the new craft area: showing off our stuff

i am so guilty of it...i pin a million and one things i see on pinterest with the hopes that one day i'll have enough time/resources/energy/patience to try and get to all of the super cute ideas. well, the culmination of the great basement project of 2009 - 2013 required me to go back into my pinterest archives (check out my personal "handmade" pin board here) and actually do some of the ideas i've been pinning for the "one day my craft space will be done" time. (because thanks to mr. re-nest, that time is here!)

where to start? well, the craft space was planned as a shared space for me + my little mr. re-nests. we needed some cute and easy ways to show off, err, i mean, display our work and creativeness. so i had been planning away for the following fun little ways to display my little guys' artistic work and some of the fun stuff i do too:

1. from ikea, the dignitet curtain wire system. no joke, i bought two sets of these with the clips about two years ago. i was walking through one of our many, many, many random family ikea trips and saw they had this displayed to show artwork. in the words of gru from "despicable me" (because this is the movie du jour in our house right now), "lightbulb!" these were p-e-r-f-e-c-t for our future crafting/art spaces. i could see it then...one hanging over the boys' activity/art table, and one hanging in my craft space. so i bought them (for a pretty decent $12.99 a piece) and here's the kicker: i actually kept track of them for the past two years. i didn't lose them (which is a minor miracle).

2. easy-peasy framed cork board. i wanted something a bit more than just a cork board i could buy at target or hobby lobby (you know what i'm talking about...the ones that are in the standard brown wooden frame). enter ikea again. i found a nice-sized, simple white wood frame, measuring 19-1/2"-by-19-1/2"...the norrlida frame. (note: the one on the website is larger than the one we got). this plus a roll of cork from hobby lobby, which i cut down to the size of the glass from the frame. (hint here: i actually cut the cork about 1/8" shorter than the size of the glass to make sure that it wouldn't "buckle" in the frame and end up wavy.

ikea's norrlida frame + cork roll

ta-da! the cork board frame!
3. fabric-covered magnetic board. here's the tough one. so, i found this one on pinterest which said to use a cookie sheet. well, there were two roadblocks here: one, dekalb didn't seem to have any cookie sheets that were bigger than 9" x 12" (and i was wanting something much larger), and two, the cookie sheets weren't magnetic. so, we tried again. we ventured to lowes and menards to see about getting a couple of pieces of sheet metal that i could cover in fabric...which we found, but the price was oh, so ridiculous! so, plan c is to get back to ikea (yes, again) and pick up two of these. and cover them in the fabric that we picked up from hobby lobby. (this one isn't finished yet...must...get...to...ikea...to...finish) *photos to come once this one is finished!

i love my new area and how its taking shape. this space has been another one of my babies a long time in the making. i so cannot wait to get creating in my new space!



it's amazing what a difference four years makes!

so, anyone who has little ones has heard it...you find the latest and greatest baby gadget that you just have to have for your little one, you start using it, and someone gives you the line "well, they never had something like that when (you, your sister, your cousin, etc.) were a baby." it's a classic line. and one i never thought i'd ever use, especially having little ones that are just a mere four years apart. i mean, how much can change or be introduced in the cuteness baby industry in four years (that would make me say, "hey now! why didn't they have that four years ago??? i want that!") (i'll pause here for laughter....)

well, it wasn't a baby gadget they didn't seem to have four years ago, but it was all of those adorable ideas from pinterest to capture your little ones monthly milestone pictures. you know what i'm talking about....propping your little one up with a mini chalkboard and writing their age and milestones, using a post-it note, or those cute onesie stickers (like these). maybe i was totally blind four years ago, but i didn't see any of this (i also didn't know anything about pinterest, so maybe that's my issue....)

add to this, the need to be better this time around with taking monthly pics of little mr. re-nest #2, and a light bulb went off (actually, this light bulb went off when the one did for the mama-to-be pregnancy countdown calendar that we did while little mr. re-nest #2 was a cookin'.) why not do a little somethin' that could uniquely mark little mr. re-nest #2's monthly milestones, but be flexible enough to end up being a great piece of personalized art for his room?

which gave us the new first year monthly milestone canvas.

when designing, i wanted to think about not just using this monthly for little mr. re-nest #2's milestone pics, but giving it a use beyond the first year. which meant permanent adhesives were not an option. :) besides that, i also wanted to make sure that colors/patterns/design would work well with his room.

introduce my favorite navy-and-white chevron fabric from hobby lobby and complementary green and white papers to complete the whole look. what did we end up with? three center pieces which can be swapped out (don't you love velcro?)...two center pieces for the first twelve months and a final one with little mr. re-nest #2's initial. super easy and super cute!

now, what kind of mama would i be if i didn't actually share the piece in action? i have to say, little mr. re-nest #2's first month pic is one for the books....a look of total shock, with just the right amount of "what the heck are you doing to me, mom?" 

hello! happy one month birthday to me!

did you take monthly milestone pics of your little one the first year? how did you mark the milestone in your pictures?


a happy birthday to re-nest studio!

it sounds so cliche to say "i can't even believe it's been a year since re-nest studio launched", but i really can't believe it's been a year already. you know when you have a milestone that just sort of sneaks up on you? (ahem, birthdays or anniversaries, anyone?) well, that really happened here...

i feel like it would be a total disservice to not start this happy birthday note by saying thank you to each and every one of you. whether you are a follower of this little blog that could, a facebook fan, or one of my relatives, i have to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, kindness, encouragement and big love to the launch of my crafty dream. this little endeavor was a while in the making, but to have put myself and my designs out there and have the response i have had was just more than i could have ever asked for. (picture me jumping up and down now, like a little girl, giddy with excitement)

so, what have we done this year? grown the number of designs in our shop. posted 30+ blog posts. went way out on a limb and set up shop at a local craft fair. established re-nest studio's best seller (our "you are my sunshine" canvas wall art). (while these might not seem like huge milestones, this was done while having more than a full-time job outside the home, raising our four-year-old with mr. re-nest, trying to keep some semblance of sanity in our home, and oh, welcoming  little mr. re-nest #2!) given all of this, i'm pretty dang proud of what i've been able to do with my little passion project in this last year.

it's a fan favorite! 

what do i want to do in year two? well, keep building. keep getting more and more fans and followers through facebook and through etsy. keep expanding our designs. but most of all, just keep having fun.

so, happy birthday to re-nest studio! here's to many, many more birthdays!

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