Happy Mother's Day!

Being a mom is no picnic. Well, except for when it is…

Photo by  Kendall Town

Photo by Kendall Town

Being a mom tests you in every way imaginable. And once you think you’ve finally mastered it, you end up realizing that this is only a stage, and now that it’s completed, the next phase of navigating uncharted territories begins. It’s like that kid of yours who still eats with his hands and can’t wipe his own butt is actually a wise, omniscient teacher that knows when you’ve learned your lesson and is on to teaching you the next one. He’s constantly ready to break you down and challenge everything you know about life. But then in the next moment, he throws his arms around your neck, tells you that he loves you and you slowly start to rebuild your parental confidence with a much stronger foundation and a clearer picture of what is really important in life.

Photo by  Kendall Town

Photo by Kendall Town

One of the biggest lessons I’ve been learning is that you have to put your own gas mask on first.

As contrary as it is to what society tells us about putting your kids first, you can’t pour from an empty cup. And as any mom can tell you, these kids demand a lot of full glasses of milk. Much easier said than done, I know, especially with all of our cultural pressures, but self-care is trending and for good reason. I notice that if I can get 20 minutes of yoga in in the morning, my patience for tantrums and pee getting everywhere in the bathroom except for in the damn toilet doubles.

Photo by  Kendall Town

Photo by Kendall Town

Second, you’re not going to do it perfectly.

You’re going to screw up. A LOT. And that’s ok. Just do your best—and perhaps set aside some extra money in the college fund for therapy.

Photo by  Kendall Town

Photo by Kendall Town

And last but not least, enjoy every damn minute of it. As cliché as it sounds, it really does go by so fast.

The last time I saw my own mom in the flesh was five and a half years ago. It seems like eons ago. The time passes quickly and reminds me to try to treasure every moment I can with my son and really everyone that I care about. We are never promised another day and should live accordingly: with grace, compassion and playfulness—never taking anything for granted.

Photo by  Kendall Town

Photo by Kendall Town

This Mother’s Day, love on your mom and kids for me, will ya?

And this year, as a way for me to love on all of you—mommas and offspring— please take advantage of a free professional portrait with your mom and fam graciously taken by Epics Photo Booth.

See, I didn’t take as many photos of my mom or with her as I wish I did. It just never occurred to me that one day she would be gone. To honor my mom, let me give you the gift of not making the same mistake as I did. I will never again capture a snapshot of that infectious laugh where she threw her head back and laughed so hard she couldn’t stop crying, but if your mom is still around, then you can. So please do. For me.

Sunday, May 12th, 12-3pm at The Nest.

Flower Crown Class with Camryn Lane

Camryn Lane Flower Crown

If you’re like me, you’re jonesing for spring—or at least a little break in the weather! Let’s usher in warmer days with a handmade flower crown in one of our favorite classes taught by Camryn Lane. Gather your boho fairy princess friends and join us in creating your very own flower crown to take home while we enjoy drinks and treats to get us ready for a long-awaited spring.

WHEN: SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH, 2-4PM

WHERE: THE NEST

INCLUDED: ALL SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE A FLOWER CROWN PLUS DRINKS AND TREATS

Terrarium Class Recap

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If you easily get FOMO, don’t look at the album below from our 8th Annual Getting Dirty on Valentine’s Day Class!

We had a blast! So many amazing and FUN people and terrariums. I laughed A LOT with this crew. With a glass of wine and a Holey Schmidt donut in hand, we had a memorable evening, took home living works of art and even had a staff ‘end of the night’ dance party! Check it out below. See a photo of yourself that you just love? Go to our Facebook album where you can tag yourself and download the photo courtesy of Alexis Turner Photography.

If you feel like you missed out on hanging out with some cool cats, don’t fret: we’ll do it again next year… ;)

Terrariums not your thing? We have a floral arrangement class with Camryn Lane coming up on April 14th and a series of 3 macrame classes getting dialed right now as well! Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram pages for more details. Have any suggestions for a craft you want to learn? Leave a comment below, and we’ll see what we can do!

8th Annual Getting Dirty On Valentine's Day Terrarium Class

The Nest Getting Dirty On Valentine's Day Terrarium Class

We have been Getting Dirty on Valentine’s Day with our annual terrarium class for 8 years now! We’ve never been your traditional ‘it’s Valentine’s Day so here’s some flowers and let’s go to dinner and a movie’ type of people. We roll up our sleeves, play in the dirt and create unique and lasting terrariums, all with a glass of wine and a delicious locally made dessert in hand. If you’re over ‘traditional’ this year, please join us!

WHEN: Thursday, February 14th. 7pm

WHERE: The Nest

PRICE: $45 per person in advance/$55 day of

This class is great for couples, singles and groups alike. If you’re looking for something fresh, fun and affordable to do with your S.O., you want to sidestep the pressure of a more formal date or you just want to kick it with a group of friends and make new ones, come get dirty with us!

Not hip to terrariums? They are living works of art! We supply a variety of vessels and let you loose to fill them with succulents, air plants and vintage baubles we have collected over the years to personalize them.

More of a black thumb than a green one? Don’t fret. I am good at killing plants, and I still have my terrariums from our very first class! Maintenance is minimal, and the succulents even propagate themselves. Boom! Way better than a bouquet of flowers you have to throw out in a week!

Not quite convinced yet? Check out photos from past classes or find yourself some inspiration on my Pinterest Board.

The Nest Getting Dirty on Valentine's Day Terrarium Class

The Nest's 9 Year Anniversary

I’ve had The Nest for just shy of a decade. Wait, what?

When I read that, I have to double take. I don’t feel like I’m old enough to have been in business for 12 years—9 of those being with this thriving vintage store that you see before you!

To celebrate, Tina Vines of Vines of The West, Amy Aramanda of Button Pusher and Jeremy and Jess from Verdi Local Distillery popped up and Daily Blessings Photography was there to capture the fun and hilarity of it all!

If you were able to make it, thank you so much for all of your support, and be sure to check our gallery on the Facebook page to tag yourself and use the photo for your new profile pic, perhaps? If you weren’t there to grace us with your presence, you were sorely missed. I am beyond grateful for all of your abundant encouragement and love these past nine years and hope you all can make it to our next great event!

Totes & Tea Towels with Casey Sibley

Tote Bag Class with Casey Sibley

We just finished the second in our series of four Textile Painting Classes with Casey Sibley! Man, I really can't explain to you how rejuvenating they are. Between working and "adulting" we leave little time for playing. It may sound like a frivolous thing, but if you think about it, why are most kids so happy? Because they get to PLAY ALL THE TIME!

Now, I know bills have to get paid and such, but two hours once a month isn't as hard of a commitment as we make it out to be. Secretly, I asked Casey to do these classes because I was desperately in need of a creative outlet. I knew that if I needed it, then there had to be a lot of others out there who needed it too.

Casey Sibley Painting Class

These intimate classes (we cap 'em at 10!) end up being so much more than just a few strokes on some fabric. We make new friends, encourage and support each other, and there are so many lessons to learn: knowing when to stop, letting go when we decided not to stop and made a mess of our project that seemed so much better before, and many more!

I want to thank all of the amazingly creative and wonderful people who have partaken in our classes--and not just for taking our class but for bringing their uplifting energy to the group!

If you haven't been to one but would like to, there are two more on the books: Infinity Scarves (Oct 28) and Napkin Sets (Nov 30), and we would love for you to join us. It's cheaper (and more effective, I think) than therapy (and there's wine!),  and you get to walk away with a usable work of your very own art!

Even if you can't make it to one of our classes, please take care of yourself and PLAY--whether it's an art class or dancing in your living room or whatever it is that reminds you of what it was like to be a carefree child. Do it! It's for your health and sanity!