DIY

i’m more of a giver

Well, friends, we’ve reached that time after Christmas where every blogger, YouTuber, and humblebragger on social media is starting to share what they got for Christmas. Because I am more of a giver (and because I’m pre-writing this and Christmas hasn’t actually happened yet), I’m going to share a gift that I gave this year instead.

Earlier in the month, I received an email from the friendly people at Photowall. They asked if I would like to try one of their products. I saw that they offered canvas prints from your own photos and I knew my roommate mom has been wanting to get a few of my photos printed on canvas to hang in the house. to clarify – my photos meaning photos i’ve taken, not photos of me. even though both would be excellent additions to our walls.

I started a fact-finding mission to see which photo she would order first if she were to place an order. She chose one of my personal favorites so I was excited to get it ordered.

 

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i call this one my bestseller

 

The ordering process is really easy. You upload your photo, choose a size, make sure it gets cropped where you want it and then click the order button. The only thing I found was that the smallest size was 15 inches by 15 inches. It worked for me, but if you were looking for an 8×10, that’s not going to work and also, if you’re trying to use a picture from your phone, it might not be able to be blown up that big. Just something to consider.

I should also mention that if canvases aren’t your thing, they also offer wallpaper. I’m not cool enough for an accent wall, nor do I have the patience to hang wallpaper, but if I was/had more patience I’d take one of every design.And there’s alot of them. You could even have one of your photos made into wallpaper if that’s what floats your boat. I’ve already decorated my (imaginary) future children’s rooms. Every wall can be an accent wall, right? Thankfully, my (imaginary) future husband is handy and has the patience of a saint.

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for the blanche deveraux in your life.

Shipping was fast. Like, really fast. The company is based in Sweden and it took 3 days to get to my house. I’ve ordered things from Florida that took longer than that to get to me.

I also ordered the DIY frame kit because otherwise, it just comes as a rolled piece of canvas. I guess you can then frame it in a traditional frame, but then what’s the sense of canvas? Please tell me because I’m always looking for new ideas for displaying my photos. DIY sends a chill down my spine, but I figured go hard or go home.

bed photos. so profesh.

The wood frame has sticky pieces which gives the canvas something to hold on to so it could wrap. If I wasn’t doing this on my bed, I’m sure it would have taken about half the time it actually did. That being said, start to finish, the whole process took about 45 minutes and that’s with having to unstick the canvas and reposition it and having to unscrew the whole thing and reposition the corners. The best part? NO EXTRA TOOLS NEEDED. #praisebe.

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The canvas gets tighter as the frame comes together and you screw in the brackets. The whole process made me feel like Bob Villa.

And voila!

And I only broke one nail. But to be fair, I’ve been trying to grow them out after getting my powder gel removed so they aren’t in tip-top shape.

Now for the fun stuff – Photowall isn’t paying me for this post, but they did send me this goodness for free (don’t tell my mom!). They’re also giving me a coupon code so that YOU can get 20% off your order! Are you as excited as I am? Because you should be.

My (first ever!) coupon code is asplashofmimosacampaign2017. It expires on January 31, 2018, which gives you plenty of time to browse the site and place an order! (i don’t get any kickbacks if you make a purchase so no pressure! and even if i did, no pressure.)

If discounts weren’t cool enough, the company is super environmentally conscience and with every purchase, they work with VI Agroforestry to help plant trees in East Africa. It’s a win-win.

What’s the best gift you gave this year? Or ever?

Hope your holidays were filled with love, laughter and lots of cookies!

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DIYDS: how to wrap a coffee mug

I’m not the most crafty person in the world nor am I the most patient. Especially when I know how I want something to look and when it doesn’t come out that way, I usually just throw my hands up and find a spot for my unfinished project to collect dust. Go hard or go home, amirite?

There are times, however where things just come together nicely and, frankly go my way. Like that time I shared my instawall project. Which, by the way, I still love and wish I had my own place and could cover every wall with it.

Then there are the times when I have no choice but to power through and just get it done. This is one of those times. Ever since starting this blog, I am more apt to look to other people’s blogs for ideas, how to’s, and personal experiences (esp. when I’m planning a trip) when Googling. I want people to come here for the same reason, not just for my incessant ramblings about plus size shopping, being single and Harry Styles. But by all means, come for those things too!

Anyway, I’m here today to share a how-to. I love a good how-to, or as I like to call them, Do It Ya Damn Self (DIYDS – because if you want it done right…). This is a fun one and suuuuper useful. Ladies and gents, I now present:

HOW TO GIFT WRAP A COFFEE MUG

You’re probably thinking “Martina, you don’t gift wrap coffee mugs, silly” or even “a gift bag and some tissue paper works.” And in both cases, I’d scoff and say “taking the easy way out, are we?”

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Step One: have a boss who is anal – super anal. But one that also doesn’t want/ know how to do these things for themselves. Or one who is kind of obsessed with finding things for you to do for them instead of letting you help your other co-workers. (too specific? probably.)

Ok, so your super anal boss has called you into their office and tells you that they need you to wrap some end of year gifts for the upcoming staff meeting (graduation is in May, so things are winding down). Three sweatshirts and three blankets. No problem, easy peasy.

Step Two: have an inkling that something else is coming down the pike. You’re almost finished with the blankets and sweatshirts and they’re getting that look in their eye.

You know the one – it looks like they’re going to ask you to do something you’re going want to say no to but they’re the boss and know you won’t say no to them. step 2.5 is not smacking the look right off their face because you have an online shopping “issue” and need the stupid paycheck.

Step Three: let SAB (super anal boss) know that you’re done with the blankets and sweatshirts. Also, be patient when they ask you more than twice which one is for the male recipient and which is for the female recipients. (floral paper for the girls, bright green for the boy. i mean, really?)

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Step Four: Wipe look of disgust off your face when SAB asks if you could wrap these eight(!) mugs. Mention that last year you used tissue paper to wrap them (because it’s quick and easy.) Make sure eyes don’t roll when they say “oh, I don’t have tissue paper, just use the wrapping paper”.

Step Five: Take a selfie showing said disgust.

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With any luck, your boss will leave the office for a few, so you can take advantage of their absence and your hot pink lipstick and snap a sanity saving selfie.

Step Six: Be overly cheery when SAB comes back and asks if you’re doing OK. “Yep! Great!” *dies a little inside*

Step Seven: Figure out how to actually wrap a coffee mug. Personally, I put it on its side, rolled the paper around it, taped it down, and then somehow folded the top and bottom and taped that down too.

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Step 8: Give SAB options by wrapping one in paper and one with just ribbons. Pray that they’ll say the ribbon one is fine, but know deep down that they won’t.

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Step Eight: Resign yourself to the fact that you will be spending all morning wrapping mugs. FOR. THE. LOVE. OF. GOD.

Step Nine: Try (again, for the 603682686th time) to not claw SAB’s eyes out when they look at your finished products and ask they there be more “curly things” on the “flat side” of the mug. WHAT EVEN IS THE FLAT SIDE OF A MUG? THE TOP? WHERE THE PAPER IS CAVING IN? THE SIDE? WHEEEEEREEEEE?

Step Ten: Finish (finally!). Try not to laugh when SAB tells you they look really good.

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Even Stevie Wonder knows they look like garbage but, thanks!

And there you have it – how to wrap a coffee mug in just 10 easy steps! I hope this helps!

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