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Aug 19, 2015

by Jahje Ives

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Jahje Ives, and I’m the hustling mama behind Baby Jives Co. I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where I make heirloom mobiles and decor inspired by the wonder of childhood and my two kids, Gavril and Elodie.

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The idea for my company began when I was pregnant with my first baby, who we referred to as our “baby Jives” (I’m Jahje and my husband is Joe Ives, hence Jives). I went through some serious nesting during my pregnancy, and while planning the nursery, I looked everywhere for that perfect finishing touch to enchant my babe: a mobile. When I couldn’t find one in my taste, I went up to my studio, took out my sewing machine, and made the very first version of my bird mobile. Folks kept asking where it was from, and I thought ‘hmmm, maybe this is something.’ A year and a half later, when my son finally started sleeping, I stole his nickname and started Baby Jives Co. I launched on Etsy five years ago this August, and today, I’ve shipped more than 3,000 mobiles all over the world.

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I gather much of my inspiration from the wonder with which my children view the world: the magic of a cloud floating in place, the awe of stars twinkling above, the delight of chasing butterflies through a garden – that enchantment is what I seek to capture. Most often, the idea for a new design comes to me during the day when I’m playing with my kids; I’ll scribble down a few words and images to remind me of what I want to make once I have time in my studio. Actually finding time to work on a new design can take days, if not weeks, but once I’m able to work on it, I usually have a pretty good idea of what I want to make. Next I cut, sew, and stuff in a little magic. (Well, maybe not real magic.)

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I love the moment when a bit of fabric is transformed into something more. I guess that’s because sewing is in my blood: my grandmother was a quilter (I still use some fabrics I inherited from her stash) and my mother made toys, dolls, and clothes for me as a child. When I was around 9, my mom taught me how to sew at our kitchen table, and then when I went off to college, she gave me the vintage Bernina Record I still use today. I’ve never studied sewing, but I did study crafts, painting and sculpture. I have a BFA in crafts (specifically metals) from University of the Arts, and I have an MFA in painting from Tyler School of Art. I used to teach drawing and video at Tyler, but when my son was born, I really wanted to find a way to stay home with him. In fact, that’s how this all started.

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To me, Etsy is the platform where I was able to launch my business without leaving my home. Honestly, without it, I wouldn’t have known how to even start setting up an online shop to sell my work. And how awesome is it that people from all over the world have bought from me, even though I’ve never met them? I still remember my first sale: I had launched my shop with about eight items, and a week later, I got an email saying I had an order from a woman in Colorado. She put a note in there to say that she was buying this for her best friend’s baby shower, and that she loved it because it was so unique. That’s what I continue to love about Etsy: the stories I hear from my customers about why they love my work, and the pictures they share of it in their homes. I also love the community here – I’ve developed relationships with other sellers over the years that have turned into real friendships.

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As for the future, we just bought a new house across the river with a huge studio space that is twice as big as my current one, so Baby Jives Co is expanding! I’m also excited to start partnering up with my husband (who’s also an artist and printmaker) to collaborate on a line of pillows, prints, and more. I plan to grow my current line, and I hope to add in textiles soon and return a bit to my painting days with prints and more.

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Luxe Heart Bright Rainbow Cloud Mobile - Childrens fabric mobile sculpture decoration for baby nursery- Free US Shipping
Luxe Heart Bright Rainbow Cloud Mobile - Childrens fabric mobile sculpture decoration for baby nursery- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$105.00 USD
Rainbow - Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket Tapestry
Rainbow - Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket Tapestry
BabyJivesCo
$26.00 USD
Luxe Moon and Leather Star Cloud Mobile in Metallic Leather and Linen - Nursery Decor - Free US Shipping
Luxe Moon and Leather Star Cloud Mobile in Metallic Leather and Linen - Nursery Decor - Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$108.00 USD
Wings - Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket Tapestry
Wings - Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket Tapestry
BabyJivesCo
$26.00 USD
Starry Cloud Wall Hung Mobile - fabric sculpture for modern baby nursery decoration- Free US Shipping
Starry Cloud Wall Hung Mobile - fabric sculpture for modern baby nursery decoration- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$28.00 USD
Mini Star Cloud - keepsake ornament or nursery decor in metallic faux leather vinyl and felt - choose your color- Free US Shipping
Mini Star Cloud - keepsake ornament or nursery decor in metallic faux leather vinyl and felt - choose your color- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$22.00 USD
Personalized Mini Star Cloud - keepsake ornament or nursery decor in metallic gold or silver and white felt- Free US Shipping
Personalized Mini Star Cloud - keepsake ornament or nursery decor in metallic gold or silver and white felt- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$26.00 USD
Moon Mobile - Linen and Faux Metallic Vinyl, Nursery Decor // Free US Shipping
Moon Mobile - Linen and Faux Metallic Vinyl, Nursery Decor // Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$58.00 USD
Luxe Cascading Moon Mobile in Indigo Dyed Fabric + Silver Leather
Luxe Cascading Moon Mobile in Indigo Dyed Fabric + Silver Leather
BabyJivesCo
$92.00 USD
Gold Star Cloud Mobile - modern fabric sculpture baby nursery decor in linen and metallic faux leather- Free US Shipping
Gold Star Cloud Mobile - modern fabric sculpture baby nursery decor in linen and metallic faux leather- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$70.00 USD
Luxe Mini Heart Cloud in leather and wool felt - keepsake ornament or nursery decor - choose your color- Free US Shipping
Luxe Mini Heart Cloud in leather and wool felt - keepsake ornament or nursery decor - choose your color- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$28.00 USD
Metallic Heart Cloud Mobile in Gold or Silver - for baby nursery decor in white linen and metallic faux gold leather- Free US Shipping
Metallic Heart Cloud Mobile in Gold or Silver - for baby nursery decor in white linen and metallic faux gold leather- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$70.00 USD
Luxe Leather Star Cloud Mobile in Gold, Rose Gold or Silver Metallic Leather and Linen - Nursery Decor - Free US Shipping
Luxe Leather Star Cloud Mobile in Gold, Rose Gold or Silver Metallic Leather and Linen - Nursery Decor - Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$102.00 USD
Personalized Mini Heart Cloud - Choose your initial and colors - keepsake nursery decor in metallic faux leather and felt- Free US Shipping
Personalized Mini Heart Cloud - Choose your initial and colors - keepsake nursery decor in metallic faux leather and felt- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$26.00 USD
Moon and Back - Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket Tapestry
Moon and Back - Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket Tapestry
BabyJivesCo
$26.00 USD
Lightning Storm Cloud Mobile- modern fabric sculpture for nursery decor in white linen and metallic faux leather- Free US Shipping
Lightning Storm Cloud Mobile- modern fabric sculpture for nursery decor in white linen and metallic faux leather- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$70.00 USD
Gray Silver Star Cloud Mobile- modern fabric sculpture for nursery decor in linen and metallic faux silver leather- Free US Shipping
Gray Silver Star Cloud Mobile- modern fabric sculpture for nursery decor in linen and metallic faux silver leather- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$70.00 USD
Luxe Mini Star Cloud in leather and wool felt - keepsake ornament or nursery decor - choose your color- Free US Shipping
Luxe Mini Star Cloud in leather and wool felt - keepsake ornament or nursery decor - choose your color- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$28.00 USD
Metallic Rain Cloud Mobile in Gold or Silver - for baby nursery decor in white linen and metallic faux gold leather- Free US Shipping
Metallic Rain Cloud Mobile in Gold or Silver - for baby nursery decor in white linen and metallic faux gold leather- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$70.00 USD
Silver Star Cloud Mobile- modern fabric sculpture for baby nursery decor in white linen and metallic faux silver leather- Free US Shipping
Silver Star Cloud Mobile- modern fabric sculpture for baby nursery decor in white linen and metallic faux silver leather- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$70.00 USD
Luxe Cascading Moon Mobile in Yellow Weld Dyed Fabric + Rainbow Silver Leather
Luxe Cascading Moon Mobile in Yellow Weld Dyed Fabric + Rainbow Silver Leather
BabyJivesCo
$92.00 USD
Luxe Cascading Moon Mobile in Logwood Dyed Fabric + Gold Leather
Luxe Cascading Moon Mobile in Logwood Dyed Fabric + Gold Leather
BabyJivesCo
$92.00 USD
Heart - Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket Tapestry
Heart - Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket Tapestry
BabyJivesCo
$26.00 USD
Indigo Naturally Dyed Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket - Fair Trade Certified
Indigo Naturally Dyed Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket - Fair Trade Certified
BabyJivesCo
$26.00 USD
Dusty Pink Gold Star Cloud Mobile- modern fabric sculpture for nursery decor in linen and metallic faux leather- Free US Shipping
Dusty Pink Gold Star Cloud Mobile- modern fabric sculpture for nursery decor in linen and metallic faux leather- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$70.00 USD
Luxe Cascading Heart and Star Cloud Mobile - Free Shipping in the US - nursery decor
Luxe Cascading Heart and Star Cloud Mobile - Free Shipping in the US - nursery decor
BabyJivesCo
$105.00 USD
Honey Naturally Dyed Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket - Fair Trade Certified
Honey Naturally Dyed Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket - Fair Trade Certified
BabyJivesCo
$26.00 USD
Charcoal Naturally Dyed Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket - Fair Trade Certified
Charcoal Naturally Dyed Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket - Fair Trade Certified
BabyJivesCo
$26.00 USD
Rose Naturally Dyed Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket - Fair Trade Certified
Rose Naturally Dyed Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket - Fair Trade Certified
BabyJivesCo
$26.00 USD
Garland - Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket Tapestry
Garland - Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket Tapestry
BabyJivesCo
$26.00 USD
Luxe Cascading Moon Mobile in Blush + Rose Gold
Luxe Cascading Moon Mobile in Blush + Rose Gold
BabyJivesCo
$86.00 USD
Luxe Starry Dreamer - Minimal Nursery Decor // Free US Shipping
Luxe Starry Dreamer - Minimal Nursery Decor // Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$126.00 USD
Silver Star Blue Cloud Mobile- modern fabric sculpture for nursery decor in linen and metallic faux leather- Free US Shipping
Silver Star Blue Cloud Mobile- modern fabric sculpture for nursery decor in linen and metallic faux leather- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$70.00 USD
Charoal Black and Gold Star Cloud Mobile - modern fabric sculpture baby nursery decor in linen and metallic faux leather- Free US Shipping
Charoal Black and Gold Star Cloud Mobile - modern fabric sculpture baby nursery decor in linen and metallic faux leather- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$70.00 USD
Luxe Mini Star Cloud Keepsake Ornament Mobile
Luxe Mini Star Cloud Keepsake Ornament Mobile
BabyJivesCo
$30.00 USD
Luxe Mini Moon Keepsake Ornanment Mobile
Luxe Mini Moon Keepsake Ornanment Mobile
BabyJivesCo
$26.00 USD
Luxe Cascading Moon Mobile in in White + Gold
Luxe Cascading Moon Mobile in in White + Gold
BabyJivesCo
$86.00 USD
Luxe Cascading Moon Mobile in Sky + Sapphire Blue
Luxe Cascading Moon Mobile in Sky + Sapphire Blue
BabyJivesCo
$86.00 USD
Mini Heart Cloud - choose your colors - keepsake nursery decor in metallic faux leather and felt- Free US Shipping
Mini Heart Cloud - choose your colors - keepsake nursery decor in metallic faux leather and felt- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$22.00 USD
Create - Organic Cotton Luxe Swaddle Blanket Tapestry
Create - Organic Cotton Luxe Swaddle Blanket Tapestry
BabyJivesCo
$26.00 USD
Luxe Wall Cloud with Leather Metallic Stars and Felt - mobile sculpture for modern baby nursery decoration- Free US Shipping
Luxe Wall Cloud with Leather Metallic Stars and Felt - mobile sculpture for modern baby nursery decoration- Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$34.00 USD
Luxe Moon Mobile in Leather and Linen - Nursery Decor // Free US Shipping
Luxe Moon Mobile in Leather and Linen - Nursery Decor // Free US Shipping
BabyJivesCo
$68.00 USD
Luxe Pastel Rainbow Heart Cloud Mobile - Free Shipping in the US - nursery decor
Luxe Pastel Rainbow Heart Cloud Mobile - Free Shipping in the US - nursery decor
BabyJivesCo
$105.00 USD

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