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A Reverse Housewarming Gift – Custom Framed Photo From the Front Yard

Xaver took a photography class this Spring at the local community college and has been practicing his skills wherever we go. The High Desert has some amazing sunsets so a few months ago, when we were at my sister's house, Xaver was able to catch a fabulous sunset on camera, which he then processed using the skills in his class. A few weeks later, my sister announced to us that she was moving to Northern California and was putting her house on the market. We grew up here in the High Desert and there are lots of great memories she made in her home with family and friends. When CanvasPop approached me about creating a custom framed print from my own photos or art, I knew I had to create a framed print of this photo to give to my sister as a present to always remember her So Cal home by.

Sunset in Phelan Xaver Priest SM

The process of ordering on CanvasPop is really easy.

The CanvasPop site walks you through choosing a size for your canvas, a frame, matting or no matting and more. The trick is making sure that your image is sized properly. Xaver had first sent me a small image – since we had ordered a larger print, 16×20, the image quality is really key because a small or low quality image can look pixelated when enlarged. The staff at CanvasPop were super nice and helped us with finding the right image size. I placed the order and the framed print arrived within about a week. The print was framed beautifully and wrapped securely in bubble wrap and an inner and an outer box. I saved the packaging so my sister can use it to repack the print when she moves. I am super pleased with the crisp print quality and vibrant color in the print we received! The picture really pops off the wall with color and is gorgeous to look at. I know my sister will always remember her time in the desert no matter where her travels take her in the future.

CanvasPop Print on Mantle JPriest

We gifted the framed print to my sister's family and they loved it! I almost didn't give it to her after I saw how cool it looked on my mantle. Shhh! Don't tell her! I can just order a second one on CanvasPop for my house  – and that is pretty cool! After I gave the print to them, my brother-in-law and nephew went outside and held up the print in the same place where Xaver had taken the photo a few months earlier.

Isn't it crazy when a photo looks better than the real thing?

Qamar with CanvasPop Framed Print of High Desert Sunset JPriest 800

My sister was asleep, because she works the night shift so my Brother-In-Law and nephew held up the print. My Brother-In-Law's shirt looks funny because his shoulder was broken in May and he can't put his arm into his shirtsleeve … for now. He is recovering slowly – thank you to everyone who prayed and helped out during this time.

This print makes a fabulous gift for life events like weddings, housewarmings, new babies, and even moving. I feel like this gift is kind of like a reverse housewarming gift, since it is about leaving this house and going to make a new life somewhere else. Having a photo we took, printed and framed is like giving her a piece of us as well as a pretty home decor piece. I'd order from CanvasPop again because I am impressed with the ease of the service and the quality of the product. I'd also love to see some of the kids' art framed as a CanvasPop print.


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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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  1. I love this idea no think I’m going to do this for Christmas. It would make a nice gift.

  2. Word Art. this would be a great keepsake for the family.
    thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Gorgeous! Did you see those paper mache cactuses that a contributor from England made? I’ll be featuring it next week…..though maybe you have enough real ones in your life! Thanks so much for joining us on craft schooling Sunday! And as a native Northern Californian myself, well I can’t blame your sister, and now maybe you’ll get to know the northern part of the state too!

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous, the photo is incredible. What a great pairing. And such a touching gift, anyone would be grateful to have it!

  5. What an absolutely vibrant and gorgeous print! A beautiful photo, turned into a gorgeous keepsake! What a nice idea. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us this week at the Best of the Blogosphere!

  6. I will be Praying fro his shoulder. In the meantime I hope the move went smoothly. I love the picture and I can not wait to check out the site as I have some pictures I would like to frame.

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