As you may be well aware, National Park Week kicks off in just a couple of days and to celebrate, all 401 NPS-governed hotspots from Acadia to Zion and everywhere in between will be waiving entrance fees to visitors through April 28.
However, if making the trek to a national park just isn’t in the cards this spring, here’s an idea that doesn’t involve watching “National Lampoon’s Vacation” for the 110th time or camping out in your backyard with a pair of binoculars and a big ol' bottle of bug spray: Invite the great outdoors into your home in the form of handcrafted, wilderness-inspired accent pillows from Three Bad Seeds.
In fact, thanks to Olympia, Wash.-based Three Bad Seeds you can re-create an entire national park scene right on your couch complete with majestic snow-capped peaks, mighty spruce trees, and a range of forest-dwelling fauna ranging from foxes to skunks. For added outdoors-y effect, I'd recommend spritzing a bit of
aerosol Yellowstone Juniper Ridge Cabin Spray around your abode and deeply inhaling.
“Inspired daily by the beauty of nature,” the entire Three Bad Seeds collection of “modern heirlooms for the little one and quirky cushions for the home” — offerings also include teepees, bears, bucks, goats, and a few non-wilderness-centric pillows — are crafted by artist and designer Amanda Weiss using locally sourced, reclaimed/repurposed linen and upcycled wool sweaters and scrap collected from Pendleton Woolen Mills (a fellow national park-loving company). Each pillow (a few selections also make for great plush toys for tots) is cut by hand and machine sewn for durability. The stuffing is poly-fill.
In addition to peddling ready-made pillows and plush critters at local craft fairs, a handful of brick-and-mortar retailers, and at the Three Bad Seeds Etsy storefront, Weiss also takes on custom pieces. If you happen to be in Olympia or environs, the Three Bad Seeds studio is open to the public on select dates once a month.