Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sunday Funday: Crosby Arboretum

Hooray for Spring!  To celebrate, we drove east for about an hour to tour Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, MS.  I had been years ago, right in the beginning with my mom and now I was taking my own children to explore...
It was such a delightful experience; one of those rare times that something actually exceeds all your expectations.  The highlight for me was walking into their "bog area" - it sounded rather unattractive by name, but it could not have been more magical...an open area, with a field of tiny almost Chinese lantern style blooms, and bright yellow and red pitcher plants poking up through the grass.  Small pearl crescent butterflies zipped past, drawing my attention to a dive, then another, of a pretty bluebird pair...all of which were none too bothered by two loud toddlers...thankfully!

Find out more about Crosby Arboretum and the work they are doing in the field of native planting here.
--Lisa 
 
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hop to it...

Is Easter really on our heels?!  Yes, I think for sure as fluffy bunnies, cute chicks and glittered eggs surround me!

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Velvet Trim is Back

Over the holidays, we were overwhelmed with orders for our velvet trim.  It's back in some ultra luscious new colors...we all actually gasped when we open the box.  Best yet, I've priced them at $8/spool; I think that's the lowest I've ever priced this line and it's an amazing deal for 25ft of 1/2" wide velvet ribbon.  Without further ado...


Featured in this post:

  • Deep Red Velvet - so pretty!  Available on Etsy
  • Snow Drift Velvet - a soft white or ivory.  Get it here.
  • Deep Dreamer Velvet -  a rich blue midnight sky kind of blue.  Also on Etsy.
  • Stone Grey - a soft neutral available here.

--Lisa 
 
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mardi Gras Madness

Next Tuesday for everyone else, is well, just Tuesday!  Things are getting busy though, down in Southeast Louisiana as we are reaching the height of carnival season.  In store, Mardi Gras items are going so fast...but I wanted to share quickly my favorites this season!




As we're nearing the close of another festive season, quantities are low for most of these items. Also, check this out: I noticed a lot of orders this year for my Mardi Gras Louisiana State of Mind fabric on Spoonflower, but one in particular really caught my attention!  This Nawlin's based biz makes the cutest baby and toddler clothes and used my fabric in a knit to make leggings!

So cute!  I teared up when I saw how lovely they turned out and how many people were excited to see them!

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--Lisa 
 
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Spring Fever: Camellia Stroll + Azalea Garden

Approaching 80 degrees today, it was time for one my annual favorite rites of Spring...the Camellia Stroll over at our local LSU AG Station, though it felt a lot like early summer!  I try to go each year, but between raising twins and rainy weather I missed a few years.  Read about my last visit here.
The garden originates from the 1940's, some specimens tagged only with a ribbon, are unknown varieties and that plant may the only one in existence.  Others are rare few of a kinds, but all are uniquely beautiful.  And in a time when we are so hyper-connected to technology, it was really special to be surrounded by people that were equally in awe of these giant beauties, staring into the trees and not their phones.


And since I had the day to myself I walked over to the adjacent Azalea Garden and it did not disappoint!


Birds and butterflies were plentiful too!  I think it's safe to say Spring is here with an early Summer on her heels!



--Lisa 
 
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Vintage Vibe: February Finds

February is so brief, a mere 28 days...but nearly daily, I've been acquiring the most amazing vintage goods!  Take a look...
This is the second time I've sold this darling pinwheel Snuggler sleeping bag and this one is in even better condition; I actually think it's never been used!
Just precious, these vintage wire flower hooks are sold as a set.  They definitely are rustic with an original chippy finish in pink and white.
And how timely as we recently celebrated Queen Elizabeth's Sapphire Jubilee; I shrieked with delight upon finding this mint 1977 Silver Jubilee souvenir towel.

I love curating a vintage collection of goods for the shop; not only can I offer something unique but often my customers share a heartfelt memory that an item has sparked.  What do these finds spark in you?

Featured in this post:

  • Vintage Snuggler Pinwheel Print Sleeping Bag - available on Etsy
  • Rustic Floral Wire Hook - Set of 2 - Etsy and in store at Nest Interiors
  • Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Souvenir Towel - find it here


--Lisa 
 
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Creating A Happy Hummingbird Habitat

It's nearly time!  Time for the gorgeous Ruby Throat Hummingbird to make its way back to the Eastern United States for its annual Spring Migration!  I love all birds (uh, hello...the name of my store is Nest!), but I have a serious passion for hummingbirds.  This season I wanted to highlight, not only the amazing feeders and accessories I carry, but create a real resource, giving you the basics of attracting hummingbirds and best practices when maintaining feeders.  Voila...here is my first webinar dedicated to this extraordinary bird!  At the end of the video, I do have a special offer to use in our shop, to help you get ready for this exciting time of year.
Some of this video is specific to attracting hummingbirds in Southeast Louisiana, but if you live anywhere in the US that hummingbirds visit, you will absolutely find value in this video.  Here's some additional info I reference in the video:

--Lisa 
 
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