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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

ANNOUNCING: 8 Days a Week, our second fabric collection! 02.24.2014

We have been waiting (not so patiently) to introduce you all to our second fabric collection with Windham Fabrics!!!! It’s called 8 Days a Week and it’s filled with hand-painted lettering, dots, stripes and a really unique fill-in-the-blank calendar grid, all  in super bold black, white and hits of color! You can use the numbers, days of the week and months to customize your very own fabric calendar to commemorate a special event, or simply use them all as pattern! We could not have made our vision for this collection come to life without the generosity of SO many people. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all of them and for the hours they spent helping us put the pieces of this photo shoot together! Scroll through to see some of the amazing pieces that some wonderful people have made for us using 8 Days a Week fabric!!! In the next many days, we will be sharing details about all of these projects and the talented sewers behind each and every one! So please stay tuned!

So, as you can see, beyond the friends that sewed all of these beautiful pieces for us, we have a LOT more people to thank, and we want to start by doing them a bit of justice right here! To start off, these fab photos would never have been possible without our dear friend, who just happens to be a crazy-talented photographer, Jason of Jason Domingues Photography! Not only did he run around town to four different locations, he even volunteered his own backyard to be one of those spots! Yes, you read that correctly, the outdoor shots are in Jason and his wife, Allison’s, very own (super darling) backyard! Thank you, Jason, for your patience in shooting lots of sewn objects along with the lovely models we threw in there as well :) We are so grateful for your time and the super-quick turn-around of the images!!

Emily, our office assistant and Jordan, our summer intern, both worked tirelessly on helping us organize the mailing of fabrics to each and every sewer. This involved a detailed spreadsheet of addresses, fabric yardages for all the different patterns and lists of pieces to be sewn. We can promise you that we wouldn’t have kept it all together without both of them! Thank you, Emily & Jordan!!

We can’t go without mentioning the attentive and always helpful team at Windham Fabrics! We love to collaborate with Windham on our collections and just love our relationship with them! We are so thankful for their patience and support!

We also have many people to thank for letting us use their spaces! A long-time friend of both Morgan & Carrie, Darby Brender, the owner of the ever popular, trend-setting Fusion Fitness, allowed us to take over her studio for a few hours because we were just obsessed with the cool gray wood floors. Thank you, Darby!! Our office assistant, Emily, let us know that one of her friends was a new mom with a really darling nursery. Upon seeing pictures, we knew we had to get in there! So thank you to Emily’s friend, Amanda, for letting us invade your home, especially with a newborn baby! And one of our favorite local restaurants, Urban Table, allowed us to take over the comfy benches in front of their huge windows one morning! Don’t worry, we always repay them by having office brunches there :)

And last, but so far from least are our models!

Amya— the darling baby girl in the polka-dotted romper is the daughter of one of Morgan and Carrie’s friends, Patty, from our Hallmark days. Thank you, Patty for loaning us your sweet little lady for the morning. She was a natural!

Lilli— the daughter of one of our amazing sewers, Monica, also happened to be a perfect model! Much more info to come on Monica, but we’ll just say that on top of being a talented seamstress, she also has the most lovely kiddos. Lilli was such a great sport, twirling around in the adorable dress her mom made. Thank you, Lilli!

Michelle— you may recognize Michelle from our shoot for Cream & Sugar. We couldn’t resist asking Michelle to help us again with this collection. Can you blame us? She is as sweet as she is beautiful, not to mention hilarious. She was so generous to take time out of her busy schedule to model our polka dot skirt and headband, tote and clutch. Thank you, thank you!

As we mentioned before, we are going to be following up with more blog posts introducing you to all of the great sewers who helped us out! But for now, we want to at least give them credit as you scroll through these photos! A HUGE thank you to all of them for making this happen!!

Dayle Bennett: tote bag and clutch // Jordan Clark: pillows, headband and dog collar set // Carrie Dickerson: toddler shorts, toddler skirt and embroidered t-shirt set, stuffed dog toy // Stephanie Patton: baby quilt // Emily Perkins: shadowbox calendar art // Caroline Ritter: carry-all bins and crayon roll // Margaret Schemmel: toy ball, calendar pillow and crib skirt // Madi Sharp: headband and pillow  // Shari Shobe: quilt // Monica Spiehs: adult a-line skirt, toddler girl dress, baby romper and flag bunting // Emily Walters: notebook/ folio and pillows

We sure hope you love this new collection! It was truly made with love (and paint, brushes and scissors!)

Check out our full online brochure right here!!!

  1. Josephine

    Congrats on another FAB collection! I LOVE it! It’s so fun, the projects are gorgeous, and those colors are amazing!! I will now have that song stuck in my head, which I love, so no complaint here : )

    February 25, 2014 9:18 pm
  2. Laura Parke

    GIRLS!!! Such a lovely collection. I seriously LOVE all of it! I can’t wait to get my hands on it and start making stuff. Bravo, you two!

    February 25, 2014 10:32 pm
  3. Jane B

    Where do I get the pattern for your polka dot skirt!?!! Or better yet, where can I buy that skirt!!!!? I love it. And I love this fabric line. So. Much. Fun. Just in time for spring.

    February 27, 2014 12:41 pm
  4. ampersand

    Thank you so much, Josephine and Laura, you know it means a lot to us that you guys like the new group :)

    March 3, 2014 10:04 pm
  5. ampersand

    Hi Jane,
    During this whole week, we’ll be sharing all of the fab people who helped make some of these pieces including the skirt-and we’ll be sharing the pattern! So glad you like it :)

    March 3, 2014 10:05 pm
  6. Dayle Bennett

    Thanks for the shout out ladies! I love this collection. It’s so much fun!

    March 3, 2014 11:12 pm

Anthropologie + Ampersand Valentine’s Day Workshop 02.13.2014

On Tuesday, we had the complete pleasure of hosting a Valentine’s Day card-making workshop with our local, Town Center,  Anthropologie store!! We hosted two sessions, one from 6-7pm and one from 7:30-8:30pm and we had a packed house full of awesome card-making!!! We did a few of our own examples as you can see here, but we were completely blown away by the cards that all of our guests came up with! We suggested that everyone could bring a photo to customize their cards and it was just amazing seeing all these darling images used to create handmade Valentine’s Day cards! It definitely got us ready to celebrate the day we all dedicate to love.

We selected some colored and patterned papers, some pretty awesome washi tapes from The Washi Shop! Then we added some heart punches, letter stickers, and heart stickers, all from Shop Sweet Lulu and we just let everyone go to town! Super easy to do yourself at home with just a few supplies!

We found so many fun photos on instagram from our event—if you want to check them out, like this one above, go to #anthroevents to see all the Valentine’s Day crafty festivity! And of course, you’ll get to see other Anthro Events across the country!

Thank you so much to all of you who came out to craft with us (too bad we didn’t capture a group photo of the second session) and a HUGE thank you to our co-hosts at Anthropologie, TIffany and Benjamin! You guys sure make hosting fun!! And big thanks to Benjamin for being our Valentine’s Day paparazzi to capture the fun!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!

UPDATE: Rescheduled due to weather 02.03.2014

Due to the impending weather, we would like to reschedule the Valentine’s Day Custom Card Creation workshop with Anthropologie. The event will now be on Tuesday, February 11, at the Anthropologie Leawood store located at Town Center Plaza, 5024 West 119th Street.

If you would like to bring a photograph to be used for the craft, please do! Completely optional, but could be a fun addition!

 If you are unable to attend on the new date, please let Anthropologie know as there is a wait list for this event.

 Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you next week!

Ampersand for giggle.com 02.03.2014

Well, this is one that we couldn’t be more thrilled about!!! Giggle.com is one of our all-time favorite baby & kids shops – we fell in love with the entire store on one of our first trips to NYC together! Morgan was pregnant at the time and was in awe of every item in the store. We instantly appreciated their carefully curated selection of modern products! We don’t have a bricks and mortar store in Kansas City, so now, each time we go to New York, Giggle is always on our list of must-stop shops to bring gifts home for our little ones!

Needless to say, we are absolutely honored and beyond excited that Giggle chose our artwork to be included in their small selection of baby and kids decor!! If you are lucky enough to have a store in your city, stop by and check it out, but if not, here are the links online!!

ABC Animalia Canvas Wall Art // ABC Animalia Growth Chart // ABC Animalia Night Light // Trip to the City Wall Art – Framed Print

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