Friday, August 31, 2018

Pausing the Productivity

https://www.etsy.com/listing/626290568/vintage-christmas-rose-poinsettia-half?ref=listing-shop-header-0
Goodness, it's been a busy summer.  I feel I have sufficiently labored and will be taking a mini staycation.  I plan to still make a few things, but I'm trying to stick to things that I make for myself (I'm always last on the list).  In the last couple weeks, I've created many new items for the store and online.
A new tote I promised last post is complete and will be a one of kind combination.  Mainly because the vintage fabric, I loved, was just too difficult to sew!
Also, so much crochet!  Lots of hats and a scarf.  Currently, I'm working on boy sweater vests, perfect for Louisiana winters (basically non-existent).  Here's one of my upgraded hats with flower and button...get cold quick, right?
In addition to my handiwork, I've been doing a fair amount of furniture refinishing utilizing my own line of chalk style paint, Cottage Nest Paints and experimenting with papers.  I'm most proud of this little flip top antique table I re-did:
Here's the before:
And lastly, just a small restock on a popular guest towel I silkscreen; my "Don't Make Me Go All Cajun on You" towel is a shop favorite.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/626289312/cajun-crawfish-vintage-red-stripe-cotton?ref=shop_home_active_2
As you can you probably guess, I've been more machine than mom lately, so I'll be pausing for the Labor Day Holiday and reopening (and shipping) mid to late next week!  But that doesn't have to stop you from shopping.  Check out what's available in my Etsy Shop as all purchases $35+ are 20% off through next week!

--Lisa 
 
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Baby Steps...

This weekend turned into a major Sew-in.  And though, nothing got cleaned, we ate Chinese take-out, instead of grocery shopping...I think I accomplished a lot!
Bibs in two styles, a feeding style and handkerchief, plus some really lovely burp cloths.  I had one of my "good" regular customers tell me last week that she was disappointed in my lack of baby goods.  (Need more honesty in your life?  Open a retail store!!!)  And though I think it just need a re-fluff, it had been a while since I circled back to sewing up some sweet baby goods.
Also it makes me a little sad, that my 3 year olds are too old for these precious items.  I had big hopes to make many of their bibs and burps, but goodness, when your in it, with twins no less, there just isn't time.  So, I'm hoping a new, and busy, mama will love these.
I have a new weekender slouch bag in the works too (fingers cross that it will come together this weekend).  The large floral is a new Ikea fabric I purchased earlier in the summer.  The small floral is vintage; cut from a skirt...and it's so lovely.  It should only make one bag...so a very limited edition for this fabric combination. 

Keep watch and also, check out my Etsy page as I plan to list a few of the new bibs and burps.

--Lisa 
 
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Signs of Fall...

As soon as the calendar changes to August, I know Summer is over.  Sure it's hot, everything is green but I just feel it.  And I always hope to have all my winter crochet work complete for Christmas sales...I never have; but this year I am at my all time closest.
  • One toddler pumpkin hat done and modeled by one of my sweet pumpkins.  I'll add 2-3 baby sizes and offer these in store and online on Etsy
  • Last year my chunky basket weave hats were such a hit, but I did not have nearly enough.  I'm getting faster in that I can make 1 in 1 or 2 nights.  This year there will be upgrades like pom poms and flowers and where possible (i.e., I have enough yarn)...a matching scarf! 

I also have some pretty big news...we're opening an AirBnb vacation rental above our shop!  So, if you've ever wanted to visit New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or surrounding areas, we invite you to check out centrally located Ponchatoula and Rest above the Nest.  I'm detailing our progress (or procrastination) in a new blog: LeRoost.  We hope to be ready for your visit by the end of this month.
work in progress!
And, sadly the beautiful line of vintage inspired jewelry, Bella Vintaj, I carried for about 2 years has been discontinued.  I loved this line so much and you'll usually find me wearing a piece or two everyday, but it never took off as I think it wasn't simple enough for the casual buyer.  The idea was you could edit and add charms changing your look constantly on a base necklace or bracelet.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/634828975/natural-brass-charms-with-lobster-clasp?ref=shop_home_active_1
Anywho, the good news is I just added the remaining charms in my inventory to Etsy...these are 40% off retail.  A good deal on quality made goods, but my quantities are limited so check that out now here.

Until next time!
--Lisa 
 
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