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Shop Re-Opening Monday!

whale ornament 2015

Thank you for your patience as I’ve been setting up shop here in Scotland!

I’ve been working hard to get my ornaments close to ready so that when they are purchased I can get them shipped quickly.  It has taken me longer than I would like or had planned but I am finally ready to open.

I’ll be listing four types of ornaments on Monday, November 2.  I’ve made about 50 of each kind and when they are gone they are gone.  Normally, I would keep making more but it has been difficult to find supplies in my new homeland so I can’t just run out and purchase more supplies when they start to run low and I would like to enjoy my holidays this year instead of furiously sewing the whole time.  Hopefully, this amount will be enough to help most people get what they want.

Personalised Bear Ornament 2015 from The Nesting Spot

Pricing has been a subject I’ve continued to put off thinking about since now I am buying supplies in pounds instead of dollars.  That means if I am buying everything in pounds and then selling them for the same price I have in dollars that I am not making as much.  I hate to penalize my loyal customers who mostly are from North America though just because I moved.  And thankfully, although shipping will be a bit higher for Americans (although less for everyone else) it isn’t prohibitively higher.  I need to be fair to myself though.  I mean I’m not in this just to be doing favors for people, this is a business.  But I want to compromise.  So, I will be raising my cost a tiny bit to $22 from $20 try to offset supply costs.  I think of these little ornaments as heirloom gifts, items that can be cherished and passed down but I don’t want the prices to be unattainable for most people.  A lot of other ornaments can cost twice as much but I’m not prepared to charge that at this time.

Personalized Rabbit Ornament from The Nesting Spot

It has felt really good to be sewing lately.  I hadn’t done it in so long.  When I moved I reluctantly thought I would probably wait a year to sell ornaments because of the logistics of it.  But I have gotten so many wonderful emails from past customers asking me to make more so I figured out how to make it happen.  Thank you all for your support!

One aspect of these ornaments that many customers have commented on is that because they are soft they can let their little ones hold them or help put them on the tree.  I love that and since I have three young kids of my own I can appreciate it.  We’ve had to put all our non-breakable ornaments at the bottom of the tree for the last 8 years or so.  Every time one of the kids gets to the age where they know better than to yank the ornaments off or try to eat them I have had another child.  I look forward to the day when that is no longer an issue!

Personalised Elephant Ornament from The Nesting Spot

And don’t forget, if you are sending it straight to someone as a gift let me know.  I can leave off the money amounts on the invoice and include a gift note from you.  Just tell me what you want the note to say!

So, please come back on Monday to start purchasing your ornament(s).  Remember, they don’t have to be for baby’s first Christmas.  They can say anything…an inside joke, a name, a family name and year, it’s really up to your imagination.  I also have people ask if they can do one from a different year and that is also no problem – no judgements here about back dating first christmas ornaments!  That first year is a doozy.

 

 

And So It Begins

insides of elephant ornaments

Well, it’s that time of year again.  No, not back to school or the winding down of summer, it’s time to be making Christmas ornaments.  If I don’t start making them at least by mid summer there’s no way I can make them all in time so that they are ready for the rush once October and November hit.  With more homework now that my oldest is a big first grader (WHAT?!)  and with the birthdays of my youngest turning 2 at the end of this month and my oldest turning 7 in November, and with making Halloween costumes ahead of time so they can be shared on line in time, and Thanksgiving, and tons of family coming over to stay with us over the next few months, well, I just have to pretend it isn’t 100 degrees outside right now and get into the Christmas spirit.

One thing in my favor is that I am finally not pregnant, nursing, or dealing with the sleep issues of a newborn so I have high hopes that everything will get done earlier than ever this year.  I’ve gotten in a good pace these last couple weeks so I just need to keep it up so I can enjoy myself during the holidays instead of being holed up sewing.

This year I am introducing some new animals to my collection.  They are a whale, bear, dove, and sheep.  Plus my ever popular elephant and rabbit will of course be available.  I still have some of my classic shaped ones, octopi, and moons available as well.  My hope is to get them made and photographed to be listed this month.  There are some very organized people in the world who already started contacting me about ornaments back in July.  Wish I could be that on top of things.

I hope you all had a relaxing summer.  I loved not having the structure that comes with school.  We could keep the kids up a bit later if we wanted to go do something fun and not worry about waking up the next morning to be somewhere.  There were also no lunches that had to be made ahead of time and I didn’t have to wake the little kids up from nap to pick up brother from school.   It is nice having the house a bit quieter now that there is one less child in the house during the day though.

We did a bit of traveling this summer.  My husband is a youth and college minister at a church and so summer is his busiest time.  He is usually gone a good bit of it with going to camp and multiple mission trips and retreats etc.  This year though the camp had extra space and so the kids and I tagged along and stayed in a separate motel like room.  It was a bit hard at times trying to keep them happy with us all in one room.  And I didn’t want them to change the experience for the youth but we got in a groove and had a fun time.  I also got to go on a trip to West Virginia with the high schoolers which is my first trip away from the kids since my oldest was 8 months old.  We drove through Mississippi so we could leave the kids with my parents and then kept on going to West Virginia.  It is such a beautiful place.  Everyone was so friendly.  It is always so interesting to travel to different places and see how people are so similar but also so different.  And to also see if stereotypes are close to reality.  We helped one church paint their old sanctuary (with super high ceilings) that has now become a youth room.  They had told the youth 7 years ago that they’d paint those old paneled walls but haven’t had the chance to do it, so it was nice refreshing that space for them.  We also helped a tiny church in an old coal camp do a little backyard bible club for some neighborhood kids.  It was all a lot of fun and hard work.   I’ve missed getting to go on these things.  The kids had a great time too and got to see all their grandparents at some point which was nice.

So, we survived all that and now are settling into our new schedule of being in school.  And it’s to the grindstone I go with all these little ornaments.  I also just sewed two stuffed animals as baby gifts that I’ll be sharing here soon.  I already gave one away and next week will give away the other.  I was on top of things and actually got photos taken of them this time before I give them away.

*The picture at the top is a look at the inside of my little elephant ornaments.  It’s a view not usually seen by most.

 

So, did you have any adventures this summer?  Are you glad to be back in the school routine or hating it?  Have you done anything creative lately?  I’d love to hear!