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The Crafty Nest moves from its perch to street level

By Magda Dakin

It’s spring and creative nests show up all over the area, including downtown Whitinsville. The Crafty Nest is a unique, literally hands-on studio where Miranda Osterman and Lesley Woods and friends guide you through making the craft projects and home decor of your choice.

It’s great place if you’ve never done crafty things before and equally great if you’re handy yourself but just don’t want to drag out the tools and clear off a place to mess with hammers, screwdrivers, glue, paint and wood.

The Crafty Nest isn’t new in town: Miranda and Lesley opened their studio in August of 2016, but recently moved from their perch above Domino’s Pizza to a beautiful street-level space next to the auto supply store and across from the bowling alley, at 116 Church Street.

The new space is much larger and can accommodate bigger classes, in demand since the classes have been filling up more and more each month. In fact, immediately after the grand opening event on April 7, they conducted a class for 32 people, all having a great time and taking a completed project home.  

“We started our first class with ten of our friends and it grew from there. Every month we look for more useful, fun projects that interest our crafters. And each month we get a bigger response,” says Miranda. “Between classes we are prepping for the next one since we do all the cutting ourselves ahead of time, so the attendees can sit right down and begin when they get here.” 

As an example, during the month of May the crafters have a choice of making a wooden door mat with option of personalized stencils, a decorative farmhouse serving tray, a hanging basket stand and two sizes of rustic table runner tray. Available craft choices are offered at affordable prices ranging from $35 to about $60. And if you absolutely have to have more than one, the classes are repeated throughout the month.

Next month’s projects include huge Yahtzee cubes and other fun things. The fun isn’t just for adults either. With the larger space The Crafty Nest can accommodate other events, such as the new Summer Camp at the Nest program. With classes for 6-9-year-olds as well as 10-13- year-olds, that could be a good summer adventure for them.

The Crafty Nest is also a possible place to host a birthday party—all ages—or a friendly night out with the girls and drinks.

Classes are by appointment. The finished home décor items are for sale in the store as well. Facebook has a complete listing of all events at /The Crafty Nest DIY.