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#AmpersandforNod in the March 2015 catalog! 03.26.2015

All we have to say is WOW! Thank you, The Land of Nod for this beautiful full-page feature on our little company in the March 2015 catalog!! Working with Nod was one of our ultimate goals when we started Ampersand Design Studio so it’s safe to say, this was a very sweet surprise!!

Go Blog Social – Workshop 2015 03.10.2015

On February 22, 2015 we had the pleasure of being the keynote speakers at Go Blog Social Workshop!!! Go Blog Social is a designed to be your destination to learn how to grow your blog and social media knowledge, connect with businesses and get social with like-minded bloggers. The Workshop is held in Kansas City and offers a variety of hands-on, interactive courses in an intimate and creative learning environment. Basically, it’s like camp for all of us that love social media or those that are wanting to learn more about how best to use it for your goals! The entire day was filled with inspiring speakers and we were seriously flattered to be included in that mix! If you missed it,  we shared our entire story….where we have been and how we got to where we are today (like every crazy detail including some parking violation issues from back in the day)…and then we talked about how we use social media and then a bit about how we think about partnerships for our business! We really hope those that could attend left with some new ideas and inspiration to go after whatever it is they dream of it!!

Still cracking each other up after all these years!

Of course we couldn’t let everyone go without some very special Ampersand flair! Hope you are all wearing yours with pride!

And a HUGE thanks to the Go Blog Social team for planning, organizing and dreaming up such a perfect event! You guys rocked it!!!

We can’t forget to thank all of the amazing sponsors that helped make this event happen AND included super rad stuff in our swag bags!!

If you want to check out Go Blog Social, head to their site and make sure to check out #GBSworkshop, #GBS2015 #goblogsocial on social media!

Behind the scenes of #AmpersandforNod 02.05.2015

The day the Spring 2015 Land of Nod products launched, we hosted an instagram takeover on @TheLandofNod where we shared some behind the scenes views into our design process! Just in case you missed it, we wanted to share them here, too!

The above shot of us working side by side is, in all actuality, how we frequently work. When we start a project, we always start off sketching, painting, drawing and experimenting with new mediums! We LOVE to play with color and always make sure to have fun while we “work”! We partner really closely and when we move to the computer, we even share files back and forth. We believe our designs are stronger because of our partnership!

Now, we are taking you back. like way back…and sharing our inspiration behind the designs we’ve created for Nod. Hint: It’s our own childhood. It was playful, bright and filled with lots of rainbows! Carrie on the left and Morgan on the right, sporting our favorite rainbow gear!

Hello from the @AmpersandStudio work space! We share a studio in the heart of the Kansas City Crossroads Art District. We design, blog and run our etsy shop from here. It’s our little home away from home. It’s also where we drink a LOT of coffee and make huge messes. In fact, it very rarely looks this clean. Our studio-mates can vouch for that (sorry, guys)!

How fun is this?!! in addition to designing products with Nod, we also had the privilege to redesign the shipping boxes and store bags! The boxes are patterned on the outside with a surprise burst of color on the inside! However, we never could’ve imagined that the boxes could be turned into the most darling cardboard village EVER! Those folks at Nod…just brilliant, we tell ya!

We have pretty much been bursting at the seems to reveal the products we designed exclusively for The Land of Nod!! So we hope you enjoyed the BIG REVEAL!!! Not to get all sentimental, but we can’t go without saying that we LOVE Nod and designing quality products to live in your homes one day has been the biggest dream come true!! The most exciting part of what we do is seeing these things in real rooms! So make sure to share your pictures with us! Hey Land of Nod, we think you are THE COOLEST!  – Morgan & Carrie  #AmpersandforNod

BOOM! The Land of Nod Spring catalog is here! 01.29.2015

The Land of Nod Spring 2015 catalog should’ve arrived on your doorstep by now and we have flipped through ours approximately 5,783,154 times discovering the AH-mazing styling and beautiful photos of the products we designed for them!! We have been waiting for this catalog to arrive since we started designing these things a year ago. If you can’t tell, this is definitely one of the most exciting moments in our career!!!!!! It’s still feeling a big like a dream! We hope you guys are liking the things we designed! #AmpersandforNod is now available!! YAY!!

 

The entire Spring collection is incredible!!! If you want to shop any of our pieces, the links are below and a full run down of our designs is here!

Roller Rink Rug–pink (available in 4′x6′, 5′x8′, and 8′x10′) // Roller Rink Rug–blue (available in 4′x6′, 5′x8′, and 8′x10′) // Fruit Salad Rug  // Fresh Fruit Wall Hooks // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set  // Watermelon Pillow // Rainbow Throw Pillow  // Perfect Pattern Girl Letters // ABC Animals Growth Chart  // Square Throw Pillow // Alphanumeric Sheets (available in changing pad cover, crib, toddler,twin, full and queen) // Alphanumeric Quilt (available in twin and full/queen) // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set (green) // Hexagon Pillow // Triangle Throw Pillow // AHmaze Quilt (available in twin & full/queen) // Rad Rug (Blue) // Rad Rug (Pink) // Rave Rainbow Shower Curtain // Perfect Pattern Boy Letters

Ampersand for Land of Nod 01.27.2015

This blog post is one we’ve dreamed of creating ever since we started Ampersand! We have always been pretty much obsessed with The Land of Nod. Their aesthetic and everything they create is simply FUN and such amazing quality! We always receive the Nod catalog and pore over every page to see what they’ve come up with each season, and we wanted in on the action the minute we started creating designs for license. So, when we formed a partnership with Nod last year, it was, quite literally a DREAM COME TRUE for us!!!! Our dreams turned into sketches, we brainstormed and collaborated with the amazing people of Nod whose creativity and vision make these products come to life (and they couldn’t be sweeter, by the way!)

The word excited doesn’t even begin to cover how we feel about sharing these products with you! Our hope is that these are pieces people will want in their homes and that they will be the backdrop for many happy memories for parents and kids alike. We’ve had a blast designing them and seeing them become real over the past year. We can’t wait to see them in happy homes, so we hope you’ll share your photos with us after you see the Nod shipping boxes hit your doorstep! Thank you so much to all of you who have been following along on this journey with us, cheering us on in chasing our dreams! We are so thankful for your support. So, what do you think? Do you feel the urge to do a little shopping? :)

IMAGE ONE :: 1 // Roller Rink Rug–pink (available in 4′x6′, 5′x8′, and 8′x10′)  , 2 // Roller Rink Rug–blue (available in 4′x6′, 5′x8′, and 8′x10′)

1 // Fruit Salad Rug, 2 // Fresh Fruit Wall Hooks, 3 // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set, 4 // Watermelon Pillow, 5// Rainbow Throw Pillow, 6 // Perfect Pattern Girl Letters,  7 // ABC Animals Growth Chart

1 // Square Throw Pillow, 2 // Alphanumeric Sheets (available in changing pad cover, crib, toddler, twin, full and queen), 3 // Alphanumeric Quilt (available in twin and full/queen), 4 // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set (green), 5 // Hexagon Pillow, 6 // Triangle Throw Pillow

1// AHmaze Quilt (available in twin & full/queen), 2 // Rad Rug (Blue),  3 // Rad Rug (Pink), 4 // Rave Rainbow Shower Curtain, 5 // Perfect Pattern Boy Letters