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A friend of mine was just bemoaning the lack of diversity in Father’s Day cards. If your dad (or the father of your children) doesn’t fall into the barbecuing, golfing, remote-control-loving category, it can be tough to find a card or a gift for him for Father’s Day that seems appropriate. My dad and my husband — and I suspect a lot of other dads out there — are hard to shop for because of their “outlier” status. Something like this wall art from Etsy user RedWallStudio might be just the thing, though. Because no matter his taste, chances are you feel just this way about your dad:

father's day print - etsy

Photo: RedWallStudio

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Cross-stitch Easter eggs are impressive, but have somewhat limited, seasonal appeal. If you want to blow everyone’s minds with the power of cross-stitch year round, look no further than these large artworks by Jessica Decker.

giant cross stitch

They’re sweet and simple designs, and would really fill a wall over a sofa or a bed. They’re almost like pixelated pictures, but cross-stitch has a warmer, homier feel to it. Plus, I like to imagine that a giant with a huge needle and thread did them. (Anyone else? No?)

[Via: Pinterest, Design*Sponge]

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Time flies when you’re raising kids. One minute they’re barely registering on the oversized ruler growth chart, and the next, they’re losing their teeth. At least that’s what happened to my boss’ adorable almost 5-year-old daughter yesterday. I guess you never really know what milestone is going to hit you hardest as a parent, but the tooth fairy’s first appearance seems like a doozy. And I don’t think I’ve seen a sweeter way to honor that folklore than with these tiny fairy doors from TaDaaStudio on Etsy.

fairy doors

Seriously, how cute are these things? (Answer: So. Stinking. Cute.) Just choose the door color and style to best match your kid’s room. The placement of the doors in the photos here are clever — I particularly like the one tucked away in a bookshelf — but if you’re going for the full tooth fairy experience, I suggest putting it on the wall near the bed, perhaps over the nightstand like this. You can even make a fairy garden as a family to entice the tooth fairy to pay a visit (or leave more money, wink). I figure that fairy doors are more than just adorable accents for children. They’re for parents, too. After all, if your child still believes in fairies, they’re not growing up too fast, no matter how many baby teeth they lose and when, right?

[Via: Pinterest]

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All the single ladies, all the single ladies! Today is your day to stop waiting for that doofus special man in your life to finally put a ring on it, for it is February 29, and apparently, it’s leap year tradition for women to propose to men on this day.

I’ve hinted at marriage talk betwixt my boyfriend and myself in a few of these posts, and as much as it would make an awesome, historical blog post on D Haps for me to propose to him right here and now….I’m not gonna do it. What can I say? For all my wild-tile-and-wallpaper-loving ways, I’m a deeply traditional girl at heart. (Also, I feel like my thunder would have been stolen by the adorable Say Yes Katie meme campaign.) But please, don’t let that stop you, chickiebabies! As these vintage postcards on Etsy reveal, the tradition has a long and rich history.

leap year proposal postcard

Photos, from left to right: HeartvilleRoad, imagesofthepast, cheekyprincess007

So, if you’re feeling the love and are a modern kind of gal, I say go for it. The worst thing that can happen is he refuses, but then he’s got to give you gloves, roses, money and/or fabric for skirts. Worth it!

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Care for a spot of tea? And by spot of tea, I mean a book? Books and tea have always gone together for me, but I mean that in a “I’m going to make a nice pot of genmaicha and cozy up with a Margaret Atwood novel” kind of way. I hadn’t imagined there would be any other way until I saw this fantastic stacked teacups bookcase from WoodCurve on Etsy.

teacup bookcase

This design is cute, colorful and practically crying out to be in a kids’ room. And if you’ve got a little Alice in Wonderland fan on your hands, I can’t think of anything more appropriate for creating a zany Mad Hatter’s Tea Party atmosphere. Pinkies up!

[Via: Pinterest]

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I kinda punted on Valentine’s Day this year. Sure, I got my boyfriend a heartfelt card and stuff, but it’s not quite the expensive restaurant reservation or romantic bed & breakfast extravaganza that it used to be. Time is an issue (we’re both busy!), as is money (hey, taxes are coming up!), but the sentiment is still there, which reminds me of this Love Print by Katie Daisy on Etsy.

love print

I like the energy and whimsy the print has, and the feeling it gives me when I look at it — it just makes me feel happy. Not unlike the feeling I get when I look at the man I love. So, Happy Valentine’s Day, Buzz. Here, I got you a blog post! ;)

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I feel like conversation hearts are the candy corn of Valentine’s Day, if you will. They’re this confection that’s become emblematic for a holiday through longevity, even though they’re actually kinda divisive. People seem to either love them or hate them. That said, I think candy corn and conversation hearts do have at least one thing going for them that we can all agree on, and that is style. Like these charming conversation heart soaps from SoStinkingSweet on Etsy.

conversation heart soap

These would make cute gifts — you know everyone else is just going the chocolate or flowers route — or a fun little holiday accent in a powder room. And they’re emblazoned with some classic romantic phrases. None of this newfangled “Tweet Me” business, thankyouverymuch!

BONUS: Feeling crafty? Try your hand at this conversation heart banner. It’d be a fab way to show your mantel a little love.

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I used to be a little dismissive of abstract art. Not in the “my kid could have done that” way (I don’t have kids yet, so that wouldn’t even make sense), but more in the way that it just didn’t “speak” to me. Maybe my tastes have changed with age, because now abstract art is my JAM. I love the colors, I love the energy. And I love both of those qualities in Melanie Mikecz’s abstract prints.

melanie mikecz prints

The palette here is unexpected and fresh, and the lines have an edgy appeal. Best of all, Ms. Mikecz’s prints are surprisingly affordable! I could see this being the cover of a Neon Indian album. Or being in my apartment, over my bed.

What’s your favorite kind of art to display in your home?

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Well, we’ve survived the first week of 2012! While I haven’t made any specific resolutions this year (I’m tired of breaking my “weight loss” goal by February and if I see the phrase “New Year, New You” one more time, I will lose it), I DO resolve to try new things, expand my horizons and step out of my comfort zone a little bit. That’s why I like the go-get-’em sentiment on this coniLab screenprint so much.

this is my year screenprint

It’s inspirational without being specifically thinspirational. Because while I’d love to improve my health and hit the gym more, I have other aspirations, too. (Like dying my hair red, and writing a novel.)

What are you planning to accomplish in 2012?

[Via: Heart Home Magazine blog]

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Hey, Etsy fans!

Remember earlier this week, when we asked you to create an Etsy Treasury List with us? Holy cow, y’all delivered! We’re at 844 and counting…but don’t stop now!  To keep you inspired, we picked a few favorites to feature here.

Browse our best-loved collections, then tune in to Design on a Dime tonight at 8p/7c for an Etsy/HGTV makeover collaboration that’s sure to inspire.

As huge fans of Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango, we were stoked to see auntsuesoldnewlovely’s ode to this gorgeous citrus hue.

Tangerine Tango

Dining room design by Marie Burgos

We especially love these vintage Christmas ornaments from bythewayside, showcasing the spirit of the color for the holidays.

Speaking of the holidays…we couldn’t resist this adorable collection put together by Rue78Vintage called HGTV + Etsy: Deck the Halls with Vintage Flair.

Vintage Christmas Etsy

Christmas tree design by Mrs. Lillen

Rue78Vintage, this little guy would look amazing atop our vintage-inspired mantel:

Vintage Christmas elf sitting on a pinecone

Photo courtesy of GizmoandHooHa


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