Sunday, April 15, 2018

Canvas Factory Give Away!







































This is a sponsored post for which I have been compensated with a free product sample 
                                                and a give away prize for my readers.

I learn "what's cool" from my adult children. If it wasn't for them, I'd still be waiting on dial up net service and looking for a photo lab to develop my pictures! The kids live life streamlined, fast paced, and convenient; they're where I go for info on all the newest trends.

One of the latest, it seems, is canvas print decor. Time and money invested in matting and heavy glass framing is no longer relevant, they say. "We like the modern, lightweight, and far less expensive practicality of canvas for displaying our cherished images."

And so, I was delighted to test this convenience with a 16" x 20" product sample offered me from Canvas Factory - the same gift you'll receive if you're the winner of my give away! 

My experience began with a photo choice from among those presented by my youngest daughter and her husband. We agreed on this touching sunset maternity shot, and then I was on my own to place my order!

I'd rate the process fast and simple, with several choices - but not so many to leave my "grandma head" a-spinning! (I appreciated that!) Load your print and choose a finished product size. 20" x 16" accommodated my horizontal image - one that showed up on the screen immediately in all its perfect beauty! You'll move on to choose a "wrap style" next - I opted for the "gallery wrap" - seen above with the image continuing around all four edges. I passed on "adding text" but will try that exciting addition next time around! You're pretty much done after that - leaving it now to the experts at Canvas Factory who came across for me in a stellar way. Here's what happened!....

I originally submitted a photo lifted from my daughter's Face Book page (social media website images not recommended.) Canvas Factory customer service immediately advised me that my print would appear blurry if I proceeded. They gave me the courtesy of time and advice to amend my order with a JPEG version, responding immediately to emails. My affection for this company extends beyond the quality product I received because of this incident. Another company might have just carelessly slopped through and told me later, "Well, that's what you ordered, lady!" 😝

Our canvas print arrived about a week later, with status emails accompanying each and every step. It is beautiful. Colors are vibrant, image is crisp - all finished to perfection with carefully mitered corners, smooth cardboard backing, and two sturdy hanging clips. It's trendy, lightweight, and practical. I love it!

Your turn now! Leave a comment. Tell me anything you want - from the place you get your own "what's cool" info, to the person, pet, place, or thing you'd showcase in a Canvas Factory print. I'll randomly choose one reply on May 1st, 2018, announce it here, and request your email address for delivery of your prize. Good luck!

Open to residents of U.S.A. and Canada only.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Easter Sunday Bunny Business!






































We're having a puppet show after Easter dinner, but this time it wasn't my idea! The most rewarding moments in a grandma's life are appeals for a repeat of something fun done in the past. The one that sent me scrambling for today's feature came from Brielle a few weeks back: "Grandma, are we going to have an Easter play for all of us cousins like we did at Thanksgiving?"

What else was there to say?.....

"Of course we are, you sweet little bunnykins!"

I sought inspiration via an online search for something light, happy and easily understood by a younger audience, but alas, found not a rabbit hole to tumble into! That, coupled with a serious bout of mental bunny block, led me to reach for a classic child's book, one with a story suited for telling with a handful of simple paper puppets.

We're going to perform The Runaway Bunny, the endearing 1942 classic by Margaret Wise Brown who also penned Goodnight Moon.


A pair of large cardboard boxes, stacked, taped, cut, and decorated will serve as a puppet theater. Kids will sit behind the screen and manipulate characters mounted on sticks. Parents and young siblings will hear the story of Little Bunny who decided to run away, taunting his ever-patient mother with plans to become "a fish in a trout stream, a crocus in a hidden garden," and even "a rock up high on a mountain top." Mother Bunny vows to thwart his escape by doggedly pursuing him as a fisherman, a gardener, a mountain climber and more, until Little Bunny has no choice but to "just stay where I am and be your little bunny!"














Puppets from left to right:
rock on the mountain top
bird
sailboat
Mother Bunny fishing
blowing wind
Pictured at top:
tree
Little Bunny
crocus
Mother Bunny



If you're not familiar with the book, You Tube narrations abound. This one, by Grandma Annii, is my favorite!







The Runaway Bunny tale is also suitable for family Mother's Day entertainment!

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