Found & Framed

Manhattan by Ana Bond at Rifle Paper Co.
Manhattan by Ana Bond at Rifle Paper Co.
We've become so used being able to find anything and everything instantly on the Internet. Occasionally, however, I'll see something in a magazine that I can't find, such as a cute handbag, hat, or a household good. When that happens, it seems I want the item even more.  About a month ago I saw a beautiful, artsy print of New York City in a magazine.  I went home and googled variations of "art print of NYC, Caribbean green, turquoise, green", etc., to no avail. I LOVED living in NYC in my early 30s and I had to have that print. After repeated searches on Etsy, Pinterest, and so forth, I gave up.
City Maps Assorted Card Set-Rifle Paper Co.
City Maps Assorted Card Set-Rifle Paper Co.
Then, recently, as I was coveting various paper goods online at one of my favorite stores, Rifle Paper Co., I found "my" print. Even better, I found that there were a set of City Maps. I have lived in or visited all of these places. So, I decided to buy the cards ($16 for 8) rather than the one print ($40), and frame four of the them. Since I didn't want to spend a lot of money, I bought four inexpensive frames from A.C. Moore at 50% off ($26.00). Unfortunately, the photo mats were not the right size. Can someone please tell me why photo mats are so expensive? The woman at Michael's told me that each mat would cost $12/piece. At A.C. Moore they said a single mat would cost $30! Really?  I didn't want my DIY to break the bank so I ended up just mounting them on white card stock.
RIfle Paper Co.
Creative Whimzy DIY
Recipe Tin, Rifle Paper Co.
Rifle Paper Co.
On a related note, I splurged recently and bought this Rifle Paper Co. recipe  box.  It comes in two other styles.  I am in the processing of copying our family's favorite recipes to put inside. I'm going to buy two more so that my step-daughters and my daughter can each have one.

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