In case you hadn’t noticed, summer is officially here. Of course, you probably did notice. That’s why you got invitations to all those Summer Solstice parties that are all the rage. Or maybe you’ve been noticing that the kids in your neighborhood, or in your house, are all running wild these days. Don’t call the truant officer. It’s just summer break.
It’s surprising though. Wasn’t it just Spring? Didn’t Easter just happen? Is this calendar broken? Yes, yes, and no. That’s just how this world is. Always turning. So don’t adjust your calendar. Embrace the moment and jump into the season, full force. And while you’re changing into your shorts and flip flops, think about changing your home decor too.
Welcome the season by displaying your best summer photo with a very modern photo frame! Our Maggie magnetic frame is the perfect way to showcase seasonal photographs. The simple design uses magnets and ball bearings to hold a picture in place. And in a few months, when you realize that somehow it became Fall, you can swap it out. Use Maggie to show off that picture from the beach or the pool or the ice cream social. Then, when fall rolls around, you can swap it out for something new!
Maybe you’ve got a great Halloween picture, but it’s not one you need hanging all year long. That’s what Maggie is made for. Let her help you stay with the times. Maggie comes in a variety of sizes, up to 10x12. You can can her on the wall or sit her on the mantle. Maggie goes with the flow. She’ll change with the season and look good doing it.
It’s more fun than a calendar. And it’s easier than changing the picture in a regular frame. Maggie has no glass. No backing. Just gorgeous, eco-friendly bamboo, and a few little magnets. Simple.
If you live in Portland, Oregon (like we do), you know that you should enjoy the outdoors when it’s summertime. Now is the time to take advantage of the clear skies and warm temperatures. No need for Gortex or galoshes or anything. But as much as you might love hiking and biking and skateboarding and dragon boating, sometimes you just need a break from all the activity. But you feel so guilty sitting inside on a balmy summer night. Well, guess what, Portland people - you can have it all. If you’re looking summer activities in Portland that don’t require you to expend any energy, you’ve found your answer. Flicks on the Bricks is the best of both worlds.
This Portland summer tradition brings movies to the great outdoors on four Friday evenings in July and August. That’s when Pioneer Square will be transformed into Portland’s largest outdoor movie theater for the entire community to enjoy! The movie series kicks off on Friday, July 25th and it runs through August 29th,
And just when you thought life couldn’t get any better, you should note that admission to Flicks on the Bricks is free. A free movie? Sounds too good to be true. Is that even legal? Don’t ask so many questions. There will even be a contest for “The Best Seat in the Square” where lucky moviegoers can win premiere movie seating with IKEA furniture.
There’s a great lineup of flicks this season. See one or see them all. Here’s the schedule, if you want to get excited:
July 25th: Ghostbusters
August 8th: The Princess Bride
August 15th: Jurassic Park
August 29th: Frozen
Now when someone asks you what you’re doing on a Friday night, you’ll have a good answer. So go ahead and take a break from your active lifestyle and enjoy a good old-fashioned sit. You’ve earned it.
Remember last summer? No? Well make this one memorable. Plan a fun trip for the whole family now, because back to school is always sooner than you think. Here are just a few Plywerk-approved Summer Vacation Spots for Kids.
We’ve all heard of Disneyland, but there’s a reason for that. It’s a magical place that kids of all ages can enjoy. If you find yourself in Southern California, make your way down to Anaheim, if only for a day.
For water park fun, visit Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. You might think you’ve been to a water park, but until you’ve been to Kalahari Resort, you haven’t. Kalahari offers more sliding, splashing, tubing, and general water merriment than anything you’ve ever seen. In addition to the impressive outdoor park, they also have a 125,000 square foot indoor park complete with a rafting ride, spas, and a wave pool. (There’s also one in Sandusky, Ohio.)
Hey, speaking of Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point is a must-do for any little thrill seekers. Take your daredevils on a trip to the lovely coast of Lake Erie and teach them what a real roller coaster is. Cedar Point offers an astonishing 72 rides and it’s the only amusement park in the world with four roller coasters taller than 200 feet.
And yes, we’ve been a little amusement park-centric here, so how about you teach your kids about the natural beauty of our country with a trip to one of the most beloved National Parks? Check out Yellowstone this summer. Sure, it’s crowded, but not nearly as crowded as a Disney theme park. Added bonus: If your kids start fighting, you can threaten to feed them to a bear.
And don’t forget to preserve this summer fun with a Print on Plywerk. Whether it’s a ride on the teacups or an exciting animal encounter, it will look fantastic mounted on wood and hanging on your wall.
It’s the most wonderful time of year! BBQ season is upon us. That’s good news for everyone. Or at least for everyone who loves a good barbecue. And who doesn’t love a good BBQ? Whether you’re attending one or just walking or breathing somewhere in the vicinity, a barbecue signifies summer and fun. You can literally smell it. Personally, I am thankful for each and every barbecue in my neighborhood, for filling the air with smoky, saucy, summertime smells.
So you’re lucky enough to be invited to a cookout. You know you can’t show up empty-handed. (Well, you can, but you might not get invited to the next shindig.) Of course you can always arrive carrying some guacamole or a case of beer, but say you want to do something special for the host. It’s a casual affair, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come bearing gifts! That’s where we come in. Shop Plywerk for great gifts for a barbecue.
Yes, you could just bring ice. Or some sort of whimsical grilling apron. But Plywerk offers fun and different photo gifts that can be enjoyed all year long. Our Plywerk Minis are the perfect offering. You can personalize a refrigerator magnet, a desktop block, or a hanging photo ornament. The Plywerk Minis are terribly cute and can be purchased individually or as a set.
It’s the perfect occasion for some beautiful food photography. Take a delicious picture and put one on a magnet! It’s a delectable way to commemorate a great cookout. Make a Mini with a slice of watermelon! Your friends will think of you every time they reach for a snack. Or they’ll just think about melons. Which is also fine. But they’ll probably think about the fun times they had in the backyard, or gathered ‘round a fire. And that’s a fine gift.
A good long weekend is something to cherish. Don’t squander this Memorial Day weekend! Or any weekend, for that matter. Life is for the living! Take a trip. Are you stumped for ideas? Well, Plywerk is here to save the day. Gather round and listen up, faithful Plywerk blog reader. We’re going to get your vacation muscles warmed up with these fun Memorial Day trip ideas.
Hit the road and pay a visit to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. For lovers of natural wonders, take a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains. (The name doesn’t lie. They’re great.) For lovers of unnatural wonders, take a trip to nearby Dollywood.
Consider an adventure in Asheville, North Carolina. Check out the Blue Ridge Mountains. And be prepared to eat and drink and eat and drink some more. Asheville is a great destination for foodies and beer connoisseurs. Line up at 12 Bones Barbecue for a lunch to remember.
Mardi Gras or not, New Orleans, Louisiana is an adventurous town, to say the least. Stroll down Bourbon Street. Catch a jazz show. Enjoy the flavors of Cajun country. It’s a cultural adventure that everyone needs to experience at one time or another.
Go to South Padre Island, Texas. If you’re looking for adventure, they’ve got it. Wind Surfing! Kiteboarding! Relax and enjoy some beach time with the family or check out a water park. Unfortunately, a long weekend will feel short with all the activities available on this happening island.
And if you’re looking for a West Coast adventure, Lake Tahoe should be on your list. It’s a nature photographer’s dream. You’ll know you made the right choice for a getaway when you see that clear blue water and snowcapped peaks. Go hiking. Go biking. Play a round of golf. Enjoy the surroundings.
And wherever you end up, be sure to take pictures. It just so happens that we can turn your trip photos into a work of art. We’ll put your beautiful vacation pictures on equally beautiful bamboo and everything will be right with the world.
Do you live in Portland? Do you ride a bike? Of course you do! Well, you may not live in Portland. And if you don’t, we’re sorry to hear that. But if you do, you probably have a bike, because Portland is one of the most lovably bikeable cities in the country.
But you might think twice about your ride if you’re biking with a little one. Your normal bike route can seem less than welcoming when you’re worrying about your extremely precious cargo. It doesn’t have to be stressful. Avoid the busy city streets and enjoy your ride with some of these family friendly bike paths in Portland:
The Springwater Corridor is a popular path in Southeast Portland. The 21 mile stretch is well-traveled, for good reason. Kids will enjoy crossing bridges and ponds, and there are plenty of places to stop along the way. With many entry points, it’s easy to break up the trail.
The Banks Vernonia Trail is a scenic multi-use path perfect for a day of family fun. This one-time railroad line is now a splendid trail for all your hiking, biking, and horseback riding needs.
Marine Drive Path is an urban trail with views of the river. tt might also be a good chance to spot some wildlife along the way. Proximity to the airport is a plus if your young ones enjoy pointing to airplanes. And who doesn’t?
The I-205 path is a smooth ride that runs along, (you guessed it), Interstate 205. You’ll cover ground between Vancouver, Washington, and Oregon City.
The Eastbank Esplanade is a flat, easy ride for bikers of all ages. It can be pretty busy on those sunny Portland summer days. And depending on your level of energy and/or enjoyment, it’s easy to extend the trip. Pedal over the Hawthorne or Steel Bridge and make it a longer loop.
Happy trails! And don’t forget to snap a few shots of baby’s first bike ride. It’s a day you’ll want to remember with a Print on Plywerk.
“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” -Eudora Welty
As we ease into the new year, we thought it might be fun to take a look at the old year. We saw a lot of wonderful photos on Plywerk last year, so let's take a little trip down memory lane and see all those moments that didn't escape. We picked some of our favorites from the Plywerk Flickr page. So let's take a look at 2013 in photos.
The winter of 2013 is a distant memory by now, but we can assure you - it was just one year ago. We have the photos to prove it. And when you brave the cold, you can get some really excellent nature shots.
Who doesn't love Spring? It's the time of year when we finally get to shed that winter coat and enjoy a breath of fresh air. Spring is a time for awakening, new life, and dressing your child up as a chicken.
Even if you're not an avid photographer, you probably dusted off your camera last summer. We all want to preserve those moments in the sun. Summer vacations and outdoor adventures are things we all want to remember. Especially by the time winter rolls around.
Fall can be bittersweet. It's a beautiful season of change and colors. Then again, if you're a kid, it means going back to school. As an adult, however, you have seasonal pies to look forward to.
And in the blink of an eye, another year had passed. Winter returned and we resorted to putting bows on our cats to pass the hours.
Here's to 2013! We hope it was a beautiful year that you never forget!
First of all let me just say that I have no idea why a back-to-school post needs to be written this early in the summer season; by my count we have weeks and weeks of blue skies and warm nights left! Right? RIGHT?
Anywho, if you've given in to this collective delusion that fall is around the corner, you might find yourself needing to decorate a dorm room or two. Fortunately, Plywerk has a sale on to help you get a high-quality product that fits your back-to-school budget.
Even though I did not go to college out of state, I still went back to school each fall laden with mementos and knick-knacks for my dorm or bedroom meant to help me keep home in mind. Plenty of my fellow classmates did not have the option for easy weekend visits of hugs and laundry, and the mementos their families sent them with were especially precious. If you're sending a student far from home this fall, send them with photos mounted on Plywerk to help them keep their spirits up between holidays. Memories you made over the summer can be preserved on eco-conscious bamboo in a range of sizes to fit any space left between Jimi Hendrix and Dave Matthews Band posters. With a 20% off deal on from now until September 15th you'll have plenty left over after text books to throw in a high-quality gift handmade here in Portland, Oregon.
Click around our recently revamped website and start your order now! Even though you have plenty of time before fall! I don't know what everyone is talking about! I'm going to the beach now!
As the summer sun shines down on Plywerk's home of Portland, Oregon in varying degrees on a scale of pleasant to oppressive, it would seem that some people's thoughts are turning to love and commitment and strategically arranged relatives - Yes, the summer weddings are here again, and Plywerk's eco-conscious hand crafted panels remain the best option for preserving your summery weddingy memories.
If you live in a place that experiences actual seasons or is California, summertime is a season of sunshine and warmth that makes for pretty ideal wedding conditions. The ever-popular outdoor wedding makes for a lovely nuptial experience from which awesome photos are born - at Plywerk we see a lot of happy couples posing under majestic trees or barefoot in the yellow sand, faces aglow with the beauty of their love or possibly several layers of intense sunburn. Plywerk's bamboo panels have their own natural beauty and make an excellent home for images of outdoor weddings.
As a kid at family functions, my budding interest in photography lead to the oft-given position of semi-official family photographer, which mostly consisted of me borrowing my parents' camera for an hour or so to run around and shoot to my little heart's content. I strongly recommend doing this at your summer wedding! Pass off a disposable or unloved digital camera to a young relative and let them run wild through the reception. I promise that when you review those photos, some of them will be gems. Then pass them off to Plywerk to let us preserve that amazing memory for you on a handmade art panel! I think your home decor could use some adorable photos mounted on sustainably-grown bamboo, don't you?
Even if you're on the guest list and not at the altar, Plywerk can add to your summer wedding experience. If you're a friend or relative of a couple who has everything, instead of gambling on a set of steak knives or espresso mugs, wander off the registry and help make their wedding even more memorable with the gift of Plywerk. Photos from the rehearsal dinner or the engagement party or that friend-of-a-friend's barbecue potluck where you first introduced them, mounted on a sleek, high-quality bamboo art panel handmade in Portland, OR, makes for a thoughtful and truly unique wedding present.
Check out our products and start preserving your summer wedding memories today!