Thursday, August 22, 2013

Color Spotlight: Rose Gold

Confession: I'm kind of obsessed with this particular color right now.

I love- no, really, I want you to understand this. I LOVE multi-toned metal jewelry. So, when someone makes an order that has the Rose Gold pearls in it, I get very happy. I'm not a huge fan of straight up gold. It's okay, and it has its place, but put that rosy tone to it, and I'm a happy camper.

So, what are good pairings with the Rose Gold pearls?

I'm so glad you asked! Allow me to show you some lovely examples of how Rose Gold blends so beautifully with some of the other colors we offer!

  Rose Gold with Light Grey! This is a PERFECT example of a two-toned metal combo. It's so pretty!

 Here are Burgundy and Powder Rose with Rose Gold. This is such a nice palette. They blend beautifully together.

I was pretty excited when I saw this order come in. Tahitian, and Light Green sandwiching the Rose Gold, and so cool. I think it works really well in the Pea Pod. 

This is a really soft look with mixing in the White or Cream pearls. 

Another one of my favorite colors to put with Rose Gold is Bordeaux. I haven't had anyone order it yet, but I do recommend it in our Inspiration Gallery in the Creative Combos collage.

I'll be highlighting our other colors too in the months ahead, but I just happened to get an influx of orders with Rose Gold, so I thought I would start with this one! Plus, it's one of my favorites right now.

I think, at first glance, it may seem like a difficult color to put with the others, but really, it works well with them all.

I'll leave you with my own little ditty that I made for myself! (I ordered a silver/rose gold chain just for this nest! I love it!)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Order Blitz Strategy

This is just too good a story not to share.

Really. If we want to help adopting families, this is a fantastic way to pitch in and take advantage of our Featured Family Program.

Denelle is a friend among friends. Early in the month, she placed an order for herself to help support Joe and Deanna, and then, "When I got them, I was so impressed by how adorable they were that I decided to buy one for people who are significant in my life in past and present. They just gotta have one!"


She gathered up the orders by asking all her friends when their children's birthdays are, and designed them accordingly. (It's super easy with our Birthstones Guide) That's when I experienced what I now call an "Order Blitz".

They just kept coming. Order after order was entered in to my website. I thought, "Whoa. She really liked her order!" at first, but then I thought what was happening was that she was gathering orders from friends. She had to be ordering for others! Right?

Wrong. Denelle took care of basically a year's worth of birthday and Christmas presents for a year!

But there still remains two brilliant ideas to help our Featured Families:

1. Buy Christmas and birthday presents for a year.
2. Organize a group "Order Blitz"- you can take people's orders, and place it for them so that everyone saves on shipping!

With one "Order Blitz," Joe and Deanna's earnings for the month were doubled! You don't have to be the sole purchaser of an Order Blitz! If you are willing to help the Featured Family that you know spread the word about their fundraiser, and offer to gather up the orders, then you could make a HUGE impact in how far a Featured Family fundraiser can go!

I would say that's pretty cool. Wouldn't you?

So, how about you? Could you organize an Order Blitz for one of our Featured Families?

Here's a great way to start an Order Blitz:

1. Place an order for yourself.
2. When you get your order, share it with your friends! Show them how much you like your piece(s), and offer to place an order for them. When people see the product, they are more likely to join in and make a purchase!
3. Gather up the orders, set a deadline of sorts- like the 29th of the month.
4. Send me an e-mail letting me know the Order Blitz in coming. This will help me know that I need to wait for all the orders to come in and not send an invoice too soon.
5. When you place the orders, include the name of the person it's for in the "Special Instructions"- that way when everything ships, I can label each item for easy distribution. Everything will be shipped to you- so your name needs to be in the Shipping Address section so that everything stays together!
6. Send me an e-mail when everything's complete. Then I will know to send that invoice!

Okay, I think that's all for this post. I hope that this sparks some inspiration!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Say Hello to Two Amazing Featured Families for August!

These two families are amazing! They are some of the most beautiful examples of patience as they wait to see how their nests will be designed. Waiting is one of the most difficult and longest parts of the adoption process, and both Brian and Heidi, and Kevin and Jamie are precious examples of that.

Brian and Heidi

Brian and Heidi have been married for almost 7 years and are waiting for the Lord to bless then with their baby(ies) from Ethiopia. They have been in this process for nearly 3 years now!
They know that the Lord has sustained them on their adoption journey and are confident that He will continue to give them strength. They are praying "big time" that they get their referral in the month of August- wouldn't that be fun!?! Let's pray alongside them, shall we?
Currently, they are #1 on the siblings list and #4 on the girls list. They are hoping to be blessed with two children! 
Heidi writes:
at times it [the waiting] feels absolutely excruciating. However, the Lord always meets us right where we are and His glory is being revealed to us along the way.
We can't wait to finally be a mommy and a daddy!

Kevin and Jamie

Kevin and Jamie started thinking about adoption in 2009. They stewed about it, thinking the cost was too great, but always said "someday, maybe..." Did you know that finances is the #1 reason for couples to walk away from adoption?

Jamie always imagined a nest full of children, but unfortunately, that dream has been hard to come by after years of infertility. They struggled both before and after their son was born, and after a miscarriage, Kevin and Jamie began thinking that God's plan was, in fact, for them to adopt.

They prayed about it a lot, and in December 2011, they said YES to adoption! It's been a long, painful journey, but they are hopeful as they wait for their child to come home from Ethiopia.

We continue to wait for our Lord's perfect timing. 

Every order placed this month will benefit one or both of these families. When ordering, be sure to indicate which family directed you to A Nest by Design so that they can get their proper donation. If you just came across us apart from either family, no worries! The 20% that goes to our Featured Families will be split evenly between the two of them. This is our first month sponsoring two families at the same time, and we're really excited to be able to minister to adopting families in this way.

Like I mentioned earlier, finances are the biggest deterrent to adopting, and every little bit helps reduce the stress from the financial burden of adoption. Until there is adoption finance reform, the best way to get children into their forever families is to help each other! We want to encourage and applaud families that step out in faith and say YES to bringing children home!