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the land of nod mother’s day event and craft

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Last Saturday I had the pleasure of hosting an event at the Land of Nod store in Chicago. The store was absolutely amazing and everyone we met there was wonderful, I think Darby even made a new best friend! I have always done my shopping at the Land of Nod online but now that I’ve visited their location, I will be shopping in the store from now on. They are awesome about having kids run around and play with their displays and it definitely didn’t feel like a furniture store! The displays are absolutely beautiful and there are SO many good ideas in there!

englexas // chicago lifestyle blog // the land of nod mother's day event
englexas // chicago lifestyle blog // the land of nod mother's day event
For the event I had to come up with a craft that the little kids could do that didn’t involve using scissors or hot glue which was quite a task…I cheated a little by pre cutting and pre-gluing some of the elements and I am really proud of the results!

englexas // chicago lifestyle blog // the land of nod mother's day event
For each daffodil, you’ll need two sets of the flower petals (one pre-glued, one not) for the center piece, the rectangle of yellow felt for the center piece and a long rectangle oval leaf. Trace out your petals and leaf piece then cut them out using the template linked below. I used pinking shears to cut the zig zag of the center piece.

englexas // chicago lifestyle blog // the land of nod daffodil craft
I got all of the elements pre sewn/glued so that the kids could help me assemble. Hot glue the black pom pom to the end of a floral wire. To assemble the center piece sew the two short sides together to make a tube and then turn inside out. Gather one end of the tube and put a stitch in the bottom to hold it together.

Take one of the petal pieces and place a dot of hot glue in the middle center of each petal, pinch each petal to create a crease. Place the pinched petal flower piece on top of the flat flower piece. Poke a hole through the center of both pieces of felt. I used my seam ripper to do this.

englexas // chicago lifestyle blog // the land of nod daffodil craftThis is where the kids can start helping…Take your floral stem wires with the black felt pom pom to the top and feed the wire through the center piece/tube over the floral stem wire and then through the two petal pieces

Using your green floral tape you’ll start to wrap the floral stem wire. As you wrap add the green felt shaped as a leaf. You’ll continue to wrap that into place using the floral tape as well. Bend the flower head over like a daffodil does and trim the stem to your desired length (if necessary). I usually add some hot glue to the back of the flower head to secure it to the stem before I wrap with the tape.

englexas // chicago lifestyle blog // the land of nod daffodil craft
And there you have it…you can download the instruction sheet here
Happy Mother’s Day mamas!

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non-candy valentine craft

I’m pretty sure that giving all your classmates Valentine’s Day gifts is an American thing. My memories may be wrong but I seem to think that growing up in England you would only get a Valentine if someone actually liked you – like liked you…needless to say there was only one year in school that I received a Valentine and a rose.

So when I received a list of Gracen’s classmates from his teacher on Thursday for the purpose of Valentine’s Day I immediately felt the weight of American tradition on my shoulders. Sure enough my husband confirmed my suspicions that as Americans you guys give EVERYONE Valentines!

After a little research I decided that I didn’t want the ‘easy’ way out, buying candy hearts just really isn’t my thing. I decided that I wanted him to give out balloons. I’m not sure why but it’s something that Gracen loves to play with, and it’s not candy. Then I devised exactly what I wanted in my head and unfortunately I have a problem, and it seems to be something that crops up in most areas of my life – whether it be an outfit, craft, or decorating idea. I seem to always get an idea of something that I want in my head and then I have to try and track down the items I need to make it happen. This is great when I can find whatever it is I am envisioning, but I find that many times over I’m having to compromise with the items that I can find to make it work. Which usually leaves me with a little empty feeling inside :(

So I couldn’t find all the supplies in the two days that I had to prepare and this is my compromise. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with what I came up with but it’s not exactly what I was envisioning.

balloon valentine craft - englexas diy blog

Basically my supplies were:
red pen
clear lollipop envelopes
red balloons
kraft tags
butcher’s twine

balloon valentine craft - englexas diy blog
I put the balloons in and sewed up the top with the baker’s twine, tied the kraft tags to the string and had my little boy sign his name :)

balloon valentine craft - englexas diy blog

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