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Let’s Join the Circus

The Fall line has arrived at Land of Nod and there are a lot of fun themes to check out.

I’m particularly excited to share that you can now get a new
Fancy That Design House & Co. customizable print through Land of Nod.


This circus themed print is offered on a 29″x39″ canvas banner with grommets for hanging. And you can customize the name for your own little ringmaster!

And don’t forget….the “Just My Type” ABC design is also offered through Land of Nod on a 24″x30″ canvas wrap.
(And it’s on sale now!)


Happy Shopping!

Categories: art prints, Design, home

It’s Been 4 months

Yesterday marked 4 months since meeting our third son in China.
The day you first meet your child and he or she is placed into your arms is often referred to as “Gotcha Day.”
We plan to celebrate this as a “family day” as we are so grateful for his addition into our family.


We flew into his home province from Beijing and when we landed we were told by our guide that we would be heading to the hotel and when we got there we would be meeting him in 20 minutes.

Our van driver drove swiftly through mountains, traffic, and construction and we stared out the windows trying to take in our little boy’s land. I nervously looked over our itinerary and paged through paperwork between taking cell phone video of the city and countryside and making small talk with our guide. After a long van ride, we had arrived.

We checked in and our guide once again confirmed where we would be meeting in just 20 minutes. So we headed up to our room to put down our luggage, gather paperwork, some toys, and to pray. The hotel room was prepared for us and there was a small crib next to our bed.
I stood over it, thinking, “Our son is going to be in our arms today!”
I just couldn’t get over the fact that the time had come. After pursuing him and pushing through the adoption process, this was it! We were about to meet the child that God had chosen for our family.

It was time to go to the hotel meeting room and so we left our room and headed to the nearest elevator only to learn that specific elevator didn’t go to the floor we needed to go to. We nervously went back downstairs, past the front desk to get directed and find the conference room. We weren’t sure what to expect. Would he be in the room already? Would we get there first? Who would be bringing him, would he be sad to see that person go?

We were quickly ushered in to the room and there he was. Sitting happily on a chair, all bundled up and holding a snack. I’m quite sure we didn’t see anyone else in the room at that moment as we dropped to our knees to meet him.


We showed him a photo album similar to the one we had sent to him. We never knew if the care package we had sent actually made it to him so we were overjoyed when he pointed to his brothers saying “gege” (meaning older brother in Mandarin). It was clear he had seen their photos before and it was confirmed later when we saw the album in his bag.

4 months.
The 2nd of each month will forever bring me back to these moments. The day we became a family of five. A lot has happened in the past 4 months. It’s not always the easiest journey but we know without a doubt that he is worth it and we don’t walk alone.


And seeing him each day giggling with his “geges” is a gift we are so grateful for.

Categories: adoption, family

Floral Letter Tutorial


Today’s tutorial is super quick and easy once you have all your supplies. I think just about every craft store sells cardboard letters, so pick your favorite letter and let’s make it pretty!


What you’ll need:

• cardboard letter
(this one was about 12″ tall and 1.5″ deep)
• exacto knife/cutting blade
• flowers
(I’m not typically a fan of artificial flowers, but pick
some high quality ones in your favorite colors) 
• moss or something to use behind the flowers
• spray paint
• hot glue gun & glue

step1Step 1
Using an exacto knife, cut off the top layer of your letter and remove any inner pieces.

spraypaintStep 2
Spray paint, if you wish. I went with an aged gold.

moss_doubleStep 3
Using glue, fill letter with moss. I did this so green would show if there were any open spaces between flowers. This also helped giving the flowers a little bit of padding so they wouldn’t sink into the letter.

glueStep 4
Glue in your favorite flowers

And, there you go – you have yourself a pretty letter!
I think these would work great as initials in an engagement or wedding photo shoot.
Or you could do a bunch and spell out a name for a bedroom or party decor.
Have fun!


Categories: tutorials

We’ve Gone Metallic

It’s been busy over here!

Three little boys have been keeping me on my toes but I finally got around to something I have wanted to add to the shop for quite some time now…
g o l d    f o i l  ! !

There are currently two new prints (available in a limited quantity)


Count Your Many Blessings, Name Them One By One is offered on a navy cardstock


His Steadfast Love Endures Forever is offered on a Brown Charcoal card stock

or you can purchase them as a set and save!

Hope you like them…I’m bursting with more ideas for additional metallic prints!

Categories: art prints

Print for Mother’s Day-Enter to win

There’s a giveaway going on via instagram @fancythatdesignhouse!

Proverbs 31 gives a detailed description of a virtuous woman and there’s a new print in the shop designed around a couple verses from that chapter.
It could be the perfect Mother’s Day gift, so stop on over to see how to see how easy it is to enter to win.


If you don’t win it on Instagram this week, no worries-it is always available in the shop AND there will be a chance to bid on it in an upcoming Instagram auction. Lesley (of Recipe for Crazy) is a fellow print designer and is following a calling to go to Ghana this July. She will be having an auction to help raise funds, you can follow her auction account here: @yestoghanaauction

Categories: art prints, giveaway, holidays