Introduction: September Ocean

watercolour family painting

Let me introduce you to a small business, September Ocean, appropriately named considering today is the first of September (where on earth has this year gone?!?!)

I met Aubrey, the gifted watercolour artist who created this print for me, through the usual means for this day and age. On Instagram! I was instantly draw to her fun family portraits. You might remember that I have teenage boys who have asked for some privacy and no longer make an appearance here on the blog. Well, I showed them this painting and they had no problem with it being shared. In fact, they love it!

I can't remember the last time I saw the boys agree on something so quickly (that wasn't music related 😀) That's a real seal of approval to get teenage boys excited about something!

September Ocean specializes in custom watercolour family portraits at reasonable prices. Very reasonable considering how high quality the painting is! The 5x7 size with four people, which is what I have, is $30. An 8x10 is $35-45 depending on how many people are in your picture (you can view all the pricing on the September Ocean website).

The process couldn't be simpler. You grab a favourite photo, place your order online and email your photo in. Nice and easy.

I got my photo in the mail this week and stopped by my local Homesense to pick up a frame. I debated on buying a frame with a matte, but I opted out when I found this interesting white and gold frame (for $12.99). I have it in my office with me and my plan is to put it in our living room once the holidays roll around.

Introduction: September Ocean

On the topic of holidays, how great would this be as your family's Christmas card! Just talk to Aubrey and she can get you a high quality digital scan of your watercolour photo and you can have them printed as this year's card. There are so many sites to order your Christmas cards from, Minted, Vistaprint, etc. You just need to upload a photo and you can play around with frames and your message.

Or how about surprising someone with this as a gift! In this age of online photo sharing it's easy to find a nice family photo and have one made as a gift (or even better, just ask what their favourite photo is and tell them you've got a surprise coming!)

I know we're a few months away from the holidays but now is actually the perfect time to prep a few things to make life easier in those crazy weeks in December. Get a gift and your Christmas cards squared away now and then you can focus on the important things like baking and eating said baking!

Purchase a September Ocean custom watercolour for yourself or a friend and save 20% with code 'Celebrating20'

Many thanks to Aubrey of September Ocean for this lovely keepsake.