Saturday, October 10, 2009


They say a picture is worth a thousand words...well, I'll keep my post short and let you ponder this image! 

Details to come...yet you might already know what news is coming!  ;)  Elaine

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Ugh...I just thought summer was going to hang on a few more days.  My luck ran out;(  I shant complain though.  July here was mild, wonderful and a true luxury for Iowans.  Ho hum.  I don't mind putting on an extra long as it's soft and fluffy!  My poor children are running around w/ hardly enough to wear. I packed away all the winter clothes for the move (house to house) and didn't think it would turn this cold this fast.  Plus, we were to be in the house last week, but we had a little leak that caused major problems in the basement.  Oh well...who wants to get into a new place anyway?  (cough)!!!  I suppose spending days there putting things away, cleaning up construction dust and what not isn't too bad.  I can imagine I live there, right?!  It isn't until the bed, coffee pot, jewelry station and my computer are there that I will be home.  It doesn't take much to make me happy, really! 

So I received a convo (an conversation...or better yet, an internal e-mail) from another Etsian.  One of my designs ( had made it to the front page of Etsy!  That is a BIG deal! is a worldwide web site (more truthfully a virtual hub for individual web sites) hosting thousands and thousands of handmade/vintage/supply web sites.  Anyway, My ANA necklace was on the front page and sold almost immediately.  I thought I'd had have a huge influx of business then, but I'll have to see on my analytics page if I truly did get a bump in visits. 

Jewelry designing has been my saving grace these days.  Since the shop is closed, the remodeling for the shop not even begun and my merchandise in park, I have needed a release. has been that.  Come in for a visit!  I think you'll like what you find;)


Monday, September 28, 2009

The Nest Boutique in Neutral...Check Out or for now;)

The Nest Boutique will be back...bricks & mortar (promise!)...just be patient.  I'm trying to be;)  I'm getting there w/ the remodeling process.  It's been long, but will be worth every minute of the wait!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Keep Calm, BABY!

I am pleased to tell you my designs will be heading to California soon!  If you live in the L.A. area, check out the California Folk Art Musuem.  My KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON necklaces will be the rectangle design and round design.  Here's their web 

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Have you ever had percolated coffee? You know, the kind usually in a stainless steel pitcher with a cord? It's the most delicious coffee! However, if you drink it daily, you will probably live a life full of jitters. It's full of caffeine (so I've read on caffeine charts). I never imagined caffeine tasted so good!

Percolating...that's about what The Nest Boutique is doing at this time. It's under wraps, in storage, nurturing its eggs, caring for the very young. Yet, once percolated, it will be even tastier than before!

When might this happen? Well, time will tell and the right time will be just that - right. As for now, I have a home (yes, mine!) to rejuvenate from top to bottom and even more than that. Then...for the big M-day...moving day. It will likely be a series of lot so small m-days. Moving only 2 miles affords that advantage! Maybe a big move would get the process in gear a bit more.

Whatever happens, The Nest is ready to spring forth with new creativity, past whimsy and a unique flair for everyone to enjoy. I can't wait for that day! Until now...enjoy these web sites: (hopefully to be stocked soon w/ vintage goods!)

For beautiful...Elaine

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Where have I been? Actually, I shouldn't be asking YOU...yet I still don't know where all this time has gone. The shop at 1024 6th St., Nevada, is officially closed and I'm sadder each day about it. Vintage Fest is over and, ugh, for a first-time event, I'm glad that's over! Yet I am anxious for round No. 2. Coming in September...................

Ideas are percolating...much better, smarter, prettier, more dramatic ideas...those I wouldn't have been able to hatch otherwise. That is, without taking some time off and focusing on my own nest for a while. (that's not a sentence, I's a thought;)

Yes, my own nest(s) are a mess right now, but soon there will just be one nest and, yes, The Nest. I promise, the wait will be worth it and I can't wait to see you all again!

P.S. - Vintage Fest is coming back very soon! Stay tuned at: