DIY Geometric Heart Pillow

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This fun geometric heart is a miniature version of a giant one I made for Valentine's day.  I took my original inspiration from a classic quilt block, so it only seemed fitting to make the very same quilt block into a pillow.  I used this pillow to pull together the colors in the room – the gold in the gold dot sheets, the grey in the duvet cover and the pink in the walls.

Even if you have never even thought about making a quilt before, this is so easy and totally doable.  All you need to know how to do is cut triangles, sew straight lines and use an iron.

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Here's how I made my pillow front:

 1.  Using a cutting matt and a rotary cutter, you are going to need to cut 72 triangles.  Start by cutting 5" squares and then cut those squares in half diagonally.  You will need 52 grey triangles (I used two tones of grey) and you will need 20 triangles for the heart (I used 7 gold triangles, 7 light pink, and 6 dark pink).

2.  Lay out your pattern exactly how you want the finished product to look like.  Then working in triangle pairs, sew right sides together with a 1/4" seam allowance.

3.  Then, using an iron, press open the seam.  Turn the square over and iron it on the front side as well.

4.  Using scissors, trim the ends off the corners, to make the square perfectly square.

5.  Then working in rows, sew the squares together to make an entire row of the pillow.  And press open the seams each time.

6.  Press on both sides, so that everything lays flat.  Things will be more likely to line up if everything is  pressed well.

7.  Now sew the rows together and press the seams flat (again).

8.  Ta-da!  What a beautiful thing simple triangles can make.

I backed this pillow with solid grey fabric.  I put in a hidden zipper along the bottom edge.  But, you could easily just top stitch it closed with the same colored thread.

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I've had a lot of fun with triangles and geometric shapes lately.  I made this green, mint and gold geometric pillow recently as well.  It is much more random pattern, but can you see how much fun sewing triangles can been?

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Post by: Jeran Oleander and Palm

DIY Color Block Easter Eggs

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I'll be honest… I'm kind of in love with this project.  I've been pinning loads of beautiful Easter eggs this month and was thinking about what a shame it is that they only last a few days.  Then lo and behold, while I was at the craft store hunting for the cheap-o plastic kind, I wandered into these wooden beauties and bam- inspiration! It's almost like they were begging to become a DiY.  They've already become a focal point of our spring decor, and they're sturdy enough that I'm considering hiding them around the house for Caitlin to hunt down next Sunday.

I'm a bit of a failure as a DiYer because I never stop what I'm doing to take pictures of the process, but you can rest assured that these are pretty easy… see below for the written instructions. Have a happy Easter!

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Here's what you'll need: 
- wooden eggs
- masking or washi tape
- craft paints (I used martha stewart pea shoot + gold)
- 2 small paint brushes 
- egg cups for drying paint (a cooling rack works too)

Here's what to do:
1. Wrap tape end to end around your eggs using a different angle on each egg.  If you're planning on using multiple colors, it's best to choose the lighter color first and let dry completely before taping and painting the darker color. 
2. Brush paint on taped area. This may require 2 coats. Tip: If you're impatient like me, I find that using my finger to help smooth the paint helps it dry faster and more evenly.
3. Let paint dry before removing tape.
4. Use a bit of paint on the end of your brush to even out any rough edges.

Post by Becca : www.cakeeventsblog.com

Things to Make – Natural Easter Egg Dye

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We rarely dye Easter eggs (mom guilt). Often we vacation around this time, so I can use that as an excuse. But truthfully I hate hard boiled eggs and the obligation to eat several of them usually weighs me down, so I avoid the whole scenario. Luckily lately both Dan and T cannot stop eating any sort of egg, so without any excuses holding me back, we had a job to do. I've wanted to make natural egg dye ever since reading this post. We borrowed the recipes used by Sweet Fine Day and the colors turned out beautiful and vibrant. And the kids' all loved following the recipes – now I'm trying to decide what to do with the leftover dye – any suggestions?

Here's the scoop:

Ingredients: red cabbage, red beets, turmeric, eggs (preferably white)

1. Follow the recipes below to make the dye: Blue: Simmer 4 cups of water with 1 small red cabbage (roughly chopped) for 15 minutes. Red: Simmer 4 cups of water with 2 medium red beets (grated) for 15 minutes. Yellow: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and stir in 1/4 cup turmeric. Boil for 1 more minute.

2. After each of the mixtures have cooled down, mix in 1/4 cup white vinegar and strain each of the colors into bowls for dyeing.

3. Leave the eggs overnight – refrigerated- in the color bath.

4. Eat (or, if you're like me, don't eat) HAPPY WEDNESDAY EVERYONE!!

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Post by Darcy : bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com

Who’s That Noddie? Volume 2

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It’s time for another installment of Who’s That Noddie? We figured you’ve probably been losing sleep waiting for the next one, right? Good news! The suspense is over… This time we’re talking to super cool hardware/tech guru Jonathan Hodges. Jonathan constantly saves the day around here for us, and we are so lucky to have him on our team.

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Why do you love your job?

I’ve always had an interest in computers, electronics and things that “lit up.” I used to take apart all of my battery-operated toys when I was younger, and while I didn’t always succeed in making them function properly again, I did get a little better at figuring out what I could have done differently. Before I knew it, I started really enjoying the idea of troubleshooting various tech issues, and that love grew exponentially over time. My job’s great because it’s a continuous learning experience.

What is one of your biggest passions?

Aside from computing, I’d say science in general. The subject is completely fascinating, and I try to stay current on scientific discoveries as much as possible.

What was your favorite toy as a kid?

I used to have the Thundercats’ “Sword of Omens” when I was a younger lad, and I can’t begin to tell you how often it’d come in handy on the playground, haha.

What’s your favorite Nod memory?

I’ve got two memories that stand out: My trip to N.Y. for our Fall Preview Event and dressing up as the “Mouse Soldier” for the Santa Visit in 2011. The NY trip was great. I got a chance to get out of my element for a few days and get to know my coworkers a bit better in the process. The Santa visit was memorable for various reasons, especially seeing the look on their faces when it came time to open their presents.

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What’s something unique or surprising about you?

I was born in Brazil, and lived five minutes away from this beach:

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What do you love most about working for The Land of Nod?

For the simple fact that it isn’t like any other place I have ever worked at before. The camaraderie between everyone is truly great, and the products are nostalgic – so much so, that every day, I'm reminded of what it's like to be a kid again. I'm fortunate to work in such a great atmosphere.  

How is your role impactful to the company?

I think each person here plays an integral part to the overall success of the company. My piece of the puzzle is making sure that the hardware side of things is working properly, and that they have the necessary tools in that aspect to get the job done.  

What's your favorite Nod product?

I’m digging the Illuminated Globe right now. 

Thanks Jonathan for the awesome chat! We hope you enjoyed this installment of Who’s That Noddie? Be sure to stop back by Honest to Nod to check out plenty more about our team at The Land of Nod in the upcoming weeks.