Archive for August 2011

Personalized Birthday Gifts

Birthday gifts are a tough present for a lot of people, me included.  Every year you have to come up with a great gift idea for each person on your list.  Novelty gifts are fun, but wouldn’t you rather give something they will actually use?  I know I’d rather receive a birthday present I can use instead of something I stick on the top shelf in a closet.  For those with a kitchen, that narrows it down, I’ve got a few cool ideas.

A Photo Cookie Jar is something most anyone has a use for.  It starts out as a white ceramic cookie jar and has an air tight lid to keep your cookies fresh.  Assuming they last very long, in the first place.  We’ll print just about any photo on it making it a very memorable piece of the kitchen.  For Mom, it could be a photo of her kids when they were young.  For Grandma and Grandpa, almost any photo of their grand kids will be a hit.  For a nature lover, a beautiful picture of a favorite mountain or lake would be a great piece to have in the kitchen.

One of our more popular kitchen utensils is our Photo Cutting Board.  Being made from tempered glass, they are beautiful to display.  The image is printed on the bottom side, so it will not be scratched or damaged during use.  Your cutting board includes four rubber feet and it dishwasher safe making it easy to care for.  This is truly one of those great looking BUT also usable birthday gifts.   It can be on display most of the time for friends, family and everyone to enjoy.  When it’s time to prepare dinner, the birthday boy or girl, will have a little more joy in preparing dinner with their photo cutting board.

Both items are inexpensive and will fit any budget.  This year, buy Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa or your best friend a gift they will appreciate.  A gift they can actually use.  A gift they will remember for years to come.

Collage Photo Blankets

I’m amazed at the creativity of some of our customers. We’ve received several collages created by customers that show an obvious talent with graphics. But it’s not as hard as it seems. It really takes more time than skill. Most graphics programs allow you to combine several photos and then save the result. This result is a digital collage.

The most popular item for a collage is our Fleece Photo Blanket. The reason is the detail is just so amazing on the fleece blankets. The dye sublimation process is almost photographic in quality. It is on a fuzzy blanket instead of paper, but it’s close.

We’ve also created collages for customers on photo puzzles (as previously mentioned), photo canvas and other photo blankets including our large knitted photo blanket.

My recommendation, which I always share, is to contact us about the product you want to use the collage one.  We can then get you the image requirements so it will fit the item perfectly.


Photo Wall Hanging

A photo wall hanging, sometimes called a tapestry wall hanging, is one of the more unique and impressive items we offer.  It’s a woven item much like the woven photo blanket.  The similarity is that they are both tapestry woven using 100% Cotton.  However, the wall hanging is also a little different.

The photo wall hanging is a much tighter weave.  The result is much more detail because there is more cotton per inch.  The wall hangings also have a backing and the fringe on the sides is bound, so it’s not visible.  Additionally, there is a pocket sewn into the back and a wooden rod included so you can hang it on your wall as soon as you receive it.  The tapestry can be made either vertical or horizontal, depending on the photo you use, and the pocket on the back is sewn along whatever is the top edge.

If you’ve never seem a wall tapestry in person, you’ll be surprised and how much more impressive they are compared to a framed photo or artwork.  The tapestry, partly due to the texture of the woven cotton, has a more lively look to it.  It’s kind of like looking closely at an oil painting, you can see the depth of the stroke.  It gives the image a more realistic look, more lively.

A personalized wall hanging is a great way to memorialize those special moments.  A wedding photo makes a tremendous gift to your spouse for a first anniversary.  A photo of the kids, all cleaned up and smiling, is one you’ll turn your head to look at every time you walk through the room.  For those that are no longer with us, they make a great memorial.

You’ll never be disappointed with your decision to buy a photo wall hanging.  The detail and the quality is something you will treasure for many, many years to come.  Currently available in two sizes to fit your budget.