Thursday, April 23, 2009

Watch for the Vintage Fest Signs!

May 15 & 16, 2009 - 17946 660th Ave., Nevada, Iowa

Now that the grass is greening, the sun is shining, the temps are warming, we're nearing Vintage Fest! Be sure to watch for the signs when you travel to Vintage Fest, May 15 & 16. The signs will be adorned with the VF logo (black and white) with a red arrow pointing the way.


From Des Moines, Ames & Nevada, take hwy. 30 north on 650th Ave. (S-27) about 6 miles north to E-29 (runs east/west), turn right, head 1 mile on E-29 to 660th Ave. (S-27 has jogged one mile), head one mile north, VINTAGE FEST is on the right!

From Iowa Falls, Eldora, Hubbard, take hwy. 65 south to Zearing, turn right on E-18, head west to McCallsburg. At first intersection in McCallsburg (660th Ave./S-27), turn left (south). Travel five miles south, VINTAGE FEST is on your left!

From Interstate 35, take exit 116 (E-29), just north of Ames, travel 11 miles east to 660th Ave. (S-27). Travel one mile north on S-27, VINTAGE FEST is on your right.

From Marshalltown, State Center, Colo, take highway 65 north to E-29, turn left (west) and travel four miles to 660th Ave. (S-27), turn right onto S-27 and head north one mile. VINTAGE FEST is on your right.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Old Meets New at Vintage Fest!

Jar-O-Trinkets & Treasures

As a reflection of the way we live, Vintage Fest will offer items that take the best from the past and blend it with today. Sounds good, right?! Need an example? Well, take for instance what we're calling "Jar-O-Trinkets & Treasures". It's a large sealing lid jar (new) filled with sewing notions, buttons and other goodies (old). Together, they're a right-brainers delight! Find this and other treasures at Vintage Fest!

Vintage Fest
May 15 & 16 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
17946 660th Ave., Nevada, Iowa

Click here for a map to Vintage Fest! Plus, follow the black and white logo signs!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Blank Slate

Spring seems to be the ideal time to be formulating new ideas for the new shop location! I can't wait! Taller ceilings, natural light (sorry fluorescent), ground floor and more. It's amazing what a location can offer. My inspiration comes from over-the-top ideas pared down to manageable tasks. You know, the tinman in the Wizard Of Oz says "if I only had a brain..." and I would say "if I only had another me" things would get done so much more quickly! Then again, I might just double the tasks and double those left undone!

While The Nest Boutique is away from a real physical location, jewelry, candles and some other goods are available online at Etsy.

Jewelry -
Candles* -
Sewn & crafted goods -
Vintage goods - Vintage Fest (coming to 17946 660th Ave., Nevada, Iowa May 15 & 16)
Make sure you receive an update - send an email to and let me
know you want to sign up for the email list! Plus, leave your home address, too, for additional
postcard updates;)
*At Vintage Fest, Soyalux soy candles will be offered at OUTLET PRICES...clearing out old inventory to make room for the all new essential oils candles (essential oils are the pure oils from plants, making the candles smell even truer - [i.e. Rosemary Fir, Lavender Spruce, etc.])

For beautiful. live beautiful. Elaine

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tweet, Tweet, Twitter, Twitter for The Nest Boutique

So I gave into Twitter just a few days ago. I have heard of Twitter for months and months and believe it or not had never visited the site. I figured it was a "myspace" type of thing that I'd never keep up with or care about. Oh so wrong. It's the silliest thing I've seen online (almost). How ingenius! I'll spare you the details if you're Twitter illiterate. You'll just have to see what it is all about. If anyone can steer me in the right direction - what's the best way to find people to follow? I have writer's block when I go to "find people".'s silliness on my part of my daily life, blended with design, creation, babies, home, creation, babies, husband, dog, design and more!

Tweet Tweet!

ps...this photo is of a damask overlayed paper silhouette I recently sold...I miss it and still love it!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Vintage Fest Is Getting Closer!

I knew it would happen...the time would begin to fly, like it always does and Vintage Fest would be upon our heels! Yet I'm excited for this new experience. Pulling the vintage treasures from their cardboard homes is getting quite exciting. Everything looks "new" and inspiring in a whole new light. This awful April snow has hampered progress though! Where did this come from?!

Not to worry...plans are moving forward. At Vintage Fest, you'll find lamps from decades ago, linens (yes, the real thing...linen.), pillows with resurging whimsical themes, fabric in pristine condition, items from China before everything was from China, recipes in their vintage form (cut from old magazines, still in old magazines, handwritten on notecards...and yes, MORE!

As we get closer to the two day weekend of Vintage Fest (May 15 & 16), I'll post photos of some of the more quintessential items! Contact me with any questions and for now...
life beautiful. live beautiful...Elaine

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Welcome to the NEW The Nest Boutique blog!

Change is good! I've switched blogging providers and welcome you to I hope to keep communicating with customers and future customers here while my shop is in transition and continue when the move is final.

I left 1024 6th St., Nevada, on a bittersweet note. I LOVED the location, the atmosphere I had created, the customers and everything else, heat (did you notice?!), low ceilings, fluorescent lights, no windows and steps, steps, steps. We can't have it all at once, can we?

I've yet to unveil the new location, or at least show it off, because it isn't ready! The new perks will be ground floor (yippy!), windows, windows, windows, NO steps, heat (no way, really?!), higher ceilings and snazzy new merchandise!

Plus, Soyalux Candles, my flagship brand at TNB, is getting a complete overhaul! At a time when we're all trying to re-examine our financial situation, do something better for our health and the earth (I hope), Soyalux is ready to make a change. I hope you'll be excited to meet the new line!

For beautiful. live beautiful...Elaine