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April 28, 2010

Summer Fairs!

As if I haven’t been busy enough, my most exciting news is that I’ll be in two craft fairs this summer! This has been a dream of mine since my parents started dragging me to fairs as a small child. I’ll be participating in the INDIEana Handicraft Summer Exchange in Indianapolis, IN. Below is the information…check it out!

http://www.indieanahandicraftexchange.com/

I’m also participating in the famous 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles! If you’re in the area on July 24th-25th, feel free to swing by and say hello!

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April 28, 2010

First Shipment to a Retailer!

I’ve been a little out of touch lately, but it’s not because I’ve been sitting around eating bon bons and catching up on my soaps…oh, quite the opposite actually! I was contacted a few months ago from a retailer opening a handmade store in Jackson Hole, Wyoming who was interested in carrying my pillows. Very exciting and lots of work! I’ve had my head buried in my sewing machine finishing all ten pillows he requested and just sent them out last weekend! What a huge feat, but I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Check out some photos of mini masterpieces…I’m like a proud mama…

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March 14, 2010

What is White Nest?

It’s been a while since my last posting and to be honest, it’s because I’ve been struggling on where I want to take this blog. My initial reason for starting a blog was to discuss my fledgling business, but since there is only so many ways I can talk about pillows and wall art, I’ve decided to post anything that I find inspiring, interesting, or that even makes me laugh. Because let’s face it, I am overly enthusiastic about pillows and embroidery, but even I don’t want to read a whole blog dedicated to just those things!

But first things first, I should probably expand a little on what White Nest creates and sells. I started cross-stitching when I was 9 and within a year, I was doing counted cross stitch on the smallest count Aida cloth I could find. Some of my earlier works included panda bears, snow men, and orca whales (come on, I was 9…). I stopped doing that shortly after (hello, I was 9 and had perfected it already…where was the challenge??) and picked up embroidery about a year ago. Although it’s similar to cross-stitch, I love how I could create my own patterns and how graphic and simple the designs were…so after I got the embroidery bug, I decided to make a few pillows and to my complete delight, the pillows were turning out better than I could have imagined!

One of my first designs, I love the simplicity of the birds…

Then I got the crazy idea of making a large geometric print, a la famed designer David Hicks-style. And yes, when this was finally complete, I did a little dance in my living room. Loved how it turned out!

After I got into the groove of the pillows, I started thinking of other things I could embroidery. One of the more common ways to display embroidery is to leave it in the round hoop and hang it on the wall. I wanted to use this idea, but in a more modern way…presto! Why not wrap the embroidered fabric on to paint canvases?

I simply love creating all these pieces…I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. :)

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February 14, 2010

Fabric Connoisseur? Hmm…maybe.

Today is Valentine’s Day and the obvious answer to “Who’s my Valentine?” would be my husband (and it is), but one of my many loves is a fabric store. That’s right, I said it…a fabric store. If you’re from Chicago then you may know about Fishman Fabrics, a hidden gem in the city where you can find deeply discounted, high-end fabrics. It’s been around for years (which is quite evident in it’s 50′s style sign), and is pure excitement for a girl who has champagne taste on a beer budget.

My love of fabrics is really in my blood…my mom has always loved fabric and although I used to roll my eyes at this, being an interior designer has made me love fabrics the way she does. From linen fabric to wool fabric to velvets, I appreciate sophisticated fabrics and knew that I wanted to incorporate these fabrics into my business. Insert Fishman Fabrics…


I went to my favorite fabric store on Saturday and was able to stock up on some great finds! After an hour of digging through the shelves, my geeky moment of the day was when I ran up to a sales person and declared that I found a wool felt fabric buried on the shelf for only $10 a yard! (For those that may not know, wool felt is quite expensive!) She was very kind and didn’t completely roll her eyes directly at me, although I wouldn’t have been surprised…



These are some of the awesome (!) fabrics I found…I only wish you could all feel how heavy they are. I can’t wait to start using them for new White Nest pillows! Mmmm…yummy.

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February 9, 2010

Oh boy, here we go…!

A few months ago, I was sitting at my desk at work and was hungry for some creative inspiration. I ran across an email in my inbox about some craft group in Chicago…intrigued, I opened the email and started poking my nose around. I soon realized that it was a group of independent crafters that were united by this craft group. I clicked on one of the links to a crafter’s website and saw the cutest, most well done little website! I was mesmerized by how well done one person had created a little product, business and website. My heart started racing and I was hooked…

I started searching for local crafters on the web and ran across all these really inspiring blogs and immediately knew I had to be a part of this world. I remember my husband picking me up from work and I declared to him that I was going to start a business making hand made items! I didn’t know what…but I was going to figure it out and be a part of this new community I had just discovered!

Fast forward a few months and I’ve started my little fledgling business. Inspired by all the amazing design blogs out there, I’m starting my own blog to track my progress of White Nest.

Welcome, this is just the beginning…

 

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