Title Sponsor: Riley Blake

In the early stages of planning for The Handmade Nest, we knew we needed to get our hands on fabric.  So what did we do?  We contacted the BEST of The BEST: Riley Blake.

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Riley Blake Designs colorful fabrics that include cottons, flannels, sparkle cottons, organic cotton, knits, dreamy, and laminates in a range of designer and basic prints.  Their coordinating “Sew Together” line consists of a bevy of complementary buttons, ric-rac, ribbons and lace, project kits and panels, zippers by the yard, and crocheted flowers. 

Their fabric reflects an elegant feel for color, vibrant but with restraint, resulting in versatile prints for quilting, clothing, or home décor. 

Riley Blake Designs sells through independent retailers and quilt shops in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia.

It’s SO easy to fall in LOVE with their colorful prints!

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And if you hop over to their blog, you can catch how they are sewing up this yummy fabric into all sorts of  of cool things!

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If you are a Lover of Fabric, make sure to Follow  along with them on all of the Social Media Channels!

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We were thrilled to have them on board as a Title Sponsor for The Handmade Nest.

They were so incredibly Generous and it wouldn’t have been the same without them!

Title Sponsor: Petite Party Studio

When we think of a party these girls come to mind first: the amazing duo from Petite Party Studio!

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Rebecca & Shannon own the cutest party shop in downtown Gilbert, AZ – they also have an amazing Online Shop for those of you who aren’t lucky enough to visit their store in person.

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This is the second event we’ve been lucky enough to have the Petite Party Studio girls be a part of. Once again they blew us away with their beautiful dessert table. They created these adorable prints, adorned the dessert table with amazing fringe garlands, giant balloons, and filled the table with amazing treats from our favorite bakery Inspired Sugar.

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When you visit the Petite Party Studio in person or in their online store you will find adorable and unique party decor for any occasion.


Kelli & Rebecca both recently purchased the giant 36″ balloons to celebrate the last day of school and Welcome to Summer with their kiddos. If you follow them on Instagram you may have seen it.

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Rebecca & Shannon also have an amazing blog filled with great design tips and home decor, as well as fabulous parties.

Check out this DIY Ikea Rast Makeover.


Check out these great design ideas for a foyer.

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These girls do it all, and always look fabulous doing it! We hope you will stop by the shop & blog and tell Rebecca & Shannon hello! Be sure to tell them The Handmade Nest sent you! And don’t forget to follow them on social media to stay up to date on all their sales, latest party decor, and designs!

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Title Sponsor: Cricut

Today we are thrilled to share another one of our amazing Title Sponsors with you.

It was an honor to have Cricut be a sponsor of our 2014 Handmade Nest event. They were such a generous sponsor providing everything we needed to help make our night of crafting a success.

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Cricut has been a huge player in the crafting world for many years. Their cutting machines have been a staple in most craft rooms. This year they stepped up their game and blew us away with their latest product! The Cricut Explore cutting machine. Let us just tell you that this new machine blows every other machine out of the water!

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The Cricut Explore design and cut system features Cut Smart technology. What does this mean? Well simply put, it does most of the work for you! You can create DIY projects within a matter of minutes just by browsing their ready to make projects in Cricut Design Space, the free online software for the machine. They have tons to offer for home decor, parties, card making, scrapbooking, fashion, and much more.

No need to mess with complicated material settings, the machine does it for you. With a simple turn of the Smart Set dial you are ready to cut almost any material. There is even the ability to create custom settings for different material types. Some of the fun materials that can be cut: Paper, Vinyl, Cardstock, Fabric, Poster Board, Acetate, Balsa Wood, Thin Metal Sheets, Felt, and much more…did I forget to mention that it can even cut Leather!

There is no need for cartridges anymore with this new machine, but don’t worry…if you’ve previously purchased cartridges you can upload them all to this machine software and never have to touch them again. They will be saved forever in your account and you can access them anytime. Plus with a library with access to thousands of digital images for as low as $0.99 each you will never run out of things to create. You can also upload and cut any .svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, and .dxf file absolutely free!

Besides offering customers great crafting machines, Cricut offers quality supplies in their Shop. From vinyl – cardstock – paper trimmers – blades – tools to quality cutting mats.

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During our event we were able to make one lucky crafters night and give away one of the Cricut Cuttlebugs & over $150 in embossing folders. These darling machines are so much fun. If your looking for a great gift idea this is it. Check out that amazing gold Anna Griffin Edition Cuttlebug embosser & die cut set!

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Title Sponsor: Wood Connection

We were beyond thrilled to have The Wood Connection be a part of our event for the second time. We just love the entire their entire team, they are such an awesome group to work with and are always so generous. Rebecca had the opportunity to make it in to one of their stores in January and fell in love with everything in the store. Unfortunately she only had a small carry-on to bring back a few goodies, otherwise I would have bought so much more!

When you visit The Wood Connection you will find quality Handcrafted Furniture & Craft Products. They have so many amazing products to choose from, whether you shop in store or online.

woodco2 (2)With tons of great unfinished wood products you are sure to find something. Looking for something holiday or seasonal? They’ve got you covered. Check out all these fun seasonal crafts they offer.

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If you can’t make it to a class no worries, they let you purchase the whole craft kit. How cute is this Slat USA Sign?! It is perfect for the upcoming summer holidays. If you live near a local store in UT, they are still offering classes for this craft.

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To stay up to date on all the latest sales, happenings, and craft ideas from The Wood Connection be sure you are following them on social media!

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Title Sponsor: Inspired Sugar

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It’s time for us to highlight another one of our fantastic Title Sponsors! Like we’ve said before and we’ll say it again, our sponsors are truly what makes The Handmade Nest such a premiere event. Today’s sponsor, Inspired Sugar, hit it out of the ball park with their deliciously yummy cupcakes and cake pops they provided for us to devour!inspired_sugar 1In case you haven’t happened to hear of the awesomeness that is Inspired Sugar yet, we are so glad to introduce you! This Phoenix-based business is comprised of Breanna and Bonnie. Aren’t they the cutest?!

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As Breanna says: The Celebration of Cakes cake (below) is extra special because while we had been friends through a local cake club, doing the competition at the mall was where Inspired Sugar was born (Inspired Occasions + Sugar Dreams = Inspired Sugar).  We have been best buds and partners ever since!

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Not only are they able to create dazzling custom cakes to match any theme or style you’re working on, but they can also make your other bakery wishes come true! We’ve been able to witness and taste their cookies and cake pops as well and everything is always super delicious. We’ve never met a goodie from them that we didn’t like!

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Inspired Sugar was also featured in a photo shoot for Vera Bradley. If that doesn’t offer up some street cred, we’re not sure what does!

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If you’d like to follow Inspired Sugar, you can find them in the following places:




Title Sponsor: Sassy Steals

The Handmade Nest is thrilled to brag about one of our Fabulous Title Sponsors. I mean without them, we just couldn’t do ALL the fun things we do at The Handmade Nest!

Today we want to tell you about Sassy Steals.

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It is your one stop spot for Daily Deals on Trendy Women’s Jewelry and SO MUCH more! They were VERY generous with their Sponsorship and couldn’t have been more of a delight to work with. If you LOVE a good bargain, make sure you follow along with them to make sure you don’t miss a STEAL!

Here are some of our favorites that they have recently featured:

If you ask us, everyone needs one of these cute striped nautical tanks this Summer!


Or how about a Dramatic Statement Necklace like this one!?


Or how perfectly perfect is this USA Pallet Sign!?


Now, some of these deals go quick, so make sure to visit often, and follow their BLOG here so you Don’t Miss a Thing!

Handmade Nest 2014: A Recap

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It’s so hard to believe that another Handmade Nest has come and gone already, but we had such a blast that we wanted to share a little recap with all of the super fun details!

This time around, our event was held at The DenMar Estate in Mesa, AZ. It is a gorgeous facility perfect for not only our craft event, but for weddings and parties of all sizes.

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All of our sponsors were so incredibly generous to our attendees and each lady who came walked away with a swag bag chock full of goodies.

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See what we mean?! With scissors and tape runners from Scotch, wreaths from FloraCraft, fabric from Riley Blake, flair from The Glitter Revival, cookies from Lemon Bliss Bakery, a print from The Diary of Dave’s Wife, more goodies from Elmer’s, Consumer Crafts, Cricut, My Mind’s Eye, and Shop 24, plus a super adorable gold custom necklace handmade by our very own Rebecca! Score!

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An event wouldn’t be complete without an amazing dessert set up and the girls from Petite Party Studio knocked it out of the park again. With the giant balloons, fringe garland, and the sweetest prints, they created a gorgeous display that set a beautiful stage for the delicious treats.

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Speaking of delicious treats, can we just stop for a second and chat about the cupcakes and cake pops shared by Inspired Sugar? The chocolate snickerdoodle cupcakes and red velvet cake pops were seriously amazing. The four of us at The Handmade Nest are still drooling over the yumminess!

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Breanna and Bonnie of Inspired Sugar

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We at The Handmade Nest pride ourselves on making sure that a good amount of our attendees walk away with some fantastic prizes. Our giveaway table was packed with prizes from so many of our sponsors and were a serious highlight of the night.

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If you are an Arizona or Utah native, you *have* to look up Waffle Love. They were able to park their truck at The DenMar Estate while we were there and their waffles are mouth-watering, no joke!

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Finally, let’s chat about why we were all really at The Handmade Nest: the crafts!

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Women from all over Arizona (Tucson included!), were able to congregate and craft together — kid free, we might add — for a night. We at The Handmade Nest whole-heartedly believe that it’s important for women to get out and meet others with common interests, crafting in our case.

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Plus, isn’t it refreshing to be able to go home at the end of the night with a completed project, ready for display in your home?

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We want to thank every one of our attendees and sponsors for making our second Handmade Nest event such a success!

All images in this post are courtesy of Lauren Jean Photography. Check her out!

The Handmade Nest is Back!

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We at The Handmade Nest are positively beside ourselves today as we announce the next date for the popular craft night we host!

Without further adieu, we are pleased to announce that our next event will be:

Friday, May 9, 2014

7pm to 10pm

at The DenMar Estates

2600 E. Southern

Mesa, AZ  85204

Tickets will remain the same price as the last time: $15 per person. This will include delicious treats, lots of giveaways, and a swag bag that we’re filling with some pretty awesome gifts.

We’ve also put together a few different craft kits that you’ll be able to purchase to work on while at The Handmade Nest. Hopefully you find one (or more!) that you’d like to create for yourself!

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Home State Board – $25

Giraffe Silhouette from The Handmade Nest

Giraffe Silhouette Board – $25

(Giraffe available in coral, grey, or turquoise)

Fox Silhouette from The Handmade Nest

Fox Silhouette Board – $25

(Fox available in coral, grey, or turquoise)

Deer Silhouette from The Handmade Nest

Deer Silhouette Board – $25

(Deer available in coral, grey, or turquoise)

Painted Mason Jars with Coral Poms from The Handmade Nest

Distressed Ball Jar with Coral, Mint, and White Yarn Poms – $15

Painted Mason Jars with Mustard Poms from The Handmade Nest

Distressed Ball Jar with Yellow, Turquoise, and White Yarn Poms – $15

Chalkboard Banner Panels from The Handmade Nest

Chalkboard Pennant Banner – $15

Now you’re probably asking yourself: how and when can I get my tickets?! Tickets and craft kits will go on sale bright and early at 8am Wednesday, April 9th and as much as we’d absolutely adore to have everyone and their mom attend, we just don’t have the space available. Tickets and craft kits will be limited, so don’t wait to get yours!

Now for the fine print: Transfers of tickets will be allowed until April 25. After that date no transfers will be allowed. No refunds will be issued for tickets or craft kits purchased.

Title Sponsor: Inspired Sugar

In Spetember, we hosted our first The Handmade Nest event and to say we were completely blown away with the talents of Inspired Sugar would be an understatement.  The two beautiful ladies behind Inspired Sugar, Bonnie Adams and Breanna Kealey, are beyond amazing when it comes to their sugar talents and knocked all of the cakes out of the park!

They create one of a kind sweets for all events, specializing in Wedding Cakes, Specialty Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes and Cake Pops.  The cakes they created for The Handmade Nest were incredible.  They came up with the idea of creating a cake bar, which was perfect.  When Bonnie and Breanna walked in carrying these beautiful cakes we immediately in love.  Especially when we saw the cake with our logo on it. I mean, who wouldn’t?!?

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We had so many compliments and comments about the cakes from Inspired Sugar, everyone LOVED the cakes.  They made brilliant flavor choices for our event, a banana cake with chocolate buttercream filling – vanilla cake with a raspberry preserve filling – and a pumpkin chocolate chip cake.  I’m still thinking about that vanilla cake with the raspberry preserve filling!
We highly suggest if you are looking for an amazing sugar confection to contact Inspired Sugar.  Whether it’s for your wedding or just a special occasion, you will not be disappointed!  Here are some of their other fabulous creations.  I am in love with all the work these very talented ladies do.
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The Handmade Nest: A Recap

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Ladies. Ladies.

We cannot even begin to express our heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of you that helped to make our very first craft night a smashing success. When we considered putting together an event of this magnitude months ago, we were seriously nervous that no one was going to show up. We had many conversations, planning meetings, brainstorming sessions, trips to multiple craft and home improvement stores, all with fingers crossed that we’d put something together that YOU would enjoy and find value in.

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{All photos in this post courtesy of Mary Ann Perry of Cherish Everyday}

We were blown away when 140 women came together last Friday to craft, create, and support each other and we could not be happier. 

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Of course, none of this would be possible without our generous and amazing sponsors. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read our posts about The Wood Connection, Vintage Rose Wraps, The Ribbon Retreat, or our Giveaway Sponsors, please make sure to do that and send them some Handmade Nest love.

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Each lucky lady that attended received a Vintage Rose Wrap and a custom necklace courtesy of the Crafted Sparrow. It’s our goal to give each attendee a new charm to add to their necklace for each event, a Handmade Nest charm necklace of memories, if you will.

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The craft kits were a popular item and we loved getting to package them up in all of their lacy cuteness. If you missed out on getting your own craft kit or don’t live in the Phoenix area, stay tuned because we’ll be announcing some exciting news concerning those kits within the next week. ;)

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Giveaways are always a popular part of any event and this one didn’t disappoint. We were able to give away over 40 prizes!

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One of our favorite parts of the entire night was the fantastic cake bar put together by Petite Party Studio and Inspired Sugar. Gorgeous and delicious; what more could we ask for?

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We were in awe when the Inspired Sugar ladies walked in with a cake that had our logo on it and it just got better when we realized that it was a pumpkin chocolate chip cake that was to. die. for. Trust me on this one!

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We had so much fun getting to interact and craft with some of the most amazing ladies in the Phoenix area. This definitely won’t be the last event we’ll be holding so keep checking back here and on our Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay in the loop!