The Cover Story

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The inspiration for our Winter 2012 catalog cover came from the many collective hours our team spends on pinterest. We came across the work of maricor/maricar, twin sisters from Australia who are making the most beautiful type from embroidery and cut paper.

We met them via email and commissioned a custom embroidery of the word “sale.” We knew we wanted it to be red, but left the rest up to them.

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They did the work first in pencil, sending us several options.

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Then they provided fabric swatches for us to choose our background. Love the denim! Then they worked their magic.

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Once the piece was completed, they shipped it to us in the states and we took about a million pictures of the very photogenic little piece of art.

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The detail and craftsmanship are astounding.  Hope you enjoyed this month’s cover. We’d love to hear what you thought.

Feel free to comment below, or email me anytime at danielle.kurtz@landofnod.com.

 

Danielle Kurtz

Creative Director @ Nod

DIY Cup Sphere

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Whattya need?

  • Small plastic cups
  • Hot glue gun

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How do I make the spheres?

Step 1:  Glue cups to each other at the base. (Keep rims and bottoms level.)

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Step 2:  Continue gluing cups to each other until sphere is complete.

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Created by Dane Holweger

Snickerdoodles

These snickerdoodles are a favorite recipe and so simple to make… comfort in a cookie.

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Snickerdoodles
adapted from Martha Stewart
makes three dozen 3 to 4-inch cookies

Ingredients
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons (2 stick or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, plus more if needed
2 large eggs

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400°, with one rack in top third and one rack in bottom third of oven.         Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add eggs, and beat to combine. Add dry ingredients, and beat to combine. (tip: chill the dough for an hour or two before scooping).
Once dough has chilled, in a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the ground cinnamon. Use a small ice-cream scoop to form balls of the dough, and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place about two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets after five minutes. Transfer the sheets to a wire rack to cool about five minutes before transferring the cookies to the rack.

Post by Becca : www.cakeeventsblog.com

For the Birds – Mitten Shaped Bird Seed Ornament

Post by Cameron of Homemade by Cameron

Ornaments make great gifts for everyone – but what about our little feathered friends? Well, these bird seed ornaments have been all over Pinterest, so I thought we’d make some. We had the most fun and they turned out just beautifully!

Mitten Shaped Bird Seed Ornament

You will need:

3-4 cups of birdseed

cookie cutters (or molds of some sort)

gelatine

Mitten Shaped Bird Seed Ornament 2Boil 1 cup of water and dissolve gelatine in it.  I used a 4 c. glass measuring cup so I could just dump the birdseed in once it was all dissolved up.  Add the birdseed (we didn’t quite have enough, so I added some All Bran – birds like fiber, right?)  Your mixture should be spoonable but not watery.  Since we only had cookie cutters, I taped them down to a piece of wax paper so (hopefully) the seed wouldn’t ooze out the bottom.  Hot tip – next time, I will put the wax paper on a cookie sheet before we filled ‘em up.  Whoops!

Mitten Shaped Bird Seed Ornament 3In case you wondered what my youngest does while we girls are having fun crafting . . . this is it.  Meet…Spatula Man!

Mitten Shaped Bird Seed Ornament 4Once your mixture is ready, fill your molds halfway up, then lay a piece of yarn tied in a loop for the hanger.  I heart this little 3-year-old hand holding a spoon – she’s getting too big too fast!

Mitten Shaped Bird Seed Ornament 5All filled up and ready to set!  We set ours outside so they would set up faster (although it only got down to 40, so it wasn’t exactly freezing out).

Mitten Shaped Bird Seed Ornament 6Look how pretty!  I hope the birds do come and enjoy them – this tree is right outside the window of our landing, so it is a great spot to sit and watch.

Mitten Shaped Bird Seed Ornament 7Ahhh, yes, these little guys fell off their hangers as soon as we tried to pick them up. Welcome to the Land of Impatient Crafters – oh well, now the chipmunks will get some, too!

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