{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2018} Pop Up Succulent Lovin’

A little while ago I developed an addiction. A really strong addiction and I blame the gorgeous Renelle at Pop Up Succulent Shop. 

Renelle has got me obsessed with all things succulent! 

Located in Bathurst Pop Up Succulent Shop offers unique arrangements, wreaths, Kokedamas and terrariums. She can help you decorate your wedding or party and creates the most magnificent gifts. 

My most favourite thing about Pop Up Succulent Shop are the workshops. These are great opportunities to learn some new skills while creating your very own masterpiece. 

I will forever remember my first workshop with Renelle, my eyes were open to so much succulent knowledge in a friendly, fun environment. I took my mum and we both had the best afternoon. 

If you want more information about some brilliant succulents then contact Renelle today: 

| Phone: 0410 476 445 |

| Email: renellefitz@icloud.com |

| Facebook: @popupsucculentshop|

|Instagram @popupsucculentshop |


Gorgeous Renelle from Pop Up Succulent Shop is generously giving away two tickets to one of her workshops so you and a friend can have a great afternoon together creating something beautiful. I tell you what, I desperately want to keep this prize for myself!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of  Pop Up Succulent Shop on facebook as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 20 December 2018.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2018 Rules

{Locally Found} Succulent Love

Recently I was invited to my very first succulent workshop with the beautiful Renelle at Pop-Up Succulent Shop to say I had a brilliant afternoon would be such an understatement.


Upon arriving you are met with a glass of bubbles and a delicious cheese & fruit platter (she won me over right there!). Before long I forgot I was in a class and it felt much more like I was in my friend’s lounge room having a few drinks and learning some new things about gardening.


Renelle was patient and explained perfectly what we had to do. She answered ALL my probably ridiculous questions and even helped me when I realised things for my kokedama were not quite going according to plan!

My mum came with me and quickly we made friends with the other people at the workshop, that’s the thing you see it was relaxed and friendly. There were no strangers just friends we were yet to meet.  4

Renelle supplies everything you need to make two kokedamas and she even gives some good hints on how to wrap other plants you buy to make great gifts or house plants.

I am far from a good gardener but bloody hell I was proud when I came home and showed the hubs and kids what I had made. I now very proudly have two kokedamas in my kitchen and each and every time I look at them I get all warm and fuzzy and remember the great afternoon I had.


Make sure you grab a pal and check out one of the workshops offered by Renelle at  Pop-Up Succulent Shop. She holds a range of workshops including kokedamas, wreath and general potting classes.

You can also have a chat to Renelle at many markets and events she attends around our area.



| Phone: 0410 476 445 |

|Facebook: @popupsucculentshop |

*This is a sponsored post and I was gifted the workshop fee. All opinions are based on my own personal experience*


{Locally Found} Local is lovely

Local is Lovely is a spectacularly beautiful blog that you must rush over and check out.

local is lovelyCreated and run by the talented Sophie Hansen it is a wonderful collection of recipes, ideas and general loveliness.

One of the coolest things on her blog at the moment, is the invitation to attend a special weekend at the farm.

Local is Lovely is hosting a photography and styling workshop in Rydal in collaboration with photographer and founder of Alphabet Journal, Luisa Brimble and stylist Stephanie Stamatis.

Image: Luisa Brimble

Image: Luisa Brimble

Date – Wednesday 19th November and Thursday 20th November

Venue – ‘Kimbri’ Rydal

Cost – $795.00 (covers two full days workshops, one night’s accommodation and all meals) or $500.00 (two full days workshops, morning and afternoon teas and lunch – no accommodation)

Why you should go – This wonderful weekend is for anyone with an interest in creating beautiful content for their blogs, websites, image libraries or personal interest. Anyone with an interest in connecting with and learning from creative, clever and inspiring teachers and fellow students. Anyone! You will not only learn about photography and styling, but also how to make preserves, experiencing farm life and just hang around in a beautifully creative environment for a couple of days.

It really is a spectacular opportunity to learn from the masters.

If you need any further information you can contact Sophie at sophie_hansen@me.com

Enjoy Nesters x

{The Nest Can Cook} Learn to make cheese with ease

If you have ever wanted to get your hands dirty in the most delicious way, why not grab a couple of fellow Nesters and head to a Cheese Making Workshop at the beautiful Borrodell Vineyard in Orange!


This 100% hands on, fun workshop in Orange will have you making delicious soft cheeses including Camembert, Fetta, Ricotta, Mascarpone, Quark & Greek Style Yoghurt.

They guarantee that you will be surprised at how easy home cheese making really is.

The workshop starts at 10am and finishes at approximately 4pm. All workshop notes are provided. Cheese tastings, morning tea, a delicious cheese inspired lunch and glass of wine are included.

The one day Cheese Making Workshop costs $210.00 per person.

For bookings and more information please contact Borrodell Vineyard on 6365 3425.

Happy cheese-making Nesters!


{Locally Found} Baking workshop with Mumma

mummas cakes

Nicole Dicker owner of Mumma’s Cakes, her husband Mark and beautiful daughters Quinn and Molly

If you haven’t already discovered the gorgeous Mumma’s Cakes then you don’t know what you are missing.

A genius locally run business that helps all time-poor, co-ordination-poor people bake beautiful creations for their family and friends.

Offering a full range of do-it-yourself cake kits, Mumma’s Cakes provide you with all the ingredients, instructions, icing etc to enable you to create a baking masterpiece!

What is very exciting is that now Mumma’s Cakes have teamed up with TAFE Bathurst to create introduction to baking workshops!

Offering two classes in October and November this is your chance to create some delicious baked treats while learning the art of baking. As an added bonus you will take home your creations to share with your family and friends!

PRICE: $240.00, which includes lunch and a glass of wine, the cost of the course, as well as your own booklet (containing recipes/baking tips), an apron and a Mumma Cakes D.I.Y Macaron making kit.

VENUE: Bathurst TAFE

DATE: Saturday 25 October 2014 or Saturday 22 November 2014.

You can enrol through TAFE NSW.

An example of one of Mumma's Cakes Kits!

An example of one of Mumma’s Cakes Kits!

Happy baking Nesters!

{To do} January Workshops for the kids – overseen by the dinosaurs

So Christmas has been and gone and the little birdies are bored, how about a holiday workshop with the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum located in Bathurst?

Your little birds will learn all sorts of crazy things, from creepy crawly facts to how to make a sun print photograph!

It is cheap as lunch; $12.00 and designed for little birds aged between 7 & 13.

january workshops

Booking are essential so contact the fossil crew on 6331 5511

Happy learning Nesters!

{do this} Learn a new trick at the Fox & Willow workshops

The fabulous peeps over at Fox & Willow will be hosting two workshops next weekend – Saturday 30th November and Sunday 31st November if you are looking for a little pre-Christmas inspiration.

The first workshop will feature Natural Pampering Recipes for you and your home. Fox & Willow will teach you how to make scrubs, bath teas and room sprays; using simple ingredients in your pantry & garden.

natural scrubs workshop

The second will include ‘The Art of Gift Wrapping’ (just in time for Christmas!). The team will teach you how to wrap like a goddess using items found at home & in the garden.

gift wrapping

Plus, because everyone loves a little show and tell you can take home with you a sample of each product you create on the day & a recipe collection of ideas.

Cost: $60.00 each or $100.00 for both days.

If you want some more information regarding the workshops you can email the team at: foxandwillowstudio@gmail.com

Happy learning Nesters!

Cartooning time

If you are looking for something a little different for your little-birds to do this weekend why not check out the Cartooning Workshop held by Tooncreations.

Saturday 2 November 2013  at Blechington School in Orange

The workshop will run from 9am to 4pm for birdies aged between 6 and 15

The cost is $35.00 per child

If you want to register or find out some more information you can contact info@tooncreations.net or check out their website at www.tooncreations.net


Have a play with clay with Fox & Willow

Fox & Willow logoFox & Willow are a brilliant local business who excel through their intricate designs and brilliant creativity.

They are now holding workshops to allow you to jump on board and learn some of their very clever tricks!

Their very first workshop will be a Polymer Clay Masterclass. Here, you will be able to learn the basics about working with polymer clay, hand roll and carve your own beads, play with tools to learn about different effects that can be created, and lastly assemble your own finished handmade project. They have assured us that it is suitable for everyone (including beginners).

This workshop will be on 28 September 2013 and you can contact the team at foxandwillowstudio@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

Happy clay-making!

Willow & Fox - Polymer Clay Masterclass