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we heart kansas city: halls 03.30.2012

We were thrilled to have a little night out (well, a few hours out, anyway) at Halls, Kansas City. Halls is an AMAZING department store here in Kansas City and the two of us have quite the history with it. Back in our Hallmark days (when we got a nice discount for Halls), a significant portion of our paychecks went straight to their gorgeous shoes and clothes every month. So, times have changed, but we are still in love with this Kansas City gem and maybe now more so than ever because the selection in there right now is awwwwesome. The patterns and colors were pure sensory overload (in a good way). At the “it’s a girl thing” event, they even had local artists painting pairs of Tom’s that people had purchased. We’ve even included our token self portrait from the evening  We can’t ever seem to take a good pic of the two of us. Oh well, it was fun!

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  1. Jess LC

    >This place sounds awesome!! From the logo/branding it reminded me of the Hallmark logo- are the two related in any way? The products seem anything but Hallmark!

    : )

    March 30, 2012 2:58 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Hi Jess!

    It IS awesome. Just a really great mix of brands! Yes, Hallmark owns Halls and has forever. It's a great Kansas City original!

    March 30, 2012 6:53 pm

handmade: lulu summers 03.29.2012

I think my obsession with this quilt I just discovered by Lu Summers is maybe a little unhealthy. I LOVE it! The colors, the shapes, the chevron-ish element in the upper right….like I said, obsession.

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  1. Gertrude

    >your obsession with this quilt,reflects your obsession with colors and shapes too!i love your work!

    March 29, 2012 6:02 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks so much, Gertrude! We most definitely are obsessed with color and shapes!

    March 30, 2012 7:07 pm

GIRLS DINNER: Pizza Party! 03.28.2012

Well, hi everyone! Welcome to our very first installment of “Girls Dinner” — we’ve had so much fun bringing this little idea to life and have been just dying to share! We partnered up with our good friends, Laura & Tobe, to do a series of rotating dinner ideas to share with you all! Our whole goal is to give you some simple ways to make sure to get your girlfriends around a table together! After all, good friends are what it’s all about, right?
Our first dinner is a make-your-own-pizza party. Really, it can’t get much easier. Just ask each of your girlfriends to bring some toppings and then the assembly is all part of the party.
We made three pizzas and they were all super simple…and want to know a secret? Laura just picked up the dough at Trader Joe’s, so that part is the easiest! (and it’s really tasty, too) Here’s what we made:
1 – tomato, fresh mozzarella and arugula with tomato sauce
2 – goat cheese, carmelized onions, pear, arugula and olive oil
3 – chicken, pesto and mozzarella

* all photos taken by eric linebarger

So, we wanted to make sure you all grab some girls and do your very own pizza party, so we have a few surprises for you! Over on Because it’s Awesome, Tobe has put together a “get the look” for the table setting and on A Girl Who Makes, Laura came up with darling DIY Leftover Bag and she shares her step by step! Go on, check them out!
And we actually have two little treats for you right after the JUMP!

First up is a free printable invitation. Yes, free! Just click on the link below and you can either fill it out digitally or hand write in your info!

* above photo by Ampersand Design Studio            Pizza Party Invitation by Ampersand Design Studio

And, just in case you are feeling crafy, here is our DIY for the polka dot napkins! They are easy, easy, easy!

• napkins for as many guests as you’ll be hosting (We got ours from Target for about $7 for four)
• fabric paint in colors of your choiceand a palette or little plates to squeeze the paint onto
• corks for stamping
Easy, peasy directions:
• Wash and dry the napkins to remove sizing and iron as needed. Don’t use fabric softener.
• Place cardboard or waxed paper under the napkin you’re stamping to make sure it doesn’t bleed through to the surface below. (Oops, we learned this one the hard way.)
• Dip your corks in the paint colors and stamp away for the dot pattern of your choice.
• Drying time depends on how thick the paint is. Our paint tubes said to allow 24 hours to dry and 72 hours to cure completely before washing. Full disclosure: we didn’t wash ours before we used them and they worked just fine.
• To care for your painted napkins: use warm water on gentle cycle with a mild detergent and fabric softener (optional) in a warm rinse. Cold water may cause fabric paint to crack. Line dry. Do not dry clean. Do not use harsh detergents or bleach.
• Enjoy your fun new napkins!
* all photos taken by eric linebarger

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  1. Meg Biram

    >So cute! Makes me SO F-ING SAD THAT I'M NOT THERE! Were there enough innappropriate comments???

    March 28, 2012 1:11 pm
  2. Morgan

    >Meg, not gonna lie, we REALLY MISS YOU! Girls Dinner will never be the same without you, but clearly we're going to have to make sure to schedule one when you're in town. Not enough inappropriate comments by far ;) But Carrie said she'll work on it!

    March 28, 2012 6:36 pm
  3. Jeanee

    >LUV! The photography is AMAZING!!!!

    March 29, 2012 2:06 am
  4. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks, Jeanee!! Isn't the photography gorg? Eric is AWESOME!

    March 29, 2012 5:20 am
  5. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door

    >What a great idea! The food looked wonderful, and it looked like a great time. Love the napkins too! :)

    March 29, 2012 2:03 pm
  6. Morgan

    >Thanks Elizabeth—it really was as much fun as it looks! so glad you like the napkins. always good to have a use for old corks, right? :)

    March 29, 2012 7:02 pm
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trend watch: faceting 03.27.2012


It’s hard to even call this a trend anymore, because it is by no means a short-lived fad. It seems that the regular or irregular angles of a faceted gem have taken form on everything from pendant lamps to trash cans! Surely you guys have seen a few of these things popping up, but don’t they make quite the clear statement when all gathered together?! We’ll take one of each, thank you very much.

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  1. Jessica @ Artwork Network

    >I absolutely love this trend! Just wanted to let you know I mentioned you and linked to this entry:

    April 5, 2012 9:29 pm

Let’s Hear it for the Boys: graphic tees 03.26.2012


This post idea came when I was watching American Idol and saw Heejun Han’s t-shirt and became obsessed with it (upper right photo). I thought, why not find a few other cool t-shirts for guys, so here you have it.
Links: Split Hexagon Organic Tee, Color Theory Tee, Bicycle Organic T-shirt, Colours in the Sky Tee, Collision Theory Skyline Tee, Rockstar Tee

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