Friday, August 29, 2014

New Prints and A Way to Hang Them


A few weeks ago I found some neat prints to purchase from the Caravan Shoppe.  I've posted here before about some other downloads I've purchased and my experience with them.  They sure have some cute work.


This one is currently hanging in my basement, but may find a new home.  The lighting is low down there and there is no sun today so the pictures are a bit grainy.


How to go about printing and hanging...always something to think about.  I took the files over to the UPS store on a jump drive.  The store in Columbus near us is VERY helpful!  I had the posters printed smaller than the large size they come in (36"x48") for two reasons: to reduce cost of the printing and I really didn't want a huge poster. 
Mine is about 17" x 24".  Which then leads to how to hang it?  It won't fit in standard poster frames...


I stumbled upon this while my girls were looking for Frozen posters at Walmart.  Any body else have kids that are CRAZY about that movie?!  The poster hanger consists of two plastic pieces to hang on the top and bottom of the poster and a little clear tab that sticks on the top to hang it from.  You just slide the poster in....well....not exactly. The pieces are waaaayyyyy too tight to slide these in without tearing them.  And, they are too long.


So, I measured and cut them to size with my Dremmel, using the cutting wheels that came with it.  That went pretty well.  Then I used all those annoying cards you accumulate in your wallet to slide on to the piece to widen it slightly so I could slide the poster on to it.


Moving about 1/2" to 1" at a time I slid the plastic frame pieces on.



This one will be hanging in my 14 y/o daughter's room.   She's pretty happy with it.  Obviously, she's an avid reader.

These posters cost about $10 to print at the UPS store.  You can get them printed for less if you choose blueprints at a place like Staples, but they would be on very light weight paper.  I love the weight of these I had done; a little heavier than posters you buy in a store. The poster hangers were $3 each. 

I also picked up this free print the day I shopped at the Caravan Shoppe.  It was printed just on cardstock at the UPS store for about 38 cents.  I don't have a picture of it as I sent it with one of my girls.


And, then I picked up this one.  It makes me smile and is a good reminder when my mental list and expectations get too big and long!  


Anyone else have that problem?!

Friday Finds with Kim Klassen


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Texture Tuesday: Fresh :: Local

We do garden, but our fresh grocery list still need supplementing.  We made a few trips to the small Farmer's Market here in town before our garden kicked in and I hope to get there again now this fall. 

Our garden is sooooo full of weeds you would never know that there is produce hiding in there!

After our first visit we snapped a few pictures of the sugar snap peas we picked up before we devoured them within minutes of getting home.

I just wanted to give a plug to fresh and local wherever you are!

“Texture

I used Kim's texture "2810" desaturated on the above image.  It's one of my favorite textures of hers.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Woodland Fairy Garden


One of my daughter's 4-H projects this year was to create a fairy garden.


This has become a pretty popular project according to all the fairy gardens you can see online and all the entries we've seen at the two fairs we attended.  The state fair last year had quite a few entries also.


The pot could only be 12 inches in diameter so that kept the garden fairly small.  


The kids could buy accessories for the garden so I figured it was okay then if her sisters and I helped her make accessories. 


 A board cut to the shape of a house was simply "shingled" with pieces from a pine cone.  Hot glue was used instead of nails....


Cut up twigs made the little fence. Moss cut to the shape of a hobbit door was glued onto the cottage with a pebble used as a knob.


A milkweed pod and branch were used for the hanging swing.


The little fairy was fashioned from the inside of the pine cone that was deconstructed for the cottage roof shingles and then a tiny acorn from the tree in our front yard became her head.  Along with a little dried sphagnum moss for her hair and she was done.


The wreath was made from the wire vine planted in the little garden and the path are dark rocks selected from our lane.

She received a blue ribbon for her garden as the plants should have all been houseplants...so it goes.  It's been growing now inside for weeks so we will see if it lasts through the winter.

Wouldn't it be fun to make a large one for your outside garden?  This one was certainly economical using almost all found nature items for the accessories!

I'm linking up today with Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tank Garden Update


This year I haven't made too many changes to the tank garden and the only new to me plant was spider plants.  I hope to save the seeds from them and plant them again next year however in the back of the garden somewhere as they have gotten quite tall!

I depended on a lot of volunteers to fill spaces as I didn't get to too many garden places.
 
 


 

 I have hopes and plans to renovate my other garden spots this fall, boy do they need work.  We'll see how it goes...
I took all these pictures in July and already quite of few things are waning.  I'm anxious for the two mums to bloom and add some fresh color!




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