OranguFrame: Giving Art a Home

I will never forget the first time I brought out finger paints for my 2 year old to paint with. Although it was just a mess of all colors mixed as one, as a mom, all I saw was a masterpiece. That piece of art made it's home on the refrigerator for a few weeks, until of course, the next piece of art was ready to hang. 

Once my daughters started school, I could not wait for them to bring home their seasonal art projects, in fact, I turned our hallway into their gallery. Each piece went up on that wall as soon as it came home. My only problem with our gallery was that I had ugly tape holding everything up, it just looked kinda messy. Recently I discovered a fun solution to that very problem. 

Last week, we were invited to an art party with OranguFrame. You probably haven't heard of them yet, as they are still in the kickstarter stage. But I'm here to tell you a little about this project, a project I can get behind. These inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to assemble frames are a cool new way to display art and pictures. They are printed with high-quality inks, made from sturdy chipboard, and are available in a variety of fun designs, or blank for customizing. They assemble in minutes with no need for tools and can be hung in any direction with just a thumbtack. The patent-pending OranguFrame allows it to be shipped flattened which greatly reduces shipping costs.

Each OranguFrame comes with five 8” x 10” blank canvases made of heavyweight paper ideal for crayons, pens, paints, and home printers. The canvases fit perfectly into the OranguFrame and most home printers can do “borderless” printing which means prints can be full size and colorful mattes can be added. Canvases can easily be swapped out, or stacked in the frame which is a great way to save all those seasonal art pieces.

OranguFrame sells additional blank canvas packs, but any paper can be trimmed to fit.

It's time to set your refrigerator free, honor those cherished creations, print something out, or pop in a photo OranguFrame makes it fun, personalized, and inexpensive to display art of all kinds. The estimated retail price is under $10, and thanks to the folding design, they are inexpensive to ship. 

OranguFrame is the brainchild of David VonDerLinn, artist and owner of Vonderland Studios. Here you can see David showing us how to assemble our OranguFrame. He also showed my girls some fun new techniques to create their own pieces of art. 

They were so proud of their art projects, they could not wait to get home and hang them in our gallery. 

Our OranguFrames proudly hang in our home gallery, which includes everything from a calendar, a poster, some Halloween decorations, awards and of course their art projects. 

Next month we will fill their OranguFrame with new art and our gallery will look completely different. The OranguFrame in the center is mine, I spray painted it gold and decided to use it as a place to display the honors they receive at school. Now, they have a special area to highlight their spelling test that they are proud of or a citizenship award that they received at school. My OranguFrame will probably change over time too. I'm already planning what color to paint it next. 

Oranguframes are a lot of fun and add so much color and creativity to your home, so if you are interested I urge you to check out their page. For those kids that love art (and don't need anymore toys) this is the art project that doubles as a room decor and is never done. You can always add more to the frame and switch out the art. I love it! 

Rachel & The TreeSchoolers Kickstarter Campaign (update)

Update: Rachel and the TreeSchoolers episodes were successfully funded through Kickstarter! Congratulations! 

I don't think I have ever talked about my interest in the ASL culture on my blog before. I remember my Nina Margaret teaching me how to sign the Alphabet when I was little and I've always taken that with me. A couple years ago I started taking lessons online but I realized I didn't have the time to devote to really learn and it was hard to teach myself. I promised myself once my girls were a little older I would take a class and become certified and hopefully that will happen soon. My oldest daughter is also interested, I taught her how to spell her name in ASL and because of the school she goes to, (they have an amazing program for deaf/heard of hearing children) she has learned a lot of signs already.
You may have seen the Emmy nominated Signing Time on Nick Jr. and Netflix, it is a fun and educational show created by Rachel Coleman and her sister Emilie. Signing Time teaches children American Sign Language or ASL and features Rachel's daughter Leah who is deaf. 

Rachel has a new show called Rachel & The TreeSchoolers that has completely been funded by families through Kickstarter, because according to the studios she took the pilot episode to, it is "too educational." Rachel and the TreeSchoolers is based on a complete preschool curriculum and prepares kids for kindergarten. The show uses layered learning and engages children by teaching signs, games, songs and dance. 
Rachel and the TreeSchoolers first 5 episodes were funded through Kickstarter and 3 episodes are being funded now. Through Kickstarter families get to decide which shows get made, interact with Rachel, and some have even been involved in filming.

So let's help get these last 3 episodes funded! Only 1 in 8 children's shows on television are considered highly educational. I know kids aren't supposed to watch very much TV, but we should also help make sure that what is available to them is educational. Let's do our part. 

Click the link to get to the Kickstarter campaign. 
Thank you!