My Favrite Online Framers

I must admit, framed photos are not my jam. I have exactly one photo of the hubs and I in a frame in our house, and it was a gift. I grew up with a mother who loved to frame our photos and while it is so special to go home, see them and reminisce, I realized that they didn’t fit in my more minimalist aesthetic.

Although I don’t have photos of family around the house, I do like to have photos of our travels. Reminiscing of past adventures Brice and I have taken makes me so much happier than seeing my face smiling back at me. I have thousands of photos on many different external hard drives which can make the process of choosing a photo, printing it, and then taking it to get framed daunting. But luckily there are two online framers who do all of the above in one easy process. I wrote about one of the company’s in this post here, but after recently receiving many questions on printers and framers I decided to tell you in more detail about my two favorites.

Framebridge

(two framed photographs in this photo were taken by me and framed using Framebridge)

I have used Framebridge a few times and am always so pleased with their service. I mostly use them when I want either a black or white boarder frame. They make the process of uploading your photo and selecting your matte extremely easy. They also alert you if your photo is too small to print in high quality. What I also like is that they offer an Instagram option which allows you to upload any Instagram photo you have taken and place it in a frame. I have recommended Framebridge to friends and family and everyone can’t believe how amazing their pictures turned out.

shop Framebridge here

Artifact Uprising

(Photo was taken by me and framed using Artifact Uprising)

I discovered Artifact Uprising a few years ago and could not wait to use their Float Frame option. Being that I knew I wanted the large size I waited and waited to find the perfect photo. I finally decided on a photo a shot in Paris of a gorgeous blue door. The process of uploading and choosing the frame was extremely easy. The photo arrived in a week and when I opened the box I was blown away at how expensive it looked. I know $350 is a sizable budget for a photo but the pricing is actually quite competitive when you compare it to using a brick and mortar frame shop. Also, I must reiterate that the quality of the print and the acrylic frame was unreal! As far as hanging goes, they make it super easy with a print out of the actual size of frame and circles on where to put the screws.
I also want to make note that Artifact Uprising also provides a service to print your photos and offers different books (wedding, Instagram, and personal) as well as printed cards. I am actually hoping to purchase this baby book for Eleanor.


shop Aritfact Uprising here

What to Drink This Summer – Zephyr Gin

When drinking I love anything refreshing. If I see cucumber or basil in a cocktail, that is always the one I choose. Since it is officially summer here in Dallas I wanted to find a drink recipe that would be light and refreshing but still super easy to whip up. I immediately went to my “Cocktail Buzz” folder in Pinterest to see what I had pinned that fit the bill. Of course I was immediately draw to this Basil-Cucumber cooler from Skinny Taste. It looked easy enough, was gin based (my favorite), and seemed easy on the sugar and calories. Done and done.

I decided to stray from my usual go-to, Hendricks Gin, and try Zephyr. I had recently met the owners of this local gin company and was really impressed by their eye for detail and quality.  Considering the meaning behind their name and that their tag line on their website is, “We believe those who dare to depart from the well-worn path will discover remarkable things in all aspects of life,” I knew it would be a match made in heaven. (Zephyr comes from the west wind that always carried people to new and interesting worlds).

When it comes to gins I am a heavy Juniper and Elderflower fan. I want lots of floral notes! Zephyr was super smooth and had a touch of botanical notes, which I loved. It is a new favorite and was delicious in this cocktail recipe. HOWEVER, if basil and cucumber isn’t your thing, Zephyr has numerous cocktail recipes on their website. I have actually tasted all of them but have to say their “Last Word” was probably my favorite!

Skyler Baty Monograms

Skyler Baty is not only one of the most energetic, fun, happy, and kind people you could wish to meet, she is also extremely talented. Her monogram shop has been on my “lust list” for a while, so you can imagine by excitement when she sent me this set for Valentines Day.

I still remember as a child my mom monogramming my diaper covers, dresses, and school accessories. If I ever forgot my name, I didn’t have to look but a few inches to remember. As I got older I grew out of the monogram phase and into the, “I am too cool for that southerness” phase. Now that I am approaching 30, have my home, new name, and own family, I melt when I see a monogram or embroidery. I have become my mother! I dream in embroidery and monograms!

A little on her biz – Skyler’s business is for the modern gift giver who values adding a personal touch. She creates custom designed monograms and embroidered design for linens, napkins, clothing, baby gifts, bags, hats, wedding/bridal party items, and more! For someone like me, who lovesssss hosting parties, having customized monogram napkins really makes the event feel personal and special! They also make for THE BEST gifts (Mothers Day will be here before you know it)!!

Lastly, I couldn’t go without telling you that a portion of all profits from SB Monograms is donated to various Cancer Research Organizations in honor of Skyler’s dad who passed away battling this terrible disease last April. Skyler is a true example and inspiration of what a woman and businesswoman should be! I hope you check out her site and keep her in mind for all of your monogramming needs!

 

Jusqu’à la prochaine fois mes amis!

 

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