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Wall Art

So, we are still getting settled into our new apartment, which is our first unfurnished home together ever! That has been exciting, and stressful, and crazy, and enjoyable all mixed into one week! I love this whole choosing things and making them work and decorating thing. I really love the prospect of making our space a place we love to be and that reflects who we are. One way that Jeremy and I enjoy doing that is by what we put on our shelves and walls. Right now we have a few of the paintings that I did last year, and several photographs spread around to decorate. But, what we have talked about doing for a while now, and what we still hope to do in the future is decorate our walls with photos that we have taken from places that we have been.

Canvas is such a classic wall art style, and what better way to put yourself into your home and give yourself the opportunity to dwell on happy memories than by filling your home with canvas prints of your own pictures. So many people these days have good quality cameras, and can take pretty good quality pictures. One of the best options for utilizing those pictures, incorporating memories into the home, and retaining a classy wall art style is by printing your own family photos onto canvas.

Jeremy and I have had our eye on companies that print photos on canvas for a while now, and I have come across one for my UK readers that looks like a good option. Photo to Canvas is an online store specializing in just this. This shop will take your photos and turn them into a canvas print from as small as 8”x8” to as big as 36”x36” or 30”x40”. To top it all off, if you order before 2pm, you can have free next day shipping anywhere in the UK! Coming from an American standard of shipping, that sounds pretty awesome!

What would you print if you put your photos on canvas? I think we would do cityscapes in our office, scenes from our wedding and favorite memories in the bedroom, funny random pictures in the guest room, and an international conglomeration in the living room.

What about you? What would be the first picture you’d print? Don’t you think this one would look great on our guest bedroom wall?

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This post is written for Photo-to-Canvas.net, a company that provides photo to canvas printing of your personal photos at a great price with free shipping.

This Technological World of Ours

So, I have broached this topic a couple of times on this blog, but I try not to make it too big of a deal. But I couldn’t pass up this article!

Eva Restaurant Owner In Los Angeles Offering 5% Discount If You Check Your Phone At The Door

So, the headline gives the basic idea of the article, but if you take a minute to read it (it’s short, I promise!) I’d love to know your thoughts. Here are my questions:

1. Would you do it? I would, but I don’t use my phone a ton right now. I know that there are some people who would not find a 5% discount worth it. So, let me ask it another way . . .

2. Would you pay a surcharge to keep your phone? I guess that this encroaches on people’s rights, but . . . maybe not. If we can forbid smoking, would we ever be able to forbid cell phones? Would we ever be able to fine people for using their cell phone? What are your thoughts?

3. Do you think that when a couple gives up their cell phones at this restaurant it improves their experience? Do you think that this restaurant is going to start receiving higher reviews because people enjoy the time away from their phones?

What do you think?

People being . . . People!

20120622-210429.jpgSometimes we ignore the people around us and conduct our business in one of those warp tunnels that Sonic the Hedgehog used to go through. We just forget that there are real people with real lives around us.

I love coming across stories and websites of people who are just genuinely kind and who really want to make this community called “humans” a positive experience. I know that there are big issues of sin and selfishness and depravity and redemption at play in this world. But, then there are little glimpses of character which remind us that there is hope, and that it’s fun to live lives that connect with people. Here are a couple of examples:

I Found Your Camera: This is a website for orphaned photos. The owner of the website collects SD cards or pictures from cameras that have been found and then posts them on the internet hoping that the owner will happen across them and then be able to receive the lost camera back again. Definitely a cool idea.

PostSecret: This is a site of a man who started inviting people to share secrets with him via postcards that they created themselves. For several years now, he has been collecting secrets and posting them on the internet once a week. Perhaps this doesn’t seem to really be bringing people together, but when you see how many responses he has, and how people interact on the internet about the responses, you realize that people sometimes just want a way to connect and want someone who will understand what thoughts they have.

Improv Everywhere: If you do not have a while to spare, do NOT look these guys up on youtube!! You will have a hard time stopping once you start watching their videos! These guys just do hilarious things to make people stop and think and interact with each other for a little bit. They talk about the idea of shared experiences and how it changes your perspective and enjoyment of an activity. From random acts in the middle of the street to filling up store windows with dancing people, these guys have some crazy but really fun ideas!!

Better World Books – Thank you!

I have definitely mentioned this site in blogs before, but they may have all been on my education blog. But, I do want to just take a few minutes to thank Better World Books for the work that they are doing in America, but also specifically for donating books for our Project Senegal Camp this summer! Better World Books has graciously donated 100 books for us to give away during our week of English camp in Saint-Louis, Senegal. We are super thrilled! We are also super excited for the support of this awesome organization for our trip. If you have not checked them out before, you really should do so now!

Better World Books started off as a couple of students selling textbooks to make some extra money and has burgeoned into an online used and new bookstore that is seeking to promote literacy around the world and is donating books to causes like our and others frequently. The bookstore has great prices (and for all of you international people, like us, they have free international shipping!) but what makes it even better is that they are people supporting great causes.

Better World Books already has a book for book donation policy (for every book you buy, they donate a book), but this week only they are doing a double donation campaign. If you buy a book, they will donate two to learners in America or somewhere else in the world. Also, right now, you can shop in their bargain bin and get 5 books for $30. That’s an awesome deal, especially when you factor in FREE SHIPPING!

I’ve been really impressed to this website before, and I am even more grateful now. I am excited to support this group and the work that they are doing to promote education and literacy at home and around the world. You should definitely go and check it out! They probably even have the book that you’re looking for right now, at a great price . . .

(haha. okay, so comment below if you clicked on that link and laughed a little . . . or at all . . .
But seriously . . . go and look for the one you really want.)

Just Thankful

So yes, there have been adventures that could easily be accommodated here, but I’d like to just take tonight to say how thankful I am for my best friend. I listened to this song (again) tonight, and I am just so grateful that God has allowed us to learn how to love each other and be a picture of what He is doing in this world with His church.

I don’t deserve him, but I am so thankful for him.

It’s a Party!!

Okay . . . so I would like to start off by wishing a HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my amazing husband. If you want to wish it yourself, you can visit him at his photo blog his intellectual blog or twitter. I have to say that I am so blessed to be married to such an amazing man!!

So, for Jeremy’s birthday, we went to see the Avengers on Saturday night in Xpand 3D (I don’t really know what that means, but I think it was special! I do know that if you put your finger over the little triangle at the front of the glasses, everything goes un-3D.) It made me start thinking that perhaps I’ll start including reviews of movies and TV shows on this blog as well. Leave me a comment letting me know what you think below.

Anyways, I LOVED this movie. It was one of those movies that I would easily go and watch again, and I was laughing the whole taxi ride home, and long after we had gotten home too. I thought this movie was really well done. I am admittedly NOT a sci-fi fan. I don’t appreciate weird creatures doing weird things. But, I thought this movie was brilliant. It is connected to earth enough that I was completely involved. The basic premise is that there is an outer-space force trying to attack the world, and so Nick Fury gathers together the comic book heros that have been scattered around the earth to help protect it. He calls in the Hulk – of whom my only memories are hiding behind the couch and covering my eyes and ears while my dad and brothers watched the show – IronMan – who just may be my favorite, since watching his two movies last year – and Captain America – I liked the first half hour or so of his movie, but . . . I slept through the rest.

The combination of the three together is great. It was a hilarious movie, and perhaps it is me in my other cultural state, but I fully appreciated the American accents and references. Along with the whole cultural aspect, watching it with a theater full of Turks is always funny, because they don’t always laugh at the really hilarious parts, since the concept or the words don’t translate well. But, there were a few moments when the entire room was laughing out loud. It was just super fun.

As far as recommending this movie, I really would. As a whole, it was clean with the exception of a few swearwords (according to IMDB it might be around 10). It is rated PG-13 for a mild drug reference (that I didn’t even notice) and sci-fi violence. There is a lot of fighting against aliens at the end of the movie, and I was still tempted to hide during the Hulk scenes (or at least find somewhere safe to set my Coke!), but it is never gory or bloody (do aliens even have blood?) So, on that note, I would be cautious with children . . . I can see this movie invoking nightmares, but other than that, I thought it was pretty well done and fairly clean.

Anyways, that was one really enjoyable part of our weekend. A couple of other highlights from the week:

1. Our fellowship just acquired a piano, so being able to play again has been a great joy to me!

2. I finished my master’s semester yesterday!! Aha. That felt very good.

3. Jeremy is handing in his Thesis tomorrow . . . that will also feel good!

4. We’re just trying to enjoy life!! And make summer plans, and figure out what on earth God’s doing with us . . . but it’s an adventure that we’re thrilled to be a part of.

from Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl

He stepped inside

“He sees the story as He tells it, while He weaves it, shapes it, and sings it. And He stepped inside it.”

“The shadows exist in the painting, the dark corners of grief and trial and wickedness all exist so that He might step inside them, so we could see how low He can stoop. In this story, the Author became flesh and wandered the stage with Hamlet, offering His own life. In this story, the Author heaped all that He loathed, all that displeased Him, all the wrongness of the world, onto Himself. Evil exists so that He might be demeaned and insulted, so that the depth of His love and sacrifice could be expressed as much as is possible in the small frame of history.”

-taken from “Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl” by N.D. Wilson

Paper Coterie Challenge

my life #connectwithpc

So, I am not sure if I have told you before, but Paper Coterie is an amazing photo gift site. I have been SUPER impressed with them, and very happy with the products that I have bought. Well, this month they are doing a photo challenge, and I decided that since it is easy and fun, I would join in. If you’re interested, you should definitely jump in too! Each day, you will just upload a picture with the topic for that day and #connectwithpc.

I plan on posting my pictures each day here on my blog. (Or you can follow my instagram or twitter accounts!) Leave your instagram or twitter account in the comments below and I’ll follow your pictures!! Here is the challenge:

Painting and Planning

Hm. Let’s see.

Well, I have some pretty big and exciting news. This has been a work in progress, and I haven’t known exactly how to share it – but I guess that now it is getting more and more official, and we need all of the help and prayers that we can get! We’re headed back to Africa this summer!! Click here to check out what we’re up to and how you can pray for us and possibly get involved!

On another note, two new blogs got started in our apartment this last week! One is a pretty awesome photo blog that my husband just started (he might possibly have been given a birthday present about 2 months early. I don’t know.) The other is a book club blog that my two sisters and I are doing together. I think that it will be both a lot of fun, and a real challenge for the three of us. If you’re interested in discussing the book, Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl by N.D. Wilson with us, head on over here and subscribe.

Other than that, our house wasn’t too busy this last week. Jeremy left this morning for a 7 churches tour, so he’s enjoying that for the first half of this week, and I’m here . . . cleaning, reading, hoping to get a good dent in my work for this week so that we can hang out when he gets back.

And, I attempted another painting project this weekend. Here’s my final product, and the song that this one is taken from below.