I like a good “and” …
… so much better than an “if” or a “but.”
And is inclusive.
Connecting a string of thoughts … a string of things … a building up of thoughts and things that can create a sense of excitement.
On the other hand, an if is just so … well … iffy …
And then there’s the but … which just screams “uh oh” ..
As in we really like you …
… we won’t be hiring you for the job …
… won’t be needing your services …
… won’t be advertising on your blog.
Now in addition to being a blogger, a writer, and a public relations professional, I’m a pillow-maker. And a pillow-seller …
And the all-inclusive-excitement-inducing ampersand is the Etsy shop’s newest addition.
And as I marvel at my highly-inclusive-excitement-inducing ampersand pillow I can’t help to wonder when and how it came into being?
As in the ampersand. Not the pillow … I know how that came into being. I made it using the tutorial here …
Oh, and a super simple fab idea on how to make your own pillow forms can be found here …
I mean, “and” is already a short word. Sure, it’s not as short as “if” …
… but in the larger scheme of things, and is a mere three letters …
And it has me wondering why it was shortened even further into a single symbol?
Was some highly-inclusive list writer writing a super-long-highly-inclusive-list and the “ands” he or she had to insert between all those highly-inclusive, excitement-inducing words taking too long to write out?
Was it slowing everything down? Perhaps dulling the excitement?
And thus was the ampersand was created? All in the name of keeping the highly-inclusive-excitement-inducing list exciting?
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I have a whole new appreciation for the nobel spirit of the ampersand – sacrificing itself in the name of exciting descriptors & stuff. Your pillows are awesome.
Heidi McCarty Milton says
Well, you know I’m all about the ampersand at Decor & More… :-). Love the new addition!
Inspire Me Heather says
Gorgeous pillow and beautiful post, just like you!
Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage says
I love numbers, letters and the cute ampersand! It’s been kept in the shadows way too long!
The ampersand is so much prettier than “and” …..Great pillow Linda! Loved the story…as always!
Jen @ Furniture Affair says
I agree with Shirley. Amersands are just so much curvier and cuter!
I love the ampersand! My husband did some research on its origins and it’s pretty interesting!
Sheila @sZinteriors says
I love the ampersand so much more than the word ‘and’. It’s pretty, short, & fun! As for ‘but’, well that’s a cancelling statement plain and simple. Who needs that in their life? Your pillow is awesome BTW!!!
Love them! This would be awesome on a bed in a master bedroom!
Love the pillow and your musings about the ampersand and “those other words” too!
Laurel Stephens says
Oh gosh, now I’ve added research the ampersand to my to-do list. Love your new pillow!
Love the ampersand!
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog says
just because you don’t quite have enough going on, you’re adding another pillow to the mix. 😉 You need a Caribbean vacation. 🙂 love the new pillow.
What a beautiful pillow. You are super talented. I hope you will stop by and join in my Fall into Fall party going on right now. Hope to see you there.
Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista says
But… if you were making a seat cushion, you could use the “butt” 🙂 Cracking myself up over here, I really need to sleep more!
Lynn @ UpCountry Olio says
Amazing new pillow, I LOVE it!! I think today is the day that I can no longer resist heading over to your Esty shop and picking one up for myself….I had will-power for so long but this put me over the top!!
I’m in the Ampersand fan club. Now I just need a symbol for, “Stop annoying me, dog”… but he can’t read anyway…
Kelly @ JAX does design says
I think the ampersand was invented just because it looks cool 🙂 It’s my favourite symbol, followed closely by @
What we really need are symbols for long words like antidisestablishmentarianism 😉
That turned out really cute. You did a good job.