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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

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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Babikins Magazine feature 01.21.2014

Have you guys seen Babiekins Magazine yet?  We’re pretty much in love. It’s the perfect magazine for a modern mom!!!! The photography is so refreshingly current, the editorial is always worth the read and us adults could learn a few tips from the kid fashion features!  We got a hold of a couple of images from the current issue….it only makes us want to see MORE! are we right?
So needless to say, we were pretty stoked to spy our neon yellow ampersand print in a nursery feature in print issue #3! First of all, incredible job at framing the ampersand print and secondly, we are just flattered to have a print amongst all this cool styling! We sort of want this nursery to be our own room! PS- it’s the nursery of Danni Remender, who happens to be the creative director at Fawn Shoppe, so there’s not surprise that it’s perfection! We’ll be heading out to pick up a physical copy tomorrow to see the rest of this perfect little room! Thanks for the feature, Babiekins!
If you want to pick one up for yourself, the major stores are Target, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Amazon.com, the largest bookstore Canada- Chapters and of course Babiekins website! If you find something else you love in there, share it with us and @babiekinsmag with #Babiekinsmagprint3!

 

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15% OFF at Land of Nod 11.26.2013

Just in case you missed yesterday’s post, we wanted to make sure you saw that we have a really special treat for you all from Land of Nod! We genuinely love their products and are so thrilled to be partnering with them! Seriously wishing for each of the things above! Just look at that tent, we only wish it was big enough for adults, too!

So if you have some holiday shopping to do, head over to The Land of Nod and use promo code AMPGALS at checkout for 15% off through November 27th. Enjoy!!!!

introducing sydney 10.04.2013

So, today marks 4 weeks that we’ve had the pleasure of knowing our little lady, Sydney, and I thought it was high time I formally introduce her! Having a girl was a huge surprise to me as I was certain she was going to be a boy! That makes me 0 for 2 in guessing the sex of my babies, and in both cases, I felt “completely sure” I knew. Hearing her cry for the first time was the best feeling! I had been skeptical while I was pregnant that I could ever love another baby ask much as my first and I was delighted to discover that your love really does just multiply (many people had told me this, but it was something I had to feel to believe). I was also concerned about how Emmett would handle having a sibling, and while he’s acting out here and there, none of it is directed at “Syd-Syd” as he likes to call her. He’s even let us know that she is his “best buddy,” and he gives her kisses and hugs that make me wonder if she’ll survive out of infancy. Life has felt a bit chaotic as we adjust to life as a family of four, but we are just crazy in love with our little crew and thanking our lucky stars for them every day! —Carrie

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  1. Megan

    This is so sweet. Makes me even more excited for my first baby boy, Liam to become a big brother to a lil girl next month! I share some of your same concerns, but stories and tips like this set me more and more at ease.

    One questions I have – how quick did you have big brother, Emmett come meet Sydney?

    October 4, 2013 6:01 pm
    • ampersand

      Megan! I’m so excited for you to have your little girl! Liam will be such a good big brother! I had Syd late Friday night and we had Emmett up Sunday morning. I was so ready to see him Saturday, but I ended up having to have a c-section and didn’t want him to be freaked out that I couldn’t get up and move around very well and was basically just not myself. You will love having a girl and boy! It is a pretty great combo! Hang in there in this last month!

      October 7, 2013 3:24 pm
  2. Bear Creek Quilting Company

    Adorable and beautiful! Congratulations to you and your beautiful family. ~Shari

    October 4, 2013 10:49 pm
    • ampersand

      Shari! Thank you so much! :) We are feeling very fortunate!

      October 7, 2013 3:27 pm
  3. Olivia

    How lovely, congratulations!! I’ve wondered the same thing about having a second baby, so it’s reassuring to hear your story.

    October 6, 2013 11:59 am
    • ampersand

      Olivia! Thank you! I was sure that I wouldn’t be able to ever love another one as much as my son, but it really does happen! My husband reminded me that I also thought I wouldn’t be able to love our first as much as I loved the cats when I was pregnant with him. :) Funny how your perspective shifts!

      October 7, 2013 3:30 pm