Launching Golden Owl

Hello, everyone!

Today I have some very exciting news! I have been working really hard lately to launch a new Etsy shop! The shop is called Golden Owl (By The Whale’s Endeavors) and features hand painted glassware!
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Another exciting thing about this post is that in order to kick off the shop, I’m doing my very first giveaway! One lucky winner will receive $5 off a purchase from Golden Owl!

Here’s how to enter:
Go check out the shop and leave a comment telling me which item is your favorite!
Bonus Entry!
Like the Facebook Page and tell me you did so in a separate comment!

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The winner will be announced next Saturday, Septemeber 28th on this blog, so be sure to check back!

For those of you who don’t win, no worries! Just enter the code TWEBLOG at checkout and receive 20% off for the next few weeks!

Hope you guys like it!

-The Whale

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Fuji Instax Mini Collage

Hello, hello!

Today I have another small project I did for my apartment! A while back I shared some information about my Fuji Instax Mini camera. At that point I was trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to do with my growing stack of photos taken with the camera. I really love the look of these photos and I certainly didn’t want to stash them away somewhere. I wanted them to be on display!

Well, as you can imagine, I finally figured out how I wanted to accomplish this!

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I eventually settled on making a collage I could display out of the photos. At first I decided I wanted to aim for a circle shape. I taped the photos I currently had together into a circle and hung it about my tv.
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This didn’t really work out for me…. It was fine for a bit, but I had a hard time getting the photos to lay flat, and I also felt it was missing some sort of ‘wow factor.’ It definitely needed something. Also, I wanted to be able to easily add more photos to the collage as I took them.

At this point I decided that some sort of backing would for sure help out with making the photos lay flat better, so I thought, why not make a big circle, place the photos I have right now in the center, and then add to the outside as I go? Sounded good to me!

I cut out a big circle from a cardboard box and taped my current photo circle in the middle. I then made the decision to construct a grid around those existing photos to place any new photos in.
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When I began, I felt like I wanted the grid to be a series of color blocks, so I started out going with that… After maybe a fourth of the circle was complete, however, I felt that I wasn’t super into how it was turning out. I decided instead to opt for an entire gold background and a simple black grid. I didn’t wan to take away the focus from the photos with all of those colors!

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I’m now quite pleased with the results! It definitely is a nice way to showcase my little Instax Mini photos in my living room!

-The Whale