fan-tastic fans…

A while back I found these lovley white fans with soft teak handles at a Japanese store. I was immediately smitten and bought them with my sister's August wedding in mind.

I debated between keeping them pristinely white or decorating them…in the end I did a subtle leaf pattern with my sis's wedding colour, clover green. Then I added some baby pink blooms as it's her favorite hue.

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Then I painted each bridesmaid's initials on the handle and added a small Martha Stewart ribbon accent. One of my favorite new craft products is a gloss medium that comes in a fine squeeze bottle, I gave the blooms a little sparkle with that.

Only one side was decorated incase we wanted some photos with blank fans.

Finally they were wrapped and ready for the shower…

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Instead of a card I opted to use one of my beloved Amy Butler fabric tags. I hate to part with these, I hoarde them, they are my crafty addiction…but my little sis is worth it.

Wishing I had bought more fans to decorate with the kiddos, the possiblities are endless.        Get some, get creative, be…

fan-tastic.

Post by Kerry MacLeod : www.snickerdoodles.ca

Chase Away the Rainy Day Blues

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I was pretty psyched when Land of Nod sent us their Rainy Day Art Kit to review, as it includes SO MANY projects – two "felt friends" to sew, two tissue paper art projects, a needlepoint kit, and animal molds with play clay. F insisted we wait until an actual rainy day to open the box (she's very literal). When the first rainy day finally arrived we had the girls' cousin, C, over for a playdate; this made me a little nervous as all the projects come in packs of two, but I figured that the box included enough projects that we could make it work. F and C quickly gravitated to the tissue paper art, which was wonderful – lots of fun with little adult supervision. But P decided she wanted to try the needlepoint kit. Um, I can't sew. At all. Zip. Zilch. Nada. So we tried to learn together and it was a mess. F tried too. No success. Luckily, the "felt friends" project saved the day. On the downside, I had to help P sew her dog, as she struggled with finding the holes and keeping the stitching consistent. On the upside, this was P's favorite art project ever. She carries her new "homemade" doll ("pinkie pie") with her everywhere, explaining to everyone that she made it herself.

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Finally, all three kids decided to spend thirty minutes or so sculpting animals with the play clay and cut out shapes. When I looked at the clock a whole hour and a half had gone by since we opened the box. A great morning. Even if we couldn't master the sewing.

All in all I think this is a really wonderful project box, with 1-2 kids it could last a whole day.

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Post by Darcy : bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com

The Tastes and Smells of Christmas

Post by Brittany Egbert for One Charming Party of onecharmingparty.com

Nothing tastes like Christmas more than hot chocolate. We think this homemade version is fit for Jolly Old Saint Nick himself! But even if your holiday agenda doesn’t include flying in a reindeer-drawn sleigh or delivering presents around the world, you too will need a break from the hustle and bustle at some point. Relax and enjoy this recipe—a perfect pairing with some peppermint bark or a couple of warm sugar cookies.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe Now that your lights are up and your tree is trimmed, make your house smell like Christmas, too. This delicious-smelling potpourri recipe is sure to do the trick.  It’s so easy to make with items you probably already have in your cupboard.

DIY Holiday Potpourri Post by Brittany Egbert for One Charming Party of necharmingparty.com

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do! – Nod Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Land of Nod Ugly Christmas Sweater PartyHoliday cheer was running rampant through the Nod office last Friday. It was the day the Creative Department hosted its 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Party and Contest. Entrants were treated to the taste of delicious cheeseburgers and fries from the golden arches, the sounds of holiday music and the sights of a few too many holiday turtlenecks.

Land of Nod Ugly Christmas Sweater Party WinnerIn the end the best sweater trophy (trophy courtesy of our copywriter, Dan) was awarded to Tony, our Sr. Copywriter. He set the bar high with his head-to-toe ensemble consisting of plaid wool pants, a snowflake turtleneck and, the icing on the cake, a Santa sweater vest straight from his mother-in-law’s closet. Congrats Tony!