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featured in Spaces Magazine 12.11.2013

We are BEYOND thrilled to see our Melamine Ampersand Pattern Platter show up in one of our absolute FAVORITE magazines!!! Spaces Kansas City always highlights the best of the best in Kansas City and beyond! The photography is beautiful, the writing is fascinating, the trend predictions are right on target and we always get to learn more about the interesting people that make up our fine little city! Thank you so much for including us in your “Seeing Things in Black & White” round-up! We LOVE it all!

(Grab a platter for yourself here)

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

crafting community 08.22.2013

When an email landed in our inbox about this creative weekend for families, we couldn’t wait to share! It’s such a brilliant concept and if we lived any closer, we’d be all over this, so for those of you that might be able to be in Palm Springs in October, check this out! October 4 – 6, the Fourth Annual Crafting Community will return to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs!! We’ve been dying to make it to the Ace Hotel anyway, so this seems like a pretty perfect excuse :)

Crafting Community is a unique chance for families to engage each other, and other like-minded families, in a positive environment filled with laughter, imagination and plain old fun. Karen Kimmel, the creator of CC, believes aesthetics and design are not lost on children. They love beautiful things and in fact, beauty helps engage. With that in mind, she works tirelessly to create workshops that will inspire guests of all ages.

Check out some celeb additions to this year’s line-up:
- Renowned Silver Lake handbag designer Clare Vivier will join in the fun, teaching families to make chic, original leather accessories.

- Rene Holguin, the mastermind behind the cult West Hollywood boutique RTH, will return to reprise his popular Family Crest workshop.

- And Christine Schmidt of San Francisco’s Yellow Owl Workshop, will teach families how to carve their own stamps so participants can create their own versions of Yellow Owl’s bold, graphic designs.

The families will also be given a number of chances to connect with nature and play with an underwater photography workshop, custom age-specific workouts by Undefeated and Converse, as well as one-on-one skateboarding sessions with pro-skaters.  Relaxation is taken just as seriously as the weekend’s inspiring workshops and activities so after a long day of fun, s’mores are enjoyed under a blanket of desert stars and the late night dance party is presided over by DJ Muggs, formerly of Cypress Hill. I mean, seriously, we want to go kids or not!! ha!

And it’s all thanks to these three ladies: from left to right: Tait Chatmon Alvarez, Stacy Bernstein and Karen Kimmel!

If you’re up for it and as excited as we are about this, here’s the link to reserve your spot: http://craftingcommunity.eventbrite.com/

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!

Fourth of July Style 07.02.2013

It’s almost time to light the fireworks here in the US. We had fun rounding up a few things that would add some patriotic fun to the day!

clockwise from top left: Americana Graphic Tee, Keep Your Friends Cloche Hat, Wrap-It-Up Dress in Painted Plaid, Anchor Ice Bucket, Wicker Picnic Basket, Glass Globe Oil Lantern, Patriotic Paper Cocktail Napkins, Retro Snow Cone Maker, F-Troupe Cowboy Flat Lace Up Shoes, Denim Cutoff Shorts in Graphic Grid

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