Orange is the New Black Cross Stitch Pattern

August 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s time to celebrate with some Chicken Kiev and a little hooch; because my cross stitch pattern, celebrating new show Orange is the New Black is now complete – stitched, framed and now listed on the usual suspects: Etsy, Craftsy and Meylah (all offer an instant download option, the choice of which venue you prefer is up to you.)

Starting today, to celebrate, I’ve added a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to sweeten the deal.  If you buy the pattern through Etsy now through the end of August, you’ll receive the complete alphabet I created for this project.  I’m kind of enamored with it myself.   It can be used to modify this project but would be fun to use on just about any project.  Sorry this is excluded to my Etsy shop – it’s the only place that allows multiple file downloads.

Also, if you have already ordered the pattern…and some of you have, thank you – you should be able to grab the new file – if not, message me and I’ll forward your copy.  Remember, after August this add on pattern will go away and may not be up for parole for quite a while.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Test Stitching OITNB

August 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

This is happening y’all!  I knew a few episodes into binge watching new series, Orange is the New Black, that I wanted to show my devotion in the best way I know how…cross stitch.  It’s been a while that I’ve been so taken with a show…not since probably seasons one and two of Downton Abbey…that I’ve been so wrapped up in character after character.

I developed the pattern in a couple days (some perks to being in retail during the slowest of slow summer months) and now I’m in the tedious test stitching phase…working out the kinks.  Currently I’m 25+ hours in; I feel like I will be finished by Monday, but I’m giving myself until August 15th for the official launch date.

To celebrate I’m offering a pre-order of the pattern – though you won’t get the pattern until the release date, I will provide you with a materials list so you’re ready on day one!  The pattern will retail for $8.95 and will be available thru my Etsy and Craftsy shops as a downloadable PDF.  If you would like to take advantage of the pre-order, I am offering the pattern for $5.  Woot!  Simply send me a message via nestinteriorsllc [at] yahoo . com and I will hand-process the order via Paypal.

Thanks again for your support of my work!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Looking Fa-BOO-lous

August 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s here!  My latest gingham embroidery or chicken scratch pattern!  Especially designed for Halloween, this batty Boo Y’all can be created with or without the text…giving you more design options.  I personally like it as a stand alone piece, but the bat by itself would be darling as an embellishment to clothing or home goods.  Also, in keeping with the Halloween theme, I selected DMC E940, a glow in the dark embroidery floss…looks white when the lights are on and then after dark ermahgerd!

Whether this is your first time embroidering or you’re an experienced stitcher looking for something new to learn, this will not disappoint you!  The pattern is available thru Etsy and Craftsy as an instant download.  Included in the pattern is detailed information on stitches used, supplies with sources, and helpful hints with photographs.

And if you like this pattern, be sure to check out my fleur de lis chicken scratch embroidery pattern tutorial.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Atlanta Market!

July 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

We’re back from market!

Wow!  It was a great show.  Not a ton of surprises trend wise…it has actually helped me stay above trends by having a strong foothold in the handmade movement and being active in places like Etsy and Craftsy.  What I did see was a renewed enthusiasm from both buyers and vendors – I think everyone is ready to shake off the doldrums of austerity and let loose…a little.   Okay what did seem to be on trend?  Here’s my short list:

  • nautical anything – anchors, stripes, knots, rope – even saw an uptick of mermaid stuff
  • woodland inspired – from cute creatures, to activities of fishing, hunting and camping.  (mushrooms were the big item in this trend and owls continue to thrive)
  • bold geometrics (such as chevrons).  Neon for kids and slightly muted for adult accessories and decor
  • vintage – duh.  reproduction linens, ball jars, anything you’ve seen on Etsy in the last three years.  (the hot trend was to retrofit vintage baskets, ball jars, even cheese graters into light fixtures)
  • handmade-ish knit and felted wool creatures either for children or morphed into home decor/gifts for adults.
  • accessories.  nearly every gift line is dabbling in jewelry.  We found some neat things to mix into the shop.
  • succulents – this doesn’t directly apply to gifts and decor – but they were used in many showrooms.  Look for items such as terrariums or glass orbs to help display customers’ collections.

Now for a little seen and heard…

  • Kurt S. Adler snagged the licensing for a line of Downton Abbey ornaments.  I totally wanted to order but C said no…too many of our customers prefer Duck Dynasty to Downton…so we got this:
  • Also, at Kurt S. Adler, I walked in on a buyer’s total meltdown.  OMG!  They usually have buyers for large stores and apparently none of the true decision makers were in the group.  Drama ensues and someone (some guy) nearly cried…”guys (choking back tears), I just don’t want you to think I’m not pulling my weight!”…”Jeffery, just write a proposal and he will review it” – what what?  Y’all know we’re shopping for Christmas ornaments, right?
  • Magnet Works probably lost my business 4ever.  I’ve been ordering for a while, like years.  I go to their booth, and it was like tumbleweed.  I’m greeted and the specific questions I ask are barely answered…okay, I ask for a catalog so I can look up the answers.  Nice lady grabs one out of a cabinet of 200-300 catalogs.  I’m flipping through it and trying to navigated their booth – which is a hot mess – stuff too high to sort through and a really awkward astroturf/stepping stone path that I kept tripping on.  “Can I just bring this catalog home tonight and give you a written order tomorrow?”  since this was just taking too long.  She asked for a business card and it’s the ONE thing we forgot.  I explain; she scowls.  “No, sorry I can’t”  “Really…I’m going to place an order, a reorder”  “Oh I guess”  Um yeah, retailers/vendors please take note!
  • We got kind of caught up in Building 2’s upper floors of 16 through 18.  It’s a lot of huge showrooms dedicated to rep groups.  So ultimately, millions of little booths…a bit of a headache to navigate.  We ended up finding these super precious items from the Aspen Companies, we found ORE products (a friend and I had had success with them in the past in another venture)…I don’t know if they were exhausted but they had a little trouble identifying their best sellers…eek.  I looked into Sloane Ranger…I’ve been watching them for a while as they have adorable fabrics used throughout their bag collection, its just the zippers are HUGE and the labels…ridiculously huge, like someone driving 50 miles an hour can read it’s a Sloane Ranger bag in detail as you walk along the street.  They had a few modifications in the zippers that I liked but the damn labels!  Then the very twee sales girl shows me a case of jewelry (see everyone is into accessories)…and she picks up these very twee anchor charms and seems mesmerized in their tiny, special, twee-ness and I don’t even know what else, picking up each one and then repeating in the same order – saying little but how tiny and special they were. Everything was telling me “abort, abort”…I ask what the minimum is and she says $500 – uh bye.
  • I fell in love in the back room at Raz.  Well, with their closeouts. How long has everyone known about this???  Some of the case lots were ridiculously large (not as large as Sloane Ranger tags…but almost).  As one lady shopping next to me put it when she couldn’t touch the case lots offered on most items  “My husssbannd sez wer smaall potatoes”  and yeah, I guess I am too.  But I got some fabulous finds and a good price I can pass on to my customers.
  • We made into the Market Buyers Club…Oh yai!  The Buyer’s Guide detailed that based on our past attendance we now had access to two specialty lounges – ooh la la.  However, they were never on an actual floor where you would possibly want to shop.  Oh well, we were excited with the extra little mention on our badges…like we were big small potatoes, or something. 

I hope to get back a bit more often in the next couple years.  The trip actually confirmed for me that I’m still offering something of value to my customers and community.

So keep your eye on our main website for all the new market finds!

***not all pics are mine; each is linked back to their respective home on instagram.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Christmas in July

July 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

image courtesy of the Ponchatoula Chamber

This weekend we’re celebrating Christmas in July in both my tiny town of Ponchatoula and my shop, Nest Interiors.  The idea is to get a head start on holiday shopping…uh whatever, right?  No one will question if you totally decide to splurge and treat yourself.  We’ll still have you covered last minute for the holidays…so, you might as well go for it as no one will remember you like tiny embroidery scissors that look like a stork, or honey scented bath bombs, or even a little rubber duck with devil horns?

The entire shop is 15% off including sale items (excluding our silver monogram line of jewelry).  Can’t make it – that’s ok,  the website is open and the discount is yours through Sunday – just enter HOHOHOT at checkout.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Friday Featured Fabric

July 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ready for a little Christmas in July?  How about this beautiful collection from Moda designed by French General?  New for this holiday season, Esprit de Noel; reminiscent of a French Christmas (though these are gorgeous enough to stand alone in any season).  I’ve offered up a tiny bit in my Etsy shop; chunks of charming fat eighths.  Plenty enough for small projects to begin the holiday season.

Right now for a limited time, these sweet fabrics are shipping FREE!

Back in stock:


–Lisa LeBlanc

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Tote-ally Awesome…

July 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

My goal this Summer has been to mercilessly work though my stash of fabric, yarn, and blanks and make them into useable and sell-able items for the shop.  So far, so good!  I dug out a brand new package of canvas totes from, ahem, 2009!  Gah…those babies were silk-screened in a blink of an eye. 

silk screened in an over-sized pink neon fleur de lis, these tote bags are just tremendous!  A great carry-all for a trip to the market, library, the pool…check out just how big these bags are:

This is a limited edition (don’t wait – it took me 4 years just to do this!  HA!) and each sells for right under $10!  Woot!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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