Feathered Nest Studio

Goodies for the Young at Heart, plus writings on baked goodies & art

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A Ginger Cake Lunch bag! (And giveaway!)

A Ginger Cake Lunch bag! (And giveaway!)


bagRecently I was approached by Virginia of Ginger Cake about stitching up one of her lunch bags. After I looked over her pattern choices and saw how simply lovely they were, I happily said yes! I chose her Hobo Style Lunch Sak to make because I love the look of the knot handle, the bag’s size, and it’s overall clean lines.

The pattern and directions themselves were very easy to work with.…

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I know, I know, this blog post is beyond tardy for Pentecost. Perhaps you subscribe to the old adage, better late than never? (Or so I hope!) On the actual day of Pentecost, the little guy and I made hand-rolled beeswax candles with a flame motif to them. The colours are an amazing orange and red, sort of a papaya and watermelon. He loved making the candles and we made one that is just the right…

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A Collecting Bag

bag in use from behind

bag onLast summer, I made this very quick & easy collecting bag for my little guy. He loves to take walks and loves to collect things (don’t all little ones?), so he needed a bag for gathering up his treasures as we walked. I let him pick out any fabric he wanted from my stash and he picked this London themed cotton flannel. If your little one tends to pick up wet or gooey things, I would suggest a…

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Alphabet Fairy Mail!

garden poem

sample pages

My little one and I have been having a lot of fun lately with a new alphabet based project: Alphabet Fairy Mail! Jennifer Compton designed an amazing and fun Waldorf-inspired curriculum to help little ones learn their letters (she has both PDF and print versions available in her Etsy shop). The lessons she has put together are centered around six different letters written by fairies (okay, no…

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Art Workshops


DSC_0272This summer I am once again teaching workshops for FOVOPA. They are such a great organization, bringing all types of art to their local community. The two workshops I am going to teach are PomPom Creations and Doodles: from 2-D to 3-D.

The topic of PomPom Creationsis kind-of self explanatory… we’re making different things out of handmade pompoms. Genius, I know. We’ll make some animals, flowers,…

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I love swaps!

tea swap

I recently did a tea swap and this is one of the packages I received:tea swap

This one is from Germany.tea swap2

She included my favorite, Earl Grey, plus others I have never had. Happy sipping for me!

I also did a winged stuffy swap (I made a flying gnome). I received this lovely little owl!winged softy swap2

Look at the careful stitching and lovely beadwork around the face. She did an awesome job.winged softy swapPlus she sent me a piece of…

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Voting time! Umbrella Prints Trimming Competition

Voting time! Umbrella Prints Trimming Competition

artist bird

It’s voting time for the Umbrella Prints Trimming Competition! If you don’t mind, could you please leave a comment on this pin of my entry? The one with the most comments wins the people’s choice award.

Here’s the full details about my entry, too.

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Thank you in advance! (Warning: I may harass you with a reminder before voting/comments end on Friday, too!)


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Dutch Baby Pancakes

dutch baby pancake

Mmm, I love Dutch Baby Pancakes! Have you had these? It is like a big giant pancake you bake in the oven and then add whatever toppings you want.dutch baby pancake

A little confectioner’s sugar on top is yummy.dutch baby pancake2

Or guild the lily and add syrup and fresh sliced bananas, too.dutch baby pancake3


Dutch Baby Pancake
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 stick butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Put the…

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Handmade Gifts for My Mum

Handmade Gifts for My Mum

scarf for mom fabric

My mom celebrated a milestone birthday recently (click here for party details found on my elder sister’s blog), and my sisters decided to give her an iPad mini. (Let’s just say she was delighted by this. Who wouldn’t be?) I stitched her up a case for her new techno gadget using an Anna Maria Horner fabric (same one I accented my ballet bag with) and a super soft blue flannel for the lining. I…

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I do love this fabric line! Although I love all of Heather Ross’s fabric. ;)
reblogged from scissorsandthread:

A close up of the amazing fabric which is Briar Rose by Heather Ross. I particularly love the little crickets and bees! 🐝🌿

I do love this fabric line! Although I love all of Heather Ross’s fabric. ;)

reblogged from scissorsandthread:

A close up of the amazing fabric which is Briar Rose by Heather Ross. I particularly love the little crickets and bees! 🐝🌿

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Creating with the Kiddo: Paper Flowers

Creating with the Kiddo: Paper Flowers

paper flowers

The kiddo is one creative kid. making art He loves coming up with ideas for art projects, like this creature he made out of paper, marker, and pipe cleaners.pipe cleaner creature

The paper part was a collaboration between the two of us. He decided the paper should have lines of various sizes interacting with each other and filling the surface. When this was done, he punched holes in the paper and used pipe cleaners for legs,…

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