Ampersand Design Studio


The KC Magazine 100 list 04.17.2014

We couldn’t be more honored or flattered to be chosen by KC Magazine as one of their “100 People Making Kansas City a Fantastic Place to Call Home”!!!! We are in such amazing company and are so grateful to be included in this prestigious list!!! We are seriously pinching ourselves seeing our own names amidst the other amazing people that are featured! THANK YOU, KC Magazine for highlighting us!! If you’re local, make sure to pick up a copy – it’s the April 2014 issue!!

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  1. Jeanee

    Yay, congrats!

    April 18, 2014 2:24 am

Finefolk. Effortless Designer Style. 04.14.2014

We Heart Kansas City: Finefolk Sprint / Summer 2014 Fashion Show

Last Saturday the Ampersand ladies attended the Finefolk fashion show in Kansas City’s Haw Contemporary. We drooled over the collections curated by owner Leslie Fraley! If you didn’t get a chance to make it be sure stop by her boutique shop in the KC Crossroads to see her designer lines of clothes, accessories, and beauty products. The Kansas City fashion scene just keeps getting better and better, right? Let us know what you think!

(above photos by Kathy London)

Finefolk boutique interior photos:

* posted by Kathy

let’s talk about failure… 04.11.2014

On this little blog, we often share our latest accomplishments and things we’d like to celebrate with all of you…but there is SO much more to our story than the successes. There have been missteps, hiccups, accidents, bad decisions and plenty of failures. Big ones even. Things we have gotten extremely excited about and couldn’t wait to share…even started dreaming up the blog post and magazine feature that would surely come because of it….and then BAM, it doesn’t happen at all. These are things we don’t talk about publicly much, but not because of their lack of importance.

We wanted to put this out there especially for all of you out there that think about starting your own company. Or possibly, you already have. Or just in general, want to follow your dream of doing something you love. Even if you aren’t working for yourself yet or don’t plan to….there are going to be failures along the path of reaching your goals.

Speaking from experience, we are here to say, those failures have made us just as strong as the successes. Although they hurt at the time and there are some that we think about and our hearts still sink…but we have learned to channel those emotions towards pushing ourselves farther ahead toward the next goal. Things most definitely don’t always go as planned and sometimes the accidents are the best thing that can happen, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time.

So as we continue to share all beautiful, happy and fun on this blog….we wanted to just be real for a minute and say that not all days are celebrations. But the one thing that is always true is that we will continue to push ourselves. No one ever said this was going to be easy and well, it’s not. But none of our successes have been luck. We work really hard. Sometimes we work crazy hours. We actively go after everything we want. And this seems to be true for every success story we see. Sometimes from the outside, you don’t see all the work that goes into the successes, but trust us. It’s there.

So, thank you to all of you who do share our little celebrations along this crazy journey that we are on. We are unbelievably thankful for all of you!!

top image: vineet kaur, bottom image: tapiture

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  1. Bear Creek Quilting Company

    Great reminder! We all have to learn somehow and someway. Thanks for the post. ~Shari

    April 11, 2014 7:54 pm
  2. Olivia

    So true. I love posts like this that “keep it real.”

    April 11, 2014 9:29 pm
  3. Gina

    Well put. Hugs to you both. ;)

    April 12, 2014 2:38 am
  4. Kristina

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m a small business owner and just recently had a couple of small failures and yep = it’s not easy to swallow. This is a great reminder! Thank you SO much! ♥

    April 12, 2014 2:38 pm
  5. Jack Sprat

    Is it really Failure or Feedback? The energy of “failure” is not good. The energy of “feedback” is much more empowering…

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    Refuse to ever use the term “failure” again about yourself or anyone else. Remind yourself that when things didn’t go as planned you didn’t fail, you only produced a result. Then ask yourself this powerfully life-enhancing question, “What am I going to do with the results I’ve produced?” And proceed to act in such a way as to be grateful rather than resentful for those less than glorious results.
    ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

    April 13, 2014 6:10 pm
  6. Kari

    This was just what I needed to read today:) Thanks so much for sharing. It’s easy for me to focus on the failures, but I’ve been trying to be better about thinking about the good things instead. You guys have accomplished so much and should be so proud of yourselves!

    April 14, 2014 9:02 pm

Ampersand + Tiny Prints 04.08.2014

We have a SUPER exciting new collaboration to share with you all today!!!!

We have partnered up with the one and only, Tiny Prints to create a bunch of fun, new products!!! We’ve always loved designing stationery products (and buying them, of course)… it’s a bit of an obsession, actually! So when the opportunity came along for us to partner with one of our favorite stationery companies that is always leading the way in trends and personalized goods, we literally jumped up and down!! Tiny Prints has been the go-to for us for our own invitations and special announcements in our lives. Being moms of young kiddos, there are a lot of celebrations & family photos to be shared! Designing products that we actually want to buy (and already have!) is the BEST!

Our first few products are personalized notepads, baby shower invitations and birth announcements – including some matching thank you cards and address labels! We hope for there to be much more to come!!! Go check them out and we’ll keep you updated on our latest!

personalized notepads // baby shower invitations // birth announcements // thank you cards

  1. Kari

    Congrats to you both! This is so cool, and I love everything! I also meant to write before to tell you the fabric you designed is awesome, as well! You guys are on a roll:)

    April 14, 2014 9:07 pm
  2. ampersand

    OH thank you so much, Kari :)

    April 14, 2014 9:08 pm


Dayle and the Ampersand gals go way back! We worked together at Hallmark Cards for many years and quickly learned that not only is Dayle a super-talented designer and stylist, but she’s crafty as hell! She can make anything and it always looks like it came right off the shelf–just perfection!!! (We’ve collected a few of Dayle’s tote bags over the years–you can never have too many!)  So when Dayle volunteered to sew a few things with our 8 Days A Week collection, we were over the moon! She whipped up this darling fold-over zipper clutch AND tote bag with the cutest little pocket! Aren’t you guys just dying to have one of these? So thanks Dayle for making our fabrics look so fab!! You totally rock.

And, all of you should follow along in Dayle’s world, follow her over at No. 4 Design Studio! Psst…in addition to Hallmark, she’s also worked for Neiman Marcus, IKEA and West Elm, so don’t miss her portfolio!

  1. Dayle

    You girls make me blush. I love your fabrics and everything you do. I love working with you ladies. The catalog looks amazing! Smooches

    March 22, 2014 10:04 pm