My Gallery Wall Cornerstone & PRINT WILD GIVE-AWAY!

I have recently been toying with the idea of creating a beautiful gallery wall in my entrance hall – a framed photo collection of my family and loved ones to greet all guests who enter my home.

My eldest daughter, Kelly and her precious family live abroad in Finland. Fortunately, for my hubby and me, she likes to escape their harsh winter and like a bird migrates with her kids down South, back to sun, mama and papa.

A few years ago, during one such a vacation and  just before Claire, my youngest daughter and her family re-located to the Eastern Cape haven of St. Francis Bay, we decided that it was time to have those long outstanding professional family photos taken.

My gorgeous framed family photo that I received from printWild earlier this week! It’s big and beautiful – the perfect start to my gallery wall!

The images were awesome and there was one particular photo that I have been dying to have framed – it was going to be the big focal photo of my gallery wall. However, it had to be a special framing job as the image is a long rectangular one.

I stumbled across printWild (interesting name), a Durban-based online print / framing company. Since they promised to have my framed image with me within 7 – 9 days, I decided to go for this online purchase – something I have never done before.

When I tell you that the process was painlessly quick, I am not joking. The only time consuming part of the exercise was the time I had to take to decide upon the product. The actual ordering process – well if it took more than two minutes that was a lot.

Initially having to select from their vast range of products was a little daunting for me as they supply anything from canvas prints to custom printed wallpaper. However, as I explored their site, I found that they have supported their written product descriptions with videos. Being a very visual person (not a manual reader) this worked so well for me.

I made my choice – something they call a ‘contemporary white frame’ and selected my size, with a few special instructions of what I envisaged for this rectangular image.

The service was superb to say the least, because exactly 7 days after the order was placed, Father Xmas in July had sent his little Elf called Courier to my front door. I was so excited when I eventually managed to tear all the packaging material off to discover my wonderful family image staring back at me. The quality of the image and the frame – magic.

Now all that remains is for hubby to mount that on the designated wall and for all the visitors to coo over that stunning framed photo.

I gave printWild my positive feedback and mentioned that I intended to blog about it. Wait for it – there could be a Xmas in July for some lucky reader as well. They have offered us an R500.00 voucher to be redeemed against any online purchase from their site. Which means… GIVE AWAY TIME!

To enter and stand a chance WIN you must:

1) Comment on this post below by telling us who you are and what you would print / frame should you win the voucher (check out the printWild’s website to view all their awesome products)!

2) “Like” our Facebook page: here   AND   the printWild Facebook page: here

… additionally if you have Twitter you can also do the following…

Tweet this post and include @streaksahead @printwild (by the way…are you following us and printWild yet?)

Unfortunately only people residing in South Africa are eligible for this competition. We will announce the lucky winner on Monday, 6 August 2012 – so be sure to enter before then.

And The Winner Is…

Thanks to everybody who entered the wall decal give-away – unfortunately there can only be ONE winner (drawn by way of a “virtual hat” )…

Congrats Cherie, you are lucky winner of the super dooper R 300 wall decal voucher from CrazySexyCool!

We would like to thank everybody who entered the give-away, we really enjoyed reading your comments. Also, a special thanks to Chantelle from CrazySexyCool! Be sure to check out the CrazySexyCool Facebook page for future wall decal awesomeness!

Keep your eyes peeled – there is some more give-aways in the pipeline…

Thanks peeps, have a gorgeous Monday!

Have You Entered Yet?

I love Lucy wall decal!

Hey peeps, just a quick reminder that there is only 5 days left to enter our awesome CrazySexyCool wall decal give-away! So if you want to stand a chance to win that super dooper R300 wall decal voucher be sure to enter before Monday the 11th of June!

To enter click: HERE and follow the easy instructions at the bottom of the post!

CrazySexyCool Wall Decals & GIVE AWAY!!

This is crazy… I set out to write about how to give your walls ‘the treatment’ using trendy graphic wallpaper and vinyl wall decals, thinking that I would make one post of it. But as I went along researching all the different styles and suppliers of said wall treatment, my only reaction was to say, in the words of Randy from American Idols, “Yo Dude!!” There is too much to fit into one article.

Okay so that has me looking at the trend that seems to have gained considerable momentum in recent times – Vinyl Wall Stickers, also know as Vinyl Wall Decals.

We had occasion in the past to have a decal custom made for one of our clients – it was a funky office space. Other than being a relatively inexpensive means of applying art to a wall, it is an extremely easy application as well. Plus the other bonus factor is that you have any image or typography made to order… As the larney folk will say… Bespoke! Particularly fab for application in babies and kiddies rooms.

A few months ago, a very proactive young lady named Chantelle from CrazySexyCool a Gauteng based Wall Decal business approached us to feature her work. Since wall treatments was on the ‘to do list’ her timing was great.

After Chantelle graduated and got a few letters behind her name, she went on to work in the field of marketing. That led her to dabbling in web design, but also had her longing for more tactile design. In January 2011 she launched her Wall Decal business and in her words “she has not looked back since”.

On the homepage of her website, Chantelle has so adequately opened up the concept of Wall decals. I decided I could not better that…

Decals what?

Wall Decals (or wall vinyl stickers) are a fun way to transform any room from blank and boring to stylish and unique.The vinyl used for the stickers are made from high quality vinyl and are available in many different colours, even fluorescents and metallic.

Stickers where?

Stickers are applied relatively quickly and are very easy to change. Stickers can be stuck on any smooth surface, such as; smooth walls, windows, doors, glass, floors, etc. Wall Decals can be used in offices, shops, on shop windows, homes and even rental homes as it does not damage painted walls.

Vinyl why?

Vinyl stickers for walls are expressions of individual personality and style. When installing there is no mess, as with painting, but the decals can create an illusion of a painted-on design when especially using matt decals. You do not have to have artistic skills or be a state-of-the-art home decorator to turn your plain living space into wonderful one using wall decals.

Just like how easy it is to apply, vinyl wall decals are just as easy to remove without ruining the surface of the wall.

But whoa good news – because these decals / stickers are so reasonably priced, they could make excellent gifts, for that special person or special occasion. Even a wedding gift if you know the person’s taste and style well enough.

More good news! We have an AWESOME R300 GIFT VOUCHER from CRAZYSEXYCOOL TO GIVE AWAY to one lucky participant!

You heard right, Chantelle is giving away a gift voucher to the value of R300 to be redeemed against a Wall Decal purchase of your choice from her online shop.

Here is how it works >>>>>

To enter and stand a chance WIN you must:

1) Comment on this post below by telling us who you are, what your wall decal of choice would be, and where you will put it (check out the CrazySexyCool websitr to view all the awesome designs)!

2) “Like” our Facebook page: here   AND   the CrazySexyCool Facebook page: here

… additionally if you have Twitter you can also do the following…

Tweet this post and include @streaksahead @CrazySexyCoolSA (by the way…are you following us and CrazySexyCool yet?)

Unfortunately only people residing in South Africa are eligible for this competition. We will announce the lucky winner on Monday, 11 June 2012 – so be sure to enter before then.

And The Winners Are…

1st Prize of the lovely Hot Cakes designer apron set goes to Michelle Nortier and the 2nd Prize Hot Cakes toiletry bag set goes to Lesley Murray!

Congrats ladies! Your prizes are on the way, enjoy them! We would like to thank everybody who entered the give-away, and thanks to Carol Mills for sponsoring the awesome Hot Cakes prizes! Keep your eyes fixed on the Carol Mills Facebook page for stunning new Hot Cakes products – next year will be the start of many great things!

To all our loyal readers who entered the give-away, don’t give up! Be on the look-out for more awesome give-aways and competitions in 2012!

GIVE AWAY! Win beautiful Hot Cakes by Carol Mills products…

The 1st PRIZE consists of the following beautiful Hot Cakes by Carol Mills Fabrics products: 1) Apron, 2) Tray and 3) Oven Mitts!

Carol Mills has a long history in the field of Interior Décor and fabrics, going back to the time when she owned a retail décor outlet. During the course of the last decade or so, she has been part of one of SA’s well known retail décor outlets.

 As one thing always leads to another, it was not too long before she had taken the leap in having her very own range of toile fabrics designed and produced locally.

Why not pop over to her website to view the fabrics and…. Watch this space, as she will be launching other products/fabrics that she distributes onto her website in the New Year.

2nd Prize is a Hot Cakes toiletry and make-up bag set!

And, I may add that it was at a time when the trend towards more locally designed fabrics was not quite as fashionable as it is today.  Being passionate about the tales that revolve around our local cultures (including viticulture), our history, all our indigenous fauna & flora as well as our connections to the sea, turned out to be the base from which Carol drew her inspirational toile designs. The Range is called “Fabric Du Sud” or in our every day not so French language – Fabrics of the South. This range has steadily grown to include Fabric De Sud 1, 2 and 3.

In more recent years, Carol decided to mix into the fold a range of products made from her toile fabrics. And wait for it…. The name of this range is very sexy – HOT CAKES. Products such as super durable trays, aprons and bistro aprons (called Hot Buns mind you), oven mitts, toiletry & make up bags.

To celebrate her launching her fabrics and products onto the Social Media stage, Carol is sponsoring a GIVE AWAY. The HOT CAKES goodies to be had are – 1st PRIZE: a tray, an apron and a pair of oven mitts. AND because it is the season of goodwill, she is throwing in a second prize as well – a toiletry & make-up bag.

To enter and stand a chance WIN:

1) Comment on this post below by telling us who you are and if you would give this prize as a gorgeous Christmas gift or if you would keep it all to yourself!

2) “Like” our Facebook page: here   AND   the Carol Mills Facebook page: here

….if you have Twitter you can also do the following….

3) Tweet this post and include @streaksahead @carolmillsfab  (by the way…are you following us and Carol yet?)

Unfortunately only people living in South Africa are eligible for this Give-Away. We will announce the lucky winner on Tuesday, 13 December 2011.