| October 7, 2009 | 10:12 am
Two inch buttons from Landen Road Designs
I am really excited to host this give away contest from Jennifer at Landen Road Designs, our sponsor for the past week. I’m exicted for two reasons. First of all, I am using this as an excuse to take the week off from writing tutorials. But most of all, who doesn’t love buttons? Unique button collections are kind of like the hallmark of a head-over-heels-crafter. I know that I’m addicted to them, I have 8 mason jars full, sorted by color. I plan to add some of Jenn’s to the collection soon.
Jenn handmade these two inch ceramic buttons from white clay. She stamped and glazed them before kiln firing them. Each button set is one of a kind, and would be awesome to use on accessories, clothing, and as jewelry.
In order to enter the give-away contest just leave a comment to this post. It would be great if you gave us some ideas for how you’d use the buttons if you won them. The comments will close at 11:30pm on friday, October 9th. We’ll let the Random Number Generator choose our winner. Good Luck!
| September 29, 2009 | 4:59 pm
Jennifer Doll of Landen Road Designs specializes in handmade ceramic buttons & knitted children’s items. Not only has she set up shop at Etsy, but if you’re local to Akron, Ohio, she’s selling at the Hartville Fall Arts & Crafts Festival this Saturday and sells at Tween Diva in Hartville. Stay tuned, because next week Landen Road Designs will be doing a ceramic buttons giveaway for our readers! *Hint, they’re green & blue and you might spy them on her Flickr.
| June 15, 2009 | 7:02 am
I just wanted to take a moment to thank Kim from Unemployed Designer for sponsoring the Nest for the past week. I am especially thankful for the awesome contest she hosted with us. It was really fun to read the creative submissions from our readers.
Don’t forget to keep up with the Unemployed Designer shop on etsy, as it is always stocked with quality made, attractive leather pieces. And you can also follow Kim on Twitter so you can be on top of her sales and promotions.
And last of all, if you love reading the Nest and you have a business, band, or blog please consider sponsoring us for a week. All of the details are found here.
| June 12, 2009 | 5:29 pm
The following is from Kim, who selected the winner from our contest which ran from Monday until last night:
First prize winner of a business card case in her color of choice is Jessica, who had quite a few unique suggestions for using my leather business card cases. I loved her ideas for using the case to create a healthy snack pack, holding almonds or some other such snack for the afternoon; to hold her Bible study verses (this spoke to me because my daughter insists on having one in which to hold her spelling words!); as a child’s play wallet or for baseball trading cards; and her really unique idea to use multiple colors of the cases to color code a mini recipe card collection in the kitchen!
A very close second prize winner of a leather ponytail holder is Rebecca, who also had quite a few creative suggestions of her own, such as a little personal emergency kit containing a package of oil-free blotters, band-aid(for blisters) and a mini-toothbrush for discreet on the town touch-ups, as a create your own notepad holder, by using it to hold a package of sticky notes and a mini pen to be tucked into your business bag, and finally as a Sunday running buddy to keep your house key, Starbucks card and Chapstick so you can quickly tuck them in your gym shorts.
I really appreciate the time everyone took in entering this contest, and in return I’d like to offer all of you a 15% discount on your next purchases from my shop, which you can redeem by identifying yourself and pasting the url from your contest entry in the notes to seller when you complete your purchase at www.unemployeddesigner.etsy.com.
Thanks guys, it was a lot of fun!
| June 8, 2009 | 5:00 pm
Prize color is subject to inventory
We are so excited to host another give-away contest here at the Nest. I want to enter (but that would be cheating) because the award is so awesome. Kim from Unemployed Designer, and our Sponsor for this week, has donated a Leather Business Card Case and a Leather Pony Tail Holder to our winner. Kim has also designed a bit of a challenge to go along with the contest so to enter read below. All of the entries should be made in our comments to this post, so be sure to leave you email address or URL so we can contact you if you are chosen as the winner. Good Luck! Read more »
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It was really fun working with Deborah, the owner of Whipstitch, while they sponsored our site this past week. Deborah is a really cool business owner. She gets so excited about teaching sewing skills and loves loves loves fabric. I’m so excited for her new Whipstitch fabrics & sewing lounge in Atlanta. It’ll be an amazing sewing community.
Deborah also kindly sent us an Invisible Zipper Tutorial to post. Thank you Whipstitch!
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| May 29, 2009 | 11:53 pm
I have hemmed and hawed all week about whether I should buy new quilting weight fabric or not. I usually buy my fabric in the form of used clothing from the thrift store. But I have drooled and drooled over Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks line. It just looks so crisp and lively! Perfect for throw pillows and sun dresses alike.
I finally caved and bought a half yard collection from Whipstich on Etsy, our sponsor from this week. They are running a 15% off sale that ends in 2 days, so if you want to jump ship like me, hurry up and visit!
See the third one down in the stack. That’s the print that just makes me giddy. MMMMMMM. If I love it in person as much as I do online I will be buying more of it. Possibly in the other color-ways as well. Yum!
fabrics from the Whipstitch Etsy store
I’ve been looking for some pretty fabric to sew my first apron. I still haven’t narrowed down exactly what I’ll use, but I’m eyeing a few swatches at Whipstitch.
, our sponsor for this week, focuses on the needs of the modern, sophisticated sewer. You’ll find chic fabrics at their Etsy store
(use the code HIPLOUNGE and get 10% off your first order of $25 or more.) Check out their blog
for tutorials, downloadable patterns, give-aways, and other sewing news & inspiration. And if you live near Atlanta, visit their new brick-and-mortar location for sewing supplies, classes & workshops
fabrics I'm considering for my apron
| May 18, 2009 | 11:01 pm
We want to thank Nina, from Naturally Nina, for sponsoring The Nest. We appreciate all of our sponsors for supporting us and keeping us going.
Don’t forget to keep up with Nina, especially on days when you feel like you might need a hug. Her blog is always uplifting and full of eye candy photos, perfect for enjoying over your morning coffee!
We have some openings coming up for sponsorship, if you are interested in this oportunity check out our sponsorship page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
| May 11, 2009 | 3:09 pm
Naturally Nina is the very inspiring blog of Nina Braten, who also blogs for the Boston Friendship Examiner. I found Nina through Twitter and have become a loyal reader. I come away from my time spent reading feeling uplifted and touched by the blessing of love and friendship. I thought I’d share my favorite post from the past few weeks, photographies de l’amour, where Nina invited us to choose which photo best described our relationship with our lover.
I chose this option because, well, we work hard and we’re very tired.
Nina’s most recent post is a book give-away for Bridget Mcnulty’s book strange nervous laughter. So be sure to stop by to get a dose of love and inspiration, as well as a chance to win her give-away!