DIY Colorful Drink Umbrella Wall Decorations

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Whattya need?

  • Poster putty
  • Wire snips
  • Drink umbrellas

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How do I make umbrella wall decorations?


Step 1: Fully open umbrellas, until they became convex.

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Step 2: Snip umbrella stem as close to the canopy assembly as possible.


Step 3: Apply small ball of poster putty to cut end.

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Step 4: Place on wall in desired arrangement.

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Created by Dane Holweger

 

Printable Placemats

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To call Hudson a picky eater is a gross understatement. I can fit the entire list of Hudson-approved foods on one side of a business card…plus, he's a gagger. Just utter the phrase, "Please eat one more green bean," and sure enough, in goes the green bean followed promptly by a dramatic gag.

After a dreadful tear- and gag-filled meal, I hatched a plan–turn it into a game.

Here's how it works: I printed out pictures of different foods and had him choose one from each food group and put it on the fridge as our "menu." Every time he takes a bite from a particular category, he puts an X in the box. He's eaten celery, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers and spinach this week with no complaining and no gagging. Plus, he's engaged with checking off the boxes, and run off before he's full.

I'm sure the novelty of the "game" will wear off. But it has given me renewed hope. Hope that if I put energy and creativity into it, I can encourage him to eat better without making it a traumatic experience. So I'm giving you my placemat downloads for all the little picky eaters in your life. You can print them at your local copy shop, and have them laminated…all for a couple bucks. Pick up some dry-erase markers while you're out and see how it works. It's worth a shot, right?

Here are the links to the downloads:

Hungry Placemat

Yummy Placemat

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Post by Christina Williams : justcallmechris.blogspot.com

Inside the Front Cover

For our Spring 2012 catalog cover we partnered with husband and wife duo, APAK Studio.    We love the dream-like quality of their work.

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And we were especially drawn to the little worlds they create through the use of clay and felt.

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Here’s what they came up with for our Spring cover.

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Not sure about you, but it makes me want to wish away this snow and go dig in my garden!

By Danielle Kurtz

Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet, but all her supplies have a layer of dust on them about 4 ½-years-thick, wonder if it's just a coincidence that her oldest kiddo is 4 1/2 years old?

Bouncy Ball Valentines

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Here is another fun Valentines idea. I picked up bouncy balls at the party store for about a quarter each. My store sold them in packs of 12, but they also had the balls available individually, which I thought was nice in case your kiddo’s class has, say, 26 students, you won’t be stuck buying a whole extra pack.

I couldn’t decide whether I liked the “have a ball” or “make my heart bounce” saying better, so I decided to do them both. I was thinking the “have a ball” phrase might be a better Valentine for boys to handout in class since it’s not too mushy.

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The packaging is simple. Pick up some of the mini (3×5 inch) zipper-top bags, often available at local craft stores in the jewelry section. Then print out our free Bouncy Ball Valentine Labels template on white or colored cardstock. Cut out each card, fold in half, then put each baggie between a card and staple.

 

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Post by Aimee and Bettijo : www.supermommoments.com