valentine’s day sweet heart felt garland.

DIY1I’m the first to admit that I haven’t been feeling all that festive for holidays this year. Between running an Etsy shop and our house been taken over by the terrible two’s, if there is any sort of celebratory decorating happening, it has to be quick. Today I made a simple hanging heart garland using craft eco-felt and baker’s twine. Once you have all of your supplies in order, it seriously only takes a matter of minutes to add a hint of romance to any of your household spaces.
STEP1-suppliesYou will need:
one piece of scrap paper, any weight.
a thin sharpie marker
scissors
scotch tape
sheets or scraps of wool felt, various colors
contrasting bakers twine (I used a black/natural twine I got from KNOT & BOW)
a large sewing/embroidery needle

step2-cutoutYou could go ahead and free-style your felt hearts if you desire, or make a simple template like I did. Just like you might remember from some sort of grade school craft assignment, fold your paper in half and draw one half of a heart shape against the folded edge. After drawing two types of hearts, I chose to go with the more stretched out heart look. I made my hearts approximately 4 inches square. Cut paper heart out.

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Layer your sheets of felt in a neat stack and scotch tape your paper heart to the top sheet. Cut out using very sharp scissors, making sure to firmly hold stack of felt in place. There is no science to this step, you will have some wonky looking heart on the bottom of your stack. Simply shape that one (or two) separately, using your scissors. It doesn’t have to be perfect. This is just a time saver, believe it or not.

step4-sewTake your time and thread your baker’s twine through the eye of your needle. Keep in mind, your chosen needle’s eye has to be quite large for this to work. I bought a standard package of embroidery needles and used the largest one. Then, hand sew a running stitch along the center of all of your felt hearts, alternating in colors. This last step really flies by, so it would be almost effortless to make a super long strand of this garland.
When you have sewn all of your felt cut-outs, make sure you leave a good amount of twine on either end to tie a small bow or for hanging.
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As I mentioned above, if you are looking for a great place to find baker’s twine, KNOT & BOW on Etsy has some pretty good deals from time to time. Eco-felt can be found at any craft supply store or at shops such as Felt For Less on Etsy. This project cost me about $2.50 in supplies and only 15 minutes of a very much needed toddler-naptime.

my typewriter on AMC’s Mad Men.

A few months ago I heard some buzz around the Etsy Team forums that some sellers had the opportunity to work with celebrities and production studio prop departments in the form of having their products and merchandise used on the sets of tv shows or movies. Etsy is a great place to find something unique, so it only makes sense that it could potentially be one-stop-shopping for entertainment productions.

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Today I was contacted by the Prop Master for AMC’s Mad Men regarding typewriters I sell in my Etsy shop, AMPERSANDxyz. Long story short, my baby blue Brother De Luxe will be featured on the set of the upcoming sixth season of Mad Men!
madmen2Regardless that this typewriter was manufactured in Nagoya, Japan for Brother Industries of the UK, typewriters such as these were an American staple in the 1950’s and 1960’s home. Good Housekeeping even felt so incredibly confident in this particular model of typewriter, that they even put their name on it, in the form of a gold foil sticker on the top shell. These fully manual machines aren’t just a relic from the past. They are finding their way into the homes and hearts of the modern Americans, and not just on an episode of Mad Men.

If you would like to read more about the Prop Master of Mad Men, Ellen Freund, you can go to this Huffington Post interview. On the other hand, you could also read this fun interview about how Ellen Freund Spends $15,000 Per Episode on Mad Men Props. Yikes, but wow!

february.

AMPERSANDxyz loves LOVE.February is the month of love. Whether you’re more into the conventional kind, or the love for a sweet freakin’ deal. Only five more days to grab yourself a brand new retro typewriter, or any of our other vintage and handmade items at AMPERSANDxyz for a 15% off discount. Use coupon code LOVEANDSTUFF at checkout to save on your entire order.

hello there.

It’s been more than a decade since I’ve written on a blog. That being said, things are a hell of a lot different these days. All of those late nights in high school spent memorizing html and css script are gladly behind me.

A lot has happened in those years, but since the August 2012 opening of my etsy shop, AMPERSANDxyz, I’ve strived to build a larger internet presence  By creating this blog, I hope to share some of my recipes, daily findings and crafty ideas. Ready, set, go!blogyall