Things to Make – Nature Art, Faces

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A few weeks ago, Under the Pecan Tree posted about using household items and art supplies to make portraits and I loved what they came up with. I planned on trying something similar, but then the temps actually rose above 45 degrees. So we scavenged outside for portrait-making materials. And then we arted. What have you been making lately? We'd love to hear!

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Post by Darcy : bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com

Nate’s 2nd Birthday Party!

Different sources served as inspiration for the colors of Nate's party: a post from Scouts Honor Co.Dwell Studio's beautiful color stories and some napkins we found at IKEA.  (Sometimes inspiration comes in little packages.)  The pennants were crafted using blue and white twine and Paper Source paper.  The paper used to wrap the gifts was also from Paper Source.  I wanted the party to reflect Nate's world as a two-year-old: his toys, playthings and favorite treats.  Nate's name was spelled out using Land of Nod's whimsical Nod Blocks.  The party nosh included animal cookies, chocolate-covered Cheerios and chocolate-dipped Speculoos cookies.  Nate's Kid O Stack and Nest cups held some of his favorite snacks.  There were also miniature vanilla cupcakes with lemon frosting (delivered in Nate's Kid O Tip Truck) and a whoopie pie from Susiecakes.  

The favors were vending machine capsules from Shop Sweet Lulu and contained little things for Nate to shake, explore and examine: bits of ribbon, big buttons, finger puppets, wooden toys and a rubber duck, to name a few.  The huge "2" balloon was from a local Party City.  Later, Avery galloped around on the balloon like a horse, which was a riot!  It was a fun afternoon of opening gifts, nibbling on snacks, studying and shaking the different capsule favors, bobbing the huge balloon up and down and general merrymaking.  Happy birthday, Nate!  We thank God for the joy and blessing you are.

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Post by Michelle Sterling of Avery and Augustine

You can see her work and read about her two young children's first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

Somewhere Over the Decor

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I grew up in a time where watching Reading Rainbow with my sister was our ritual for after school. Lisa Frank was all the rage, and I had a rainbow bedspread.

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Nowadays, kids still love rainbows. Maybe it’s because it reminds them of candy, so colorful and fun and well, full of sugar. And rainbows are great inspiration to create a space for kids and really the whole family. It’s wonderful to spread color around like spreading bits of positive energy around the space. 

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It’s easy too. You can organize things into color order or sporadically place color about bringing that vitality into your space. 

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Red – Wood Bus $19.95, Looking Glass Play Chair Raspberry $99, Cut it Out Apple Mirror $69, Red Circle Pendant $49, The Comforter Stands Alone $89–$109, 3-Bin Palooza Sale $149

Orange – Balloon Animal Bookend $42, Little Felix Chair Orange $69, Tuffet Seater Orange $39, Orange Triangle Pendant $49, Moving Blanket Orange $29–$129, Zig Zag Rug Orange  $249–$349, Mojo Play Chair Orange $65

Yellow – Splendid Blended Tutu Sale $19.95, Pull up a Pouf, Braided $129, Eden Table Lamp $139, Yellow Rectangle Pendant $49, Pixel Paisley Throw Pillow $32–$46, Flea Market Wire Ball Bin $39, Isosceles Table Lamp Yellow $89, Ribbon Rug Yellow $119

Green – Shop Wall Clock Green $99, Parker Play Chair Spring Green $69, I Could've Been a Memo Board Lime $29, Green Triangle Pendant $49, Princess and the Pea Throw Pillow $29, Field of Greens Rug $249–$649, Green Coat Rack $99, Strapping Shelf Basket Lime Green $8.95, Fig. 1 Butterfly Decals Emerald $40

Blue – Brontosaurus Throw Pillow $19, Iron Rich Play Chair Cobalt $119, Retrobot Wall Art $59, Blue Circle Pendant $49, Once More with Felting Cube Bin $18.95, Beat Our Chest Toy Chest Midnight Blue $249, I Could've Bin a Pencil Cup Blue $4.95, Sleep Well Pillowcase $16, Cut it Out Elephant Mirror $69, Coast to Coast Rug $249–$349

Purple – Harold & the Purple Crayon book $16.99, One-Seater Lavender $49–$56, Like a Bird in a Cage Pendant Lamp $129, Lavender Rectangle Pendant $49, Pinch and Pleat Sheet Set $16–$139, Padded Lily Rug Lavender $299–$699, 5" Top Box Purple $9.95, This Garland is Shaping Up, Purple Triangle $10.95, Faux Leather Pouf $79, Bazaar Dash Case Lavender $16, Lilliput Lamp $49

Nod offers tons of options to create this rainbow or buy an already made one. Also, I’ve found rainbow is an excellent party theme as you just use every color you can find!

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Clockwise from top left – Dot Matrix Rug $369, Licorice Rope Rainbow Pendant $159, Multiplayer 8- Prong Wall Hook $14.95, Candy Dot Rug $299–699, Hearts Wall Decal $48, assorted curtains, Magnetic Car Mural, The Greater Pyramid Blocks $199, Hue-nited Nations Map $99, Rainbow Throw Blanket $69, Crystal Ball Table Lamp $149 

Despite my more refined palette, I find I’m still a Dorothy at heart.

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Paint     

Visit LandofNod’s pinterest’s page for rainbow inspiration

By: Julia DeNamur

Growing up Julia loved color so much she gave her crayons different genders and specific positions in the box based on who they got along with. Fast forward to adulthood, and Julia had the opportunity to work for a paint company where she honed her eye for color, and sometimes even got to name colors things like Dandelion Scream and Wild Child. Today Julia works at Nod as a Graphic Designer, and channels her love of color into her constantly changing hair & nail colors, as well as colorful designs for Nod's website.

DIY Indoor Rainclouds

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Whattya need?

  • Fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Filling (polyfill, batting, cottonballs, etc…)
  • Tinsel
  • Glue
  • String or rope

How do I make an Indoor Raincloud?

Step 1: Double over some fabric and draw a cloud shape onto one side.

Step 2: Cut out the cloud shape on both sides of fabric so you end up with an identically shaped front and back.

Step 3: Sew the two cloud shapes together 3/4 of the way around the edge.

Step 4: Use the remaining open section to stuff with batting or polyfil (or whatever you like), and sew the last 1/4 of the cloud closed.

Step 5: Take tinsel and glue it along the bottom of the cloud in strands.

Step 6: Sew a loop of string or rope onto the back of cloud to hang it from.

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