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May 30, 2012

Yard Sale - You're Invited

You are cordially invited to attend my yard sale!

I have joined up with two of my girlfriends
to host a home and garden sale on
Saturday June 9th, 2012
32553 Peardonville Road
Abbotsford, BC

Me - Elisa of home sweet nest as well as
Desja from The Former Fashionista and
are working hard to prepare the cutest yard sale ever!

Please stop by anytime between 9am and 4pm
to enjoy a glass of ice tea and shop the yard.






May 28, 2012

The Former Fashionista Guest Post

Scout Handmade and Vintage Market is over and was a huge success!
I'm exhausted and elated all at the same time!
Huge thanks to the show's organizers Lily and Rachel of Birch and Bird.
I can't imagine a more well organized or successful event!
I was fortunate enough to have my daughter Breanne help on Friday night and my girlfriend Desja on Saturday - I couldn' t have done it without them. 
My booth was practically sold out by the end of the show!
There are fantastic pictures of the show here on the Birch and Bird blog...

Desja has a fabulous blog of her own called The Former Fashionista and today I would love to share her most recent post with you!
It really sums up the day perfectly as she is a beautiful writer and a supportive friend!



A Vintage-y Day

Today I helped out my good friend Elisa, from www.homesweetnest.blogspot.ca run her booth at the Scout market here in Abbotsford. I was so honored to be asked! It was an amazingly beautiful day, here on the west coast, and I must admit that I was slightly overwhelmed by the women that poured through our booth all day long. Especially considering that it was a rare, but welcoming break in the rain that has plagued us in recent days.
 
It was the most amazing experience to meet the incredible women that flowed through the doors today. And I was shocked to see how many of us share a love affair with furniture. It made me inspired and left me in awe at some of the art that people brought to decorate their booths. I was so happy to meet new faces, share in an abundance of stories, and see some familiar faces.
 
Diana, of vintagecovegirl.blogspot.ca did an AMAZING job of her booth. Di is from my hometown, and I have yet to see in person, her beautiful pieces. She is highly talented, and her booth was so beautiful, I didn't want to disturb it!
It was so much fun to put some faces to the names of the blogs that I myself have stumbled upon.
 
Meeting Leanne from www.becauseithinkican.com today was a joy! Great conversation with a fellow mommy. Let's face it, any chance we can find some sanctuary among friends, is a blessing! Besides the fact that she is super talented, she has some fun and unique ideas. I'm always up for some inspiration.
I picked up the cutest handmade girly items for Miss C at www.crystalclearboutique.com Honestly, I could have bought one of everything she had! The girls from www.etsy.com/shop/bookas were just awesome to talk to, and had some really incredible items. Then at one point, I made my way over to kitcheningwithcarly.com and tried her macarons. I can honestly say, that I have never tried any macaron as good as what that girl puts out! I wish I had met her before Miss C's party! Hello....DELICIOUS!!!
I fell completely in love with the girls from Red Wicker. www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Wicker/ Her items were really rustic and earthy, and I just LOVE that!
I only had a few minutes today to stop over at raggygirlvintage.blogspot.ca, but since I had seen her booth last fall at another market, I have been in love with her style. I have a weakness for anything with font.
Although I didn't have time at this market to stop by and drool over whateverlolawantslolagets.ca I must admit that I have a serious obsession with her jewelry! It is true vintage, recreated. Her style has my name all over it. I honestly can't get enough of her work. It makes me a little weak in the knees...
Today I felt in my element. I think as I have matured and (gasp) begun to age.....I have started to find myself shifting in my own shoes. Today, I didn't care about what I looked like, or what people really thought of me. I was able to socialize, laugh, joke around and be my loud, dorky self! The best part, was that when I left today, I felt completely, and entirely embraced by an incredible community of women. Let's be really honest here.....that is really tough to come by. Especially coming out of an industry that is geared towards criticism. The beauty industry is not glamorous. It is not kind. It is not forgiving. Today I saw something I haven't seen in a very long time. Women, coming together to talk, laugh, embrace one another. They came out with their mothers, their children, their sisters and friends.....and more than a few husbands, to celebrate all things vintage-y, and junky. Items that people have discarded because they were no longer shiny and new. Things that have acquired dents, bangs and bruises, and more than enough tarnished silver! When you think about it, isn't that too often how we view the world? We so often over look people who maybe aren't wearing the most fashionable clothes, or trendy hair. We don't take the time to invest in people. Who hasn't had their share of dents and bruises in life? What if we looked past a persons past? What if we appreciated the dents that we have all acquired? We all have them. That's what has made us all the amazing people we have become.
So tonight, as I exhale with an humble sense of gratefulness, and an inspiration for my future, I wonder aloud....what makes you fulfilled? What about the imperfections in your life? Are they an overlooked source of happiness?
This journey that I have set out on, just a few short months ago, has turned me down a path, I never thought I would find. Slowly but surely, I am embracing my authentic self. I am finding my kindness, my gratitude, my blessings, my honesty. But more importantly....my happiness. And that is something that does not have a price tag. It can not be bought at a store. Unless it's a thrift store....

Desja - The Former Fashionista

May 24, 2012

The Final Countdown

We're down to the last hours before
Scout Handmade and Vintage Market here in Abbotsford!
We have exhausted but excited vendors who are creating amazing displays - these women are truly inspiring!
 I was there yesterday dropping off some of my larger items and
everything is coming together wonderfully! 
If you have tickets for the sold-out Friday night then we will see you tomorrow! Otherwise be sure to stop in Saturday for some unique home decor and gift items and lots of inspiration!
I'm off to finish up all of my last-minute projects.
Hint; chandeliers!




May 21, 2012

Liebster Award


Woo hoo! I have been awarded the Liebster Award  by

The German word "liebster" translates into English as "beloved" or "favorite". This award is given to new up and coming bloggers
that have less than 200 followers.
 I am so honored that Claudine chose my blog and so excited to pass it on!


In order to accept this award, you must...
1. Link back to the person who gave it to you.
2. Post the award to your blog.

3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.

4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know they have been offered this award.
5. Share 5 random facts about yourself.

Here are five blogs that I really enjoy!



3. White Cottage Chic



Now - 5 Random Facts About Me

1. I am terrified of spiders - I actually think it should be illegal or something to have more than 4 legs.

2. I often over-extend myself and then get stressed about having too much on my plate...this week especially.

3. I just had my first two Etsy sales this week - and am thrilled - must get that Etsy store full and looking better (see one more thing to do).

4. I am addicted to flavored creamer.

5. I can't stop buying old suitcases.


Thanks again Claudine for the award!!

May 16, 2012

It's a sign

I had one of those beautifully productive days today - where you get lots of little projects finished up and was loving the sunny weather.
It inspired me to do this little sign.


This little vintage bottle hooks into the sign so that you can hang it up on the wall and it also comes off easily for cleaning and refilling.


Did you make anything pretty today?
Enjoy the sunshine - and have a wonderful day!

May 15, 2012

Delish Magazine Feature

I am so flattered to be featured in delish magazine as one of the Scout Vintage and Handmade Market vendors!

Their website is a great place to get the inside scoop on what you can expect to see at the market as they are featuring different vendors every day!

Here is a small bit of my feature:



What is the story behind your business?

I started home sweet nest last year, after a lot of encouragement from friends and family. I guess I am blessed to be able to see the potential in what others call junk and have a difficult time turning down a great deal! After being labeled a hoarder by many, I realized that those same people were phoning me regularly to “shop my house”. Also, I was being called regularly for advice on paint col
ors and DIY details, but not recipes – which is why you probably won’t find any on my blog. Also, I have recently realized that Oprah was right – success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
I love what I’m doing!!

Click below to check out the full article which includes up coming news
about home sweet nest!


The pictures from my feature were taken by my good friend Cristal at Level 6 Images.



May 14, 2012

A Nest

Today's projects all involved signs -
I had a whole pile of them finished be the end of the day today!
 I'm getting ready for Scout Handmade and Vintage Market!
So here is a sneak peak at a couple of items that will be available for sale there...


I purchase this beautiful yellow cupboard door at Ruffles and
Rust in Monroe WA this past weekend.


And turned it into this...
I love this quote and have even added it to my new business card.


Did you create anything today?



I'm sharing this at:
Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

May 12, 2012

The Best Day Ever!

I had a whole day away with my friend Desja and my daughter Breanne -
shopping, junking and thrifting!
We attended the Rust and Ruffles Show in Monroe WA and made a few stops on the way! We had great weather and came home with a van full of treasures!

This picture shows how seriously I take my junking!
You can never be sure about a bathtub unless you try it on!
Fits pretty good!


Now onto the show...I`m just going to be quiet and let you enjoy the eye candy!










































I`m so inspired! Keep Calm and Junk On