Room Decor Math

This plus this equals that! Too bad I can’t remember much real math from school, so I’ve invented my own!  Just follow these simple steps and you’re on your way to a super cute room!

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Cat and Candy Print + Candy Dot Rug + Gummy Bear Nightlight = Candy Couture

 

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Partly Cloudy Shelf + Head in the Clouds Pillow + Pop Up Lamp with Cloud Shade = Rainy Day Room

 

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Circus Nod Chair + Ferris Wheel Nightlight + Balloon Animal Bookend = Circus Chic

 

By Anna Passadori

Anna develops and designs exclusive product for The Land of Nod. She hails from the west coast and has traveled the world to source product. She loves anything Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola or stripes! (So, if anyone can get a photo of Sofia Coppola wearing a striped outfit by Marc Jacobs, please send it along.)

DIY Elbow Patches

One of my daughter’s new favorite sayings is, “Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.”  Lola, of Charlie and Lola fame says it and she loves Lola so she’s adopted this little tag line……and I adore it!  And this little DIY is just that; Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

If you’re looking for a way to add some flair to a worn out shirt or you have a shirt that is newer, but a bit boring this is the DIY for you.  I used a long-sleeved shirt of Georgia’s that shockingly still fits her after having had it almost a year.  I wanted to spice it up a bit–here’s what I did:

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I gathered my supplies; the shirt, some felt, some sewing floss, scissors, and a needle.

  • Yes, those scissors say “crafts only.” I learned that from my mom…..otherwise I’d find myself cutting my bangs, flower stems, food, sticks, and paper with them and they’d never be sharp for actual projects.
  • Pick bright contrasting colors for all of your supplies.

Put the shirt on yourself or your child–whoever it’s for…

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Have them bend their elbows and put a dot right where their elbow pokes out.  You’ll want to position the patches dead center on these dots.

Then cut out a paper shape for whatever your patches will look like (a heart, circles, triangle, oval, whatever).  Lay the paper shapes on the shirt sleeves where you think you’ll sew them just to eye the positioning.

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Then…thread your needle with the sewing floss (you’ll want a pretty big needle) and start sewing.

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That’s it!  And this will work for any gender, any age, any shirt, anywhere! You could also use material other than felt.  I just like the look and saturated color of felt.  You can also put some fray protector on the edge of the felt if you’re worried about it fraying in the wash.  I don’t think it’s really necessary, but if it’d make you feel better–go for it!

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Post by Maggie Terryn : Mom Colored Glasses

Year Boxes

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In keeping with my "documenting life" theme, I found this little craft over a year ago and I knew I had to recreate it. I found it HERE… the blog needs no introduction because all know and love Design Sponge.

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The Year Box

The premise of the year box is that you have a card for every day of the year and they are divided by month. On every card, each line is a different year, I just started mine so my first year is 2012. Kind of boring this year but each card holds 12+ years depending on your index cards. So it is going to be so fun to look back and see what I was doing one year ago and then five and so on. I am just jotting down a few words to sum up the day. Some days are boring and say something like "ran errands at target and the grocery store" then others are more important like "first steps".

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I have to admit that some days I have been bad and didn't write anything… but for the most part I'm keeping up with it. I can't wait to look back on it when the boys are older. I also made my mom and sister one for Christmas. They were a hit and easy to make in "bulk".

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What you need:
These cute berry boxes, I found mine online at an etsy shop.
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Date stamp and index cards (cut in half). I got my date stamp online at amazon.com but I have also seen them at Office Max or Staples. I love mine and use it for my Project Life stuff.
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Postcards (also cut in half) of course Design Sponge had real vintage postcards, I had to cheat and found this cute pack with a "vintage look" but were actually new.
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The longest part was the date stamping, I turned on a movie one night and stamped away, but because I was making 3 boxes it took what felt like all night. It was worth it because I love the outcome!
They are really a cute and simple (and inexpensive) gift. Do you have a way to jot down what you do daily to look back on it… do share!
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Taylor sign
Post by Taylor Urban : www.itstaylormade.com

 

Come Sail Away

Latley I have been dreaming of a boat trip away- to see the sun, feel the sand and wear some sailor stripes.

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BON VOYAGE

 

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TO PACK

*How can you forget a fake anchor tattoo?

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BEACH TIME

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SIGHTSEEING READY

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HOMEWARD BOUND

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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.