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Ampersand for Nod // Spring 2016 02.05.2016

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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!

Ampersand for Command DIY Advent Tree 11.23.2015

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Come December 1st, kids and adults alike begin the exciting countdown to Christmas Day and an advent calendar is such a fun way to bring the countdown to life! We created this life-sized version using kraft boxes, bags and envelopes along with Command™ strips, clips and hooks to accommodate all the various sizes of little gifties you might want to include for our Bright & Merry Trend for Command! It’s bright and fun and so easy to create! For the full DIY, including all the Command™ products we used to bring it to life, head to Command.com

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photos by Wheat Photography video by Paper Crane Photo

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Ampersand for Command // Trend: Bright & Merry 11.18.2015

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For kids or kids-at-heart, Christmas is pure FUN! Bright & Merry captures the more playful side of the holidays. It’s irreverent and punchy. Neon has made it’s resurgence in the past few years in home decor and it’s here to stay, now infiltrating holiday decor as well! These fluorescent tones are the brightest colors imaginable and can seem overwhelming when standing alone. Mixing these neons with a neutral, whether it’s raw wood or kraft paper, gives it a new, more livable vibe. Color-blocking and color-dipping play a role in Bright & Merry as does the glossy feel of acrylic. Let the neon glow as bright as the tree lights!

We felt like the Bright & Merry trend was the perfect place to do something kids would love, and the idea of an advent calendar was our first thought! It’s so hard for little ones to be patient while waiting for Christmas so an advent calendar is great for making the time leading up to it fun, too.

The calendar we designed was something that we would’ve never even considered had we not been using Command™ products. There is no way we’d put a million nails in our wall to achieve this one. We decided to really leverage the Command™ Small Picture Hanging StripsCommand™ Quartz Spring Clips and Command™ Small Wire Hooks to do something we couldn’t do without them. They allowed us to use all different sizes of boxes, bags and envelopes to fit our gifts and hang them knowing they would come right off the wall with no marks after the holidays. We think this one will be a winner with our own kids!

For all the details about the Bright & Merry trend, including how we made it come to life with this DIY advent calendar, head to Command.com

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Photos by  Wheat Photography // Hair by Nicole Brancato @nicolecarmelle // Makeup by Stephanie Borger of Simple Beauty

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  1. Courtney Shelton

    LOOOOOOOVE this one!!! Everything looks awesome!

    November 18, 2015 8:11 pm

#AMPERSANDFORNOD HOLIDAY 2015 10.16.2015

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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!

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

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1// Christmas Company Ornaments 2// Merry Little Christmas Ornaments 3// Merry Mod Advent Calendar 4// Color Dipped Letter Ornaments 5// Merry Mod Tree Skirt 6// Blizzard Flannel Bedding 7// Merry Mod Stockings

 

 

  1. Kelsey

    Putting this advent calendar on my wish list, adorable!

    October 18, 2015 4:31 am

Freely Given Movement // Apparel that matters 08.20.2015

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Today we get to share a project with you that is so very near and dear to our hearts. We were introduced to the Freely Given Movement at the beginning of the year when our sweet friend, Allison Corrin, emailed, telling us of a dream she and her husband, Chris, shared to help people going through hardship. She shared with us the first story they had chosen to tell, the first family to support —The Van Sickle family. Allison had used her amazing photography talent to share their three-year-old daughter, Kit’s, story visually, and as we watched, the tears ran down our cheeks. We were so thankful to know of Kit’s story and couldn’t wait to share it anywhere possible, as is the goal of the project. The way they describe Freely Given is as “a social enterprise created to rally community behind families in crisis through the power of social media and the sale of uniquely designed apparel.” To say that we are honored to have had the opportunity to create the first shirt designs for their campaign is an understatement. Supporting a cause born of such caring and compassion truly makes our work worthwhile.

Meet three year-old Kit. Learn more about her story and how 90% of profits from the Go Kit Go collection will go towards providing for her in home care.

11834881_385544384972719_7044203082781918376_oIn Allison’s words after spending the day documenting Kit’s family: “They had met many others walking these days, months, years ahead of their story, but the journey was often the same. Children were around them daily, flesh failing yet spirit thriving, strength exemplified. They had also met those broken. Destroyed by disappointment, hope burnt out, souls empty.
Yet, Kit’s choice has been made from the beginning.
They’ll carry hope wherever they go, they won’t let go of faith.
And when they can’t, their people will carry them.”11879070_385542134972944_8179134863019045264_o“As unique as each of our stories are, we can find a unifying theme in the journey. We celebrate together in the peaks, in the joyful times, where we have received and are full. But then for many of us, unavoidable landslides occur along the way somewhere. We find ourselves caught up in hardships – stretched in every sense of the word. The valleys close in, the bottom of our financial capabilities reached, drained by medical expenses, a job suddenly gone, transportation finally on it’s last mile, a loved one lost, or perhaps it is everything that has come at us at once, and fast.

This is when unity must prevail. This is the time to come alongside, to build community, to hand-in-hand give freely to those traveling through a valley of their story.”

We hope that you take the time to watch Kit’s video and check out the shirts that you can get to help this amazing family! You guys….THIS is what it’s all about. We couldn’t be happier to use our talents to help support a business like this!! Check out the shirts below.

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Morgan is wearing: Gray Triangles (also in oatmeal) // Carrie is wearing: Gray Brush (also in oatmeal)

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