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A Hip Little Mother's Day Playlist

still-of-tom-hanks-and-sally-field-in-forrest-gump   A lot of musicians seem like mama's boys, even some of the toughest ones. In "Folsom Prison Blues"Johnny Cash takes a moment to regret not listening to his mother's to never play with guns. In Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried", the narrator "turned 21 in prison/doing life without parole" despite his mama's best effort. And Tupac Shakur's tearjerker "Dear Mama"--released in 1995 during his incarceration-- was stone cold proof there's nothing soft about loving your mom.   Not to mention one of the toughest men of all time reminding us in an acrostic/rap...  


So here's a playlist for the cool mamas out there. Don't slouch this mother's day. Treat your mamma right.  


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Top 10 Items for Your Rustic Wedding

Last year my wife and I tied the knot at Olowalu Plantation House on Maui.  Things went off without a hitch - the weather cooperated, the venue was fantastic and we had a great time.  The island is so beautiful itself, so we wanted to keep the decor simple with vintage inspired handmade designs which blended nicely with the old sugar plantation house. Inspired by our wedding day, I decided to put together therustedkey's top 10 items for those couples planning a rustic wedding. Image


1)  Hand Stamped Vintage Wedding Forks - We ordered our wedding cake forks from babypuppydesigns - great name, right?  I will admit that I initially resisted the idea of adding stamped forks to our list of wedding expenses but it was worth it.  The cost was low (under $30) and they provided for some great photographs. Image  


2) Wheel-Barrel Coolers - We actually opted for a scotch bar but I wish we went with this instead.  It's a great accent piece and will assist with the movement of your alcohol. Image  


3)  Vintage Marquee Lights - This is partially a shameless plug.  Although we sell these, we did not use them because of transportation challenges.  They have a natural rusted finish and look great with the lights on. Makes for some really cool wedding and engagement photos as background decor. Image  


4)  Wax Seal Wedding Favors - It took a few hours but I made these.  All you need is a glue gun, wax and small linen bags.  We put Hawaiian shortbread cookies in ours. Image  


5)  Mason Jar Vases - As our wedding approached, Ball released their heritage collection of blue mason jars.  They add a great touch of color and are easy to work with. Image  


6)  Vintage Postcard Themed Invitations - My wife sourced our invitations from LetterBoxInk.  Laura was great to work with and her vintage inspired postcard design was exactly what we were looking for. Image  


7)  Chalkboard Signs - Use them to direct your guests, provide drinks menus or post a simple loving quote.  They are a bit pricey on etsy but amazon has them for under $40. Image  


8)  Burlap/Linen Runners - They add a nice contrast to white table clothes and tie into the linen wedding favors.  Burlap has a natural smell so don't forget to give some time to air them out before the big day.



9)  Vintage  Transit Token Cufflinks - I used this opportunity to inject a bit of my hometown, New York.  The options on cities are nearly endless.



10) Bow Ties - They say vintage, yet classy.  As I learned, practice tying  before wedding day.  I found some nice, reasonably priced ties on etsy.



Last piece of advise - Have fun, don't stress and remember love is all that matters. Image

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Top 5 Mother's Day Gift for Dog Lovers - ETSY Style

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I thought I would post a few of my favorite gifts for the dog loving mothers out there. All of these are cute and very affordable. 1) Sterling Silver Dachshund Necklace for only $45. Justplainsimple has other little dogs in case your mom is more a Shepard lover. Image 2) Personalized Burlap Dog Pillow for $37 - HeSheChic will personalize a pillow for featuring your mom's dog. Image 3) Personalized Dog Art Work for $22 - DexMex will incorporate your mom's dog into some really cool wall art. Image 4) Customized Copper Dog Tag - Thoughtblossoms etys' store makes great looking rustic dog tag for just $20.  Can't beat that. Image and lastly... My favorite because it combines both a dog and coffee. 5) Pug Coffee Company Art work from geministudio.  Stylish, conversational art piece. Image Now be a good kid and get your mother a cool gift.
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Favorite 2014 Record Store Day Releases

Saturday was International Record Store day, a holiday celebrated by independent record stores, musical acts, and fidelity-nerds across the world with performances and special releases from select artists. There's a deleted scene from the movie Empire Records, a lovably 90's film about a independent record store trying to keep from being converted into a franchise music store. Night manager/Gen X philosopher Lucas  is flirting with a female customer in the store after-hours. She picks a CD from the rack and says, “Oh, I love this...”. Lucas tells her she should really listen to the album on vinyl, because: “Some people say it doesn't make a difference...but I say that it's the difference that makes it.” These are important words to keep in mind as the real world slowly fades into a series of ones and zeroes. Here's some winners from this years roundup:  

1. Jack White- “Lazaretto”

    Jack White is always doing weird stuff publicly, like making a band with his ex-wife Meg White and referring to her as his sister, or officially changing his name to "Three Quid" during a 2005 tour. This year he issued a single "Lazaretto", which he claims is the the fastest made record in the world. He played the new song for crowd on Saturday and three hours, 55 minutes, and 21 seconds later a vinyl of the performance was available for purchase. While he played, fans could watch a live video of the recording being cut in to the acetate. "Thank the mom-and-pop, brick-and-mortar record stores all these years for staying alive, the ones that could," White said. "Now it's bigger than ever. Every neighborhood wants to have one."  

 2. Veruca Salt- MMXIV

Speaking of the lovable 90's, female-fronted garage pop darlings Veruca Salt returned after 15 years with their angular harmonies and crunchy guitars blazing full force. The second track, "It's Holy" is guaranteed to make you feel like you are riding in a convertible with the cast of Clueless.

3. Songs: Ohia- Journey On: Collected Singles

    Like Elliot Smith or Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, Jason Molina's lonely and intimate recordings became all the more haunting following his death. This beautifully packaged limited release from record label Secretly Canadian was definitely a treasure worth waiting in line for.        
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The Vinyl Countdown

Clock_Rec1 Clock_Rec3   Last week featured some of our favorite releases from this year's International Record Store Day. This week we're showing our love for vinyl and music with some of our latest products: The Vinyl Record Clock and The Vinyl Cuff Bracelet.   Cuff_Rec2 When you think of old records, what albums do you remember holding in your hands, watching as they spun around and around?      
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