When photographed just right, the bend of a wrought-iron beam or the curve of a stalk of wheat can look just like a letter of the alphabet. This creative observation captured the attention of photographer Crystal Copeland?a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography?who became inspired to seek out more outdoor features that could double as letters. With the help of her business-savvy husband, Lee, Copeland strung these letters into words and began selling them at an online store?Frame the Alphabet.
The site's interactive letter bank houses a vast collection of Crystal's photos, which can be used to spell out names and words. You may wish to work in visual thematics, crafting names entirely out of sports images for the family athlete or creating an ironic counterpoint to words such as nature with images of city signs, industrial faucets, and spinning cogs. The selected word is then encased within a brown or black 39.5"x15.5" frame made from real pinewood or printed onto a single, wooden gallery block, which comes ready to hang. The signature-board option further customizes the piece with a blank matte board and an 8"x10" space where you can insert a personal picture.
SHOP.CA is an online store featuring products from more than 4,000 brands in 28 different categories, which include clothing and accessories, pet supplies, baby and child needs, house and home products, books, and more. For most items, orders include free shipping and free returns on any day within 365 days. Along with the flexible return window, the company will also pay to ship the item to their warehouse, saving you the step of bribing a truck driver to haul it back. The Social Loyalty reward program rewards members when they purchase items, share products, write reviews and invite friends. Live customer service is available both online and on the phone.
Michelle Frost, a furnishing designer, has a way of making objects appear unrecognizable. At Frosty by Design, she does this with her line of Candian-made furniture paints, which are a water-based, low- to no-VOC formula with a vintage look that's easy to distress or leave clean and modern. The paint requires little to no prep, making it ideal for refinishing furniture, updating cabinets, or transforming old Barbies into miniature recreations of Renaissance sculptures. In addition to rehabbing old tables, bureaus, and chairs?which she sells at her shop?Frost leads workshops to teach visitors methods for mixing and applying colours, as well as tricks of the trade.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
Periwinkle Rose, an online boutique founded by a former costume designer, is filled with quality handmade garments and eco-friendly home goods from Big Dipper Wax Works and Forever New. Change up nighttime clothing routines with a pair of print pajama pants ($30), or impress fellow insomniacs in your clinical sleep study with psychedelic pajama pants ($30). Customers wishing to keep their new sleepwear in tiptop condition can peruse a variety of all-natural fabric-care products, from La Bouquetiere fabric softener ($18.50) to Forever New granular wash ($3.50–$15), a nontoxic, organic, and biodegradable formula designed to safely clean and prolong the life of clothing.