Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mexico Inspired DIY Wall Art: Part 2 and A GIVEAWAY

Here she be! Part 2 of my Mexico Inspired DIY Wall Art projects. If you recall, Part 1 was three prints made from banana tree bark that Mr. Tote and I hung after making some easy-peasy stretched canvase frames.

The wall art above has been my problem child. First, I've been thinking about doing this for roughly seven months. I knew I wanted three large, square, matted frames. I found a great deal on some 20"x20" matted frames at IKEA. Problem is that IKEA is about an hour away. And the first time we went there, they were sold out of my precious frames. Gah!! So we made another trip a few months later, calling first to make sure they had the frames in stock.
Second, I was originally going to search for some nice flower photos online to purchase. Until I got this brilliant idea to use photos I had taken on our honeymoon in Mexico. So I started looking through the pictures. Only finding one photo I liked, I decided that we needed to take another trip to Mexico. Only kidding. We had already planned another trip to Mexico this past October and I saw it as the perfect opportunity to take some additional photos.

Here comes the shocker, I took these three photos using my Nikon Coolpix L3. *a hush falls over the crowd* Thankfully, those smart folks over at were the perfect solution for me to enhance these photos and make them what they are now.
The white flower is from the Tulum ruins and the other two were taken at the Iberostar Grand Paraiso Resort. After working with the prints on Picnik, I ordered 12"x12" prints from These guys were fantastic to work with, especially when my pink flower photo arrived in bad shape. They re-shipped all of the prints. Unfortunately the pink one was still incorrect. So, at no additional charge, they shipped the pink flower again. The third time, it was perfect!

Mr. Tote did all of the measuring and hanging. I can't get over how great these turned out. And minus the cost of the trip to Mexico, this project cost me $90 ($80 for the frames and $10 for the photos).

Now, back to my extra prints. I'd like to do a giveaway for each of my extra prints. I have one 12"x12" of the yellow flower and the same size in the white flower. If you're interested in one of these, here's what you gotta do.

1. If you're not a follower, join the Tote's Life fun!
2. Leave a comment, addressing these two things... (1) Which color print you'd like and (2) Who do you think is going to win the Superbowl?
3. Post about this giveaway for an extra entry.

Got all that? So, to recap, leave a comment. Only comments from followers will be included in the giveaway. For an extra entry, leave an extra comment, linking to your post about the giveaway.

The giveaway will close Sunday, January 31 at 7 p.m. EST. I'll use to choose two winners.

Buena suerte, mis skipito friskitos!


  1. I want the white one and I think the Saints will win the Super Bowl. In addition, I think you're a super designer!

  2. I want any! I'm goung for the Saints, too!! Aunti Meg