Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thistle and Poppy Innovative Picture Frames

When was the last time you saw a picture frame that was different. And out of the box. One that was cool and innovative?  That's exactly what  Thistle & Poppy has done with their new line of picture frames.

These frames are unlike any other on the market!!!!

They are called Snap Point Picture Frames, and they are comprised of a "base" and a "trim". You can shop the pre-designed sets or choose your own colors and shapes. All of their frames are individually handcrafted and they offer a variety of 15 colors, 10 base shapes and 19 trim styles making over 42,000 framing options.  And guess what? They just released a virtual frame designer on their website exclusively for the Snap Point PictureFrame line. Really, it couldn't be easier!!!

The base and the trim connect with embedded magnets, so you can just snap the trim off to change your photo.  Just like that, you can give your photo a whole new look! You don't even need to remove the frame from the wall to change your photo! It's so easy.

Each base has two hooks on the back, so you can display it vertically or horizontally, as well as little pegs on the back to keep them even on the wall. 

Thistle & Poppy also offers easels for the frames, in case you'd like to display your photos on a table or shelf. Thistle & Poppy also runs weekly frame giveaways on the Thistle & Poppy Facebook page.

Disclaimer: Product provided by Thistle & Poppy, but all opinions are my own
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PrintKEG Canvas Giveaway

UPDATED: AND the winners are.......

1. "Laurie Howard"
2. "Margaret Sharon"

I will be contacting you soon with information on PrintKeg and how to get your canvas!

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway! A special thanks to PrintKEG for sponsoring the giveaway!

Disclaimer: PrintKEG offered to give me  a free canvas, as a way to try their products and three (3) of Tales from Bloggeritaville readers the same,  in return for letting you know about their printing services. The information regarding PrintKEG printing options was provided by PrintKEG. Any opinions expressed are my own.
Today,  the folks over at Printkeg have offered up a free matte canvas print to not just one but THREE lucky readers of Tales from Bloggeritaville. Even better than that, the winner can choose from any of their available sizes. 

Y'all probably know that I'm a photographer, and was delighted when they also extended their offer to me so that I could try their product, I had a tough time narrowing down my decision to one photo, but I did. I chose a picture that to me, is so peaceful and serene. It was taken on a trip last August to the Great Smoky Mountains. I stayed in Townsend in a cabin and daily passed this particular beautiful little farmstead.  

It made me think of similar times, perhaps some big family sharing that quaint little home.  And they had a strong family connection because of it. Their hardships proved to be the ties that bond them. It was the thing that gave them such strongly planted roots. I pictured them gathered around the table at suppertime, holding hands praying grace before their meal. True, I have a vivid imagination. I'm not afraid to admit I'm a dreamer. But I digress.

One day, as I passed, the sun was setting and its setting just painted the landscape in a opaque pink wash. The scene  became even more peaceful and thought provoking. I pulled over and snapped a picture. 

It didn't take long after sending my picture off through the PrintKEG website that they printed and shipped my picture to me. It came in a huge box! 

I ordered the 16 inch size to fit on the wall in my entry hall. 

It was almost perfect. Which I relayed to the folks at PrintKEG. But "almost perfect", well,  that wasn't good enough for them. They wanted me to be completely happy. They wanted to know what would make it "perfect". My gripe was minimal, aside from me actually owning the land, I just wished the grass hadn't printed as dark as it did in the photo canvas. 

The PrintKEG professional I worked with, Chris,  insisted that I let the professionals there work their magic and make the adjustments. In a short amount of time, This canvas arrived. It was the way I imagined that day. 

I was so impressed with the folks at PrintKEG and their commitment to quality and customer service and satisfaction. Its a company that I will use again in the future for their services. PrintKEG prints custom prints, posters, photographs, canvas wraps and more. They focus on small projects at very low prices with a mission of helping artists become successful entrepreneurs by being able to sell their work profitably.
Want a little more info on the folks at PrintKEG?...

Allow Me Introduce You to PrintKeg ….

• Do you have a special photo you want to put on canvas?
• Are you looking to create a unique birthday invitation or baby announcement?
• Do you want to print custom T-shirts for a special family trip or occasion?
PrintKEG prints custom flyers, posters/canvas, t-shirts, stickers, invitations, announcements, business cards, and much more. Create your own unique design to send to PrintKEG for printing. Or if you are looking for invitations and announcements or T-shirts, you can choose from a variety of PrintKEG designs. Here are some highlights:
— T-shirts: Choose from a variety of shirt styles and colors for men, women and kids, and order small family-sized quantities. Add your own, custom design or choose a predesigned PrintKEG image, then personalize the text.
— Cards/Invitations/Announcements: Create a one-of-a-kind baby shower invitation or birth announcement, birthday invitation, and much more. PrintKEG allows you to upload your own design, or choose one of theirs.
— Canvas: Have an extra-special photo printed on canvas. You can choose to have it sent to you rolled for framing at home, or as a stretched canvas, ready to hang when it arrives.
But that’s not all they can print. Check out everything you can get printed at PrintKEG!
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For a chance to try PrintKEG for yourself, enter to win … it’s easy!

PrintKEG has generously offered to give three (3) TFB readers a custom canvas from PrintKEG.
How to Enter:
— Leave a comment below letting us know what you would print on your canvas or where you would hang it in your home!
— Share about this giveaway on your facebook page by sharing the link to this post. 
*** IMPORTANT: Please be sure to leave a separate comment ON THIS PAGE for each action you perform. Only comments left on this page will be counted as entries, and each comment will count as a single entry. ***
Fine Print: No purchase is necessary to enter. A maximum of two entries per person will be accepted. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the continental U.S. ONLY. The contest period ends on Thursday, April 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Three (3) winners will be selected at random using and notified by e-mail; the winner will have 24 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. This giveaway is sponsored by PrintKEG. Prize will be sent via e-mail. Please allow 1-2 week for prize to be delivered. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Product Review: Portable Photography Backdrop Kit

I was recently asked if I would do a product review for The LA Shop. The LA Shop is an online market where one can purchase just about anything, from home d├ęcor items, to automobile supplies to toys and sportswear and everything in between. Seriously!

I chose the 8x10 ft Portable Photography Background Backdrop Stand Kit to review. I have been in the market for just such a stand. I wanted something light in weight, because inevitably hauling a big screen on location only makes for back problems and belly aches. I wanted something easy to assemble. And I wanted something that I wasn't tied down to in background choices. I wanted to be able to chose my own backdrops, and to be able to change out easily. It was a tall order to fill. Which is why I haven't invested in a screen, because I required one with all of those attributes. I was very skeptical of the screen from LA Shop, if it would be adequate.

I received the screen via mail a few days later. It came in a fairly large box. Inside was a carrying case (comes free with the kit) with all of the parts nicely packed inside.

The case was very lightweight, even with all the parts inside. I really liked that the case has built-in small pocket for instruments. Everything fits securely inside and doesn't shift around. It was very portable and convenient to anywhere. Check that off of my wish list. And that was a biggie!

Assembly. The screen itself only has 6 parts, which are the two stand supports and 4 bars which is the frame for a screen. Unfortunate for me, there were no instructions in the kit.

Sure, only 6 parts....but for someone like me, I need-no require- instructions. Fortunately, my husband was skilled enough to put it together in about 2 minutes. So easy.

Especially when someone else does it for you. :)
And that estimate was generous. It was probably much quicker than 2 minutes. After watching him do it, it seemed easy enough. The set up with smoothly, as was breakdown later (which I did myself, thank you very much).
The kit does not provide a backdrop, but I liked that. No cheesy Olan Mills backdrops. I wanted to be able to change out materials and textures. I have some burlap,  some black polyester and some white light blankets with much texture that I like to rotate in and out. For lighter weight fabrics, it will require a clamp to keep it in place. Today I chose a white blanket with some texture, it lay perfectly over the frame. The longer the fabric, the more space to "play", meaning your subject could actually stand on the backdrop if you would like. Speaking of a subject....

After some coercing (NOT) I found myself a model that works on the cheap
("Will Model for Food and Rent").

Sister Sledge has that posing bit down.
I really like this product! I am glad I was able to try the backdrop kit. It certainly fit my needs and  It will come in handy for senior portraits as well as events. It'll also come in handy in blogging for staging pictures. I can think of numerous situations in which I will use it. The only negative isn't really even a negative but more of a comment...I would've appreciated some clamps in the gear bag for securing backdrops and some instructions for people like me. Other than that, its worth its retail price, which is $69.99. And its a gem for any photographer on the go.
Thank you to The LA Shop for allowing me to try out your product!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day

My husband and I took our 2 youngest children to the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo.
We wanted them to be conscientious of the real meaning for Memorial Day.
It's a real eye opener...

We walked in silence and in observance of the sacrifices that these proud men and women,
our nations silent hero's, gave for our freedoms.

And as I walked I reflected upon these quotes...

The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree.  ~Thomas Campbell

They fell, but o'er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.
~Francis Marion Crawford

The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
~Minot J. Savage

It's important that we might never forget.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Dream Dog Park of Veteran's Park

This weekend my family checked out the new Beneful® Dream Dog Park in Alabaster, just ten minutes from our house. The Veterans Dream Dog Park, a $500,000 installation, was actually a "Prize" won by Alabaster resident Jenny Wilson,  in a contest sponsored by the Beneful dog food company. Jason Cameron from the DIY Network, was the visionary who designed the $500,000 park.

We took most of our pack to the park: Miley, Jeffery, Lucy and Charlotte all were treated to a day of fun (Jane couldn't go, she gets car sick and does not like other dogs so was happy for the alone time).

(Miley, pictured)

With the exception of Lucy and Charlotte, who were a little freaked out at all of the dogs (there were ALOT of dogs), our puppy's had a great time exploring and making new friends:

This little Chinese Crested, a hairless breed was just adorable in it's pink bow, and even more so when its male owner carried it across the area to play. Daddy's do love their babies!

The one-acre park is fenced off from the rest of Veterans Park. Within the dog park, boundaries separate the off-leash areas for small dogs and large dogs. Each area features a splash-pad for playing in the water or cooling off. A "senior sanctuary" allows older pets the opportunity to sit and enjoy the outdoors, and covered seating features picnic-style tables and benches.

A mural of a beach is "for the humans", one human parkgoer stated.  But the rest of the park is certainly , "For the dogs" !!! Nothing in the park is harmful to the dogs. The walking track is made of recycled rubber and the grass is a synthetic product. It's all  about safety.

Jack and this little puppy enjoyed watching the action of the big dogs on the other side of the fence:

After a bit of play, a cool shower feels good....

Miley found a look alike dog, it could easily be mistaken for one of our pack...

This guy (below) was a parent to many pups, like us. But he was also an excellent trainer.

We watched him for what seemed forever in training his pitbull. I can certainly say, one of the most well behaved, most disciplined dogs I have ever seen. The dog listened and obeyed every word its owner said.

From, "Jump through that hoop" then just before dog was to jump he would say "Wait" and the dog would stop on a dime..

... to playing fetch and throw the ball and the dog would wait for the command to retrieve.

Amazing! and owner alike enjoyed the park. Its truly an amazing place and we are so fortunate to have one so close to home.

Speaking of home, we stayed until the sun was setting across the field and then called it a day.

....until next weekend...when we can go and play again.


For more information on Veteran's Park:
VETERANS PARK 7305 Hwy. 119 (located 1 block south of Chevron Station)