I am so excited to say that I finally experimented with the engineering prints from Staples. In a word AWESOME!!!! Seriously the possibilities are endless! For those that are not aware, if you ever want to make a huge picture enlargement for cheap go to Staples.com, then go to engineering prints and download the photo you want to enlarge. They have three sizes to choose from 18x24 for $1.79, 24x36 $3.59, or 36x48 for $7.29. The quality isn't perfect, but I like the not perfectness of it. I already have a project I want to do using the engineering prints in the kids rooms, more on that later. The project I did yesterday was enlarging a picture I had taken of a horse down the road from us. I wasn't sure what size to get, so I ordered all three. The 36x48 is huge. I was hoping to use that one, but it was too large for above the mantel, so I went with the 24x36. I had to cut it down some to fit in the frame I have, but here it is.
Again I know I need a camera, but my Iphone will have to do for now.
So I love it. It is my favorite piece for the mantel to date.
I wanted to share some Spring touches I have added around here. I had to do something Springy because the weather here is all Winter. So over it.
I got this little bird picture at Goodwill, I thought it was cute and happy. My Sister in Law got me this sea urchin from the Nate Berkus line at Target. We don't have a Target here, so I was pretty excited. Love it!
She also got me a couple other things from Nate's line. The silver shell, and black and white picture frame. Love it all!
This is the whole mantel.
It's a little more cluttered than I usually do, but digging it!
Sorry I haven't had any posts for awhile. We went to kind of Sunny Florida for a couple of weeks.
Last summer I was loving all the pictures I was seeing on Pinterest and Blogs that had Kelly green in them. This is one I remember crushing on.
I was like I must have that color in my life. I have always loved that color because I love St. Patrick's day, and it's one color that I actually don't think I look terrible in. I got in the van, picked up my Mom, and was on my way to Jo Ann fabrics. I told her I wanted to put Kelly green curtains in my newly designed porch. She thought that sounded really ugly, but I was determined. I got the material, with coupon in hand, I think the material was like $15.00. It is a green satin, but I think I like the other side of the material better. It is a matte green, as opposed to shiny. I raced home, and ran to the porch and started placing them up there to get a feel what it would look like. This is what I saw.
It was getting towards the end of summer then, so I decided I would wait to put them up till this spring/summer. I don't know why, but my enthusiasm sort of died down once I got them. It is something to look forward to though. FYI.. We don't use the porch in the winter, because it costs to much to heat this room full of windows, with oil prices through the roof.
I was thrilled when I saw that green was the Pantone color of year. I think it will be a pleasant change in there. Can't wait to get my paws on the porch again, and can't wait for warmer weather!
I thought I would do a quick post to share some of my birthday presents, and a couple new things around the place. I will not say how old I turned, but if you can count all the candles you are a winner.
I got some beautiful flowers delivered on my special day, from my special family!
My oldest son got me this book! He knows his Mamma so well, and I love that! That bookmark is so sweet!
I also changed out my big turquoise beauty and the beast chalkboard. I just wanted to rustic stuff up around here, don't know if it's permanent.
My try at Valentines art. Hmmmmm good for now.
I also changed out the red cross art on the ledge shelf going down the stairs. I ordered a banner print from Walgreen's with one of my favorite pictures of my middle child. I would show the whole thing, but not a big fan of putting pictures of my kids online. It is so awesome. He is holding this huge frog that my husband found a couple of years ago. I plan on putting all the kids pics up there when I find the right pictures. They will replace the Ansel Adams print. I love the size, it's perfect. And I do believe that clock needs to be raised up an inch or so as well.
I know this is not a new idea, but it is brilliant and I love it! We made this the other day, using several of the tutorials that are online. I am so happy to be able to track the kids growth now. When I first moved in with Tom, he had tracked his daughters height growth on the wall, and luckily copied it on wax paper before we painted. We are now going to be able to track all the kids height young and older.
It fits perfectly in this spot. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!