Pretty Pom-Pom Curtains

As I was working on the fun little details of putting Hazel’s big girl room together, I realized some new curtains might be in order. I happened to have a spare, plain white, sheer-ish pair on hand, but they just weren’t very interesting. They would work, they just needed to be dolled up a little!

I found this pretty pom-pom trim on Etsy, so I ordered four yards and waited at my mailbox for it to arrive!

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After that it was just as simple as a bit of matching thread and one long stitch down the inside edge of each panel.

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Voila! Pretty, girly curtains that work in the room and were simple as pie to make!

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Don’t mind the two-year-old who is somersaulting in her bed while Mama takes pictures of her special pom-pom curtains (I think she was enjoying the delayed nap time…).

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Don’t be afraid of putting special little touches in a room. They don’t have to cost a lot of money or take a ton of time or skill! If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could hand stitch or even use fabric glue! Get creative and have fun!

Happy Monday, loves!

By Raechel Myers at Finding My Feet

Raechel is just a mama, trying to raise her children to love the Lord and take their dishes to the sink. She loves sewing, fun design projects, finding killer deals at garage sales, and drinking peppermint mochas all year long! You can also find her at SheReadsTruth.com

Personalized Picture Frames

These personalized picture frames are an easy way to capture the special moment from your child's birthday party or the holidays coming up! 

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Just pick a favorite photo and save a couple momentos from the day to add to the frame – I used some of the pretty paper from the pinwheels at Hazel's sunshine party, and some of the rose paper from Stella's ballerina party invitations as the mat on the frame. I also kept a couple pieces of confetti from each party to add to the frame as well.
You could save a piece of wrapping paper from a favorite present, the birthday party invitation, the decorations, etc. The options are endless, as long as they are flat! You could also buy a deeper shadow box frame if you had some thicker momentos you wanted to include.
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The process is simple. I just traced around the glass and cut out the paper:
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Then I used double-sided tape to affix the photo in the middle of the paper.
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I glued on a couple pieces of sunshine confetti for a final touch!
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This new frame, along with the one from Stella's party are going up in their new sharedbedroom… more details on that to come!
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Post by Haeley : Design Improvised

 

Englewood Project – Thanksgiving

A few weeks ago, we posted a blog about the classroom makeover we did for a youth group in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago.  Before we even set foot in the facility where this makeover happened, we decided we wanted to do more than provide them with a fun space to play in, we wanted to help the neediest of families in this community to have a nice Thanksgiving, especially those with children.

We not only wanted to help as part of our support of the No Kid Hungry Campaign but also to provide our employees with a very tangible and real way to get involved.   Our employees shopped for and donated all of the side dishes for 50 Thanksgiving meals, The Land of Nod provided the turkeys with the help of Sunset Foods, headquartered in Highland Park, Illinois.   When we were making the plan for doing this, we couldn’t figure out where in the world we were going to store 50 frozen turkeys!  Our two refridgerators here at the corporate offices were just not going to work!  Sunset not only offered to store the frozen turkeys for us, but then gave us gift certificates to help offset the cost.  It was a huge help. 

Our next issue was transportation, how were we going to get 50 boxes of food and 50 turkeys safely down to Englewood in one trip?  Again, we found a generous partner in RSL trucking in Chicago, they gave us a rental van free of charge, so we could load up and get everything down there in one trip.

The day of the Thanksgiving meal distribution, we loaded up the truck with turkeys and food and then a small caravan of us, including our Managing Director Michelle Kohanzo and two of her kids, headed down to Englewood.  Yolanda Morris, the director of the youth program along with several volunteers helped us unload and set up for the families who would come to claim their meals.  Everyone was very appreciative of our efforts, and more than gracious in accepting our help.  One of the women who work with this program told me that without our donations, these families would not be able to have a Thanksgiving turkey dinner.

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It’s amazing how good it makes you feel to be a part of something like that, but even more, I’m incredibly proud to be working with such an amazing and generous group of people here at The Land of Nod.  It just goes to show you that a small group of people really can work together to make a big difference.  Happy Thanksgiving!

By Sue Cortesi

Sue is the Director of Human Resources at The Land of Nod. Not only that, she’s also an avid cook and baker, much to the delight of everybody in the office. In fact, Sue’s famous cranberry recipe took home the grand prize for Taste of Home Magazine’s recipe contest. 

Font Love: Bergamot Ornaments

One of my new favorite ding fonts is Bergamot Ornaments. (It’s free here!) But, every time I use it I get all angsty because I have to guess/remember how to get each symbol – plus I’m always wondering if I’m missing something awesome.

SO. I made a pretty and handy little key for myself. And I love to share. So, please enjoy!

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By Raechel Myers at Finding My Feet

Raechel is just a mama, trying to raise her children to love the Lord and take their dishes to the sink. She loves sewing, fun design projects, finding killer deals at garage sales, and drinking peppermint mochas all year long! You can also find her at SheReadsTruth.com