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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
  3. Christina

    awwwwwww congrats! he is perfect!

    October 23, 2014 9:05 pm

Game Day at the University of Kansas 08.28.2014

Well, it’s scorching hot here in Kansas City this week, but with the kids heading back to school, we can’t help but feel like fall isn’t too far away. Along with our visions of pumpkin patches, apple-picking and pumpkin spice lattes, we are getting excited for football season at our alma mater, KU! Morgan and I are both born & bred Jayhawks from the University of Kansas and even met there while we studied Graphic Design. So, we hopped at the chance to share our love for game day at KU and give away an amazing prize to one lucky reader!

If you haven’t been to a football game at Memorial Stadium, you should really check it out! It is an electric energy from the tailgating to the game itself. We, of course, loved going to games while we were in school, but now that we have kids, we are absolutely loving taking them to experience what we loved so much as kids. I remember going to games as a little girl with my parents, stopping at Joe’s on the way in for a sandwich and cookies, and heading up to the hill.

Even though it was fun to go to games back in our day, it is even better now! KU has made game day a blast for kids. They now have a Hy-Vee Hawk Zone that opens two and a half hours before kick-off and closes at the end of the first quarter. The fun zone includes inflatable games, live radio broadcasts, tackling station/drills, face painting, a balloon artist, free KU promotional items, fan photo booth and visits from KU student-athletes to sign autographs to name a few. Our boys will be in heaven now that they’re old enough to do all of these fun activities!

To make the experience even better for kids, they can join the Junior Jayhawk Kids Club, which is The Official Kids Club of Kansas Athletics for all kids ages 13 & under. For just $45, your child receives tickets to several different KU games, really nice KU gear and admission to special KU events!

In honor of the start of the football season, we have the honor of giving away a great prize pack from the Kansas Athletic Department! We are SO excited to be able to give away a complete game day experience for one lucky family including all of these goodies:

•   A single game family 4-pack of tickets to a KU football game of your choice

•   One $50 gift card to Downtown Lawrence

•   One Junior Jayhawk Kids Club membership

Good luck! We hope to see all of you Jayhawk fans in Lawrence this fall! Rock Chalk!

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This post and giveaway is sponsored by Kansas Athletics, all opinions are our own.

  1. Kari

    Great giveaway! I’m a Jayhawker as well and always love to go back to KU every chance I get. Did you ever go to the Sandbar? That is my favorite bar ever. Shark attacks all around:)

    August 29, 2014 6:42 pm

West Elm Grand opening party 08.21.2014

Last night was the Grand Opening preview party for our brand new West Elm store on the Country Club Plaza so it was the perfect opportunity to go visit our products on the West Elm shelves!!! It was such a high to see our totes and new 8×10 ampersands sitting with the other local products in one of our all-time favorite stores!

Plus, the party itself was so fun and West Elm was PACKED with people checking out the new digs! Also, we already love West Elm for partnering with local makers, but love them even more for donating a portion of the night’s profits to Bridging the Gap, an awesome local KC environmental non-profit. Judging by the crazy-long check-out lines all night, they were surely able to donate a lot of money to this great cause. There was also awesome music and a Smilebooth set up for fun pics!

 It was such a fun night of yummy food by Howard’s Organic Fare and Vegetable Patch and cocktails from The Campground

It was so great to catch up with one of our favorite KC bloggers, Megan of Chasing Davies! How cute is she for wearing our tote to the opening?! Be sure to go check out her blog post to see how she styled the Crossroads bag in the most darling way!

Our products were in the best company on the local display! So many amazing makers. Cute products below from Convivial Production, Ruff House Art and Tad Carpenter Creative.

Thanks West Elm, for a great night and for including us as a part of West Elm Local!

#westelmlocal in Kansas City 08.19.2014

Have you heard the exciting news??? WEST ELM IS COMING TO KANSAS CITY!!!!!!!!! As if we weren’t excited enough about this, we have a little (BIG) announcement to go along with it!

They are doing something really cool, called #westelmlocal and they have decided to partner with a select few local makers for handcrafted goods…all from LOCAL artisans!

We couldn’t possibly be more excited to announce that we are one of those local makers!!! That’s right, you can now find Ampersand Design Studio products at the brand new West Elm store on the Country Club Plaza!!!!!!!! AHHH…..we are pinching ourselves to be collaborating with one of our very favorite stores! We’ll have a few of our favorite products there including our brand new “Kansas City” tote bags in both styles AND a new addition to our line-up is our ampersand screen prints in a new size: 8″ x 10″ (which happens to fit perfectly in many of our favorite West Elm’s picture frames)!

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Check out the other local makers you can find in the new West Elm Kansas City store. We’re so happy to be in such great company!

Happy Habitat is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Happy Habitat

1canoe2 is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

1canoe2

2nd Story is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

2nd Story

Convivial Production is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Convivial Production

Tad Carpenter Creative is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Tad Carpenter Creative

Hammerpress is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Hammerpress

Axel Co. is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Axel Co.

Ruff House Art is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Ruff House Art

Check the west elm Kansas City page + follow @westelmkc on Instagram to stay up-to-date on #westelmlocal launch parties + events.

 

  1. Jess Zimlich

    So exciting! Congrats, ladies :)

    August 19, 2014 1:41 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks, Jess! :)

      August 19, 2014 9:02 pm
  2. Kari

    This is SOOO awesome! You ladies rock! I love the bags you designed and can’t wait to check them out! Congratulations!

    August 19, 2014 7:47 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks so much, Kari!

      August 19, 2014 9:02 pm