“Huh. That’s just a piece of two by four.”
Why yes, that IS a piece of two by four. But it's so much more…
The idea came to us in 2014 while building our house. We saw all of these off-cuts of framing lumber, and wondered what happens to them. Upon finding out that most of them end up in the landfill, we started experimenting with painting or staining them and then using an ink transfer technique to put words onto them.
We thought it would be cool to make something that could be given as an affordable gift and be personalized if desired, without breaking the bank...
...And it could be free-standing, so that you don’t have to commit to putting a hole in your wall.
...And some of them would be those hilariously inappropriate things that people think but don’t say out loud. (we know who we are!)
...And some would be inspirational, to help people going through a rough time.
...And Daisy Thirteen was born.
We are Ang & Ingmar, the slightly snarky, quirky duo behind Daisy Thirteen.
We were two restless souls, out exploring the world, when we bumped into each other on the lovely Hawaiian Islands in 2000. Bored with the day to day lives we had been leading, we were both in search of adventure on our way to the “land down under”, so we ended up traveling together and fulfilling our dream of living in a VW bus (at least for a while).
Fast-forward 18 years, and we’ve lived in 3 different countries and have now put down roots in the Canadian prairies, where we live with our son and 2 cats in a home we designed and built ourselves.
Maybe that “restlessness” was a desire to create something from nothing.
...A desire to do something creative with our lives.
...A desire to do something for our planet.
...A desire to make a difference in people's lives.
What is the perfect gift for that person who has everything?
A cute little block of wood that is “so them”.
Choose from over 100 pre-designed free-standing blocks, and if you don’t find the perfect quote for that special someone… we’ll design one for you. Our custom order listing allows you to choose your size, colour, and font, and we always make up a mock-up so that you can see how it will look!
We believe in working with local contractors to keep framing lumber off-cuts out of the landfills.
We believe in using only water-based stains and varnish to minimize our impact on the environment.
We believe in creating unique, affordable, handmade gifts.
We believe in putting a smile on your face.
So... why the heck should you buy one of these adorable little quote blocks from Daisy Thirteen?
Well, we could say something snarky here, but we won't. Ha!
But seriously, unlike the big box stores, each of our blocks is totally unique because they are handmade by the 2 of us. When our customers share their stories with us, we laugh or cry with them, and we carry those stories with us every single day.
So when someone picks up one of our blocks and says,
“huh. That’s just a piece of two by four”...
we get super excited, because it gives us the opportunity to explain our processes and how we are working to make a difference.
Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey.
With buckets of gratitude,
Ang and Ingmar