Get to Know Rebekka Seale

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Name: Rebekka Seale (www.rebekkamannseale.com)        

Hometown: Fairhope, Alabama

Current Town of Residence: Nashville, Tennessee 

 

 

 

  • Would you rather travel by plane, train, car or ship Train? Always train. Preferably down the Crescent line to New Orleans, where I can eat fresh oysters and fall asleep listening to Dixieland jazz.
  • I spend most of my work day at my desk with a tiny brush in my hand. 
  • You can find me eating buttered toast and strong coffee for breakfast.
  • How many times do you usually hit the snooze button after your alarm goes off? Zero! I’m one of those crazy folks that wake up a long time before the sun does.
  • What is your zodiac sign? Taurus. And, from what I hear, I’m a prototypical one.
  • Got any pets? Tell us about them. Mabel and Lina: two little cats that look like sisters but they’re not. Mabel is the queen of our home. Lina is the baby.
  • Favorite restaurant? Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, Alabama. 
  • If you could have lunch with any person from the past, present or future, who would it be? Julia Child or Flannery O’Conner. Both would be ideal. 
  • What’s a song that you never get sick of? “Dream a Little Dream of Me” (all versions of it!) 
  • Tell us about your Nod Institute of Art print, how you made it or your inspiration behind it. Owl in Flight” was part of a series of alphabet paintings I created last year. I wanted him to be whimsical and full of joy, painting the sky as he soared across it. 

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Mushroom Triangles

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I remember how my mother used to make mushroom toast. She loves mushrooms and that was an easy meal to make. I can’t remember a time I didn’t like mushrooms, or a time I didn’t like toast – so this combination was a hit in my books.

With the fall season starting I was craving mushrooms, but I wanted to make them with a buttery puff pastry. The puff pastry and mushroom combination really reminded me of those appetizers you get at parties. I made these as a main course though, accompanied with a nice vinegary salad.

These are really easy to make. Cut your sheets of store bought and thawed puff pastry into triangles (cut into four squares first, then cut each of the squares on the diagonal. Brush pastry with egg. Transfer the pastry and the parchment paper onto a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes, until golden.

While the pastry is baking, heat a pan and cook your favourite chopped mushrooms until they soften and release their liquid. Season with salt and pepper, add some chopped rosemary and a splash of heavy cream. Cook until the cream evaporates. Add two table spoons of soft goat cheese and stir until combined. Taste and season if you need to.

Once the pastry triangles are cooled slightly, carefully cut them in half and fill them with the mushroom mixture. Serve warm or cold.

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Post by Giulia Doyle : Audrey's

Coffee Filter Roses

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I’ve been dying to try my hand at paper flower making, but wasn’t sure where to begin. My friend Thuy told me about these gorgeous coffee filter roses she made for a party last year, so my mind was made up! I won’t lie. These flowers don’t take 20 seconds to make. But the results are worth the effort. They look so realistic and gorgeous. Plus, you’ll have them forever!

Coffee filters are a really resilient paper, so these are pretty difficult to mess up. Don’t be afraid. Dig in!

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You’ll need: 

+ 4 coffee filters per rose

+ scissors

floral wire – 1 stick per rose

floral tape {approximately 8 to 10 pieces per rose}

+ water colors {I prefer the this set} & a paintbrush

Assembling the Roses

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Start out by downloading and printing this template. Trace and cut out the petals. If you are making multiple roses place them in ziplock bags or cups corresponding to their number {which is the order you’ll assemble them in}. You can cut about 4 filters per shape.

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Stick the wire through the right hand of #1 petal. Bend the top of the floral wire creating a small oval, closing it on top. The “clasp” will ensure that the wire doesn’t go through the entire petal and will keep it from sliding around. Make sure it pushes down so it “hooks.” Fold the petal inward and roll to coil around the wire. Then wrap a piece of floral tape {about 4-6 inches long} the base of the petal to secure.

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Petals #2 and #3 are added just like #1. Poke the wire down between the right petals. Arrange the petal so that it fills in empty spaces between the first petal. Roll and secure with a piece of floral tape. Pull and stretch the tape to get a good, tight hold around the base.

Petal #4 needs to be separated first. Gently tear along the bottom of the petal to make a flat strip.

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Then wrap this around the rose and secure with tape.

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Next get two #5 petals and two #6 petals (since these petals weren’t cut on the fold, you’ll have double the amount of these). Fan out the four petals like you would a hand of cards. Place the rose in the center and wrap the petals around the rose. Secure tightly with floral tape.
Repeat with two #7 petals and two #8 petals.

Then wrap the entire stem in tape for a more realistic look, or to help secure it together.

Fan out the petals, bending gently backward from the base.

Painting the Roses

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Mix your color using tube watercolors {I found that their density and thickness works best}. I like this set.

A little color goes a long way when you mix with water. Paint the petals, starting from the center and working outward. If you use enough water the color will bleed through. Let the petals dry {or expedite with a blowdryer}. You’ll notice the coffee filters almost harden as they dry with paint.

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Use a second, deeper version of your initial color for contrast and shaping. Run the tip of your brush along the edge of each petal. I edges each outside petal completely, while really onto edging the top of the inner petals.

Again dry or turn upside down and wait about three hours.

Once your rose is dry, shape the petals. I used a small plastic straw, but you could use a pen/pencil or something small and round. Roll each petal around it to curl backwards and “open” your rose.

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Arrange into a bouquet, vase or as a single lovely rose!

xoxo,

Niki  Papery & Cakery

Room Decor Math: Part II

I’m back for another addition of Room Décor Math! Get out your binders and calculators and take notes, there may be a quiz after!  

CIRCUS

Décor on Safari + Print Neatly Pennant Garland + Three Ring Wall Art = Under the Big Top

BLACK_AND_WHITE

Fifth Avenue Pendant + Chalk with the Animals + Décor on Safari = Black & White World

STUDY_SMART

Circulation Chest + Show Your Work Bedding + Grand Canvas Banner = Study Smart

SKY

Cloud Corkboard + My Beautiful Balloon Hang Up + Can’t Miss Wall Knobs = Up, Up & Away!

SEA

Mermaid Lagoon + Bon Voyage Suitcases + Fairy Tail Bedding = Down By the Sea

 

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.