Tuesday, July 16, 2013


... I just can't decide what color combinations I like best. So when I couldn't choose a combination for a mom of 4 boys (and she couldn't choose either!), I got help from our Facebook fans.

What one would you choose? I really liked both, but Choice A won in a landslide! I still stand by Choice B, as a great color combo though!

So, were our fans right? What do you think about the end result?

I think they did great! If you need help, let us know! We've got a great set of fans! Not a fan yet? Join in the fun!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Special Nest for A Mommy-to-Be

This is Rob and Lyndsey. They are expecting their first baby, and they wanted to announce the gender in a super fun way. So with help from A Nest by Design and help from a very excited aunt-to-be, we made her a sweet pendant to announce that:

What's special about the pearl in Lyndsey's nest is that it comes straight from Hawaii! Auntie-to-be brought me the pearl, and I got to work making this special treasure for Lyndsey. What a special treat! I think she loved opening her gift.

This is just another one of those memorable things that I get to do as I create these treasures. Every pendant or brooch has a story to tell of God's faithfulness and goodness in how he gives us people to love.

Such a fun way to announce an exciting blessing, and rejoice in God'a goodness!

Congrats Rob and Lyndsey on your baby girl! May God bless you both as you embark on this adventure called Parenthood!

*If you have a pearl or pearls that you would like incorporated into a nest or pea pod, I can do that! Just e-mail me, and I'd be happy to help you! Also, I can work really fast to announce pregnancies or gender reveals!

Friday, July 5, 2013

I'm most frequently asked...

... can I do birthstones?

My answer has been, "Some, but not necessarily." Some of my original twelve colors could be used for some of the months, but I didn't have all of the months. For instance, Light Blue is perfect for March's aquamarine, but I didn't have a red tone for July's ruby. Or you could use Lavender to pull off February's amethyst, but really, it's kind of light to represent the gem's true color.

Well, I took care of that. We're adding six new colors that allow you to personalize Sweet Pea Pods and Nests with birthstones. Granted, they aren't perfect, but we're pretty darn close, if I do say so myself!

I fudged a little. Like for January's garnet, I chose to use Swarovski's Crystal Burgundy. The funny thing about the name of the pearl is that it's totally not burgundy as we would think of it! It's a very pretty purple tone, almost plum with a tint of pinkish hue- absolutely beautiful! So why did I put that for a garnet (which is traditionally a deep crimson color)? There are purple garnets! Score! Another example is April. How do you
do a diamond from pearl?! Well, I didn't want to do White, because I felt like White or Cream are obvious choices for June (duh! The month is PEARL!), so that's why I went with Light Grey.

Anyway, I could write a lot about my manic thought processes as I chose each color for each month and why I did what I did, but really, it's up to you! The Birthstone Guide is really just a recommendation. You don't have to follow it! That's the beauty of all these color choices and the beauty of the customization we offer at A Nest by Design.

What I really wanted to do is offer realistic options for those who really preferred to customize around a birthstone theme. I think I've accomplished this.

So here are the SIX new colors:

Rose Gold: is pretty much what it is. It's a gold-toned pearl with a pretty rose undertone. This is not one to combine with Bronze, I will warn, because they have a very similar look to them. It's really the only combo that I would avoid.

Dark Purple: is a very deep purple. Love. It.

Dark Green: is a great deep green. It almost has an army green feel to it, but not so olivey.

Night Blue: is another richly deep color. If you're just glancing at it next to Dark Purple, you might not tell the difference at first because they are very dark. It has a truer blue color than Tahitian.

Burgundy: is not really what the name says. When I think of burgundy, I think of a deep rasperry color instead of a purple color. I would say that this is more of a purple tone. It's just too pretty for me to have passed up. I would pair it with Powder Rose in a heartbeat! They look AMAZING together!

Bordeaux: is a crimson, wine color. This is a really pretty red. It's not that an orange red at all. The undertone is more of that wintry blue red. This is very important for color-freaks like me because if this had a more orange undertone, I would despise it, but it's the "right" color of red. I'm not sure if anyone will appreciate this description except my mother or possibly other persnickety red-lovers. Trust me. Swarovski did this color right!

If you want to read up on our other color selections, visit here. It offers you further proof that I'm a color-freak.

Ah, let the customizing begin!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Adoption Update

Many of our followers on Facebook saw that we were matched with a birth mother in early May. We were excited preparing for a little girl, and on May 18th she was born.

We went to the hospital to meet her the day she was born not knowing if she would be ours or if her mother would choose to parent. It was a bittersweet time holding her and doting over her, but we did our best to remain a unattached as we could.

On May 20th we knew that we would have our answer. We had so many praying for us, and we could feel their prayers holding us up. We got our answer, and it wasn't what we were wanting. The mother had chosen to parent.

It hasn't been an easy time for us. We have been grieving, and missing a little baby girl that was never ours. We are working through our hurt and disappointment, praying that God will work this for his glory. He has a plan for our family, and although we thought that this little girl was it, it wasn't.

There's a lot to process after a failed placement. It's an all too common story for so many adopting families, and we're holding on to the hope that our child will come home in God's timing.

So we continue. We still ask for prayers. We know our adoption story is still being written, and we will hold on to hope.

Thank you for supporting our family, and all the families that we are also helping through A Nest by Design. Although we're hurt, we still believe in adoption. It's never an easy road, but full of obstacles and pain. Don't forget to pray for not only us, but our other Featured Families. We're on a journey that is not for the faint of faith.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013



Get ready.

Some new colors are coming.

Stay tuned.

You're gonna love it.

This is just a taste of just ONE of them.

There will be more.

How many are we going to add?

Leave a comment. Take a guess.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Introducing July's Featured Family

So excited to introduce you to Joseph, Deanna, and Family!

Joe and Deanna are a family of four originally from Washington State who just recently moved to Hawaii. (Rough, huh?!) Daddy Joseph is a wonderful family man who loves the Lord and loves others with his whole heart. Mommy Deanna is a stay at home mom who homeschools their two boys while also acting as Joe's secretary and help meet.

Their hearts have always been open to what the Lord would have for them, and in late 2010 they felt the call to adopt. They began the process of adding a daughter to their family through All God's Children International's Ethiopia Adoption Program.

They have been patiently waiting and longing to be matched with their daughter for over two years now, and are hoping they might just see a referral in the next year or so!  

"We simply cannot wait to add the pink and purple, 
the girly clothes, and the sweetness a little girl will add to our mostly boy family."

Joe, Deanna, Collin and Cameron covet your prayers as they walk this journey as they wait with hope for their little girl to finally come home!

Every purchase in the month of July will help support this family's adoption fund. Won't you help them build their nest with an order from A Nest by Design?