After last weekend's gorgeous weather I was kinda excited to get out and work in the yard but instead we had snow and puddles. Luckily there were a few birthday parties to attend (the proportions/angle of this photo crack me up - tiny hat, giant head and tiny hand):
The big project for the weekend was doing more hanging of art and stuff on the walls. We've almost got all of the art James and I "collected" up, so I started on a few projects. Here's the photos near our front door. I blurred out the addresses but basically each frame has a picture of our house and then the address and years we lived there. Some fun memories all in about $8 worth of cheap frames.
plate collection which we then converted to a smorgasbord of family photos. What I referred to as "throwing crap up on a wall" is now stylishly called a "gallery wall". So, because we're totally hip and cool, we put up a "gallery wall" this weekend :-) It's been a great way to consolidate some random stuff I keep moving around the house, not knowing how to display it but not wanting to get rid of it. With $3.50 worth of spray paint I painted the frames to match and give it cohesion (or some other cool word they'd use on HGTV) and everything else we had lying around the house. First up are these bears that both James and I picked up on independent trips to AK. They make a nice set (and now the cats can't knock them around and further break them). The picture's a piece of art made by a former student. Love the colors and love the reminder of that kid. I hope he's doing something amazing now.
Other goodies include James' autographed SG-1 photo, some plates from both grandmother's, old guns, an old license plate and a vine wreath from James' family's properties in addition to the butterflies and wedding shadow box I made earlier. The biggest project was the giant family print in the center which I had made for $3. It's just an engineer's print (aka cheap B&W) from Staples put in a painted poster frame that we've moved around since college. I've given James a lot of grief about these things and they turned out to be perfect and saved me a lot of headache (all the tutorials about doing this involved modge podge and other things*). There's a few banding issues in the printing when you're up close but considering it wasn't a high res image to begin with I think it's awesome and I can't beat the price. We still have a few ideas of things to add to take it up the wall, but so far I love it. It's quirky and fun and adds something to the very blank, very overwhelming wall we've been staring at for a while.