Monthly Archives: November 2008

Our Art Project: An Entryway Wall Tree

Inspired by this cool tree wall sticker we found at 2modern.com, my husband and I decided to try a frugal version. Rather than fork over $127.75 we used some tape, leftover paint and a little creativity to make our own wall tree for about $5.

Our inspiration from 2modern.com

Our inspiration from 2modern.com

First we made a stencil using painters’ tape. It took a little work to make the rounded branches.

Wall tree outline

Wall tree outline

Then we used a clear glaze to paint over the entire tree. This made the edges really crisp.

Painting our tree

Painting our tree

We followed up with the leftover dark gray paint we had from painting our gym and living room ceilings. Once we took off the tape that created the branches and trunk we used homemade stencils to make leaves. We painted the leaves in the same way as the rest of the tree.

The leaves of our wall tree

The leaves of our wall tree

We finished up by adding some $.50 hooks we picked up at Lowe’s and our tree is complete! Let us know what you think!

The finished product-- our wall tree

The finished product-- our wall tree

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Send Love with Christian Christmas Cards

Christian Christmas Card

Christian Christmas Card

Every year I hunt for the perfect Christmas card and usually end up with something far from perfect. Christmas cards with a Christian message seem to be poorly designed and somewhat cheesy. One night the idea struck me– why not team up with a designer and create Christmas cards that include a bible verse and a powerful message. That’s how Stamp Not Included was born.

Friend and designer David Siglin and I teamed up to create Christian Christmas Cards. We choose to donate $2 from every sale to the Frazee Dream Center, a really great program in Greenville. The Frazee Center is an after school and summer program for under resourced children. The leaders of Frazee are passionate Christians with a heart for children.

So if you’re looking to spread Christ’s love this holiday season, pick up some Christmas cards in our Etsy shop. A pack of ten is only $12. Merry Christmas!

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The People of Greenville, SC are Just So Darn Nice

When my sister was visiting from Seattle a couple of weeks ago she kept saying, “the people here are so nice. It makes me nervous.” It’s true. Greenville, South Carolina has some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. When I first moved to town four years ago from Fort Myers, Florida the contrast was startling. I would go to Starbucks for coffee and leave with two new friends.

This morning I walked my blind min pin up to my neighborhood Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte. It’s the perfect day for one. I’m sure a lot of dog owners would simply tie their pet up to a chair on the patio and run inside to get their drink. I don’t do that anymore. You see, my dog has crazy separation anxiety. If I leave him outside to quickly run in and get a drink he’ll cry as if someone is pulling out his fingernails. Everyone inside the coffee shop will start whispering, “who’s dog is that? Is he ok?” Sometimes I announce, “he’s mine. He’s ok, he just has separation anxiety.” Sometimes I just ignore him and pray for a fast barista and no small talk.

Venti Starbucks

Venti Starbucks

But now that he’s almost completely blind I don’t feel right leaving him alone. I imagine that would be pretty scary for him. So today I asked a lady going inside if she would get my drink for me. “My dog is blind and he gets scared when I leave him,” I explained. I’m sure in many towns, in many states that wouldn’t have garnered much sympathy. Not here. The lady gladly took my $20 bill and headed inside with my order: a tall pumpkin spice.

So as I sat outside it struck me: I just gave a stranger a $20 bill and nothing in me is worried that she won’t bring back my change along with a nice, hot drink. It also struck me that that probably isn’t normal in most places. So a few minutes passed and Amanda (her name was written on my coffee cup) returned with a VENTI pumpkin spice. “Oh you got me the big one!” I said. Amanda explained, “I ordered a tall and this is what they gave me.” See– just another reason why Greenville, South Carolina is such a beautiful place.

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I Need to Write About Skinny Jeans More Often

Last spring I wrote a blog about how I scored a pair of skinny jeans on the clearance rack at Urban Outfitters in London. They were only 5GBP!!! Even with the exchange rate that is a phenomenal deal. The funny thing is I have two pairs of skinny pants (those jeans and a black pair of skinny pants) and both have been purchased at that same Urban Outfitters on that same clearance rack on two separate trips to London. And it’s not like I go to London every other weekend– I’ve only been twice in my life!

So why am I bringing up the topic of skinny jeans again? I have to be honest. For some reason that skinny jeans blog has been giving me 95% of my blog hits. So I decided to write again about skinny jeans to see what would happen.

But just so you don’t feel robbed for taking the time to read this blog about skinny jeans when it turned out to be a search engine ploy, let me give you a little update about the skinny jeans. I didn’t wear them all summer. Can you imagine having heavy denim that close to your skin in 108 degree heat? No thank you! But since it has gotten cooler I have rocked them out a few times. But then I started to wonder, are skinny jeans still in style? If you know, please enlighten me.

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