If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll have noticed Kase and I have moved four times alone this past year. Virginia to Boston to Virgina to Massachusetts again. Yes, our 18 month old son has had 4 homes. That kinda brings the Saddies. Not only that, but through our almost 7 years together, we’ve moved a total of 9 times, all along the Eastern Seaboard. What can I say? We like to move. Actually, that’s not true. We hate it. But we’re adventurous and impulsive and kinda dumb. Not coincidentally, we’re also broke. Also, we have commitment issues. Not to each other, thankfully. But yeah….
So while I love subway art, I wasn’t about to drop a ton of $$$ on individual city posters for each of the lovely cities we’ve lived in. I’m not Scrooge McDuck. I don’t have a basement full of coin in which I swim the backstroke. Know what I mean? But then I stumbled across Jen Woodhouse’s shop on Etsy, The House of Wood. I stalk Etsy frequently and have yet to be disappointed. It’s the pre-pinterest Pinterest. Am I right? And like any good pinner, I am here to share my latest and greatest find.
Jen not only creates single destination subway art but also “family rules” subway art, important dates subway arts and even customizable destination art. The sentimental sap in me loves it. Plus, it’s pretty to look at.
As I was taking it all in, my ears started to smoke because I was using my thinking gears. That’s what happens when all your ideas are brilliant. And this one was pure gold. I could create a single piece using all of our past addresses! Look how sentimental I am! And artsy! And since I will use any excuse I can to
spend money show my loved one I care, I decided Kase deserved a Valentine’s gift this year. So I contacted Jen and listed the 18 million places we have lived. I included zip codes. She sent me the proof within 24 hours and we decided to remove the zip codes since I don’t have hoes in every area code. It arrived before you could say “I’m an avid art collector.” Annnd Voila!
Do you just LOVE it? It went over huge with Kase. He’s sentimental and stuff. Not coincidentally, he is also a pack rat. But I digress.
I picked up a cheapo frame at Target and had it up in no time flat. This is now the best looking corner in our house.
If you love it as much as I do, you’re in luck, because Jen is not only very talented, she is also generous. Probably to a fault as she has decided to give away one destination print in your choice of ready-made cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, Nashville, Boston, or Philly).
And hey, don’t get down if you don’t win. If you are interested in one of her custom creations or Family Rules subway art, Jen is also offering a 10% discount to my readers through April 1. Just use the code KATESREADERS10. Told ya she was awesome.
To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below. This is what we in the blog biz call BRIBERY, folks. I know you are out there. I can smell your fear. But I really like when you virtual stranger friends comment. It makes me feel special like. Extra points for funny moving stories. For instance, Kase and I moved in a blizzard once. We also lived in three different apartments in the same building. I hired movers to move us from the 4th floor to the 1st. And once, our car was flooded in the backyard of a rental house. While we were at work. We found out through watching the news that evening. They filmed our car. Oh yeah, and the car was three days old. True stories. All of em.
(Pssst! Giveaway will end on Friday 2/24/12 at 9pm EST. I will announce the winner in Monday’s post. Good luck!)