Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Bird's Nest has closed the doors for the season.  I had a good summer and it was wonderful to visit with everyone and meet new friends along with many returning visitors.  Thank you to all who made the year a success.  Now it's time to concentrate on celebrating Jesus' birth...the one who gives us new life in Him and Love, Joy, Peace and Hope in our lives. It's also time to spend with the grandchildren.... three of them decorated our tree...(along with Grandpa's help)  and it's the most beautiful  one ever! :)  This winter  I'll be working on new items for the shop, along with getting my inventory caught up. And who knows, we may even get a little vacation down south somewhere....??  Summers are way to busy for anything like that.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, May the Peace of Christ dwell in your hearts always...The Bird's Nest family, Karen and Galen

Monday, December 1, 2014


 Here's Cindy Bontrager's table at the Open House...she brought some beautiful hand painted signs too...you're gonna love em!

Hand crocheted baby items, and she used the softest yarn...love them.

Also have beautiful hand made jewelry...you won't believe it..  Come on out so you have first pick.  Don't forget we have refreshments too.  Along with antiques, quilted items and unique clown and animal dolls.  See you later......

Friday, November 28, 2014


A few vendors needed to bring their items earlier, so we'll have the Open House start on Saturday....I'm also open today (Friday), if anyone is out and about....but sorry, no refreshments or specials until tomorrow.  The gift card/money holders are going well....I'll have to sew up a few over the week-end.  Hope to see you all next week! 

 Christmas Apron, along with many other aprons...some new work aprons, and Plus sizes available at the open house.
Beautiful pieced wall hanging made by my husbands cousin.  Be sure to check it out!

Catnip mice, your cat will LOVE it.  Made some special red and green ones for your christmas stockings.  They are made with catnip collected and dried locally.

Be sure to check out these washclothes...they have the scratcher right in the middle...no searching for the scratcher while washing dishes, or searching for your cloth when finished scrubbing...it's all in your hand!
I love them!

Monday, November 17, 2014

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE - Dec. 1 - 6, 2014.....9-5

It's that time of year again....time for the Christmas Open House at Bird's Nest.  The dates are Dec. 1 thru 6, and the time is 9 - 5, except the last sat. we will close at 2 pm. 

There will be several other vendors there, with unique gifts to purchase.  Some of the items are hand crocheted baby items, home-made goatsmilk soap, handpainted items by Cindy Bontrager;  along with drink and refreshments for everyone. 

So tell your friends, and plan a special day to come visit Shipshewana, and Bird's Nest Crafts. 

Monday, October 6, 2014


Bird's Nest will be closed this week, October 6 - 11, I want to be available to help my daughter and family, who just had a little baby girl named Sadie Ann, join their family.  The baby is having to spend a little extra time in the hospital because she is jaundiced and has to be under the light.  Your prayers for the family to soon be home and together again would be appreciated.  She's such a little sweetheart, it's hard to not be able to hold her right now.  Have a blest week everyone, and I'll be open next week. :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014


 New Crocks

 Beautiful Oak dresser with original pulls on two drawers.  Only needs pulls for one drawer and it will be like new.

Dressing table I found at a garage sale.  Love it as it is, or could put a skirt around it.......and see the pink bunny? It was in the bottom of a box with some McCoy pieces...looks like USA.  I love the little guy!

 Great old frame around a cute picture of a little girl with chicks.....also still have Mother's silver-overlay, and the beautiful old trunk that has been refinished, great for a coffee table w/storage.

 This high chair was a garage sale find.  It opens forward and turns into a little chair/table.  In really good shape.

 I have three of these round tables in the shop right now.  This one has the best finish on it.  I love to display plants/flowers on them.

 Old marble game, along with old tools.  Sold the soddering (sp?) iron off this table yesterday.

 Nice dresser, and pictures for sale.  The little girl is holding a chick.  Would look great in any room of your home.

 Love these friendship quilts...don't know the ladies that made them.....but this one has some beautiful squares, and you can feel the love they put into their square.

Another kitty joined the "old cat" in the shop.  He's old, soft, has blue eyes, and is just adorable.
 Fruit plates/holders
An OLD kitten picture.  Love it.

So come on out and see the shop...it's full again.  Have a lot under the front porch roof too.  Love to visit...see you soon.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


My Mother's silver-overlay collection just arrived at the shop...she had some unique pieces.  Also, Cindy Bontrager brought this beautiful old wooden chest that she has re-finished.  Would make the best coffee table around...I love it.  Stop in and check out the other new items in the shop....

Thursday, March 27, 2014


I'm planning to open the shop for the summer on April 8.  I've been going to garage sales and sewing a few new items.  Here's a picture of the most current item.  It's a cleaning apron to wear around the house.  My granddaughter had to wear one to help me clean the other day....love having her help!  She had a spot for the dustrag, dust spray, cleanser and toothbrush, and was ready to clean.

Here she is getting that sink really clean!

Took a packaging bag apart and made a cleaning apron out of it.  It's made for adults, but kids like it too.  Has two pockets, one deep pocket and a strap to hang a cloth from.  Makes cleaning a lot more fun..... just ask my granddaughter :)

Monday, January 13, 2014


Today I had a great time creating little stockings that you can use to put  a giftcard or cash in at Christmas, then use as a tree ornament later.  Or - just use as a tree ornament.  They're turning out really cute.  Can't wait till spring to see if they sell in the shop