I’ve often wondered if I were ever to be on “Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton”, how I would answer some of his Bernard Pivot Questions:
James: Number 5. What sound or noise do you love?
L: The sound of a champagne cork popping!
Oh, it’s the *best*! It signals so many wonderful things for me. New beginnings. Celebrations. Effervescence. Cups overflowing. Romance. Holidays, etc, etc. Sometimes, for no reason at all, my hubby and I will go out and buy a bottle of champagne when we feel most sad for there has to be *some* reason to celebrate, even if we have to look within to find it. I *love* Champagne! Admittedly, though, I don’t often drink it because it *is* rather expensive…
James Lipton: Number 3. What turns you on??
L: Aside from my hubby and a whole slew of other things (like Champagne, wine, and good food!), I’d have to say a good bargain!
Ooooh…I love’s me a bargain! Love’s it! And in these penny-pinching days, bargains have never been so sexy! Seriously! If you told me you could get a decent bottle of Champagne for under $10 and have it be *really* good….like just the right amount of bubbles, small ones, close together, distributed throughout the drink with no bite or sourness, then put me to bed, dear friend! I am *all* about that!
So when I was browsing over on one of my favorite blogs (All Bower Power – links to the right), I just couldn’t help noticing her Crafts Page and all of the fun (and cheap) art pieces she’d been working on. Since I have more time than money these days, why not give them a whirl?!? In particular, this simple art project had me salivating like Pavlov’s Dogs that I simply had to give it a whirl, especially since it involved ZERO artistic ability! Champagne on a Beer Budget, anyone?
Basically, she took inspiration from this $200 number at Z Gallerie (the Gallery where good looks can be debt-inducing):
Cute, huh?! So Katie at All Bower Power actually put something together in Microsoft Paint (yes, PAINT! I learned how to use a mouse on this program in art class growing up!!). Instead of putting together signs from NYC, she did them from her home states! How clever is that?! Heck, I can do that! And here is what I came up with:
Seriously, anybody can do this project it is SO simple! The hardest part is actually sitting in front of a computer screen with Google Maps in one window and Paint in the other. I just sat down and took our two home states (previous and current) and picked cities, landmarks, and parks that would show up on a map and inserted them into Paint and voila! Easy-peasy artwork for close to free it’s disgusting! In fact, the priciest part of this whole art project were the frames – and at $4.99 apiece from Ikea, I can handle that!
So here’s the Price Breakdown:
- Artwork: FREE! Save for the hour or so it took me to construct it in Paint
- Frames: $4.99 RIBBA frames from Ikea (at the *new* low 2010 price)
- Print Job: $1.00 for 4 copies from Impact Printing here in Beaverton, OR
- TOTAL: $10.98!
And the fun thing about this project is that it would make such a cute gift idea, too! Especially for a couple who are getting married and have lived in a few different places! And it’s not just limited to States – you could do it for two cities, two universities, two schools, two countries, etc, etc. It’s a classy and understated way to acknowledge not only the written word, but geography, too!
Champagne…on a beer budget! Love’s it!
Happy Labor Day, everyone! BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG project here at Tell’er All About It this weekend – stay tuned! HUGE-ola, so can’t wait to show you the results next week!