tuesday transfers 05.28.13

Forgive me, for I’ve been absent lately. It has been a month since my last blog post. Now I feel like I’m in a confessional booth, despite the fact the closest I’ve ever been to Catholicism was serving as a bridesmaid in a Catholic wedding. Instead of offering up excuses, I’ll just be honest. I’ve been tired. And lazy. After my day job and freelance work, I’ve wanted nothing more than to crawl into my overstuffed living room sofa and veg out in front of my television to watch all of the season/series finales piled up on my DVR. It has been joyous.

Nonetheless, I’m back and the blog has some catching up to do. If you’ll bear with me, this next week is going to be post-heavy. We’re starting with a Tuesday Transfers (just two days behind) featuring my latest art transferred to salvaged wood. To see all of the Tuesday Transfers posts, click here and scroll down.

Since it’s graduation season, these first two pieces were inspired by the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” which my mother gave me for my own graduation from high school. I created a hot air balloon graphic to accompany the book title. For the Etsy listing photography, I used my sister’s small, decorative metal plane as a prop. This first piece, with the black graphics on the coral/peach background, is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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For this more colorful red and teal version, I swapped out the background books in the Etsy photo for a more neutral color scheme, so as not to distract from the wood art piece. This hot air balloon graphic with the map/vintage writing superimposed on a few of the colors is one of my favorite designs I’ve created. Plus, I think this Dr. Seuss book title makes the perfect graduation quote. This piece is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Moving on from graduation gifts, the next four salvaged wood pieces are pure Memphis art. Starting with the King of Rock-n-Roll, we have an Elvis Presley silhouette graphic on a teal painted background. A special thanks to my sister for lending me her metal guitar home decor to use for an Etsy listing photography prop. This Elvis art piece is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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If you’ve never heard of “Choose 901,” please take a moment to visit here. It’s a great website that allows people to share and showcase some of the great things the City of Memphis has to offer. You can also follow them on twitter here. If you have something awesome to tweet about Memphis, be sure to add the #Choose901 hashtag. I made these next two pieces to resemble their logo. The first blue piece has already been sold to a local customer who ended up special ordering a group of them to use as unique graduation presents. So, I guess I lied about moving on from graduation gifts. My bad.

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This yellow and black Choose 901 version is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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This last wood art piece is a showcase of my love for my hometown of Memphis, TN. It features a silhouette of the state of Tennessee, with a pink heart graphic over the city of Memphis. I’ve seen this pop up all over Etsy…in prints, jewelry, etc., so I thought I’d put my own spin on the concept with a graphic print transferred to a salvaged wood block. This piece is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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I get to close with some good news today. Some of my art, as well as some of my sister’s pieces, can now be locally bought in Cooper Young’s new shop, Kindred Spirit Style. I’ll be blogging in more detail about the shop and its wonderful owner, Patti Yancey, sometime later this week. In the meantime, if you’re in the Cooper Young area, be sure to stop by 2172 Young Avenue and check out the shop. They are open every Thursday thru Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Again, I apologize for the lack of posts recently. Check back tomorrow for a new Etsy Treasury!

– lindsey archer

tuesday transfers 04.23.13

As a graphic designer, I tend to design in fads. Like, I’ll discover a new font and use it in everything for about a month until I find another new font I absolutely love to the point where I start using it in everything and look back on my old designs with a why did I use that first font OHMIGOD it’s so NOT as awesome as I thought blah blah I’m so dumb. Sort of how people look back on old photographs and think to themselves, “Holy sh*t, what was I wearing? Why did I think that haircut was okay?” Except for me, it happens about once a month instead of once a decade.

Chalkboard typography happens to be the latest fad train I’ve jumped aboard. Ever since I stumbled upon the work of graphic designer, Dana Tanamachi, I’ve become obsessed with the trend. If you’ve never seen the time lapse videos of her creating some of her work, please go here now. Warning: the talent she exudes will suck you in until you’ve watched all of them.

Welcome back. So. Chalkboard typography. I’m not really all that talented with actual chalk, so I’ve tried my best to recreate the chalkboard look for today’s installment of Tuesday TransfersA few weeks back, I created a few quote art prints with my take on chalkboard typography, which you can see in the typography prints section of my Etsy Shop here. Then, I went a bit further and transferred those art prints onto wood pieces.

First up today is an Albert Einstein quote I’ve never used before:

Creativity is contagious; pass it on.

This wood piece is available in my Etsy Shop here. To keep the focus on the actual wood pieces in the Etsy listing photography, I used only white props in the background for this first piece.

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Next up is one of my go-to quotes by Frank Zappa:

So many books; so little time.

For these photos, I propped the wood piece up on a few books (minus their decorative dust jackets), but kept the all-white vase in the background. I was afraid this set of photos would look too busy, but I actually like how they turned out. This wood block/bookend is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Another quote I love to design around is this great gem by Ernest Hemingway:

Write drunk; edit sober.

I mean, how else are you supposed to write/edit? Very sage advice, I must say. I accented this design with my typewriter vector. This wood piece is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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It seems as though I haven’t created anything Elvis themed in a while, so I decided to play around with this popular Elvis Presley quote:

When things go wrong, don’t go with them.

For added design, I included a vector of an Elvis Presley silhouette I created (available in a marble tile coaster set here) about a year ago. Can you tell I re-use vectors a lot? This wood block is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Again, to see all of these wood pieces as simple prints, visit the typography prints section of my Etsy Shop here. To see more of my Tuesday Transfers posts, you can follow this thread here and scroll down.

Thanks to a few friends, my sister and I were able to replenish our dwindling pile of salvaged and reclaimed wood this weekend.

Say it with me. Jack. Pot.

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With our brother’s help, we were able to turn all of those large pieces into ready-for-art sized pieces, as shown here. That means we’re ready to start stockpiling artwork for our 2013 Cooper Young Art Festival Booth, all of which I’ll be documenting here on Tuesday Transfers.

Come back soon.

– lindsey archer

just call me party planner

I remember my first year out of college, it looked like a stationary store had exploded on my refrigerator. I had more Save the Dates and wedding invitations displayed on the door than actual food in the fridge. Cut to five/six years later and it seems as though most of my married friends are taking the plunge into official adulthood by helping further populate the Earth. How do I know this? Because I can’t scroll thru my Facebook feed without every other story being about my baby’s first poop or vote for my baby in the Gerber Baby Next Generation blah blah Dumbest Contest Ever!

Even though my sister and I have yet to reach either of these adult mile markers—marriage and babies—we are doing our part in contributing to our friends’ important milestones by quitting our day jobs and becoming official party planners turning our house into shower central. After a recent baby shower and wedding shower for two of my sister’s friends, it is now my turn to play host. In lieu of last week’s Etsy Friday Finds and today’s Tuesday Transfers, I’m going to share with you today what I have spent the majority of the last month planning and preparing for—a couples baby shower for two of my dearest and oldest friends, Christine and Cory.

With Christine’s request to have guests bring a children’s book in lieu of a card, I figured a storybook theme for this baby shower would be perfect—especially considering my house is already jam-packed full of books. Once settling on the theme, this shower became a group effort, as I could not have pulled it off without the help of my two wonderful co-hosts, Megan & Andrea. Thanks, guys, for staying up so late with me and for getting your hands dirty 😉

Since I’m a graphic designer by day, I chose to design and print my own baby shower invitations. With the goal of staying far away from the cliché of baby bump silhouettes and diaper-shaped cards, I focused more on my sister’s favorite phrase—shabby chic. I paired my typography obsession with a pink chevron pattern (if you couldn’t tell, Christine’s having a girl), brown kraft paper and hemp ribbon to design a more classy and chic invitation. I then carried that same design over to all the food and drink labels.

HINT: to add depth to a two-piece invitation, attach the top piece with a square of thick foam tape instead of just gluing the two pieces together. Also, kraft stores sell specialty hole punchers that punch two short slits that make tying ribbon thru invitations extremely easy!

I’m forewarning you that this post is rather long, so my feelings won’t be hurt if you skip along and look only at the pictures. As always, click on images to enlarge.

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As soon as guests walked in, I had the coffee table in my front room set up with little advice cards where guests could fill in advice for baby Lydia and the parents-to-be. I designed the cards to be 4″ x 8″ so they could easily slip into an 8″ x 8″ scrapbook album (two to a page) that Christine and Cory could take home with them as a shower keepsake. It’s a great activity for a baby shower and if you’re looking for questions to include on your own advice cards, visit Pinterest. I also designed up some bookmarks as party favors, featuring a quote from children’s book author Emilie Buchwald:

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.

Perfect, right? Thank you again, Pinterest.

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For the baby shower menu, I only used food items I could pair up with a complementary children’s book, to keep with the storybook theme. It’s harder than you think to accomplish, so in case you’re planning your own storybook baby shower, here’s the full menu we used (feel free to copy and pretend you came up with them all by yourself):

  • red velvet cake balls for Red Riding Hood
  • ham sandwiches for Green Eggs and Ham
  • chocolate covered strawberries (white & dark) for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • apple cinnamon muffins (Christine’s favorite) for Little Miss Muffet
  • fruit arranged in a row by color for The Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar
  • sausage balls for Cloudy with a chance of meatballs
  • pigs in a blanket for The Three Little Pigs
  • pink frosted cookies for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • rotel cheese dip for The Stinky Cheese Man
  • a cup of just forks with the label the dish ran away with the spoon

I bought and stained mini artist easels from Michaels to display the majority of the food cards. When I ran of out easels, I simply upturned two clothespins to hold up the rest.

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My best friend and fellow baby shower host, Megan, made this lovely two-tiered pink cake as the centerpiece for the dessert table. When Googling ideas for the storybook shower, I came across book garland multiple times. For the cake topper, we made a smaller version of the book garland and strung it between two kabob sticks, which we then stuck down into the cake.

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Since this was a couples shower, I made sure to include alcoholic drinks. In addition to offering beer and wine, I set up the buffet dresser in my dining room as a mimosa bar. For juice options, we had orange juice (the mimosa original), cranberry juice and raspberry lemonade. To give it more of a bar look, I cleaned out old wine bottles, removed the labels, added a patch of chalkboard paint and topped off with wine stoppers to hold two of the juices. I bought one bottle of Ginger Ale so the mom-to-be could enjoy her own virgin mimosas.

I garnished all the glasses with pink and white striped paper straws because ever since I saw them on Etsy a few months ago, I’ve been waiting for an excuse to use them. They just scream shabby chic.

To tie in the storybook theme, I made a Where the Wild Things Are label for the mimosa barI also propped up all the vases (for the other tables, as well) on hardcover books. I searched my bookshelves for books that would fit in with my color scheme after slipping off the decorative paper covers.

If you’re short a large book collection to sift thru, you can simply cover any book with colored wrapping paper to fit your theme.

I borrowed my mother’s glass beverage dispenser and filled it with water, ice and cucumber slices for a refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage option. Bonus: cucumbers in water just look pretty.

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As you can see from the mimosa bar, as well as the mantle and ceiling shot below, I made my own book garland for added decoration. There are plenty of online tutorials out there for making book garland, but I’ll give you a quick rundown of how I did it. I paired sheets of colored card stock with slightly smaller scrapbook writing pages (you can also use photocopied or old book pages). I stacked a few sheets of each together (colored paper on the outside), folded them in half and stapled them together to form mini books. I punched a small hole in the top of each and strung them up using the same hemp ribbon from the invitations. It took a few hours and may have caused a paper cut or two, but all-in-all not very complicated.

Similar to previous parties held at my house, by simply adding a short message in chalk, the mantle chalkboard in our back office/library became gift central.

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As my sister has taught me, you can’t throw a shower—be it wedding or baby—without fresh flowers. I got a great deal on the pink vases, courtesy of the clearance aisle in Michaels. I paired them with clear vases I already owned in order to display tulips and white & pink roses (a few of Christine’s favorites). For another display piece, I borrowed a candelabra from a family friend and instead of candles, I topped it with stemless wine glasses alternately filled with clear and pink glass stones, lemons and pink flowers.

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As an added touch, I laid out children’s books across the high bar in my kitchen and borrowed a few book-themed stuffed animals from my nephew. For decoration, as well as a shower-parting-gift for the parents to be, I transferred cover images to wood from a few of Cory and Christine’s favorite children’s books: Harry Potter, Shel Silverstein and Cinderella. I figured they’d make a nice addition to Lydia’s growing nursery. As you can see below, Cory and Christine really enjoyed opening their presents.

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Here’s me with my fellow co-hosts and the mom-to be (from left: Andrea, Christine, Megan, Me); followed by a laughing image of me with my two best friends (from left: Megan, Christine, Me); and lastly a shot of me with my sister, Kristen, since I wouldn’t have such a lovely home to host showers in if not for the other half of the Archer Creative team.

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I had a blast making everything for this shower. There were a lot of late nights, group text messaging sessions and long hours spent browsing Pinterest. But to see Christine and Cory’s faces when they walked in my house on Saturday made everything worth it. As I mentioned earlier, I couldn’t have pulled this shower off without the dedication from my two co-hosts, Andrea and Megan. Thank-you so much and I love you both! And thank-you to Kristen for taking all these lovely photographs. You can see more of her photography here.

I do have another shower coming up later in the summer, though this time for a wedding. So, if you have any wedding shower ideas, please send them my way or leave them in the comments below. If you’re throwing your own storybook baby shower and want to know more about anything I did here, please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.

Oh, and I almost forgot. Kristen and I are now accepting investors to start up our own party planning business. If interested, just send money straight to my Paypal account.

Haha, just kidding. A few times a year for people we like? Sure. For a living all the time? Um, no thank-you.

– lindsey archer

tuesday transfers 03.26.13

One of my favorite things to do since I joined the world of blogging is browse the search term statistics readers have used to find my blog. Seriously. You underestimate how entertaining it is to read thru all the different phrases that have brought people here to my little corner of the blogosphere.

The phrase “purple vomit causes” has linked someone to my blog three different times. That is not a typo. Not once. Three times. And yes, the fact that three different people out in the world have experienced purple vomit to the extent they are googling the causes is definitely a reason for concern. In fact, if that is how you happened upon me today, please continue on to WebMD to determine how many months you have left to live.

When I see my full name show up in the search referral, I always secretly hope it’s not just my mom typing my name into Google because she forgot the actual web address of my blog. Though, let’s be honest. It probably is most definitely my mom.

Surprisingly, the phrase that clocks in with the most referrals is:

Dreams don’t work unless you do.

Considering there’s so many people out there finding my blog after Googling this term while I’ve only written about it once before…I figured it was time to revisit this popular inspirational quote. So, that’s the topic for today’s Tuesday Transfers.

As I mentioned on Friday, this post was originally scheduled for last week, but I was a little under the weather extremely, violently ill at the time and lacked both the strength and the motivation to type anything whatsoever on my computer. Thankfully, there was no purple vomit involved, so I’m all better now. Which brings us to my latest round of art transferred to wood.

Beginning with the inspirational quote “Dreams don’t work unless you do,” I played around in Illustrator with a few different typography choices until settling on my most recent font obsession—So Thin. I then added a vector image of clouds with an arrow pointing down to the inspiration quote, sort of like the quote fell out of the cloud. Keeping to pastel hues for spring, I created both a green (PMS 374 C) and a teal blue (PMS 345 C) version.

For the blue wood block’s Etsy picture, I added in a few similar-hued vases as props in the background.

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This blue version is slightly more distressed than the green and is available in my Etsy shop here.

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I also added in a few props for the green salvaged wood art piece—a green vase of my sister’s and one of my favorite green book ends.

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The green dreams quote art piece is available in my Etsy shop here.

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I’m hoping to also make this available as a simple, 8″ x 10″ art print (not on wood), but haven’t had the time as of this posting. If searching the quote “Dreams don’t work unless you do” is what brought you here today, feel free to browse around all of my Tuesday Transfers by following this thread here.

For closing today, I thought I’d share with you the most peculiar search engine term I’ve seen on my blog’s stats so far this year.

creepy old guy in cosco

And, again, no. That was not a typo. So, watch out creepy old guy in cosco. There is someone out there searching for you.

UPDATE: I’ve created the print version of this “Dreams don’t work unless you do” wood piece as a watercolor-esque art print, as shown below. It’s available in my Etsy shop here.

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– lindsey archer

tuesday transfers 03.12.13

My sister and I recently converted our back room from a library/sitting room to a library/office. We bought a wide table from a thrift store, then refinished and repurposed it as a two sided desk to fit both of our computers (instagram image here). The back wall of the now-office features two large windows and a pair of glass doors that open out to our back deck, which gives us a nice view to look out onto when our eyes aren’t glued to our computer screens. You know what other purpose those glass doors serve? They let our dog outside.

I’m sitting here at my desk, writing this post in our library/office as Maddie is staring out of those two glass doors, longing to be outside. And now she’s barking. As part hound, Maddie has one of the loudest barks for a 50 lb. dog I have ever heard. She likes to bark and whine and howl to get your attention because she doesn’t understand that a simple paw swipe on the door is efficient enough for me to let her outside. Then, less than two minutes later, she is flinging herself against the glass door to be let back inside. Over and over again. Hard. Because apparently a zombie apocalypse has broken out in our backyard and why am I just sitting here typing on my keyboard when I should be leaping up from my chair right now to open the door for her before she is attacked by the flesh eating zombies? After a few more body slams into the door, I oblige and let her inside. She leaps around the house, goes to fart in the living room (or whatever it is she does when we’re not in there with her) and is back in front of that damn glass door within two minutes. Barking and howling and jumping to be let back out as if she has completely forgotten about the zombies outside waiting to attack her.

Rinse and repeat.

Do you know how hard it is to concentrate on writing a blog post when you have a bi-polar dog in the room with you? Obviously you do now, considering I’ve written about my new office, Maddie and the zombie apocalypse without one mention of what this blog post is supposed to be about.

So, moving on to Tuesday Thursday Transfers*. To catch up on all my Tuesday Transfers posts, go here, scroll down and start at the bottom.

This week’s photo transfer artwork is another round of tumbled marble tile coaster sets (I blogged about my first sets here). In keeping with my most recent Etsy listings, I’ve tried to include more props in the photography here (as always, click on images to enlarge).

First up is my favorite Ernest Hemingway writing quote:

Write drunk; edit sober

Just like my first coaster sets, these coasters are made by transferring custom graphic images to tiles of tumbled marble. I did these coasters in three shades of green, since we’re coming up on St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday. And because green is my favorite color. I also added in my great-grandfather’s vintage Underwood typewriter as an accent for the Etsy listing photography. This set is available in my Etsy shop here.

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I previously made a set of colored Elvis Presley coasters, but I wanted to keep this one simple. So, I kept to a black and white theme. Since I don’t own a guitar, blue suede shoes or any other Elvis memorabilia, these photos didn’t include any accents. Just Elvis coasters. These are available in my Etsy shop here.

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For this next coaster set, I took a vector graphic of a vintage typewriter and added it to three colorful backgrounds. I figured the pastel blue, mint and yellow-green hues were perfect for the spring/Easter season. These are listed in my Etsy shop here.

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Next up, who doesn’t love wine? For this marble coaster set, I drew up three vectors of different shaped wine glasses in Adobe Illustrator and paired them with coral/orange and shades of mint green. Then, of course, I grabbed three wine glasses from my cupboard to use as photography props for the Etsy listing. You can view them in my Etsy shop here.

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That’s all I have for today (sorry Tuesday Transfers is on Thursday this week). Next week’s transfer series will be all about this quote:

Dreams don’t work unless you do.

Also, check back tomorrow for my latest Etsy Treasury. It’s either going to be about traveling or St. Patrick’s Day. I haven’t decided. Now, excuse me. Maddie wants to go play outside with the zombies.

– lindsey archer

*I apologize for the erratic nature of this blog post’s opening. My dog is crazy.

etsy friday finds 03.01.13

Welcome to the latest Etsy Friday Finds, showcasing my latest Etsy Treasury full of 16 great handmade or vintage items. To see all the Friday Finds posts, click here and scroll to the bottom.

I’d like to start this post out by wishing my Dad a Happy Birthday. He turns…old today (haha love you Daddy).

I don’t know about your Dad, but mine is extremely difficult to shop for, on any holiday. Birthdays, Christmas, Father’s Day—I always draw a blank. He likes golf, his vintage camera collection, his iPad he won for free from some work contest and didn’t even know the value of or how to use it until my sister and I informed him that it was just a silly gadget and we’d love to take it off his hands for him if he didn’t want it, golf, bacon, his dog and…bacon. And golf again. There’s only so many golf gift certificates and accessories you can gift before you start feeling wholly unoriginal. This served as the inspiration for today’s Etsy Treasury list.

Despite what some people think, Etsy is not just for women. There are plenty of unique items out there for Dads and men of all ages. To prove this, I’ve listed 16 items here that I know my Dad would love, including a 6 month bacon club MEMBERSHIP where you are shipped bacon for 6 STRAIGHT MONTHS because HELLO it’s bacon and who doesn’t love bacon?

#1 – leather and wool retro iPad case from etsy shop OSTFØLD
#2 – retro industrial desk lamp/pendant light from etsy shop Ironclad Industrial
#3 – Vintage Black & White Film Camera Wood art from etsy shop Kristen Archer

This camera wood art is from my sister’s shop and features photographs of my dad’s actual vintage camera collection.

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#4 – Hammers & Screwdriver Fine art print from etsy shop Jorey Hurley
#5 – Kiss My Putt personalized golf ball marker from etsy shop Stampressions
#6 – Vintage wood golf club bottle opener from etsy shop Perfect Patina

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#7 – Thank you Dad for being You Art Print from etsy shop Tina Blue Shoes
#8 – Gearhart Golf Links Golf Course Photography print from etsy shop Shawn St. Peter
#9 – Personalized embroidered golf towel from etsy shop Shop Memento

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#10 – Dad, you old man funny birthday card from etsy shop Finch and Hare
#11 – Handcrafted vintage brown leather briefcase from etsy shop Mooshi Leather Design
#12 – Daddy vintage look personalized t shirt from etsy shop Sweet Bohemian Life

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#13 – Remember to feed the dog typography letterpress from etsy shop Raw art letterpress
#14 – 6 month High on the Hog bacon of the month membership from etsy shop Affine Foods

I want to buy this bacon club membership for myself. Right now. Bacon. Yum.

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#15 – Wooden Click pen from etsy shop The Pen Place
#16 – Dark brown leather slim wallet from etsy shop Just Wanderlust Shop

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CLICK HERE or on the screenshot below to go directly to the full Treasury List.

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That’s it for today. Have or know of a great Etsy Shop? Tell me in the comments and I’ll take a look at it for my next Etsy Treasury.

Oh, and again, Happy Birthday, Daddy. Let’s go play some golf.

– lindsey archer

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