Sponsor Highlight: Little Friends Co.

Today we're highlighting A Life Sustained sponsor Little Friends Co.!


Catherine handmakes children's clothing, slippers and accessories with recycled and vintage fabrics. In her words:

Hi there, I am Catherine Callahan, mother, wife and creator of Little Friends Co. I create children’s apparel primarily made from repurposed materials. I strive to live simply with strong values and lots of love. My approach to life is simple, if you approach it with an open heart and an open mind the opportunities are endless. Some of the other things that I love are cooking, sharing a talk with a good friend, exploring flea markets and thrift stores and traveling. 

I am happily married to my best friend, Mark, whom I met in college. Together, we have three wonderful kids: two girls, ages 8 and 5, and our 3-year-old son. We live in a suburb just north of Philadelphia in Bucks County. We are close to the Delaware River…yes the one that George Washington crossed. 


Tell me about your journey to becoming an artist/maker of things. 

I am proud to have come from a creative family that respects working with one's hands. My aunt is a well-known bear artist. My uncle is a master carpenter in Canada. My other uncle was a wood carver. My mom sewed as a hobby. She made clothing for me and my sister as well as her friends. I remember sitting by her feet while she was sewing. I would play with the buttons and notions in her basket. Her mother was an amazing woman. In Finland, she raised crops and 7 kids. She milked cows, spun wool, knit, wove and baked the most delicious bread I have ever had. Through all the hard work, she managed to maintain a positive and humble outlook on life. I guess my journey as an artist, crafter and creator was inevitable. I attended Tyler School of Art where I learned to hone my creative skills and ideas. 


Why is it important to you to use upcycled/sustainable materials?
 

Both of my parents grew up on farms, albeit on separate continents. My father grew up in southwestern Virginia. My mother grew up in rural Finland. Later, her family moved to Sweden. Because of their upbringing, there was a certain frugality toward resources in our home. We knew things could be reused or repurposed rather than discarded. Resources there were used wisely. Basically, I was encouraged to be happy with what we had and to use what we had. I was also encouraged to use my creativity and to explore the outside world. I have always cared for nature, the environment and the future. 


What inspires you? 
 

I take a holistic look at inspiration. Everything in life is a lesson, especially mistakes. I strive to observe the world around me. I look at my children to understand what they see and how they see it. Their fresh eyes are able to see things in a way that adults sometimes can’t imagine. 

In regards to items I create, I am often asked how did I think of that. I generally can’t say. It’s usually an evolution, not an epiphany, that brings me to my decisions. For example, I took a fibers course in college. There, I learned the principles of working with wool. We learned how to dye, and turn wool into felt. In one of my classes, I made a hideous wool cape. It lives in my attic to this day. Later on, I had a cute vintage sweater that washed in the wrong load. It shrank and turned to felt. I didn’t want to throw it out so I decided to make mittens out of it. The mittens looked like potholders so I never wore them. They live in the attic with the creepy wool cape. Both were lessons learned which I put in my back pocket for a later time, but I went on with my journey.


Many years later when I had my first daughter, I was dissatisfied by children’s slippers found in stores. They were either too puffy and commercial or too cold and leathery. I thought “what if they were made some out of something soft and warm?” Wool came to my mind. I remembered that old sweater that was washed in the wrong load. I decided to make slippers out of another old sweater. Here I am years later making them for other people’s children all around the country and world. I truly love what I do.
Catherine is generously offering to one lucky A Life Sustained reader their choice of a pair of slippers from her shop! 

Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the random drawing to win.

Get two additional entries! First, you can follow A Life Sustained through Google Friend Connect. Second, you can add Little Friends Co. to your favorites on Etsy. Be sure to leave a comment for each "extra" so they can be counted. Comments will be closed on February 4 and a winner will be announced in this post shortly thereafter.

And the lucky winner is...
Just the Two of Us
"These are the cutest booties ever! please count me in! crossing my fingers!"

70 comments:

  1. Beautiful slippers! And she lives right near where I grew up and my family still lives. I am going to pass on her info as well. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  2. Added Little Friends Co to my favorites on Etsy.

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  3. those hats are so cute!! the slippers too.....

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    1. Love the little jacket. It's beautiful!! Now I'm going to check you out on Etsy. : )

      ~ Wendy
      http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  4. The slippers are just too cute!

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  5. Such a wonderful shop! I love the slippers and the bonnets are so sweet!

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  6. What fabulous work--we love those owl slippers!

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  7. Beautiful!!! I simply love everything! I'm a GFC follower :)

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  8. The slippers are precious! How did I not know about them? How wonderful! I just made them a etsy favorite:)) Such a great giveaway!

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  9. I would love to win these!

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  10. I follow this blog via GFC! :)

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  11. I added Little Friends to my etsy favorites! katy010305

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  12. my brother and his wife are having a baby soon. i'd love to give a pair of these to them!

    siriannic123 at gmail dot com

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  13. I would love to win a pair of these for my little guy, due in June.

    The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia
    ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
    http://juanshappywife.blogspot.com
    Twitter: The_Happy_Wife

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  14. thanks for this giveaway!
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

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  15. These are so cute!
    gshimokawa(at)highplains.us

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  16. Oh my goodness, you have the cutest eco-friendly baby gifts that I've seen in a long while!

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  17. Oh, this is so cute! I'd love to win!
    My email address is nicole at knitnicoleknit dot com

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  18. The slippers are so cute! I would love to win a pair!

    stormyranew at yahoo dot com

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  19. I added Little Friends to my etsy favorites (PretyMagnolia)

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  20. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I love re-purposing and up-cycling.
    goldiez at hotmail dot com

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  21. I follow A Life Sustained through Google Friend Connect as Diana
    goldiez at hotmail dot com

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  22. Added Little Friends Co. to my etsy favorites as goldiez.
    goldiez at hotmail dot com

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  23. added your store to my etsy favorites
    gshimokawa(at)highplains.us

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  24. Thank you for the giveaway! I am in love with your slippers! :-)
    sbabij2 at shaw dot ca

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  25. Favorite on Etsy (Suzie B)
    sbabij2 at shaw dot ca

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  26. These would be perfect for little toes! Thank you!! Christina G

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  27. Such cute slippers, I'd love to be entered. Thanks for the chance!

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  28. I added the shop to my favorites on Etsy too...LOVE those little baby caps also!

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  29. I would love some kid sized ones for my 2 year old!

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  30. I also just favorited the shop on etsy!

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  31. adorable! i need some shoes for my babe and would love to win these! ssfuchs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. i'm a follower! ssfuchs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. added this to my etsy favorites! ssfuchs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. These would make a perfect gift for a special friend!

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  35. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

    jamieadkins@mail.com

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  36. These are adorable!

    aleytac(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. Love the slippers. I hate the idea of cramming my little guy's feet into tight shoes -- these would be perfect!

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  38. These are the cutest booties ever! please count me in! crossing my fingers!

    dreamerklc(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. I'm a new follower! i love your blog, I've went back and read alot of it!

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  40. I liked her etsy shop under the name dreamerklc!
    cute cute cute shop!

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  41. I am a new follower. I think your blog is so cute.

    wickedfaerie13@gmail.com

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  42. I favoured your cute litted mushroom slippers on etsy and favoured your shop.

    wickedfaerie13@gmail.com

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  43. My BFF just had her precious baby girl and the Sweetheart slippers would be so cute for her!

    breonna dot roberts at gmail dot com

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  45. and now Little Friends is a fave on my Etsy :)

    breonna dot roberts at gmail dot com

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  46. and now I'm a follower on GFC

    breonna dot roberts at gmail dot com

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  47. These are so cute, thanks for a chance to win!

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  48. Adorable shoes! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. These products are the cutest! Thanks for the giveaway

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  50. So adorable! The cupcake ones melt my heart ;)

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  51. Those are so cute!! My lil guy definitely needs a pair for his cold feet!
    z853www at hotmail dot com

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  52. Added Little Friends Co to my favs on Etsy.

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  53. love these little slippers for my little man

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  54. Thanks for the cute giveaway!
    You have a new follower of your blog;)

    Ashley
    shopjinx@gmail.com

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  55. Love the slippers!

    michellehaskell at gmail dot com

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