60+ Reasons to be in Ponchatoula this Weekend

May 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’m taking a pause from my usual Friday Featured Fabric as we are preparing for a major town event.  Tomorrow is our 4th annual City Wide Yard Sale in Ponchatoula!  This year we have over 60 listings from businesses and residences, including my business, Nest Interiors.  It’s a ton of work but lots of fun plus I get to unload odds and ends from home and the shop.  Having a few years under my belt, I started really early organizing my loot but I somehow still don’t feel ready…because come 6am tomorrow it will be a frenzy!

all photos courtesy of the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Stars Align…

May 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Soooo…Whatcha doin’ this weekend?  Big plans, eh?  In my world – I’ll be livin’ the goood life when Arrested Development returns tomorrow on Netflix AND in a couple days I’ll be joining in the inaugural Steotch Mystery Stitch Along!  Aww…sweet!  Rarely do the stars align for great tv and an awesome cross stitch project!  Enjoy the pool y’all…I’ll be hanging with my threads!

Done and done! credit granitepics

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Friday Featured Fabric

May 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us!  Here’s a patriotic vintage-y flag fabric (it is an out of print fabric from Fabric Traditions dated 1990; technically vintage but still pretty new in my book).  I love it and saved a bit in my own stash; so only 1 yard is available!  I might offer some smaller remnants after I finish my own project (but first – I will need to start my project).  Fourth of July is nearly here, so don’t wait!  Grab it here.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Update: Preemie Crochet Beanie Pattern

May 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Just a small update to my preemie crochet hat available FREE on Ravelry and now Craftsy.  (I’ve had over a 100 downloads in less than a month – thanks!)  This is the same pattern using simply a different yarn to give you a newborn size hat…amazing, huh?  The original preemie size uses Bamboo Ewe from Stitch Nation; for the next size up, I selected a bulkier yarn – Lion Brand’s Baby’s First Yarn.  It’s nearly as soft and has some great neutrals (wouldn’t it be lovely for a photo prop?).  Anywho…the pattern is easy peasy for even advance beginner hookers (that’s a crochet term…not your ex-sister-in-law).

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Houston, Now With Less Cancer!

May 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

If you’ve followed along my blog you occasionally may have read about my repeated trips to MD Anderson for my treatment and follow up of a rare form of cancer, Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (yes, even the name sounds shitty).  After radiation 2 years ago, I have remained “disease free,” not that it won’t return but currently I have the all clear to live it up.

I’ve gone every 4 months for a year and a half and this past week we began our trek again.  We actually like LOVE Houston.  My best friend from grade school lives there and we catch up, we shop (some of the best thrift stores happen to be right around MD Anderson), and most importantly we eat really, really well!  This trip – we squeezed in 2 days and did it all and the final outcome of my tests were so good that my doctor has given me the ok to return in 6 months, instead of 4!  We actually sat there, probably to my doctor’s shock, “really, we can come back sooner???”.  We may return before November as my BFF is expecting triplets!  (you may have noticed when I posted my tutorial for crochet preemie hats…that these wee ones were the inspiration).  So, it will be  quite a treat to visit Houston for three new sweet reasons instead of nasty cancer!

Thrifting! This panda bear was only $10 –
sadly he was not allowed to come home with me. I was allowed to snap ONE pic of C & panda

Beck’s Prime is a local Houston chain and
has the most incredible gourmet burgers!
This is a blue cheeseburger with sweet potato fries.

Pensey’s! It’s a staple in my house.
One location exist in Houston (now on the same street as Beck’s).
Best. Spices. Ever.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Downton Abbey in Needlepoint!

May 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Gah!  It’s my cross stitch pattern, Down with Downton Abbey – modified by Elpoo in needlepoint AND a tea cozy!  She even added Lord Grantham with his dog and detailed the castle with a brick stitch.  Bravo!!

And a special thanks to the local news team of Action News 17 and reporter Joan Davis for picking up the story of my flag for the To Boston With Love project.  I hope it inspired a few more flags from my region!  Time is short if you are interested in making and sending a flag – find out more here.  Also, I saw that my flag (the strawberry print heart) made it to Boston and is being prepped with other amazing flags for the show this Memorial Day!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Spring Blooms and Grumpy Turtles

May 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

We had an amazing weekend; the shop was busy-busy with everyone snapping up last minute Mother’s Day gifts. I finished up the mini-series Top of the Lake on Netflix (anyone else watching – oh my, that WAS good)  Of course, I really just wanted to play outside the whole time, which by Monday (my day off) I finally did!. Most of my time was spent weeding…are there any natural remedies…that work…for weed prevention? Anywho, take a look at my gorgeous flowers! My day lilies are super impressive right now – I actually forgot about the one pictured; what a nice surprise! The rose shown has also been a surprise. I bought it several years ago as Rina Hugo – an intensely pink tea rose. Life happened and my care for it faltered and this delicate antique pink rose popped up in its place. I suspect it may be the root stock. Rina Hugo is a French Rose and this looks like Maidens Blush – also a French rose known for its hardiness. (I actually much prefer this rose than the previous). And what gardening adventure would be complete without a little wildlife. I saved this turtle going to the street; as you can tell – he seems overwhelmed with gratitude!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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