Global Influences

Global Influences abound in fashion and home décor right now. From rugs, to chairs to jewelry these patterns and saturated colors can be spotted in all shapes and sizes. Below are some inspiration and product that can bring this trend into your own home. 

Think bright and bold patterns and graphic pairings:

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Geometric shapes and mosaic motifs:

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Punches of color, brights and jewel tones:

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Aztec and Batik Patterns:

 

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Tribal and Eastern Influences:

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Whether you go all out and deck out a whole room, or just add a hint of the trend through an accent piece, the below Land of Nod pieces are a great way to add this global influence into your space:

This Moroccan inspired bedding is hand blocked using traditional techniques; each stamp is made by hand and individually printed on the fabric.

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African inspired shapes meet graphic prints in these wooden hooks:

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Our Totally Tubular baskets are all hand woven in Thailand.

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Bring in some great geometric color with these felt garlands:

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Jewel tones meet a traditional Moroccan inspired pouf.

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This geometric tribal inspired rug has just the right pop of color. Pair it with our hand felted ombre butterflies on the wall.

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Graphic patterns abound on these brightly colored birds. Fly them over a bold geometric rug.

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A print inspired by traditional Mexican otomi pairs nicely with an Aztec durrie rug hand made in India.

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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.

Yarn-Wrapped Letters

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When I re-did the playroom in February, I wanted to add a crafty, personal touch to the window wall. I love a good project, and I needed something big, so I bought two giant cardboard letters (“O” and “H”, of course) and some pretty grey yarn at JoAnn’s one day while I was there with my neighbor.

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(I grabbed a small yellow too because I thought I might like to add rugby stripes to Oliver’s “O” to make it boyish.)

I really had no idea how I was going to pull it off, but I figured if I just started in one place and kept going, I would figure it out as I went. I photographed my progress on the “H” (I thought it would be a lot more tricky than the “O” and I was right!) because I thought it could be helpful to show y’all what I learned along the way.

Join me?

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
yarn – 1 skein did it for each letter
hot glue gun and glue
scissors
big cardboard letter or symbol (I got mine at Jo-Ann, but that was before I knew the folks at The Land of Nod sell a great font in a good size for only $3.95/ea!)

GETTING STARTED
Before you begin, one thing I would suggest in retrospect that I did not do: paint (spray or brush) your letters the color of the yarn you’re using. That way, if you have any inadvertent gaps in your wrapping, it won’t be a big deal.

I began on one of the four ends, making sure the curves of my serif were covered nicely.            I dabbed the end of the yarn with hot glue to get it started, but I didn’t use a lot of hot glue along the way because I didn’t want it to mess with the neatness of things.

I also decided not to be concerned with the very top and very bottom ends of the “H” because they were initially going to be set up on a shelf so no one would see that. With that in mind, I let the tops be messy and moved from the inside curves to the front and sides of the serif.

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Working my way down the serif easily transitioned into the straightaway because I’d already covered the curves sufficiently.

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I just wound my way down the straight part, sometimes fast and imprecisely a bunch of times, then I’d go back and slide it all gently up to make things look tidy and even again. It seemed to make things go faster.

And when I got to the intersection, I had to make a decision.

My best idea was to fire up the hot glue gun again and make-believe a bunch of back and forth weaves until I got past the intersection. This took a little more care, of course. But I’m on the other side of it now and I can bear witness to the fact that this is totally the way to go!

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This is how it will look when you’ve gone down both sides.

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See how it looks legitimate when I cover up all the crazy?

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Okay, so after the intersection, go down the rest of the straightaway until you get to the serif on the other end. You’ll do this one a little differently.

Transition directly from the straightaway into the curve. It’s so neat and tidy – feels awesome.

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Be generous with your hot glue as you reach the edges, then, as seamlessly as you can, begin wrapping in the other direction to cover the front side of the serif.

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See what I mean?

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So now, once you’ve done that on both sides of the “H” (yes, I realize that there’s a pretty good chance you’re not actually wrapping the letter “H”, but hopefully these method will work for lots of letters!), all that’s left is the middle!

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Start with a dab of hot glue and wrap all the way across. And that’s it – you’re finished!

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Here’s my pretty little “H” all finished. I made a pretty little flower with some white knit fabric and pinned it on. You know, to make it girly.

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And in case you were wondering about the “O”, it’s really just as simple as you would imagine.

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Just wrap and wrap and wrap! (And hope that your skein is smaller than the hole in your “O”!) Because of the curve, it will naturally be tighter on the inside and looser on the outside. Just find a happy medium  so that none of the brown letter shows through your wrapped yarn.]

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And here’s Oliver’s completed “O”. I went ahead and wrapped a couple of yellow rugby stripes over the grey on one side to make it boyish. I like it!

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And just like that, I got to do a really fun and relatively mindless project that made a big splash in the kids’ playroom.

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It could be fun to get fancy with colors and things. My internetty friend Jodi wrapped an ampersand in a cool, oat-y color for her twins’ nursery. Oh, the possibilities!

Have a lovely Thursday, friends! Go – get crafty!

Post by Raechel : www.raechelmyers.com

Sand Cast DIY

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This DIY for you and the kids definitely allows for creativity as we celebrate our theme this month.  And as an added bonus you can do it while you’re hanging out at the beach and you can make a ton of these for less than $5.  I made these on almost every cottage vacation I ever went on growing up and as an adult…..including the cottage vacation I just got back from two weeks ago.  And what’s really cool is that I have a lot of them saved…..reminding me of great times, different beaches I’ve been on, and when I was where.  These rustic little memories are a snap to make and may just become a beach tradition of yours for years to come!

If your kids are anything like my Georgia or like me for that matter you know that a lot of time on beaches is spent collecting shells, cool pieces of wood, and unique stones.  All of that can go into this DIY project…..additionally you can put your sand toys to good use here too.

Here’s what you need:

1.  A collection of shells, pine cones, stones, beach toys, sticks, drift wood, or whatever else you can find that will last a long time.

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2.  Plaster of Paris.  You can buy this at any hardware store……one container of it is plenty for all of your kids to make a sand cast…..unless you’re the Duggars from “19 Kids & Counting.” You’ll also want a plastic container to mix up the plaster in that you can just throw away when you’re done.

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Whoa…..who needs their swim diaper changed?

3. Firm, damp sand–the kind that is about a foot away from the waters edge….almost like brown sugar.  You don’t want the soupy sand or the powdered sugar sand….just nice damp sand that packs well. 

To create your masterpieces:

1.  Create a well in the sand that is the shape you want your sand cast to be; a square, a circle, a triangle, a rectangle…whatever.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, however it should be at least 6-7 inches deep.  Make sure the sides and bottom are packed well and even.  I used a coffee mug to make a perfect circle for some of mine.  (Also….you’ll notice that I’m doing this in a brownie pan – we couldn’t find the right consistency sand at our cottage…way too wet, so we just put a whole bunch of sand in this pan and let it dry a little bit and did it right in there. It’s way cooler right on the beach though.)

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2.  Next add in any decorations you want to be a part of the finished product.  We put seashells and pincones in ours this time.  However, if you don’t want tangible “things” in your sand cast you can just make indentations, letters (make sure you “draw” them in backwards though so when they are flipped around once the plaster drys they are the right way–”draw” them with a stick or your finger), or any other random shape that you fancy.  Just press your objects or indents firmly into the sand.  Arrange them in a pattern or don’t—this is your chance to be creative!

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3.  Mix up your plaster.  The box will tell you exactly the ratio of water you need to plaster–follow those directions! We just use lake water and a junky plastic container and usually a stick to mix it up.  Once it’s mixed up pour your plaster over your creations.  Make sure you spread the plaster evenly into your wells so that it touches all sides and provides a thick layer of plaster over the top of your designs – about 2-3 inches.

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We always put a little “hanger” into the plaster so we can hang it up if we want once it’s completed.  You can see it ever so slightly here–we just used a little twist tie.  We looped it around once and just stuck into the plaster to dry there.  You can also use pop can tabs or just use nothing at all!

 4.  Let them dry!  For at least an hour–that’s why if you’re going to do these on a beach trip do it early in the day so while you play they can get good and dry.  They need to be rock hard before you remove them from the sand.  We gently took ours out of the sand with a spatula and then rinsed them off in the lake quickly to remove any excess sand.

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Here’s my mom’s pinecone cast.  She used a knife to make indents for little branches and she’ll glitter them later on with dark green glitter–she knows how to use that stuff like no one else–well, my sister holds her own too. 

That’s it!  Stupendously easy.  When we were kids we’d bring them home and paint them too.

Have fun with this and enjoy your last few weeks of days at the beach–and if you’re not at the beach, steal some sandbox sand, get it wet, and do it in a brownie pan like I did.

 

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