Tuesday, September 24, 2013

{{BIG GIVEAWAY}} Feather your next + Dream Lab


we have a winner! Congratulations 
Heather Roberts-VanSickle!


Feathering the Nest
Unbelievable! I am so excited to offer today - a giveaway to BOTH upcoming e-courses - Leah Kent and Stephanie Perkinson's Feathering the Nest and Mama Scout's Dream Lab. This is a $89 value! 

I took Feathering the Nest last session and loved it. I was so inspired to straighten, fluff and add sparkle to my space. And what a combination - to be working on your inner and outer space at the same time! Brilliant!

Skip down to the bottom to see how to enter and to find a code for a discount just for Mama Scout readers!

For fun, I asked Leah a few interview questions. I think you will fall in love with her work as much as I have. 



1. Tell me about your creative passion/talents and how you want to impact the world.
I am passionate about the everyday opportunities we all have to be creative and make our mark on the world. That’s why I started Skill It, to share and celebrate the joys and pleasures of living a handmade, homemade life. While growing up I would spend endless hours practicing sewing and embroidery, skills that my mother taught me from an early age. From my dad, I learned all about gardening, woodworking, and how to use lots of different tools.

I think that being able to make things with our hands creates a connection with the world around us that makes us feel grounded, content, and confident. I love being part of this growing community of people who are practicing these talents. My hope is to encourage people to teach these skills to young people. The sooner children are given the opportunity to be contributing and useful members of the family, the happier I think they grow up to be.

2. Can you offer a few tips for cultivating creativity and beauty into daily life?
To me, creativity and beauty are often borne out of simplicity. The more space we gift ourselves with, the more we can relax into the beauty that is already there around us. I like to keep a gratitude journal to help me slow down and notice the little things that happened through the day and made me smile. I have learned that less is truly more when it comes to feeling creative in life. I’ve said “no” a little bit more often so I would have more unstructured time in which I could relax, play, and simply enjoy how my weekend wants to unfold. And when in doubt, turn to nature. I am always inspired when I go to the coast and collect shells and rocks, or when I take long walks and notice the smallest things that pop up along my path.

3. What are you in love with right now?
Embroidery samplers and beading! I love the meditative element of stitching things by hand. I recently rediscovered the symbolism of spirals and I am stitching these onto linen right now. Making each stitch by hand helps me find a sense of peace and calm and really brings me into the present moment, sort of like the yoga of sewing!
As for the beading, I have always enjoyed making jewelry. I’ve had a lot of long-term projects on my plate this year and I was craving something that could be completed quickly. I became fascinated with the wooden mala beads used for meditation so I figured out how to make these myself. So in case it didn’t come through, you can tell from these answers that I am really into deepening my meditation and yoga practices right now, too.

4. What are you looking forward to this season?
Spending time in my kitchen making soup, roasted vegetables, and banana bread. I love that Fall is a time to turn on the oven to warm up the house and make something delicious and nourishing. My big soup pots and baking sheets get quite the workout in the Fall and Winter! My favorite soup right now is Chorizo, white bean and collards. When it comes to roasting vegetables, I am in love with broccoli, Brussels sprouts and butternut squash. And banana bread is something I love experimenting with in the kitchen, always playing around with different add-ins like dates, pumpkin seeds, crystallized ginger, and chocolate chips. You can’t go wrong with chocolate!



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Feathering the Nest is a beautiful, two week journey created to guide you into making your home a beautiful space that mirrors the love & dreams you hold in your soul. 


Your guides, Leah Kent and Stephanie Perkinson, want to guide you to finding ways for your home to not only reflect the beauty inside of you, but to nurture and give back to you, in a way that transforms how you move through each day. This class is an eclectic journey through your home, a sensual path to self-discovery. We will be creating beautiful things for our homes with our own hands, getting cozy with intuitive writing exercises and cooking up some delicious recipes.


Because the journey is so meaningful when we share it with others, Feathering the Nest includes membership in a sacred online space to share your experience, pictures and inspirations with kindred souls.


Whether you space is large or small, rented or owned, we think you are going to love learning how to infuse each corner with your essence to create a sanctuary for you and all who inhabit it. If you’d like to learn more about the class that starts on September 30th, just click here.



We are delighted to offer the MamaScout community a special price on the course tuition. Please use the code MAMASCOUT at checkout to receive a 15% discount. Click here to learn more and join the gorgeous circle that is forming: http://skillitri.com/feathering-the-nest/.



How to enter:

Leave a comment about why you would like to participate in these classes. 

That is it. 

I will pick a winner this Friday.

29 comments:

  1. Ah I so so need help with making my living space a nice place to be!

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  2. Oooh, I took Feathering the Nest in the spring and was also so inspired. I'd love to join in again this session. And after happily participating in A Book ABout Me, the Holiday e-Lab, and Letters from Paris, I have no doubt I'd LOVE your Dream Lab too!! Thank you for this fantastic chance to win!

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  3. I'd like to enter! I didn't connect who Leah was until now; I knew she was a neat person, but a teacher, guide, inspiration as well... cool!

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  4. I'd like to enter. Just now finally connected who Leah is; we met through YOUR class! :)

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  5. I haven't given my space attention in awhile due to grad school commitments and children. It's time to get some corners refreshed and updated to reflect where I'm going! Thank you so much for the opportunity!!

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  6. We're currently living with family in their house. When we picked up and moved half way across the country I realized that 1. I have way too much stuff and 2. Our previous home had lots of clutter an no personality. I feel like you should walk in the front door and immediately know a little about the people who live there.

    We also have some big dream plans that were party of the impetus for moving. So exploring those ideas and making plans in a supportive community would be helpful, inspiring and, hopefully, motivational!

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  7. I would love to take these. First your courses maze and inspire, and secondly since we are in a new home I am always looking for ideas to make it better

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  8. When we packed up for a cross-country move this summer I realized that 1. We have WAY TOO MUCH stuff 2. Despite all this stuff n clutter n more stuff that our home had no personality. I feel like you should immediately get a sense of who the people are who live in a space the moment you walk in.

    We also made this move partially to put us on the path to some fairly big dreams/plans. This lab would help explore that even more and, hopefully, act as motivational inspiration!

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    1. !!! Yay! You won!

      Contact me to give me your email and address and I will get you registered for Dream Lab and Feather the Nest!

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  9. I'd like to participate in these classes to work on both my outside space (my home and surroundings) and my inside space (my head, heart, mind, and spirit). I just finished A Book About Me, and I think Dream Lab, which I already signed up for, will be an absolutely perfect follow-up to the work I've already done. Feathering the Nest sounds like a course that can really inspire me to make my home a more peaceful sanctuary for myself and my child. It would be nice to feel comfortable and relaxed at home rather than stressed. It's been said that a disorganized outside leads to a disorganized inside, and I'd really like the opportunity to work on both my outside and inside. Thank you for the opportunity, Amy!

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  10. I need to make my house feel like a home. It, as well as myself, could definitely use a little sprinkling of "pixie dust." These workshops could be just what I need. Thanks!

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  11. Debbie Hines9/24/13, 2:10 PM

    Such an awesome giveaway! Autumn is my favorite time of year...perfect time to refresh and renew my home and my spirit!...thanks for this wonderful opportunity! :)

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  12. I would like to take more ownership of the opportunities and beautiful life I've been given. These classes seem like good tools.

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  13. I'd like to take more ownership of this beautiful life I've been given.

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  14. I would love to participate in these classes. The home decor one looks so dreamy. I would love the opportunity!

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  15. i would love a chance to participate in dream lab. i did feathering the nest on the first round and it was amazing. it is TIME to get shit done and i would love to learn from your wisdom.

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  16. I would be thrilled to win this giveaway! I am in a major period of transition and these two classes are exactly the push I need to focus on positive changes right now. Thanks for this amazing opportunity!

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  17. As a mother of three, very little attention is paid to my space. I would love to find the inspiration to make a nest for myself here.

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  18. When I saw the description of Leah's course it totally made me laugh. All of the corners of our house need some love. LOL. Some major de-cluttering and then some love. I've been dying to paint my downstairs bathroom pink with glitter on the walls, but have held back and not done it. :/

    And as for your class, I think it just sounds magical and a push in the right direction to get me motivated to do a bunch of things I need to do to follow my dream. The other day, I was doing a silly little thing, but I vibrated with the sense that there was potential on the horizon. I want to make more of those feelings and progress toward my vision.

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  19. Oh!!! I need inspiration for my world that has seemingly become lack-luster. I am an artist by heart, mama by blessings, but overwhelmed and disconnected by the chaos of the world. I would love to be a part of your teachings!

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  20. Oh!!! I need inspiration for my world that has seemingly become lack-luster. I am an artist by heart, mama by blessings, but overwhelmed and disconnected by the chaos of the world. I would love to be a part of your teachings!

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  21. Not only does my small living space need some serious creativity and inspiration, but I have a couple of ideas simmering that need a push to make reality- just what the Dream Lab seems to be all about. This sounds like a great combination as we head into winter- and yes, I need to get some shit done!

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  22. Not only does my small living space need some serious creative inspiration, I have a couple of ideas simmering that need a push to become reality- just what the Dream Lab seems to be all about. As we head into winter, this seems like a great combo to invite some positive changes.

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  23. I would love to get inspiration, help and support to redecorate our bedrooms and finish some projects round the house. I've just taken the a book about me lab with Amy, would be great to keep receiving her emails with the dream lab! Thanks in advance!

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  24. Does Australopithecus dream?
    by Merrick Weaver

    I’ve spent the last four years growing, birthing, nursing, and keeping two tiny humans from being eaten by any number of predatory animals native to the intermountain west. I feel like I've hit that stage in my life where I look haggard and exhausted, while my husband Jesse is looking hotter and hotter. I know this havoc has been wreaked by the tiny humans who, in some combination of miracle & science experiment, were expelled from my body. If biology were reversed, I would look smokin' and Jesse would look like shit.

    Just last week, we started watching Walking with Beasts with our three-year old.* I realized that identified more closely with Babble, the Australopithecus female, than the human being I was four short years ago. I am hoping that The Dream Lab reminds me that I’m more human than humanoid.

    *Walking with Beasts is a BBC series on Netflix, narrated energetically by the adorable Brit Sir Kenneth Branaugh. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/prehistoric_life/tv_radio/wwbeasts/

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    1. Typo:) "I realized that I identified more closely with Babble..." (Only one typo is pretty good for a typing Australopithecus.)

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  25. Since we moved to Colorado I have spent the past five years missing my home in the east coast and neglecting my home here. Five years is a long time to finally make peace and pour my soul into this home and change my attitude..

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  26. I just started working full time with a 5 year old and 7year old...I need to take some time to tend to our home.....its looking quite disheveled and not too cozy at the moment! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  27. I'd like to take these classes because I home school my son and I need ME time... These classes would offer me a creative way to go about doing just that... I really need time to be able to take care of my home and make my space a place of peace and comfort.

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