Alphabet Photography Makes the Perfect Gift!

Do you ever stop to think about the Alphabet?  I mean, since you watched Sesame Street on a regular basis.  Really, do you ever think about the the letters that make up the words that we use every day?  These words that I’m typing and you’re reading are made of up bunches of letters, and I think we kind of tend to take them for granted.  They become dull and mundane, when really they are quite extraordinary!  Have you ever seen them quite the way that Jennifer Blakely, founder of Alphabet Photography Inc.  does?

Can you see it?  Right there, within the pictures above our mantle, is our last name, spelled out uniquely.  You’ll never see another combination quite like it anywhere else!

I am a photography nut!  I love taking photos and I love looking at photos, and I have to say that Jennifer does an absolutely amazing job with her art.  She spent two years traveling all over North America with her camera, comprising a collection of photographs of everyday objects that look just like letters of the english alphabet!  Alphabet Photography allows you to create any word using the letter photos that make up Jennifer’s vast collection.  Here’s how it works…

Step One: Create a Word.  Visit Alphabet Photography and type whatever word you want.

Step Two: Click on the “Create my word” button and watch what happens…

Step Three: Not in love with one or two of the images?  Scroll over the individual letters and click.  Alphabet Photography has several options for different variations of the same letter.  You’re sure to find one that you love!

Step Four: Choose from 6 framing options.

My piece of artwork came beautifully surrounded by a 3″ solid wood frame with a dark chocolate finish, accented by gold leaf.  It’s matted with a museum quality, double mat.  I was so impressed when received my artwork in the mail!

The quality and attention to detail that Alphabet Photography puts into their art is truly wonderful.  From the packaging that it was safely nestled and shipped in (I would have taken photos, but my daughter tore into it before I could get to the camera) to the thank you card that was included, I was impressed by the excellence that shone through.  There is nothing negative that I can say about my experience with them, and that is saying an awful lot!


Can you see what an amazing gift this would make for someone that you cherish?  Wedding gifts, baby shower gifts, housewarming gifts, Christmas gifts… I can only imagine how pleasantly surprised (dare I say shocked?) I would be to get my own personalized piece of artwork as a gift.  This is such a lovely and thoughtful gift for that special person on our list.

The perfect customized gift that includes photographs from all over the world, this is the original Alphabet Photography. Celebrity owners include: Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate, Tyra Banks, Ryan Seacrest, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, John Schneider, Nelly Furtado, and many more!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Alphabet Photography. The opinions and text are all mine.

Make It Work: Vintage Rock Collection Before and After.

If someone asked me to describe the home decor style of our tiny home, I would have to say that it’s, well…very… eclectic. 

In other words, just about anything goes: antique, modern, mid century, yard sale. But some how, it all (sort of) works.

See the mix and match of things  in my home here:

And here:



It’s kind of a crazy style but it’s all our own and somehow we’ve managed to incorporate family things along with kindergarden art projects! The trick? I just kind of go with whatever we have.Here’s something neat: I once read that if you really love something, it will work in your home. But I’ve also found that a little make-over will make it work too. And it’s easier than you would think to give something a face-lift.

For example, if you are attracted to more modern things but your great aunt Matilda gives you a gorgeous family rocking chair that’s covered in an old-fashioned fabric–think about covering the chair in a really modern graphic fabric (like stripes, dots or chevron) as a contrast. You’ll be amazed how this will make the chair “work”. Or that bench you saw at the yard sale (you know, the one your husband rolled his eyes over when he saw you saw it?) how about a fun, bright colored paint job? What about hot pink? Go wild and love it, and that fun will show! Another trick? Accessorize in your home with modern elements to make something vintage, for example, look stylish and up-to-date.

I did just this with a Vintage Rock Collection from the 1970′s that my father gave my daughter. Not yet ready to put it in her bedroom (I was a little nervous with the glass) we decided to display her new collection in the living room.

What did we do? We painted the frame, removed some older tacks on the inside to spruce it up a little then we hung it. We also visually “anchored” it with some modern vases on the table below which made it look less 1970′s science project and more (hopefully) Domino magazine inspired home decor.

The result was a spruced-up rock collection that has been handed down generations and now will be enjoyed by all of them.

Tutorial: Hearts Display with April at Gingerbread.

Although we have four monthly contributors here at The Southern Institute, I wanted to make sure that there was a place here for more of you to share the space. Once or twice a month, I will continue to invite guests to share their inspirational projects. Today, April is with us and I can’t wait to let her have the “floor”. Take it away, April!

Hello, my name is April and I share my projects over at Gingerbread. I’m a wife, mother and general DIY kinda girl. I am constantly drinking coffee, looking fs and a new project I can start. My motto is “make crazy messes and have big adventures”,  and that pretty much sums up my blog! Today I’m sharing a crafty project that involves my collection of heart shaped rocks. I LOVE hearts. I can remember doodling them in school when I was bored. I could cover an entire page with hearts! Now that I’m a mom I tell my two boys to always be on the lookout for heart shape rocks whenever we are outside. I have a small collection that I thought was going to waste just sitting on my bedroom dresser, so I thought it would be a fun idea to showcase them on canvas so I could actually see and enjoy them.

You will need: >> Heart shaped rocks  (really you could use any rock collection that holds special memories for YOU) >> Various colors of paint >> Hot glue gun >> Plain white canvas (I used a 5×7) >> Paint brush

First I painted both sides of rocks with two coats of paint. Then I hot glued my rocks to my canvas. I used a big dollop of hot glue and pressed from both sides of the canvas until the glue is dry. Some of my rocks were larger than others and I wanted to make sure they didn’t fall off. Haha.

I hope you will come over and say hi! I have a link party called Sweet Saturday for all of your crafty goodness, recipes and DIY projects! Thank you Jenny for letting me come say “hi”, I hope you have a great weekend!

april xoxo