Mom Made Biz: Sara Theisen Design + giveaway

by farrah on July 18, 2014 · 123 comments

I’ve written before how I am lucky to have so many talented friends in my life since I’m still searching for whatever my ‘skill’ might be. Today I have the pleasure of introducing to you my friend Sara of Sara Theisen Design. She’s the mastermind of her own company and has a great eye for creative design. I should admit that I’m also a little biased as she’s a fellow Michigan State grad.

Sara Theisen Design

Sara Theisen Design is a full-service print and design studio that offers a wide array of services including identity and branding, print design, invitations and announcements, stationery packages, personalized stationery, creative design templates and now offers custom word art canvases. She offers a variety of styles of birth announcements, baby shower invitations, birthday party invites, graduation announcements, save the date and holiday cards with three unique delivery options to suit your needs.

And she is…

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I introduced Sara (what feels like a lifetime ago) way back when I was throwing my twins’ first birthday party. She created their invitations- which set the theme for our Michigan (my husband) v. Michigan State (me) game-day party. Since that time, she’s been busy adding to her family and revamping her entire business and website.

ritter-twins1Our invitations from yesteryear

I am such an admirer of moms that are out there- doing their thing and raising pretty swell kiddos to boot. I’ve met Hunter (sadly not Presley as we moved while she was pregnant) and can honestly say that she and her husband make a sweet family.

Sara considers herself a mom-preneur who strives to find balance every day from owning her own business as well as staying home with her kids two days a week. Hunter is 4 and Presley is 19 months. Owning her own business while also having the flexibility to be home with her kids has always been a dream of hers.  

life-prints-media-kit2Print design

Sara Theisen Design can put together a fantastic logo, a flurry of print design services, cards and announcements which she can create by picking your brain- and lastly creative designed templates.

lighthouse-financial1Custom logo

Her latest and greatest endeavor is to jump into the custom word art canvas craze. I think when all this is said and done with our expat gig- I might need to have one of these made up with the places we’ve been. Sure you can go to Pier 1 or World Market and buy something that says ‘Paris’ or something similar, but is it really made just for you with all of the places that YOU’VE been? Probably not.

20x20-places-traveledPlaces traveled canvas

The giveaway

What’s the prize: Someone will win one of her custom word art canvasesDo you want ‘In This House’?  A family name? A birth announcement? Or does the places one strike your fancy? It’s up to you. You’ll discuss with Sara the details and the three colors used. We’re talking a $125 prize, my friends. 

Who can win: Anyone 18+. Shipping is ONLY within the continental US, so if you live in China that’s great, just have it shipped to Grandma and she can bring it in her suitcase on her next visit.

How to win: Use the handy Rafflecopter form below. It’s super easy, just follow the directions. I’ll announce the winner after verification on my ‘Winners’ page.

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Thanks Sara for offering this fun giveaway. Nothing to disclose here my friends. 

{ 123 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nee B. July 18, 2014 at 9:49 am

Awesome story! I’m still looking for my skill as well.

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2 Andrea M July 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm

I want the family canvas :) I will spare you my family details here. Lol.

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3 Jen July 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Probably the places one, we have a lot of places to get on one canvas!

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4 Maryann from Florida July 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

A list of the Streets that we have lived on over the past 36 years…and it probably would fit on a one canvas!

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5 Jennifer H. July 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

I love the family name canvas.

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6 Amy July 18, 2014 at 7:03 pm

I’d pick the places I’ve been, except I’d give it to my well-traveled sister with all HER places. Mine would have like 3 states on it.

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7 Erica July 19, 2014 at 1:20 am

This is perfect for our travel themed playroom!

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8 Erica July 19, 2014 at 1:22 am

Hit enter too soon….ours would definitely name all the countries we’ve visited while living abroad.

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9 SJ @ Chasing the Donkey July 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm

What a talented lady! Off to share now for you.

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10 SJ @ Chasing the Donkey July 22, 2014 at 1:58 pm

PS: Your @Twitter handle does not show up when I share from here FYI

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11 Sherry Lykins July 23, 2014 at 11:27 am

I would pick the Family Canvas! sharoo1975@yahoo.com

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12 MaryBeth (@misaacmom) July 25, 2014 at 4:34 am

I like In this House – so true! Sounds like my family

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13 Karen July 27, 2014 at 3:22 pm

I love the “Established” canvas! Would put our anniversary and kids’ names on it. (I guess we couldn’t have #3 after getting it, though? haha)

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14 Susie Doneff July 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm

I like the canvas with all the places on it, as I love travelling.

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15 Tammy July 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

I would definitely get the Personality Canvas for my daughter who has hit the insecure teen years. This would be a reminder of all that is beautiful about her. So it would say her name and positive affirmations. I would be so excited to share this with her!

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16 Gail Napierkowski July 27, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I like the in this house one as it is so true but often unspoke.

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17 Suzanne h July 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I have always liked the “in this house” canvas.

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18 Amanda Fuscone July 27, 2014 at 8:45 pm

I would like the
20×20 Places Traveled Canvas.

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19 Holly Wright July 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm

I would probably get a save the date because we are planning on getting married in the next two years!

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20 Shana King July 27, 2014 at 9:38 pm

I would probably choose the In this house option since we just bought our first house this past winter and I need to do some decorating still.

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21 Jessica July 27, 2014 at 10:21 pm

I would chose the fa!ily canvas .

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22 Lorena Keech July 27, 2014 at 10:21 pm

In this house would probably be our choice. I’m not sure what it would say, probably lots of words relating to humor.

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23 Dave K July 27, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Thank You

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24 Michelle Weaver July 28, 2014 at 12:19 am

I like the family name canvas.

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25 Rosanne July 28, 2014 at 2:05 am

I would pick Places Traveled and hve it made for my son who has traveled all over the world

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26 sarah t July 28, 2014 at 2:12 am

I would pick in this house

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27 heather July 28, 2014 at 3:22 am

One canvas that I might pick if I won is the family name canvas.

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28 Brittney House July 28, 2014 at 3:49 am

I would like the family name canvas.

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29 Renee Walters July 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

I love the family name canvas.

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30 Barbara Fox July 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm

I love the “in this house” canvas.

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31 April Brenay July 28, 2014 at 2:07 pm

I would pick the family name canvas, probably do something similar to the one they have shown

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32 joni July 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I like the Personality canvas and I would make something film directing and movie related for my daughter who is taking these courses in college.

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33 Monique Rizzo July 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I love the Family name canvas. I would use a pic of us at the beach.

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34 courtney gibson July 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I love the “In this house” canvas.

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35 kristi July 28, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I would love to have the traveller’s canvas in our new home. What a lovely conversation starter!

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36 Deb Ford July 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm

If possible, I might do my favorite poetry verse. Thanks for the chance.

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37 Megan K July 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I love the family name, except our family hasn’t stopped growing yet… so I really like the places traveled, or the Personality canvas for my two year old! :)

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38 paige chandler July 28, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I like the Places Traveled canvas listing all our family advestures

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39 Kendra Gillilan July 29, 2014 at 1:06 am

In this house, or family , very nice, thanks :)

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40 Kasey July 29, 2014 at 1:15 am

I would get the family name canvas. It is something that would go great in our computer area where the guy likes to work on genealogy.

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41 Dorrie Turner July 29, 2014 at 1:24 am

I would get the personality canvas for my daughter! So nice!

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42 Michelle J. July 29, 2014 at 1:55 am

I like the places one, but we have enough family members to just do our first names :)

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43 Nicole July 29, 2014 at 2:38 am

I would probably pick “In this house,” though I’m not sure yet what I would have it say

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44 Maia July 29, 2014 at 2:58 am

I really like the places one!

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45 Holly July 29, 2014 at 3:20 am

I would choose the family canvas

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46 deanna July 29, 2014 at 3:38 am

I like the ‘In this House’ Canvas. It has great house rules that I love!

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47 Gretta July 29, 2014 at 4:28 am

In This House canvas ~ I love what it says and what a beautiful reminder it is to our family & those in our home.

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48 Helisa Duplassie July 29, 2014 at 5:32 am

I’d like one with my children’s names and stats

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49 Mihaela Day July 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

I would pick the Family Canvas! :)

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50 christine j July 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

I would love the family name canvas. I love the idea of putting family with the grandchildren names

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51 andrea v July 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I would pick “in this house”.

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52 Heather Garcia July 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Would love the family names canvas

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53 Alison Gibb July 29, 2014 at 4:32 pm

I would definitely pick the “In this house” I am not sure exactly what it would say but I know I want it to be funny.

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54 betsy July 29, 2014 at 4:32 pm

the family canvas

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55 prettypolymath July 29, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I would do the places traveled canvas as my husband and I have been traveling around the world this yr!

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56 Katie Marks July 29, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I really like the ones with the family last names. I’m not sure what it would say if I could choose one. I would have to think on it.

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57 Jessica July 29, 2014 at 11:50 pm

It’s so hard to chose they are all beautiful.

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58 Shannon F July 30, 2014 at 12:12 am

I love the “In This House” one because I’ve always wanted a canvas like that. I pretty much love all of her designs though!

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59 drea July 30, 2014 at 12:23 am

I would love the family one, with all the words that describes all that we mean to eachother.

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60 allyson tice July 30, 2014 at 12:43 am

The family one! i would make it with all my kids names and birthdates on it!

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61 Jessica Beard July 30, 2014 at 1:08 am

I would love the family name canvas!

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62 Bailey Dexter July 30, 2014 at 2:21 am

I really like the In This House! So true.

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63 Erica B. July 30, 2014 at 3:04 am

I’d get the newborn canvas…not sure what it would say yet though.

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64 Stuart Conover July 30, 2014 at 3:07 am

I believe that I would go with the In The House canvas ;) (Specially since we’re currently looking for a new house!)

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65 Emily Smith July 30, 2014 at 3:17 am

I would do the birth announcement! My baby boy just turned 5 months old

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66 Susan DeVaux July 30, 2014 at 3:41 am

The places traveled canvas! Love!

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67 Elizabeth July 30, 2014 at 3:50 am

I’d probably pick the Personality Canvas and maybe put some Bible verse references in there as well!

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68 Cheryll Shubert July 30, 2014 at 5:08 am

It’s hard to decide…I would either want the In this house one or the birth announcement. What a great idea!!

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69 golden storm July 30, 2014 at 7:17 am

I would choose the 16×24 ‘In this House’ Canvas

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70 tina reynolds July 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I am torn between places traveled and family names

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71 Melody July 30, 2014 at 6:04 pm

I love the In This House one. :)

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72 Misty Duke July 30, 2014 at 7:18 pm

I love the Newborn Canvas! What an awesome gift for new parents!

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73 Katy M July 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I would go with the ‘in this house’ canvas

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74 Amy Miller July 30, 2014 at 8:07 pm

I would get the family canvas

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75 Alanna July 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I would pick: 16×24-in this house canvas!!

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76 Ed Nemmers July 30, 2014 at 8:53 pm

I love the “In This House” artwork!

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77 Diana D. July 30, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I would like to personalize a canvas for my mother’s birthday, maybe with one of her favorite quotes!

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78 Peter G July 30, 2014 at 10:53 pm

The In This House artwork

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79 Maria S July 31, 2014 at 12:45 am

I love the one with our family name on it & the address!

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80 Marianna July 31, 2014 at 12:57 am

I love the family canvas – I don’t want all my personal info here for the world to see, though.

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81 gayle gildehaus July 31, 2014 at 2:00 am

I would like to get the “In This House” art.

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82 amy deeter July 31, 2014 at 2:01 am

the 16×24 ‘In this House’ Canvas not sure what it would say yet

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83 Tandi Cortez-Rios July 31, 2014 at 2:11 am

I love the family name canvas.

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84 Rhonda Struthers July 31, 2014 at 2:15 am

I would choose the places traveled/
I would definitely include our 15th Anniversary trip to Hawaii.
Our 25th Anniversary trip to Kenya Africa.
A special trip to Mediterranean-Italy, Venice, Monza, Barcelona and Athens Greece

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85 Rene Chartier July 31, 2014 at 2:15 am

The contemporary design is beautiful and so creative. I love them all but the places traveled would be nice since we’ve traveled so many places.

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86 Sarah Gillespie July 31, 2014 at 3:39 am

I would get a canvas with my daughters birth stats on it, in pink white and purple. Thank you endlessly for the chance, I probably wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise and have always wanted one.

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87 janna johnson July 31, 2014 at 4:25 am

I would want the newborn one for my sister who is prego

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88 Trista July 31, 2014 at 4:29 am

Such a cute idea about places visited! I would either get the family canvas or create one like a ‘places to visit’ but with a bucket list aspect!

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89 Laurie July 31, 2014 at 4:51 am

I would pick the House one.

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90 amanda July 31, 2014 at 5:05 am

i really love the in this house canvas that is my favorite. i also love the idea of the personality canvas very cute

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91 Jake B July 31, 2014 at 6:19 am

In This House Canvas would be awesome for the house

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92 Lorayne Gothard July 31, 2014 at 7:01 am

I would pick “My Family’s Name” and I would put my family name on it and hang it in the entryway!!

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93 Kiley P. July 31, 2014 at 7:11 am

I would choose the My Family’s Name” canvas. I would put all four members of my family’s name on it.

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94 Dianne Hall July 31, 2014 at 7:20 am

20×20 places traveled!

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95 joe gersch July 31, 2014 at 9:04 am

the family name canvas

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96 Barb Stenby July 31, 2014 at 12:18 pm

20×20 family est. canvas

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97 T.h.Ransom July 31, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I would choose the 16×24 Newborn Canvas for my friend’s upcoming child birth

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98 Kimberly July 31, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I would pick the birth announcement canvas. Our new little man joined us in April. :)

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99 Mandy Haynes July 31, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I would pick 20×20 Family Name Canvas. It would have our family members names and the date we got married.

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100 beth July 31, 2014 at 2:12 pm

I’d like the places traveled canvas

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101 kathy dalton July 31, 2014 at 2:17 pm

id love the the family name canvas

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102 Veronica Garrett July 31, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I would get the Personality Canvas for our daughter to showcase her personality traits.

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103 Doane August July 31, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I would choose In this House, though I would have to give some thought about what I would say.

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104 Heather R July 31, 2014 at 3:03 pm

I’d like the family name canvas – this would be an excellent gift!!

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105 Ashley Pichon July 31, 2014 at 3:13 pm

I would love one of the “house rules” canvas’. I think this is a really cool idea.!

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106 Tara C July 31, 2014 at 4:04 pm

I would pick the Family Name canvas (and hope that she’d work with me for my blended family of six!)

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107 Donna M. Clark July 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm

I would choose the 16×24 ‘In this House’ Canvas. that one seems like the best phrase for us to remember.

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108 Brandy Williams July 31, 2014 at 4:33 pm

The family name canvas

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109 Pedro July 31, 2014 at 5:01 pm

I would go for the family one and I am sure what to write on it :)

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110 Sarah C July 31, 2014 at 5:01 pm

I would choose the personality canvas and it would talk about how caring and creative my daughter is.

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111 Brandy Fisk July 31, 2014 at 6:40 pm

In this house canvas. I actually like what it says already.

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112 Dawn Monroe July 31, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Id pick the 20×30 family name canvas as a house warming gift for my daughter.

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113 Leela July 31, 2014 at 7:28 pm

20×20 Family Name Canvas.. family name.

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114 Natalia Gonzalez July 31, 2014 at 7:31 pm

I would love the family canvas

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115 DelRae H July 31, 2014 at 7:52 pm

I’d love the In This House canvas. I’d probably use some form of the “House Rules” sayings (ex. Keep your promises, Share,Think of others before yourself,Say I love you etc)

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116 wen budro July 31, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I would prob choose the family name canvas….I’d have to think about it because the possibilities are endless.

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117 amanda whitley July 31, 2014 at 8:13 pm

i would pick the newborn canvas. i would have my sons info on it.

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118 Fiona N July 31, 2014 at 8:13 pm

I would love to have the 16×24 Newborn Canvas for my baby!
Thank You for the great giveaway

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119 Dawne July 31, 2014 at 8:40 pm

I would LOVE to have a canvas with our first date 7-28-10, which I have engraved on a bracelet my Marine gave to me just before deploying to Afghanistan in 2011, and the date he proposed at the top of the Capital Wheel at the National Harbor in Maryland on 7-27-14 as he told me he loved our anniversary but he wanted a new one that we would celebrate forever!

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120 Candie L July 31, 2014 at 8:54 pm

I like the Family Name Canvas. Thankyou

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121 Laurie Emerson July 31, 2014 at 9:05 pm

I would choose the family one and it would say all of our names on it.

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122 stephanie baker July 31, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Would love the birth announcement for my 17-week-old little girl <3

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123 Anne Perry July 31, 2014 at 9:50 pm

I’d pick the 20×30 in this house

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