Friday, February 16, 2018

To the Finish Line...

This week had me racing...two holidays, Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day back to back and the week began wintery gray and ended with the sun blazing, a balmy 75 degrees.  Typical Louisiana.
This week I also began updating my Etsy with some vintage items from my private collection.  I hate to part with any of it...but I have 3 year old twins now.  If I don't, no one will get to enjoy any of they are now climbing the walls.  (send help!)

Sold in hours of listing, is this beautiful ceramic bird twine and scissor holder.  I had dreams of a proper craft area with this beauty.  I hope it enjoys its new home and owner.  The turnover on Etsy has been this way for weeks.  I post and usually that night or the next day it sells.  So, here's a peek at some of next week's listings...
A very primitive quilt...I have loved it for so long; now it needs a new chapter in its story.
This vintage washboard was a real find a few years ago.  The metal is actually magnetized for small magnets to be used and small cup hooks were added.  A lovely catch all near a door.  

Keep watch for some time mid week for these listings to go live.  Also, as an incentive, I'm offering 20% off purchases $55+ on Etsy.  You can also enjoy the new flat rate shipping of $5.95 on my brick and mortar's site: Nest Interiors.  So many cute things were just listed there this week too.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Week that Was...

This week felt like an endurance race.  A private event, a huge shipment to the store via 18 wheeler, a new product introduction and of course, it's Louisiana, we had torrential rains almost daily!
Monday I led a private talk about butterflies and our monarch waystation to a local brownie troop.  It was intense...7 and 8 year olds ask a lot of questions...all at once!  It was an honor, really, to be asked, and so nice that their troop leader pulled our little garden out of obscurity in our town!
Then Tuesday, an unscheduled 18 wheeler dropped off a palate full of boxes taller than me.  For the record I'm not very tall but when you are the only one unboxing them it's pretty much Mt. Everest.
Some new items arrived in floral supply like these gorgeous cotton and greenery picks.  I was able to get these on Etsy; the other home decor items will have to wait until next week to be launched on our store's main website.
And silk-screened last week, last year's Honey Bee design on a new vintage style towel with a honey yellow bordered stripe.  This was the first day we had sun long enough to photograph it!  It's a great update and now on Etsy too.

I'm off for the next four days!  I've got a birthday in there - woohoo.  No big plans but relaxing, starting seeds for Spring and Netflix.  Stay tuned, more new updates coming to both the Etsy and Nest Interiors website!

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Friday, February 2, 2018

The Little Things...

In my post before, I touched on my renewed interest in redeveloping my hobbies.  Actually its been more of a life saver in a busy life that I'm constantly treading water.  Most nights I get and hour or two to myself and crochet has been my go to.
This pinafore dress is so sweet; I made one for my daughter's first Christmas and it was absolutely adorable.  This one, I call it "strawberries and cream" is for a newborn to about 3 months.  With most crochet work I do, it's finished off in the back with a couple vintage buttons from my grandmother's stash.
These chunky basketweave hats were the best this winter!  I called this style my "CC's Beanies" killer...because every store in a 25 mile circumference has those made in China knit one size fits all hats.  So...for the person that wants a unique look this was a crowd pleaser.  They never made it to the Etsy shop but a handful are still available in our brick and mortar.
Also, sold out but I will attempt to make another...this gorgeous net style French Market tote.  I worked it up in a beautiful linen blend yarn and it was one of those sales that I almost snatched it back from the customer.  Yes, I'll make more but at least one for myself this time!
I was pretty excited when I moved on to baskets...I did make the first one for myself (a pink hold more yarn!) and then I went even bigger with this over-sized chunky black yarn.  It has a really amazing high end look, even though it would be perfect for mundane things like toilet paper or towels.  I find it a little floppy, so it does need to be put to work holding something for you...but still available in store and online.

What are your favorite projects when you can steal away a couple hours?  Comment below...

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Begin Again...

It's been a full six months since I've blogged, which is an eternity online.  And honestly, the only excuse I have is I just didn't know what to say.  Every blog is an "expert" or a "mentor" or some other exceptional I right?  I'll be the first to admit I'm nowhere close to any of those titles (nor do I really want to be).

So, what happened in 2017?  For one, it was wonderful and secondly, it was horrible.  I know, dramatic, right?  So here I found myself, life plan forging ahead.  My own business burgeoning on 10 years, 2 year old twins, a selectively supportive spouse.  Living the dream!  In some ways, but the reality is two 2 year olds in the terrible two's, coupled with coming prematurely giving them both a significant speech delay, i.e. frustrated babies + can't cope mom = disaster.  On top of that, my first baby, our retail store nearly 10, we were finally hitting our stride, I at least thought.  I finally assembled a staff (all of which are now gone) and tho, I'm in a very small town, some new competitors moved in and played dirty.  Professionally and personally, I got a huge reality check.
But, some amazing things happened, I went to Belgium in October.  I only found out 6 weeks before we left that I could travel with my spouse on her work trip.  I had not been to Europe in 20+ years; I cried when the airplane took off because I just didn't think I would ever feel what take-off felt like again.

I became a full fledged butterfly enthusiast.  I raised and released a number of butterflies ranging from Black Swallowtails, Giant Swallowtails, Gulf Fritilaries, Red Admirals, and of course, Monarchs.  My Monarch Waystation, created in 2016, finally got some local notice and next month I will give my first official lecture to a Brownie Troop for their "bug badge" - I am thrilled!

And despite their frustrations, my kids did blossom.  They've been in a State provided intervention program Early Steps receiving OT and Speech.  Our therapists were miracle workers and often a sounding board for me as well.  They just aged out and I'm so proud of how determined, even at two, they were to learn and overcome a rough start.

I ended 2017 and began 2018 with most likely the flu.  It was the sickest I've been in a long time but on the bright-side, a good time for reflection.  What I deduced was:
  • I will stop pressuring myself to run the best store in town, in the state, in the world.  I will just strive to run a good store.
  • Planning and being prepared is better than multi-tasking
  • Stop expecting people to help; be grateful when they do.
  • Trust my instincts - when my stomach says "no" my head asks "why"
And lastly, I do want to take up this sweet blog again...even if most days its just me and my thoughts.  During my convalescence, I also decided to take up some of my old hobbies; I've been crocheting beautiful things, and making jewelry.  Also, I will probably get back into soap making as I feel it calling back to me.  Planning, as I stated above, will be key in getting all these things accomplished.  I hope you'll continue to follow along this journey with me!

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