I am Not Afraid of Storms: a Louisa May Alcott Quote

Posted on April 15, 2019 | 0 comments

Inspiration strikes, sometimes in the most curious of places. In creating our new collection of heirloom gifts we naturally look to the world around us. Here in New England, on the Connecticut shoreline, the history and culture is rich with stories of the sea and ties to boats and sailing. The metaphorical "storm rolling in" is a common descriptor for emotions, and the sea is a popular place to go for healing and renewal.

So, it is a bit expected that boats are an image we return to in our work, as this new hand-carved ornament featuring a sail boat shows. As Louisa May Alcott wrote, "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship."

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Every Step of the Way

Posted on April 14, 2019 | 0 comments

This piece from our collection of new arrivals is a tribute to the one who is always by your side.

Featuring a hand-carved landscape of trails and evergreen trees, it is a nod to the journey we are all on together.

Gift it to your loved one as you head towards the future together, every step of the way. Find it in the shop here.

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Paloma's Nest Supports Entrepreneurs through Kiva

Posted on December 03, 2018 | 0 comments

The season of love and gratitude is upon us, so we wanted to share an update about how Paloma's Nest gives back to our global community of creatives! Since 2009, a portion of our proceeds go to Kiva.org where we invest in entrepreneurs around the globe. A few examples of our most recent recipients include Dora in Bolivia, who received funds to purchase materials for her weaving; Cristóbal in El Salvador was able to invest in equipment for his wood working shop; Leyla in Guatemala got the silk and thread she needed to improve the quality of her embroidery work so that she could be be competitive in her city. These artisans are just like us. They use their art and their craft to produce products for their clients. Their creativity is their livelihood.

However, unlike us, these entrepreneurs live in countries where they don’t have access to basic financial tools like affordable loans or even a bank account. They live day to day and don’t have extra funds to invest in making their workflow faster or their goods more viable in the marketplace. By donating and lending through Kiva, we hope to give opportunity to our fellow artisans and to do our tiny part to empower them in their work and in their journey. Thank you for your support of Paloma’s Nest- because of you, we are able to pass the gift of entrepreneurship on to others.

If you have an interest in supporting Kiva, we invite you to join our Kiva "team" where we can band together to support specific initiatives and fund loans together!

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Creative Outlet: 100 Acts of Sewing

Posted on November 28, 2018 | 0 comments

100 Acts of Sewing - Shirt Number One example on Instagram

As a full time "professional" creative, it can be so hard to find ways to use art and craft for my own personal fulfillment or relaxation. Can any one relate to that? Over the years I have tinkered in many art forms, from drawing and painting to photography and knitting.

I have recently been intrigued by the #slowfashion movement and have been making a conscious effort to buy fewer, better quality things for my closet (and first looking at thrift stores and consignment shops when I need something).  On my wish list for the coming year is to teach myself how to sew. Luckily there are so many wonderful resources out there that include videos and tutorials, and my favorite so far is a site called 100 Acts of Sewing. Designer and artist Sonya Philip has created what is essentially a capsule collection of basic patterns, like this beloved "Shirt No. 1" that beginners and advanced sewers alike have made a staple in  their wardrobe.

I can't wait to pair this pattern with some of the Japanese and Guatemalan textiles I have been hoarding! Stay tuned, I'll post my finished shirt when it's complete. What kinds of relaxing past times to you hope to incorporate more of into your daily life?

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