Huge Sale Happening Now!

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Time has come to make some drastic changes to the shop. All vintage items have to go! All vintage items are marked down 60% off. and it gets better…. Help yourself to a limited time coupon code for $5 off your order of $20 or more.*
*excludes custom illustrations, sorry.
Visit the shop HERE.

Facebook Friends Portrait Project

blogOver the past few months I have grown to love drawing on my Android phone. Sketches go quick, are easily edited and it makes for a great boredom buster.

This past week I began drawing of photos I have taken of friends and family. I began with a drawing of my step-brother, Steve, simply because I liked the way his clothes were wrinkled in a particular photo. I continued to drawing my 2 year old daughter and then myself.
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This quickly transformed into a full-blown illustration project with 50+ Facebook friends requesting custom portraits. A full gallery of the project in progress can be found here. If you would like to commission a custom portrait, for very reasonable prices I must say, please visit the shop for more details.

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.