A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: September 2011

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30 September 2011

Sad.

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So...I have some kind of sad news. I don't think the Dresses of Romania party is going to happen. I'm so very sad, but there are a couple reasons why it is not going to work out.

1.  There are not nearly enough people coming to make a grand party and an un-grand party is just sad, so no party.

2.  I can sew a fair amount of things, but dresses are not one of them.  For the past 2 months, I've been sewing, sewing, sewing and every single dress has been a flop, THUS I do not feel right about sewing dresses, so I'm going to do the next best thing!  I am going to open my wallet and BUY something special for the 16 little girls (and the little boys too) in Romania.  It might be dresses, but it might be something more practical for Romania like gloves and hats in beautiful knits.  In any case, if you had planned on donating towards the project, you still can - just in  a different way.  You can certainly donate towards the cost, make a dress or accessory to add to the box or buy a dress or accessory (like I will be!!) :)

So sad...but not really compared to things that are happening to many many people across the country - across the world...

...so I'm sucking it up and announcing full failure :( 

Sad.

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So...I have some kind of sad news. I don't think the Dresses of Romania party is going to happen. I'm so very sad, but there are a couple reasons why it is not going to work out.

1.  There are not nearly enough people coming to make a grand party and an un-grand party is just sad, so no party.

2.  I can sew a fair amount of things, but dresses are not one of them.  For the past 2 months, I've been sewing, sewing, sewing and every single dress has been a flop, THUS I do not feel right about sewing dresses, so I'm going to do the next best thing!  I am going to open my wallet and BUY something special for the 16 little girls (and the little boys too) in Romania.  It might be dresses, but it might be something more practical for Romania like gloves and hats in beautiful knits.  In any case, if you had planned on donating towards the project, you still can - just in  a different way.  You can certainly donate towards the cost, make a dress or accessory to add to the box or buy a dress or accessory (like I will be!!) :)

So sad...but not really compared to things that are happening to many many people across the country - across the world...

...so I'm sucking it up and announcing full failure :( 

26 September 2011

Sometimes you just have to share...

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Sometimes you just have to share...

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22 September 2011

What is a Floral Frog?

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I have always kind of been on the lookout for floral frogs....you know the metal kind that Martha Stewart was showing off in her "good things" section to hold letters and postcards, etc. etc.  Well, I never found one, but I was happy to stumble upon a glass floral frog.  I really didn't realize they came in glass, but I think it is quite pretty, don't you?  It's true use is to place it in the bottom of a vase and stick the flower stems into the holes to keep them stable.  I assume the glass frogs are for glass vases and the metal frogs are for opaque vases??


Anyhow, I just kinda love it as is and will use it (maybe) for floral arrangements, but I'm kind of thinking it would be prettier holding a bunch of paintbrushes, or pens.  What do you think?


Have you found anything fun lately?  Please share!

What is a Floral Frog?

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I have always kind of been on the lookout for floral frogs....you know the metal kind that Martha Stewart was showing off in her "good things" section to hold letters and postcards, etc. etc.  Well, I never found one, but I was happy to stumble upon a glass floral frog.  I really didn't realize they came in glass, but I think it is quite pretty, don't you?  It's true use is to place it in the bottom of a vase and stick the flower stems into the holes to keep them stable.  I assume the glass frogs are for glass vases and the metal frogs are for opaque vases??


Anyhow, I just kinda love it as is and will use it (maybe) for floral arrangements, but I'm kind of thinking it would be prettier holding a bunch of paintbrushes, or pens.  What do you think?


Have you found anything fun lately?  Please share!

21 September 2011

HOORAY! I'm crafting with the STARS!

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In all of the excitement surrounding the return of DANCING with the stars, I forgot to check my email obsessively for CRAFTING with the stars news, and thus found out a few hours later than most that I MADE IT!  

I will be on Crafting with the Stars this "season", repurposing, upcycling, painting, priming, creating, drawing, pinning, stapling and photographing 4 new, DIY designs.  Every week, readers will vote over HERE for their favorite design and the winners will move on in the competition.  The catch is - the contest is completely anonymous...meaning the best project truly wins!






Over the course of this contest, I will have a crafting mentor.  She will be giving me tips, tricks and advice as I craft.  You might wonder how you go about deciding which mentor to choose and I tell you, I kind of wormed around on the various sites, checking out projects, looking to see who I thought I would connect with the best, who has a sense of humor...etc, etc.  All of the mentors are brilliant, so I seriously kept going back and forth over and over, but I kept coming back to one.  Over and over and over again.  There was just something about Mandi that I totally loved...I think perhaps that she had me at Hello with her header...I mean seriously...see?


So up first up is a knock off design.  As soon as I saw the category I instantly knew what I was going to do and I want to share so very much with you, but I can't...that whole anonymous thing you know...but keep coming back and get ready to VOTE and meet a whole bunch of amazing talented crafty girls in early October!





HOORAY! I'm crafting with the STARS!

Pin It

In all of the excitement surrounding the return of DANCING with the stars, I forgot to check my email obsessively for CRAFTING with the stars news, and thus found out a few hours later than most that I MADE IT!  

I will be on Crafting with the Stars this "season", repurposing, upcycling, painting, priming, creating, drawing, pinning, stapling and photographing 4 new, DIY designs.  Every week, readers will vote over HERE for their favorite design and the winners will move on in the competition.  The catch is - the contest is completely anonymous...meaning the best project truly wins!






Over the course of this contest, I will have a crafting mentor.  She will be giving me tips, tricks and advice as I craft.  You might wonder how you go about deciding which mentor to choose and I tell you, I kind of wormed around on the various sites, checking out projects, looking to see who I thought I would connect with the best, who has a sense of humor...etc, etc.  All of the mentors are brilliant, so I seriously kept going back and forth over and over, but I kept coming back to one.  Over and over and over again.  There was just something about Mandi that I totally loved...I think perhaps that she had me at Hello with her header...I mean seriously...see?


So up first up is a knock off design.  As soon as I saw the category I instantly knew what I was going to do and I want to share so very much with you, but I can't...that whole anonymous thing you know...but keep coming back and get ready to VOTE and meet a whole bunch of amazing talented crafty girls in early October!





19 September 2011

I heart faces ...and sun...and red hair...

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A touch of sun weaving its rays through her brilliant red locks;
A peak of smile through the haze of scrapers.
She is beautiful in every single way.


Join the party HERE!

I heart faces ...and sun...and red hair...

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A touch of sun weaving its rays through her brilliant red locks;
A peak of smile through the haze of scrapers.
She is beautiful in every single way.


Join the party HERE!

Growing Orchids

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If you are anything like me, you balk at a price of 15 or 20 dollars for a plant, right?  I'm usually in the $1.00 or $4.98 range if it is edible (like a blueberry bush!) kind of girl.  So, orchid prices always turned me off.  I would walk through the orchid section and just kind of gaze at them and appreciate the beauty, but realize there was absolutely no way i would ever pay that much for one.

Then, I realized that I simply had to buy them after they bloom.  You see, the large majority of customers buy the orchids when they are in bloom (understandably).  Once the blooms fade, the orchids are marked down significantly.  Like to $1.00 each...in the cute porcelain or ceramic pots.  SOLD!  I bought 3...I should have purchased more :)  The catch, of course is that you have to care for the plants and wait for them to bloom.

Thankfully, orchids are quite easy as houseplants as long as you don't bug them.  First of all, you need to make sure to water them lightly.  A rule of thumb is two piece of ice a week.  That is it.  DON'T OVERWATER them or they will die a quick death.   They also like to have their roots quite squished and sometimes crawling over the top of the pot.  This is ok!  Orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on a larger plant (like a tree) and their roots are literally touching air.  Don't suffocate the roots by burying them deep in a huge pot of soil.  I have been able to leave my plants in the pots they came in for over a year with no problem.  My reward is now a year later with new shoots from the base of the plant.



Can you tell the difference between the old and the new?


Now, I simply have to wait for that new stem to grow strong, a flower stem to shoot up and beautiful blooms to unfold from my orchids.  Now, the question is - will it be worth the wait?  The pots have been sitting in this window for over a year now waiting for blooms.  They weren't any work at all really, and needed minimal care.  Was the year of waiting worth the $14 saved per plant?  To me - yes.  Perhaps it seems crazy to you to wait that long just to save a few bucks?

...but isn't that the way it is with anything in life?  You must wait or you must pay.  Nothing comes free or nothing comes without work.  It is simply a balance of whether you would like to pay up front or pay with your time.   I wonder at this sometimes with personal growth.  (what an awful phrase...but nothing says it quite better...)  Is it worth it to simply pay the money and get a degree, or is it worth it to save the money and learn a trade on your own over years and years of experience.  I am not sure.  I have done both and they both are useful, they both are difficult.  I do believe there is more pride of ownership and accomplishment from learning a trade on your own.  Learning everything from "scratch"  and teaching yourself everything inside out.   The question is whether or not it is better to buy the new growth or wait on it...


What is your strategy?
Do you buy?  Do you wait?
What are you waiting on?  Do you wish you could just purchase the wait away?
Is it better to wait?  Is it more fulfilling to dive right in? 

Growing Orchids

Pin It

If you are anything like me, you balk at a price of 15 or 20 dollars for a plant, right?  I'm usually in the $1.00 or $4.98 range if it is edible (like a blueberry bush!) kind of girl.  So, orchid prices always turned me off.  I would walk through the orchid section and just kind of gaze at them and appreciate the beauty, but realize there was absolutely no way i would ever pay that much for one.

Then, I realized that I simply had to buy them after they bloom.  You see, the large majority of customers buy the orchids when they are in bloom (understandably).  Once the blooms fade, the orchids are marked down significantly.  Like to $1.00 each...in the cute porcelain or ceramic pots.  SOLD!  I bought 3...I should have purchased more :)  The catch, of course is that you have to care for the plants and wait for them to bloom.

Thankfully, orchids are quite easy as houseplants as long as you don't bug them.  First of all, you need to make sure to water them lightly.  A rule of thumb is two piece of ice a week.  That is it.  DON'T OVERWATER them or they will die a quick death.   They also like to have their roots quite squished and sometimes crawling over the top of the pot.  This is ok!  Orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on a larger plant (like a tree) and their roots are literally touching air.  Don't suffocate the roots by burying them deep in a huge pot of soil.  I have been able to leave my plants in the pots they came in for over a year with no problem.  My reward is now a year later with new shoots from the base of the plant.



Can you tell the difference between the old and the new?


Now, I simply have to wait for that new stem to grow strong, a flower stem to shoot up and beautiful blooms to unfold from my orchids.  Now, the question is - will it be worth the wait?  The pots have been sitting in this window for over a year now waiting for blooms.  They weren't any work at all really, and needed minimal care.  Was the year of waiting worth the $14 saved per plant?  To me - yes.  Perhaps it seems crazy to you to wait that long just to save a few bucks?

...but isn't that the way it is with anything in life?  You must wait or you must pay.  Nothing comes free or nothing comes without work.  It is simply a balance of whether you would like to pay up front or pay with your time.   I wonder at this sometimes with personal growth.  (what an awful phrase...but nothing says it quite better...)  Is it worth it to simply pay the money and get a degree, or is it worth it to save the money and learn a trade on your own over years and years of experience.  I am not sure.  I have done both and they both are useful, they both are difficult.  I do believe there is more pride of ownership and accomplishment from learning a trade on your own.  Learning everything from "scratch"  and teaching yourself everything inside out.   The question is whether or not it is better to buy the new growth or wait on it...


What is your strategy?
Do you buy?  Do you wait?
What are you waiting on?  Do you wish you could just purchase the wait away?
Is it better to wait?  Is it more fulfilling to dive right in? 

18 September 2011

Sunday Citar | Traps and Dreams

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A place to rest, a place to dream;
A trap of brown curved arms
Restrains the motion
of forward thought
and reins ambition to home.

More citar quotes can be found HERE~!

Sunday Citar | Traps and Dreams

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A place to rest, a place to dream;
A trap of brown curved arms
Restrains the motion
of forward thought
and reins ambition to home.

More citar quotes can be found HERE~!

16 September 2011

Do you bloom at the right time?

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This hydrangea is weird.  It blooms in the late summer and early fall.  Doesn't it seem like is should be blooming in the beginnings of spring or perhaps in the height of summer with their giant clusters of cream and ivory, screaming of over abundance?  It doesn't seem like a fall thing to scream beauty.  Fall's scream is the last gasp of life...the wash of color as trees give up the ghost for winter.  Dainty and poofy white flowers don't seem quite right.

Of course, who is to say what should bloom when.  Clearly, this hydrangea are quite content blooming in fall.  It likes the weather and though they look a bit odd, those blooms certainly look beautiful when not much else is choosing to show its face.  If they were to bloom in the spring, or the summer, maybe they would simply take a backseat to the roses and lilacs.

In fact, i think I like the hydrangea's choice to be weird.  I like that it is to be seen simply because it  is different from everything else in this season.  I like that it is unexpected and then greatly anticipated in the years to come.

This hydrangea is what every starlet wishes to be - beautiful and treasured and vibrant and unexpected.
This hydrangea is what every girl wishes to be - appreciated and noticed and beloved and a bit cheeky.


Sometimes what is unexpected can be so much better, can't it?



Tickled Pink at 504 Main

Do you bloom at the right time?

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This hydrangea is weird.  It blooms in the late summer and early fall.  Doesn't it seem like is should be blooming in the beginnings of spring or perhaps in the height of summer with their giant clusters of cream and ivory, screaming of over abundance?  It doesn't seem like a fall thing to scream beauty.  Fall's scream is the last gasp of life...the wash of color as trees give up the ghost for winter.  Dainty and poofy white flowers don't seem quite right.

Of course, who is to say what should bloom when.  Clearly, this hydrangea are quite content blooming in fall.  It likes the weather and though they look a bit odd, those blooms certainly look beautiful when not much else is choosing to show its face.  If they were to bloom in the spring, or the summer, maybe they would simply take a backseat to the roses and lilacs.

In fact, i think I like the hydrangea's choice to be weird.  I like that it is to be seen simply because it  is different from everything else in this season.  I like that it is unexpected and then greatly anticipated in the years to come.

This hydrangea is what every starlet wishes to be - beautiful and treasured and vibrant and unexpected.
This hydrangea is what every girl wishes to be - appreciated and noticed and beloved and a bit cheeky.


Sometimes what is unexpected can be so much better, can't it?



Tickled Pink at 504 Main

15 September 2011

What to do about negative blog comments?!

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Hi girls!  First things first, a THANK YOU goes out to Sara and another anon. commenter for helping with my twist tie search!!    Sara found them HERE and the anon. reader found them HERE!  Brilliant - I tell you!  Speaking of anonymous comments, I would love to know who you are!!!  I really want to get to know commenters and readers, so leave your calling card please girlies!  Of course...if you are the mean anonymous commenter giving me grief on my NUT POST, well, you can just remain anonymous...I wouldn't want to show my face either after being a bit nasty.  My hands are very honest, thankyouverymuch! :P

So that is my trip up this week...  What do you do about negative or nasty comments?  The truly nasty ones are deleted, but I've been publishing the negative ones.  Do you answer them?  Do you just delete?  Do they replay over in your head too much and they make you feel badly?  I dunno...


13 September 2011

Hop Hop Grasshopper

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He's kinda creepy isn't he?  ...then I look at all those little marking on him and wonder why.  Why is he so intricately colored?  Clearly god likes design...perhaps he is a fan of HGTV?  Pinterest?  Craftgawker?  Perhaps.

Hop Hop Grasshopper

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He's kinda creepy isn't he?  ...then I look at all those little marking on him and wonder why.  Why is he so intricately colored?  Clearly god likes design...perhaps he is a fan of HGTV?  Pinterest?  Craftgawker?  Perhaps.

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