Hey there, friends! Long time, no chat. Life has been caaaaaahhhrazy! Can you relate? I’m sure you can – after all, it is the springtime and life starts blooming and happening all over the place again when the warm weather comes around. Well, anyway, I am pleased to say that I survived midterms week(s) mostly unscathed! And by mid-June I will be lapping up the rays of summer sunshine. Come on June! In the mean time, I couldn’t resist popping in and sharing one of my newest Etsy discoveries…
The National Anthem is a graphic arts prints and poster shop owned and operated by two really sweet people – Christian and Alexis. I have literally been talking back and forth with Christian for months about this HHB project and he couldn’t have been more helpful or sincere about wanting to make my wall decor dreams come true. I mean, in their “About” section they say “Life is magical. Life is an Anthem. Live Your Anthem.” How could you not like people who are full of good vibes? Plus, their shop is based out of Pittsburgh, PA and we bonded over our mutual love of the Keystone State. But, Philly > Pittsburgh. Sorry, Christian, it had to be said 😉
Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the service and product from The National Anthem. I was initially drawn to their shop because they have tons of prints pertaining to the realms of yoga, nature, and spirituality. I had a difficult time choosing which prints I wanted most – too many great options! But I ended up selecting the yoga print set with the Om Symbol, Hamsa Hand, and Ganesh. All of the shop’s prints are customizable with different colors and personalization. I had a difficult time choosing between two similar colors and Christian was kind enough to gift me the set in both colors. Going above and beyond? I think so.
As evidenced above, the prints arrived to me packaged with care. I always worry about receiving prints from Etsy as I had a bad experience with a Christmas gift I ordered – due to a packaging issue – with a different shop in the past. Luckily, you won’t have to think twice about the integrity of your prints with the National Anthem. On their shop website, they specifically outline how each print will come packaged to you. The heavy card stock envelope they used on mine is indestructible. I had been carting the prints around in it from my house, to manfriend’s house, to different craft stores, and so on and my prints remained happily unbent and didn’t dog-ear throughout the journey.
The prints themselves were created on a heavyweight, lightly-textured, matte white stock paper. I think the quality of the paper they used really helped to accentuate the coloring of the images. The paper definitely wasn’t flimsy. The prints held up really well even when I got into a little tiff with the picture frame I had purchased for them. Totally the picture frame’s fault…
But eventually I showed that picture frame who was boss and got these awesome prints up on my bathroom wall. I have a yellow bathroom with teal accents and these babies fit right in. I know you’re only getting a snippet of a picture of my bathroom, but you can trust me, they totally work there 😉
If you’re in the market for a little spring decor pick-me-up, or if you need a unique father’s day gift, or a really cool, personalized gift to give a lucky couple for wedding season, then the prints from The National Anthem come highly recommended. The National Anthem just hit their 3000th sale milestone this month (congrats, guys!!) and they want to celebrate with all of you! So use discount code YAY4CUSTOMERS25 to get 25% off of your total order! But hurry, discount code expires on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
Cool prints from a cool small business that is run by two cool partners – I can stand behind that.
You can connect with The National Anthem on Facebook too!
What was your most recent Etsy purchase? For me it was jewelry…it’s almost always jewelry, duh.
Which print from The National Anthem do you like most? I know, I’m asking an impossible question, so many options!
FTC: I was gifted prints to facilitate this review, no other compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own.