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March Craft Events with The Land of Nod

Ampersand Design Studio

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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

Ampersand Design Studio

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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.

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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. 

1 // Sliced Citrus by Kristie Kern, 2 // Sweet Chaos by Michelee Scott, 3 // Inquisitive Cardinal by Juniper Briggs, 4 // Baby Animal.giraffeby 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

We joined Brika and HMK!

Ampersand Design Studio

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We're thrilled to announce that we've partnered up with Brika! By featuring the work of authentic makers, artisans and designers, Brika has created a shopping experience that celebrates modern craft, storytelling and the belief that our lives are as beautiful as we wish to make them. Lucky for us, Brika just partnered up with our local HMK 1910 store, a unique concept by Hallmark Cards! If you know anything about us, you know we spent many years working side by side as gift wrap designers at Hallmark, so it will always have a special place in our heart! We're excited to say, for all of our Kansas City friends, you can now find our prints, melamine platters, and stationery at the HMK 1910 store on The Country Club Plaza! We're on the Brika display along with so many of our favorite designers and friends! SO COOL that HMK is working hard to introduce new makers to their consumers! Make sure you stop by!

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Holiday Pop-up Shop Recap

Ampersand Design Studio

So many thanks are in order for what we feel was a wildly successful Pop-up on Thursday!! A giant shout-out to all the amazing KC shops that participated and wowed shoppers with their lovely products:  Happy Habitat,  Jaime Rovenstine,  Janesko,  Prairie GoodsAmpersand Design StudioNickel & Suede Convivial ProductionOcean and SeaMaddy Nash,  Alicia Janesko and  Survival Letterpress. There was just SO MUCH TALENT packed into our studio. We didn't want the temporary shop to be taken down!

Thanks a million to everyone who came out and shopped, chatted, had a few drinks and photo-boothed it up! It was so nice to see so many faces—old friends and new! What a great night all the way around and we have photographic proof of the good times. We had the best time looking through all of the pics from One Sparrow Creative!

Our minds are already racing about having another one in the spring! We can't wait to do it again!

We were excited to debut a few new products at the pop-up and will be getting those live on our Etsy shop any day now! What do you think about our new platters (below)? We also had some brand-spankin' new phone cases for sale!

photo booth pics by One Sparrow Creative // black & white photos by Jason Domingues

 

Holiday Pop-up Shop

Ampersand Design Studio

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We are SOOO excited to kick off the holiday season with a little Pop-up shop in our own studio! We got to thinking it would be fun to pull together a few of our favorite local Kansas City makers to have a little shopping event, and before we knew it, we had what we think is a pretty killer group assembled. There are home goods, fine art prints, jewelry, leather goods, T-shirts, women's wear, ceramics, accessories, and the list goes on and on! Plus, we will even have a fun Photo Booth by the talented One Sparrow Creative to capture some memories of the night! There will be some snacks and drinks to get you in the shopping mood, and what's better than getting some shopping done early before madness of the holidays truly begins! We hope you can join us! Here's a look at the fabulous vendors who will be there (scroll down for links to their websites):

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