Wednesday, April 17, 2013

My Bright Idea and a Free Canvas Deal


I've made a decision, the consequences of which are sure to reverberate through the ages. What once eluded me now seems entirely clear. It's fate, maybe. Or serendipity.

I'm making a gallery wall.

In the stairwell.

Did I just invent this idea?

What??? No???????

Is stairwell a proper word? Or am I channeling Mr. Carson agayne? (said with a long A) (oh wait, that's Canadian...)

As I've lamented, we have precious little wall space up in this nest. We're maxed out. Except for the stair...well? There's loads of space there. And it's partially visible from the living room. So, you know, win/win.

Think this. But there's a twist.

Bear with me. (I like to twist.)

I want to do all or most of it in canvas prints of our personal photos.

!!!!! ZING !!!!!

(You better be as excited about this as I am. The least you could do is pretend.)

True, I won't be able to bag this beast in a couple of weeks, or even months. BUT... We keep saying we want to enjoy more of our photos and I see deals at Canvas People all the live-long day. As in, they really want me to have this gallery wall. No otha explanation. I'll be able to chip away at it, deal-by-deal. Right now, they're giving away an 8 x 10 for free-eeee! (think Oprah) All you have to pay is shipping. It's a little bit'a extra cash well spent. (Also in that category: babysitters for date night, bi-monthly Hacienda chips and salsa, Butter Kek, fig or pomegranate candles from TJ Maxx, the occasional cooking magazine, tulips from Aldi.)

I've been kicking this around for a while and last night I started snooping around our ginormous electronic warehouse of pictures. It did my heart good, man. So I think I'm going to go way, way rogue and swing for a flower/farmy/cute kid theme. (No one's ever thought of that either, right? I'm entirely original, yes? No????)

Here are some contenders in the category, "Flower":

 


(This is reportedly Cory's favorite photo that I've ever taken. I find it kind of creepy. I must've been in a real mood that day.)





The nominees in the category "Farmy" are:





 And now, "Cute Kid":







Uh, yeah, I've barefly even started combing the archives. I could probably wall-paper the whole dang house in cute kid and flower pics. I'm sure much deliberation will ensue.

But I do know that I'll make sure to include this beaut. I still crack myself up over this. I daresay it was my finest hour. Email if you're interested and I'd happily send you the jpeg so you can have this sexy beast printed on canvas for yourself!


Click here to order your free canvas! This would make a fantastico Mother's Day gift, too. (Just make sure you order by April 25th if you're buying for your Mum.)


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46 comments:

  1. Oh, those flowers! Almost as beautiful as those cuties in the last several pictures.

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  2. with all your stinking good images, you need to come up with a digital canvas, like those picture frames! love this idea! but, why no food?

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  3. i swear I am never your first commentor and I try SO hard. grrrr!

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  4. Lilac, sunflowers, and ALL the cute kid pictures.

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  5. I want a 8x10 of your pretty face for sure : ). I think that it would be a nice addition to OUR stair pictures. I swear I am going to do that before the summer is over. It is my one goal. I have to do it. Or I will die.

    The kids are so cute. I want to hug them.

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  7. after months of hesitation, I tried your beloved butter kek. hesitation...because...well, shannan, you eat brussel sprouts. you like brussel sprouts. brussel sprouts are your beloved vegetable. and anyone who recommends a cookie whilst also recommending brussel sprouts...I can only assume the cookie? not so good. so, I hemmed and I hawed...and then I broke down and bought a box of butter kek. I've never been so happy to be wrong about assumptions made about a person who loves brussel sprouts in my live-long life. butter kek? so good. so unbelievably GOOD. why oh why are there only NINE butter kek in a box?!! I may or may not have eaten the entire box...taking one...and then another...until they were all gone. am I rethinking brussel spouts? no. not rethinking them. not now, not ever. but I do appreciate very much your adding butter kek to my life. much love for the butter kek! :0)

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    1. I'm so sorry...except I'm SO totally not sorry. Your life is changed, right?? I agree that it's terribly unfair that they come 9 to a box. My kids always fight over the Ferris Wheel. :)

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  8. The free 8x10 is a trick. As in Canvas People trick you into a free 8x10 and then it comes and you love it and think "I really need another one...but bigger!" And then you order a 16x20 and then it comes and you love it and want every photo you've ever loved printed on a 16x20 canvas. At least that's the way it worked with me.

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  9. I vote Farmy starting with #2 (wheat, or whatever). If you go with Flowers, please know that the photo Cory likes scares me. No offense.

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  10. Dreamy pictures of flowers and children. How do you choose?! I've spent the last two summers saying I'm going to do the gallery wall bit in my living room. Ha! My daughter says she's going to help me this summer. Ha! You do inspire me, but I know me. I can never decide on what I like so it doesn't get done.

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  11. Great idea! I have a gallery wall in my stairwell and love it.You have a lot of great pics~K.Marie

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  12. ...love it love it love it...do it do it do it...blessings laney

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  13. I love the idea of a stairwell gallery wall. Our entry is vaulted so we have A LOT of wall space we could fill. Not sure I want to tackle that yet.

    Love all your pics, even the last one. :)

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  14. i'm sighing a long sigh bc a gallery wall has been on my to do list forever. well, for a long time...months at least. :)
    the thing is...i have too many pictures to choose from and i want it to look as amazing as kasey's. hers is amazing...i have a stairwell, but it's not real visible like hers and maybe yours.

    oh, you've created such a dilemma for me..now I have gallery wall back on the brain.

    can't wait to see yours....i know it'll be fabulous.

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  15. Those shoes on the clothesline! Love, love, love. Can't wait to see what you come up with! You made me laugh out loud today :)

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  16. Yay! Thank you - I just ordered one of our maternity pics :)

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  17. Well I couldn't even finish reading your post...I clicked right away to Canvas People and ordered my 8x10 and ordered another one and it was free also!! May have been a mistake but all I'm paying is shipping on both! But we should warn people......Canvas is addicting!!! I also want just a wall of Canvas photos.....swoon...:)
    Thanks!!!!!

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  18. Ummm, have you ever thought about selling some of those pictures? Caused I am dying over some of the flower ones and would absolutely buy them!!!

    Miranda V.

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  19. Try www.artscow.com too! They send amaaaazing deals on canvas every-so-often. They have a great deal running until 4/28 on then now!

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  20. Even when you try to look dorky, somehow you're still cute.

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  21. thanks for passing that on!! Is that a picture with your oldest, why do I feel like I've never seen a picture of him before, anyways I loved that one, and all of them, and you!

    xo

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    1. Yes! It's obviously a couple years old. I just found it last night and LOVE it!!

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  22. thanks, just ordered my free 8x10 of my 3 grand girls!

    I am doing a gallery wall of the grands!

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  23. Love the idea/theme. You have some amazing pictures.Love the kid shoes on the line, the blue spigot,and the fence gate, and the dogwood flower.
    And now I know what to do for moms day! Thanks!
    Totally original #winkwink

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  24. I love this idea friend! :-) I especially love the shoes on the clothesline :-) but they're all amazing of course!

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  25. I have the same thing going on in my stairwell. Yes, it's a stairwell. I already have 3 of the free canvas' from Canvas People. Was waiting on the next offer. Thanks!! I always go with the cute kid pics. :)

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  26. Oh my goodness, you are a fabulous photographer!!! Why have I not noticed that before?? You should skip the gallery wall and definitely go with the wall paper idea, because, seriously, how're you gonna pick just a few???

    Was that Robert?? My heart skipped a beat on that one!!! Love Love Love Love!!! and you are one sexy beast rocking those 1970's glasses, letmetellya!!!

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  27. Very interesting.It looks very different.Thanks for sharing.

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  28. I use canvas people all the time. I love them. I love the sunflower, and the pick of your three kids.

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  29. I love the idea! Let's be honest there are no original ideas anymore but you are definitely making this one your own :) Question... How do you feel about someone printing one of your gorgeous flower photos for themselves? I absolutely love the lilac one and the pink one with the aqua table cloth just barely showing. I would love to print them and hang them in my home.

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  30. Cool! Love your pics :) Thanks for the link - I just ordered an 11" x 11" canvas of an instagram pic I took. Found your blog today through Dreamy Whites, by the way

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  31. you are hysterical.
    seriously.
    those glasses show up on The Americans.... yes they do.

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  32. I LURRRVE canvas people! Tanks to you, I made my kids do a photo session for me today so I can order one. There were only tears three times. Score! ;) Anyways, I'm positively certain your canvas wall is going to be the prettiest one I ever did see - but of course it's all because of your sexy face.

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  34. lol agayne....... I just said it to find out if it was true. It is.

    xo, Canadian Gal.

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  35. OMG you just had me laughing out loud!! And i really needed it today, thank you for that. lol Your great!

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  36. I guess it wasn't meant to be, I am reading back until I am fought up and now that its 2am the 25th is now yesterday. Last time they ran the special I couldn't decide and hemmed and hawed until time ran out so don't feel bad. Love.your.blog.

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  37. Photos are looking awesome.
    Amuse and more true that most people will ever seen those gorgeous flowers.

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