{The Nest Buys} Want to make shopping for little ones just a little bit easier?

Do you have a little one’s birthday coming up? or perhaps a christening or other celebration? Are you running a little late on time and/or ideas?

Then I may have found your saviour. The clever team at Nell and Oll have done all the hard work for you.

They categorise their products so you can buy all-in-one gifts depending on price and occasion!

Here are some examples of their 1st birthday collections:

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Or for the boys:

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For your little superhero:

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Or for your princess:

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Happy shopping Nesters!

{Do this} It’s Millthorpe time baby..

Twice a year the coolest locally made products come together for one brilliant and fun day.

The Millthorpe Markets are here again!milthorpe

This Sunday 6 April 2014 the showground at Millthorpe transforms into a shopping addicts heaven.

Showcasing so many different stallholders it really is worth the trip!

Plus it is a lovely Sunday drive in the country (that actually only takes like 25 minutes from Bathurst so if the baby-birdies are being brats its not that far!!).

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Make sure you stop and say hi to a friend of The Central Nest, the gorgeous Laura from The Button Jar.

Happy shopping Nesters!

{Locally found} Bianca Villa in Lithgow is where you should be..

Do yourself a favour and run (don’t walk!) into the gorgeous treasure trove that is Bianca Villa in Lithgow.

Located in Main Street, Lithgow they have wonderful pieces that will make your house feel more like a home and simply just make your heart sing.

Pretty. Practical. Perfect.

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I am personally lusting over the metal lockers. LOVE!

Happy shopping Nesters!

{Firefly Soy Candles} Let the Firefly spark your senses

‘The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes that had left the conscious mind’ – Thalassa Cruso

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Firefly Soy Candles are Australian made, in our little nest of Bathurst in fact.

They are delicious, aromatic soy candles that can liven up your home. Firefly create triple-scented earth friendly candles that will light up your space.

Bondi is my personal favourite, it takes me to beaches past and holidays to come.

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Please support local (especially in cases like this when their products are more superior!)

You can purchase Firefly Soy Candles online or if you prefer touchy-feely-in-person-before-buying they are stocked at Studio HM – 9b Pym Street in Millthorpe.

Also, Firefly are often at Milthorpe Markets and the Bathurst Artisan Markets! Well worth scouting out for that gorgeous gift (to yourself-from yourself)!

Happy senses Nesters!

{Summer Hazards} Here’s a survival guide for you

Okay, everyone knows that summer is pretty much the bees knees time of the year. Coronas are cold. Daylight savings is here. Beach towels get a reprieve from the corner back of the linen closet.

Image Source: Michael Rayner

Image Source: Michael Rayner

What happens though when summer is a little bit mean? Some stuff happens in summer that you are unlikely to have happen at other times of the year. Do you know what to do if you are caught in a rip? Do you know exactly what to do if bitten by a spider? Me neither.

So the fabulous peeps at Essential Baby have throw together a survival list of sorts ranging from being stuck in a lift to being burnt in a campfire.

You’re welcome. Now please stay safe this summer Nesters.

P.S If you don’t slip, slop, slap properly I personally promise to slap your sunburn.

{Prizeapolooza} Sassy Little sistas should be on Santa’s list..

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While we usually focus on local businesses during the Christmas Prizeapolooza Sassy Little Sistas is the worthy exception!PicsArt

Owned and operated by the very talented Tanya from Leeville in Northern NSW (see: more country than city) Sassy Sistas is a wonderful place filled with great design, clever workmanship and fabulous style (plus her sister lives in Bathurst so we will accept her as a local anyway!)

While I am lucky to make a peanut butter sandwich, Tanya is delicately creating all types of gifts and clothing for the little birdies in your life. photo-3

Tanya has taken her lifelong love of sewing for family and friends and turned it into her very own business. While she studied textiles and design in school she is a self-taught handmaiden! photo

Sassy Little Sistas came about after Tanya found that she was unable to locate good quality, unique items for her own children and as a result identified a market for her own high quality, handmade items.

Tanya prides herself on quality workmanship, rather than quantity. Only using the highest quality materials and her very broad skillset she creates fabulous designs that you are unable to find anywhere else.

You can contact Sassy Little Sistas either by email or Facebook:

Email:sassylittlesistas@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sassylittlesistas

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The gorgeous Tanya has jumped on board the Prizeapolooza train and is offering a $40.00 voucher to one very lucky winner. You can choose from rompers, or skirts, ipad covers to dresses or whatever you like! To be a winner all you have to do is ‘like’ Sassy Little Sistas’ Facebook page as well as The Central Nest on Facebook! – Easy!

Happy winning Nesters!

{Prizeapolooza} Need some sweetening up this Christmas?

You are either a naturally gifted baker… or you are me. Katrina Tobin is a superstar of the first variety!christmas photoshop small copy

Katrina is a qualified chef who started her business while at home also looking after her three children! She has been making speciality cakes for all occasions for the people of the Central West since 2012.

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Cakes by Katrina are not only wonderful to look at, they also back up their appearance with a delicious taste. Your tastebuds will dance once you try one of her cakes (I can personally attend to that!)

Prior to Katrina’s entry into the marketplace, Bathurst did not have a wide variety of cake suppliers who were actually able to deliver awesome handmade-hand-decorated cakes at a reasonable price!

All products are individually designed and tailored specifically to your needs – and the best bit…the absolute magnitude of flavour choices to choose from!

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So whenever the need for cakes, cupcakes, biscuits or cake pops strikes (for example every Wednesday at 3.17pm in my office) Katrina is the person who should be on your speed dial!photo 1

You now have an answer for your wedding, engagement or christening cakes! She also offers novelty cakes, cake toppers and the best birthday cakes you have ever seen!

You can contact Cakes by Katrina as follows:

Phone: 0438 442 028

Email: cakesbykatrinatobin@hotmail.com

Website: Coming SOON!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cakesbykatrinatobin

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Cakes by Katrina are baking their way into your heart by offering one very special Nester the chance to take home their very own handmade, scrumptious chocolate mud Christmas cake this year (valued at approximately $70.00!) Imagine how much that would impress the in-laws (or out-laws as my hubby-bird calls them!) For your chance to win all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Cakes by Katrina’s Facebook page and be a ‘liker’ of The Central Nest!

{Prizeapolooza} Elin’s Emporium for all the little princesses in your life..

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It isn’t very often that you stumble upon someone you like straight away and I have to say from the moment I started speaking with Rebecca from Elin’s Emporium I felt that way.

elins logoNot only is she an extremely talented designer of all things perfect for the little birdies in your life but she is also extremely friendly and approachable.  Rebecca Baker2

Rebecca is responsible for creating handmade children’s dolls, softies, clothing & accessories that are all crafted from 100% high quality/designer cotton fabrics.

Starting from humble beginnings, she began sewing after the birth of her first daughter who was born with chronic eczema. Rebecca found that finding cotton clothing to fit her was tough! So, she began sewing gorgeous little clothes for her new little one.

Eventually, her family and friends realised how talented she was and encouraged her to begin her own line of children’s clothing and accessories. As a result Elin’s Emporium was created in December 2010.  dolls

The thing that sets Elin’s Emporium apart from the rest, is the quality of the items produced. All items are handmade personally by Rebecca. She has an eye for details and admits to being quite a perfectionist. She has a fairly simple motto which she follows strictly ‘If something isn’t perfect, I won’t sell it’. 

Further, all of the fabrics she selects are high quality/designer fabrics, purchased both from her local quilting store and from other reputable sources online. She refuses to use cotton fabrics from chain stores and the like as their quality is lacking and they fade very quickly.
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All items are pre-washed in sensitive laundry detergent to clean and prevent colour run. She also uses double stitching and tumble dries the fabric to prevent shrinking, all for your convenience.

Rebecca is so aware of how important superior and safe products are. Her own children suffer from allergies so quality, health and safety are the cornerstone of the her business.

The gorgeous dolls that she creates are stuffed with corn fibre which hold a low flammability rating. Plus they are also hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial.

The promise from Elin’s Emporium is that with every purchase you are guaranteed a high quality product which has been made locally, with love and attention to detail (plus it has the loving approval of her three beautiful daughters!)

I can personally attest to how beautiful Rebecca’s designs are as my toddler-bird owns one of her beautiful cotton dresses. It is an absolute favourite in my little princess’ wardrobe.

You can contact Elin’s Emporium as follows:

Email:  elinsemporium@gmail.com

Website:   www.madeit.com.au/ElinsEmporium

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ElinsEmporium

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Elin’s Emporium are giving away to one very lucky Nester one of her highly sought after Ginny Dolls. These beautiful dolls measure in at approximately 15cm or 6″ tall and are cute as a button! All you have to do in order to be in the running to welcome your very own ‘Ginny’ is to be a ‘liker’ of The Central Nest’s Facebook page and Elin’s Emporium’s Facebook page and ‘like’ the original post – Winning!

Good Luck Nesters!

{Christmas} Sugar and spice and all things nice that’s what little girls are made of (and want)

Christmas time is beautiful and wonderful and sparkly. Much like little girls.

Here at the Central Nest we love finding new and interesting gifts and today we are buying for little girls!

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 Happy shopping Nesters!

{Design} Press me some Tin

A local company is leading the pack. Located on Vale Road in Bathurst Pressed Tin Panels are offering some superb design choices.

Better still, the company is a local family run business (and that makes our hearts smile).

Our favourite pick is the DYI Bedhead packs! They are $250.00 and are a gorgeous way to update your sleeping space.

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How simply beautiful is this bedhead!

You can find more information about the wide range of products that the team at Pressed Tin Panels can help you with at their website: http://www.pressedtinpanels.com/

Lets shop local Nesters! (Plus I don’t think you will get anything more beautiful anywhere else!)