The quest for The Nest began months and months ago. In fact, it was last Fall when I fell into a blogger funk. I wondered what I was doing and was completely turned off by a lot of things I was witnessing in the blog world. I stopped blogging. I stopped painting. I lost interest in all of it. I thought about quitting altogether. But I’m not a quitter. The hubby encouraged me to continue. He’s my biggest fan. So I continued on, half-hearted though I was.
I received an email in early Spring of this year. Someone that had been following The Ironstone Nest knew someone who knew someone that was looking to share a retail space with someone and they referred that someone to me. Are you following along? (Tap. Tap. Is this thing on?) Well, that someone and I got together and began searching for retail space together, but we couldn’t ever seem to decide on the same space. So there I was back at square one wondering if I should keep going? I wasn’t ready for a retail space, but if the right opportunity presented itself that fit within what we wanted for our family, then so be it. But it didn’t. That wasn’t the one.
Then I received a phone call from a dear friend of mine with an offer that piqued my curiosity. I was thrilled. She was offering a space of my own. A space of my own!! Once again, the hubby was right there encouraging me to try it. “It’d be a good toe in the water”, he said.
I was all ready to jump in and then I had a major, heart-moving, tear-flowing, thud-of-an-aha! epiphany. I came home one night after being out with a few friends to the realization that I don’t want a retail space right now. The timing wasn’t right. I have the only title I need right now and that title is “Mom” and all I want to be is mom. Our children are only going to be young once and I want to be there for them as much as I possibly can. Period.
But something was still tugging at my heart. I was being led to do something. And then the application to become a Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Retailer was accepted. Hold up! Wait a minute! I wiped my eyes and re-read the email. Fantastic! It was just the little sparkle that I needed. Okay. Now what?
Well, I then began the negotiating process for my first space. We call it a workshop space, but it’s so much more than that. The Nest is a retail space because there are items for sale at The Nest: furniture, vintage finds and antiques, and of course, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. BUT we are not open every day. We are open about 10 hours a week and, of course, during workshops. If you’d like to find out when we’re open, please send me an email with YOUR email address to
and I’ll add you to the email list so you can receive notifications of retail hours each week, as well as notification of other fun, upcoming events. (Yes, we will be adding more workshops and other events for you to enjoy the space).
Even though we may not be open every day, The Nest was built for YOU. It’s a place where I will share what I know (which isn’t everything) with you in the hopes of saving you time so you don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made over the years. The Ironstone Nest mission is to inspire and create beauty in your home and inside of you. The Nest was created as a space where you can come, talk about life, ask questions about your projects, seek inspiration and tap into that well of creativity that lives inside each of YOU. I want you to feel like The Ironstone Nest is YOUR space. If you’d like to get a few friends together for a workshop, or just to paint some furniture, and it’s not a night that’s listed on the Workshop Page or a day that we’re going to be open, email me or call me. We’ll see if we can’t work something out, okay? The Nest is about YOU and what you’re made of and what you can create and an inspirational space for YOU.
This is what The Nest is and now my heart is full and I know I’ve made the right decision to move forward with it. I never chose to open a retail space, it sort of chose me and it becomes more clear every day that this is exactly what I should be doing right now. Through all of the ups and downs over the past year and the should I/shouldn’t I moments, it feels very right for our family and it feels very right for you and me. I’m so glad that you’re all here and I wish I could fit every single one of you around our tables at The Nest for a cup of coffee and some creative chit chat.
So when should I expect you?
P.S. YOU. ARE. AWESOME!
P.S.S. Oh yeah. . . that’s right. You didn’t click on this post to listen to me ramble, did you? You were reading this post to get to the good part: the Giveaway Winner announcement. Whoops! Okay, well then I guess I better get to it: the winner of the Milk Paint Giveaway as chosen by Random.org is: Leslie from House on the Way! WordPress doesn’t number the comments. It took a long time to count to the winner. If anyone knows how to do this easier next time, any advice is appreciated!
Leslie, please send me an email with your address and I’ll send your package out this week!