Thursday, March 4, 2010

Well Hello there!

It's been awhile! Funny how time flies when you have a baby!!!

Baby Maya will be 2 months old tomorrow and so far it has been amazing!!! She's been keeping me pretty busy lately so if you'd like to stay more up to date with all things Nesta follow me on Facebook or Twitter, those are updated a lot more often! Links to the right ---------------->

I hope this finds you well,


Friday, October 23, 2009

Holiday Prep!!!

December is fast approaching and for 'Nesta' that means Holiday goodies in the shop AND, of course, baby time!!! Since the baby will decide on her own when she wants to enter the world I can only try and be really planned for everything else...

I've been working hard getting all of my Holiday items ready and listed in the shop... Here are a few goodies:

the Holiday Hemp Accent Pillow Collection

These pillows are hand stamped with antique text printing blocks using water based inks onto a 50% hemp/50% cotton fabric. This soft, medium weight hemp blend fabric has the look of linen and is a sustainable fiber that is eco-friendly.
Listing Link

I also brought back a very limited amount of ornaments:

Listing Link

... And I'm really happy with the way my new kitchen towels have turned out! Perfect for gift giving and priced reasonably enough to keep a set for yourself :)

These towels are hand stamped with antique printing blocks using water based inks. The towels are prewashed 100% cotton, have a hook for hanging and are completely machine washable.

Listing Link

I do want to apologize for the 'lack of blogging'... As I get bigger and bigger and bigger I am starting to sloooooow down :) So there may be some delays in email replies and convos and unfortunatly I will not be accepting custom or wholesale orders this season :( I also decided to pass on doing any craft shows...

If you are on Facebook or twitter you can add me to receive more 'up to date' announcements... info on the right ---------->

If you should visit my shop and it's closed that only means the baby is here!!! Yay :)

I hope this all finds you well and 'flu' free :)



Sunday, September 13, 2009

End of Summer Sale...

I have quite a collection of new items rolling in for Fall/Winter and I desperately need to make some room in the shop! Many items are close to 1/2 off and may be at the end of their editions... Here are just a few of items on sale:

'the Library' print
was $18
now $13

'Shelbyville' Screen and Block Print
was $35
now $25

Vintage Postage Scale
Was $18
Now $12

So go take a peek... It's never too early to shop for those Christmas gifts!!! (as always if you need any gift wrapping just ask - its free!)

Sale Link
- ends the 1st day of Autumn (Sept 22nd).

Have a great Sunday!!!


Friday, September 4, 2009

Planning Ahead...

This year I am determined to plan ahead for Christmas and the New Year... Due to the fact that little 'Nesta' could arrive really close to Christmas OR New Years I want to have everything ready to go in the shop. I 'normally' don't have any elves helping me around the Holidays but I may have to enlist some this year!

So, as part of my 'plan ahead' goal I introduce the 2010 Urban Scenes Calendar. Doesn't 2010 have such a nice ring to it?
Listed at an Early Bird Special
price for the month of September!
2010 Urban Scenes Calendar link

The calendar features my favorite urban photos from the year (some unreleased in the shop).

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!!!


Thursday, August 27, 2009

A shop update and a weekend away...

I'm packing my bags and getting ready to head out of town for a long weekend in Northern California (my old stomping grounds). My husband and I have a cousin's wedding to attend (and help photograph) and a Giants Baseball Game to relax at on Sunday. The 30 degree drop in temperature is going to be a much needed relief!

I wanted to leave you with some new listings in my shop that I am very excited about... It was a goal of mine a year and a half ago to be able to create something like this and I'm very proud of the work I've put into getting to my goal:

Hand Stamped Fabric (by the yard and 1/2 yard)
for your crafting needs

One sewing class, two textile printing classes, and lots and lots of frustrating mistakes later I can now proudly offer Hand Stamped Fabric. I'm quite the perfectionist so getting to the point to be able to offer something for sale is HUGE for me! I hope you enjoy :)

So until next week,


Sunday, August 23, 2009

A baby's room on a budget... Display Ideas

I ran across this photo the other day and thought something like this would look perfect over the baby's changing table:

Instead of cute little bathing suits I thought that making some fabric drawstring linen bags that read 'laundry', 'diapers', and 'towels' would be more functional. I'm really low on storage places so making this display into a hidden storage piece would work great!

Now that I have the idea down I decided to browse Etsy for some hooks (or something like the above)... I was so delighted to find such a wide variety of listings!

Here are some of my favs:

Upper Left: BROOKLYNrehab
Upper Right: postroadvintage
Bottom Left: dcmetaldesigns
Bottom Right: iamnotcarla

Stay tuned for what I come up with :)

Have a great Sunday!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Antique Store Finds!

Just wanted to share my Antique Store finds today...

Lots of cool storage boxes

... and my favorite find,
these antique chalkboards
(which will undergo an 'updo' soon)

Once photographed these will available in the shop!


Monday, August 17, 2009

A baby's room on a budget... THE CRIB, yo!

As 'Sweet Child of Mine' just begins to play on the radio I decided that maybe I should share with you some progress on the baby's room!!!

I've gotten rid of lots of clutter and set up 2 pretty crucial pieces of furniture:

The Crib and Changing Table Set
I picked up from Big Lots
for $179.

Here's a very plain lamp shade I picked
up at Ikea. I plan on embellishing it to add
the finishing touches to the room.

I can't help but daydream about what to put up on the walls... I really don't like putting my own artwork up simply because I will stare and critique it constantly... Plus, I enjoy supporting fellow artist and crafters. Over the years I've acquired a few pieces of work that I am in the process of frame matching to display in our little girl's room:

Parasol print
by Art and Ghosts

She Moves among the Sparrows print
by The Black Apple
psssst. on sale right now too!!!

Shy Girl and Shy Boy print
by Rosie Music (from Mexico City)

Stay tuned to see these prints framed! Here's a sneak peek of what I'm also working on for the room:



Thursday, August 13, 2009

Loveland Boutique Grand Opening!

Just wanted to give you a heads that up if you're in the Phoenix/Mesa/Tempe area check out this adorable new boutique 'Loveland'. Their official Grand Opening is this Saturday 7pm-10pm. Details on their website here:

I happened to swing by yesterday to organize dropping off some Nesta goods and it is looking fabulous! Jinia and Althea, the owners, are super awesome and the boutique is attached to a coffee shop (you can't beat that). Lots of handmade goods and super duper kid friendly!!!

So hopefully I will see you there Saturday!!! Oh, and the shopping center has plenty of great restaurants so why not make a night of it? Dinner and Shopping :) (that's my plan)



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A baby's room on a budget...

As many of you know my husband and I will be having our very fist little one in December... and we just found out it's a girl!!! Now that the gender is straightened out (hopefully) it's time to start turning one of our bedrooms (which serves as my fabric/craft overflow storage room - guestroom) into our little one's living quarters.

This is going to be a chore considering we have very little storage in our home AND we are working on a very low budget. We also need a place for occasional visitors to sleep. So... I'd thought I'd share with you the progress we make and maybe pass on to you some money saving tips and bargains (I know we all could use them these days).

I also thought I'd share with you some 'before' photos... I notice that 'designers' tend to only blog about how perfect their house is/looks... and we all know that they MUST have a room (or space) somewhere that looks like this:

the 'before's'

Now that you've seen my 'clutter room' I invite you to stop on by the blog every so often and see the progress I make on the room...

I'm off to shop for cribs!!! Going to check out Target, Ikea and Big Lots today... I'll let you know what I find :)