Friday, March 22, 2019

Canvas Factory

Marriage to an oil painter, means living in an art gallery with an ever changing stream of paintings to display on our walls.

You can see more of Steve's work at Steve Cook Studio.

I was hesitant at first when I was approached by Canvas Factory for a collaboration and Giveaway. 

Steve has never done prints of his paintings - as his "manager", I have always felt that when a painting is purchased, the owner shouldn't see it in other homes or businesses. 

Yet there have been paintings, such as "Old, But Not Forgotten, that sold and I wish we still owned a copy.

We thought this would be a great opportunity to try a print and chose to have Canvas Factory make a print of a recent painting, Full Moon Over Avalon - a wonderful memory of a family reunion on Catalina Island last fall.

We couldn't be happier with the result - a smaller version and remarkably similar in color.

The Canvas Factory website is super easy to navigate and I love that you can choose between canvas, acrylic or metal.

 I wonder how this favorite pic of our grandson would look on metal?

Uploading a pic was simple - and believe me, I have used some sites where uploading a pic was not intuitive and I gave up in frustration.

I chose the Gallery Wrap because that is often what Steve does with paintings - he doesn't frame paintings that are for sale so he continues the painting around the edges for hanging in our home.

The turn around with Canvas Factory was quite speedy - I placed my order on March 10 and received the print on March 15.

The print is sitting in the guest room ready for me to package and send to my cousin Vicki who spent all her summers on Catalina Island.

Canvas Factory will give away 1 photo print of your choice - all you have to do to enter is leave a comment - USA and Canada residents only for the Giveaway.

I will assign each comment a number and use Random. Org generate a random integer. 

The winner will be announced on the blog on April 1.

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I was provided a print of my choice to write the review - all opinions about the product are my own.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Easter Pinterest Challenge

Through Instagram, I have met a fun bunch of bloggers who like to join together for blog hops and Pinterest challenges. 

This month we are doing an Easter Pinterest Challenge hosted by Cindy of County Road 407.

Our inspiration is a beautiful Easter table setting created by Instagrammer Lisa of @asimplystylednest.

I don't have a dough bowl, but my wooden heart shaped bowl makes a fun substitute.

I also have a bunch of chalk eggs that usually sit in my wire chicken basket in the spring.

 I had excelsior on hand along with a few Easter embellishments so I just needed to choose a bunny.

While looking for all my Easter decor in the attic, I came across this little green bunny and thought he might look cute in the centerpiece.

Then one day strolling down Main Street, I popped into a favorite shop and came across this character.

This little bunny hopped into my bag too.

Alas, they are hanging around waiting for me to decorate for Easter because another cutie stole my heart.

He is definitely not a bunny dressed formally in his waistcoat and bow tie.

Once Mr. Rabbit arrived, the fun began.

I gathered dishes, napkins, flatware, etc. to create the table setting - my Pfaltzgraff Pistoulet plates are the closest I could come to spring.

It will be just the two of us this year for Easter so it will be a simple table setting.

For a little Easter touch, rosemary from the garden is tucked into wire baskets and as luck would have it, the chocolate Easter eggs from See's Candy match the dishes perfectly.

Grapevine wreaths used as chargers add a rustic touch to the table.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge

and I hope you check out all the other blogs to see what everyone created from the inspiration photo.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Seeing Green

Welcome to the Sharin' o' the Green blog hop hosted by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

If you're following along in order, then you have just been visiting Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles - she has such a fun style.

I love "hopping" with this group of women, but I was hesitant at first to join the in because I don't decorate with much green.

A day spent in my garden filled with green and colorful blooms made me realize that I do use green in our house.

Flowers and greenery are my go to decor element for adding color to the house. 

A few blooms snipped from the garden led to simple changes in the entry.

The little pitchers looked cute lined up in a row, but on a visit to play with our grandson last week,

 I was finally able to claim this sweet bread board an Instagram friend has been holding for me since November.

I prefer fresh flowers, but sometimes faux are all I have on hand - Steve commented that he liked the tulips in the entry so I guess I fooled him.

 Green was easy in the living room with the new bistro chairs.

The red bucket was moved from the chairs to the coffee table and I scoured the house for green decorating books.

It appears that most of my decor books are red, white and blue - I was only able to find a few green books.

The finishing touch was to recreate the flower arrangement from one of my favorite paintings.

The scale remains on the hallway table - I simply removed the February hearts 

and replaced them with some of my clock collection.

The guest room is an easy place to add green.

I don't know the name of the tree that hangs over our fence, but the greenery lasts for ages and pairs well with dried roses.

I went simple on my old typewriter with sheet music and more greenery from the tree -  I don't have Irish eyes, but Steve and the kids do.

I changed up the old door by hanging a favorite straw bag and tucking a green book in with the flowers.

My vintage hospital cart, which is serves as a desk, got an update - hopefully next week I'll have a chance to post about why those particular books are on display.

There is green tucked into vignettes all around the house, but the rain is gone, the sun is shining and all those sprouts are ready to be planted.

It's time to say goodbye to the green green hills of Ventura

and head to Petite Haus to see how Angelina incorporates green into her lovely French country style.

Be sure to check out all the other great blogs on the hop.