did you know that anthro has some great gifts for men? take a look at these swanky finds for guys:
anthropologie is definitely my go-to place for gift giving. they are having a big 25% off sale today (black friday) with free shipping to come on cyber monday. check out this round-up of gift ideas for kids.
little miss o is turning THREE in a few weeks and i kind of can't believe it. so much so that i forgot to set party details in time to order custom invites from minted or tiny prints without paying expedited shipping. :/
DIY to the rescue!
- a photo of your cutie on a plain background with lots of negative space to add text
- 5x7 photo paper (if you are printing at home)
- gold sequins
- glue pen
- patterned paper for the back (optional)
i LOVE this photo of olivia. great expression, her eyes pop, and there is a lot of negative space to work with.
i opened the photo in photoshop and resized to 7"x 5". be sure to set the resolution to 300 dpi so your photo will print clearly!
note: if you don't have photoshop, you can use the free online editor ribbet to add text.
next, i added a text layer and entered the party details.
and here's the finished digital product! the top font is savu and the bottom is good ol' times new roman. both are easy to read and put the focus on the facts and that cute smiling face. ;)
i printed my photos at home, but you could also use a print service like persnickety prints, snapfish, etc. i used a semi-gloss photo paper, so if you send out to print, i would suggest selecting a matte finish (but that's just my preference).
now it's time to add some sparkle. simply use the glue pen to add a little dab of glue where you want to place a sequin. lay the sequin on top of the glue and then use the pen cap to push it down for a few seconds. i used about seven sequins per invitation, which added just enough shine without feeling too overwhelming.
you can either put one in an envelope and mail off to your guest, or add a 7"x5" piece of patterned paper to the back to make it a little firmer &/or add some more color.
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on monday, i noticed a lot of posts for the #nodfamilyhome in my instagram feed and was immediately intrigued. i am a big, big land of nod fan and was determined to get inside this beautiful space. i emailed the PR team on tuesday evening and they said to come on by wednesday morning before they closed up shop. the nod team took over an entire chelsea townhouse and decked it out top to bottom in land of nod goods (with some crate & barrel and cb2 thrown in). it was AMAZING.
walking up to the townhouse, i was immediately charmed.
and then i went in to the first room and was BLOWN AWAY. i truly love almost every single thing that land of nod does, but this show house was EPIC. like one of their amazing catalogs come to life. so much attention to detail. it was incredible.
one of the land of nod hosts walked me through each room and pointed out details, quality of materials, and fun DIY projects throughout the space. they mentioned that this teepee design was by ashley goldberg, who i am a big fan of, and then they mentioned that she was on site. yay!
here's the lovely ashley in front of her awesome kitty wallpaper. we totally bonded over project life. so nice to meet you!
next up were these adorable gingiber pillows and quilt.
i loved, loved, loved this clever art installation by the nod team. they used cb2 wall vases and filled them up with bouncy balls. SO CUTE.
i love nod's designs and colors palettes, but the quality of their goods is just amazing. look at this incredible solar system quilt.
these colorful, modular shelves were very cool. love how versitle they are.
and this dedicated craft area with a chalkboard table? yes, please.
this guest room was so pretty. loved the softer pinks and mints mixed it.
clever details, like this washi tape race track on the stairway baseboard, were abundant throughout the space.
the master bedroom was so soothing and relaxing. it was great to see how land of nod products aren't just for kids' rooms.
isn't it peaceful?
this office space was brilliant. these wall-mounted desks were hung up at different levels to accomodate a teenager, a grade schooler, and a toddler.
this chalkboard wall? DECALS. i didn't even notice the seams until they were pointed out to me. and those sheets? they are basically your 1980s notebook doodles brought to life. in hot pink. love the clock, too. and the amazing shiobiri curtains.
this lofted bunk bed was smart, too. the desk and shelf pieces fit in to the slats, making it customizable for your space. and again with those amazing quilts.
the top floor of this townhouse was amazing. so bright and airy! and to top it all off, it was decked out with goods from the new land of nod + golden book collection. that one doesn't come out until april (the products from the other floors debut in january), but it was fun to take a peek.
and here is the lovely michelle kohanzo, who definitely has the best job in the world. so nice to meet you, michelle! like i said, i'm very likely moving to chicago in the near future, so if you need any more awesome people for your team, just say the word!
thanks again to the entire land of nod team for having me at the gorgeous family home! it was wonderful! xo