I have always wanted to have a big painted portrait of our small family rather than a photograph haging in our living room. It would definitely be a conversation piece and I saw a program on TV once where they convert your digital pictures into painted pictures.
Finally found a company who does just that. Photofiddle.com offers some great unique home decorating ideas. You can now send them your digital pictures and they will then convert it to a high quality oil painting, colour sketch, pop arts and many more options. It's so easy. After signing up: 1.Select style 2. Upload photo 3. Crop and preview.
You can have the picture either rolled, stretched or frame.
Checked with few other companies offering a similar service and I discovered that their prices are quite competitive. They also ship outside the US but you need to obtain a custom shipping quote from them.