Pink Chicken – Nod Artist Interview

Pink Chicken - Nod Artist Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself…

HOMETOWN: Alexandria, VA
CURRENT TOWN: NYC!
FAVE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: mint chocolate chip! (hagen daz)
FAVE BREAKFAST FOOD: I usually don’t eat breakfast but if I am going to treat myself, nothing like a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.
FAVE HOLIDAY: Thanksgiving!   All about family and friends and food. . . being grateful and giving back. No presents getting in the way.
FAVE COLOR:  So hard to choose!  I love all colors.
FAVE DECADE:  The 70’s – love the bohemian vibe and hippy clothes.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?  I have always been a dress girl… You can find me in a dress and flip flops every day.  At Pink Chicken, we say our clothes are ‘no fuss and always stylish’.

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WHAT ARE THE MOST REWARDING AND MOST DIFFICULT PARTS OF RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS? One of the most rewarding things is seeing kids wearing your clothes… I am surprised and so excited in the best way every time! And the most difficult, I would say, is all the hats you have to wear, the creative, brand development and customers I love. But a lot of my time is spent in production, finance, shipping, technology issues, etc.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR KIDS AND HOW YOU BALANCE WORK/MOM LIFE.  My girls have always been a big part of the business, they are my little muses. They tell me what they and their friends love and what they don’t. they love working/playing in the stores and being a part of the photo shoots. I think they are proud of me which makes it all worth it.

IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE? I LOVE India and Tulum, Mexico, probably my two favorite places ever.   I have never been to Morocco though, and I think that would be amazing and inspiring!

IF YOU COULD POSSESS A SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?  I’m not sure it’s a super power but I would love to be able to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to stay healthy and strong!  Donuts and BBQ ribs, bring it on!

Pink Chicken - Nod Artist Interview

TELL US ABOUT YOUR COLLABORATION WITH THE LAND OF NOD. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT IT?  We are so excited about this collaboration. To be in the company of such incredible brand is amazing, I’m still pinching myself. It’s amazing to see what we do every day for clothing come to life in a room.  I learned so much from Jason, Nod’s head of merchandising, and he was amazing to work with.

Pink Chicken - Nod Artist Interview

HOW WOULD YOU STYLE IT IN A ROOM? Well I love how Nod styled the crib… the mix of patterns is everything. Our crib bedding with the Ashley Goldberg graphic rug is perfect! Pink Chicken - Nod Artist Interview

ANY HOBBIES & INTERESTS?  I love to go listen to live music, I used to do it a ton living in the city in my 20’s … and I’m making an effort to get out more now too!

Check out the full Pink Chicken for Nod collection HERE.

Stacey Fraser created Pink Chicken in Amagansett, New York. Taking a break from corporate life and finding her footing as a new mother, Stacey used her daughter’s naptime to sew clothes from the fabrics she’d collected over the years. She whipped up little sundresses for her daughters, tunics for herself, simple dressing for each. She knew she’d tapped into something people wanted and something that she, as a designer, loved. And thus, Pink Chicken was born.

Nod Printable Coloring Page – Instruments for Musical Kiddos

Nod Fun Pages designed by Michelle Romo

Are your kiddos aspiring musicians? Keep the noise level down for a few minutes with this free instrument printable coloring page HERE. Share a pic of your little one with the finished product on Instagram (use hashtag #landofnod) or our Facebook page. We may feature it!

Nod Printable Coloring Page - Instruments for Musical Kiddos

Michelle Romo is our newest Nod illustrator, she’s a self-taught illustrator and designer fueled by cookies and naps. Her influences include Mid-Century, Japanese and Scandinavian design, along with pretty much anything cute. When she isn’t working she spends her time eating good food, hugging her friends, playing video games and crafting.

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids

We’ve still got about a month of summer vacation, and despite my best efforts, we need some new ideas. I have a summer goal of doing more art projects with the kids. Especially the messy, memorable ones; and now is the perfect time to get cracking on our list. Most of our summer camps have dwindled down; swimming lessons are over; as is our family vacation; so now I’m pulling out the (washable!!!) paint.

I’m planning on inviting friends, family and neighbors to the back yard at the end of summer for a gallery walk where the kids can show off the projects art projects they’ve completed this summer.

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids Checklist

For easy reference, I made a list of 50 Art Projects for Kids; and you can print it out here. My kids really liked painting with race cars and bouncy balls, and I have to admit that I gave it a whirl, too. If you’re going to paint with bouncy balls, or other projectiles, for that matter, here are a few tips: 1. Use washable paint. Obviously. 2. Wear old clothes 3. Work outside. Cover the ground or a table with a drop cloth; or use a table you can easily wipe down when the fun is over.

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Painting with Bouncy Balls

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Race Car Painting

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Salt Painting

I think my favorite summer art project though, was the salted watercolor paintings. The example above is my 9-year-old’s masterpiece. Even he isn’t too cool for most of these projects. (Hooray!) Simply “draw” a picture with Elmer’s glue, sprinkle liberally with salt; shake off the excess. While the glue is still wet, use watercolor paints and just touch the salt gently with your paintbrush. It’s so much fun to see the salt absorb the color; and it’s also a great exercise in color mixing.

I’m sharing our 50 summer art projects for kids over on Instagram, so feel free to follow me there @christinawilliamsblog; and if want to play along, use that hashtag #cwsummerart so we can create a virtual gallery walk for our kids! I hope you’ll join in the fun!

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Bouncy Ball Painting Project

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.