Things to Frame

This post will cover a lot of other ones that I’ve done in the past- a best of clips collection I guess! There are so many different things that look good in a frame and so many things that get collected and then put in a drawer/ cupboard that could actually be on the wall making you smile. Clearly there are loads more ideas out there for frame inspiration- however I only have so many walls/ shelves/ radiator cabinets to display them all!

Postage stamp art

This is one of my favourite things that I’ve made recently- it was a long time coming and required patience but the finished picture was worth all the effort! The stamps came from my childhood stamp collection and are mounted on accurately measured foam pads.

Pen line drawing artwork

This picture is an original piece of artwork by my Dad! My husband had been admiring my Dad’s sketches and drawings when we went to visit in the summer and this framed picture of the family home was one of his presents for Christmas. A lovely surprise and perfect for the mantelpiece.

Wall pictures

Here’s a few pictures that are on the wall in the hallway. The leopard cub is a birthday card, the picture of Prague is a postcard and the orchid drawing is from a natural history magazine. All things that would otherwise have ended up in a box somewhere or being recycled!

Framed vintage map

This is a close-up of a vintage map (it’s actually a brand new reproduction of an old map) of Hull, where we live. I could stare at maps of places I know for hours, especially old ones. Knowing which places have always been around and which are new, finding out what was there before fulfills a deep curiousity in the past and my present surroundings. I would definitely¬†recommend buying some old maps to study and display.

Box frame memories

Again, this is a previous post on creating a memory box frame. The deepness of the frame means things such as champagne corks, shells and other trinkets can be displayed. The perfect way to remember a happy occasion/ great holiday.

Framed Wallpaper

The simplest and cheapest idea of them all- framing scraps of wallpaper. Either use some wallpaper left over from another project or do what we did and get some free samples at the DIY store of your favourite patterns! The clip frame is a bargain from Ikea. There are so many lovely wallpapers available online that would look great as framed pictures and most sites will send out a number of designs for free as test samples.

So which ideas have you already used in your house? Let me know of all the good ideas I’ve missed!

 

 

Displaying Photos

We have so many photos taken of all our holidays stored on computer. They get shown to friends and family and every so often we take a look at them to reminisce about an enjoyable time or laugh at the rubbish outfits and stupid expressions. Most of the time they stay hidden away, forgotten about and pointless, just taking up storage space instead of being treasured. Photo albums seem a distant memory- the last time I filled one was our wedding album and even then it took ages to sort it all out!

Photo wall display

well, last year I decided something needed to be done about it. The inspiration came during a visit to the Stockholm Museum of Modern Art. The museum had on an exhibition of photographs (which in the main I didn’t particularly enjoy, I’m not sure modern art is for me….) but it did have a wall with photos that people had donated to the the museum which were displayed on thin ledges in rows covering the whole wall. This got me thinking that I could do something similar at home on the landing wall- a big blank white space that’s been screaming out for something to cover it. Instead of ledges to prop the photos on I decided on using string and some of those little craft pegs you can buy. I had some cute ladybird ones that I’d never found a use for and also bought some plain red and natural colour ones. The baker’s twine I found on eBay along with the plastic sleeves for the photos (they’re meant to be for cards). The hooks to tie the string to at each end of the wall and the cable fasteners to keep the string in place along the wall came from a DIY store.

Photo pegs display

I absolutely love it! It traces all our holidays over the last 10 years and has all of our favourite photos on it. The photos make me smile every day when I look at them- and isn’t that what your photos should do?

Decorating the Hall, Stairs and Landing

I’m quite fond of the red and white theme as demonstrated by the card holder that I posted about last week. As the walls, ceiling, woodwork in fact everything apart from the stairs are painted brilliant white in the hallway and landing then red decorations are definitely the way to go!

Stairs

 

The picture above shows the lovely blue colour of our stairs (much better to hide the dirt!). The lights were from Tesco and the reindeer from M&S, both purchased last year.

Doorway to lounge

Here’s more of those reindeer and a glimpse into our lounge. The plastic doorknobs were bought as a temporary thing about four years ago and have so far not been replaced!

Banister

This final picture is of the banister on the landing. Some lights are wrapped around and I’ve tied some bright red baubles as well. The lights came from The Pier a couple of years ago, used to be one of my favourite shops for gifts and decorations until it went bankrupt!