Introducing…. Ampersand

Since this blog is all about the things I have made, I would like to introduce to one of my greatest projects ever….

Our new real life store, Ampersand! On March 2nd, my amazing Mom and I opened this little retail boutique. It has been a long time dream for both of us and we decided the only way to do it- is just to do it! So we did it, and we are in love. When people say they have their blood, sweat and tears into something, believe them. I feel like the store is kind of like my 3rd child haha. Speaking of children, the boys have been pretty amazing. My mom and I have spent the past 3 months, working, cleaning, decorating, painting, merchandising, laying floor, receiving (breakable) shipments, and setting up all with the boys by our side. For  boys that are 1 and 2; this is quite the accomplishment! 

We have been opened for only two weeks and so far it has been awesome. We did a soft open with no advertising but word of mouth and social media and we have more and more customers each day.

So what is Ampersand all about? It is a little Home Boutique that is a great place to find unique home decor,  accessories, gifts for teachers, graduates, friends, showers, babies, holidays, etc. We carry some great jewelry lines and handbags and we are also becoming quickly “famous” for our candles. We don’t offer online shopping yet so if you find yourself in Texas then come visit us! We are located right outside of Houston in cozy Friendswood, TX :) 
Of course when you do something like open up a boutique some people think you are crazy (we might be) haha. But this is seriously such a dream job for me and I hope one day that my kids know that you only live one life so make it a good one!
 I can’t even begin to tell you all of the DIY that went into the shop! I will be posting projects here and there about Ampersand but the ole blog is is staying the same :)  
You can read more about the shop at www.ampersandshop.com and also visit us on Facebook HERE. If you have any cool & unique finds or products then send us an email too at info@ampersandshop.com. 

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Year Boxes

In keeping with my “documenting life” theme, I found this little craft over a year ago and I knew I had to recreate it. I found it HERE… the blog needs no introduction because all know and love Design Sponge


The Year Box
The premise of the year box is that you have a card for every day of the year and they are divided by month. On every card, each line is a different year, I just started mine so my first year is 2012. Kind of boring this year but each card holds 12+ years depending on your index cards. So it is going to be so fun to look back and see what I was doing one year ago and then five and so on. I am just jotting down a few words to sum up the day. Some days are boring and say something like “ran errands at target and the grocery store” then others are more important like “first steps”. 

I have to admit that some days I have been bad and didn’t write anything… but for the most part I’m keeping up with it. I can’t wait to look back on it when the boys are older. I also made my mom and sister one for Christmas. They were a hit and easy to make in “bulk”.
What you need:
These cute berry boxes, I found mine online at an etsy shop.
Date stamp and index cards (cut in half). I got my date stamp online at amazon.com but I have also seen them at Office Max or Staples. I love mine and use it for my Project Life stuff.
Postcards (also cut in half) of course Design Sponge had real vintage postcards, I had to cheat and found this cute pack with a “vintage look” but were actually new.

The longest part was the date stamping, I turned on a movie one night and stamped away, but because I was making 3 boxes it took what felt like all night. It was worth it because I love the outcome!
They are really a cute and simple (and inexpensive) gift. Do you have a way to jot down what you do daily to look back on it… do share!

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