Before I get started with today’s post I just have to say – I cannot even begin to thank you all for the lovely words of support and encouragement after my last post. That was a tough one to write and an even tougher one to hit the Publish button, but you all made it so much easier. I read each and every comment and message and it all just meant so much. I always knew I had the very best readers around – I was feeling the love for sure! Thank you.
So how about we lighten the mood a bit and get back to some decorating today?
Sound like a good plan to you?
Oh good. Me too.
I decided it was time to hang some new art in those floating frames in the bookshelves. But you all know I can be pretty lazy when it comes to any kind of DIY.
I mean, I love looking at all the things one can make on Pinterest, but when it comes to actually making all the things one can make on Pinterest? Nah…I’ll leave that to someone else.
So I did what I usually do when I want to hang something new and I started rifling through drawers and boxes until I found some things I thought I could just pop in each frame and then move on with my day.
I initially tried using an old postcard in each frame – but the postcards felt way too small in the 8 x 10 frame.
So then I grabbed this old recipe book off the shelf.
I picked it up at the flea market for a quarter. It’s written in German (I think) so I have no idea what any of it says, but the handwriting is gorgeous and the pages are perfectly yellowed and torn. And for those of you who hate the thought of me ripping up old books all the time, you will be happy to know most of the pages in this book have already come loose – no books were harmed in the making of this post! 😉
So I grabbed a couple of those loose pages and centered one in each frame (ish – I can see one is a bit off-center, but whatever) and layered the postcard on top.
Poof! Instant vintage art. Those postcards looks so pretty layered on top of that gorgeous old handwriting, don’t they?
Never underestimate the value in collecting the most random, simple things. Most of my favorite ideas have come from basic items like book pages, old boxes, or random old house parts. So if you see it and it strikes you, bring it home and tuck it away for future use if you’re not sure what to do with it right away. You’ll be glad you did. Trust me.
P.S. I often get asked where I found these frames. I found mine at World Market (here), although I’ve seen similar frames sold at Pottery Barn, Joss & Main and a few other places. The wood knobs they hang from came from Home Goods – I do still see them from time to time, but I’ve also seen the identical knobs sold at Kohl’s.
Have a great day!