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*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*

Congrats to Sarah and Lynn! Sarah is forgoing a significant other to better the relationship with her children while Lynn’s first date was at a now closed pizza joint.

I’m back with another giveaway for you! This one’s personalized just for your family.

Signs by Andrea offers personalized home decor in the way of rustic monogram, last name and custom wood signs. That, you may have already known. But did you know that the popular sign shop now offers special dates artwork? It’s a numerical graphic design of all the important dates {anniversaries, birthdays, etc.} in your family and it’s available as a DIY printable file, a professionally printed poster or a gallery wrapped canvas.

Note to self: Dana, remember that IKEA frames don’t come in a standard 11″x14″ size. C’mon, you should know this by now.

Andrea kindly let me give the special dates artwork a try. Creating the design was super easy. I included six dates {our birthdays and wedding anniversary} and just typed in our special dates on the builder site. The builder automatically created the design based on the style I chose. I opted for the printable file and an email containing a link to the artwork was sent to me instantly! I printed the artwork via Shutterfly with a gift card I had on hand.

I still need to get a properly sized frame but hopefully you get the idea. I love the black and white contrast and the meaning behind the numbers. HH likes knowing that the six most important dates he needs to remember will be hanging on our wall in plain sight. {HH doesn’t have the best memory.} Layne thought the new artwork was a jumble of nonsense until he recognized his birthdate. Then his eyes lit up when I told him what the rest of the numbers meant.

Now that you’ve seen it, are you itching to win a special dates print of your own? Wouldn’t this artwork make a great inexpensive yet meaningful gift? See giveaway and special offer details below.

PRIZE: special dates artwork printable download from Signs by Andrea {$9 value}. TWO lucky readers will win this prize.

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and have a valid email address. There’s no shipping involved so anyone with a valid email address can enter to win! One entry per email address.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post proclaiming “DATE ME!”

DEADLINE: Enter before Thursday, October 11th at 9:00 p.m. EST and TWO random winners will be announced Friday, October 12th.

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Since we’re talking dates… describe your first date with your current significant other? I’ll go first. A college girlfriend set up mine and HH’s first date. HH and I were crushing on each other but were a little gun shy since we had both recently ended long-term relationships and weren’t looking for anything serious right away. So, it took a little nudging from my friend to get the ball rolling. HH and I attended a small private college in northern Ohio {i.e., the middle of a corn field} and drove to a nearby town for our first date. It was at a burger joint called Ralphie’s. Romantic name, huh? All I remember was that the food wasn’t that great but the company was. And still is! Thanks for the nudge, Cara.

BUT, WAIT!, THERE’S MORE: Now through October 10th, House*Tweaking readers can use the discount code “TWEAK2” to score $2 off the original $9 price of a printable download. That means you get it for $7. It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping! Frameless, these prints would make wonderful stocking stuffers rolled up and tied with some ribbon.

Don’t forget to ‘like’ Signs by Andrea on facebook and follow her on twitter!

image: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

163 Comments

08.October.2012

Date Me!

My babies birthday is 10/10 so anytime we see that date on a clock, we call it her birthday time.

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08.October.2012

DATE ME! My first date with my husband included us sitting on a park bench and him saying, “I like you and I’m pretty sure you like me.” We had been friends for years.

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08.October.2012

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What a cute idea. My husband and I were set up as well. We had a double date with our best friends and played a board game.

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08.October.2012

Date Me! My husband and I went to see “The Notebook” on our first date. Nothing like a Romantic Comedy!

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08.October.2012

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My first date with my husband was at my place, and they continued to be at my place for a couple of weeks. Then I went on vacation with my family, and kept hinting that I wanted him to come. He ended up surprising me a couple of days after I left for vacation and showed up at my hotel door. He spent the remaining few days with me and my family, and we call that our first “official” date because it was our first one out of the house!

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08.October.2012

DATE ME!

I met my husband on Craigs List but made him meet me at a public coffee join first so that I could make sure he wasn’t craZy. :)

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08.October.2012

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My bf’s and my first date started at a bar (Irish) to make sure we still wanted to go on our official date. A pre-screening! Well I passed and so did he and here we are 2 years later…

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08.October.2012

Date Me! Our first date…..good Lord, I just realized you, Dana, and your husband were born the year I met my husband. We had our first date in May 1979, lol!
Our first date -in college – movie – The Deer Hunter – over 3 hrs of the most intense Vietnam war movie ever. It was a good thing I really loved him at first sight, because I don’t like war movies (very upsetting to me) plus he had laryngitis so we couldn’t even converse with one another!

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08.October.2012

Date me! I’m the nudger and am really glad to have helped two friends find love! The are amazing people who have a wonderful family and life together!

My hubby and I were also nudged by friends in college to start dating too. So thankful for wonderful friends who guided me to Jerm!!! We went to Grinders a sub shop on our first official date. Nothing fancy but we still love it!!!

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DATE ME!!!

My husband and I spent our first date at a friend’s house watching Gone in 60 Seconds and eating pizza. Then he mooned me and I gave him a “screw” from the toolbox that was sitting next to the couch.

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Grinders is YUM! ;)

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08.October.2012

DATE ME!
Our “official” first date was dinner at a casual restaurant. Nothing exciting.

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09.October.2012

DATE ME!

Our first date was dinner at a restaurant

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09.October.2012

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Our 1st date was to Sam Snead’s & then to a local comedy club. (Now) Hubby had wanted to take me out for my birthday. I wasn’t sure about going, but co-workers told me to go – cause he seemed like a nice guy & it wasn’t like I’d have to marry him. LOL. Never say never! :)

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09.October.2012

Date me! Our first date was to see “Lord of the Rings” and then split a piece of cheesecake. Cheesy first date. ;)

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09.October.2012

DATE ME! I do not have a s/o but I do have a date in which I decided to make a huge change for a better life for my boys and myself. My life was completely changed the days they were born and we have not looked back once since it became just the 3 of us on 7/4/09.

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09.October.2012

“DATE ME!”

My first date with my hubby was dinner and an art museum. This same museum was where he proposed (a year later).

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09.October.2012

Date me! We were set up by his sister to meet at church and then we went out to a small local coffee shop, Starbucks. ;)

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09.October.2012

Date me! I met m husband at school. My family had moved to a new town and I was new at that school. We became friends hat year (in grade 10), but only started dating years later, after graduation. So we are now 36 years old and have been together (=dating) for about 17 years. Can’t imagine life without my best friend/husband. Our daughter, like Jill’s, was born on 10/10 in 2003.
Do you think Andrea could make the date signs with days first, then months? Because that’s how we write down dates in Europe.
Jule from inside 9B

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09.October.2012

Sorry for the typos. And my daughter was born in 2005, 2003 was our wedding year.

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09.October.2012

DATE ME ! We were coworkers and had a big crush on each other … after a huge day of work, we went out for a drink and … <3

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09.October.2012

Date me! My husband and I officially met at a party. We had known about one another for a while before that. Actually I had a boyfriend at the time but that relationship was on the fritz. We talked the whole night which is kind of rare for him to be so open to someone he doesn’t know. He’s the quiet type. I knew he was the one after that night meeting him. Now we’re married and have a beautiful little girl who has captured my whole heart. Life is good!

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09.October.2012

DATE ME! We lived in the same college dorm when I was a freshman and he was a sophomore. How scandalous!

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09.October.2012

Date me!!

My husband and I had our first date in NYC….dinner at a French restaurant, ride around Central Park in a horse drawn carriage, and a coffee at Starbucks to warm up.

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09.October.2012

DATE ME! Our first date was an oh-so-romantic trip to McDonald’s and a movie…we were in high school so we weren’t exactly big spenders yet! :)

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09.October.2012

DATE ME! Our first date was to a homecoming dance…with 9 other couples :)

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09.October.2012

DATE ME! Our first date was to a really neat little restaurant in OKC. My husband went all out and got really dressed up. I thought he was so handsome. It was really fun and I will always remember it!

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09.October.2012

Oh my goodness! Did you see the Superhero art? I love the “Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero”! Gonna have to get that when I do our son’s room! :)

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09.October.2012

DATE ME! Our first date was to a middle school dance party. Me and my hubby are middle school sweethearts!

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09.October.2012

DATE ME!
We went to a concert as friends and left as boyfriend and girlfriend! :)

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09.October.2012

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Our first date was with a group of friends to a restaurant. We hung out in groups for awhile before going on a solo date to an italian restaurant.

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09.October.2012

DATE ME! Our first date was at the local Pizza Hut. We ended up having our wedding rehearsal dinner there a few years later.

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09.October.2012

Date Me Please! I love this!

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09.October.2012

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I think that all of us who were set up at that little college in Ohio ended up somewhere completely unromantic for our first dates…the restaurant choices (and probably our budgets) were pretty slim, huh? Our first official date was to Fazzoli’s in Lima for Valentine’s Day.

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09.October.2012

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My husband and I both consider different dates to be my first date. I think it was the time we went out for dinner and drinks after work. Clearly that meant nothing to him because he thinks its a when we went out for drinks in Brooklyn a couple nights later.

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09.October.2012

DATE ME!

First date with my husband was when I was in 9th grade and he was in 10th grade and he just received his drivers license. We went to our rivals football game since we were playing them the following week and my husband wanted to scout them out. Lets just say not much talking to each other but a lot of yelling at players. We dated 8 years after that and finally tied the knot!

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09.October.2012

DATE ME!
Our youngest turns 1 in a little more than a week. It would be nice to add to something like this!

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09.October.2012

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My first date with my husband was during our homecoming parade when we were juniors in high school… my parents’ had kindly volunteered to pull our class float, which was themed for Valentine’s Day and my husband had volunteered to be CUPID… needless to say, it’s still a day we talk about regularly!

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09.October.2012

DATE ME!

My husband and I met in high school, unsure of when our first date was!

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09.October.2012

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My husband used to be my boss..so our first several dates took place “under-cover” since we weren’t allowed to be dating. Now we’ve been happily married for 18 months, and he is no longer my boss :)

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09.October.2012

Date Me! swimming at the lake.

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09.October.2012

Date me!!

We were co-workers and went to an office party, where we spent the whole time talking. He asked me out and we went to dinner the next night. We’ve been pretty much inseparable ever since. He told me later that he knew I was the “one” because I ate everything on my plate when he took me to dinner and enjoyed every bite. He said he was so tired of buying girls a dinner that they picked at because they wanted to act like little birds that never eat a thing and then went home to demolish whatever was in the kitchen because they were starving, ha ha.

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09.October.2012

DATE ME! The hubs and I had a very simple first date. He was house sitting and invited me over for a movie and some take-out. It was very sweet with no mischief, but it was the start of something wonderful!

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09.October.2012

DATE ME!
My husband and I were good friends for a long time before we started dating. We were also really broke, so there weren’t many dates. Lots of times we would just go to Sonic to get lunch/dinner and sit in the car talking for forever.

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09.October.2012

Date Me!
I met my hubby at a wedding and it was love at first sight for him, but took me a little longer to agree to future dates. We got married really soon after that and are very happy! I’m glad he pursued me!

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09.October.2012

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Our first date was sneaking into the Grand Wailea Hotel and swimming and hot tubing and walking the beach. Now 14 years and two kids later….best date ever!

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09.October.2012

DATE ME! My first date with my husband was when we were both in college. We walked to a local coffee shop and talked for hours. 10 years later and he’s still my favorite person to talk to!

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09.October.2012

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First date? Two beers at a dive bar and I was instantly smitten.

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09.October.2012

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Blind Date – bar. We went out ever since!

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09.October.2012

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My hubby and I had known each other for 10 years before realizing that we were perfect for each other…we had our “first date” at a terrible greek restaurant in our neighbourhood and drank lots of wine to calm the nerves. It was awesome! (And we haven’t been back to that restaurant since) :)

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09.October.2012

Date ME!

He bought me a flower for the homecoming game my freshman year in high school and asked me out. We have been together ever since! 23 years later and he is still surprising me. :)

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