I am a full time mom of 2 girls, a wife and I just turned 30! (eeekk!) I love Jesus, all things vintage, thrifting and doing anything creative...well, except painting and drawing... I am totally inept in those areas! I didn't find my passion for sewing until after I had my first daughter. I mean, I knew how to sew and enjoyed it, but I didn't fall IN LOVE until after she came. My motto now is "The more I sew, the more like ME I feel..." and, can we just keep it real…. it's cheaper than therapy!!!
Green, Eco Friendly, Eclectic, One of a kind, fun, funky and unique.
3. Is there a story behind your shop?
I LOVE seeing the diamond in the rough. Taking something that someone else has deemed invaluable and reinventing it just gigs me out with excitement! One day my oldest and I were exploring in the yard. We came upon a bird's nest that was just beautiful. It was interwoven not only with sticks, twigs and moss, but also with bits of ribbon, string, a little fluff that looked like it had come from a stuffed animal, part of a shoe lace etc....The nest was made up of all these little things that others had discarded, and turned into something so gorgeous! I thought to myself…”this is what I do!!!” so, right then the name of the shop was born... Lovely Nest Designs.
I dealt with a lot of fear in opening a shop and putting myself out there, but after much encouragement and prayer, I decided to go for it as a way to bless others, and cultivate my passion!
4. What is your creative process like?
Hummm, let’s see. Well, the process always starts with a trip to the thrift outlet in the area. This is the place where everything that did not sell at the thrift store goes before it is recycled or tossed for good. I love digging through the bins of stuff and finding that one thing that inspires me. It could be a vintage bed sheet, table cloth, a shirt or skirt with a hole in it somewhere… I just never know what is going to inspire me. I usually look at the item for the fabric instead of its current function. I then take what I have found home and play around with it to see what I come up with. When it comes to kids clothes, I love making things that aren’t too kid-like. I like for my kids to wear things that I might wear…! Sometimes I use the fabric for appliqués, sometimes I use the fabric to make skirts or dresses for the girls… But once I am in ‘the zone’ I can create things all day…! (Well, that is, until I have to pick up the kids from preschool…)
Everything in my shop is made from 99% recycled materials. Even the shirts that I use for appliqués are not purchased in bulk or wholesale. I make one of a kind items; there are no 2 things that are exactly alike. If a customer needs something similar in a different size, I can usually accommodate, but it will never be exactly like something I have made in the past. I have found that customers really appreciate the uniqueness (is that a word???) of the item they are purchasing.
6. Which item in your shop is your favorite?
I think I have 2 favorites!
This little guy is one my favorite items… I love the appliqué which came from vintage curtains, and I love the bold colors and stripe of the tee! It’s just such a happy shirt!
I just love owls and love all the pieces of fabric that make up this one!
You can contact me through email lovelynestdesigns (at) Comcast.net, through a convo from my etsy shop (www.lovelynestdesigns.etsy.com) or through my blog (www.lovelynestdesigns.com)
And just for reading this and following my blog… you can go to my etsy store and use the coupon code: bloglove1 for 10% off your purchase!
Thanks so much Deb for featuring me! I am so honored. Can I just mention that her photography and accessories are A-mazing!
Didn't I tell you she had an amazing shop and she is AWESOME!!!..
My personal Fave from this shop has to be this one! it is so freaking cute. If I had kids they will be wearing this stuff! :)
So go go and SHOP !!!