anyway, i'd decided a while ago that our father's day present to the hub would be something super simple - a canvas print from the photo shoot i won from my friend courtney. of course, in my procrastinating way, i didn't get around to actually choosing a shot until just a couple of weeks before father's day. heh.
and then i got an unexpected bonus, like a present from heaven: i was contacted by a rep from easy canvas prints to see if i was interested in a free canvas in exchange for a product review. um, sah-weet! i uploaded my file and picked out all of the details - size, orientation, wraparound option - and sent it in. i got an order confirmation within a day, and even better - the estimated delivery date was less than a week away.
i was really pleased with the finished product, which i ended up having to stash away somewhere for about a week and a half. but hey - better early than late, right? so not my style.
and so even though i got mine for free, if you find yourself in need of a canvas print, you should totally use easy canvas prints. they've got a special going on right now, too - 25% off and free shipping. i checked out other places online and found that they were pretty comparable, and because one canvas isn't enough, i'll likely be ordering more soon. i kind of want to make a cool collage on one of our walls, and this is a good start.
i'd seen a link to a super cute father's day in a post by my friend nanette, and i knew right away that it was the perfect one for the hub. it would actually have been more appropriate on his birthday, but this would do.
but i knew i was off to a rocky start when i finally got everything printed and ready to assemble and ended up with this:
and sure enough, i was right. i started cutting out the flaps, and on the third one my hand slipped and cut out a noticeable chunk of cardstock. damn.
not to mention, the hub came home unexpectedly as i was in the middle of this process and i had to scramble to get everything put away without him seeing any of it. geez. i ended up having to reprint and cut the images out again and started from scratch. luckily, i managed to get through the second take without any mishaps, and i was pleased with my results.
see the little silver "button" at the bottom? i had to dig through mounds of scrapbooking supplies to find that stinking metallic pen. and i wanted my circle to be perfect, so i busted out my cookie cutters and found the perfect one to use as a template. yay for me!
not wanting to make the trek out to pasadena for paper source and their fabulous envelopes, i made my own.
final touches - i added the date to the back of the card and printed out a label with "iDad" in the perfect apple-y font. and voila - we were all ready for father's day.
the bean was excited to give her daddy his present (and help him open it).
she had a little trouble coming to terms with the fact that it wasn't a real iPad.
and for dinner that night, i made a second attempt at that braised short rib ragu with pappardelle. it's a super duper long process, even though i decided not to heat up the house for 3 hours and threw it into the slow cooker instead. but it was worth it - the house smelled fantastic all day long, and it was rich and delicious.
a lovely end to a nice, relaxing father's day.