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Introducing the Kansas City Baseball Tee! 10.16.2014

WOOOOHOOO! We are so proud of Kansas City! Whether you were a baseball fan before or not, you are NOW — are we right?!!! The energy in this city is electric right now! We’ve been waiting 29 years for our Royals to head back to the World Series and we can’t wait to show our pride in the coming weeks!

We couldn’t resist, and after the release of our Kansas City totes, we’ve been wanting to put our hand-painted lettering on tee shirts also. Since, we wanted to make these for ourselves to wear, we thought you guys might want to wear them, too.

They will be hot off the presses and ready to pick up at our studio a week from today, Thursday Oct. 23rd from 10 – 4 or we can ship them out Wednesday. Head to the shop to get yours.

Be sure to celebrate along with us and post pics of your new tee at #ampersandheartskc and copy us @ampersanstudio

GO ROYALS! GO KC!

 

Introducing Lennon!! 10.02.2014

Hi everyone! Morgan, here. I thought it was high time that I introduced my newest little bundle to you all! You might’ve noticed I’ve been a bit absent lately and that is because 6 weeks ago, on August 18th, my husband, Dan and I welcomed our second son, Lennon, to the world!! We are so in LOVE with this little guy!! He weighed 8lbs 70z (4 oz bigger than his brother) and 20 inches long. Lots of people warned us how crazy it is moving from one kid to two, but for us, this second time around is feeling much more relaxed. Granted, we aren’t sleeping much (the little guy likes to eat frequently….all night long), but this time, we know it’s just a short phase and each phase goes by so quickly. I was pretty crazy with our first son, constantly reading parenting books, websites and blogs. I endlessly researched every little thing that was going on with our baby, but this time, I just feel like we are enjoying the ride a bit more!

In addition to the ones you see here, I’m sharing a few of Lennon’s newborn pictures over on 100 Layer Cakelet today, so make sure to hop over and say hello!

One thing that I had hoped for, but didn’t know if it would happen, was a close bond between Shaw, my older son, and Lennon and this has way surpassed my dreams. Shaw is absolutely the sweetest, most caring big brother! He literally runs into Lennon’s room to help me with every single diaper change. He wants to assist with getting Lennon in his car seat…and even will say to me, “Mom, make sure you get baby brother in first. Then me.”. It’s amazing. He wants to hold him, cuddle with him….Shaw even gets excited when I say it’s time for Lennon to do “tummy-time”. Shaw will lay on the floor next to him and clap when he lifts his head. Shaw frequently asks if his baby brother can sleep in his room with him…ah,  if only Shaw could feed him every 2 hours, I’d take him up on that in a heartbeat! ha.

So, I’m not trying to say it’s not crazy over here…because having two kiddos is definitely crazy and I most likely will never get anywhere on time again, but our house is filled with lots of love for this new little one! Pretty excited to introduce him to you all…welcome to the world, sweet Lennon!

I’m still working on Lennon’s nursery, but I’ll be sharing my style board of ideas soon and of course some pictures when it’s all done! All photos you see here were taken by the talented Allison of Allison Corrin Photography. Visit her facebook page for all her updates here.

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  1. Olivia

    Wonderful! It’s so neat to hear that Shaw is excited about his little brother. Congrats!!

    October 2, 2014 1:15 pm
  2. ampersand

    Oh thanks, Olivia :) – Morgan

    October 3, 2014 3:01 am

Tiff Manuell 09.09.2014

We think we might’ve just found our creative soulmate! Seriously though, we LOVE everything about Tiff Manuell’s crazy fun explosion of color using organic shapes and painterly, drippy brush strokes!

In her own words about this little business adventure: “I want it to be spontaneous and to move quickly, for it not to be restrained by typical industry formats but more organic in its evolution.” We say, mission accomplished!

Check out her range of  bags, fashion, accessories and art at tiffmanuell.com! We’re partial to the bags ourselves. You can just never have too many!

 

  1. Marianne Humburg

    Love this!

    September 9, 2014 3:56 pm

PATRICK DOOLEY // 2014 AIGA KANSAS CITY FELLOW AWARD 09.09.2014

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a professor that makes such a lasting impression on your life, but both of us just happen to be in that category. While attending design school at The University of Kansas, we had the pleasure of having Professor Patrick Dooley starting in our early design years. Starting with early classes, he taught us the very basic foundations of typography and graphic design and let us discover what successful visual communication really meant. His dry sense of humor, calm demeanor (even while sometimes delivering harsh criticism), and endless passion for passing on his knowledge, while at the same time letting each student’s design sense show through, was truly one of a kind. His classes made us fall in love with design!! We owe much of our success in the design industry to what we learned from Patrick. We’d like to personally thank him for all he has done and we are thrilled to help share this news!!

Drumroll please…AIGA Kansas City announced that Professor Patrick Dooley is the winner of the 2014 Fellow Award for the Kansas City chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. The award will be presented at the AIGA KC Awards Gala & Exhibition on September 20 in Kansas City.

With more than two decades at the University of Kansas, Mr. Dooley, professor in the Department of Design | School of Architecture, Design & Planning, has influenced legions of designers practicing in Kansas City and beyond. Best known for his love of book design and attention to typography, Dooley has several works in the National Design Archives of AIGA. Dooley’s  awards number more than 80, with work recognized by the New York Type Directors Club, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, Los Angeles Art Directors to name a few.

Awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship in 2003, Dooley lectured at the Fachhochschule in Trier, Germany. A Study Abroad program has resulted with more than 80 international scholars from Kansas or Germany to date.

Dooley received a 2008 Sappi Ideas that Matter grant and, along with University of Kansas students,  developed a print campaign benefitting the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.

A bit about the AIGA Fellow Award: The Fellow award recognizes a designer with 15 years or more experience who has made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the local and regional design community, as well as in the AIGA chapter. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation – as well as the practice of design – are given equal consideration.

A bit about AIGA Kansas City: AIGA KC strives to inspire talent, engage thinking and connect designers through events, an annual awards program, and partnership in Kansas City Design Week. More than 500 strong, AIGA KC is in its 25th year as a chapter of a national organization celebrating its centennial.

If you are local and would like to celebrate the awesomeness that is Professor Patrick Dooley, make sure you attend the AIGA KC Awards Gala & Exhibition on September 20 in Kansas City!