Vendor Profile: Brie Chamberlain with Vim and Vigor

Meet Brie, the owner of Vim and Vigor

Brie Chamberlain with Vim and Vigor

I’m Bree at Vim and Vigor and my business making cloth napkins grew out of both practicality and a love for cute fabric patterns that I could not quench.  My first set of napkins, made nearly 15 years ago, was with a plain quilters cotton.  I did not know at the time that my earnest attempt toward reusable products would lead to a lot of frustration because quilters cotton simply IS NOT ABSORBENT.  These napkins did not clean up spills nor did they properly wipe barbecue sauce off my fingers.  It was more of a smearing action.  Gross. 
     And yet I persisted.  I really wanted reusable products to work for me.  I also really wanted reusable products to fit into my new life with children.  There was zero time for things like ironing napkins, treating them for stains, or even folding them.  Any small step away from “wash and wear” wasn’t going to work for us.     Enter flannel.  Soft, absorbent, endlessly capable of withstanding the daily abuses of my children.  A product line full of whimsical patterns that reflected the everyday use I envisioned and multiple stains I predicted.  My first set turned into my second and so on until I had completely gotten away from those blasted quilters cotton napkins and found my bliss in flannel.  Eventually my thoughts turned to sharing the easy love of everyday reusables with others.  Here’s what you need to know:
– Everyday napkins are meant to be used every day!  No need to wait for special Sunday meal to bust out the cloth (as was the case in my childhood).- You are not meant to treat these any differently than the rest of your laundry.  Simply ball up the dirty ones, thrown them in the hamper, and wash them with everything else.  Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are you allowed to iron these!  (That last part is just a joke… but really, you have my express permission to put down the iron.)- I made these napkins just the right size so as to avoid folding.  Pile these babies on top of each other and shove them in a drawer or napkin holder or what-have-you.  Really… they don’t need special treatment.
Voila.  Everyday napkins.  They sound awesome and I haven’t even mentioned the patterns.  Stop by my booth and you’ll see what I mean.

I also make burp cloths that are truly magic.  My kids are now 6 and 8 and clearly not spitting up and yet I still manage to use these things multiple times each week:
– to catch crumbs when they’re eating in the car- the catch crumbs when I’M eating in the car (ahem)- as placemats to eat lunch when we’re in public:  at the art museum, for example, I am able to simply shake out all their crumby mess into the garbage can and avoid leaving slop all over the tables.  Same with the zoo, the park, the lake… you get the idea.  I’m Bree at Vim and Vigor and my business making cloth napkins grew out of both practicality and a love for cute fabric patterns that I could not quench.  My first set of napkins, made nearly 15 years ago, was with a plain quilters cotton.  I did not know at the time that my earnest attempt toward reusable products would lead to a lot of frustration because quilters cotton simply IS NOT ABSORBENT.  These napkins did not clean up spills nor did they properly wipe barbecue sauce off my fingers.  It was more of a smearing action.  Gross. 
     And yet I persisted.  I really wanted reusable products to work for me.  I also really wanted reusable products to fit into my new life with children.  There was zero time for things like ironing napkins, treating them for stains, or even folding them.  Any small step away from “wash and wear” wasn’t going to work for us.     Enter flannel.  Soft, absorbent, endlessly capable of withstanding the daily abuses of my children.  A product line full of whimsical patterns that reflected the everyday use I envisioned and multiple stains I predicted.  My first set turned into my second and so on until I had completely gotten away from those blasted quilters cotton napkins and found my bliss in flannel.  Eventually my thoughts turned to sharing the easy love of everyday reusables with others.  Here’s what you need to know:
– Everyday napkins are meant to be used every day!  No need to wait for special Sunday meal to bust out the cloth (as was the case in my childhood).- You are not meant to treat these any differently than the rest of your laundry.  Simply ball up the dirty ones, thrown them in the hamper, and wash them with everything else.  Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are you allowed to iron these!  (That last part is just a joke… but really, you have my express permission to put down the iron.)- I made these napkins just the right size so as to avoid folding.  Pile these babies on top of each other and shove them in a drawer or napkin holder or what-have-you.  Really… they don’t need special treatment.
Voila.  Everyday napkins.  They sound awesome and I haven’t even mentioned the patterns.  Stop by my booth and you’ll see what I mean.

I also make burp cloths that are truly magic.  My kids are now 6 and 8 and clearly not spitting up and yet I still manage to use these things multiple times each week:
– to catch crumbs when they’re eating in the car- the catch crumbs when I’M eating in the car (ahem)- as placemats to eat lunch when we’re in public:  at the art museum, for example, I am able to simply shake out all their crumby mess into the garbage can and avoid leaving slop all over the tables.  Same with the zoo, the park, the lake… you get the idea.- wherever I would have used paper plates:  the other day my burp cloths acted as plates at a birthday celebration where we had cupcakes.  Parents could cover leftovers to avoid wasps and flys while the kids ran off to play and returned to graze on sweets.  How cool is that?- You can actually use them for babies.  Ha!
Here are some photos for a taste of my products but if you want to see more, visit my Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/vimandvigor99/?ref=bookmarks
Hope to see you soon!

Brie Chamberlain with Vim and Vigor
Brie Chamberlain with Vim and Vigor
Brie Chamberlain with Vim and Vigor
Brie Chamberlain with Vim and Vigor
Brie Chamberlain with Vim and Vigor