it's party time! (and, time to cast a vote!)

have you noticed my new little icons on the right-hand side of this little blog that could? one of them is an awesome honor + an amazing group of etsy artisans to be a part of: the etsykids team! seriously, if you've never checked out the etsykids website, please do....there's a ton of fantastic shops, all curated in one place, who all offer handmade greatness just for kids! i'm so honored to be a part of this amazing group. :)

well, one of the awesome things that the team at etsykids does to help promote members is to hold a monthly design challenge. each month has a different theme, and as a shop, you share one of your handmade pieces with the world. voting takes place + the winner gets glory! guess what? i threw my hat in the ring for january 2015, when the theme seemed perfect:

surprise party!

photo courtesy of sara jennings photography!
and, how could i not share my "very hungry caterpillar" first birthday high chair banner (featuring little mr. re-nest #2, of course!) 

what does all of this mean? well, i'd love your vote for my little high chair banner! voting opened today! each person has three votes per IP address per day, starting today through january 27. so vote early, and vote often! to vote, please visit: http://etsykids.blogspot.com/2015/01/january-design-challenge-its-time-to.html
and click on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the pic!

oh, and thank you for supporting my little dream. and on behalf of all of the etsykids artisans, thank you for supporting handmade greatness!



for me, i kind of can't even believe i wrote those words as my post title! seriously, i'm kidding, because no matter what, i have major love for any + all things indiana, and i have to have some love for purdue, because mr. re-nest went there and my best friend went there. so, when a friend of mine asked me if i'd do a custom purdue version of the "my heart belongs to oxford" framed wall art, i couldn't say no!

what do you think? i love that this friend's family has a ton of people who worked for and went to purdue, and that this kind of piece would totally fit right in for them! and, i'm kind of amazed that i was able to find a gold paper that was so close to purdue's old gold!

next up? i think it's about time i made one for my love...the hoosiers! it's going on my list!


sweet wedding vows

...eeek! i just realized i never shared this! whoa! the holidays threw me for a loop! 

the holidays were amazing for re-nest studio in 2014, and i had to share another one of the sweet custom projects i had the honor of making as a holiday gift this year.

a little background: another great friend of mine here in sycamore reached out to me back in november, with a wonderfully adorable idea she wanted to surprise her husband with for christmas....she wanted some special pieces that shared their unique and personalized wedding vows that they had promised to one another on their wedding day. not only did i know this was going to be one of those big, fun projects, but it was also going to have a ton of heart in it (since this couple is just so sweet to one another!)

we got to work. the first step? get a feel for their decor, their preferences with color + what kind of feel they have in their home. i got a ton of pics which were awesome and the perfect inspiration! and once i saw these, i knew this was going to be fun. it was going to be a project that allowed me to blend colors and fonts and treatments that are so much fun...plus, given this was a gift for her husband, we didn't want to go too girly with it either!

with color and pattern inspirations in hand, i started sketching and figuring out just how much space we'd need to present the vows in a unique fashion. i settled on three canvases...one 24" x 26", one 18" x 24" and one 14" x 18"...all of which could be hung together in a gallery-like format. color-wise, what i love about this couple is that they were blending great, bold colors with more traditional ones. even looking back at my notes, i love what i saw:

"gold, teal, silver/pewter, bronze, tan, brown"

call me a color nerd, but this was super exciting for me!

sketches came next, and i suggested a blend of all, in very different ways: teal + goldenrod in a brushstroke technique, a grey fabric wrapped canvas + a dark bronze painted canvas with a touch of sheen to it. papers ranged from simple white to a dark brown texture that looked like leather. oh, and don't forget the dimensional "I" used to emphasize the personalization of the vows. 

canvases were ordered, and then the real fun began! and, i'm so excited and proud to share the finished products with you!

what an honor to be asked to do this sort of very emotional, creative + personal project for this super couple. i cannot wait to see these within their home, in a place that is special to them!


for a sweet little nugget

confession: i love babies. yep. i do. big shocker, i know. so anytime i get to snuggle a little peanut, it's like a huge treat. and, when i get to make a piece of art for their little nest, that's pretty awesome too!

i have a mama friend who just had her first (a baby boy!), and she's a crafty mama too. she came across this adorable series of sayings for a little boy's room, and asked if i could make this into a cute little canvas for him. of course!

i love the colors...we went with a green a little lighter than a grass green for the background, with a forest green as the letter color. which i love as a color palette for a little boy....something different than blues + navy!

project details:

what: 11" x 14" canvas with perfect sayings for a little boy's room
colors: light grass green + forest green
font: sans serif with a bit of a modern-y, boxy feel

i'm so happy that the new mama loves her new piece for her little boy's room! what do you think?

photo courtesy of baby boy's mama! doesn't this look so cute?


re-nest life / those little + big moments

this weekend was a great one. a really, really great one. one filled with moments that opened my eyes, and one filled with moments i'll never forget. most of all, it was a weekend that made me really realize how important having moments are, and to never forget to have them by getting bogged down in the day-to-day. 

i make this last statement in all seriousness. i know i can't be the only mama who gets overwhelmed and feels overtaken by the laundry and the grocery shopping and the lunch making and toy picking upping. it's so easy to let happen. but when there's the chance...any small chance....to set aside the laundry or the grocery or the toys, and just be, seize it. i know it's so much easier said than done. 

mr. re-nest helped me make this happen this weekend. to set aside time to have a big moment with little mr. re-nest #1. and, it was a bigger, more orchestrated thing he did for me than just a little moment, but this weekend required me to walk away from three loads of dirty laundry lining our upstairs hallway, two clean loads that needed folded and put away, and countless organization projects that need to be done. (oh, and i should also mention that it required me to walk away from the christmas decorations which, yes, are still up in our house.) that's hard to walk away from. but i knew that this weekend was one that would be burned in my memory forever.
little mr. re-nest #1. 1.10.15. walking the ramp
@ assembly hall, bloomington, indiana. 

it might sound surprising, but mr. re-nest got me + little mr. re-nest #1 tickets to an indiana university basketball game. in bloomington, indiana (which is about five hours from where we live). i'm obsessed with college basketball, and win or lose, i'm a hoosier superfan. and, i've kind of made little mr. re-nest #1 into a hoosier superfan too. so, mr. re-nest decided it was time for little mr. re-nest #1 to see his very first basketball game ever, in person, and for us to have that experience together.

i could go into a long, emotional description of what this meant to me, but i'll keep it simple: this weekend checked off many things on my "experiences i want to have with my boys bucket list." i saw smiles and laughs, i heard cheers and squeals, and i got to do that with my oldest boy. and while the event was on the bigger side, it just opened my eyes to how important it is for me to step back and enjoy those little moments here at home, where i can still see the smiles and hear the laughs. 

it was a great weekend, with a great lesson (and a great win for our home team!) 

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