 
“sweet snowfall” (pictured) 
“sugared plum”
“cocoa and cardamom”

the pullover style dresses are made from soft jersey knits, pima cotton and cotton/spandex blends – perfect for little girls who want to feel cozy while they twirl, sprawl out on the floor, and dance in the kitchen!

all items are handmade-per-order and can be customized, if desired. each piece is made to coordinate with both hair accessories (by rosella bella) and “little cook” aprons (by chelsea made).

what is our mission?

the purpose of “eden gray” is to merge boutique-quality with affordability. three things i absolutely adore and appreciate about boutique-quality brands are: 1) uniqueness, 2) softness/comfort, 3) quality. those three components in an item are well worth their weight in gold, and if you are going to spend your money, you want it to be worth it, right? well, i believe that great quality should also be affordable and reasonable when clothing ourselves and our little ones. lets face it…you’ve already spilled your coffee down your front and junior has probably wiped his nose on your shoulder, right? right. and little princess was a 3T last night, but this morning, her sweet ankles are peeking out of her jammies! you get me? our babies grow too quickly to blow the bank account on their attire. that’s where i’m at as a mama to three, beautiful little darlings. i want to clothe us well, but i want to do it within a budget, and comfort is always at the top of my list. so, that’s our goal in “eden gray”. we want you to love what we make. we want you to feel as cozy in our frocks as you do in your flannel jammies, and we want you to keep coming back for more, b/c it’s affordable!

what can you do for us?

spread the word, like us on facebook, and pray! seriously. every day is a challenge. we appreciate your prayers as i learn to balance this new role and while we establish this business. we want it to last, so we aim to do things well. that takes time and resources. 

 also, we would love your feedback. on everything! do you like what you see? do you not like what you see? do you have ideas/suggestions/things you’d like to see in the future? we’re already thinking about our spring collection, so keep an eye out for more great things!

the klover house shop will hopefully continue to expand and new items (by other artisans) are in the works to be added to our inventory soon! you can find out more about chelsea made in this post. you can also “like” her on facebook and visit her website here. she’s still offering $5 off to klover house friends up until december 25th, so you have time to score a great deal (on already created pieces)! mention the code “kloverhouse”. you can visit our accessories artisan, rosella bella, on facebook as well. i have more great things up my sleeve, so again, stay tuned! i’m confident you are going to love what you’ll see in 2014.

well, that’s all for now! check back this weekend for the unveiling of our next two dress designs!

thank you always, for your support and encouragement! blessings!

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unique and affordable gift ideas!

looking for a unique, touching Christmas gift for the ladies in your life?

well, i’ve got some great ideas for you! (note: none of these links are affiliate links. aka – i’m not getting paid for saying this! i love these ideas/products!)

1 – STITCH FIX! this company is awesome. it’s convenient. it’s fun. and the best part…it lets you shop in the comfort of your own home! what neat is that you could easily send a loved one a ‘fix’ and let them shop from a surprise box of beautiful and unique fashion-finds. for example, send it to your bestie, or sister, or mama, and say, ‘pick out your favorite piece! it’s on me! merry christmas! xoxo” and then, they pick it, pop the remaining items back in the mail, and there you have a fun way to take your loved one shopping! it’s got that element of surprise combined with the control that every woman appreciates when shopping for herself. i know i’d love one for christmas!

2 – HAPPY MOMMY BOX! i love this idea, and i think the ladies behind it are superb! win-win! simply, get online and send a Happy Mommy Box to that mommy (or mommies) that you want to bless. like Stitch Fix, the contents you (or she) will receive are a surprise! knowing natalie and mandy, though, they will be fabulous month after month. there’s still time to receive a december box {click here}. you could gift the entire box, or you could sort through it and gift each piece separately to people you have in mind! for example, last month’s box contained adorable finger puppets and a beautiful necklace (among other items). so…give your niece the puppets and your sister the necklace! perfect!

3 – CHELSEA MADE APRON! – yes, i am partial on this one. {see why here.} i love these aprons for the big or little cook in your life! the quality and uniqueness of these aprons are unmatched. i am 100% in love with anthropologie, people. like, in love. BUT, i can say that even their aprons can’t compare when it comes to craftsmanship and artistry! Chelsea makes each piece by hand and adds any personal touches that the customer desires. on top of that – the aprons are lined, making them durable and soft. you can visit Chelsea Made here and use the code ‘klover house’ for $5 off until december 25th. just think, a matching set for a mom and her sweeties would be such a thoughtful gift!

4 – CHOCOLATE APPLE ORCHARD!ginormous apples drenched in caramel, chocolates, and nearly every good thing you could imagine. does it get any better?!!! i have had enough of these to know that they are all divine! they even make custom orders! you can check out my daughter’s personalized ‘belle’ apple in this post. for ava’s birthday, we are having chocolate apple orchard create six of the disney princesses. she is going to love it! this company also makes chocolate/caramel dipped pretzel rods. these are perfect if you’re looking for party goodies or if you want to send someone a little treat in the mail. (they are available for delivery.)

5 – THE VINTAGE PEARL! – i’ve personally ordered from this company and i love their stuff! (and the heart behind the company!) you can customize pieces and they are so dainty and beautiful.

6 – RUBY RAY JEWELRY! i love these bangles! this mama is the epitome of ‘cool.’ love her taste and craftsmanship. there are so many styles to choose from, and if you follow her on instagram, twitter, or facebook, you will be the first to hear of new pieces and specials/deals. wear these pretties alone or with a chunky watch…dress them up…dress them down…swoon. love ’em.

ok, so there are my ideas thus far! i’ll keep you posted as i come across more!

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good find friday: week 4

articles:

the ugly truth about bravery – i thought this was a really great post on bravery, written by jon acuff.  i’ll say – i agree with all but the very last line…  if you want to take an extra minute, read his short ‘about’ section also.  inspires me to do something meaningful with my own life.

the day i left my marriage – those of you that are married know how challenging sharing your everything with someone else can actually be.  i am no picnic; that’s for sure.  not too long ago, i confess that i googled the words, ‘i don’t like my husband.’  what?!  i know…terrible.  we were going through a rough patch, and frankly, he was just on my nerves.  all.of.the.time.  he’d just look at me, and i would get annoyed.  hormones, right?  so anyway, i typed this phrase into the search bar and then looked for a ‘christian’ domain name.  b/c seriously, a christian wife should NOT feel those things, right?!  yeah.  i found this article, and i am so happy that i did, b/c it really helped to shift my perspective.  i have an awesome husband.  he loves Jesus 110%.  he is an amazing father.  he is thoughtful and takes care of others’ needs before his own.  he prays with passion.  he believes with passion.  he hasn’t left me, even during our darkest days.  he’s a gift that i have taken for granted.  i  hope this article helps you out, if you ever find yourself feeling frustrated with your spouse.  changing perspective often changes everything.  and actually, i like him a whole lot!

for the home:

dear lillie – i love this little blog and shop! i love it soooo much, that i hope to offer some of their items in the klover house shop in the near future! i love finding fellow artisans with common interests and passions. amazing hearts and talents over at dear lillie. check them out, and let them know that klover house sent you!

miscellaneous:

‘skinny double chocolate chip muffins’ by sallysbakingaddiction.com made these little guys (little b/c i baked them in my itty bitty tart pans – so cute…) and they were a hit. we drove to dance class with over two dozen. we returned home from dance class with zero! i didn’t have the exact ingredients – for example, i used strawberry kefir in place of the greek yogurt, but they turned out great! i also skipped the chocolate chips throughout. i simply drizzled 5 to 6 on each little muffin. it ended up being the perfect amount for our taste. you’d never guess these chocolately breakfast treats were made with honey, applesauce, kefir, and egg whites!  these will definitely be made frequently in our house!

america’s mood map – just a fun little time-waster.  apparently, i belong in tennessee…or oregon.  how about you?

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klover house – let’s talk shop!

finally!  sorry – it was a looong day!

as i said before, if you’ve been following along via facebook, then you’ve already gotten a glimpse of these three (of our six) apron designs crafted by the incredibly talented chelsea of chelsea made.

as we embark on the klover house shop journey together, i want to introduce you to the store and give you an idea as to what you can expect in the future from the klover house shop.

as i hinted in the original ‘klover house’ post, i have had a dream for quite some time – a dream to own my own shop.  i believe that God has allowed this dream to be placed on my heart.  why do i think it’s a God-thing?  1) my passion never fades away…it only grows, 2) it’s much bigger than my means or talents could ever accomplish, so i know in order to see it take root and be successful, it will have to be laid entirely in His hands, and 3) it fits well into the ‘bigger picture’ when it comes to our family and what we believe is God’s plan and purpose for our lives.
so here it is.  this is big, friends.  this is a chunk of my heart finally out here…
it is my hope and aim to bring to you a carefully selected collection of the finest, prettiest things that i lay my eyes on.  that said, when i found out about chelsea made (a lovely little custom apron designer out of columbus, ohio) and checked out her products, i was blown away by the uniqueness of it all!  not only does this artisan have a God-given gift for design, but her craftsmanship is top-notch.  every stitch…every seam…every fabric…perfection.  i’m in love with these products, and i am confident that you will be as well.
klover house has partnered with chelsea made to create one-of-a-kind aprons for ‘little cooks’ and their mamas too!  each apron is carefully designed with the style of the ‘cook’ or ‘little cook’ in mind, selecting fabrics unique to her, creating a truly one-of-a-kind apron that will last as long as those family recipes you’ll be sharing!
the ‘klover house’ collection is made up of the following styles:
‘ava’ line – for the shabby chic romantic darling 

‘ava’ designed specifically for the little lady with an impeccably chic taste, a flair for the romantic side and a sweetness that can’t be denied. made from 100% cotton textiles and backed with 100% cotton and secured with heavy stitching throughout the garment, this little apron is ready to wear and work in the kitchen with your darling, and easy to wash when she’s done. to inquire about a custom design for the ‘ava’ in your life, visit www.chelseamade.com.

‘isla’ line – for the free-spirited sweetheart


‘isla’ designed specifically for the little sweetie with spunk in her step, a touch of whimsy and a smile that lights up a room. made from 100% cotton textiles and backed with 100% cotton and secured with heavy stitching throughout the garment, this little apron is ready to wear and work in the kitchen with your sweet pea, and easy to wash when she’s done. to inquire about a custom design for the ‘isla’ in your life, visit www.chelseamade.com

‘eden’ line – for the modern cutie laced with vintage charm


‘eden’ designed specifically for the cutie in your kitchen who brings to the mix, a fresh take on vintage charm. made from 100% cotton textiles and backed with 100% cotton and secured with heavy stitching throughout the garment, this little apron is ready to wear and work in the kitchen with your little cutie, and easy to wash when she’s done. to inquire about a custom design for the ‘eden’ in your life, visit www.chelseamade.com.

‘josie lee’ line – for the young trendsetter in your kitchen 

 ‘josie lee’ designed specifically for the little lady with undeniable class, a modern day audrey with an extra dash of something fabulous. made from 100% cotton textiles and backed with 100% cotton and secured with heavy stitching throughout the garment, this little apron is ready to wear and work in the kitchen with your darling, and easy to wash when she’s done. to inquire about a custom design for the ‘josie lee’ in your life, visit www.chelseamade.com.

‘charlie’ line – for the casual urban princess 

 ‘charlie’ specifically designed for the casual, urban princess. coffee shops, bakeries – this soulful style is a stand-out in any crowd. made from 100% cotton textiles and backed with 100% cotton and secured with heavy stitching throughout the garment, this little apron is ready to wear and work in the kitchen with your little cutie, and easy to wash when she’s done. to inquire about a custom design for the ‘charlie’ in your life, visit www.chelseamade.com.

‘klover house’ line – for the eclectic mama 

 ‘klover house’ designed for the mama of the mix. she’s got an eye for all things lovely, but isn’t afraid to make a mess in the name of making memories. made from 100% cotton textiles and backed with 100% cotton and secured with heavy stitching throughout the garment, this little apron is ready to wear and work in the kitchen with your little cutie, and easy to wash when she’s done. to inquire about a custom design for the ‘eclectic mama’ in your life, visit www.chelseamade.com.


this original introductory set will not be for sale, but if you see a piece that inspires you, or you know a little lady that fits any of the above ‘style’ descriptions, chelsea made can customize an apron just for you or your little cook.  use these designs as your spring-board or style inspiration!  ***fabrics can vary in color / pattern depending upon season and availability.***
as a special gift to klover house readers:
chelsea made is now offering $5 OFF on ALL orders now through december 25th.  also, as an extra treat for klover house friends, you will receive a special gift with your purchase!

simply use the code: KLOVERHOUSE when you visit www.chelseamade.com.

if you like what you see, please LET US KNOW!  leave a comment on the blog or facebook page and tell us what you think!  we’re already working on bringing you a fall/winter collection that will be available for purchase through the klover house shop!  
klover house will also be partnering with additional incredibly talented artisans to bring you coordinating accessories and clothing soon, soon, soon!

once again, thanks in advance for your support and feedback!  keep the encouragement and prayers coming!

***chelsea made supports american-made fabrics and local shops around the country. to inquire about a custom design for you and the ‘little cooks’ in your life (male or female!), please visit: www.chelseamade.com.***

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klover house shop: a little note / reminder

so, as you busy people already know…family first, right?!

my babes have kept me quite busy, busy today, and hubs is having an out-later-than-usual kind of day, so my blogging has been put on the back burner.
once he’s home and the kiddos are in bed, i’ll be back to release that special offer from chelsea made and fill you in on a few more details!  stay tuned!  ๐Ÿ™‚
xo,
kristi

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what’s been happening at ‘klover house’

1.  little miss eden grace is rolling over…a lot!  look out, world!  she’s goin’ places!

2.  ava is consistently finding ways to work the words ‘ferocious’ and ‘scrumptious’ into every conversation, and wants to use them interchangeably, which is pretty hilarious.
3.  isla is crib-jumping.  yup.  jumping outta the crib, y’all.  at.all.hours.of.the.day.or.night.  which, as you can imagine, has made nap time pretty impossible and sleeping-in even more of a distant memory.
4.  our floors are in.  hallelujah!  i have crossed over from screaming, ‘leave your shoes ON!!!!’ to nagging, ‘take your shoes OFF!!!!’  my dear, confused children…
  
5.  my incredibly generous and talented designer-friend brought over a crate of goodies with which to help decorate our new spaces, complete with advice!  she is a gem.  love her.  wish she didn’t have to go home – ever!  i want to ask her silly things like, ‘which side of the sink should i place my toothbrush?’  ๐Ÿ™‚
6.  hubs turned another year older, and we’re still eating peanut butter ice cream cake.  i’m sick to my stomach as i type this…
7.  ava has informed me that her next sport of choice is ‘horsing.’  she’s a genius.  have you caught onto that?  ๐Ÿ™‚  the girl remembers that people ride horses for fun, and wants to learn to ‘horse.’  she’s one cool bean.
8.  isla’s still a rock star with the potty, and as of tomorrow night, b/c i forgot once again tonight, she’ll be back to sleeping in her ‘big girl bed’. *round 2* coming of planking on mama in the middle of the night???  :/  (see list item #3)  love her.
9.  i have officially become a ‘survivor’ watcher.  yes, i’ve managed to live without that show for…what?  like a truckload of seasons?  yep.  this time, i’m in.  and, of course, blood will prove thicker than water!
10.  and…we’re closer to launching the ‘klover house shop’!  woo hoo!  if you’ve been following us on facebook, then you’ve already seen two of our six designs, meticulously drafted and crafted by the gifted chelsea of chelsea made.  {find her facebook page here
stop back here (klover house) tomorrow (friday) for more details and for a special offer from chelsea made for klover house friends!  i’m so excited for this opportunity.  this has been a lot of work, but dreams are worth it.  so happy to have you all cheering us on and watching things unfold from the very beginning.
so…yep.  that about sums up some recent events.  oh yeah, and did you see that jen hatmaker is coming to your living room soon via hgtv?  yep.  pretty good stuff right there, folks.  just thought i’d throw that in here…  
life.is.good.
even when it’s a messy-crib-hopping-potty-training-lots-on-my-plate-baby-can’t-hang-out-on-the-bed-anymore-what’s-a-shower???…kind of life.
see you back here tomorrow!

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