Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving Design

 This is a little late since Thanksgiving was last week but I wanted to get in the habit of sharing the recipes that I have been trying as well as designs for the holidays, etc.  So, I have a few before pictures of all of our decorations and plates before I set up to host dinner- basically a whole tabletop mess of possibilities.  But it all turned out ok- well, better than ok- beautifully.  We had a GREAT dinner and a roaring fire and the Cowboys won! Miracles do happen on Thanksgiving too! :) This was the first time we were able to use our Pottery Barn Great White Set that we got as a wedding present.  Hurricane fillers are actually Puka seeds from and the mini pumpkin pie recipe can be found at 
The pinecone garland I bought from West Elm a few years ago (there's a wreath too!) and I used a roll of Scotts Kraft packaging paper as the table runner. All in all, it was a great night and the table looked amazing!

New Friends New Life Benefit

This Sunday, New Friends New Life will be having their 12th Annual Home Tour and Benefit in Dallas.  I have designed one of the Christmas trees that will be auctioned off to benefit this organization and all the women it helps!  If you are in the area, please come and support such a great cause!

"funky handmade" Christmas Tree by Nest Designs

handmade ornaments from designer fabrics: trees, birds and candy canes

funky tree topper with felt balls and felt garland

funky tree skirt: designer fabric with large red poms

fabric ornaments

The Dallas Flea

It's that time again! The Dallas Flea will be at South Side on Lamar this Saturday! Nest Designs will be there as well as many, many other vendors.  Come on by and get some great deals on Christmas gifts for everyone on your list, including yourself!

West Elm Event

Hey everyone! Every so often, Etsy Dallas (as I'm sure other local Etsy teams) partner with local businesses to promote handmade as well as giving to charities and non-profits.  This Thursday Etsy Dallas will be at West Elm at Mockingbird Station to help bring the Christmas Cheer with some fun crafts and local handmade- and to benefit The Children's Place.  If you don't live in Dallas, you can find the West Elm closest to you because there are Etsy teams all over the country doing this at 37 different West Elms! Go and have some fun and show your support!

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Friday, November 11, 2011

the paper nest

The Paper Nest is my line of paper products.  These were my original products for my company back in 2009.  Most of the products are fabric-based such as the fabric notecards, stitched folded cards and fabric gift tags.  I also have a line of "texting" cards that are super fun! You can find all these products and more at

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday Treasures: Furniture Love

I love furniture.  I just do- I can't help it. It's a sickness really but I literally will need about four living rooms, 3 master bedrooms, 6 guestrooms and 2 nurseries for each of my children- not to mention 2 formal and 2 non-formal dining rooms.  While we're at it, throw in a couple of yards, a few dens and a library or two and I think we have it covered.  And yes, with all that, I would easily be able to furnish every square foot.  Did I mention I love Anthropologie as well? I take field trips to their website and store just to dream of the day that I can purchase some of their furniture.  Today I'm sharing my favorites from Anthro so I hope you enjoy my dream list.  The first is my actual dream bedroom.  I will have this one day: love the bed and bedding, pair that with dark walls (I'm thinking actual chalkboard paint so I can get my write-on) and heavily scraped, rugged wood floors.  Dark wood floors.  And a wall of windows.  Add a sliding barn door to access the bathroom/closets and we're done.  Love it! Hope you enjoy all the other pieces that make my heart go pitter pat. 

Rosette Bedding

Italian Campaign Canopy Bed

Cotswold Sofa

Ettore Console

Patrizia Sofa

Ainsley Chest

Atelier Chesterfield

Barnwood Hanging Bed

Newlin Chesterfield Linen

Anthro love