Friday, September 26, 2014

Featured Friday Fabric - Faux Tapestry

I am getting back into the swing of things with a revisit of one of my favorite Blog features!  Today I'm excited to share this fun retro beauty mainly because my mother found this one on a treasure hunt!  I suppose this business is becoming a family affair. 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/204855931/large-scale-floral-cotton-novelty-fabric
This is a very large scale novelty cotton print made to look like a richly colored and intricate tapestry.  It had me fooled until I picked it up!  Definitely high quality cotton as you would expect for dressmaking or quilting and I suppose it would even be suitable for some light upholstery projects.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/204855931/large-scale-floral-cotton-novelty-fabric
It's not immediately what I would of grabbed; I gravitate towards pale calicos, but the longer I handle this one the more I appreciate this big scale, brightly colored design.  Sort of just the thing we need at the tale end of Summer and beginning of Fall.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/204855931/large-scale-floral-cotton-novelty-fabric
If you'd like a cut, I am selling it by the yard and two are available at this time.  Click here for the Etsy Listing.

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Falling Behind...

It's been a really hard 2 weeks as I've been pretty ill.  Yesterday, I think, was the first day in quite a while that I felt like I still belong in the human race.  So, as you can imagine, the store and online shops have just come to a resounding thud of inactivity.

Right before I fell ill, I was able to launch my new mason ball jar towel design and whip up this new flat zipper pouch (more are cut and awaiting my attention next to the sewing machine.)
https://www.etsy.com/listing/203026061/fabric-zipper-flat-pouch-retro-dots
Also, yesterday I finally made something!  This adorable crochet hat, pattern available on Ravelry as the Delaney Hat.
Isn't it adorable?!  Plus it felt sooooo good to accomplish anything.  The pattern, I found is a little skimpy on yardage required.  This was suppose to be the 3 to 6 month size and as I got a a bit too far, I realized I had to make a hybrid of sorts that should fit a newborn fine.

Also, a little before my brief demise, I opened up a teeny shop with big cartel -- strictly my silk-screened towels with a rotation of my most popular styles and seasonal limited editions.
http://cottagenestlinens.bigcartel.com/
I plan to market my businesses a little different in the coming year.  We'll be experimenting more with online (including blogging a lot more - YAY).  This also means we will be pulling away from our brick and mortar, Nest Interiors in Ponchatoula, LA.  We have no intentions of closing but are looking at a much reduced schedule so I can go where the customers are -- online.  It may not be forever, but it will be squarely set in the hands of the people of our small town...if they want this business locally its up to them.

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Pump up the Jam...

https://www.etsy.com/listing/202337249/pump-up-the-jam-blue-mason-canning-jar 
Here's a fun new project that's been a long time coming...my new Pump up the Jam Blue Mason Jar towels.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/202337249/pump-up-the-jam-blue-mason-canning-jar
Just listed this week, they are garnering a lot of attention, including requests for different colors...which may all be possible.  But its been a small feat to get this far.  First, I ran out of ink for the transparencies (I had one left of those -- so it was fingers crossed when I was all set to print).  Further drama ensued when it was time to set up the screen -- despite several years doing this, it took three tries to get a nice clean image that you see today.  Handmade can also mean Headache-made.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/202458416/gift-set-blue-mason-canning-jar-silk
So, voila...they are here and I'm pairing a couple as a gift sets with my friend, Sherri's slumped mason jars.  They are great little dishes to be used as spoon rests or soap dishes...all re-purposed from actual mason jars!
http://shopnestinteriors.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=530
The mason jar spoon rest are also available individually on my main website; quantities are limited.  And keep watch for next week when I launch a sister style to this towel!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's Fall Y'all - Part Two

Yesterday I highlighted a number of new products for you to make your Fall and Halloween BOOtiful...today, here are some ready made finds:
A new Halloween themed tablecloth from Moda; we've restocked the black cat one too, you're welcome!

And for you Edgar Allen Poe fans...this is a must have!
New from my studio, primitive style flour sack towels with a vintage fleur de lis
available on both Etsy and my Online shop
This ceramic canister, also with a fleur de lis, is an online exclusive.
I still have lots to share online...but this is a start.  After all my only help with these online shops and the brick and mortar is this four legged beast...
 
--Lisa LeBlanc

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's Fall Y'all - Part One

Still Summer?  Ahhhh...close enough to start thinking about Fall in my book.  A LOT of new items have arrived the last two weeks; so much that I know I'll have to break these posts up just to show you a small portion of new items.

Here are a selection of supplies to help make your upcoming Fall and Halloween more lovely than ever!
A lovely small check primitive black and white fabric
Everyone's favorite pumpkin pods!  Great for Fall weddings too
Vintage Style Tinsel Ribbon in a lovely Antique Gold - in 25 feet too!
Back from last year as an instant download - my Halloween chicken scratch tutorial and pattern (this is only part of the pattern - check it out on Etsy or Craftsy)

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Intersecting Lines...

Running the day to day at the shop, I meet the most unusual people and with it still being the dog days of summer, I'm more than appreciative for the company.  Today, an older man stopped in to tell me he use to work in my building...for 2 days.  It was in the mid-sixties, he, a young black teenager, lied about his age to get the job at what was the Old Nehi Bottling Company.  The family that own the factory (who we would later buy the building from) paid him $7 a day -- no matter how long he worked.  His first day was 12 hours, the next was 14 - loading and delivering wooden bins of heavy glass bottles until his arms were jelly (hence the 2 day job).
A location in Arcadia, Florida
The rest of the day, much like the last two weeks has actually been steady foot traffic but very little ringing of the cash register...ho hum.  I know its always this way during the Summer - it just isn't pleasant.  One of my browsers today was in fact a return visit from "Mr. Clearance" - I named him that because he knows exactly when I put out seasonal merchandise (i.e. Halloween) and then will return once or twice to swoop in and get it marked down.  His wife has actually came in and bought a few items for him at regular price - rolling her eyes at his perceived hunt for that deal.  Lord, just get what you want when you want!
 
Ghoulish and Glamorous - Halloween is here!  Including my silkscreened Boo Y'all Towels

Despite the downturn in sales, I am just buying like there is no tomorrow.  As soon as I flatten a pile of boxes, here comes more.  There is so much that I'm not sure where to turn first - gradually you should see most hitting our website and Etsy in the coming weeks.  And in speaking with the gentleman this morning, it made me so sad to hear, after all he has seen in this small town: segregation, poverty, effects of war...he actually told me the town seems at its worse today He said there is nothing to buy, no where to go.  He painted a picture of a place that had department stores, cafes, and bustling mom and pop's that everyone walked to and fro.  Today as I look out (it is over 95 degrees), it is still busy, busy but most are passing through to somewhere else.
The independent retailer life is nuts -- now who needs this squirrel???
So, either we are crazy building up this shop in town or just maybe we might be on to something like revitalizing a place with a new purpose.  Let's hope its the latter. 

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Featured Friday Fabric - Time for Toile

https://www.etsy.com/listing/198998256/free-ship-cotton-toile-fabric-variety?ref=listing-0
Toile fabric was developed in France in the 1700's and still today it has that Je ne sais quoi!  Suitable for upholstery, drapery and even a heavy duty tote...most are a nice canvas weight cotton. 

Today I listed a remnant stash of three of my fav styles in multiple pieces!  Pieces are fairly large and will allow for pillows, possible a small upholstered stool.  Have a look see here - all are offered in one lot.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/198998256/free-ship-cotton-toile-fabric-variety?ref=listing-0

https://www.etsy.com/listing/198998256/free-ship-cotton-toile-fabric-variety?ref=listing-0


And for a limited time, this pack ships FREE in the US! 

--Lisa LeBlanc

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