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Ampersand for Land of Nod

Ampersand Design Studio

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

 

8 Days a Week: thank you to Margaret Schemmel

Ampersand Design Studio

We were so fortunate to have Margaret Schemmel on our sewing squad! She took on some complex pieces: a little hexagon ball toy and a crib skirt, plus our calendar pillow! Thank you doesn't even cut it! She was so generous with her time and carefully thought through issues that making a crib skirt presents (how high is the crib mattress? Do you want pleats or not?) She just really had it together before we did on the crib skirt, and we are so grateful because the end results were just beautiful. We want to have a bunch of those little hexagon balls to give to our kiddos and as gifts for all new babies! If any of you want one, too, you can refer to this tutorial. This is originally a pin cushion, but we thought it made such a cute ball, too. Margaret is a graphic designer and used Illustrator to make her own pattern pieces as a guide. For the crib skirt, she made up her own design, using a crib mattress as a guide.
The pillow was piece quilted using different sections from the various fabrics. We love how she used our calendar grid and made a precious keepsake out of it. We love how this design can work for any milestone (wedding anniversary, baby's birthdate, the options are endless..) Thank you, Margaret, so much for sharing your creativity, resourcefulness and sewing talent! We were so lucky to get to collaborate with you! We really hope to team up again in the future!

8 Days a Week: thank you to Madi Sharp

Ampersand Design Studio

We are so excited to introduce you to Madi Sharp, another one of our amazing collaborators on our sewing projects! Madi is in her last year of school as a graphic design student in St. Louis, Missouri where she is in the process of designing her first fabric collection for school as well as a series of screen prints. Check out her online portfolio here! She is currently doing an internship with Lotta Jansdotter, one of our favorites and another designer for Windham. Madi likes to sew and sell things at craft shows on the side, and we are so thankful she offered to share her talent and time with us!
Please look at the cuteness Madi crafted for us:

Madi made the darling headband/ turban modeled by lovely Michelle was created using this pattern. She altered it a bit to include elastic, since our fabric is a quilting weight, and therefore, not stretchy by itself. She used this headband pattern to help her include elastic.

Madi also made the black and white striped pillow in the center of the photo above. Isn't it cute?! She did it without a pattern, but here is a similar pattern.

Thank you, Madi, for finding time to help us! We know you have a full schedule, and we really appreciate it!

(product photos by Jason Domingues)