19 August 2014

Framed Vintage Learn-To-Draw Prints

 Last week I posted about some vintage learn-to-draw charts for kids that I found on The Graphics Fairy site. 

I've been wanting to replace the oversized black and white toy photos in the playroom for a while now- I haven't been super happy with the way they printed out.

Plus I've gotten tired of them and have been wanting something that looks a little bit nicer while still being completely kiddish. Once I found these learn-to-draw printables I knew they'd be perfect in the playroom. 

I knew I wanted to print them up oversized to fit the large Ikea frames. But it was tricky at first to figure out how I was going to do that. When you download these they don't fill a whole sheet of printer paper; only half of it. 

I decided I also wanted to fit more than one chart on a page so after downloading them, I took a screen shot of each of the four charts I wanted to use, that way they'd be an image and I'd be able to edit them in PicMonkey. Then in PicMonkey I chose the "Design" option and since I had no idea how many pixels my final prints needed to be in order to be enlarged and not come out blurry, I just took a wild guess and went with 2000 x 3000. (It ended up being pretty good- they are slightly blurred if you get close to them but not in a way that bothers me at all). 

So anyway in PicMonkey I paired the two bird prints together on one page, and the frog and dog prints together on another page. Then I just saved those two images to my desktop and uploaded them to Staples print center and ordered each of them printed up in one of their engineering print sizes. (I went with the 24"x36".)

Once I got them back from Staples, I realized that the images on the pages were too large to fit within the borders of the mats that go with the frames I'd be putting them in. I hadn't used the mats with the super hero and princess prints but now that I was switching things out I wanted to use the mats again. Plus I hadn't printed up the learn-to-draw charts in a large enough size to fill the whole frame without the mat. But I was able to make it work by just taping the prints on top of the mats, that way it just looked like they had a thinner mat. I measured around the whole thing really well before taping it down to make sure it was all even.  

And here they are framed and hung. 

I love how these look.

The best part is these only cost me a total of $7.00 for the two prints. Not a bad price to pay for two huge pieces of art! 

14 August 2014

Vintage Learn-To-Draw Images

 I found these vintage learn-to-draw charts at The Graphics Fairy the other day and I think they are so sweet! 

There are more in this post on The Graphics Fairy site. 

I think they are super cute so I've got plans for some of these! 

08 August 2014

Anthro Goodness

 Sourcing items for a client e-design project lead me to this pillow at Anthropologie, and now I can't stop thinking about it-

I'm trying to think where I'd want to put it because I've quickly become obsessed. 

There's a lot more great stuff where that came from- here's what else I'm lusting after at Anthro:

{I think it would be so cute to plant a succulent in one of these!}

This next one's way beyond my budget for a candy jar so I'm sure I'll never own it. But it doesn't hurt to admire it...

06 August 2014

Cheap & Pretty Way to Plant Succulents

 I've discovered a really inexpensive way to satisfy my urge to have pretty greenery every where without spending a lot of money. 

Walmart sells tiny succulents in their garden center for between $2.50-$4.00. I get the $2.50 size so that I'll be spending as little as possible. But lets face it, it's usually not the plant itself, but what you're going to put it in, that ends up costing the most. But that's what's great about little succulents like these- you don't have to buy an actual planter pot for them. Since they're small it's easier to get creative. I bought a little succulent for $2.50 at Walmart and then planted it in a small bowl that I found for $1.00 in the kitchen section at Target. (I'm pretty sure it's suppose to be a cereal bowl.)

Actual planters in this type of modern style are a lot more money than what this bowl cost. 

I think it would be so pretty to do this with a vintage bowl too, maybe something with a nice print. Now I want to scour thrift stores for cheap china! 

05 August 2014

Today's Target Impulse Buy

 I passed this pillow in Target today and right when I saw it my only thought was "Yes, you're coming home with me." 

I couldn't resist the studs and sequins combo. Plus I love how dark and moody it is. 

The pink and black pillows I recently got from Joss and Main have taken up permanent residence on my bed. They just look too good there to not let them stay. 

This newest couch pillow now has me feeling even more pressure to hurry up and make a decision about fabric for a couple of the other pillows on the couch. I've been wanting the pillows to stand out more, and this new one looks so good that I'm now feeling really impatient to get the other ones looking just as fab. All while keeping in mind how they'll look on a new couch (which I'm taking my time to pick out). 

01 August 2014

Splish Splash

School starts back up soon so we're spending a few days out of town with the kids. Our entire objective: hang at the hotel by the pool. 

Naturally my weekend has me loving all the pool photography on Etsy. I always try but somehow my iphone just never captures a pool the way these people can. 

These make me want to rub on my sunscreen and jump in the pool. {And maybe break out my wallet and buy some art first.} Have a great weekend! 

31 July 2014

A Sponsor Thanks

 Goodbye July. How fast you went. 
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