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Here’s to the Dads

Here’s to all the dad’s out there who have made us all the people we are today.  I know Ash and I are super lucky to have a fabulous dad in our lives and to have fabulous dads for our babies now that we’re grown.   It’s amazing how much a dad can build you into the person you are and what minute silly details make the most difference in your life.  So in honor of Father’s Day I thought I’d share my favorite memory of my dad (well among many but this one just showed he cared).

Remember in high school when it was someones birthday and they got called to the principals office for a special birthday delivery? Everyone would be so intrigued by what they’d walk back through the doors to the classroom holding and awed by how many people loved them!  Not everyone was lucky enough to have parents that would deliver something special on their birthdays but my dad would always make at least one delivery for us during the day.  When we returned from the office it was always with a bouquet of roses in our twin colors – purple for me and pink for Ashley.  I’m not sure why this sticks in my mind so clearly as a favorite memory of my dad but I think it’s because it really set the bar for the men I would date in the future.  We were taught from a young age that it was the thoughtful gifts that made a difference, not necessarily the expensive ones.  You know, that perfect gift that shows the person really knows you?  I think that’s what those flowers always symbolized, that Dad had known us from the very beginning when we dressed in all pink and purple and he still loved us regardless of our poor fashion sense.  It was an “inside” gift and it always meant the world to me.

We love you Dad!

meg & ash

For any of you that want to get your husband/dad something extra special for the month of June, Xenotees has offered tumblewee readers a special discount code for 20% off of anything from her store!  Just enter tumblewee20 at checkout!  Happy Father’s Day!

 

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Featured Etsy Shop: Scissor Mill

We were so in love with these customizable beer mugs for our Father’s Day giveaway that we had to write Sara from Scissor Mill and see if she’d donate one.  Lucky for our giveaway winner, Sara agreed and a custom mug is now going to one lucky dad ;)

If you missed out on the giveaway don’t worry you can still get your custom pieces from Scissor Mill for all sorts of other occasions!  For example, if you’re having a wedding this summer why don’t you get your groomsmen personalized beer mugs:

Customize beer mugs with the names of your groomsmen.

Or if you’re attending a baby shower and want to spoil the mom or dad instead of getting yetanother burp cloth that they may not even use why not go for these “mom & dad” glasses (or even celebrating a baby coming into the world):

So cute for parents-to-be!

This keep calm and mother on wine glass would also be perfect for your moms birthday or a mother-to-be:

We got so many comments on this for the Father’s Day giveaway as a favorite item from Scissor Mill, I just had to include it!

I kinda love these customized baking dishes (I will never lose another casserole dish at a potluck again and since my large casserole dish has gone MIA since the last potluck I attended I’m seriously considering this cute owl):

No one will be mistaking this casserole for their own!

Sara designs and applies the etching by hand so each piece is really unique!  We hope you go and support her shop for your next unique occasion too!

meg

Featured Etsy Shop: Pop Tag

You know what we love about the Pop Tag etsy shop?  He found something he’s good and and just stuck with a couple of successful products (the business model we’re striving for too!).  Nate’s very favorite item from this years Father’s Day giveaway was this cool personalized bottle opener key chain.  In Nate’s words, “that’s f***ing cool”.  Um . . . yeah, we agree!

Order the traditional “We love dad” or customize it with some inside joke that only you and your dad get!

It can read, “WORLDS BEST DAD” or ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE INSTEAD – a name, quote, sports team, a lyric, etc.  That’s the thing that’s most fun – you can choose some quote that is special to you and your dad/husband.

Plus, you can choose any of these colored rubber bumpers to go with it.

We opted for the cool black one for our giveaway. (Red, Black, Blue, Pink, or Purple).

Since Nate and I are planning a wedding, I kinda loved the idea of these bottle openers for a wedding gift with some quote that’s special to the bride and groom (even just “his” and “hers”).  This would be perfect for our camping wedding BBQ!  Plus as a necklace I’d never loose it the whole night ;)

Stamped Bottle Opener Necklace Pair

Ryan is super speedy at shipping too!  We had our giveaway bottle opener at the house within two days so there’s still plenty of time to go to Pop Tag and order one for Father’s Day!

meg

 

 

 

Featured Esty Shop: Revolution46

With Father’s Day around the corner if you’re still scratching your head over the perfect gift for dad maybe you should go and check out REVOLUTION46.  Their t-shirts have a fabulous retro hipster vibe happening!  And they’ve graciously donated the above t-shirt for all those super dads in your life for our Beer & BBQ Father’s Day Giveaway (of course if you don’t win you can always just purchase one of these gems yourself).  While you’re shopping for dad you may want to check out some of their other creations – I’m a fan of the brother sets (even though I personally only have one girl).

Like these Retro Robot Big Bro & Lil’ Bro Shirts:

Love the mohawk!! These kids are hipster with a capital H!

Or the Big Brother Vintage Airplane Shirt:

Wright Brother’s eat your heart out :)

But if you were attracted to this post because of the cool super hero logo from the Father’s Day giveaway then never fear . . . other super hero shirts are here (oh no, even I recognize that as being a horrible reference . . . fail?).

These batman shirts would be so cool for a super hero themed birthday party!

If you’re in love with the Father’s Day Super Hero shirt but want it for your little man – no prob, they have that too:

I particularly like the ones with the numbers in the middle for how hold your little one is. So cute and what a good way to do a yearly photo op for a boy :)

Joe and Frannie run the shop and they’ve told us, “Everyday is a new journey when you are creating! We believe our designs are a source of immediate delight and lasting pleasure.”  We think these gifts will give so many fathers a super happy Father’s Day and heartily agree that giftees will look back fondly on receiving one of Joe and Frannie’s unique shirts.  We hope you go support custom and hand made through visiting their shop!

meg

Congrats to the Winner of our Good Morning Mom Giveaway!

Chris Shari Alligood is the winner of our fabulous Good Morning Mom Giveaway!

She’ll be receiving:

  • A super kitschy vintage “Mom” mug from Bohemian Seed and Starbucks coffee donated via Tumblewee for a good ol’ cup of joe when mom wakes up.
  • One dozen “Nana’s Cinnamon Rolls” from Love to Create3 to round out the breakfast tray you’ll be delivering the coffee on (it is Breakfast in Bed)!
  • A $25 dollar gift certificate  for mom to spend as she chooses at Naked Eye Beauty so she can get ready for her day after her breakfast in bed!
  • Earrings and a matching ring from Jeannie Richard so she can look stylish in her outfit for the day.

She shared this story with us about her mom:

It’s so nice to know that you’re mom and you are back on speaking terms!  Life without our mothers just isn’t the same . . . regardless of problems and disagreements we may have with them. We hope your mother loves the gift . . . or that you do ;)

Thanks for liking us on Facebook and following our blog!

Happy Mother’s Day,

meg & ash

 

Featured Etsy Shop: Breelzebub

One of my loves is vintage and thrift-store shopping.  In Portland we have a goodwill called “The Bins” where all goodwill stuff goes to die (or this is how me and my friend Althea explain it to people).  Basically, in any of the goodwill stores around Portland if stuff has been on the shelf too long it gets shipped over to The Bins, a huge warehouse, and place in gigantic rolling bins by type of item (clothes, shoes, housewares, etc) – stuff is sold for about 0.50USD per pound.  It’s quite the deal.

Anyway, going to The Bins and thrifting is my “go-to” on the weekends so it’s no surprise that when we found this shop, Breelzebub, and it had vintage Bert and Ernie dolls for our giveaway, I HAD to look around.

Breanna has such cool, kitschy stuff . . . and clearly she also has talent radiating from her little fingers because not only does she have thrifted stuff, she also has her own handmade jewelry (much of it from vintage items), as well as artwork!  Just look at these 1980s-esque chain earrings.

Maybe we can convince her to donate some for Ashley’s Friday Fashion posts! *hint, hint*

Breanna got her start working in the real estate industry for the last 6 years but she decided to finally “do her own thing” and started her Etsy store last August (lucky for us!).   She actually got started by selling her original handcrafted jewelry and artwork and ended up going through all her old toys, clothes and other vintage items she had around. I’m not sure if this reversible clutch purse used to be hers but . . . I’m in love!

I love this little vintage find and know it would go great with many of my summer outfits!

Breanna told us, “once I started listing other “stuff”, things became really fun!!! My mother and I have always loved thrift shopping and now it’s even more fun when I find something to offer in my store.  It’s a great feeling when someone thousands of miles away finds something they like and you can make them happy by sending them that one little item.  I’ve been fortunate enough to ship all over the world, Australia, Spain, Kuwait and Japan (just to name a few) and it’s been awesome!”

But of course what drew us to her shop were the kitschy and vintage toys there!  Bert and Ernie were too much to pass up and we’re SO lucky she decided to donate them for Jax’s Birthday Giveaway, but I’m also in love with this little vintage red deer:

Oh my he would be perfect in some kitschy nursery!

Remember my Wednesday Wants: Woodland Nursery? Wouldn’t he be perfect on a shelf or something (especially if you wanted to give it a little more of a 70s/60s vibe?).

I’m also loving this little roller girl but maybe that’s because Dee is really into windup toys right now:

1979 Tomy wind-up Roller girl toy from Breelzebub

Breanna hopes is that someday her little store will be big enough to financially support her and possibly help her move to a warmer state (“the weather is absolutely miserable here, bleck”).  So, you know, help her out with that warmer state thing and go purchase one of her cute little toys at Breelzebub already!

meg

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