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FRESH AS PAINT/LADY JANE DESIGNS is a line of casual, comfortable clothing for women and children designed, hand-dyed and hand–painted with loving care by the founder and artist, me, Jane Miller.
FRESH AS PAINT/LADY JANE DESIGNS clothing is exhibited at fine craft shows and stores from Vermont to Virginia, and worn by children and adults, both in the US and abroad. Yet despite the far-flung territories in which my designs have found themselves, the business remains as it has always been, an essentially home-grown operation, spurred on by a love of color, design, and creating comfortable clothes for children and adults.
Thirty-plus years ago, after teaching school for 12 years and designing and restoring old houses during summer “breaks,” I embarked on my most challenging project to date, raising two wonderful children of my own. Anxious to be home to care for them myself, I decided to channel my energies and creativity into my own home business, and FRESH AS PAINT was born. (The name came from an old expression of my great grandmother Nana’s, meaning lively, unique, different!)
With two young children in the house, it quickly became apparent just what qualities a child’s garment should embody! Strong, durable, and easy to wash for me - colorful, comfortable, and decorated with the whimsy of a child’s dreams for my youngsters. I had already learned that expensive garments my children wore for three months (and were then passed down to assorted neighbors) were impractical. My clothing line must be designed to fit and grow with the child. An elastic waist here, a gathered ankle and a full cut across the bodice there, and I quickly developed a line of comfortable, 100% cotton clothing, meant to be worn through both growth spurts and season changes.
The next element I looked to was the question of color and decoration. In my mind’s eye, I dreamed of wonderful colors not always worn by children...kiwi green, raspberry, charcoal gray, periwinkle and goldenrod. I learned the dyer’s trade in my own laundry room using an old 16-pound capacity washer. (Somewhat newer now, but still limited to only 16 lbs!) Next, I took out my brushes and splashed the yards of new color with the objects of a child’s world - slow-moving ladybugs, soft white kittens, muddy-footed puppies, long necked giraffes, leaping frogs, and flying bumblebees.
For many years, my business flourished, as I created wonderful, soft clothing for children. Gradually, however, women who had been customers for years, asked for more. Why couldn't I design for THEM????
LADY JANE DESIGNS was finally launched! Adhering to the same qualities of casual comfort and durability that I had established with FRESH AS PAINT, I set about designing jackets, pants, shirts and tunics using fun, rich, textured and colorful fabrics for all the moms, aunties and grandmas who have continued to make my clothing line so successful.
Come see my full line of children's and women's clothing at any one of the fine shows listed on my calendar page.
frequently asked questions
1. IS MY TRANSACTION SECURE?
Yes, all transactions through this site are secure. Your right to security if of the utmost importance to us at FRESH AS PAINT. Our shopping application is safe and secure, protecting both your personal information and all credit card transactions. We never sell or otherwise divulge your private information.
2. WHAT ABOUT METHODS OF PAYMENT?
I accept Visa and Mastercard, checks or money orders. Please make checks or money orders payable to: FRESH AS PAINT 558 West Chestnut St., Lancaster, PA 17603
3. CAN I PHONE IN AN ORDER?
Of course! Please call 908-963-4048 and ask for Jane. If I’m at a show, please leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
4. HOW LONG WILL MY ORDER TAKE?
We try to get your order out to you within a business week. However, each item is sewn, dyed, then drawn and painted by hand, and if not in stock, orders can take longer. Just before the holidays things can get backed up and ordering 3-4 weeks in advance is a good idea!
5. SINCE MANY ITEMS OF YOUR CLOTHING IS 100% COTTON, IS THERE ANY SHRINKAGE?
No. When I dye the clothing, it goes into very hot water two times, and is dried at high temperatures. The majority of the shrinkage has already been done!
6. WHAT IF I ORDER THE WRONG SIZE?
At FRESH AS PAINT we pride ourselves on great customer service, and want you to be happy with your purchase. Please don’t hesitate to call or email with your sizing questions, or access our sizing chart. A wrong size can be exchanged within two weeks if returned in unused, unwashed condition.
7. HOW DO YOUR SIZES RUN?
BIG! A size 2T is more like a 2-3, a 4T is more of a 4-5. All items are 100% cotton, but because I dye them in very hot water and put them through the dryer twice, they are pre-shrunk. However, the style is meant to be that full “European fit”, and they look cute long...plus you get to have your child wear the outfit longer! Please check out my sizing chart, or don’t hesitate to phone or email with your questions. If you give me the age, height and weight of the child I can suggest the perfect fit!
8. WHAT IS YOUR RETURN/EXCHANGE POLICY FOR ONLINE PURCHASES?
At FRESH AS PAINT we want you to be happy with your purchase. If you are dissatisfied with any item you receive from us, we are happy to take it back under the following conditions:
-Any item can be returned within 14 days for a full refund if received in its unused, unwashed, original condition.
-Personalized items and special orders are not returnable.
-After 14 days, unused, unwashed items may only be exchanged.
9. WHAT IS THE COST OF SHIPPING?
I ship via US Mail. The first three items cost $6.00, and each item after that is an additional $.50. Additional charge is made for overnight mail (about $20.00). Please call if you want the item immediately.
All orders are shipped within a week if available, but because each item is sewn, dyed, drawn and painted by hand especially for you, it may take up to 3-4 weeks.
Please order early to avoid the holiday rush!
Contact Jane directly if you need to have the item within a particular time frame.
(Phone: 908-963-4048, or email at: Freshaspaint@aol.com)