Project #1.

I don’t know what got into me last weekend — whether it was the three-day weekend (those of us who are public school workers in Chicago actually have the day off for Pulaski Day, if you can believe it) or the Spring-like weather — but I started three projects, all involving paint OF DIFFERING COLORS. What a mess. Shockingly, I’ve actually finished all but the last, and that’s only because I’ve had trouble finding the right material to finish that one up. SO. Here are the results of the first project.

This is the wall in our living room that has the biggest expanse of empty space on it. We did have something there that I had made, a series of frames that held an inspirational quote, but then we had to move the buffet that was underneath it and it no longer made sense in any¬†aesthetic way and it has been bugging me for a while. I’ve also been meaning to enlarge some of the babies’ photos, and the artwork that the babysitter does with them is piling up…so I went in search of ideas for ways to display both. This link is a fabulous round-up of different ways to go — I especially adore this idea: scanning in the pictures and making a collage. I am definitely going to bookmark this for when they’re in school. I loved the look of these photos combined with the artwork, and then found this¬†link, so I combined the two as my inspiration. Since I’m a hoarder, I had plenty of frames hanging around; I just painted them all the same color and WHAM I was ready to go.

I’m most pleased with the enlarged photographs. I don’t know if you can tell the scale by that photo but they’re pretty big — about 36X14 — and I wasn’t sure how they were going to look enlarged. First of all, I’m not the best at color correcting, and some of my photos have the tendency to print out all wonky. I didn’t even do a test run in a smaller side on these before uploading them to the Kinko’s website, which was crazy, because it was not cheap. But I was so pleased by the results. Kinko’s was the cheapest place I could find, and I have to say, the quality is really good. I got these two and two 14X14 prints for the nursery (I am waiting for a sunny enough day to take a photo of those) for about $150, which is a lot, but definitely cheaper than anything else I could find.

Since I have a bad habit of starting projects that end up in the Pile of Broken Dreams and Never Finished Ideas, I’m pretty proud of myself.

Joey - March 11, 2012 - 9:10 pm

This is so cute,you did good! Given the subjects you couldn’t help but create a masterpiece!!

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