October Nod Notes

Post written by Rachel, our PR & Social Media guru

‘Tis the season for some ghoulish fall fun.

We were lucky enough to be a part of a recent Halloween party with The Effortless Chic. We’re a little jealous we weren’t able to physically be there though after seeing the table setting and the ghost grilled cheese. See more from the party on Jen’s blog.

The Effortless Chic - Halloween Party

If you’re looking for a way to entertain your kids during snack time, look no farther than this monster juice box tutorial from Christina Williams. Yes, there are juice boxes under there!

DIY Kids Craft: Monster Juice Box Tutorial

Here’s a few of our favorite links that are inspiring us this month:

Fox & Sparrow Photo Workshop

Written by Lauren Baker, our fearless marketing events manager

We couldn’t help but notice all the amazing magic the ladies of The Fox and the Sparrow have been making on the Instagram universe with their modern take on photographing women and children. We were so excited to see that they were headed to Chicago in September to shoot some sessions, and had to ask them if they would be interested in hosting an event at our flagship store in Chicago. To our amazement, they said YES!

So a few weeks ago, the ladies set up a free mini-workshop for our customers to come in and learn tips on how to style and take beautiful pictures of their own kiddos with just a camera phone.

The Fox and the Sparrow WorkshopRachael Lunghi from Siren Floral Co. taught our customers how easy it is to make beautiful flower crowns (Who don’t love a flower crown?).

The Fox and the Sparrow Workshop 3Erika Beukelman from 1011 Makeup chatted with the ladies on ways to style their hair and makeup. And she also worked her magic on some of their hair with top knots and braids (Lucky ladies!).

The Fox and the Sparrow Workshop 2Lastly, Rachel Castillero from Studio Castillero gave the workshop attendees tips on shooting with their camera, including some awesome tutorials on the VSCO application.

The Fox and the Sparrow Workshop 1This was such a lovely event for our customers, and we loved having these ladies in store! Check out the Fox and the Sparrow on Instagram for upcoming dates of their sessions and to see their amazing work.

When Lauren isn’t planning ridiculously awesome #nodevents for The Land of Nod, she spends her time putting up with the crazy antics of her English Bulldog, Lola. She also loves searching for treasures in vintage stores and summer antique markets. Due to her previous adventure living in Canada, she has a strong obsession to Hudson Bay stripes, as well as the fine cuisine of poutine (Don’t make her choose between the two…that’s like choosing between Ryan Gosling and Jason Bateman for her!).

Celebrating our Seattle Store’s Grand Reopening

A few weeks back, we celebrated the Grand Reopening of our University Village Store. We were so excited to share its new look with our customers, that we just had to throw a big bash to celebrate the occasion.

Our customers were first treated to mini cupcakes from our good friends at Trophy Cupcakes. The cupcakes were not only delicious, but also adorably decorated with artist Michelle Romo‘s bear design on top.Celebrating our Seattle Store’s Grand Reopening Cupcakes

We also had an in-store face painter, Melissa from Happy Go Lucky, painting her amazing face art on the kids.

Celebrating our Seattle Store’s Grand Reopening 1

Magician John London performed a hilarious magic show for the partygoers and treated them to awesome balloon twisting throughout the day.

Celebrating our Seattle Store’s Grand Reopening Magic Show

Our final performer was Caspar Babypants, one of our favorite kids musicians, playing a show for a full house!

Celebrating our Seattle Store’s Grand Reopening 3

Thanks to everyone who attended our big day. And if you missed it, be sure to stop by and check out our new exciting look at the University Village Mall in Seattle.

Celebrating our Seattle Store’s Grand Reopening 2

Behind the Scenes — Creating Our Well Nested Kids & Baby Bedding

Post by Elizabeth Olwen, designer behind Nod’s Well Nested bedding

Hello out there! I’m Elizabeth Olwen and I couldn’t be more pleased to be here to share a behind-the-scenes look into the inspiration behind my new Well Nested organic kids and baby bedding collection with the lovely folks at the Land of Nod. It’s close to my heart!

Well Nested Kids & Baby BeddingI remember the first bedding that I got to pick out for my own bedroom when I was a little girl. I felt like a princess and it felt so special to crawl into my bed every night and sleep under a print of large, soft pink rose petals. Patterns have been a passion of mine for as long as I remember. And when I grew up and discovered that I could be the one designing those beautiful patterns that people live with day in and day out, I knew I’d found my calling. As most fresh-faced pattern designers, I made a list of dream clients and hoped to one day see the dreams become reality. For me, The Land of Nod was at the very top of the list. And I always hoped that I could create bedding that another little girl or boy would swoon over in their own bedrooms. So, it’s so exciting to be here to tell you about my first bedding collection with the Land of Nod.

This collection was based around the theme of the bird’s nest, which I think is an adorable theme for babies. I am a nature-lover and one of my favorite things to do is to go camping, and ultimately, for long walks through the forest. I love foraging for motifs and shapes that can inspire my work. And I often emerge from the forest with visions of the forest floor, which is covered in twigs and branches, berries and plant life, and the sounds of birds and squirrels and other wildlife chit-chatting in the forest. These walks continually inspire my work. I’ll sit down and draw for hours in hopes that a theme or idea will take shape. I love the concept of a mama bird doing her own foraging in the forest, gathering what she can to make a nest for her eggs. And it’s something that we humans love to do too. So for me, the theme of nesting was a natural fit for a bedding collection for little ones.

Well Nested Kids & Baby Bedding Doodles Well Nested Kids & Baby Bedding Doodles 2 Well Nested Kids & Baby Bedding Doodles 3The collection began with the irresistible idea of crib sheet with a large nest, in which a baby would sleep. The coordinating collection is based on the surrounding forest environment and raw materials for building a nest of your own… A twiggy, branch pattern. A duvet of acorns, berries, feathers, mushrooms and pine cones. And a few egg, acorn and twig coordinates. All in a soft modern color palette. And it only seems natural that it’s all made from comfy organic cotton.

Well Nested Kids & Baby Bedding Crib
I couldn’t be more pleased with the collection. The collection is available for baby (pink or blue), toddler (pink or blue) and kids (pink or blue). And while I know the bedding was intended for kids, I don’t think I’ll be able to resist getting some of my own, seeing that the designs are also available in double and queen! I hope that the collection is the perfect backdrop as you watch your baby birds grow, and that little girls and boys that get tucked into it every night have that same very special feeling that I did when I was a little girl. Stay tuned for more fun products collaborations coming soon!

Elizabeth Olwen is a Surface Pattern Designer from Toronto, Canada who creates patterns for fabric, stationery, apparel and décor.