Sunday, July 20, 2014

DIY: LARGE CANVAS PRINTS

As we all know, buying wall art for the house is NOT cheap. Then, to add insult to [wallet] injury, your husband/boyfriend/partner feels the need to ask "do we really need to spend all this money on this stuff?" The typical male sees anything decorative as a waste of money.
My husband, not being your typical male, sees it as an opportunity for him to find something of equal value to "make up for it." 

So, alas, you find yourself on Pinterest,scanning for hours, looking for an economical but elegant solution to affordable wall art.

Well, I found it!



HOWEVER, there is a catch, as there usually is. The catch: If you want the truly cheap prints, you have to get them in black and white. They are available in color but you'll pay a premium. ($19 per print and they're smaller) Now, if this is not a problem, keep reading!

I took the initial idea from this blog, but I modified it slightly. As you may find yourself doing, who knows.

But here goes anyway! Enjoy and send me a picture of your masterpiece afterward!

Tools: 

---3' x 4' (36" x 48") Engineering Print from Staples. Go here to design yours.
---Foam Insulation Board - Size - 3/4x4x8 sheath T&G RS S. Foam
---Tape (any kind of strong tape, I used painters tape)
Loctite spray adhesive (if you don't want to use the tape. 
WARNING: this is very wet, use in ventilated area)
---Command strips


Steps:

1) Design your engineering print on the Staples website. You will need JAVA to use their picture upload feature. On the left, you will see 4 options, click in all 4 to make your particular modifications. Don't forget this very important step. Also, when you upload your photo, Make sure you select the correct size (mine is the 36" x 48" black and white print). You will also have to select the option near the bottom of that screen where it says "FIT TO SCREEN" if you do not do this, your picture will be printed very small on a huge piece of paper. Not good.


2) Take a ride to the hardware store! I got my foam at Lowe's but anyone that sells that type of board will suffice.  Work your feminine wiles and get someone to make the cuts for you or come home and use a box cutter. The actual size of my print is: 41" x 32 1/4"
But the foam board was cut to:  36" x 28" to give you some space to fold the sides over to make it look like a folded canvas.



3) Lay your foam board on a flat surface then place your picture over it. Spread it over the foam board evenly on each side. At this point, you have a few options: 1) You can use the glue I mentioned earlier to adhere the picture to the board or 2) you can tape it (like i did) or 3) you can maybe glue gun it. Your choice. I am impatient and did not want to spray anything inside my house so I taped it :) If you tape, fold each of the edges taught. Fold the edges like you would fold a present to give the "wrapped" look.


4) Turn it over once you have taped all the sides and voila! Possibilities are endless in terms of attaching your print to the wall. I like and used these Command strips.


HAPPY CRAFTING!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

2014 International Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses - AT&T Stadium, Arlington TX


"Keep on seeking first God's Kingdom!"
(Matthew 6.33)


2014 International Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses
Arlington, TX





We had the absolute privilege and pleasure of attending the 2014 international convention of Jehovah's Witnesses, entitled "Keep seeking first God's Kingdom," last weekend. Right here in DFW! I have always loved this city. But last weekend, it was even more special to me.

Why is this so special? 

There are approximately 8 million brothers and sisters around the world. To be in the same room as some of the devoted international missionaries and delegates, the very people we read about in our publications, further demonstrates Jehovah's love for his flock. Also, meeting members of congregations from around NM, TX, OK and LA, who also made sacrifices to come to Arlington, was very special. You could feel Jehovah's spirit in our midst.

Also, I got to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event with my lovable husband John, who has recently demonstrated a humble heart and growing love for Jah. And last but not least: my sister and brother in law!

It was especially important as this year we celebrate 100 years since Jesus took his throne in heaven.

The event caught the eye of the  media! You can view the well-written article published in the Star Telegram here.

Jehovah has truly blessed us and we are happy to have been afforded the chance to represent his beautiful organization!

Here are some of the pictures from last weekend! Enjoy!

Thank you for the awesome pano shot, John!

Baptism on the Jumbotron. How special to see each and every one of the 430 baptized!!! My eyes teared up with joy for one particular brother who had only one leg! If he can do it, I CAN do it!
Kim gave a wonderful witness! I was so proud of her, I pulled a random brother aside & told him the one in the pink was my former bible teacher. She is so inspiring!

Sisters from Mexico

One of our favorite speakers!

More international delegates!
The biblical drama is STILL one of the highlights for me..

Missionaries visiting from various countries around the world.

Member of the governing body premiering new video! But mum's the word on the title :)

On our way out, we snapped a picture with this lovely sister (delegate) visiting from South Africa!

Us @ dinner after Day 2
Chris & Annette @ dinner w/us

Future pioneers? or maybe missionaries?! :)

My sister in flesh and in faith :)

Dinner @ the Cheesecake Factory. 

In the end we were exhausted but more determined than ever to "keep seeking first God's kingdom!"