Support your local farmers with a trip to the Dallas Farmers Market. It's the perfect place to spend a warm Sunday afternoon, and it’s a whole lot more fun than a trip to the grocery store. Do a little research before you go about which types of fruits and vegetables are in season, and then explore the wide variety of vendors to find the juiciest peaches and the greenest cucumbers.
While the Dallas Farmers Market offers an endless assortment of produce, it’s also full of vendors selling homemade, organic bath products, aromatherapy candles, and other handmade goods. Delicious meats and cheeses are perfect for making afternoon sandwiches, and spices, oils, and honeys are kitchen necessities that are always good to have on hand. Make sure you come hungry, too, because the Dallas Farmers Market also offers mouth-watering prepared foods that you’ll certainly want to sample.
You want to fill your home's walls with art, but anyone who has ever tried to get something framed knows just how pricey it can be. Luckily, there are a number of great alternatives to professional framing that will still help you to show off your art in an attractive way. Here are just a few smart tips for framing art on the cheap.
- Use an online framing service. Nowadays you can do just about anything online, including framing your art. Browse the web for online framing services like Framebridge and in just a few business days, you'll receive a beautifully framed art print in the mail — often for less than $50!
- Stock up on frames. If you prefer to frame your art on your own, stock up on affordable frames at craft stores or thrift shops. You'll often find secondhand, mass-produced frames backed with craft paper and foam, but don't worry; those can be easily removed.
- Remove the backing. If you do happen to find a great deal on a secondhand frame with built-in backing, remove the layer of craft paper by pulling out the staples or simply cutting it out. Next, remove the inner layer of foam or cardboard by again removing any nails or staples.
- Add a mat. Whether you disassembled your own secondhand frame or bought one new, at this point you'll want to add a mat to create a professional look. You can purchase a mat at any craft store, so long as you carefully measure both the size of your frame (for the mat's outer edge) and the size of the print (for the mat's inside edge).
- Clean the glass. Finally, clean the glass thoroughly and let it dry before placing it back in the frame. If you removed the backing, add your own backing with more craft paper and either glue or staples.
Frugal Living: How To Frame Your Art on the Cheap [Apartment Therapy]