Teacher Appreciation Gift – Class Book of Love

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My girls' attend Walorf preschool and as a teacher apreciation gift, I organized a book for each of the two teachers.

My firend Anri, who is a talented illustrator, designed the pages. We included the beautiful school pictures taken by Brydget. Both mums of kids in the class.

Each Daisy, as our class is named, was given two simply and sweetly designed pages with their name, photograph, and a few lines for a special memory.

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On Monday mornings we often make it outside a little early to pick flowers to take to class.       It started with violets and we have moved through daisies and heather as our 'weeds' have changed. So it was fitting for the girls to draw pictures of them giving flowers to their teachers.

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I am amazed at how well the girls are able to communicate their feelings in such and honest and unguarded way.

Next week Anri and I will collect all the pages and make each teacher a book filled with smiling faces, happy drawings, beautiful memories and exubing love. Perfect!

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Thumb Print Valentine’s Day Cards

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Again, all props for this craft must go to my mom as she was the first person (and only really) that I’ve ever seen make these.  I don’t know if she ever used them as Valentine’s Day cards but she made Christmas ornaments out of them and little framed pictures for our bedrooms.  It’s a super simple craft to do with your kids and really, what’s more basic for our “back to basics” month than your finger-prints.

We’re posting this prior to February so you have plenty of time to make these for Valentine’s Day cards if you want to.  You can mount the fingerprint cards on different colored pieces of paper, blank cards, or leave them as is.  I’ve included pictures for you to reference that detail a number of different ways the finished product could look.  I don’t know about you but I think these would make adorable Valentine’s for your child’s school Valentine’s Day party—if your child is lucky enough to go to a school where they still do that! Otherwise, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and all kinds of special friends will love these.

What you need:

  • Valentine’s Day colored paper
  • Valentine’s Day colored ink pads
  • Glitter…the more the better!
  • Fine tip black marker
  • Glue
  • I also recruited Martha Stewart glitter photo corners, stickers, borders, and glitter glue….but really, it’s completely up to you.

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Step One:

If you’re doing this with someone as little as my Georgia….almost two….make sure you pick a very “agreeable” time of day…like one where she won’t mind getting her fingers dirty, sitting still for a few minutes, and not bolting out of her seat as soon as possible  to touch other stuff with her inky fingers.

Cut your papers to size.  Decide how big you want your Valentine’s cards to be and cut your colored papers appropriately before you ink them up.

Decide on a few thumb print ideas….love bugs, love monkey, love birds, hearts, etc.

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Step Two:

I decided on four sayings for my cards and printed those on the paper I wanted to use.  I made sure they were spaced far enough apart that when I cut the paper to size it would be a reasonable size for a card.  And then…… I started the thumb-printing.  This in no way was meant to be a topless craft, however, not ruining Georgia’s favorite “birdy” shirt necessitated it in the end.  Also, please note….the finished products that I include below are not the ones that Georgia “helped” with.  She ended up just playing with stickers.  However, should you have kids that are a bit older they can take part in 100% of this craft….and will do just fine!

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Step Three:

Once your thumb-printing is complete begin the decorating.  Add whatever you need to to the thumb-prints to finish what they are; antennas, eyes, legs, polka dots, glitter of course… your choice.  And then…mount them on a different colored paper to complete the cards!  Happy Valentineing!

P.S. My finished product pictures are a bit dim…I thought it was a brighter day out than it actually was apparently.

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I’m so excited that I can barely sit in my chair!

I have had the unmitigated pleasure of managing The Land of Nod Merchandising department for the past 9 months.  I know, serious dream job.  Honestly, not really work at all, more like a dream where you get to play with dolls, sit in piles of gorgeous linens, and travel the world creating anything you can dream up and trust me I can come up with some wacky stuff.              So, unfortunately for me my dream job is coming to an end, (don’t feel bad – my new gig at The Land of Nod is pretty good).

So, why am I so excited?  In the last 9 months we have been putting together the most exciting product collection I have ever seen, (obviously I am biased).  There has been so much creativity here, that at times I thought we might burst with the excitement.  And I’m excited, because the initial assortment is available right now!  It’s bright and bold and has a great sense of humor.  The assortment is amazing and it will just keep getting better over the next year.

Some of my favorite items:

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Grey Low-Rise Crib. My children no longer sleep in a crib, but this one is so good looking it makes me want to have another.

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Rapsberry Jenny Lind Bed. It’s been a personal dream of mine to “color” our Jenny Lind bed, you better believe it was the first thing I did!

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Watermelon Stripe Bedding. This is the anti-thesis to Chicago in January (where I am) – delicious!

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Head in the Clouds Pillow. A smiling cloud – who wouldn’t be happy!

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Woodgrain Ceiling Lamp. I love all things woodgrain.

I hope you enjoy the new product, as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it.  Stay tuned for more to come.

 XO

Michelle

 By Michelle Kohanzo

Aside from being the Managing Director of The Land of Nod, mother to four kids (yes I said FOUR!) and a gourmet cook, Michelle is a retail junky. From Zara to Marc Jacobs, Target to Nordstroms, she doesn’t discriminate, there’s room in her heart and closet for them all.  And the addiction doesn’t stop at fashion, she’s painted her dining room at least 5 times, and changes rugs like most women change their sheets. Retail isn’t therapy for Michelle, it’s more like oxygen.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Hello fellow-LON-lovers. My name is Amy and I write about my sewing projects and my love of collecting vintage items at my blog, Diary of a Quilter.  I especially love those great vintage finds at thrift stores. They are few and far between, but I love finding those rare vintage gems. One of my latest obsessions is vintage school books.

This is one of the finds from my most recent trip: a spelling book from 1963.
My favorite part is the illustrations. This one was more of a proper text book with actual work in it, so there are fewer illustrations. But what there is is good stuff.
 Over time, I am starting to gather a small collection of them.  
This is from the 1951 classic "I Wonder Why." Such stimulating content: "Picture of Weather. See this picture of weather." But  I'm sure the charming illustrations captured the hearts and imaginations of many young students.
 Look. This one explains where babies come from!
And that's about as much detail as you get. :)
This one is my favorite. It must have been for really young students because it is full mostly of illustrations with very little text. And the illustrations are fabulous. 
The book has already been used as a cutter so I don't feel any obligation to keep it pristine.       I'd like to cut it up some more but I don't actually know what to do with the illustrations.           Any great ideas? I'd love suggestions. (I'm so not creative in these areas.)  I want to live in that house with the red roof.

Oh no! Someone opened the chocolates, smashed the walnut shells on the table, left out the newspaper and their blue sweater!  Those pesky kids! What should June Cleaver do??         (Are you glad no one expects you to wear a lovely dress, heels and pearls every day?  Or do you wish you could?)

Machines! 

And last, but certainly not least, another fabulous vintage school find from the thrift store.           I LOVE IT!  I got it for $14.  It's not in mint condition (has anyone ever seen a school desk that was?) But it looks good. I gave it a good Lysol job when it got home. I'm now trying to decide whether to spray paint the metal or leave the 'aged patina.' I wonder what the Keno brothers would tell me to do. They'd probably say leave it.

My little guys love it too. Sweet!
(Which is good, because as much as I'd like to, I can't actually fit in it myself.)
Post by Amy Smart : www.diaryofaquilter.com