HallowEEn is almost here...

Do you feel the change in the air...Love it! Our quaint town of Sierra Madre loves to celebrate Halloween.  Alegria draws thousands of people who walk the blvd to collect candy and admire the row of decorated houses; it's an awesome site!  Now begins the window painting contest by the kids in town...most of the merchants participate in this fun event. It's great to see how inventive the kids can be with Halloween.  We love to celebrate Dia de los Muertos which falls on November 1st this year.    We don't dress or paint our faces, but in the store we like to carry a variety of memorabilia to be in spirit of the celebration.  Hopefully when you come by Belle's Nest, you'll feel the energy of the holiday in the shop and walking through town. Lots going on this month... Keep visiting the events page and the blog for updates.... [caption id="attachment_4583" align="aligncenter" width="400"] tea anyone?
bird feeders and skulls
three friends![/caption]

On to Fall

I can't believe summer is just about over...I am welcoming the cooler weather and excited about what Autumn has in store for us. In order to prepare, we have decided to mark down some items and furniture pieces, remerchandise the shop, change up the window and redo our back patio....yikes!   New season, new beginnings, fresh shop:)   In order to make this happen, we are closing on Monday, September 10th and will reopen on Tuesday normal business hours 10am-5pm. We are so excited for our new classes by DORE...just a snippet of information on that ~ Ongoing classes by DORE... Tuesday September 18...create handmade wrapping paper using woodblock and printmaking Tuesday September 25...create your own cube savings bank using collage/paint (great for kids) Tuesday October 2...create four 3D cards using paper/collage elements Tuesday October 9...create a hanging photo collage Tuesday October 23...create mail art using markers/gel pens/embossing/paints Look at our events page for further details! [caption id="attachment_4532" align="aligncenter" width="320"] handmade wrapping paper by DORE[/caption]   Krissy Aurora of BoHo Upcycle will begin teaching classes...we are thrilled she has chosen Belles Nest to teach you how to "rehash your trash" by turning your old furniture piece into a treasure using CeCe Caldwell Paints.... more information to come! [caption id="attachment_4538" align="aligncenter" width="320"] CeCe Caldwell Paints distributed by BoHo Upcycle[/caption]

Support the Artist

As I watch the Olympics, I can't help but be so proud of where we live and who we are as people.  We are all made up of such unique qualities, gifts and talents.  I do feel this reflection on life helps me to appreciate the talents of all the individuals who create and manufacture here in our own backyard.  More than ever, I hope we support our artists, craftspeople, handmade shops, galleries and individuals who work so hard to keep "made in America" alive and well. [caption id="attachment_4508" align="alignnone" width="256"] Artist Reception at AKA Fotographix[/caption]
  • [caption id="attachment_4507" align="alignnone" width="192"] Art Gallery and Frame Shop in Sierra Madre[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4506" align="alignnone" width="256"] Bringing the indoors outside[/caption]

What's New??

We have some new items at Belle's Nest that we think you will enjoy.  Do you ever look at a room in your house and think...I'm so bored with it!!!   Well, a new coat of paint, a new chair  or how about a new table cloth...all these suggestions can brighten up any room  We just received some new block print table cloths  in a variety of patterns and colors.  We also just received a few round oil cloth table cloths, great for the outdoors... some new beautiful and colorful furniture  pieces  also found it's way to the shop looking for a new home. [caption id="attachment_4485" align="alignleft" width="266"] A gorgeous refurbished chair with a wide seat...it can make any room happy![/caption] [caption id="attachment_4486" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Cotton Block Print Table Cloths from India[/caption] Bundles of lavender logs have also graced our space.  
July 19, 2012 by 12
Tags: Store

Added Crochet Class...

  Enjoy the personal attention you will receive in one of Janell's classes ~
Crochet a Hispter Grannie Square!
Monday, August 6 11:00 Am - 12:30 PM Level: Beginner or Intermediate Fee: $30 Instructor: Janell Mithani To find out more about Janell, visit her at http:// http://janellmithani.com/blog/
Come and learn how to crochet a grannie square and find out about all the trendy clothes and accessories you can make with this updated crochet tradition!  A beginning crochet class (or refresher if you learned a while ago and want to begin crocheting again.)  Granny squares can be sewn together to make all kinds of projects such as scarves, blankets, pillows, purses, coasters, the possibilities are endless.   In this workshop you will learn to make a granny square using three basic crochet stitches.  You will also learn how to attach the squares together so you can continue making squares on your own to make a project of your choice.  All supplies and materials will be provided.
To register please visit our events page at: http://www.bellesnest.com/events/
July 19, 2012 by 12
Tags: Store

Mix Your Paint With Wine

 Paint with Your Favorite Vintage 
It's OK to mix your watercolors with wine. Come to Belle's Nest and try your hand at watercolors and have a glass of wine too. Watercolor classes are for all ages however wine is reserved for adults. Instructor: Moira Love
Fridays  7:00 - 9:00 pm
July 13, 20, 27  Aug 3, 10 Wine and light appetizers served.   [caption id="attachment_4370" align="aligncenter" width="318"]Watercolor classes at Belle's Nest Mix watercolor painting with a glass of wine.Belle's Nest Classes with Moira Love[/caption]      

Art in the AM with Coffee and Tea

Express Yourself Over Coffee and Tea
  Join us at Belle's Nest mornings of painting, coffee, tea and pastries.  Watercolor classes for any level. Classes held Jul 12, 19, 26 & Aug 2 Fee:  $28 per class Instructor: Moira Love   [caption id="attachment_4355" align="aligncenter" width="287"]Art in the AM Workshop Watercolor by Moira Love.

Join us for Art in the AM at Belle's Nest.[/caption]   See you over coffee!

Thanks Jim!

> The sign went up...then the sign came down! Thanks Jim for helping us out...such a great supporter and friend. Even though we had to take it down for reasons to long to write about...we have the sign and it looks great! It will soon be up again...a small glitch...
February 19, 2010 by 12

Yipee!! Belle's Nest has a New Sign

> We have our SIGN! Thanks to Robert Prins we have our glorious sign! I absolutely love it...it depicts what we are all about!!! He is so talented...he made our double sided sign from old recycled wood. Thanks to Jim Lace, our vendor who makes bird houses out of recycled wood for giving us the wood ~ can't wait for Jim Gohrick to hang it!

February 17, 2010 by 12

Patio in Progress

> My dear friend Brenda...what an amazing job she is doing getting our patio ready for you! Beautiful plants, eclectic seating, tranquil environment, and wonderful gifts of for the outdoors to buy for that last minute hostess gift! The transformation is truly spectacular! Soon a book/magazine rack will be outside for you to relax with a good book, craft magazine, and a hot cup of coffee or tea from our local roaster "Jameson Brown". How blessed are we to have a local roaster we can support! Buy their coffee from us or visit them at their location on Allen and Walnut...it's wonderful! Come, visit and appreciate the beautiful job Brenda is doing...she truly loves it and it shows...words can't thank her enough! A big thank you to Tim Osti as well for his willingness to help! Check out some before and after shots, the photos don't do it justice...
February 10, 2010 by 12