Aug 11, 2010

My Biggest Crafting Accomplishment!

Out of all the projects I have done over the years, I am thinking that this one just my be my most favorite, special of them all! If you can't tell by the picture in the title of my blog, I looooooove all things old. The rattier, and smellier the better! There is just nothing like walking into an antiques store and seeing what one might find. I'm not sure where it comes from, but it's in my blood.

So, Brad's Dad was once again tearing down a barn building, this time it was the old chicken coop. His sweet Dad made sure that I knew it was coming down, so I could come look for treasures. I ended up coming home with 6 different shaped windows, a screen door and some old doorknobs. As soon as I got those puppies home, I laid them out and gave them a good scrubbing. I mostly enjoyed seeing Brad's head shake in disgust with that what-the-heck-are-you-going-to-do-with-that look:) Ohhhh if he only knew all the ticking happening in that thick head of mine.

So, I knew that *somewhere* in my house I wanted a full wall to put picture frames on. I wanted all sizes, shapes and colors. I decided to go with a wall in our family room downstairs. And this is how it turned out...

Are not just giddy with joy and jumping up and down???!!! No?? Huh, maybe you have to be here....

Anyway, I LOVE how this turned out. LOVE.

So, let's break it down. (Ok, that made me want to start dancing like MC Hammer...)

This frame is probably my favorite. I had bought these mini picture frames at Crafts Direct for $2/piece. I added pics of the girls, and some black and white ribbon to hang them. The vinyl was given to me by my Dad (he has his own sign and lettering business), and let me just say I have OODLES of vinyl to use!

Here is the screen door, the black picture frame I had gotten from my Grandma's house when she moved into the nursing home. It actually had a pretty sweet (not) picture of me from Beauty School. Eye-yi-yi-yi-yi. I was happy to take the picture out:)

Inside the frame I took a small wooden tile that was clearanced again at Crafts Direct for $1 and covered it with burlap, added our initial and hung it with brown ribbon.

This frame I found for $1 at an antiques store a few years back, I added a picture that I took of my Grandfather this past summer at the lake. I think this is one of my favorite pictures, it really captures who he is:)

This frame has glass only in the top and bottom panes, so I added some black and white pics of the girls on top, and some pics of my best girlfriends on the bottom. In the middle I happened to have a pic of the girls and I on hand, not sure if this will stay this way, but it's perfect for now!

In one of the other window frames I hung this picture inside, it matches perfectly!

And one final look at the wall. This grouping has so many special things in it, that I love to just sit on the couch and stare at it. Hope you enjoyed it!
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P.S. This whole grouping cost me less than $25, other than the celebrate picture and the mini frames, everything else was either free, or given to me as a gift. Yay!!!


Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide said...

Very nice Cara! I luv how you've repurposed the old with the new. Great way to display family photos. I too share your LOVE for the old! We have an antique sale each month from April - Oct. at the fair grounds up the road from us. Approximately 300 vendors. I don't always buy.. but i can't help but spend hours there! So much history, and so many wonderful items that still have a lot of good years left in them. Thanks for stopping by, and I am going to become a follower.

Steph said...

That is so gorgeous! Such a beautiful way to show off your photos!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! Enjoy the weekend.

Lori@ Paisley Passions said...

Cute! Looks great! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following. I am now following back :)
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Jenglamgirl said...

What fun to get all that stuff. Love that same kind of stuff. THe wall looks great, lOVE THE pieces. Its great too, because you can still add to it if you want. Well Done. Jenn

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

Girl, you had me at the reference to MC Hammer. Visions of that MTV video with the hammer pants are flashing through my mind. Hammer time!

Thanks for stopping by twelve crafts and leaving some comment love. ;)

freckled laundry said...

Your photo wall is beautiful. You are so lucky to have all those barn/chicken coop treasures to use...very creative!

You cracked me up with the M.C. Hammer comment.

Thanks for stopping by & commenting on my clothesline station and inviting me over for a visit!


Young and Crafty said...

Hi Cara! Cute frames! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! If you Scrapbook I'd love to have you link up to Scraptastic Saturday's (it's brand new!)


Le Chateau des fleurs said...

You did a great job! It is really special....Always better when we make it ourselves and put it together...Following you back.

Mandi said...

Cara! We are a match made in old junk heaven! I love the oldness and peeliness of the windows! Thanks for swinging by!

mandi @vintage revivals

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

What a nice collage! I love the green!

Erin The Apartment Homesteader said...

Sweet! I love old windows. Love. And green. I'm totally sold.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What a wonderful wall display! I love what you did with the burlap tile and the "Z". So simple!
And your grandfather! Oh!
I have often told my husband he'd be scared if he really knew all that was going on in my head! So I can relate!
Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

Diane said...

OMGosh, talk about repurposing! Love what you did with all those great treasures.

Thanks for stopping by Pittypat Paperie and leaving a nice comment. I am your newest follower as well Ü

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

This is such a beautiful picture wall. I envy it!!!
Love your blog. About to go make myself a follower!
Thanks for stopping by on my blog as well. I'm a budding blogger (well, blogging for about a year but only more seriously recently)so I love that you gave me a little comment too!!

shannon i olson said...

I love old windows,whenever I buy one my husband just doesn't understand.
new follower and looking forward to getting to know you.

KBraden said...

I am following you back! Thanks for the follow!

Jan said...

Just found your blog from TTA and I'm your newest follower! Your little kitten is TOOOOOO cute!! :) Can't wait to see more of your projects!

Rhiannon said...

I love it, I'm in love with old windows and anything vintage.
You did a great job, cant wait to see your next project!

Sarah said...

I'm a new follower from Tuesday Tag-Along.
I hope you'll come check me out at PS Mom Reviews and follow me too!
I have fun giveaways going on now too!

Val said...

You should be proud!! It looks amazing. I'm your newest follower!!! = ))

Marty said...

Hi Cara, Love the frames and what you've done with them. The prices are thrifty as well!

Thanks for stopping and following=) Doing the same!

Biljana said...

Hi Cara!
Thanks for lovely comments, great job, It looks so beautiful:))
I am your newest follower.
Greetings from Europe, Biljana

LambAround said...

You found some terrific bargains! My kind of decorator :)

I love how this project turned out. Congrats!

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Kristi Flanagan said...

It looks great!!!!


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Lindy said...

Great job! Great way to display your family picutres all in one place. Love the patina of everything...L.

Charity said...

I love the love sweet love sign. It's adorable!

Charity said...

I love the love sweet love sign. It's adorable!

Megan said...

I don't even know the guy, but I love that photo of your grandfather. It's beautiful.

Meg said...

Wow, way to use such great pieces! I'm totally jealous of the chicken coop! It all looks amazing together. Great job.

I'm having a Scentsy giveaway on my blog right now--I'd love it if you could join! Have a wonderful night.