We Love Chicks!

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My boys love fuzzy yellow chicks. I partially blame this sudden chick obsession on Liam’s preschool—his class is currently helping chicks hatch. (How cool is that?!?!)

Last week when we decorated for Easter Liam and Harrison requested more chicks. We did pick up a fuzzy chick from Pier1, yet it just wasn’t enough for them. So, we created a chick banner yesterday. The banner was very easy to create, so we wanted to share it. To make this you will need:

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:: Circle cutter
:: Yellow and orange paper
:: Glue
:: Wiggly eyes (or small black buttons or a black marker)
:: Scissors
:: Craft knife
:: Twine (or better yet: yellow fuzzy fun fur)
:: Energetic, chick-loving superkid

To get started, cut out 16 4-inch yellow circles.

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Cut an orange beak for each circle.

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Then Harrison happily glued eyes and beaks onto each circle, creating a chick.

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Let dry. If you’re anywhere as enthusiastic about glue as Harrison, the drying will be the longest step.

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Using your craft knife, cut slits, and thread the twine. Hang.

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Now our entertainment center feels a little more like Easter and my boys are happy to have more yellow chicks around our home!

Post by Aimee and Bettijo : www.supermommoments.com

Not just for the boys….

Some girls like pink ponies and butterflies, others like dinosaurs and playing with cars…and some girls…well they like BOTH! Here are a few looks for those girls out there that want a greater mix of décor, a mix that is as vast as their great interests.

Why not mix your love of constellations with a few funky graphic patterns and a ruffle or two.

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You can really play up some pops of color with this dinosaur quilt. The polka dot sheets, fabric banners and recycled cotton rug add additional color and pattern without overwhelming.        The dot graphic curtains add depth to the room- and they are borrowed from a crib set!     Don’t be afraid to look all over for those perfect accents when creating a room, you never know where you might find it!

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A personal favorite of mine- the nautical look is a classic color combination that can fit into any room! These graphic stripe sheets adds some punch- especially paired with cherry red accents.  The tiny bubbles curtain panels add a bit of lightness to the space.

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For those who want to be on trend- but not trend driven, yellow and grey is a great palette to work off of. You can add accents of pink and aqua for a cheery and bright look now and change the accents later to reflect a more monotone and sophisticated color palette.

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Interested in these looks? All the products shown are available at The Land of Nod.

 

By Sarah Culbertson  

Once upon a time a fashion plate from Seattle met a childrens retailer from Chicago, and it was love at first sight.  After spending a lot of time together at the mall, they both knew it was a perfect match. So Sarah packed up her fabulous Kate Spade suitcase and headed for the Windy City. Where they lived happily ever after, designing and developing textiles for little kiddos everywhere.

Vintage Handkerchief Bunting

No Sew Vintage Handkerchief Bunting

It started a few years ago in my local antique store. I was walking along when I came across a vintage carousel covered in pretty vintage handkerchiefs. Right there and obsession was born. I bought twenty that day, and too many to count since then. I can't drive past an antique or vintage store without stopping to take a peek at what's inside, and there are always at least a couple. Some might call this a problem *cough (my husband) cough* but I like to think of it as a hobby. The only problem? I have found I can't cut them up. I find all these great ways to use them, and they mostly involve a pair of scissors. I think to myself, "but what if I find the perfect use for it later, and then I don't have it!?" Issues, I know.

Tied Vintage Hankie Bunting

Then I found a fun a simple way to not only use them – but showcase them. Just fold in half and tie the ends together and hang. You have a beautiful bunting full of color and charm. A fun and easy way to add a little whimsy to any space. This was hung in my little girls room and she loved it. Now when I am tired of using them this way, I can just untie them and use for something else…phew :).

 

I did get the nerve to make a few into hair bows, they're super cute so it was worth it. Plus I didn't have to cut them, just glue :). If you're interested I have the tutorial for making vintage handkerchief bows here. Now, happy hankie hunting!

 

Post by Destri : www.themotherhuddle.com

Easter Terrarium

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Now that it’s Spring, I’m incredibly eager to be surrounded by plants and flowers at home, both indoors and out. It’s still a bit cold for an outdoor garden, so instead I’ve been incorporating potted plants around the house and patio.

While looking at Easter decorations at the craft store last week, I realized that I could combine my plant obsession with Easter decorating. Hence, the idea for an Easter-themed terrarium was born.

I started out by assembling my supplies.

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For the terrarium, I purchased a large, round glass vase along with some river rocks and an assortment of small plants, including a couple of succulents which seem to do well in terrariums.

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I also purchased a few Easter decorations, including a birdhouse, bird, rabbit and an Easter egg ‘tree.’ 

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To create the terrarium, I filled the glass container with river rocks until it was a little less than 1/4th full. I placed the succulents in the vase first, followed by the remaining plants. 

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Once all the plants were arranged in the container, I added the birdhouse and then filled the container with more rocks until the plants were properly covered.

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Now for the fun part: adding the Easter decorations. This is where eager little hands can help out. My daughter saw me working on this project and couldn’t wait to get her hands on the bunny rabbit, so I let her add the finishing touches.

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I’m pretty happy with our first Easter terrarium, mostly because I love watching my daughter play with it every morning at breakfast — something I didn’t expect when I started this project. I think it just might become an annual tradition.

 

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