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 firstname.lastname@example.org! More details below!
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You got to see Morgan's beautiful living room make-over a few days ago and now it's Carrie here to share my daughter, Sydney's, room which was so long overdue for a little attention. She inherited her big brother's room when she was born, and it basically didn't change for the first year. She didn't seem to mind much that things were feeling a little stale, but I was ready to mix it up for her. So, several months ago, we painted over the neutral light turquoise walls with white and pink. At this point, we hit the breaks again and nothing went back on the walls. That's when minted came to the rescue! I decided it would be fun to give her a gallery wall of cheerful art. I picked things I thought she would get a kick out of, including animals, which she loves.
I love minted because they have a beautiful collection of children's art, much of which can be customized. I personalized the Little Bear and Red Bird illustration with Syd's name and the I Love You So Print with her name and birthdate. It was so easy to find pieces that felt appropriate for a toddler's room, but were modern and could grow with her. I didn't limit my search to the children's art; I included a few pieces from the Limited Edition Collection, too. Basically, my problem was editing down my choices (as you can see, I still chose eleven pieces so I couldn't force myself to edit too much). I love that these pieces will encourage and inspire Sydney for years to come.
1 // Sliced Citrus by Kristie Kern, 2 // Sweet Chaos by Michelee Scott, 3 // Inquisitive Cardinal by Juniper Briggs, 4 // Baby Animal.giraffeby Cass Loh, 5 // Star Gazers by Maria Gromek, 6 // Little Bear and Red Bird by iamtonya, 7 // Heirloom Apple by Alexandra Stafford, 8 // Gesture by Kelly Ventura, 9 // Zebra From Above by Mary Ann Glynn 10 // I Love You So by Kelly Ventura 11 // Fragment 2 by Hooray Creative
I'm of the opinion that, when creating a gallery wall, it's a fine strategy to just put together things you love and let that be the theme for it. I wanted a mix of photographic pieces and illustration, and lots of color, balanced by a bit of black and white. I was loving the idea of mixing the types of frames also and I am obsessed with the frame choices minted offers. I used so many of them and I personally love the combination of their gorgeous metallic frames (I used the matte copper, brushed silver, and matte bronze) plus a few of the whitewashed styles and white wood. They are beautiful in person... so, so good!
I wanted to add a few little pieces I made for her in the mix so I created a simple heart with a piece of gold glitter scrapbooking paper and cut it to the size of a heart-shaped board I found at a craft store. Then, I made the letter S with a cardboard form (also from a craft store) that I painted black and then added a white brushy pattern. The weaving is from Bourbon + Gin, one of my favorite Etsy shops! Everything they make is beautiful. I love how the metallic frames work with Syd's curtains and curtain rods. Can't have too much metallic, I figure.
Can you believe it's already time to start thinking about the winter holidays? Sure, it's still a little early, but we can't wait any longer to share our new Christmas designs for The Land of Nod!!! We get so excited thinking that these Christmas pieces could become a part of your collection of keepsakes that come out year after year and make you smile. We designed lots of fun ornaments! We love that you can personalize your tree, gifts or stockings with little wooden versions of your family members (including pets) using the Christmas Company Ornaments. Then, the possibilities are endless with the Color Dipped Letter Ornaments... from doing initials on stockings to spelling favorite words! We're a little excited about those if you can't tell! Then, we were so thrilled to design an advent calendar, tree skirt, stockings and the coziest flannel bedding that works for adults AND kids! So, we sure hope you find something that will add a little more fun to your holidays! We had a total blast designing it, and as always love designing for The Land of Nod Dream come true!
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All we have to say is WOW! Thank you, The Land of Nod for this beautiful full-page feature on our little company in the March 2015 catalog!! Working with Nod was one of our ultimate goals when we started Ampersand Design Studio so it's safe to say, this was a very sweet surprise!!
The Land of Nod Spring 2015 catalog should've arrived on your doorstep by now and we have flipped through ours approximately 5,783,154 times discovering the AH-mazing styling and beautiful photos of the products we designed for them!! We have been waiting for this catalog to arrive since we started designing these things a year ago. If you can't tell, this is definitely one of the most exciting moments in our career!!!!!! It's still feeling a big like a dream! We hope you guys are liking the things we designed! #AmpersandforNod is now available!! YAY!!
The entire Spring collection is incredible!!! If you want to shop any of our pieces, the links are below and a full run down of our designs is here!
Roller Rink Rug–pink(available in 4′x6′, 5′x8′, and 8′x10′) // Roller Rink Rug–blue(available in 4′x6′, 5′x8′, and 8′x10′) // Fruit Salad Rug // Fresh Fruit Wall Hooks // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set // Watermelon Pillow // Rainbow Throw Pillow // Perfect Pattern Girl Letters // ABC Animals Growth Chart // Square Throw Pillow // Alphanumeric Sheets(available in changing pad cover,crib,toddler,twin, full and queen) // Alphanumeric Quilt(available in twin and full/queen) // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set (green) // Hexagon Pillow // Triangle Throw Pillow // AHmaze Quilt(available in twin & full/queen) // Rad Rug (Blue) // Rad Rug (Pink) // Rave Rainbow Shower Curtain // Perfect Pattern Boy Letters