Camp Wandawega & Nod – Behind the Collaboration

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Camp Wandawega & Nod - Behind the Collaboration

At Camp Wandawega, we strive to create a magical place that will be the backdrop for amazing sun-soaked memories. Likewise, Land of Nod has been helping families create magical places in their own homes: intimate, thoughtful environments where imaginations and creativity soar with wild abandon. Together, we were able to take the magic of Camp Wandawega, and enable The Land of Nod fans to bring it into their homes. Our partnership with The Land of Nod is literally a dream – and a place- come true. We are kindred spirits in all the best ways: geeking out on the details, the storytelling behind every little thing, and the value of making memories that last.
Camp Wandawega & Nod - Behind the Collaboration
The designers at The Land of Nod truly appreciated all the little details at Camp, from tiny rustic cottages, to our time-worn canoes, to salvaged tents & teepees, to Charlie’s favorite overstuffed lounge chair, to a magical treehouse and even our first-born child (mutt) Frankie. Not only did these become the inspiration for the collaboration, they also became the literal subject matter of it. As the design process unfolded, it was a labor of love for both of us to stay true to the original details of the camp, while adding even more whimsy, magic and playfulness to the details in ways that only Land of Nod knows how.

On weekends, Tereasa Surratt is the proprietor of Camp Wandawega  – during the week- she is a SVP/Creative Director at ad agency, Ogilvy.  In her spare time, she’s a contributing stylist to a handful of lifestyle mags, just signed her third book with Random House – and lives in Chicago with her husband, 4 year old daughter Charlie and mutt Frankie.

Nod Printable Coloring Page – Back to School

Nod Fun Pages designed by Michelle Romo

Get your little ones excited for heading back to school with this free back-to-school themed printable coloring page. Download it 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 - Back to School

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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.

How Camp Wandawega Came to Be

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One day we woke up and decided to rescue my husband’s Childhood summer camp.

How Camp Wandawega Came to Be

It was originally a 20’s-era speakeasy that had concurrently lived lives as a modest Midwestern vacation resort, and later church camp for refugee Latvians. David had grown up dreaming of making it his ‘home’, and had asked the managing priest to let him know if he ever decided to sell. Flash forward 35 years – we got the call that ‘it was time’… and there was no time to waste. Within days, we became the proud new owners of a near-condemned summer camp.

How Camp Wandawega Came to Be

It had been colossally neglected by the time we started the resurrection (picture Camp Crystal Lake meets Blair Witch). Throwing all rationale thought to the wind, we began the biggest undertaking we could never have imagined.  A short 6 months after buying camp, we would get married in the old chapel between the pines. It rained all day, (to the cheers of a ‘woodstock-esque’ group of friends, I wore my yellow rubber wellies down the muddy aisle, tying a wet knot destined to be bound for a lifetime).

How Camp Wandawega Came to Be

Then the real work began.

We would spend the next dozen years of our lives joyfully researching and resurrecting every possible historic detail. We would scavenge every barn sale, yard sale, flea market and tag sale within 50 miles of camp. All in an effort to bring back the summer camp of our (and our grandparent’s) childhood. Room by room, building by building it started to take shape – proof positive that nothing is ever too far gone.

How Camp Wandawega Came to Be

But what happened next was a gift that could only have come to be by the power and will of a creative community. Quite organically, Camp Wandawega would draw more artists, makers and nature lovers. Chefs would collaborate with furniture builders. Jewelry makers with florists. And photographers and filmmakers would capture it all, rebuilding a new generation of unlikely camp-goers. The culmination is a current-day creative retreat for young and old.

How Camp Wandawega Came to Be - Teepee on the Lake

The end result is not the end, it will continue to be a labor of love until our four year old Charlie is in retirement herself, and hopefully beyond. If all goes as planned, it will be a place for new friends to come create, share and let their inner creative child streak with wild abandoned.

How Camp Wandawega Came to Be - Treehouse

We like to say that we aren’t the owners of this place, just the current caregivers in a long and strange line of innkeepers – all who had one timeless thing in common; To reconnect by disconnecting on a little summer-camp on a tiny lake called Wandawega.

How Camp Wandawega Came to Be - Pool Hall

In June of 2015, The United States Department of the Interior placed Camp Wandawega on the list of National historic Places. An honor we are dedicated to live up to with 100% of our hearts.

On weekends, Tereasa Surratt is the proprietor of Camp Wandawega  – during the week- she is a SVP/Creative Director at ad agency, Ogilvy.  In her spare time, she’s a contributing stylist to a handful of lifestyle mags, just signed her third book with Random House – and lives in Chicago with her husband, 4 year old daughter Charlie and mutt Frankie.

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!

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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.