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crafting community

Ampersand Design Studio

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

Ampersand Design Studio

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

Ampersand Design Studio

when it comes to decorating your home...

Ampersand Design Studio

When looking for pieces for your home, we feel like there's no reason to go conservative! Why not have a little fun with home decor? Ya know, not everything needs to be neutral colors! We say, go bold or go home! We rounded up a few colorful pieces to add just that touch of fun that you're looking for!

drawer pulls (chevron & facets)  // pop stool // pillow // dou african hamper // taxi salt & pepper shakers // wordsearch dish // chair // mixed print napkin set

Father's Day Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ampersand Design Studio

So, just a few days until Father's Day and we have the perfect summery dessert to make for Dad! Our lovely Jordan wanted to make something special for her ice cream-loving Dad and she was kind enough to snap some photos in the process. Thanks, Jordan!

Get your ingredients  from the list in the last image and then get to work!

1. To make the dough:

Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat for 3 minutes. Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt and beat until a soft dough comes together. Make sure the dough is fully mixed.

2. Cutting the Cookies:

Press the dough out on a piece of waxed paper. Cover with another piece of waxed paper and roll with a rolling pin.

Remove the top piece of waxed paper and cut out shapes with a sharp cookie cutter. It is best to leave the pieces in the dough, don;t try to lift out. Lift the whole piece of dough on the paper and put it on a baking sheet and freeze for an hour or so.

3. Baking the cookies

Heat the oven to 325°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and remove the frozen cookie dough from the freezer. Using a spatula, carefully transfer each cut-out cookie to the cookie sheet. You can prick each cookie with a fork in a pattern. Bake 6 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched. Let cool for 10 minutes to firm up. Let cool completely before making sandwiches.

4. Assembling the sandwiches

To assemble the sandwiches just put scoops of the ice cream on the cookies and squish!

Have a fun Father's Day celebrating with the men in your lives!