November 2017: City of the Month; Montreal Canada November 01 2017

The cultural capital of Canada is the largest French-speaking port (outside of France) Montreal host a celebration of cosmopolitan Québécois style. Montreal’s 250 theater and dance companies, more than 90 festivals and a fascinating medley of neighborhoods where artists, writers and musicians have helped cement the city’s reputation as a great arts center. The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is the headline event, followed by parties dedicated to world cinema, comedy and gay pride. Québec City also dazzles, with its grand Winter Carnival, music-filled summer festivals and colorful fireworks over the river. Montréal is a slice of old Europe in a pie of contemporary design. A day’s wander might take in the photogenic 18th-century facades of Old Montréal before a cycling tour of the lovely Canal de Lachine, or a wander through the glittering shops and restaurants of downtown before ending at the inviting terraced cafes of Plateau Mont-Royal. In honor of the City Loose Petals is offering $5.00 off any non-sale city organic print size 8 x 10 or larger for the month of November 2017! Use code 5OFF at check out

 

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Tripadvisor.com

Lonleyolanet.com

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September 2017: City of the Month; Perth, Australia September 01 2017

Perched on the banks of the wide Swan River, between the Indian Ocean and the sands of the Nullarbor Desert, Perth is one of the world's most isolated cities, yet still boasts an active beach scene and lively nightlife. Perth Australia is a family-friendly beaches and resorts host home to a variety of tourists. By the ocean side you can spend a full day snorkeling and scuba diving but head north to Scarborough for a spirited beachside club scene.Here are the top ten things to do in the city! (According to Trip Advisor here are the top 10 things to do in Perth Australia.)

  1. Kings Park & Botanic Garden
  2. Kings Park War Memorial
  3. Swan River
  4. Fraser Avenue Lookout
  5. The Perth Mint
  6. Loterywest Federation Walkway
  7. Scitech
  8. Perth Zoo
  9. St. Mary’s Cathedral
  10. 10.Wine Tours & Tastings

In honor of the city Loose Petals is offering $5.00 off any non-sale city organic print size 8 x 10 or larger for the month of September 2017! Use code 5OFF at check out.

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Tripadvisor.com

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August 2017: City of the Month, Rio De Janeiro August 01 2017

With its plentiful beaches, dramatic mountains, and backdrop of samba and bossa nova rhythms, it's easy to fall in love with Rio de Janeiro. Made famous (mostly) by the song, Ipanema Beach is still the place to stroll, sunbathe, and be seen. Copacabana Beach is also another popular beach within the city; it became a symbol of Rio during the 1940s, when international starlets would jet in for the weekend. Also home to the largest Art Deco statue in the world, Christ the Redeemer, beckons visitors to Corcovado Mountain. Lushly forested mountains line the city, shimmering beaches trace the shoreline and a string of tiny islands lie scattered along the seafront. Far from being mere cinematic backdrop, this seaside beauty hosts outstanding outdoor adventures: hiking in the Tijuca rainforest, cycling alongside the lake and beaches, sailing across Baía de Guanabara, and surfing, rock climbing and hang gliding amid one of the world's most stunning urban landscapes. Rio’s annual Carnaval celebrations are bacchanalian extravaganzas of feasting, music, dance, and costumed revelry. Above all the crowds you can hear samba music, a rapid-fire style of music with African influences and an infectious beat that is synonymous with Rio. In honor of the city Loose Petals is offering $5.00 off any non-sale city organic print size 8 x 10 or larger for the month of August 2017! Use code 5OFF at check out.

 

 

 

 

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Tripadvisor.com

Lonleyplanet.com

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July 2017: Tips for Decorating for Family Get Togethers July 15 2017

The idea of throwing party at your house one with lots of great family and friends, amazing food, and interesting conversation always seems like a good idea until you’re in the thick of it. Recent studies show that you should begin planning your event 6 to 12 months in advance to make sure that you have enough time and resources. Follow some easy tips and tricks you will find that hosting a gathering can be simple for you and a fun time for your guests.

There are a few important things to remember while planning any event– big or small – formal or casual:

  1. Give yourself enough time. Some people may have to use vacation time to come and without enough warning they cant make it, or other issues may arise so be sure to have a flexible date that works for the majority of people.
  2. The company matters the most. You do not need to have the perfect party. Make sure your guests will be comfortable. The kids will have something to play, and the adults have plenty of distractions to not worry about their kids.
  3. Delegate to everyone. When someone asks, can I help, say “yes.” Even if you don’t think they really can. Everyone can help and the more someone helps you out the easier your work load is.
  4. Remember to make or buy enough ice. Buy more than you need.
  5. Empty your entry closet so you have room for coats. If you need to, put the coats from the closet on a bed. Make sure you also have hangers.
  6. Don’t even think about doing the dishes while the party is going on. There is always time later that night or the next morning.
  7. Don’t be afraid to serve pre-made, store bought items or even take-out food.
  8. Pick up some disposable plastic containers to let people take home leftovers.
  9. Let someone else (besides you) bartend. Just means you have more time to enjoy the event. Your local bartender may even be willing to come out for a few hours if you ask nicely.
  10. You can never have too many garbage cans and bags out in all of the rooms.

 

Source: Huffingtonpost.com

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July 2017: City of the Month Cape Cod July 01 2017

 

The Cape Cod Regions, consisting of Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, will make you feel happier than you ever have before. . Cape territory is divided into fifteen towns with many villages. With quaint harbors, windswept beaches, glorious dunes and blinking lighthouses Line the coastline of the Atlantic. Cape Cods national Seashore host a number of various activities from rail trails, bike paths and the oldest town in the city. Simply stunning beaches, consistently ranked among the best in the country, line the city’s coastline creating a relaxed and carefree feel in the air. Cape Cod stretches from Procincetown in the northeast to Woods Hole in the southwest. In honor of the city Loose Petals is offering $5.00 off any non-sale city organic print size 8 x 10 or larger for the month of July 2017! Use code 5OFF at check out.

 

 

 

 

Source:

Tripadvisor.com

www.massvacation.com

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June 2016: Where to hang your Travel Prints June 15 2017

Looking for a good place to hang your new art from Loose Petals? Well here are a few Ideas on where to hang your new art that you will love!

Morning Inspiration

Use your newfound artwork to inspire you every morning. Hang your print somewhere in your bedroom so it is something that you see as you wake up or are getting ready for your day. You can hang it on the wall adjacent to the end of your bed or even in your personal bathroom to give you the reminder of your past travels.

 

Work

Have an escape to paradise and put your travel prints in your office. If you have a home office, even better, then you can enjoy your memories at home as well! Or if you are just looking for a daydream getaway and are allowed to hang up personal belongings in your work place put your print somewhere at eye level to your desk so pure bliss is just a glance away.

 

Foyer

Putting your artwork in the entry of your home can create an interesting topic for your guests even before they take off their shoes! Share your stories and experiences by hanging your travels along the   entryway stairs or along side your front door. But be sure that they done sit in the sun for too much of the day, you don’t want your piece to get faded

 

Kitchen

Hanging your prints in your kitchen can give you that global inspiration to cook more ethnic and diverse foods. Using your prints to inspire your everyday life will give you a new look on something old.

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The History of Travel Posters June 15 2016

 “Posters reflect our culture and are like visual graphic icons of the times in which they were created.”  ~ Robin Shepherd, travel poster collector.

Throughout history travel poster have been used for a myriad of reasons. They not only advertised travel destinations, but were used by hotels, airlines, railroads and tourism companies to graphically represent themselves to the public. Many of them were considered works of art.

At the time the lithographic printing process was developed (which was ideally suited to producing posters) travel posters made their mark.  They combined large images with bold text inspired travelers to explore the world. They were prominently displayed on kiosks and in the train stations of Europe and America.

At first these travel posters were a jumble of images and text and crowded with information, but by the early 1900's, artist had simplified the travel poster by using fewer details added power to the message. By the 1920s, other artists transformed the travel poster from illustration to symbol. Which is what modern-day posters and pictographs are based off of. But, posters continue to evolve with new methods and ideas and will always be a major part of our world.

Travel posters are one of the most popular areas of poster collecting today. More than any other poster category, they awaken our dreams of adventure, beauty and wanderlust. Grab your favorite poster from our page and discover a new love for your favorite town! 

Sources: 

http://greenolivearts.com/history-travel-posters/

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Tips for Using Colored Mat Boards May 15 2016

 

When choosing the mat you use inside your framed artwork there is more to consider then what you may think, it is also more important than you might think. There are two reasons for matting art: It keeps the glass separated from your artwork so it won’t stick to the glass, and it enhances your artwork.  And a mat gives needed space so your eye can hone in on the art and it does not get cut off in the frame, especially when you use chunky frames. Here are some more tips:

1. Choose your mat color based on what will best compliment the artwork — not the space you are hanging it.

 

2. Seek balance between the art and the framing that surrounds it.  Avoid using the dominant colors in the art as the dominant colors in the framing.  Instead, identify secondary colors in the art that share the prevailing value and temperature of the art as a whole.

 

3. Although white is the most common mat color, try other neutrals in the taupe and gray families as well. It will add a soft finish without overpowering your piece. The taupe color works especially well with gold frames, and the gray colors are nice complements to silver frame finishes.
4. Darker colors in the framing help enhance the perspective of your work.  If an image has a strong element that is receding such as the river sweeping off into the distance, darker colors help to enhance it. The opposite is also true. Lighter colors help to make a piece “pop”.

Sources 

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/653859/list/the-right-mat-for-your-artwork

http://phoenixartsupplies.com/custom-picture-framing/images/multi-colored-picture-frame.jpg

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2016 New Cities April 08 2016

Loose Petals is proud to announce New Cities for 2016! Revisit your favorite travels at http://www.loosepetals.com/ 
Here are the ones from our Latin America Collection!
Here are the ones from our Europe Collection!
Here are the ones from our America Collection!
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DIY tips for Hanging Art: Wall Types March 09 2016

Picture Hanging Hooks:

  • Use picture hanging hooks instead of nails. Although nails may seem sturdier because they are heavier, the hooks go in the wall at an angle and are much more secure for picture hanging.

  • Picture hangers are specifically made for hollow walls making it easier on any surface that is too weak to hold a nail or a screw.

  • Buy the right type of hook for your arts weight.

    • One-nail picture hook: holds 30 pounds or lighter

    • Two-nail picture hook: holds around 50 pounds

    • Three-nail picture hook: holds between 75 - 100 pounds

  • Use two hooks per artwork to provide security and help the art remain level.

Type of Wall:

Plaster & Drywall:

  • When dealing with drywall or plaster it is best to have a stud finder. This will help you find the wall studs in your wall and allow you to hang the artwork from the most secure spots to avoid wall damage. Wall studs are the wooden framings behind your wall; knowing where they are will stop you from hanging art in an unsteady section of your wall. You can buy electronic stud finders that beep or flash when identifying a spot containing wall studs. Prices range from $20 to $40 and can be found in most hardware stores.
  • When hanging on plaster wall use a piece of scotch tape where you will hammer in the hook to prevent the plaster from crumbling.

Wood & Paneling:

  • When dealing with wood or panel use wood screws. Wood screws are easy to install with a screw driver and stay in wood/paneling very strongly.
  • If you are hanging something lightweight use adhesive strips and hooks to avoid any wall damage. Part is attached to the wall and the other part is attached to the picture. Line these two parts up and simply press the picture in place. If you want to take down the picture just pull the adhesive strips off the wall. Be careful though, for these strips hold a maximum weight of only eight pounds.
  • When dealing with a heavier art piece use anchors that spread out behind the wall after inserting the screw.
  • Installing nail or screw holes into the grooves of paneling make it harder to see them when they are removed.  
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