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March Craft Events with The Land of Nod

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Hey, hey CHICAGO!!!!! We are coming for ya! That's right, we are headed to Chicago to host two different craft events with The Land of Nod! The first is a Mom's Night out at Studio Nod on March 1, from 6-8pm. We'll be teaching everyone how to hand-stamp your own tea towel! It's so fun and easy, we promise! And then, the next morning, March 2, from 10am-12pm, we'll be hosting a Kids Craft at the North & Clybourn store! Your kiddos can build their very own pipe cleaner and straw sculpture! We couldn't be more excited to hop on the plane and get to crafting in Chicago! We hope you'll come see us! If you can make it to either (or both) events, RSVP to nodevents@landofnod.com! More details below!

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Ampersand for Nod // Spring 2016

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1// Color Theory Rug (comes in 4' x 6' and 5' x 8') , 2 //  Abstract Throw Pillow (Mint), 3 // Abstract Throw Pillow (Pink), 4 // Abstract Throw Pillow (Multi), 5 // Highlight Hamper, 6// Fun Throw Pillow, 7// Great Pyramid Wall Hooks

As professional pattern designers and illustrators, nothing could be more fulfilling that getting to see your vision come to life on truly well-made products for a really cool company. Seriously, it's everything to us!! So when the Land of Nod Spring 2016 catalog landed in our mailboxes, we pretty much freaked out...calling each other immediately to talk as we flipped through the pages. Designing products for kids is SO. MUCH. FUN. And The Land of Nod is simply just one really cool company to work for. For this spring collection, we got to design everything from baby blankets, to rugs, to wall hooks and even a teepee! We rounded up most of the products right here for you with direct links to the Nod site but you can always just search "Ampersand Design Studio" in their search field to find all current products by us. And, we can't go without saying, Nod works with some of the most talented designers in the game, so make sure you check out ALL of the latest including other designer partnerships. You are sure to be blown away!

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1// Creature Comfort Baby Quilt, 2// Orange High Five Throw Pillow, 3// Creature Comfort Sheet Set (comes in lots of sizes: changing pad cover, crib, toddler, twin , full and queen), 4// A Teepee to Call Your Own (Blue Maze) (also comes in Orange Maze), 5// Creature Comfort Quilt (comes in twin, full and queen), 6// Creature Comfort Pillow Sham, 7// Cool Monster Throw Pillow

We had the best time designing bedding with our own boys in mind (see the Creature Comfort collection above!). And then, we got to design the girly bedding of our 80s childhood dreams (see the Rainbow Charm collection below) including yet another rainbow pillow. All of you who know us, know that nothing could be more fitting!

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1// Rainbow Charm Pillow Sham, 2// Rainbow Charm Sheet Set (available in crib, changing pad cover, toddler, twin, full and queen) 3// Rainbow Charm Blanket (also available in baby, twin, full and queen), 4// Rainbow Throw Pillow, 5// High Five Throw Pillow (Pink), 6//Happy Clouds Growth Chart (option to personalize), 7// Tropical Punch Baby Quilt

If you can, take the chance to peruse all of the images on the Nod website, check out the close-ups of each product so you can really see the quality of craftsmanship in each piece. Notice the way the quilts are pieced together. Check out the artistic stitching on the word pillows. Zoom in to see details of the rug (and you can even get a color sample)! All these bits of attention to detail make all the difference! Hope you love our latest creations for Nod! If you get anything for yourself, please share a photo with us and use #AmpersandforNod! You will make our day!

#AmpersandforNod Fall 2015

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Well we thought it was high time that we shared our latest designs for The Land of Nod!!! If you've gotten your Fall 2015 catalog, you might've seen some of these lovelies! We've got storage bins, a new set of alphabet letters (totally ordering our kids initials for their room), rugs, curtains, lamp shades and wall art!! yes, yes, yes---we hope you love it ALL!!!!! Have we mentioned how much we absolutely LOVE partnering with our friends at Nod!!?! Cause we do. A lot.

Scroll to the bottom of the post for all the direct links to each item!

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Behind the scenes of #AmpersandforNod

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The day the Spring 2015 Land of Nod products launched, we hosted an instagram takeover on @TheLandofNod where we shared some behind the scenes views into our design process! Just in case you missed it, we wanted to share them here, too!

The above shot of us working side by side is, in all actuality, how we frequently work. When we start a project, we always start off sketching, painting, drawing and experimenting with new mediums! We LOVE to play with color and always make sure to have fun while we "work"! We partner really closely and when we move to the computer, we even share files back and forth. We believe our designs are stronger because of our partnership!

Now, we are taking you back. like way back...and sharing our inspiration behind the designs we've created for Nod. Hint: It's our own childhood. It was playful, bright and filled with lots of rainbows! Carrie on the left and Morgan on the right, sporting our favorite rainbow gear!

Hello from the @AmpersandStudio work space! We share a studio in the heart of the Kansas City Crossroads Art District. We design, blog and run our etsy shop from here. It’s our little home away from home. It's also where we drink a LOT of coffee and make huge messes. In fact, it very rarely looks this clean. Our studio-mates can vouch for that (sorry, guys)!

How fun is this?!! in addition to designing products with Nod, we also had the privilege to redesign the shipping boxes and store bags! The boxes are patterned on the outside with a surprise burst of color on the inside! However, we never could've imagined that the boxes could be turned into the most darling cardboard village EVER! Those folks at Nod...just brilliant, we tell ya!

We have pretty much been bursting at the seems to reveal the products we designed exclusively for The Land of Nod!! So we hope you enjoyed the BIG REVEAL!!! Not to get all sentimental, but we can't go without saying that we LOVE Nod and designing quality products to live in your homes one day has been the biggest dream come true!! The most exciting part of what we do is seeing these things in real rooms! So make sure to share your pictures with us! Hey Land of Nod, we think you are THE COOLEST!  – Morgan & Carrie  #AmpersandforNod

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This blog post is one we've dreamed of creating ever since we started Ampersand! We have always been pretty much obsessed with The Land of Nod. Their aesthetic and everything they create is simply FUN and such amazing quality! We always receive the Nod catalog and pore over every page to see what they've come up with each season, and we wanted in on the action the minute we started creating designs for license. So, when we formed a partnership with Nod last year, it was, quite literally a DREAM COME TRUE for us!!!! Our dreams turned into sketches, we brainstormed and collaborated with the amazing people of Nod whose creativity and vision make these products come to life (and they couldn't be sweeter, by the way!)

The word excited doesn't even begin to cover how we feel about sharing these products with you! Our hope is that these are pieces people will want in their homes and that they will be the backdrop for many happy memories for parents and kids alike. We've had a blast designing them and seeing them become real over the past year. We can't wait to see them in happy homes, so we hope you'll share your photos with us after you see the Nod shipping boxes hit your doorstep! Thank you so much to all of you who have been following along on this journey with us, cheering us on in chasing our dreams! We are so thankful for your support. So, what do you think? Do you feel the urge to do a little shopping? :)

IMAGE ONE :: 1 // Roller Rink Rug–pink (available in 4'x6', 5'x8', and 8'x10')  , 2 // Roller Rink Rug–blue (available in 4'x6', 5'x8', and 8'x10')

1 // Fruit Salad Rug, 2 // Fresh Fruit Wall Hooks, 3 // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set, 4 // Watermelon Pillow, 5// Rainbow Throw Pillow, 6 // Perfect Pattern Girl Letters,  7 // ABC Animals Growth Chart

1 // Square Throw Pillow, 2 // Alphanumeric Sheets (available in changing pad cover, crib, toddler, twin, full and queen), 3 // Alphanumeric Quilt (available in twin and full/queen), 4 // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set (green), 5 // Hexagon Pillow, 6 // Triangle Throw Pillow

1// AHmaze Quilt (available in twin & full/queen), 2 // Rad Rug (Blue),  3 // Rad Rug (Pink), 4 // Rave Rainbow Shower Curtain, 5 // Perfect Pattern Boy Letters