Monday, December 29, 2008

It's been awhile...

Hello there! I hope everyone has enjoyed their Christmas :)

I've been taking a little break on blogging and the newsletter as I concentrate on my new works. I have a lot of new stuff planned for next year and am very excited about taking the time plan it out.

I wish everyone a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!



Thursday, December 4, 2008

Come see me this weekend!!!

I'll be in Cerritos, California on Saturday for the Handmade Brigade:
More info here!

Stop by and say 'the word' and get a FREE 5x7 print of your choice!!!

See you there!


Monday, November 24, 2008

Black Friday thru Cyber Monday Sales

In honor of the biggest shopping days of the year I will be having a sale in each of my shops.

NestaHome will be offering a Buy One, Get One Free Print sale for any print size:

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade

NestaUsa will have free shipping on everything in the shop:
Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade


Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Friday, November 21, 2008

My latest purchases...

So... Saturday is my birthday and sometimes I just can't wait for the 'perfect' gift... Had to take matters into my own hands!

Here's what I bought:

Contemporary Drawing Poster Collection from rosiemusic

Western Colts tee from 1AEON

For more stuff on my wishlist check out my treasury:

My wishlist

(hint, hint)

Have a great weekend everyone!!! I'm off to chill with friends in the mountains!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My New Favorite Site!!!

Perfect for the people that LOVE their job!

Just had to share :) Have a great day!


Monday, November 17, 2008

NEW stuff!

Woohoo! I'm so excited about my new pillows!

I made these using some decorative (and unused) kitchen towels I found on clearance.

And these with a great vintage inspired fabric and corduroy:

They range from $18 - $20. Such a steal!!!

Link to pillows in shop

I'm off for more coffee :) Have a great week everyone!!!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Perfect for the Market...

I just listed the first in my collection of shopping totes today...

Check it out!


Monday, November 10, 2008

I HAD to have it!!! My latest purchases...

Yes, I am addicted to shopping on Etsy just like everyone else... It's such a guiltless spend knowing that the money is going to help someone do something they love.

Here's what I purchased recently...

1. Vintage Black and White glass cameos from MK Supplies.

(I haven't found a use for them yet but I had to buy them)

2. A Cherry Red Munro Hat Box from fivepetalsred.

It's even better in person!

3. And finally, 'Parasol' from artandghosts, one of my favorite Etsy artists.

I want everything in her shop!!!

It wasn't intentional that they all match by the way :) I've been stuck on that color combo for awhile.

Anyhoo - just wanted to share with all of you these wonderful Etsians. I highly recommend all of their shops...

Have a great week!


Saturday, November 8, 2008

A big thank you!

I wanted to thank everyone who came out last night to show support. I really appreciate it :) We all had a blast and thanks to Etsy's grant for our team we were able to spread the word about buying Handmade.

Thanks Etsy!

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Prepping for Friday...

I've been a sewing machine getting ready for the First Friday Artwalk in Downtown Phoenix! I have some really adorable totes I'm bringing :)

See you Friday!!!

Need details on the event? They are all in my newsletter ---> sign up to the right.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

A deal, dude.

I'm trying out a new selling site (one with no fees) and I need your help!
I am offering my postcards super cheap so that I can try out the interfacing... Check it out! (you pay through paypal like normal, you just don't need an Etsy account to do so). Thanks!

Click Here



Interview Time!

I just finished filling out an interview for a blog called 'the downtown boutique' and was thinking 'Maybe I should share the answers with my blog readers'. There's some interesting stuff you might now know about me :)

1. Where did you get your start in "crafting"?
I've always been involved in designing and making things... When I discovered Etsy I nurtured those ideas and brought more of them to life.

2. What is your favorite medium to use in your crafting?
I love the camera. In college I wanted to go into film. It took my love of photography to a whole new level. The choreography of images, sound, and motion allowed for so many possibilities to tell a story.

3. What is your best-selling item?
My Alone in the City Series Prints. They are inspired by the time in my life I lived in London. The experiences I had while living and working there make up a huge part of who I am. I think these pieces really connect to that.

4. What do you do aside from selling on Etsy?
I don't do much outside of Etsy at the moment. I pick up a few side projects here and there but I’ve been lucky to of had some great opportunities selling on and off of Etsy.

5. If you suddenly came into a million tax-free dollars, what would you do with it?
I know I should say 'Give it to charity' but... I'd love a house on the beach?! Who doesn't right?

6. What's the inspiration behind your work?
A lot of my inspiration comes from my travels and from my studies. I studied Sociology, Art and Film Studies in college (I couldn't’t make up my mind) and always was interested in different cultures.

7. Please share three random facts about yourself.
Here we go:
1) I spent almost 15 years of my life playing Volleyball. I actually know Misty May really well and competed against her a lot growing up. Our high schools competed against each other in the California State Volleyball Championships. (she won of course).
2) My college mascot was an Anteater. Zot Zot Zot! (that’s the sound and Anteater makes apparently)
3) My business name comes from Bob Marley’s middle name. Only close friends and family know this… Shhhhhh!

This blog will be featured tomorrow :)

I hope all is well! I'll leave you with one of my new photos from NestaUsa.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A shop to spend Olive your money!

Every once in awhile I get to chat with fellow etsy sellers and get to know a little about them... It's really such a friendly community and getting to know people sometimes helps you get through your day.

I got to talking to Fallon one day who owns the Etsy shop Olive. We instantly bonded over the often unbearable summers we both have living in the desert. Not too many people know what it feels like to live 3 months in over 100 degree temperatures. It's not for everyone :)

Anyhow - I wanted to share with you some of the items in her shop! These would make excellet Christmas gifts!!! (if any family or friends are reading remember my birthday is coming up - hint, hint).

Perfect for those who love to travel.

A classic!

So go spend 'Olive' your money there :) (I know - so corny)


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Did you get it yet?

The email newsletter that is?

My computer suffered a mini-virus (ironically at the same time I suffered a food poisening virus) that deleted some of my newsletter sign-up list... If you haven't received the newsletter you probably got deleted. Please don't take it personal... :)

Just sign up in that box to the upper right and email me your mailing address (for the free goodies) to :

Now, back to my huge serving of french fries!!! (I always crave Mc Donalds after I have stomach issues)... Strange. But so gooood.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008


How's everyone doing???

I know a lot of us are hurting with the economy being out of control... I, for one, am totally stressed! I just have to keep remembering that in times like these, something really RAD is usually around the corner.

Like maybe even in the mailbox?

I snatched up a ring like this one as treat for myself for $10:

Here's the link to 3Fun's beautiful Etsy shop:

Because sometimes when you feel like crap you just need to feel pretty again.

I hope that you all are finding good ways of coping :)


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Pillows are here!

I'm so excited to offer my new pillows!

More coming!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Familiar Places...

I recently returned from a trip to the Bay Area and Napa for a dear friend's wedding and wanted to share some photos with you all...

Growing up in Northern California I have seen many of the famous sights hundreds of times. I've tried to not roll down the steep hills of San Fran while at a stop sign in my stick shift Volkswagen bug, I've ridden over and over the roller coaster at the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, I've had fresh Clam Chowder in a bread bowl, I've been to Alcatraz, Giants and 49er games, all the things you do when you live near such a glorious area of the world.

I love going back to these familiar places where, when you arrive, you suddenly recognize the smells, colors, breezes, and any other characteristics that have stuck with you over time.

I wanted to capture these characteristics I remembered so well with a camera. You know, the images that are already ingrained in your brain just not on film.

I love looking at something and thinking 'Hey, I remember you!'

and I had to journey to my favorite restaurant of course:

They serve the best German Food and Boots of Beer!!! Yummy :)

Anyhoo - back to sewing for me! I hope this finds everyone well!


Friday, September 12, 2008

My first tote!

As some of you may know I am taking a sewing class at the local City College... I've been wanting to learn for ages and I finally have the time to take a proper class.

This was/is my first project. A Tote Bag. It's far from perfect but I'm happy with the way it turned out (considering I couldn't even turn on my machine two weeks ago).

I only went through two broken needles to make it!!! :) Poor machine!

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Newsletter coming...

Thanks to all of you who signed up for the monthly email newsletter! (your goodie bags are being put together as we speak)

I've decided to kick it off the beginning of October... If you would like to stay updated this will be a much easier way to do so then by visiting my blog.

Also, if you sign up for the newsletter you will receive a free promo pack that includes a print, postcards, and some other secret stuff. (while supplies last - I will blog when I am out of stuff). Please include your mailing address if you are interested.

I'm working on loads of new stuff for the holiday season including some textiles, fiber art and tons and tons of cute throw pillows!

Thanks and I hope this all finds you well :)


Saturday, August 30, 2008

3-day Weekend Woohoo!

Sometimes working from home means you are always working... Your weekdays and weekends seem to become the same thing. Although I would have it no other way I am noticing that I do have to declare (and stick with) my 'working hours' and my 'non-working hours'.

I found the best way to do that is to leave the house! This weekend my husband and I will be heading up to Mount Lemmon near Tuscon, Arizona to relax at a friends cabin for a few days...

I'm excited to have no computer, no cell phone reception, and no crafts lying around that could be finished!!! All I will have is my camera(s) and a load of magazines and crossword puzzles.

I hope you all have a relaxing three day weekend!


Friday, August 29, 2008

The Storm

We had an amazing storm come through the desert and I shot a little video of it... Check it out:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Newsletter, giveaways and Burn After Reading...


I'm currently putting together an email newsletter that will run once a month... In the newsletter you will find shop updates, specials/coupons, and other random stuff...

Interested? Please email me at: (it's still me, the title just helps me organize emails)

Also, if you sign up for the newsletter you will receive a free promo pack that includes a print, postcards, and some other secret stuff. (while supplies last - I will blog when I am out of stuff). Please include your mailing address if you are interested.

I promise I will not SPAM you :)

Lastly, I am sooooo excited to see the next Coen brothers flick 'Burn After Reading'. The cast looks amazing!!!

Here's a preview:

Until Later Skater,


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Helllloooo friends!

I haven't blogged in forever! Let's just say I took the summer off :)

Things have been pretty busy in the shop... I had my best month ever in July!!! Woohoo! I've also gotten some great opportunities that I will share with you when the time is right...

Anyhoo - I'm off to watch the Olympics (my biggest motivator at the moment) but I will leave with my most favorite quote, slogan, saying, etc. ever...


(oh how it applies to so much in life)

Peace :)


Sunday, July 6, 2008

Heading West...

Yup! I'm taking a mini-break to head out to Southern California for a show and to visit friends... I am so excited to get out of this heat!!! (we're on our 13th day in a row of 110 degree and over temps)

If you are in the area drop by and say hi:

Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Lots of News!!!

First off Etsy was kind enough to let me share my story with the Etsy community in a Storque Article. Check it out here:
It's so strange seeing my big face on Etsy! Thanks for all of the kind comments :) I really appreciate every one of them...

Also, I will be traveling to Cali next month to participate in the Handmade Brigade in Cerritos, California.
Here's the link:
They were nice enough to squeeze me in due to a cancellation... If you are in the area come by and say hi! Mention you read my blog and I'll give you some free goodies.

Lastly, it's summertime here. That means 115 degree days and cranky people (including myself). I'd like to get some camping in and maybe a few trips to SoCal to hang out with friends and fam. I probably won't be blogging much but I will be sure to update my flickr with anything new. (there should be a flickr icon to the right of this post)

Anyhoo - take care to all.

I'll leave you with some of my new sketches on my way out.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

New Stuff

As I am packing up to head out to Las Vegas for a family birthday weekend I thought I'd leave you with my new works...

Happy Friday (ahead of time) and wish me luck in Vegas!!!!


Friday, May 23, 2008

Woohoo Poppytalk!

One of my digital collages is featured on poppytalk today!!! yay :)

Poppytalk link

It is PERFECT timing too! I'm working on some more pieces in this series right now...

Happy 3-day weekend to everyone!!! I'm off to shop with my sis who is in town visting.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Switching it up a bit...

... with some different banners... (I get board easily you see).

Oh - one more thing! You can get the new NIN album (and artwork) for free on their website. . I especially dig the artwork.



Friday, May 16, 2008

Happy Friday!

Woohoo! It's finally here!

Since its about that time of year that we all start going to outdoor events like concerts and festivals, I bring you a blog sent to me by my husband.

'How to make a Booze Sandwich'

Here's the link to the wonderful blog. BS Brewing

I think he FINALLY understands why people read/like blogs :)

later skaters,

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Just Swinging by...

Taking a break from 'work'... ugh! Haven't made anything lately BUT my treasury was on the front page this morning! Yippeeeeeeeee!

(I guess i DID make a treasury)

Peace out my ninjas!


Friday, May 9, 2008

Thursday, May 8, 2008

100 sales and playing hooky at the ballpark

NestaHome is about to have its 100th sale!!! Woohoo! My little baby is all grown up :) The 100th sale will get some extra special goodies in the package...

and... There's a day game over at the Baseball Park and I think its a perfect day for beers and baseball. Don't you? Look for me on tv!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

My new toy...

an antique polaroid camera! Woohoo! The dang film is soooo expensive though :(

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

and one more thing...

a Delicate Woman - 8 x 10 Mixed Media Silhouette and Frame

While I'm at it...

Here are my newest creations from my shops:

'Ways of Seeing' and 'Skate or Die'- Multi-media collages done with paint, pen, magazine clippings and polymer clay on a wood shelf. $45 and $30 (plus shipping)

Little 4"x6" photo booklets of my most polular graphics... $10.00 (plus shipping)

link to shops