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.
Chooty & Co’s fabric designs span the spectrum from folksy to baroque, but they’re united by bright colors and bold patterns that can enliven any space in your home. One mustard-colored blanket, for example, features silk-screened flowers and a black satin border; tiny mosaic tiles wind across another plush salmon pillow; and some gauzy gold drapes crinkle like a foil candy wrapper. In addition to premade home furnishings, the store stocks more than 600 fabric swatches for shoppers to peruse until they hone in on an ideal pattern and hue for bed linens, blankets, or Dracula capes.
Like the popular kid at school or the kid whose parents have bribe money, Nobbies Party Superstore products are always invited to the party. Whatever the reason for celebration, Nobbies stocks get-togethers with tableware, balloons, and party favors from an inventory of thousands of accessories, decorations, and costumes. Themed party decorations immerse guests in re-creations of circuses, barnyards, and casinos, or help party planners create a crime-scene theme when police won’t let them borrow decorations from the real thing. Collections of Halloween costumes and accessories also enhance the holiday experience for adults and kids with spooky masks, corsets, tutus, and outfits for dogs. Supplies for holiday and religious celebrations are also included, such as custom napkins, banners and centerpieces. Decorations are also available for big life moments as births, weddings, anniversaries, and tax returns.
With pieces that have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, hung in the White House, and chosen by Oprah to bestow upon Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to celebrate their joint invention of the cotton gin, Sticks and Stones has made one-of-a-kind art ubiquitous. The company's master photographers have compiled a gallery of black-and-white art photographs depicting natural and structural images that represent each letter of the alphabet, which customers can peruse to craft a framed heirloom up to 14 letters long. Once finished, a panel of judges approves the message masterpiece, which, regardless of semiotic weight, gets framed and shipped. Lauded by numerous other celebrity and media outlets, these letter-based and individually tailored decor concoctions make ideal housewarming, wedding, and new-baby gifts.
Piccolo’s Florist and Gifts traces its lineage back to a small family shop that got its start in Omaha in 1952. Since then, the shop has blossomed across the city. As one of Nebraska's largest floral merchants, Piccolo’s Florist and Gifts helps customers ring in any number of events and occasions. Floral baskets and teddy bears celebrate a baby's arrival, and boutonnieres mark a growing boy's first awkward arms-length dance with the chaperone. Artful arrangements combine such buds as long-stemmed roses, sapphire-blue delphiniums, orchids, and seasonal blossoms into aesthetically pleasing treats and home decorations.
Billing itself as a ?janitorial superstore,? The Cleaning Mart stocks cleaning and household supplies in bulk quantities as well as sizes appropriate for the typical homeowner. Its vast selection ranges from push brooms to hand soap to cases of trash bags. Instead of rubbing lavender and pinecones on your walls and floors, you can easily get a room smelling nice with air fresheners.