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Land of Nod + Ampersand Design Studio Holiday Party 11.25.2013

We are officially in the holiday spirit over here! We had the amazing opportunity to kick of the season in style on Thursday when we co-hosted a party and trunk show with The Land of Nod! We have long been in love with everything Nod and jumped at the chance to deck our studio out with their holiday decor and have a fun shindig.We had a blast catching up with our blogging friends! What made the evening even more fun was that at the same time that our event was happening here in Kansas City, eight other parties were also taking place across the country hosted by many of our favorite bloggers. Be sure to hop over to their blogs for more party pics and holiday inspiration. The other hosts were: Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay in Atlanta // Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove in Boise // Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love in Charleston // Darcy Troutman of No Monsters in My Bed and Rebecca + Suzanne of A Feteful Lifein D.C. // Kelly Lanza of Studio DIY and The Honest Company in Los Angeles // Raechel Meyers of Finding My Feet in Nashville // Kirsten Krason of 6th Street Design School and Small Fry Blog in Salt Lake City/ Provo // Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplified Bee, Michaela Warner of Michaela Noelle Design, and Mary Heffernin, at her business, The Makery in San Francisco. Everyone used the hashtag, #nodevents to instagram, tweet and Facebook their events so we were able to feel like we were party-hopping our way across the country.

We loved transforming our space into a cheerful wintery wonderland and the only difficult thing was deciding which Land of Nod items we wanted to use. We threw in some Christmas trees in white, hot pink and gold metallic and several strings of lights overhead for good measure. We thought they looked quite nice decked out with Nod ornaments, tree skirts and a doily decals. We also decided we needed a mantle to hang our stockings on and had a blast painting one to do the job. Since we spend so much of our time on the computer, it was a nice change of pace to do some painting and crafting. We pulled out the glitter, yarn and paintbrushes and got all DIY.

Everyone at the party got to get in on the crafting, too, at a table all set up with Crepe paper flower kits to put together.

Our guests were thrilled to find out that there were a bunch of awesome giveaways to be had. A teepee, a Nod chair, a pig rocker, an intergalactic playset and two animal sleeping bags were up for grabs to name just a few, and every guest got to go home with a darling tote filled with a set of 12 days of Christmas ornaments. Our awesome Land of Nod representative, Jason (who we decided is our new bestie), did the honors of pulling the lucky winners from a box.

While we did not enter ourselves in the drawing, we each got to decorate (and keep, yay!) cottage dollhouses. Each party host got to personalize their dollhouse however they wanted and post photos of them at #noddollhouse. Some people were so creative with theirs!

Of course we had some treats & drinks! Doughnut holes, French macarons from Au Bon Macaron and some herb and cheese gougeres from a brand new bakery in downtown Kansas City, called Sasha’s Baking Co! And really, what’s a party without a photo booth to capture the memories? We glitzed ours out in dots made from pink, gold glitter and metallic paper in front of hot pink wrapping paper.

We want to send a million thanks to our super-talented friends, Emily and Corie (below) of Peep Toe Photography (how cute are they?!) for being our photographers for the night. We love how they captured all the fun of the event!

Now, the best part is that we get to bring all of you in on the action with a special 15% off promo code to The Land of Nod! Just use AMPGALS at checkout to receive your discount through November 27th. Happy shopping!!!!

We can’t go without thanking our studio mates, Wirken Photography, for being so patient us turning the studio into an early holiday wonderland!

Biggest THANK YOU to The Land of Nod, for helping us host the best party ever!!!! Let’s do it again sometime, shall we?!

  1. Cassandra

    It was such fun meeting you both, and spending the night with such lovely ladies. Thank you for having us!

    November 25, 2013 6:22 pm
  2. Justine

    All of this is so darling! Can I ask where the C’est La Vie sweater is from? Many thanks!

    November 26, 2013 2:16 am
  3. Trina

    you guys are the super cutest! adorable everything! looks like you had so much fun! xo . t

    November 26, 2013 4:14 am
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  5. Gwen, The Makerista

    Such a beautiful party! I really love the faux fireplace and backdrop too!

    November 26, 2013 5:10 pm
  6. ampersand

    Cassandra, so glad to meet you, as well! Thanks for coming :)

    November 27, 2013 3:23 am
  7. ampersand

    Justine,
    thanks for the sweet words :) The sweater is from Forever 21, it’s a steal! get one :)

    November 27, 2013 3:23 am
  8. ampersand

    Thank you, Trina and thanks for everything you did to make this happen!!!!

    November 27, 2013 3:24 am
  9. ampersand

    Thanks, Gwen! So nice to hear sine we were up painting that fireplace at midnight :)

    November 27, 2013 3:25 am

KC Weddings magazine feature 07.09.2013

Huge thanks to KC Weddings magazine for featuring our monogrammed melamine plates from our signature collection with La Plates in their gorgeous Pink & Red color story!!! The Fall/Winter 2013 issue if full of inspiring and unique wedding ideas and we’re happy to be included! So brilliant to feature a monogrammed plate for wedding inspiration–wouldn’t it be the sweetest gift to host a shower or luncheon and have a set of monogrammed plates made for your guest of honor and use them during the shower? Or a nice little touch to serve the wedding cake on at the reception. Suddenly our minds are going crazy with creative ways to incorporate these into the wedding festivities! Thanks again, KC Weddings! Pick the perfect plate over at La Plates!

getting crafty for father’s day : DIY kites 06.12.2013

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we thought it was the perfect time for a little craft that you could do with your kid! Bonus: it can be a gift for dads AND a fun little activity for Father’s Day! So, grab a few supplies, and let’s have some fun!

Materials: skewers, tape, string, tissue paper, glue stick, scissors, needle and ribbon for decoration

Step 1.  Layout your skewers in the size that you want for your kite

2.  Tie off the center stabilizers and tape the supporting skewers

3.  Cut out a piece of tissue paper the size of your kite with a 1-2 inch boarder

4.  Cut thick fringe on the edges and glue the tabs around the skewers. Continue this around all four edges.

5.  Place the glue side down on another piece of tissue and repeat steps 3 and 4. Adding more layers helps to strengthen your kite! The more you add the stronger it gets!

6.  Once you have finished your layering  (we liked 4 layers the best) you can use your needle and thread to poke through and around your stabilizer at the top (its best if you can thread it through the tape so it does not tear).  Tie this off and then do the same at the bottom. Keep some slack between the two ties, this is what you can hold onto to fly your kite.

7. Add a tail! This can be anything you want! We used ribbon, yarn and bows!

8.  Decorate! Paint and stickers work great!

9. Take it outside and give it a shot!

We hope you guys all give it a shot, we had the best time letting our little guys decorate these kites!

We know we have already introduced you on previous posts, but this brilliant idea is all thanks to our absolutely incredible intern, Jordan Key! Not only is she an awesome designer, but we have uncovered a craft genius! She’s basically our very own in-house Martha Stewart and we are so lucky to have her! Thanks Jordan for coming up with this fun activity and for your daily brilliance!!!

 

 

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Mother’s Day Anthro Event // painted flower pot DIY 06.04.2013

We already shared a little recap of our Mother’s Day Anthropologie Event here, but we thought it was only fair to make sure that all of you, even if you couldn’t make it to the event, could still do this fun little painted flower pot DIY! We’ve shared our super-easy steps below!

The only supplies you will need are: painter’s tape, scissors, paint, a flower pot, (optional hole-puncher) and a wooden skewer! And of course the perfect flower or plant of your choice to finish it all off!

We had to share one more shot of our entire fabulous group of attendees! Such concentration, right?

And, here you go – a free printable for your very own flower picks! Just click right here to download:

FREE PRINTABLE FLOWER PICK FLAGS

One more big huge THANK YOU to Anthropologie for letting us host this Mother’s Day Event!

  1. Alexa

    These pots came out so so cute…definitely going to make my own! :)

    June 7, 2013 2:35 pm
  2. Ali

    I had so much fun with you girls! Thanks for hosting such a fabulous event!

    June 7, 2013 4:04 pm