Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pantone's Colors of the Year...

Have you heard the big news (well, for color nerds and the like) Pantone just announced the 2016 colors, yes colors of the year.  First ever, two colors have been selected...rose quartz, a sweet party pink and serenity, reminiscent of a pale periwinkle Crayola crayon.
After the day's rush, I started combining what I already had in the store that fit these two special colors.  Oddly, everything was very vintage!  What's old is new again, right?
This year's selections, its been suggested, were due more to influences in equality and social justice and not just trends.  Art imitates life, or is it the other way around?
I think its lovely, like a gentle sunset.  I hope to bring both colors into the shop more and I definitely see, at least a limited edition release in our chalk paint line.  But for me, I must be personally on trend because I've been seeing pink and blue for sometime now...
Here are our twins meeting Santa for the first time.  Not exactly their cup of tea but they loved the lights and music!

Fun things to look for:
  • Pantone offers desktop wallpaper and phone screen savers in these luscious new shades here.
  • A Pantone Quilt Challenge has been on going the last two years and has been offered by play-crafts and On the Windy Side in the past.
  • I've started a Pinterest board collecting Pantone 2016 inspired finds within our shop...follow here.
Featured in this post:
  • Pillow with vintage bark cloth and trim, $36 available at Nest Interiors
  • Small pink shutter, re-purposed for jewelry, $18 made by me, available at Nest Interiors
  • Dream, metal word art, $32 from Peddlers Home Design (now out of business) remaining stock at Nest Interiors
  • Vintage Creamer, $6.50 at Nest Interiors
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

White Christmas...

It may not be what you expect, but in Southeast Louisiana...this is probably the closest we'll get to a White Christmas!  A couple weeks ago, we took a drive slightly north to Baton Rouge to take in the beginning of the White Pelican migration.  Soon there will be thousands that over winter in this particular spot at the Capitol Lakes Park adjacent to LSU's campus.
Unlike our State bird, the brown pelican, these beauties are sleek against the sky with black and white markings and gracefully drop to the water.  We weren't the only ones taking in the sites...this venue is perfect for the whole family.
We hope to check them out once more before they head North, but it's time to get busy at the shop!
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Last night, I thought about how 2015 is winding down and how much has just happened alone in this year.  Our twins arrived, we lost our dog, Pepe, and Cat, Sophie, and just yesterday I hit a milestone of 5 years cancer free since my diagnosis.  And our store...considering I never thought I'd live to see another 5 years, its been amazing and emotional seeing the store full and sparkling!
This year, to celebrate, we're hosting our biggest after Thanksgiving sale ever!  In store, on Black Friday, we'll hold multi-tiered discounts throughout the day beginning with 20% off the entire store starting at 9am.  Small Business Saturday we will host our ornament sale geared to collectors or ornament exchanges -- buy 3 get the 4th free.  And all weekend long - spend $25 in store and receive a special gift.

Of course, not everyone can get to tiny Ponchatoula, LA - so I've launched our online sales today lasting through Cyber Monday.
  • Etsy shop - 15% OFF your entire purchase with coupon code CYBER15
  • Main website - 20% OFF your entire purchase with coupon code SAVENOW20
  • Spoonflower - FREE shipping on fabric and paper orders placed on Fiber Monday - check out my shop with my newest Louisiana State of Mind design (Mardi Gras is already the most popular!)
Have a beautiful holiday and thanks, as always, for letting our nest be apart of yours!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Louisiana State of Mind...

Finally, I can reveal a fun project I've been kicking around for months that is now complete...a nice little fabric collection based from my Louisiana Home Sweet Home design in most Louisiana football home team colors, plus Mardi Gras (obviously, right?!)
It's a simple design, yet I wasn't finding, voila!  Most importantly, I wanted it to be non-directional to be used easily from a fun scarf, tote to a dorm room pillow.

Teams and schools in the first batch are:
  • Saints
  • LSU (my alma-mater)
  • Tulane
  • ULL Ragin Cajuns
  • and Mardi Gras 

All of these fun fabrics live in my Spoonflower shop (where you can actually turn these into gift wrap and wallpaper too).

To see my coordinating Louisiana Home Sweet Home collection, visit our shop in Ponchatoula, LA to see the full collection or check out my online listings for a select items:
  • Louisiana Home Sweet Home Towel on etsy
  • Louisiana Home Sweet Home Tank Top on etsy
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Quick DIY Christmas Gifts & Decorations

Christmas is less than 40 days away...I know, I know, it's always a surprise.  Especially for us in South Louisiana where most of Fall temperatures have been in the paltry high 80's.

Fear not, though...because I've got a super collection of vintage cut and sew panels featuring some great and quick Christmas projects.  All would make great gifts or a fun keepsake for yourself to cherish each year.

My favorite, a Gingerbear card holder and ornaments...this one is two fun projects on one panel!  Available here.

A Christmas mailbox for cards, candy or presents!  I'm loving the Christmas holly calico fabric for the interior and if your an avid birder like me, then you'll appreciate the chickadees on the front panel too!  Find it here.

A soft sculpture of Santa for decor or as a special gift for a child.  This 1/2 yard panel is packed with info and includes some fun extras!  Get it here.

And there's more!
  • Vintage Santa Tree Skirt Cut and Sew available on Etsy
  • Liberty Santa Soft Doll Cut and Sew Panel on Etsy
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

It's almost that time of year...

Christmas?  Nah!  It's almost time for Downton Abbey to run it's finally season here in the States!  It's pretty emotional for me as I've enjoyed meeting so many people worldwide that have really enjoyed my cross stitch pattern.  Downton Abbey is so epic that I'm sure it will continue to find an audience for the ages...but I will miss the excitement of a new season and the expectation of each new weekly episode. 

Our local PBS affiliate will once again give a free preview screening next month...I am already signed up with babysitter scheduled!  I highly recommend checking to see if your PBS offers this as I've gone twice and its so much fun!

And here's a bit of good news in regards to my much loved pattern I'm Down with Downton Abbey.  I am now offering it at a wholesale cost for independent needlework shops through ICG Crafts.  Please look for me under Cross Stitch Designers with my combined businesses names: Nest Interiors/Cottage Nest.  You'll find a few of my other popular designs too!

And for retail customers, I still have this design available digitally in the usual places.  These are all automatic downloads and available worldwide! 
So, let's find a cozy place to stitch the season through...Season 6, that is!

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

From our family to yours...we hope your Halloween is SPOOKtacularly BOOtiful!

And...if you need a fabulous idea for what to do with your leftover pumpkins this season, check out how to make them into birdfeeders!

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Friday, October 30, 2015

A Little Yellow...

The struggle this week has been real!  We're finally getting into fall - overcast, blah, and wet. 
Maybe its a touch of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD but I've been reaching for something, anything to motivate me.  And I think bits of yellow have helped here and there.  I'm pulling it together in the shop, pushing those products with yellow forward to make me (and my guests here) feel warm and happy.

Yellow is not my go to color...but right now it feels positive and still in tune with autumn.  How does color affect you and how do you use color???

Featured in this post:
  • Scarecrow Metal Birdfeeder - available at Nest Interiors, in store only
  • Call Me Butter I'm on a Roll Yellow Gingham Towel - available on Etsy
  • Vintage Yellow Rose Calico Baby Blanket - available on Etsy
  • Handmade Louisiana Boot Sign - available at Nest Interiors
  • Cottage Nest Chalky Finish Paint in Sweet Olive - new from Nest Interiors, in store only
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Cotton Pickin'

Included in our visit to last week's pumpkin patch was a small field of cotton growing.  This has been such a hot trend in the shop lately, a pretty natural that fits easily in to any season, but for the life of me, I've never seen the actual plant!  It was in flower with almost lemon to citron blooms reminiscent of hibiscus...these will turn to seed (a few had made pods already) and split into harvest-able cotton.
We sell a beautiful faux wreath and stem at the shop; it actually has natural cotton parts but wired on a posable frame - included are the barbed like natural remnants of the cotton pod.  I have a few people that remember picking cotton back in the day and when they look at those awfully sharp pods they wince and think we're all crazy for bringing cotton back!
At least it's painless to pick out these additions to your home and garden!

  • As mentioned in my last post; we've upgraded our main website and I've extend the coupon WELCOME20 for 20% off your entire order through the end of October!
  • I just finished Chasing Warblers , a recount of surveying all 52 warblers that nest in the US.  I highly recommend it to any birdwatching enthusiasts as its full of wonderful stories and good tips along the way! 
Featured in this post:
  • Cotton Faux Wreath 22" - available at Nest Interiors
  • Cotton Faux Spray 32" - available at Nest Interiors   
  • Welcome Cotton Wreath Flag - available in garden or house size at Nest Interiors
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pick of the Pumpkin Patch

We visited a pumpkin patch this past weekend!  
And a ton other people thought it was a good idea, too!  
It was a beautiful day and the twins were a big draw!  Everytime we set them up for photos, a crowd would show up behind us...someone even wanted to take a picture with them (we politely declined!).  The kids will love this place when they get older!  It definitely got us excited for Fall...however, the weather is not cooperating with near 90 degree temps daily.

  • I made a significant change to our main website: within the past week or so.  The old site just was a bear to manage and with twins I need to simplify everything!  The site address will now forward you to our new Square site, it's gorgeous and easy!  And good until the Oct. 19th, you can use coupon code WELCOME20 for 20% off site wide.  This is good only for this site, not our Etsy.  
 Featured in this post:
  • My son is wearing a darling t-shirt made for our shop!  My 1st Halloween shirt available at Nest Interiors
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