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!

Title Sponsor: Vintage Rose Wraps

We at The Handmade Nest worked hard to make sure that EVERY detail of our first event was nothing short of ridiculously fantastic! You’ve seen the amazing crafts and we have been sharing with you a few of our generous title sponsors.

Today I’m thrilled to have another title sponsor to brag about!

Vintage Rose Wraps

The two amazing Sisters behind Vintage Rose Wraps, Katie and Ginny, make some pretty dang cute accessories including headbands, belts, leather cuffs, and more!

It only takes wearing a Vintage Rose Wrap once and you’ll see why these fun and flirty numbers become a must for anyone’s wardrobe. These shabby and chic wraps come in all colors of the rainbow, and add just the right flair to any outfit–to make you feel vintag-y, yet fresh… hip, yet humble. The best part about them is you hardly know it’s there when wearing one. The soft, cotton fabric and easy tie makes wearing them absolutely effortless.  Did you know that these that have been spotted on Women across the U.S. including Celebrities?!?




We ARE THRILLED that they were such a part of our Night, and have been VERY Generous!  If you can’t wait to get your hands on one until then, make sure you head over to their shop and check all the different options they have available.

The Handmade Nest: Giveaway Sponsors

We are here sharing the amazing sponsors that made our 40+ giveaways at The Handmade Nest possible!


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Over the last few weeks we have been sharing with you all about some of generous title sponsors, but today’s sponsors are all the awesome businesses that donated items to be given away. Without them, none of this would be possible.

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 Thanks you again to our sponsors!

If you’re sad that you missed The Handmade Nest and want to make sure you’re in the loop for details on our next event (Yes! There will be another one!), make sure to follow The Handmade Nest on Facebook and Instagram!

A Craft Kit Update

We have some super exciting news about the craft kits coming later this week and if you’re one of those that wishes you could get one, but weren’t able to attend The Handmade Nest craft night this past Friday night, this news will be for you! Make sure to keep checking back for the exciting announcement!


On a related note, we totally understand that circumstances beyond your control may come up and you may have already purchased a craft kit that you weren’t able to pick up on Friday evening. If this is the case, you have the next 48 hours (until Wednesday at noon) to email Kristy {at} thehandmadenest {dot} net to set up a time for you to pick up your kit. After that time, your craft kit will be forfeited.

Thanks for understanding!

The Handmade Nest Title Sponsor: The Wood Connection

We are absolutely excited to share another of our fantastic Title Sponsors for The Handmade Nest: The Wood Connection!  The Wood Connection has been super generous with their sponsorship and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with this awesome company. You’ll for sure want to read all the way through because there just might be a fun giveaway at the end… ;)
At The Wood Connection you can find Quality Handcrafted Furniture & Craft products.  With tons of great unfinished wood products for crafting your bound to find one, two, okay let’s face it…a ton of things to buy. Check out their amazing unfinished frame choices, these frames are so popular and can be used in so many ways.  The frames are available in sizes 5 x 7, 8 x 10, and 11 x 14.
You can also find a huge selection of Holiday & Seasonal decor.  Perfect for Holiday crafting to keep or to give as gifts.  Check out all these fun projects.
You can also find wood Monogram Letters & Numbers, plus many more projects and ideas.  How cute would some of these things be for gift giving this Christmas?!
Do you remember me mentioning furniture too?!  Well I did.  The Wood Connection has a furniture store, you can see all their wonderful products HERE.  You can either purchase unfinished or finished furniture, which means you can also custom order your furniture finishes!  They offer something for every room in the house.
At The Wood Connection they really try to put their heart and soul into their product.  That is evident, even with their customer service…they have been so kind and thoughtful in supporting our event.  We love them, and hope you will show them some love too!
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Now for some extra exciting news!  We are giving away tickets to 3 lucky winners, you will win a ticket for you and a friend to come to the event.  Please read the attached terms and conditions before entering. Good luck!

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The Handmade Nest Title Sponsor: The Ribbon Retreat

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With The Handmade Nest quickly approaching (we’re talking less than three weeks here!), we needed to take a minute or five to share the super amazing sponsors that are helping to make this event a reality. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting our five generous title sponsors and the many giveaway sponsors so that you can see who has been contributing to the awesomeness that will be our very first craft night! We’d absolutely adore for you to visit and leave them some love!

Up first: The Ribbon Retreat!

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At The Ribbon Retreat, they carry the highest quality grosgrain, sheers, wired, jacquard, double ruffle ribbons, and more!  Their products are perfect for Weddings, Gift Wrapping, Scrapbooking, Embellishing Clothing, Hair Bows, Belts, Floral Arrangements, Packaging, and any other crafting need.

Of course, The Ribbon Retreat is known for their fantastic selection of ribbons. You’re able to find a huge range of ribbons, from basic and plain to patterned and specialty fabrics.


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But The Ribbon Retreat is far more than just ribbons. You’ll also find oodles of embellishments, elastics, and crafting notions, plus they have an entire section dedicated hair bow tutorials with videos to boot. It really can’t get any easier!


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My current personal fave section of The Ribbon Retreat is their fabric section. They carry some of the yummiest lines from Riley Blake, Anna Griffin, and Amy Butler plus a huge selection of minky and licensed fabrics.


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To cap it all off, The Ribbon Retreat also has a blog where they regularly have some of the most fabulous bloggers from across the internet post tutorials for projects that you can recreate at home. I mean, who doesn’t love awesome projects with step-by-step how-to’s?


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If you haven’t already, make sure to head on over to The Ribbon Retreat to check out all of the goodies they have to offer!

Giveaways and Ways to Improve Your Odds

Okay y’all.

We are SO stinkin’ excited for all of the amazing gifts that we have to give away the night of The Handmade Nest. We’ve partnered with both national and local companies to bring you some of the best craft supplies, craft tools, and machines available on the market and at the rate we’re racking the goodies in, nearly half of the people who attend will walk away with something extra. Suh-weet, right?!?

If you haven’t stopped by yet, you should check out the Sponsors page on our site. As we add new sponsors and new giveaway items, we’ll be updating the page with the logos so you can get as excited as we are with whose participating!

Now, the title of this post says Ways to Improve Your Odds and now is where it gets extra exciting!

Just for purchasing a ticket to The Handmade Nest, you automatically get a raffle ticket. Easy peasy.

Now is the fun part: you also get an extra raffle ticket for EACH craft you purchase. Yup, you read that right. You get an extra raffle ticket for each craft kit you buy! So let’s say you purchase the NEST boards and the Map & Burlap Banner kits. That means you end up with two extra tickets for a total of three raffle tickets. Hello, better odds!

Make sure to keep checking back at The Handmade Nest for more juicy details and serious sponsor announcements. We can’t wait to see you on September 13!

It’s Official!

The Handmade Nest is happening and we are thrilled to be deep in the planning stages of our very first event!
Meet the Team:
Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow
Kelli from Lolly Jane
What is The Handmade Nest?
An event created to focus on a night of crafting & networking for local bloggers and women in Arizona.
When, Where, & What?
Our first event will be Friday September 13th, from 7-10pm.  Our first event will be held in the East Valley at the Power Ranch Barn.  You will need to purchase an admission ticket in advance, then you can choose to purchase a craft for the evenings event from the 4 available craft kits we have listed.
 You will come, have fun, network, craft, and have an amazing time!  Plus there will be some amazing giveaways from some pretty awesome sponsors!
Here are just a few of the sponsors for the event:
There are many more sponsors that we are thrilled to have be a part of our fun night that we will announce soon.
For more information on purchasing your tickets now, go HERE!
Space & Tickets are limited, so hurry and get your ticket while they are available.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for The Handmade Nest go HERE.
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We are so excited and looking forward to seeing all of you for this amazing night!  
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