I'm pleased to be guest posting over at Craftaholic's Anonymous today, showing off my crafty office space.
Perhaps you've seen it here before.
Now you can read a more detailed description of how I organize my supplies and keep everything under control in my center-of-the-house office space.
Welcome to any new visitors & thanks for stopping by!
Feast your eyes upon my new gallery wall:
Remember this wall in our kitchen? About a year after we moved into this house, I added these four frames and "temporarily" filled them to look like this:
I liked it. It worked. And it stayed. Until one of those frames fell down and broke. Then it didn't work anymore, for obvious reasons.
A couple of weeks ago, I was beyond inspired by this post at a really cool home decor blog called YoungHouseLove.com.
"I can DO that!!!" (and it didn't hurt that there are about 100 frames floating around my house, so I didn't have to buy a single thing!
So, for the past several weeks, I've been semi-obsessed with getting this project done. Here's the process I took step-by-step:
First, I collected a ton of frames from around the house. Some were displayed, some were in the garage, but no frame was safe!
Next, I arranged them into a design on the floor in our kitchen, to get a general idea of how I wanted them to be layed out:
Since I couldn't pick up this whole grouping and eye-ball it against the wall, I decided to make a to-scale digital mockup of the whole collage so I could see how it would fit on the wall. I ended up with this:
And decided it needed SO much more!!! So I scooted this grouping up to the top right corner and went searching for even more frames around the house, until I came up with this design, which I was much happier with:
Next, I cut newspapers to size to match up with each frame and taped it to the wall where I wanted the frame to hang. I even numbered them (and the frames themselves) to be sure I didn't confuse myself. Once those were up, I did a little more tweaking (especially in that lower left corner, which you can see is quite different than my digital mockup) until I was left with this:
I left that up a few days to try and decide whether I was going to like this new design in actuality or not. Until Ben said "Oh,just hang them up already. Commit." So I did.
HUGE tip -- With a paper template for each frame, I pulled each template down (one at a time), layed it across the back of the frame, marked where the hole in the wall should go, taped the paper back to the wall, and hammered in the nail. WORKS PERFECTLY every time! Then we had this lovely mis-match of frames on the wall:
The night we left this up, it caught me off-guard every time I rounded the corner into the kitchen. I think maybe I was having some gallery-wall remorse. It reminded me a little more of a crowded old lady's house than the sleek and modern gallery wall I had envisioned.
During this whole process I flip-flopped back and forth trying to decide whether to paint all the frames black, keep them their natural color, or do a combination of silver, wood, black and white. After seeing them on the wall...we quickly decided all-black was a must! Good thing I have lots of black spray paint on hand at all times!
Ahh...much better, eh?
Then it was time to fill the frames with pictures & memorabilia and fill in the gaps with a few handmade projects. I started with these fun projects:
Then searched the house for a few meaningful memorabilia items:
- wedding announcement newspaper article
- decorative wedding certificate
- our wedding invitation (perhaps I should replace some of these with NON-wedding things..hmm)
And finally, I filled in with photos. Some of the kids, some of us, some of family and friends. I tried to pick photos that have special memories attached to them, rather than just picking my favorite portraits or photographs that I love (though a few of those creeped in too). Some of the special pictures included are:
- a picture of Ben & I at our high school graduation
- a photo of our sponsored Compassion International child from Ecuador
- newborn hospital photos of each of our kids
- Ben & I in our "Scrapjazz" shirts on a business trip (pre-children!)
- our home in Rochester, MN which was the first house we owned
I may change a few of these out occasionally, but I tried hard to pick timeless and sentimental pieces to tell the story of our family.
So here's the finished product (for now...I just can't call anything complete...I'm sure I'll find some fun knick-nacks to add to those empty spaces!):
And here you can see some context with the rest of the kitchen/dining room:
Ahh...I love a finished project.
Why, yes! As a matter of fact, a customized printable version is available of the Dated Wall Art I posted yesterday! Thank you for asking.
See all of my Dated Art options.
Finding the Perfect Match:
Boy, do I have a fabulous giveaway for you today! But first, let me show you what arrived last week:
That's a 16" x 20" stretched canvas print of a photo I that took of my daughter and her friends playing "rainy day". I'm so excited about how perfect it's going to look hanging next to a 16" x 20" You Are My Sunshine canvas in my mother-in-law's office:
My mother-in-law counsels young mothers with toddlers and babies and works with families that need a lot of "sunshine" and encouragement. When she mentioned one day that she'd like to have this photo to hang in her office, I began thinking about how I could incorporate it to go with her You Are My Sunshine canvas. Then, a couple of weeks later I connected with Julie Ryan at My Fine Art...and well, the match was made. I knew exactly what photo I needed to have made into a canvas print! And I love how it turned out.
Be Inspired by Canvas Display Ideas:
Now of course, I would love to have several more and just need to free up some more wall-space! How cool would a collage of 6 of these 12" x 12" deep profile canvases look? They're only $30 each, which is a super deal. I'm visualizing a set of 6 canvases: four 12" x 12" canvas displaying a favorite photograph of each family member, one with the entire family together, plus a decorative canvas featuring a favorite quote or bible verse:
The 12 x 12 canvases shown above are actual canvases printed at My Fine Art.
Or, here's some more canvas decorating inspiration for you...I just love how clean and simple a stretched canvas looks and how the style really showcases the photographs:
The six display inspiration examples shown here are from a Google image search for
wall canvas display ideas, and are not image examples of canvas prints by My Fine Art.
Having trouble choosing which of your photos to have printed on canvas? Here are some ideas to get those creative juices flowing:
- family portraits for a den or living room, to hang over the mantle
- action shot sports photos to decorate a playroom or kid's bedroom
- favorite travel photographs (beaches, gardens, mountains, cities, buildings, etc) to display in an office, kitchen or living room
- wedding portraits or favorite "couple" candids to hang in your master bedroom
- newborn moments or "birth-day" hospital photos to hang over a crib in a nursery
- favorite baby or toddler candids of each of your grandkids
- a princess castle picture for your little princess's bedroom -- (oh, this picture I took at Disney World would make a GREAT canvas print.)
- ahh...so many ideas...so little wall space. :)
My Fine Art Giveaway & Coupon:
So, now that you're sufficiently inspired and itching to have your favorite photos turned into canvas prints, let me formally introduce you to Julie's custom canvas printing business on Etsy:
The talented Julie Ryan from the fabulous "Less-Than-Perfect-Life-of-Bliss" blog is the mastermind behind the business. She will work with you to take your digital photograph and artistic ideas and turn them into one-of-a-kind stretched canvas pieces of fine art in all different sizes from small to HUGE (30" x 40" big enough for ya?). And believe me...there's nothing cooler than seeing your photographs turned into a canvas print! See?
Julie has generously offered to give away a 16" x 20" custom printed stretched canvas to one of my readers! (shipped anywhere within the US). And...she's offering a 10% off discount* through the end of March 2011 - JUST for you guys! So, if you've always wanted a canvas display made from your favorite photos...now is the time! *To redeem the 10% off discount, just contact Julie through her Etsy shop to request a custom discounted listing.
So, go check out Julie's blog & My Fine Art Etsy shop and come back and comment here to let me know what you'd have put on your 16" x 20" custom canvas if you were to win! What are you waiting for? I'll draw a winner on Friday morning, so enter now!
I dare you not to smile (or at least sing the song) while you look at these photos. On this rainy, dark day, I think it's a perfect project to share:
Painted on a 16" x 20" canvas for a client.
I am no longer handpainting this design, but printed versions of it are available for purchase in my SignsByAndrea Zazzle.com store as a wrapped canvas, poster print & greeting card!
I believe they've all been delivered, shipped, and opened, so I can share this year's handmade holiday gifts:
First -- What else, but Holiday Signs!
These 1ft x 4in signs hung with twine made fantastic gifts for teachers, nursery workers, and friends.
Next, bags of Aunt Dora Cookies for our neighbors:
We put these tiny cookies into sandwich-sized ziplock bags and folded a piece of Christmassy patterned paper over and stapled it together over the zipper. Easy--and tasty!
And finally, Picture Pebble Magnets:
These were wonderful grandparent and aunt & uncle gifts since they featured all the grandkids/cousins, each on a magnet of their own. We made them for both sides of the family. Ayla was a great helper when it came to putting the patterned paper and magnets onto the metal plates.
Some tips for making these:
- Use flat, crystal clear pebbles. Iridescent ones don't look very good.
- E-6000 glue is perfect for gluing the photos to the pebbles & the pebbles to the magnets. Just beware of the fumes!
- Get strong magnets. Otherwise, why bother? :)
- Check the hardware store for metal plates with holes already drilled. I found these 4 1/2" x 2" metal plates at Home Depot for only $0.53 each and used the holes already drilled to thread ribbon through.
Photos worked great for these, but patterned paper and my Bic Mark-It markers made cut little sets too that a few of my friends received:
All this year's handmade presents seemed to be well-received...or else everyone we give presents to is really good at faking how much they love a gift!
I've been slowly adding all the signs I've made recently to my Facebook gallery. Here are a couple more unique ones ordered this month:
"Jane Austen" - 3ft x 6in - Beveled Edge - Custom Design
"FRIENDS...the family you choose" - 2ft x 6in - w/paper overlay
3ft x 6in - w/natural wood letters
"LOVE unfailing" - 1ft x 6in
"HARE lake house" - 2ft x 6in
It's been non-stop sign-making around here for the past two months. Here are a few of my recent favorites:
3ft x 6in
2ft x 6in - w/paper overlay names
2ft x 6in - beveled edge & paper overlay
2ft x 4in - beveled edge
2ft x 6in - beveled edge w/paper accent overlay
2ft x 6in - w/paper overlay names
1ft x 6in - monogram/w painted overlay in brown
Whew...and that's just a few of the different styles I've gotten to try out. I'll post some more in a few days. Thanks to everyone for all your orders! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
It took several days - one to take the stuff out, one to open the boxes, one to put a few things out & set up the tree, one to put stuff BACk in the boxes so Paxton didn't destroy it all, and then finally a day to decorate the tree - but this weekend we managed to get our house decorated for the holidays:
And in our house, it makes perfect sense to light the Christmas tree & the menorah on the same night. :)