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Making a Splash

This Knithaus drop is near and dear to my heart.  I grew up on the beach and really can't imagine not living beside the water  The smell of salty air always brings the sigh of ahhh I'm home.   The beach is my happy place.  Time slows down in the most healing way as waves roll in and out, seabirds chirp, and the warm sun crosses the sky. 


Summer is drawing to a close, but these are fabrics that never go out of style when you are a beach baby.  Whether you're planning a trip or are just a water child like me, you will love them.  Whales, flamingos, mermaids, and the best pop of coral are all ready to twirl.

I am fond of this line not only for the fabulous beachy prints but also for the nonprofits we've selected to donate to with this release.  We are growing our little footprint here at Smockingbird, slow and steady, and so excited to make positive ripples into the community.

Moby is our scoopneck bodice and circle skirt sewn from the softest organic cotton.  It features navy and cream whales swimming across a sky blue ground.  I have a thing for whales (I have a lot of "things") and am so excited to see everyone loving this preppy pattern!  A portion of the sales of Moby will be donated to Save the Whales.  This nonprofit's mission is to preserve and protect the ocean and its inhabitants. Save the Whales believes children, the future of the planet, need to be empowered and know that their actions can promote change. Education is the key to saving whales, oceans, and ourselves.

Conch (that's KONK for all you land lubbers) is sewn from the best pop of coral.  This is the color of sunsets, flamingos, and of course the inside of a conch shell.  Incidentally, the best conch fritters in the world are at Gladys' Cafe in St. Thomas.  Go there.  Anyhow, uber versatile and vibrant, this dress is a closet must!  It's also a perfect sister set with Beachcomber.  A portion of the sales of Conch will be donated to The National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation.  This organization provides educational programming, promotes public awareness of Florida's marine ecosystems, and supports sea turtle research in the United States and abroad.  Sea turtles once roamed the oceans by the millions, but over the past few centuries the demand for sea turtle meat, eggs, shell, leather and oil has greatly reduced their numbers.  Every year, thousands of sea turtles drown in shrimp trawls and other fishing gear and others die from pollutants or from swallowing trash mistaken for food.  Many hatchling sea turtles are disoriented by bright lights near beaches and wander away from the ocean to be crushed by cars or stranded. Concern for the plight of sea turtles is growing, and this organization works to protect them on nesting beaches and at sea.

Beachcomber is our premium knit fabric in a limited edition.  Coral flamingos strut across a grey-blue ground.  This twirly dress is a must for anyone who loves the beach, birds, or both!  A portion of the sales of Beachcomber will be donated to The Ocean Conservancy.  This group works with millions of volunteers of all ages, from all around the world, on an International Coastal Cleanup, and teaches children about the impacts of plastic on the ocean and all the animals that live in it.  If you've ever seen a bird in trapped the plastic rings that hold a six pack you'll understand why I'm passionate about this cause. 

Splash is another organic cotton twirler!  Long-haired mermaids swim across a vanilla knit with mint sea grass.  This little number will draw you in like a siren.  For Splash we are donating to the Save the Manatee Club.  Manatees are Florida’s official state marine mammal and they are the most gentle giants.  They swim in the rivers (and with you if you wish) and often bear scars from boat props.  Manatees are still listed as endangered at the international level by the IUCN World Conservation Union.  This nonprofit organization endeavors to protect manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations.

Is your alarm set?  Shop with a heart tonight at 8 EST.  All these pretties will release under the Knithaus tab.  Make a custom while you're there.  Let's make a splash together.



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