These months I think are hard on everyone. The economy is in a spiral downward and fuel and grocery prices just keep going up. As a one income family with 6 at the dinner table every night, we are most definitely feeling the crunch. I'm making a fool hardy attempt to be more efficient, clip coupons, use generic brands, but we are also trying to make the switch to be more 'green'. Not so easy when organic products are twice that of generic and you can't find anything made in the USA anymore. Soon the local farm stands will be opening up and I can't wait! As some of you have seen, I have been working on my kitchen for quite awhile. Desperately seeking out vintage and antique cherries, apples, chickens and roosters in bold red and white. I love the antique botanical prints but the 'real deal' isn't exactly in my budget. OK, even knock-offs from Home Goods aren't in my budget!
So, I went a huntin' and found some digital antique scans on the net that were just large enough for me to use. I printed them out on photo paper with my ink jet and placed them in some old frames I had in the basement. Voila! More art, and I didn't have to leave the comfort of my home, use gas or my debit card! The above images are free for you to take and use anyway you like.. just click them to enlarge and save 'em!
I also found some the most gorgeous scans made by Dawn at The Feathered Nest. I printed them out, again on photo paper at the best setting and framed them up in some frames I already had. Here are the cardinal and robins in my bathroom.
Oh, but that just wasn't good enough, I couldn't see them all the time! So I moved them to the mantel in the kitchen and now they rest there for the time being. Thank you so much Dawn!! The prints are lovely and I just wouldn't have been able to afford them else wise.
So, if you have a printer and love to decorate but just don't have the money to shop everyday for the latest and greatest, improvise! Old frames can be picked up at your local junk shop for pennies, paint them up and love them! Reuse, recycle!