Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Easy Stitchy Gift

The other day was my sister-in-law's birthday, so I thought that I'd stitch up a little gift for her. I love stitching dishtowels. There's something so nostalgic about embroidered dishtowels~ I just love them! Monica seemed genuinely excited about this little dishtowel. She kept saying it reminded her of her mom's stitched dishtowels that she grew up with. It really warmed my heart that she was so happy with it. In fact, she was so appreciative, it makes me want to stitch dishtowels for everyone in the world. Okay, maybe everyone in California. Well, maybe just everyone I know. That's still a lot of people to stitch for... but I would, if I could! It's so fun to choose patterns that remind me of the person I'm stitching for.

This was the first stitching I've done in a loooong time, but once I got goin' there was no stopping me! I think I'm warmed up now to create some Fabulous Mystery Gifts!


Monday, May 30, 2011

We Have A Winner!


Sweet Claudia is the winner of my Blog Birthday Giveaway!! I was sooo excited when Haggie drew Claudia's name. I've always loved and identified with Claudia's cottage style, so I immediately knew exactly what I would like to make for her Fabulous Mystery Gift! Claudia, please send me an email with the address that you'd like me to send your gift to. Thanks so much~ and congrats!!

I would like to thank everyone who entered this giveaway. Oh my goodness, I wanted to send you all a gift! Your comments were all so kind and thoughtful. They meant the world to me, my sweet friends. In fact, they warmed my heart so much, that I just couldn't help myself... I let Haggie choose a second winner! I know, I know... I'm a pushover :)

Yes, we have two winners this year!! Okay, drum roll please...the second winner of a Fabulous Mystery Gift is...

Kathi, of Beautiful Mini Blessings!!

Kathi is a super talented miniaturist who I've been following forever. She loves beaches and has been creating an incredible miniature beach house and garage with the most fun details. Please visit her lovely blog~ you will love it! Kathi, please email me with your address and I will get started on your Fabulous Mystery Gift! Hmmmm... I'm thinking something with a beach theme... am I on the right track?! (giggle)

Both of my winners are going to be sooo fun to create for-- I'm so excited, I can hardly contain myself! Congratulations, my friends!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Party On The Pink Porch!

Yes, there's a celebration starting on the porch of The Little Pink House~~ and you're invited! Meg has been busy decorating and preparing to celebrate Little Nest Studio's 2nd Blog Birthday!!

Meg had a little help with the prep~ all of her adorable party decor (including cake and table!) were made by a mother-daughter duo from a Club Little House swap a few years ago. I'm sorry to say, I couldn't find their names anywhere. I wish so much that I could, so that I could give them due credit!

Can you believe a sweet little girl made all of this?? It's so adorable! She even made party noise-makers to share with you! Meg and I love a party, and are so glad that you could make it to ours.

Two years... wow. Time is flyin', my sweet friends. It took me a while to jump in and start my own blog, but I'm so glad that I did. I love and adore my bloggie friends, near and far~ and I'm honored to have the chance to share my little world with you all. I know I've mentioned it before, but I love how Bloglandia brings the most creative, kind, and inspiring people together. I love that blogging makes me feel like-- in some small way-- the world is a cozier place. Thank you for that... thank you for letting me be a part of this happy little world.

Well, you know what having a blog birthday means... it's time for a giveaway!!! In Little Nest Studio tradition, the prize is a...

Fabulous Mystery Gift.

(Hey, I heard that laugh, Laurie!)

All that is required to enter this little 'ol giveaway is to leave a comment on this post. Yep, that's it. Just leave a comment on this post by 5pm PST, Sunday, May 29, 2011. Don't be scared. My Fabulous Mystery Gifts are... well, they're kinda' fabulous. ((giggle)). Okay, maybe not as fabulous as Oprah's Favorite Things giveaways... but pretty darn fun!!

Okay, leave me some comment love~~ and let's celebrate!!


Entries are closed, and Haggie has chosen a winner!! I will announce the winner tomorrow! Hooo-ray!!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Winner, Winner... (Better Than A) Chicken Dinner

I won! I won! I was the lucky winner of a $50 gift card from the fabulous Sasha at Saucy's Sprinkles (aka Bloggedy Blog Blog)!!! Saucy is celebrating five years of blogging. I'm happy to say I've been loyally reading her crazy-fun blog for at least three years or so. I lurve it.

Saucy is incredibly creative, so it was no surprise that my gift would arrive with such a lovely presentation. Check out that cute heart charm!! Saucy creates the most wonderful charm bracelets. (And many other wonderful things. I don't think she ever sleeps!) She's a very generous blogger and often shares fun tutorials, recipes, etc. She's nice like that.

Her blog is a huge source of inspiration for me... please be sure to visit her sometime! (Thank you so much, Sasha!! I'm sure that I will have loads of fun spending that generous gift card!)

Now, switching gears (no pun intended)--- I couldn't resist ordering this beach cruiser print on Etsy the other day. It's my dream bicycle... well, except it needs a nifty bell and fancy handlebar streamers! I just love this!

I love it when Etsy shop keepers send "little extras", don't you? Mary enclosed a sweet matching card/envelope! Sooo cute!

And... speaking of cute, this is what Hagrid is doing at this very moment. This is his get-off-the-computer-and-pay-attention-to-me look. He knows that I love his pretty smile.

Dang, is that a cute dog, or what? I know, I know... I'm a bit nutty about my dog. I'm very silly. I'm okay with it though. Besides, why even have a dog if you're not going to love, adore, and be crazy-nutty about them?!

Huh, Haggie... who's my sweet boy? You're my sweet boy... my sweet hagimus maximus... hansome boy... baby-boy-boo-boo-liscious.....


Sunday, May 1, 2011

To Market, To Market...

Spring has sprung, and you know what that means... outdoor market shopping!!! Last week I hurt my back and was laid up pretty much all week. Laying around, especially in the spring, is not my thing. My doctor said that walking would be good for me, and that I can lift no more than ten pounds. Therefore, I went shopping for ten pounds of merchandise today.

A little sassy bird named Marsha told me about this fun outdoor sale today~ Heart & Garden. Let me tell you, it was a fun one! My favorite booth by far was by Old Soul Studio. Love, love, loved it. Jacque and James specialize in iron garden art. There was tons of inspiration... but I had to remember that I could only buy ten pounds. Hmmmm... what could I buy?

I was really groovin' to that hand made iron peace sign... and I looooove me some galvanized water cans...

I loved the simplicity and organic, but industrial feel of the items in this booth.

Hmmmm... ten pounds of vintage photos? Ne, but they sure were pretty...

Ten pounds of silver? Hmmmm... that urn was pretty too...

Okay, here's what I brought home... The beach sign, some abalone shells for my planter, and...

A groovy peace sign to hang on my back fence! I think I met my ten pounds of merchandise maximum at this sale... uhm...so I had to go to another sale too...

I went to a mini flea market today in the parking lot of The Elegant Dollhouse. I don't have any photos of the sale itself, but this is what I came home with. (By the way, you can get a lot of miniature items within a ten pound maximum...uh...but I didn't.) I found a new bathtub for The Little Pink House. I have one, but I've never really loved it. It seemed too thick. This one is still a little thick, but I'll see how it works out.

Isn't this sweet? A young girl made this. I thought that it would look cute on the porch of The Little Pink House.

Okay, and this was not a purchase. This was a very sweet gift from a very sweet friend that I met through Club Little House. Lynne (who continues to remain blogless, much to my dismay) and I met up and shopped at the mini flea, and then went out to lunch with her hubby and mum afterwards. I could not believe my eyes when I opened this thoughtful gift. This little lovely was made by Kim Saulter... yes, Kim Saulter, The-mini-food-sculptor-of-all-mini-food-sculptors! I've always dreamed of owning one of her amazing creations, so my jaw dropped when I saw this! Meg (The Lady of The Little Pink House) will absolutely love this! Thank you soooo much Lynne!

Well, it was a fun day of shopping/following doctor's orders. I think my back is feeling better already!