Nov 25, 2015

Thrifted Frames for Family Pictures


Hello again friends. Feels like forever since I sat down at this table with something fun to share. A lot has happened since we last chatted. The biggest thing? The twins are here! Actually, they're almost four months old! I am just now finding time to do a few projects here and there. One thing we did do recently was get our family (of 7...eek!) pictures made. It had been almost six years since we had taken our last ones and with the arrival of the twins was high on my to do list. 

They turned out so good! If your looking for a local photographer in Western North Carolina I would love to recommend one. Of course I want to frame each one but who can afford to do that, right? Well if you're a thrifty nifty shopper like me you can. ;) Here's what you do:

#1 FIND OUTDATED OR FUNKY FRAMED ARTWORK AT THRIFT STORE ( Hello, little boy sitting on a sand dune.) I only paid $2.50 for it because it was half off day!



#2 RIP THE BROWN PAPER OR VELVET OFF THE BACK and USE A SCREWDRIVER TO BEND THE STAPLES BACK.
 




#3 PLACE PRINTED PHOTO OVER ARTWORK ( I used a printed 8x10 and glued directly on top of the little boy.)


Yes, that smaller frame is from the thrift store as well. For only a buck!

TIPS FOR FINDING FRAMES TO USE
  • One main key to picking up cute usable frames is to shop thrift stores often. I like to go in a few times a month. They're always changing stock from day to day. 
  • Don't be afraid of the artwork - you can cover this up.
  • Don't be afraid of the color - you can change this too.
  • Decide if the frame will be hung on a wall or sat on a table. If you decide it's a table top frame make sure the stand is attached and works. 
  • Remember you can have a piece of glass cut, for a few bucks, if you find a frame you love that doesn't have any.
  • Have a photo and a place for the frame before you buy it. No one needs a hundred empty frames sitting around taking up space. 
  • Clean the frames inside and out.
Honestly this is one of my favorite things to do for cheap and easy home decorating. I hope it's inspired you to get out to thrift stores and get your creativity flowing.

Lots of love
-S

Apr 14, 2015

what's going on?

A lot has happen. Where to start?

How about with what's probably the biggest news of late... or maybe ever?? We are expecting. TWINS!!! That's right, two babies.


We are so excited to be welcoming one baby girl and one baby boy to our family this summer. I'm currently 21 weeks and 1 day. The babies are growing fast and so am I. I haven't gained much weight and considering where I was when I started this pregnancy I'm relieved about that for sure. We've decided on middle names but are still working on first ones and I have started stocking up on baby clothes and supplies and I hope to have more on how I'm making preparations.

Speaking of preparations we are currently in the process of building our new home. It's closer now, for obvious reasons, than it's ever been. We closed on the land last month and we are ready to start looking at floor plans, well I've already started but ya know...we are ready to really dig in, literally.

So much is happening and it's happening really quickly. We have a little over three and half months before the new little ones make their appearance (if all goes as planned). We have high hopes of having the house put in by then but I'm also keeping my self in check and planning on making room for them here as well. Considering they will live close to me for a few months it all shouldn't be too bad. But when you have a total of five kids in a small house it may be a little cray cray for a bit. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers that the house is ready for us and the twins soon.

There are a lot more changes going on. Lilli's starting school soon, we're in the midst of potty training, and Cole got a huge promotion. And there are several changes on my blog and even a new spot I'm hanging out. I wanted to take this blog in a new direction and use it more as a space to journal and go more in depth about real life stuff. Ya know, everyday rambles and so forth about all the things I love. And I have a new site where I am sharing my creative memory keeping and a few fun projects.

my new blog about all of my creative memory keeping projects


The good thing is that it's all good and we owe all of our blessings to our Lord, Jesus Christ. Thank you, Lord!
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