{The Nest Loves} 12 things I couldn’t live without – Spring 16 Edit

These are a few of my favourite things as we head into Spring 2016.

  1. Ronda Rousey – My Fight Your Fightrousey-book

This book has been a great companion of mine as we pop through into Spring. An easy reading, yet surprisingly inspirational read about one of the fiercest woman in the world. You can grab a copy from Booktopia.

2. Celine Shadow Sunglasses celine

Love is these sunglasses. They are fantastic this time of the year as they are not too dark unlike a few of my other pairs. Definitely an investment worth having.

3. Thermomix thermo

Once the spring fruit starts sprouting I love using the thermo to make jams and marmalades. Waste not want not and all that.

4. CR Mug cr-mug

Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Spring, summer, winter, autumn I need it for them all. Get yours from Country Road.

5. Samsung S7 Edge s7

I am never far from my phone it is my camera, my watch, my distraction, my calendar and above all it’s just mine.

6. ViraproX Lip Care viraprox

I tried this recently as a sample and since then have become a solid convert. It moisturises without being sticky and helps keep away bloody pesky cold sores. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

7. Fresh Flowersflowers

These really are the simplest way to make your days happier. I love nothing more than spying a bunch of brightly coloured petals standing tall in the middle of the dining table. If you can’t be outside, bring the outside in! We loves these gorgeous posies from Vanessa Pringle Floral Designs

8. Bad sheets give me the shits cool-gret

Waking up in good sheets makes for better days. Trust me on that. Good sheets are worth their weight (x a bazillion) in gold. I am currently lusting after the cool grey linen sheets from the team at  InBed

9. Australian House & Garden house

My not so secret indulgence is losing myself in the beautifully curated pages of this magazine with a cup of tea and a strict do not disturb mummy policy for an hour at a time. I always come away afterwards feeling inspired and happy.

10. Clinique Moisture Surge Intense cream clinique

Makes your face prettier and stuff. Especially after all the artificial heating in winter.

11. Tiffany & Co Coin Purse coin-purse

I was given this beautiful little gift a few years ago by some gorgeous girlfriends of mine. I love pulling it out about this time every year because it fits so perfectly in my little handbag that can just be swung over my shoulder in a summer dress. Easy Breezy.

12. My Kikki-K Plannerkikki-k

This is literally the only thing that keeps my days ticking over and me not crumbling into a sad sack of shakiness in the corner. All my information in one stop. Job Done. Get yours from Kikki-k today.

What are your faves?

{Christmas Prizeapolooza} Words Etc says it best..

One of our favourite new lusts is Words Etc.

Run by the fantastic Jacqui Greig from Forbes (and online!) she offers custom design services for all your invitation, stationary and print needs!Forever always

Words Etc has been running for just over 12 months and is becoming a real frontrunner in the graphic design environment. thanks

I think what makes Jacqui different is that she is so incredibly passionate about good design, and will go above and beyond to ensure the end product matches the client’s vision perfectly. She genuinely loves nothing more than the challenge of finding an exact font, or deciding on the right colour shade to make someone happy. She says it is the small details that really make the difference.rabbit

Jacqui is a journalist by trade, not a graphic designer, and it is this that gives her an advantage in working with clients. She says it allows her and her clients to understand each other without ‘graphic-design-mumbo-jumbo-designer-language’.

Words Etc is growing all the time and 2015 is going to be the biggest year yet! As a girl after my own heart she had a solid soft spot for stationary and is working on her very own collection of social stationary with a distinctive stamp of style! Stay tuned for that Nesters!baby shower

She will also be releasing a whole new collection of prints in the new year.. WOO HOO!

Put Words Etc in your favourites now because I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

Contact: 

| Phone number:  0427 722 900 |

| Email: Jacqui.wordsetc@gmail.com |

| Website: www.wordsetc.com.au |

| Facebook: www.facebook.com/wordsetc.com.au|

| Instagram: www.instagram.com/wordsetc |

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Beautiful Jacqui has generously agreed to participate in our Christmas Prizeapolooza and is giving one VERY lucky Nester an unframed (30cm x 40cm) print. The winner can choose whatever design you like!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Words Etc and The Central Nest of facebook and ‘like’ the competition post on our facebook page.

For an extra entry you can ‘tag’ a friend.

Prize will be drawn on 21 December 2014.

Good luck Nesters!

 

{Great Pieces} How can I do, I do, without you? The best way to ask is with WordsETC

By far one of the most beautiful ways we have EVER seen of asking a beautiful friend to be your bridesmaid.

It is an honour, a privilege so you may as well give them a lifelong keepsake.

Enter the fabulous team at WordsETC. A local business with talent to boot!i do without you

These are made using recycled card and have matching envelopes. O, I DIE!

You can find more information about these wonderful products on Facebook – ‘WordsETC’ or on their website at http://www.wordsetc.com.au/

Enjoy Nesters!

{Love Birds} Leigh & Stuart and their happily ever after

“For you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow. “ Rosemonde Gerard

There are some weddings that simply show true love. This wedding is one such example. A combination of impeccable taste, exquisite attention to detail and handmade touches make this honestly one of the most beautiful weddings I have seen. Leigh and Stuart show what love is and how simply beautiful a wedding can be. Happily ever after is not a term to be used lightly but sometimes it is just right. Here are Mr & Mrs McLean – Happily Ever After.

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The Love birds: Stuart McLean, 27 year old diesel mechanic & Leigh Stapleton, 29 year old Teacher

Ceremony: In Carcoar at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception. We wanted an intimate church with lots of character and beautiful light for our photographs.

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Reception: Athol Gardens, Blayney. We looked at every venue in the district but when we walked in to Athol Gardens we both knew it was perfect for us. Stunning gardens and an outdoor terrace that suited our taste to a tee.

Theme: Just a mixture of our favourite things- black, white, beige with a touch of lace and a splash of electric blue

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The Dress: Ivory, strapless, silk gown with a ruched bodice and flowing skirt from Wendy Makin Couture Leigh says she tried on so many dresses and loved them all! She made a top 5 and chose this one mainly for the gorgeous silk fabric. She added a flower from another dress she loved. Leigh says ‘I wore electric blue shoes for my something blue, my grandmother’s pearls for my something old and wore my sister’s veil as something borrowed’.

Groom & wedding party attire: The bridesmaids wore dresses floor length chiffon dresses from Seduce in a soft dusty pink.

Groom & Groomsmen wore light grey suits with white shirts and white silk ties.

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Hair: Wavelength Bathurst

Makeup: Macquarie Skin & Day Spa

Decorations: Table centres- large 3 wick candles wrapped in black lace & ribbon

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Bonbonnieres – Little jars of Rhubarb jam (made by the bride) & White violas in beige ceramic pots with custom labels made by the bride

Food:

Canapés: Prawns with chilli & lime salt; Arancini balls with spinach and buffalo mozzarella; Duck in crisp wonton cups; Chilli feta and crispy pancetta crostini

Mains: Herb crusted rack of lamb on a bed of creamy potato mash with roast vegetable salad or Spanish chicken breast with quince sauce, green beans, potato gallette and baked butternut pumpkin

Dessert: Vanilla Pannacotta and slow roasted rhubarb with a vanilla tuile or Chocolate Hazelnut praline with chocolate sauce

Cake: One tier tall round carrot cake with layers of cream cheese, covered in butter cream icing and topped with fresh roses the same as the bouquets. The Bride says she made the cake herself (even though everyone thought she was crazy – but really she says she is just too picky to trust anyone else) and the cake topper and bouquets were by Florabundance.

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Drinks: Local Wines from Cumulus and Angullong and a selection of beers and spirits.

Photographer: Jennifer Stocks from Jennifer Stocks Photography– the most amazing photographer! Jen usually only photographs babies and families but we twisted her arm as an old friend to capture our day. We could be happier with our photos taken around beautiful Carcoar.

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Rings: The wedding bands are Quorra purchased at WJ Coote and Sons. Leigh has a white gold diamond wedder and a plain band either side of my engagement ring and Stuart chose a thick white gold plain band.

Stationary: All stationary was handmade by the bride including the invitations, service booklets, escort cards and table numbers. The stationary supplies were purchased at Fantasia in Bathurst.

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Music: The couple chose country music singer Kaylee Bell to perform at the church and she further entertained the guests in the garden at Athol afterwards during drinks and canapés.

Special moments: The bride says she started crying before she even pulled up at the church! Then she walked in and saw that half the church was crying including the groom & groomsmen! – She says as soon as she saw Stuart standing there she couldn’t help but smile.

Our beautiful guest book was a wedding gift from a very special friend. She drew a tree and our guests put their finger prints as the leaves and signed it. We have it hanging on the wall in our house as a reminder of our special day.

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Our amazing honeymoon in France and Italy was definitely a highlight too – an experience we will never forget. The most special thing for us was having our favourite people together to help us celebrate!

Guests: 100

Cost: Approximately $27,000.00reception

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Stockists:

Reception: Athol Gardens – 84 Newbridge Rd, Blayney – 02 6368 2639

Photographer: Jennifer Stocks Photography – 0401 004 373

Dress: Wendy Makin Couture – 07 3823 0111

Bridesmaid dress: Seduce

Hair: Wavelength Bathurst – 97 Keppel Street, Bathurst 02 6331 5086

Make upMacquarie Skin & Day Spa – Shop 2 / 169 Howick Street, Bathurst 02 6332 2062

Flowers/cake topper: Florabundance – 90B Bentinck St, Bathurst – 02 6332 1822

Rings: WJ Coote and Sons 69 William Street, Bathurst –  02 6331 3017

Stationary: Fantasia 2/91 Rankin St, Bathurst NSW 2795 – 02 6331 8688

The Button Jar is where memories are made..

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Creative people just astound me. In our little Nest we call it creative if we cut a sandwich diagonally instead of straight across. Laura Brace at The Button Jar is not only creative but has turned her skills into a full-time business! Here we talk to her about stationary, being a work from home mum and her tree-change.

Hi Laura, please tell us a little about yourself:

I am a 29 year old mother to two very vibrant boys, Aiden is 4 and Lachlan is 2. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Adam for 5 years and whilst originally from Bathurst it was a tree-change after having our boys that bought us back to the Central West.

The wonderfully creative Laura from The Button Jar

The wonderfully creative Laura from The Button Jar

Tell us about the Button Jar:

The Button Jar was created in 2008 as a result of my love of creativity and stationary. I completed a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources and Industrial Relations) but decided that a corporate path was just not for me. I wanted to be creative and spend my time doing something I loved. A friend introduced me to card making and scrapbooking and I was hooked!

The business started slowly, it was never my intention to be self-employed, particularly in a creative industry, but after making Christmas cards for my family and friends they started asking me to make cards for them to pass along. Slowly, the recipients of the cards starting placing orders as well, and The Button Jar were created! Word of mouth has been my biggest marketing tool!

Whilst the business started in 2008 it wasn’t until after the birth of my sons and our return to Bathurst that I was able to turn it into a full-time business.

What does the Button Jar sell?

The Button Jar makes and sells handmade greeting cards, invitations, announcement cards and giftware, as well as bespoke event stationary. We also run monthly card making classes.

What is the price range of your products? 

Our generic greeting cards are priced between $4.00 – $6.00 each, with our personalised cards starting at $5.00 depending on the customer’s specific request.

What is your favourite thing about The Button Jar?

I definitely love that I am creating a keepsake for some of the most memorable times in a person’s life. A wedding invitation, birth announcement or graduation card may be kept forever.

I love when I hear from happy customers, especially when they tell me that the end result is just what they had pictured or even better.

I really enjoy being able to create a card, that truly reflects the recipient. Knowing that someone has taken the time to consider what you actually like, something that reflects your personality and individual tastes, rather than just randomly selected a mass produced card, is really special to me.

I also love seeing families grow and change. It is very rewarding to make wedding invitations for a couple, only to have them return a year or so later requesting birth announcement cards.

Plus, the flexibility of working from home and being available for my family is amazing.

What is your least favourite thing about being in business?

Absolutely the paperwork! I would definitely prefer to spend my time being creative but unfortunately keeping up-to-date with the administrative side of the business is my least favourite part!

Tell us, where can we find The Button Jar?

You can find The Button Jar:

Facebook: www.facebook.com.au/thebuttonjar.au
Website: www.thebuttonjar.com.au
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/thebuttonjarau

We will be at the Bathurst Artisan Markets in Keppel Street on 14 September 2013 and at the Bathurst Biggest Expo at the Bathurst Showground on 16 and 17 November 2013.

WIN: To celebrate The Button Jar spreading its wings further in the Central West ,Laura is giving away a box of 10 cards to a very lucky winner – Head over to our Facebook page to find out more! 

Some of the beautiful cards from The Button Jar 1. 'Little pink toes' 2. 'Love from home' 3. 'Neighbourhood'

Some of the beautiful cards from The Button Jar
1. ‘Little pink toes’
2. ‘Love from home’
3. ‘Neighbourhood’