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ANNOUNCING Field Trip: A pattern & illustration event! 04.27.2016

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We are SOOOOO EXCITED to announce that we are co-hosting a new licensing event called Field Trip in New York on Monday, May 16th. Field Trip was conceived by a small, but diverse group of artists. Our aim is to create a lively environment where clients may purchase or license new artwork and discuss collaborations. This event is happening at the same time as Surtex/NSS/ICFF, so it will be easy to take a  field trip around the corner to see us!

Field Trip will be held on Monday, May 16, from 2:30-7:30pm, at a gorgeous loft space in the garment district and will have a fun, casual feel with cocktails and nibbles.

Artists include:

Victoria Johnson 

If you are interested in collaborating, we would love for you to stop by so we can meet you! It’s invite-only, so please visit the fieldtripshow.com to request an invitation or let us know if you think you’ll be able to join us and we’ll put you on the guest list.

Happy Habitat + Ampersand Design Studio #SUPERRADCOLLAB 04.14.2016

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We can’t wait any longer to share this SUPER RAD COLLABORATION!!! We teamed up with our cool friend, Karrie, of Happy Habitat and designed three brand new bright, happy, modern throw blankets!! Basically, Happy Habitat and Ampersand Design Studio got together and made babies and we are introducing them to the world today!

Oh, and they are all made with recycled cotton so you can feel especially great about bringing them into your home! We hope you love them as much as we do!!! #SUPERRADCOLLAB

All three are live in our shop now! Brushstrokes,  Block Stripe, & Scribbles!

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Wanna know all the little details? Sure you do! Here you go:

Full-sized eco throws are big enough for one blanket hog, two adults who really like each other, or a mom and two kiddos who truly have no sense of personal space.

They look generous draped across the end of a bed or the back of a couch. I have a stack folded on a shelf in my living room as décor, locked and loaded for snuggle time.

  • 50 x 60 inches
  • 80% Recycled Cotton/20% Acrylic
  • Made in the USA
  • Machine Wash & Dry

RECYCLED COTTON

Recycled cotton is created from pre-consumer fibers and clippings that are collected after the cut and sew process. So new pieces that would otherwise be discarded get a second life.

Environmental benefits to using recycled cotton are:

  • Reduction in incinerator and landfull use, but reprocessing pre-consumer textile waste.
  • Recycled cotton fibers for yarn spinning require no new dyeing, saving water and adding no new pollutants.
  • The simplified manufacturing process reduces energy and resource use.
  • Recycled cotton requires no land use, intensive water irrigation, and no new fertliziers or pesticides.

The Bloom Academy + Ampersand Floral Workshop 03.17.2016

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We just had to share a little recap with you from our floral arranging workshop with Emily from The Bloom Academy! It was the very first event in our new studio and we were SO excited to get a few of you in here for a little shindig! Thanks to Emily for getting us to book a date for a workshop or we probably never would’ve gotten our new place ready. You know how it is, if you schedule a party, that’s the only way you actually get things done, or is that just us?

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Emily sure knows her flowers! We seriously learned so much and hope all of our guests did, too!Also, we’ve decided that we’d like the new studio to be filled with buckets of fresh flowers and all of our friends every single day, is that too much to ask?ampersand+bloomacademy_6

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These gals are basically professional florists now!!ampersand+bloomacademy_12

Thanks to all the yummy food from Moxie Catering and French macarons from Au Bon Macaron!

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If you missed out, never fear, this was just the first of many workshops to come! Hope we can get all of you in here sometime soon! Cheers! – Morgan & Carrie

(photos by Kyndall Durkee)

March Craft Events with The Land of Nod 02.25.2016

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Hey, hey CHICAGO!!!!! We are coming for ya! That’s right, we are headed to Chicago to host two different craft events with The Land of Nod! The first is a Mom’s Night out at Studio Nod on March 1, from 6-8pm. We’ll be teaching everyone how to hand-stamp your own tea towel! It’s so fun and easy, we promise! And then, the next morning, March 2, from 10am-12pm, we’ll be hosting a Kids Craft at the North & Clybourn store! Your kiddos can build their very own pipe cleaner and straw sculpture! We couldn’t be more excited to hop on the plane and get to crafting in Chicago! We hope you’ll come see us! If you can make it to either (or both) events, RSVP to nodevents@landofnod.com! More details below!

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carrie’s daughter’s gallery wall with minted.com 02.19.2016

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You got to see Morgan’s beautiful living room make-over a few days ago and now it’s Carrie here to share my daughter, Sydney’s, room which was so long overdue for a little attention. She inherited her big brother’s room when she was born, and it basically didn’t change for the first year. She didn’t seem to mind much that things were feeling a little stale, but I was ready to mix it up for her. So, several months ago, we painted over the neutral light turquoise walls with white and pink. At this point, we hit the breaks again and nothing went back on the walls. That’s when minted came to the rescue! I decided it would be fun to give her a gallery wall of cheerful art. I picked things I thought she would get a kick out of, including animals, which she loves.

I love minted because they have a beautiful collection of children’s art, much of which can be customized. I personalized the Little Bear and Red Bird illustration with Syd’s name and the I Love You So Print with her name and birthdate. It was so easy to find pieces that felt appropriate for a toddler’s room, but were modern and could grow with her. I didn’t limit my search to the children’s art; I included a few pieces from the Limited Edition Collection, too. Basically, my problem was editing down my choices (as you can see, I still chose eleven pieces so I couldn’t force myself to edit too much). I love that these pieces will encourage and inspire Sydney for years to come. MINTED_ART_PICKS_carrie

1 // Sliced Citrus by Kristie Kern, 2 // Sweet Chaos by Michelee Scott, 3 // Inquisitive Cardinal by Juniper Briggs, 4 // Baby Animal.giraffe by Cass Loh, 5 // Star Gazers by Maria Gromek, 6 // Little Bear and Red Bird by iamtonya, 7 // Heirloom Apple by Alexandra Stafford, 8 // Gesture by Kelly Ventura, 9 // Zebra From Above by Mary Ann Glynn 10 // I Love You So by Kelly Ventura 11 // Fragment 2 by Hooray Creative

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I’m of the opinion that, when creating a gallery wall, it’s a fine strategy to just put together things you love and let that be the theme for it. I wanted a mix of photographic pieces and illustration, and lots of color, balanced by a bit of black and white. I was loving the idea of mixing the types of frames also and I am obsessed with the frame choices minted offers. I used so many of them and I personally love the combination of their gorgeous metallic frames (I used the matte copper, brushed silver, and matte bronze) plus a few of the whitewashed styles and white wood. They are beautiful in person… so, so good!

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I wanted to add a few little pieces I made for her in the mix so I created a simple heart with a piece of gold glitter scrapbooking paper and cut it to the size of a heart-shaped board I found at a craft store. Then, I made the letter S with a cardboard form (also from a craft store) that I painted black and then added a white brushy pattern. The weaving is from Bourbon + Gin, one of my favorite Etsy shops! Everything they make is beautiful. I love how the metallic frames work with Syd’s curtains and curtain rods. Can’t have too much metallic, I figure.

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I think she likes it! Thanks, minted for making her one happy little gal and for making it so easy to find amazing art, not to mention supporting independent artists!

Photos by the very talented Kyndall Durkee