Simple Bunny Easter Garland

Post by Haeley of Design Improvised

I’m on a garland kick. Last week it was shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, this week it’s a simple bunny Easter garland!

Simple Bunny Easter GarlandI love making garlands because they are an easy and inexpensive way to decorate for the holidays. This one just requires card stock, twine, and some pom-poms. Even cotton balls would work great.

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Supplies for Simple Bunny Easter Garland

How to Make the Simple Bunny Easter Garland

1. Trace template onto cardstock and cut out as many bunnies as you want for the garland.
2. Hot glue on the pom-pom tail.
3. Punch a hole in each ear and string the bunnies onto the twine!
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How cute are those big fluffy tails? Are you making any special crafts for Easter?

Post by Haeley of Design Improvised

DIY Gold Dot Lampshade


How about a custom lamp and lampshade that doesn't cost a fortune?  You can do it!  I gave an old lamp new life with a coat of metallic gold paint and a new custom shade.  I recently gave my daughters' Toddler and Tween shared room a mini makeover.  To give the bed a new fresh modern feel I got Land of Nod's fabulous gold dot sheets.  I was so impressed and inspired by them, that I decided to mirror the playful pattern on the lampshade.

I think the results are pretty fantastic, and the sheets and lampshade definitely go together.  Their room is far from matchy-matchy, but I think it's fun to repeat themes once in awhile.


I bought a very inexpensive white lampshade (I paid only $12 for mine) and then with a few simple supplies and a little measuring, I painted on metallic gold polka dots.  


Here's how I did it:

 1. Start by taping off equal lines around your lampshade with blue painters tape.  I did a bit of measuring and figured out that leaving about 1 1/2" gap between the tape at the top of the shade worked well.

2.  Using a 3/4" foam stencil brush, load the brush with craft paint (I used Martha Stewart's metallic gold).  Dab the brush on a paper towel to make sure you don't have too much paint.  This will cause blobs and make your dots not very round.

3.  Between each line of tape, make three evenly spaced dots.  One right in the middle and then one on both the top and bottom.  To make even, round circles, press the brush onto the lampshade and then spin the brush in a semicircle.  This will give the edge of the circle a nice crisp, even line.

4.  Remove the tape.

5.  Then place two dots right between the two rows you just made both vertically and horizontally. 

6.  Continue steps 3, 4, and 5 until you have made it all the way around the lampshade.  Let the shade dry over night.


With a simple white lampshade, the possibilities are endless.  I had so much fun doing this, I'm ready to polka dot something else very soon.

Post by Jeran: Oleander and Palm

Land of Nod & CupcakeMAG Pinterest Party

The Land of Nod + cupcakeMAG are hosting a Pinterest Party inspired by pops of color — a bright rug, a colorful lamp, a bright focal point walls plus examples how to do it. And you’re invited!! Join some of our favorite bloggers, most stylish social influences and one of our favorite companies — The Honest Company — to pin with us! Follow the Pops of Color board now so you can pin along!



 Coconut Robot // Casey Wiegand // Ruffled Snob

La La Lovely // The Inspired Room  // The Honest Company 

Head over to the party on Tuesday March 26th at 6PST//9EST to re-pin from our board! Leave us some comments and join the fun. Make sure you come back to check out the complete board too!



Get to Know This Paper Ship


Artists: Joel & Ashley of This Paper Ship

Hometown for Joel: Columbia, MD

Hometown for Ashley: East coast (military kid), mostly WV and NC

Current town of residence: Saxapahaw, NC


Would you rather travel by plane, train, car or ship?

A ship is the most romantic option as well as the most fitting for us! However, seasickness might be an issue, so our official answer is train. We've taken train trips together in DC, Germany, Italy, and Scotland and hope to take many more!

I spend most of my work day…

Drawing, taking pictures of drawings in progress, coloring drawings in Photoshop, networking about drawings, shipping printed drawings to people all around the world, and planning future drawings!

You can find me eating __for breakfast.

Concoctions that, under most standard definitions, would be considered lunch! Our favorites: kale, sausage, feta, and eggs over easy; savory french toast with seared grape tomatoes and sharp cheddar drizzled with honey; and puff pancakes of any kind, especially involving the aforementioned savory ingredients. And of course, there's the obligatory British cuppa (milky tea with 1 scoop of sugar) for Ashley and a cup of French press coffee for Joel.

On the weekends, you can find me…

Relaxing in our loft apartment in a converted 1800's cotton mill and exploring the surrounding town of Saxapahaw, NC; strolling around/catching a movie/tracking down a food truck in Chapel Hill, Durham, or Raleigh; or exploring other exciting areas of the beautiful state of North Carolina. We also occasionally find ourselves visiting family in eastern NC, WV, CA, and Scotland when we can.

Got any pets? Tell us about them.

Four cats and a chicken! Aki, Tsuki, and Pepper are our 3 "home" cats and Ginger is our silly reclusive "studio" cat who lives in our cozy illustration office. They're all rescue kitties and are all a little crazy in their own ways. Henny, our chicken, lives at the local community garden down the hill and next to a creek, and she's a feisty bird—in her 3 years she's fought off raccoons, hawks, and even a fox!

What was the coolest, most exciting thing that you ever bought?

Joel's favorite piece is an old hand-carved statue of Tintin holding Snowy, about 1.5 feet tall, that he found in an old shop in the fishing village of Peterhead in northern Scotland. He wouldn't fit in Joel's luggage, so he stayed out the whole journey home on a plane, several subways, a bus, a train, and finally a taxi ride. Several years later his sister-in-law went back to buy the other two Tintin statues, but the shop was closed!

Our favorite piece we bought together is our circa-1870's Golding Pearl #8 letterpress. She's a beautiful cast-iron beast—the guy who refurbished it for us even got a replica foot petal recast by a local blacksmith to replace her missing one!—and her name is "Golda." She currently lives in our print shop right off our main living area, right at home where huge cotton-spinning machinery once was.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Ashley would be fire engine red and Joel would be lime green.

What’s a song that you never get sick of?

"When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio!

If you could posses a superpower, what would it be?

Flight! (Of course, we could always choose superhuman drawing ability—but that's a not a power, that's a skill…)

You’re stranded on a desert island, with only a volleyball to keep you company. Luckily, you brought a book, a person and an object.  Who and what are they?

The Bible, because it's the only book we'll ever need; each other, because we actually enjoy spending that much time with each other, we make a really good team, and we could make it the tropical getaway we always wanted; and a really good knife, because otherwise building a hut out of bamboo and palm fronds would be a lot more time-consuming.

Tell us about your Nod Institute of Art print, how you made it or your inspiration behind it.

We love nautical imagery for obvious reasons, and are constantly looking to add more to our offerings for printed illustrations. At the same time, the great thing about being an independent artist is that you can draw whatever you want, whenever you want. One day it struck Ashley's fancy to draw a mermaid surrounded by ocean-floor things while we were listening to the Peter Pan soundtrack (at one point Wendy's "wonderful thought" is a mermaid lagoon underneath a silver moon) and, lo and behold, "Mermaid Lagoon" came into being!