Monday, June 29, 2015

Retirement Sale

Jazzy's all ready for retirement!


This is your chance to come in and fill those "want lists".  Beginning Wednesday July 1st to Saturday July 18th, get 20% off your purchases.  Excluded in the sale are all adhesives and Copic products, as well as special order requests.  Shop now for the best selection.

There will also be a table of special sale items priced as marked.

All sales will be final.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mixed Media Musings

They wouldn't let me in at the Stamp and Scrapbook show over the weekend, but my people went and they brought back just a few things.  I had to check them all out.

For those of you who are taking Jane's Mixed Media Class tomorrow (and in subsequent weeks), she has given us a list of things to bring.  Some of these items you may not have and, not to worry, she will have some available to use.  You will want to have your own supplies though if you want to continue doing pages on your own.  It's also much more convenient for you in class if you have some of your own materials and don't have to wait to share.

We will be using the following:

  • Your normal class kit (including scissors, tape, etc.)
  • Your palette knife
  • Paint brushes in assorted sizes
  • Baby wipes (You WILL be getting dirty.)
  • White gesso
  • Texture paste
  • If you have any Gelatos, bring them along and you'll learn how to use them in your journal.

If you haven't had your dog fix yet today - - - - - 


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Make 'N Take

AUCTION -  Don't forget the auction on Sunday, June 14th at 1:30.  We are anticipating quite a large turnout, so although we want to see all of you, our loyal customers, this is not the time to introduce all your friends and neighbors to the store.  In other words, come have a good time without bringing the kids, the refrigerator repairman, and Great Aunt Bertha. 

Make 'N Take - Here are the pictures of Saturday's Make 'N Take cards. Hope to see you between 10 and 4.

Some more oldies but goodies - 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

News from the Nest

What were we looking for again?

We're ready to cut and score.

  • Good news, bad news: Susan and Gregg's house has sold (after only 10 days on the market), so everything is moving ahead more quickly than we ever would have imagined. We have a full schedule of classes for June, but the store will be closing in mid-July. 

  • If you would like us to order any dies, stamps, or stencils from Memory Box, we will be placing our final order with them. Please call the store and let us know what you want by Friday, June 5, at the latest. 

  • If you would like us to cut any book board for you, please call and let us know how many and what size.  We have ordered more book board and will be happy to cut it, but we are running out of time.

  • If there is ANYTHING you need, please call or stop in by Saturday, June 6th, and we'll let you know if it's something we can still get for you.  

  • Our merchandise is going fast, so make sure you come in and shop while the selection is still good. All gift certificates and tag sale vouchers will need to be redeemed before the store closes.

  • This Saturday, June 6th, is our last Make 'N Take.  Stop in and make a few cards. Only $2 each.

Apparently I put a little statement on the calendar that you should check the blog for details on our auction, and then I forgot to put it on the blog. Oh well, you just can't get good help these days.  

On Sunday, June 14th, we will be holding our quasi-annual auction.  We receive a lot of sample items from many of our vendors throughout the year, many of which are not items we normally sell. We want to pass these things along to you, but we want to have fun doing it.  The auction will begin at 1:30, and when you come in you'll receive a quantity of "Nest Bucks" based on your spending during the past 6 months. (For example, if you have spent $700 during 2015, you will receive $700 in Nest Bucks. Everyone will receive at least $500.) You will use the bucks to bid on the items we have.  This is your chance to buy some new craft supplies without any real money ever changing hands. In the past we had new customers drop in to shop during an auction only to be shocked when they heard a stamp being sold for $150 or a pair of scissors going for $300.

I guarantee there will be something you'll want to bid on, a few snacks to go with it, and lots of fun.  This is it - our going away party to show you, our wonderful customers, how much you mean to us.


Some new photos -   In the Flowerbarrow class on June 23rd, we will be making a die-cut wheelbarrow filled with flowers and then placing it in an explode box.  Below is the finished product.

And a rerun of a few old favorite pictures:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

June Schedule

A friendly game of tug-of-war.
As you are all by now aware, we are looking for a buyer for the store so Susan can get on with retiring to Arizona.  No one has approached us so far, but we've still got our fingers crossed.  We have a full complement of classes for June and have finished the calendar, so we wanted to share it as soon as possible.  We have a few new and exciting things going on, so we hope you'll be able to join us frequently.

  • MIXED MEDIA WITH JANE - (June 2, 11, 16, 25, 30) Jane Jones will be leading these mixed media classes as she helps you to build your own Art Journal.  She will be teaching a wide variety of techniques using a number of different mediums, all of which will help you express your creative side.  EVERYONE CAN DO THIS, even if you don't feel you are particularly artistic.  There are 5 classes in this series, and you do not have to attend all five.  You can come to one, two, or as many as you'd like. Each class will cover different techniques.  You will need to purchase the Inky Art Journal (available at the store, $11.50) for use in all five classes. Below are a couple of sample pages from Susan's art journal, similar to some things we will be doing.

  • ELIZABETH CRAFT BARNYARD FRIENDS - (June 9)  We will be making cards with a new series of dies from Elizabeth Craft, including a barn with sliding doors, a chicken, a pig, and a cow.  These are really cute critters and a lot of fun to work with. Below is a card (not necessarily one you'll be making) to show you the barn and animals.

  • GLITTER CARDS - (June 18) - Use microfine glitter with different techniques to make really unique cards.  The photos are not available yet.
  • STENCIL CLASS - (June 20) We have a variety of "open" stencils which we will layer with other stencils and use a piggyback technique to create three beautiful cards.

  • FLOWER BARROW - (June 23) Using a Sizzix wheelbarrow die and chipboard, you will make a cute stand-up wheelbarrow which will be embellished with Petaloo flowers. As soon as we have a sample, we will post photos.
  • USING COPICS - (June 27) - We will be offering the intro or beginner level course at 10:30 am and the advanced level course at 2:00 pm.  We do not recommend taking both courses on the same day, since, in order to progress, you need to practice, practice, practice.  
    • Intro- You will receive 5 markers for use in this class.  If you already have some Copic markers, bring them along and if you have any number we're using, you can choose a different color in its place. You will learn about the numbering system, refilling, the proper inks and papers to use, and basic coloring and blending techniques. The $40 fee for this class includes your 5 free markers - a $40 value by themselves.
    • Advanced - Bring your own markers to this class and learn more advanced blending and shading techniques, as well as skin coloring and multi-color blending.  The fee for this course is $15.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Dear Friends both far and near,

It has come to a point where I am ready for the next phase of my life.  It is time to find someone to take over the everyday running of The Nest.  This is a shout out to you to see if that someone might be YOU.  Until we find a new owner or I just run out of gas, the store will continue to be business as usual.  We have a full schedule planned for May and you have responded with enthusiasm.  Many of the classes are full and where we could, we have added extra classes.  June is looking just as busy with Jane teaching a class once a week in mixed media art journaling.  The rest of the month's classes will be posted as soon as I have an idea of what they will be.  As always, we look forward to seeing you in the store in the near future.

Let me know if the next phase of your life might be fulfilled by being your own boss, working with wonderful customers, and making new friends while pursuing your passion for paper crafting.  It certainly has been the most exciting and rewarding adventure I have ever undertaken.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Make 'N Take

Our highly trained staff are waiting to fulfill your every need.

This Saturday is Make 'N Take and I know some of you are anxiously waiting to see pictures. (You know who you are!) We'll be doing three cards and a mini accordion-fold album. Drop by anytime between 10 and 4 and make as many projects as you like.  The cost is $2 per item.

This card can be made with either a yellow or a white daisy on the front.

This little album opens and a long folded strip opens out for photos.

We also have some new pictures for our May classes.

The May 12th box card class has been such a hit that we have already filled two classes, so we've opened up a 2:00 class.  We've also added a third box to the class.  In addition to the Graduation Box and the Beach Box, you'll be making this smaller Farm Girl Box which folds to fit in a standard A-2 envelope.

On May 26th we are making a Book Box (not to be confused with the box cards above).  This keepsake box would make a beautiful gift and could be used to hold jewelry or other treasures.  You'll be covering the box, lining it with stick-on velvet sheets, and making flowers using a Susan's Garden Die Set. Due to time constraints, we will have some parts prepared for you.