Celebrating Memorial Day
Typically we would be kicking off Memorial Day with a family camping trip to the Hocking Hills in Ohio. Our kids would explore the caves, and our shop puppy would enjoy the hikes. But, as it is for all of you, this year is a little bit different. This year, we're able to take time to pause and really appreciate those we've lost through service. We are thankful and grateful for all of them and their families for their sacrifices.
SHOP TIPS & TRICKS
WE'RE CELEBRATING YOU!
This week's customer review highlights feature reviews from around the South. We're sharing pics from Amanda, Tammie, Karen and Mariann.
If you'd like us to highlight your new piece, send us those pics! We'll select a few each week and share them here and on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Also, keep sending us your feedback, so we know how we're doing.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us. We're so grateful to know we're in homes across the country, from coast to coast and North to South. When we're boxing up shipments, we're thinking about the town and cities they're off to and how they'll be loved. Thank you for giving us a peek at their new homes!
MEMORIAL DAY SALE
Use code MEMORIALDAY2020 to save 20% off your purchase.
Our Easy Swap 4-in-1 Wreath Bundle gives you a wreath for every season with a quick and easy switch of a bow and sign. Get your burlap base pre-made or get crafty and order the kit. With the 4-in-1 bundle you get 4 seasonal signs, 4 coordinating, ready-to-attach bows and a base to last all year. Check them out and order today! Or, order our daisy welcome wreath or summer welcome as separate pieces.
Happy Mother's Day
SHOP TIPS AND TRICKS
HOW CAN I BRING MY WREATH BACK TO LIFE?
Many of you are repeat customers, and we're so thankful for that. If you joined us for last year's Patriotic Welcome Burlap (now available on our site) Wine & Wreaths event, you may be ready to bring it back out for the season.
But how do you bring back a wreath that's been in storage for a year? Here are some tips:
- Spray those burlap wreaths with starch and give them a fluff. Fluff the folds, and pull out the edges back to their full width. Let them dry.
- Fluff those bows. Bows get flattened easily, but that doesn't mean they can't be beautiful again. Fluff the loops and give the tails a new trim. They'll be as good as new again.
- Re-fluff the ribbon pieces. Sometimes they just need stretched back out and put back into place.
- Tack those flowers back into place. If the don't stick in place quite as well, you don't need a glue gun to fix them. Super glue small pieces back where they belong. Just be careful not to glue yourself!
MEMORIAL DAY SALE
Use code USA2020 to save 20% off of our Red, White and Blue collection. Applies to all of our red, white and blue patriotic wreaths and kits. Does not apply to wreaths that can be customized to red, white and blue combinations or custom orders.
GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE
Looking for gift ideas but not sure what they'd like?
We now offer e-gift cards! Purchase one for your friend, sister, mom or favorite lady in your life, and let her pick just the right door decor she's been looking for.
Our Blessed Signs Are Back in Stock
Our original "Blessed" signs are back! But only in a limited quantity (like 7). We also have most tulip colors available until the end of the season. Place your Spring Blessed Tulips wreath or Hydrangea Blessed wreath orders today before they run out!
Secretariat for the win!
This year's virtual Kentucky Derby winner was Secretariat! And while we couldn't attend this year like we did for the first time last year, we were reminded of these great hats we made as part of our Derby Hats Wine & Wreaths in 2018. Check out our Tips and Tricks section for more info on making your own Derby Hat for the real race September!
Our Blessed Signs Are Back in Stock
Our new white "Blessed" signs are in stock and ready to go. Joining them are our yellow/orange, white and aqua tulips. Place your Spring Blessed Tulips wreath or Hydrangea Blessed wreath orders today before they run out!
OUR GIFT TO YOU AND YOUR MOM
In the spirit of Derby Day, let's get you a winnings purse!
You probably know SNC is a mother-daughter duo built from our love of crafting together. We want to know about the special mom in your life! Sunday, May, 10th, we'll choose one lucky mother-daughter duo to receive a $10 gift card to the shop. Here's how to enter:
1. Share a pic of you and your mom to Facebook or Instagram.
2. Tag SNC (Squirrel's Nest Creations on Facebook or @Squirrels_Nest_Creations on Instagram)
3. Tag your mom
4. Use the hashtag #motherdaughterduo
Start shopping our pre-made section or wreath kits to pick out what you'll get with your purse.
SHOP TIPS & TRICKS
HOW CAN I MAKE A DERBY HAT?
In 2018, we helped these two ladies make their own Derby hats at one of our favorite spots, West Side Brewery.
So, here's how we did it. Straw hats are available online in many outlets. We used some leftover flowers from various projects. If you're ordering, you don't need many--you can go one big one or 3-5 smaller ones. We made these without any glue guns. Using wire and pipe cleaners, we attached each flower--they don't have to coordinate! We also used some leftover mesh and tulle to make the large bow, and topped it off with a few feathers. The bigger the better. And, to keep a stiff brim, spray it with spray starch and set on a flat surface.
CELEBRATING THE GRADS
We've been keeping busy these last couple of weeks making grad wreaths for 2020 Seniors. This is a sample of the many (many) Here's to the Grad wreaths we've been working on. From California to Massachusetts and from Minnesota to Florida, we've been shipping stacks of wreaths across the country. We're grateful to be the shop so many parents are turning to to make this challenging spring a little more fun for their special grads. If you haven't ordered yet, don't worry. We're still taking orders!
IDEAS FOR MOM
We're a mother-daughter duo crafting because we love to. We're not out to become wreath-making millionaires (is that a thing?). We just want to share what we do with others.
Our story starts with us making wreaths for friends and family. Making all of the floral arrangements and bouquets for my wedding and my sister's. From there we started doing more. More wreaths. More arrangements.
In 2012, I was sitting home alone on a Sunday. My husband had been deployed to Afghanistan. My parents were hundreds of miles away. And I found myself on Etsy. Then, I had an idea. Why weren't we doing this? Why hadn't we thought of selling our pieces? And so, we did.
I called up my mom and said, "We need to be doing this. Our stuff is as good as this. Let's try it!"
I signed us up for a three-day festival as a vendor, and we crafted as much as we could working up to the big day. We started gobbling up all of the flowers we could...slowly transitioning my basement into a floral warehouse. The big debut day came. We set up our first tent. Our first display of what we'd been working on for months. And with the first day of the show also came tornado warnings and severe thunderstorms. We battened down the hatches as much as we could the first night and prayed all night long that our little booth and all of our goodies would survive. The next morning, we found our tent still in tact...less a few pieces. Our first show wasn't a huge success, but boy did we learn some things! Number one being, and I'm quoting my business partner (my mom) here, "No more outside shows."
Zoom forward 8 years and here we are. We ships our pieces across the country from coast to coast. We host in-home wreath-making parties. We now only participate in two large (indoor) shows. And our business is blooming. It's all thanks to all of you. And we couldn't be more grateful.
So, take a few minutes to read more about what we do, what we've learned, and how we're doing. Connect with us. Comment and share. Ask us questions. We're ready to share our nest with all of you.