DIY Giant Botanical Framed Prints (For $50!)

By | Craft & Create | 6 Comments

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I have learned over the years that scale is everything when it comes to well, everything, but especially for wall art. Big walls call for big art, with no excuses. I’m always on the hunt for things to fill my walls, but budget often keeps me from achieving my big-scale dreams. That’s why I pull out all the tricks to fill my walls with great stuff—all done in a very inexpensive way. We did something similar with the prints of the boys in our entryway. Same process!

Ready for the step-by-step? I swear this will be the easiest thing you’ve ever done in your life.

1.) Download your art files. I’ve got them ready and sized perfectly for you! Just click the link and “Save Image As” to your Desktop. They should save at their original size (which is huge—perfect for the large scale printing we will be doing).

Botanical 1

Botanical 2

2.) Now Staples.com to save the day! You will need the 24″ x 36″ Engineering Prints, located here.  Once on the page, click “Get Started” to begin processing your images for printing.

DIY Giant Botanical Art

3.) Upload both of the files you downloaded off the botanical art links above.

DIY Giant Botanical Art

4.) Once uploaded, you will need to adjust your settings in the left-hand column. First, let’s adjust the orientation from Landscape to Portrait. 

DIY Giant Botanical Art

5.) Now, let’s adjust the size, which is listed under “Media” in the left hand column. It will default to the smallest size. We need to change it to the middle 24″ x 36″ size. The images you downloaded have already been sized (thank you Aaron!) perfectly for that size print.

6.) Add to cart, then purchase! It will typically take 24 hours for your prints to be ready, but every Staples location is different. You will pay around $4 (!!!) for each print.

7.) Time to frame! I like the black RIBBA frames from IKEA in the largest size. 24″ x 35 3/4″ for $19.99, article number 903.016.21. Your print should fit perfectly inside. Some trimming may be needed, but it should be pretty close!

DIY Giant Botanical Art

DIY Giant Botanical Art

Now step back and enjoy your handiwork!

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2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

xo,

emily

Also, just a little note to say thank you so much for all of the kind words you left on my Biggie post (do you see him above?). It’s been so comforting to read and I’ve gone back a few times to re-read your comments. It’s been hard, but life and our boys has been keeping us busy and distracted. A big comfort has been finding little ways to honor him as time moves on. 

Remembering Biggie

By | The Brothers May | 17 Comments

Me & The Boo

My little Biggie passed away unexpectedly and very suddenly on Tuesday night. It’s hard to believe I would ever have to write such a thing, but here we are. I’ve been wanting to eulogize him in some way. To make a little shout to the world that he was here and he mattered. Biggie – you mattered. Especially to Aaron and I.

When Biggie and I met, we were both a mess. He was a product of a puppy farm, not even a pound, with a bad heart, rickety knees and crooked ankles. I was in my early 20’s, probably a little too hungover a lot of the time, in debt, a bad relationship and just generally was lost in who I was and where I was going. And I wasn’t sure anyone cared.

But Biggie cared.

If you’ve met Biggie, you know that he had the best temperament. Chihuahuas have a reputation of being yappy and aggressive but Biggie was none of those things. He loved strangers, kids and other dogs. He loved big dogs—the bigger, the better. He brought joy to anyone he met, and quickly made himself comfortable on the nearest warm lap. He loved peanut butter spoons, running through the yard and laying in the sun. He had a weird affinity for hair on stuffed animals. He once jumped with wild abandon off the back of a boat. On his birthday, I always let him ride with his head hanging out the window.

But most of all, he brought me joy and peace and love. (Biggie – I hope I helped you as much as you helped me.) Later, as I got older and life became better (Aaron! Kids! Stability!), Biggie played a new role. He was our comfort and routine. He slept between Aaron and I, his favorite spot in the crook of Aaron’s back. He stayed next to me as I struggled with newborn twins and later, those middle of the night nursing sessions with Otto. He was always by my side, sometimes with his paw on my leg or buried beneath my blanket.

When Biggie was younger at around 3, a vet who lacked some tact, after listening to a murmur in Biggie’s heart, deadpanned to me, “This dog will die of congestive heart failure.” And we tiptoed around the fact for many months, waiting for the worst to happen. But then months turned into years, and after several uneventful routine checks, we sort of released our grip on that fear. We went on road trips, played on the beach and more. He was about to turn 11 this year, so one of the tiniest comforting things out of all of this how much “extra” time we got with him.

All of that bonus time meant he got to be the best dog brother to our kids. And he was the best with them. Patient, kind and gentle. He worked hard to keep out from under their feet, but was quick to jump up beside them to poke around. He loved stealing hot dogs out of their hands. They don’t really seem to notice he’s gone yet and this kind of bothers me. It’s unsettling to think he could just disappear from their memory so easily. I don’t know.

I was with him when he passed, and while it was an absolutely horrifying experience for Aaron and I, I am glad I was with him and could hopefully comfort him in some little way. A very good guess is congestive heart failure, but I’m too afraid to Google any further.

For the first time in nearly 11 years, there is no Biggie in the house. No greeting at the door. No companion while I use the bathroom. No jingle of the collar. It’s the strangest, saddest thing. I’ve kept his food bowls out because I’m not sure I believe this all yet and just maybe he’ll come back and want something to eat. I know that sounds strange but that’s where I’m at.

Biggie – I hope I was enough for you. You were everything to me. 

We love you.

Emily (and Aaron)

Biggie

Biggie

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Our 2017 Holiday Home Tour

By | Room Makeovers, Wallace Woods House | 3 Comments

Everyone was randomly out of the house one weekend morning so I shoved all the toys into an unseen corner and got out my camera! I love being able to look back at Christmas decorations from year to year. I don’t know if that’s a weird blogger behavior, but it’s been so neat to see! Especially as we have moved from house to house. Here’s my Christmas decor from 2016, 2015 and 2011 (omg!).

Overall, this year, I wanted to KEEP. IT. SIMPLE. I usually go all out with glitz, tablecloths, lights and more but just didn’t have it in me this year. I love how it turned out—and here we are almost Christmas and I’m not getting that urge to clear it all out like I normally do! A nice change!

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

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