Friday, October 10, 2014

Featured Friday Fabric - Rue Indienne

https://www.etsy.com/listing/205668630/moda-french-general-rue-indienne-fat
This week's featured fabric is a pretty new collection from Moda, Rue Indienne, designed by one of my all time favorites, French General.  The line is inspired by botanical prints coming out of 18th century India. 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/205668630/moda-french-general-rue-indienne-fat
I'm offering a fat pack of 8 fat quarters including some really gorgeous paisleys, botanical and small prints.  These are a 30% linen/ 70% cotton blend - making them luxurious to work with, be it home goods or perhaps even a hand bag?!  Squee!

I have a limited quantity, get them here.

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Home and Away

Yesterday at the shop, I cleaned up globs of lotion of the floor and found 2 broken items, including one of our delicate wooden thread organizers (I literally wanted to cry when I left for the day).
https://www.etsy.com/listing/187515272/sale-vintage-strawberry-wooden-thread?ref=shop_home_active_5

It sounds like a mad drove of children ran through the shop; unfortunately, they are better behaved than the adults that passed through.  One even announced over the weekend she had the flu as she was checking out.  Sigh.

I've been trying to carve out some me time to regain some sanity before we get really busy with the holidays.  And I've been loving my home time away from the shop more and more.  (I wonder why?!)
I caught up with the latest Flavia de Luce book (such a good series!). Next up is Gone Girl, but probably not until I stop binging on Gilmore Girls.  I've never watched it; to which C tells me everyone did. I guess I had a lot going on during the late 90's...but it is so 90's fabulous with its flip phones, dial-up internet and no mention of gluten free...ahh, those were the days. 
And I'm happy to report with Fall on the way some of my adorable feathered guests have returned. These are Inca Doves, a little further East of their habitat (thank Global Warming).  So far 4 are already milling about the feeders.
Also, we have some fellas about to take off for the season.  This is a Yellow Breasted Vireo.  This being my first year bird watching, I never noticed Vireos before...this is one of the two I've seen this season.  One of the uber-adorable ways to identify a vireo is the band between the eyes...in birding terms it's called "spectacles."  So consider Vireos the librarians of birds!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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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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