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Thank you Seattle Times!

We were surprised and delighted today to find we were mentioned in the Seattle Times as one of their favorite places to shop! I blushed with pride after reading the lovely words they wrote about my jewelry creations. How did they know the garden faeries and mermaids are my muses?! Many thanks to the Seattle Times for the wonderful mention! It made for an exciting Sunday at the shop and I hope an even better week to come…my faery fingers are working on new jewels for Mother’s Day.

“Local designer Andrea Savar’s jewelry, sold in this charming Bryant/Ravenna shop, looks like something crafted by fairies in a magical glade, or washed up by the tide from some mythical sea — all made from found objects, vintage treasures and a variety of metals and gemstones.”

http://www.seattletimes.com/life/the-list-four-retail-splurges-for-your-tax-refund/

Summer Hours

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We just wanted to let you know about our summer hours. We will be closed this Thursday, July 3rd and Friday, July 4th for the Independence Day holiday. We will be back open this Saturday, July 5th  11-6 and Sunday, July 6th 12-5, for regular shop hours. In true French tradition, we close the month of August and re-open after Labor Day so make sure and stop by this July for all kinds of treasures!

 

I’m working on new summer jewels this week and we will also have a new arrival of antiques in time for Bastille Day. We have also been spending a great deal of time building our online presence with our Ebay (antiques and jewelry) , Etsy (jewelry and art) and The Curious Nest online stores. Have peek for those of you near or far.

 

We hope to see you soon, July is going to be a wonderfully busy month of new arrivals and celebration!

Evolutionarium – Air

I’m very excited to announce the arrival of my latest 36 page, illustrated novella “Evolutionarium – Air”. I will be putting out the first editions tomorrow. The books are $7 each. The original drawings will also be available for purchase. I’ve created one-of-a-kind matts and frames for each of the drawings. The originals also have watercolor details. The 5×7 illustrations are $85 each and the 9×10 illustration is $140. Purchases of original art come with a complimentary copy of the book. You can also find the novella on Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback.

Air is the first book in the Evolutionarium series of illustrated novellas.  Set in the not-so-distant future, the Great Change has left the world’s inhabitants struggling for elemental balance. Caged in an overpopulated apartment building, Jasper is a boy on the fringe of the flock. He spends his days obsessed with a microcosm of magpie treasures until one evening a winged shadow on the roof catches his eye. As a string of eerie events unfold, Jasper discovers his kindly neighbor Mrs. Harlow may be at the heart of an evolving mystery.

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Little Things

Little Things…

Recently my friend brought me two boxes of little things from her studio. Lisa Mei Ling Fong is a renowned assemblage artist, a lover of curious trinkets, a transformer of the mundane into the beautiful. It was overflow from her stock and she knew that I too have a love of odd little bits and pieces that speak of worlds waiting to be created. Butterfly cocoons in Tupperware, hinges from furniture run amuck, a fishing reel whose catch was long abandoned. I spent hours sorting through the possibilities each tiny object possessed, a little glow of joy growing in my heart with each discovery. What final metamorphoses would a broken butterfly wing endure? You will soon find out!

About a week later we brought a new artist’s work into the store. Nancy Nelson came to us with her latest creations, glass vials filled with little things found in nature. Each glass container is carefully aligned to create a collection of elemental artifacts. Vibrant plumage ignites visions of exotic birds in flight, tiny shark teeth transports one to deep waters; each combination a reminder of the beauty in the world. As we spoke about her inspiration, I could feel an instant kinship with both her and her art. Her eyes sparkled with delight as she explained the lovely contents of her creations. She too is a lover of little things. As I priced and hung her work, I couldn’t help but smile with contagious glee as another local artist, Marge Manwaring, came to mind.

A poetess is in her art bound by little things; words condensed in elegance to convey the most expansive subjects the universe holds true. In her collection of poems “What to Make of a Diminished Thing”, Marge crafts a microcosm of emotion on the page. Each word perfectly placed to stir feelings immeasurably. I am honored to have her books in the store as well this month; each comes with a handmade bookmark lovingly adorned with a little gumball machine charm.

As all these little things made their way into the shop, it seemed that February was destined to be an ode to the diminutive! The more I thought on it, the more perfect it all seemed for the smallest month. Also how lovely to give the gift of the world in a bottle or a beautifully bound book of poems to a Valentine! A little thing can speak volumes to the heart. It also speaks to the creator of those seemingly small relics. It tells them that the love they instill in each piece is a worthy endeavor. These little treasures are more than mere adornment; they are a love letter to the world and all things creative.

So if you are in search of the perfect little thing, do consider some of our new treasures. Wish bottles for a friend, a vial of elements for a lover, or a book of poems for the vibrant souls in your life are all waiting for you inside our tiny nest. Or a pair of earrings made with antique St. Therese medals, the patron saint of little things. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that have the most impact; a word of encouragement sends a ripple of hope into the world. A butterfly wing stirs a storm of imagination! We hope to see you soon and in the meantime, I wish you all little things filled with wonder and joy.

 

Wish Bottles

 An Orchestra of Wishes…

While contemplating what 2014 may hold for us, I found myself in the realm of wishes. Dreams, hopes, wishes are wonderfully intagible wisps that flutter into our hearts burning to be seized! They can be overwhelming in their intensity at times. In other moments, we search for them frantically, fearing they may be lost.

So I decided to create a physical vessel to hold wishes. Long a collector of antique bottles, the idea of a message sent out to sea appeared in the forefront of my mind. A collage of collected ornaments formed on each bottle, a starfish here…a key over there. Each one a keepsake to hold an orchestra of wishes.

When you feel the nagging sensation of a dream appear, tear a scrap of paper from the nearest reel. Scratch your hopes onto it with unabashed glee. Into the bottle it goes, either rolled into a perfect little paperolle or straight, so hints of words can be seen as reminders. I like to hang them in the window and watch the light shine through the wish bottle, reflecting lively shadows on sunny days.

At the end of the year, a bottle full of wishes awaits. You can give them as a gift! What is more precious that a whole year of your hopes and dreams? Or keep them as a reminder that your soul is very much alive with joy. Afterall, the granting of all your wishes is not what’s important; it’s the collecting of dreams that keeps the heart beating.

And while I’ll have these bottles for sale in the shop this week, you may also make your own! Granted, I would be honored if you chose one of mine but welcome the proliferation of wish keepers in all their variations. Mine range in price from $14-$32 dollars depending on the rarity of the bottle and its adornaments.

Wishing you all a year of abundant joy and dreams requited!

Places that Inspire

The precipice of the new year often leaves me nostalgic for moments passed. I like to reflect on the people, places and things that inspired us to be where we are at this time. We received news earlier in the month that one of our favorite customers passed away. The last time she visited we spoke at length with her and her husband about places to visit in France for their upcoming trip. It was a magical moment with kindred spirits! Beyond our need to make a living, it reminded me of one of the reasons I first wanted to open a store and the place that inspired it.

The first twinge of desire to open my own shop appeared when Laurent and I visited Rocamadour. We were still living in France at the time. I saw this little store and my heart nearly burst with joy! The crooked roof, the tiny door, all tucked into the rocks…sigh…even now, I sometimes imagine The Curious Nest in this tiny building. Sitting at the foot of the largest shrine to the Black Madonna, a place ancient and blessed.

Now I imagine our friend peering up at those same rocks, hand clasped with her beloved, soaking in all the mystery of Rocamadour. The reason I first wanted to open a store was to share with others the things and ideas that made my heart delight. Not just physical items but also the places they came from or the idea that sparked their creation. We’ve noticed more people coming to us asking about where we find things or what inspired a certain piece of artwork (be it jewelry, books or paintings). I think we’re all craving those moments of connection and inspiration in a world that often leaves us bogged down in the quagmire.

So this year, instead of simple shop updates, I will also be writing about places, people and ideas that inspire. For those of you who are too far to visit in person, I’m hoping the pictures and words will transport you to our little nest. For obvious reasons, to keep the nest open we must sell physical items. More importantly, to keep the desire alive in us we must continue to create those little moments of kindred appreciation of all things beautiful, curious and divine. I hope 2014 is a year of discovery and joy for all.

Holiday Hours!

Our little nest is sparkling with all manner of twinkle lights, snowflakes and crystals! We are also fully stocked with small locally made stocking stuffers to one of kind treasures. I even did a rack of necklaces and earrings with vintage findings (earrings $16 necklaces $18), sterling & gemstone earrings $24 and more. We also have lavender sachets, soap ($6 and $2 bars), soy teacup candles ($12-$16), handmade ornaments and other small treats. If you are interested in giving my books for the holidays, we have about a dozen copies of the first book left in stock and about 25 of book 2. They flew out the door last week!

To make it a bit easier to see us this week, we will be open Wed-Sat 11-6 Sun-Mon 12-5, closed Dec 24-25th to re-open for normal hours the last week in December. We will then close up for the first week in January. We hope to see you all soon!

 Happy Holidays!

 

Twinkle, Sparkle Holiday Jewelry!

The holiday season is in full swing! We will be open this week, Wednesday-Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 12-5 and the following week Wednesday –Saturday 11-6 and Sunday-Monday 12-5 …to make shopping for curious treats and treasures a little easier. The shop looks brilliant with sparkly lights everywhere, handmade ornaments from local artists, a new batch of Debbie’s teacup candles, lavender sachets, soap, antiques, books and of course jewelry! I will be putting out new pieces daily including a  rack of $24 sterling and gold-filled earrings. Matching charm and gemstone necklaces and more.

 

BUT first, I wanted to make a few fancier pieces to beckon in the light of the year. From Victorian to Art Deco, I used shapes and pieces that inspired me from my favorite decorative time periods. The emerald deco necklace as well as the diamond deco flower set remind me of something worn at a Gatsby party! These two shimmer and shine in the sparkly lights. I hope you enjoy them

and will attach a price list below, all under $1000. I’ll have them in the shop starting tomorrow!

Antique Arrivals and Holiday Hours

The air is chilly, the twinkly lights are up and the holidays are officially upon us! First, we want to let you all know about our holiday hours, starting next week, we will be open Wednesday-Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 12-5 until Christmas. We will also be open Monday Dec. 23rd from 12-5 for those last minute shoppers!!! So come by and see what’s new, all the independent shops on our street are filled with cheer!

We also want to announce the arrival of some new French antique arrivals! There are plenty of medals to choose from including gold, silver, enamel and vintage base metal. Antique lockets, sliders, other jewelry. Sterling and base metal cigarette cases and matchboxes. A rare micromoasiac cross, porcelain Madonnas, hair reliquary, jewelry boxes and MORE!

I will also be adding new jewelry daily. We are fully stocked with soap, handmade teacup candles, ornaments and so much more. Both of my books are also available in the shop, in paperback, an excellent gift for young adult readers and up!!!

We hope to see you all soon! Stay warm and come in for some treats…

November Happenings

We wanted to announce a few new things that are happening at The Curious Nest. We just got in fresh soap from Circle Creek Home! This includes large bars of six new scents (Coconut Lime, Sweet Orange Clover, Peppermint Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Rosemary Mint, Lemon Poppy seed) for $6 each AND mini-bars of the same soaps for $2 each! The little ones are great for travel, hostess gifts or stocking stuffers. The sweet orange clove is my favorite! We also have in beautiful new lavender sachets by KG Crafts in both her usual red ticking, and other vintage material, as well as her quilted hearts. And of course I am working on new jewelry daily, getting the shop geared up for the holidays.

Also I will be doing a  FREE Kindle Download  of my first book “The Curious Ways of the Winships” from Nov. 1st through the end of the day on Nov. 2nd . This is the new version with photographs and thorough professional edit. Please spread the word if you enjoyed the first book! It has been getting some great attention and we have some really exciting projects in the works to be announced soon. If you have a moment to leave a quick review on Amazon, it is much appreciated! Also the second book A Curious Spring Fever- Kindle Edition  is now available on Kindle as well! And we have both in paperback in stock in the shop!

In the meantime, we hope to see you all soon! Lots of art, jewelry, antiques and more in the coming weeks…

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