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Thursday, November 17, 2011

3rd Ave Shore knows all about Beach Weddings!

Dear one,

As a bride you are full of amazing ways to add some unexpected elements to your wedding. Lets say your wedding is themed around a song that is very special to the two of you. Why not then have the song lyrics displayed on the wall at your reception? Or perhaps you want to have your wedding monogram weaved throughout the day. You can feature it on the door of the ceremony site, to the champagne glasses that are used for your first toast! Your dance floor can be custom with you names and date of the special day. "Just Married" or "Happily ever after" on the back windshield is an awesome way to share your joy with others! I will help you make your own personalized wedding decals, you can't go wrong with the end product.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Congrats on happily ever after!
3rd Ave Shore  : Specializing in Beach Inspired Designs.

Custom Wedding Dance Floor Decal

Custom Surf Themed Wedding Mailbox

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I heart Olive: Kailua boutiquing

 Mahalo Olive for supporting 3rd Ave Shore & Handmade.
  A real treat to be apart of this project.

One of my girlfriends told me about Olive a couple years ago, a new boutique in the Kailua neighborhood. Of course I immediately hopped in my car to check it out. This boutique is a one-stop-shop for any occasion! Need a hostess gift? check.  Need a last minute birthday gift? no prob.  Want to reward yourself for that promotion you just got? This is the place! It’s magnificent. The owner Ali  recently connected with 3rd Ave Shore to use one of our tree decals to tie in a handmade swing that would hang inside the shop.  So creative on their part!!  Check the pics out or better yet go say hello to Olive.Enjoy :)

I fell in love with these letter press styled note cards. I’d say if you don’t live in/near Kailua that Olive is worth the drive

43 Kihapai St. Kailua, HI 96734

3rd Ave Shore is so bliss-ed (is that even a word??) to be apart of the Oahu business community!  If you have an idea that we can help you on....don't be shy, just ask!

Sam{antha} Hardin
mon-fri 9am-4pm

Monday, September 26, 2011

Endless Summer Baby Nursery!

I am always so delighted when I hear from a fan that has supported 3rd Ave Shore.  When a fellow buyer of my surf inspired wall decals sends a note with a picture or goes directly to me. Not to an assistant that may get it to me by the end of the week and not a spam folder. I treat each message like they are golden!  As I was reading the emails that came through over the weekend I had to smile when I opened Carolyn's. Check out how her and the hubby used 3rd Ave Shore's decals:  

Mahalo Thrasher Ohana for sharing,
SHOP  3rd Ave Shore

Monday, September 19, 2011

Why I Believe in 3rd Ave Shore

Being an entrepreneur you have to have  the courage to go out into the world and say "Hey I have this great service or product..and I think it would benefit the quality of your life!"  Well I am definitely not the pushy type..BUT I do believe in my company. That belief and passion drives my focus to building a better and better 3rd Ave Shore Line every day.

You see there was a time when I wanted to stop having work be the largest space in my life and  rather live an inspired  {a hi-5 everyday kinda life!!} life that had my career fit into my passions.  So I took notice to what were the things that brought me pure joy just by doing them. I found that I was subconsciously {back in 2009} doodling and designing surf, vintage, and old school beach designs in all my spare time. I wasn't sure where I was going to place my designs, weather it be clothing or giclee prints {that was my thoughts at the time.}  But knew that I was creating an authentic self career.

My world transformed.

I happened to stumble onto a wall decal website with my girlfriend Emily, and thought {I actually think I blurted it out} I can do that!!!!!  Wall decals were the perfect art form for my audience! It did strike me odd that as I researched more and more wall decal companies, that they were all competing for the same market AND had the SAME designs!!!  I knew in my heart that putting my designs into wall decals was the perfect venue to shipping them world wide and touching my fellow ocean lovers out there.  I have never looked back.

So in a nutshell as to why I believe in 3rd Ave Shore....well it's simple. I love what I do and I'm having a killer time creating ocean inspired decor for other peoples spaces. Do what you're proud of and hopefully make a positive change along the way. May YOU be blessed.

SHOP  @ 3rd Ave Shore

Friday, September 16, 2011

Retro & Restoration Inspired Living

{}  UNREAL!!
 Aloha Friday!  Lots of exciting things going on in the  3rd Ave Shore world :)  So I must spill the beans.....Ted and I have been house hunting (*literally hunting!) the past 6 months for the perfect place to start our true (non-rental kind) roots in Hawaii. Well we are now due to close on our first property next month!  We could not be more excited about the property.  It sits on a  good amount of land, pretty original condition (which we love!!), with lovely views of the Waikiki sunsets from our back yard. We are so grateful to have found this home and to be able to call it ours.  Here is some of my inspiration on keeping it retro/vintage.  I must say that we are both not a huge fans of pink, so envision the pink accents in lime or burnt orange.  Oh the joys of decorating in my mind...LOL
Picture to come!!  I'll be sure to post the renovations too (good 'ole sweat equity).

Mahalo for supporting 3rd Ave Shore & handmade,
Sam Hardin

3rd Ave Shore {Ocean, Vintage and Surf inspired wall decals}

{Simple wicker with fun fabric. Lovin' the green surfboard}

{Ocean Side dining: Great way to use pillows too!  Awesome colors}

This is the first design from the shop to go up in the new place: Enjoy! Click pic to go to color option.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Voice

The Hubster and I are notorious for enjoying our evenings rather simple. Our evenings begin with taking Gus down to stroll Kailua beach, followed by the grill being  fired up for some good eats and then cruisin' together till we can't keep our eyelids open. Well we were totally posted to The Voice last night, what kept our attention was the amazing talented contestants!!  It was incredible.  To say the least it inspired this post.

We all have a voice!  We are able to voice it in what we buy as consumers, treat others, dress, listen too, put forth, give, receive....etc.  If there is any "ah-ha" moment lesson that I live by it would be this:

All people want from us, is our best.  All that means is to be attentive, genuine and respectful. It's better to be interested then interesting.

Anyway the wind blows, is cool with me


Hope this itty bitty post inspires the voice in you to be your MOST authentic self. are a bright and SUPA shiny star.

Have a great 4th of July weekend:)


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

S U M M E R trending @ 3rd Ave Shore...

Love...Love...Love those crazy hazy lazy days of summer :) This time of year I am most inspired to design new items, they can be found in the 3rd Ave Shore shop! 
Four color rad vintage beach cruiser!
Tropical Hibiscus Mix
Endless Summer for your pad!

With the beach cruiser, hibiscuses or palm'll just be charmed by the laid back
feeling that 3rd Ave Shore's decals can bring to your space. I now have over 120 designs
in shop!!  CHEE HOO!  Need to snag a great deal from 3rd Ave Shore?  Well its easy, 
like the Facebook Page for sales.  Don't worry I am not a "post every other half hour" 
kind of gal, when there is post it's just dropping the latest design or a rad coupon code!
E  N J O Y and thank you so very much for having my handmade items in your casa :)
A L O H A,
Sam Hardin

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Kailua Classic....

Wow what a weekend!!!  Just dropping some behind the scene action at the shop.  

Yes 3rd Ave Shore does create handmade ocean inspired wall decals {and will ship to anywhere in the W O R L D}, but we also believe in working hard and playing harder!  :)  A while back my hubby Ted had a  {Tequila Sunrise Series} Hobie  Catamaran donated to him.   Well after some TLC, it was launched in Lanikai  this past weekend with the help of some great friends.  Teddy named it "Kailua Classic" and you can see why....

I created the name "Kailua Classic"  in our Ocean Blue Matte Vinyl  and partnered it with a fun vintage font.

Are you in need for some marina decals for your boat, catamaran, jet ski, paddle board, surf board??? Message the shop and I'll get started on them....they are too fun and really can make your vessel pop with a one of a kind design or just the name of your cruiser.  Enjoy the ride.

A L O H A......Sam Hardin  Ocean Inspired Decals

Visit our shop for more Ocean Inspired Decals! 


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Jaw Dropper....

Aloha!! Hope the weekend is treating you great :) I just had to share the latest and most exciting news around the shop.  As you may know, 3rd Ave Shore was born out of my love for the ocean and goal to put my designs  into affordable wall decals for anybody by the shore or in a big city! Along the way there has been some rad press events and shows for the shop....but NOTHING....NOTHING like what I received yesterday in the mail.  The copy of the Honolulu Aruco Travel Book (geared for the chic traveler in all of us...but for the Japanese vistors!) arrived yesterday.  When I opened it to pg. 69 my jaw dropped.  Literally dropped! They had placed 3rd Ave Shore's page right next to Heather Brown!  I am quite possibly the biggest fan of hers and admire her style to no belief!  She is amazing and also is inspired by Hawaii and the wonderful surf up at North Shore. Just thought I'd share, I think I'll pick my jaw up now and enjoy the moment :)

Dreams do come true,  Sam

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wholesale Welcomed For Local Businesses in Hawaii and Mainland!

A L O H A,

Thanks for taking the time to browse my shop! 3rd Ave Shore is a line I created in 2009 of all Hawaiian, beachy, tropical, surf and vintage inspired wall decals. What started as a dream, has turned into my dream full-time job! All of my items are handmade {in the U.S.A.} with aloha from my home in Kailua, Hawaii. All items are one of a kind and and are created by a passion driven company.

If you have a storefront shop, I invite you to open a wholesale account with 3rd Ave Shore. Pictures show how to expect your beautifully packaged items. This company has many followers, with a fan base growing daily on Facebook and a wonderful website that has received thousands of visits.

As a wholesale account of 3rd Ave Shore you'll be able to shop as a normal buyer, choosing freely the designs you desire in your own color choices.....except you will have the advantage of wholesale pricing! How rad is that!?!?!?

3rd Ave Shore's ocean inspired wall art decals are the greatest way to spruce any wall! There is NO MESS: no paint cans, brushes, or stencils needed.

All decals are made with a MATTE FINISHED VINYL, to give a painted on look.

Also, all orders come with a step by step guide on applying your new home decor!

M A H A L O,
Please visit :

3RDAVESHORE?? For anybody who lives in the city or by the shore. NO discrimination around here. Come on in and check out all of 3rd Ave Shore's {} decals.

So your interested? Please convo the shop with your name, store location, site {if you have one} and we'll get stared :) Enjoy the Ride!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thank you for choosing handmade

A L O H A    
Just wanted to take a moment and thank you for supporting handmade {made in the U.S.A.}. Every time someone buys a handmade decal from 3rd Ave Shore, it allows myself to run a passion driven company and happily create swell & ocean inspired wall decals for your pad. Buying handmade is a conscious decision. In my personal life, I support handmade items that come from all over the world because it  supports the many talented people out there who are trying to get started with their business. I find the care and love taken in making everything I buy comes through when I get it. I feel a sense of extra worth and pleasure with each purchase knowing I have helped someone get one step closer to their dream. Supporting each other is after all the most rewarding gift we can give each other. 
Here is some insight from SuzyJack {contemporary Eco friendly paper}: Why should one buy handmade?  Because normally, buying handmade does not require fighting for a parking space, having your ears pierced by blaring holiday music, walking around in a daze under fluorescent lights, fighting to push a shopping cart with one bad wheel, or having a cashier you don't know ask for your phone number and zip code.
And one last thing......Because handmade items are what your Great Great Grandma used to buy.
Nicly put :)  Once again, a very warm mahalo (thank you in Hawaiian) for choosing 3rd Ave Shore's handmade wall decalsSam

"Choosing handmade is choosing a slower way of life, one rooted in tradition and creative expression." ~ Cathi McMurray

Monday, February 28, 2011

Get Inspired & Go for It!

Did you happen to catch the Oscars last night?  Ted and I were in and out of it (basically going from ESPN and back to the awards) but I was so happy to catch (Kirk Baxter) advise his daughter during his acceptance  speech : “To my daughter, Bronte, find something you truly love doing and great things can happen...." 
1985 @ Grandma's pool
  I just had to smile, because growing up I was always encouraged by my family to do the my mom reminded me often : "Sam, there is nothing you can not do. Thank God everyday for your mind because it is the most powerful organ He gave you."

I hear this in the back of my mind quite often and it has turned into my natural filter when I come across a "no" or when  a thought of "there is no way this will work.."  In the business world.

I encourage Y O U to do the things you most love and everything will fall into place.
3rd Ave Shore was truly built out of a dream.  I always new I wanted to work for myself and produce a quality product from  my love for the sea to the world.  It has grown much bigger then just that now, I am now servicing the community with business storefront designs....and often encouraging other new entrepreneurs "If you build it, they will come." and loving very minute of it.

Trust me you have BIG talents and the rest of us are just waiting patiently to see them bloom :)  May this little blog post awaken the child dreams in you!  Please keep 3rd Ave Shore posted on your progress, I'd  love to design a logo/decal for you for free to help get the word out there about YOUR talents.

Along the way, don't forget to enjoy the ride.....

Sam Hardin

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