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05 November 2007

Alternative Artwork and Framing Ideas

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A new alternative and artwork post can be viewed HERE!

There is no need to spend money on artwork or even photography that you cannot afford. There are many alternative ways to add flair to your rooms without going into debt for items that are out of your price range. You also don’t have to take your items to a professional framing store, or even buy traditional frames. You can make your artwork pop off of the walls simply by using some materials lying around your house.

Here is an easy example of photographs displayed on an old ladder with raffia wrapped around two rungs! The project requires a little bit of paint, about 20 minutes and shows off your pictures while adding height and color to your wall.









Some examples of alternative framing include:

1. Tuck pictures into the top of peg racks, chalkboards etc. Be certain to match color scheme by getting your pictures printed in a similar tone. For example, black and white pictures work well with almost any décor, but look great against a green or blue background. Sepia photographs on the other hand, look fantastic in a room decorated in warm tones such as red and tan.

2. Use on old rake top nailed into the wall to hang laminated photos and use as a sort of mobile.

3. Make a family tree from a simple branch found in your backyard. Attach the branch to your wall after painting it with a coordinating color. Simply laminate family photos and hang from the branch for a cool new take on traditional family portraits.

4. If you don’t want to hang a real branch in your living room, you can trace the shape of the branch onto the wall, fill in the outline with paint pen and then attach your pictures onto the painted “branches”.

5. Paint frames onto the wall to give artwork depth. You don’t need to actually buy frames, just paint out a square or rectangle of color using painter’s tape. Your artwork will pop and when you want to change artwork, just paint over your “frame” and move on to a new idea!

6. Make a wreath out of dead vines found all over during the fall. Tuck pictures into the vine wreath and make seasonal displays by adding berries or pinecones for winter, or cobwebs for Halloween.

7. Decoupage one large photo onto the backs of several magazine holders. You can also use wallpaper, magazine images or artist sketched to make your containers look amazing.

8. Use panels of an old door or window as frames for artwork.

9. Put photos under pieces of Plexiglas as place settings.

10. Frost plain glass to make a custom sized frame around photos. You again can use painter’s tape to get a straight line.

11. Display photos on the inside of a cabinet door by creating a French bulletin board. Elastic is a great material to use because it will pull tight and keep your photographs in place when you open and close the doors.





12. Fill an old trunk with matching pillows and blankets, leave open and decoupage ticket stubs, photos, etc to the inside top.

13. Frame pictures in matching frames and put heavy duty magnets on the back to display on fridge. This cuts down on that cluttered look, but still allows you to display your treasured photos.



Some alternative ideas of items to frame include:


1. Wedding vows

2. Sheet music

3. Newspaper

4. Old dishcloths with sentimental value or new dishcloths with fantastic patterns

5. Sheets that coordinate with your color scheme
Here is an example of a framed remnant of a sheet.


6. Fabric remnants found for pennies at your local fabric store

7. Pages out of your favorite books

8. Clocks, thermometers, mirrors etc make good fillers of wall space and add interest.

9. Enlarge movie tickets and decoupage to the wall. If you don’t want to hang them directly on the wall, you can frame the enlarged tickets or mount on canvas backs. Here is an example of ticket stubs and other items decoupaged to an old window.




10. Anything 2 dimensional, such as a paper or fabric product can be framed.

11. Anything 3 dimensional, such as matchboxes, rocks, rings or money can be put in a shadowbox.

A new alternative and artwork post can be viewed  HERE

Alternative Artwork and Framing Ideas

Pin It

A new alternative and artwork post can be viewed HERE!

There is no need to spend money on artwork or even photography that you cannot afford. There are many alternative ways to add flair to your rooms without going into debt for items that are out of your price range. You also don’t have to take your items to a professional framing store, or even buy traditional frames. You can make your artwork pop off of the walls simply by using some materials lying around your house.

Here is an easy example of photographs displayed on an old ladder with raffia wrapped around two rungs! The project requires a little bit of paint, about 20 minutes and shows off your pictures while adding height and color to your wall.









Some examples of alternative framing include:

1. Tuck pictures into the top of peg racks, chalkboards etc. Be certain to match color scheme by getting your pictures printed in a similar tone. For example, black and white pictures work well with almost any décor, but look great against a green or blue background. Sepia photographs on the other hand, look fantastic in a room decorated in warm tones such as red and tan.

2. Use on old rake top nailed into the wall to hang laminated photos and use as a sort of mobile.

3. Make a family tree from a simple branch found in your backyard. Attach the branch to your wall after painting it with a coordinating color. Simply laminate family photos and hang from the branch for a cool new take on traditional family portraits.

4. If you don’t want to hang a real branch in your living room, you can trace the shape of the branch onto the wall, fill in the outline with paint pen and then attach your pictures onto the painted “branches”.

5. Paint frames onto the wall to give artwork depth. You don’t need to actually buy frames, just paint out a square or rectangle of color using painter’s tape. Your artwork will pop and when you want to change artwork, just paint over your “frame” and move on to a new idea!

6. Make a wreath out of dead vines found all over during the fall. Tuck pictures into the vine wreath and make seasonal displays by adding berries or pinecones for winter, or cobwebs for Halloween.

7. Decoupage one large photo onto the backs of several magazine holders. You can also use wallpaper, magazine images or artist sketched to make your containers look amazing.

8. Use panels of an old door or window as frames for artwork.

9. Put photos under pieces of Plexiglas as place settings.

10. Frost plain glass to make a custom sized frame around photos. You again can use painter’s tape to get a straight line.

11. Display photos on the inside of a cabinet door by creating a French bulletin board. Elastic is a great material to use because it will pull tight and keep your photographs in place when you open and close the doors.





12. Fill an old trunk with matching pillows and blankets, leave open and decoupage ticket stubs, photos, etc to the inside top.

13. Frame pictures in matching frames and put heavy duty magnets on the back to display on fridge. This cuts down on that cluttered look, but still allows you to display your treasured photos.



Some alternative ideas of items to frame include:


1. Wedding vows

2. Sheet music

3. Newspaper

4. Old dishcloths with sentimental value or new dishcloths with fantastic patterns

5. Sheets that coordinate with your color scheme
Here is an example of a framed remnant of a sheet.


6. Fabric remnants found for pennies at your local fabric store

7. Pages out of your favorite books

8. Clocks, thermometers, mirrors etc make good fillers of wall space and add interest.

9. Enlarge movie tickets and decoupage to the wall. If you don’t want to hang them directly on the wall, you can frame the enlarged tickets or mount on canvas backs. Here is an example of ticket stubs and other items decoupaged to an old window.




10. Anything 2 dimensional, such as a paper or fabric product can be framed.

11. Anything 3 dimensional, such as matchboxes, rocks, rings or money can be put in a shadowbox.

A new alternative and artwork post can be viewed  HERE

Making Sushi and Oils

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I tried making sushi for the first time which was quite an experiement. It looked ok, but didn't taste so good. Something about the seaweed was off, but the rice turned out fantastic! I will be trying again! Also, posted here are some flavored oils...this project was more fun than I anticipated...some rosemary, peppercorns and chiles with some EVOO for a great tasting oil with a bit of kick from the chiles.



uncooked sushi rice....


veggies, etc...







yummy oil...

Making Sushi and Oils

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I tried making sushi for the first time which was quite an experiement. It looked ok, but didn't taste so good. Something about the seaweed was off, but the rice turned out fantastic! I will be trying again! Also, posted here are some flavored oils...this project was more fun than I anticipated...some rosemary, peppercorns and chiles with some EVOO for a great tasting oil with a bit of kick from the chiles.



uncooked sushi rice....


veggies, etc...







yummy oil...

22 October 2007

Squash, Before and After

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I saw this fantastic project in the latest Martha Stewart Living where they painted squash to look like bowling pins and used a pumpkin as the ball...my attempt did not turn out quite as expected (picture 1), so I just dunked them whole into the orange paint (making a very big mess), but a much better result I think :) What do you think?



Guest Room Project and Studio Loft

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This is an old post from our previous home BECAUSE we don't really have a guest room now.  We have more space than we have ever had, but it functions more openly and more for the needs of three crazy boys that need to play, so a guest room was not part of the equation.  When guests stay, they stay in our basement play area or in the studio loft that I use for photography.  Here's a photo from my latest shoot in our new loft studio!  For more photos, check out ALLENAIM

 In our previous home, we only had 1 baby at the time, so we DID have a dedicated guest room!  You can check out the project and pics below to see it and check out KELLY'S KORNER for MANY more ideas on how to design and decorate guest rooms!
I found these sheets of sheetrock maybe? I'm not sure what they are, but found them down the street in a "free" pile, took some sketches of Lincoln and made a little display to fill this empty wall in our guest room. The sheets already had holes drilled into them, so I just strung raffia through them and attached them to a piece of scrap wood with those little metal cord hooks on it. The paint was leftover from the hallway floor paint, so the total project cost about $3 for the pictures, a bit of glue, etc. E-mail me for more project details :)

By the way, the brick in this room was covered in plaster when we moved in. I was in the attic one day and looking at the chimney and wondering where the thing went to...so I measured and found this section in the guest bedroom, started hammering and found some cool brick, so I had Alex keep chipping away at it until it looked nice and crumbly...I wonder what the fireplace looked like that it led to...I guess we'll probably never know...unless it's hanging out behind some other wall! Oh the adventures of an old house!



Guest Room Project and Studio Loft

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This is an old post from our previous home BECAUSE we don't really have a guest room now.  We have more space than we have ever had, but it functions more openly and more for the needs of three crazy boys that need to play, so a guest room was not part of the equation.  When guests stay, they stay in our basement play area or in the studio loft that I use for photography.  Here's a photo from my latest shoot in our new loft studio!  For more photos, check out ALLENAIM

 In our previous home, we only had 1 baby at the time, so we DID have a dedicated guest room!  You can check out the project and pics below to see it and check out KELLY'S KORNER for MANY more ideas on how to design and decorate guest rooms!
I found these sheets of sheetrock maybe? I'm not sure what they are, but found them down the street in a "free" pile, took some sketches of Lincoln and made a little display to fill this empty wall in our guest room. The sheets already had holes drilled into them, so I just strung raffia through them and attached them to a piece of scrap wood with those little metal cord hooks on it. The paint was leftover from the hallway floor paint, so the total project cost about $3 for the pictures, a bit of glue, etc. E-mail me for more project details :)

By the way, the brick in this room was covered in plaster when we moved in. I was in the attic one day and looking at the chimney and wondering where the thing went to...so I measured and found this section in the guest bedroom, started hammering and found some cool brick, so I had Alex keep chipping away at it until it looked nice and crumbly...I wonder what the fireplace looked like that it led to...I guess we'll probably never know...unless it's hanging out behind some other wall! Oh the adventures of an old house!



Squash, Before and After

Pin It

I saw this fantastic project in the latest Martha Stewart Living where they painted squash to look like bowling pins and used a pumpkin as the ball...my attempt did not turn out quite as expected (picture 1), so I just dunked them whole into the orange paint (making a very big mess), but a much better result I think :) What do you think?



Weed? Vegetable?

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I'm still not quite sure what this plant is, but it's so pretty, don't you think? I hope it comes back next year!!

Weed? Vegetable?

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I'm still not quite sure what this plant is, but it's so pretty, don't you think? I hope it comes back next year!!

21 October 2007

Halloween is upon us....

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Halloween is upon us....

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