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Ampersand for Walgreens: Academic Year 2017/18

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We can't help but want to get organized with our newest collection of bold, graphic planners found in Walgreens stores! The sizes and format options are ENDLESS - 8.5x11, 5x8 and the cutest little pocket sized planner you ever did see! 

We've said it before and we'll say it again: our partner, Blue Sky, produces the best quality agendas and calendars. You guys are going to love them! 

These desk pads will add a splash of color to any workspace... and help you meet all of your deadlines! We're not sure which is more important! 

Follow along on instagram (@AmpersandStudio) where we'll be sharing more details!

All beautiful photos by Kyndall Durkee

Field Trip Show 2017

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We held our second Field Trip show in New York on May 22nd, with an absolute dream team of artists, and we were joined by an incredible guest list for what turned out to be another amazing show. 

Though it was a rainy day outside, we were so pleased that so many clients came out to see us. There were cocktails and bubbly, beautiful charcuterie, our DJ Lauren set the perfect vibe, and this year we added a little extra magic with a charming little candy bar. 

It was an amazing day and we’re so grateful to all the friends and suppliers who helped us put it all together. 

These gorgeous photos taken by Christine Han (http://christinehanphotography.com) really capture the fun and inspiring vibe of the show. 

And we will be back ! If you’d like to hear more about our event as we prepare for our event next May, sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Instagram. And if you’re an art director or potential client looking to attend next year, please request an invite on our website. 

We hope to see you next year! 

Check out our space at the venue - loving all the natural light and pops of color! Our patterns and products felt right at home!

We are so lucky to work with such a talented group of artists (and friends!) on this event! 

Ampersand for Blue Sky: Target - Summer 2017 Collection

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You guys, we're SO excited that we have new planners and calendars at Target! These dreamy colors and holographic goodness is more than our minds can handle! We love it and hope you do too!

We have 5x8 weekly/monthly planners in four new designs and 22x17 desk pad calendars in two designs also! It's never too early to start back-to-school shopping, right?! Find them today at your favorite Target store or online through our partner, Blue Sky.

Photos by the wonderful and talented Kyndall Durkee

Land of Nod: Boston

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When The Land of Nod approached us about doing our biggest piece of art for them yet, OF COURSE we said yes!!!! And when we say big, we mean like a 70ft long ceiling mural in the new Boston boutique store at Natick Mall!!!! How fun is that? Our minds started going crazy with possibilities! We painted and sketched several ideas and mocked them all up onto the the architectural drawings of the store layout. Some ideas were very organic and painterly, some were very graphic. We sent them all to the talented Nod team to vote and got a winner!
It's graphic...and rainbow...and bright...and fun...and bold...and we couldn't be more excited to share the final installation with you!!

Drumroll please....

So there you go! The full ceiling with a portion of the design climbing down the wall behind the checkout counter!! We worked closely with Danielle from Nod, and that was Danielle's idea which we think is just brilliant! In fact, this entire store concept was all her brainchild! We were just lucky to join in for the ride! As far as that portion of the design behind the cash register, let us just say though, not an easy task to make these very mathematical stripes line up at just the right point to come down the wall!

Just to give you a feel for the store, we have to share this gorgeous front entrance plus signage with you! Isn't that HELLO mosaic EVERYTHING?

So, here is the final digital design that we overlaid onto the architectural drawings where the can lights and chandelier were all had to be taken into account.

It's always fun to see a little work in progress, right? Originally, we were planning on painting the mural ourselves, but Carrie would've been 8 months pregnant at this point and this was a large ceiling for Morgan to take on by herself...and this mathematical design with very perfect ages and angles was a bit over our heads. Thankfully, Danielle found Studio Fresh Boston who turned out to be the most incredible dream team to bring our mural to life! Seriously, we have no words that can thank these experts enough for executing this crazy complicated piece!

a few close ups...

And her is the final design complete just days before store opening, and clearly before any product had been placed! Oh and we know you are wondering about that chandelier! The Land of Nod commissioned another artist, Sage Reed, to create this magical, rainbow-filled piece! Isn't is gorgeous?

And then here it is...the store, filled with all the Nod goodies and ready for opening day!

And of course we have a few more glory shots, not to mention the corner where Danielle let us add our signatures to the ceiling. Seriously, this was a DREAM COME TRUE! Sometimes, when these projects come along, we have to just take a minute and realize how lucky we are to get to do this for a living!

St. Patty's DIY: POM POM EARRINGS!

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Guys! St. Patrick's Day is THIS Friday! 

We're so excited to deck ourselves out in green and celebrate! We've already got the perfect tee for you to rock and if you want to take your look to the next level we've got a great DIY for you- POM POM EARRINGS!

Don't be intimidated, these earrings are super easy. You can easily whip these out the night before!

Supplies:

  • Yarn (we used two shades of green for St. Patrick's day, but you could use whatever colors if you wanted these to be for everyday use)
  • Pom Pom Maker
  • 37mm Kidney Shaped Earwire (we used gold, but we've seen these available in silver and copper)
  • 2in (50mm) Eyepin (we used gold as well)
  • Scissors
  • Fine Nose Micro Jewelry Pliers

Step 1: If you've never used a pom pom maker before, it might be easiest to read the directions on the box. You're going to start by assembling your pom pom maker and then start wrapping your selected color of yarn around it. Wrap one side of the pom pom maker with yarn – but not too tight. Repeat on the other side.

Step 2: After you've fully wrapped yarn, trim the excess yarn on each side.

Step 3: Close the two halves together and secure the pom pom maker fully.

Step 4: After your pom pom is closed, cut open the pom pom along the outside gap.

Step 5: Take a length of yarn and tie it in a secure knot around the inside of the bundle.

Step 6: Remove pom pom maker.

Step 7: Trim your pom pom to your desired size. We wanted our two poms to be different sizes, so we trimmed our first one down significantly. 

Step 8: Take the Kidney Shaped Earwire and push it through the smaller pom (or whichever pom you want to be closest to your ear).

Step 9: Take the hairpin and push it through the other pom. Once the other side of the pin is visible, take the pliers and bend the end in so that the pom will not slip off.

Step 10: Hook the curved end of the kidney shaped earwire to the hook of the hairpin and BAM you've got an earring!

Have fun and Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! 🍀