A few details: picture frames

There were a few comments I wanted to make on the Valentine’s Day pictures but in my hurry to get something up before it was embarrassingly late, I just posted pictures. Now that it’s Winter Recess (YEA!) in New York and I have the whole week off, I thought I’d take time to elaborate.

Did you notice the white frames in the picture of the Valentine wall?

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Those are the two frames I got at the thrift store when I did the challenge I posted about here.

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I spray painted them white.

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Jesse and Sophia and I ran to Lowes while Novella was in ballet last Wednesday. We raced home after picking Novella up and I had barely enough light outside to get it done. In my haste, however, I forgot to take off my wedding rings and got white overspray on the backs of them. 🙁 Luckily, I caught it in time and was able to wipe the paint off with a rag. Kenny found it hilarious that I nearly ruined my wedding rings on the night before Valentine’s Day. It was also a miracle the frames even dried because it was far too cold outside to be spray painting!!

I was very lucky when I bought the frames. The two pictures I had in mind for them worked perfectly. I couldn’t have done better if I had gone to Michaels and bought new ones.

The first thing I wanted to frame was a free Valentine’s printable from Nest of Posies. I printed the black and white version at home but wasn’t happy with it. I’ve bought some cheap ink for my copy machine and it wasn’t worth the savings! Plus I really liked the pink version and I only have black and white printers. So I downloaded the file and had it printed in color at Office Max for $0.49. Not bad and I love it! I’ll probably let the girls hang it in their room when I get sick of looking at the Valentine wall.

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The other big frame didn’t have any backing. I thought about leaving it off and not worrying about it, but the picture slipped around too much. It needed a backing. Thanks to my eldest son, fondly known around here as the pack rat, I had extra cardboard hanging around. I had a piece from the inside of a calendar that was the perfect width. I slipped it in and cut another piece into a couple pieces to fit. I then taped it all together with packing tape. Perfect!

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(yes, the back of the frame looks messy where I spray painted. I suppose I should have painted it, too, or at least taped it off. But what you can’t see can’t hurt you, right?)

The picture in this frame is special. It’s actually commissioned art! Novella has been learning “doodle art” in her homeschool co-op class. She showed me a small heart she made and I asked her if she could make a bigger one for me for Valentine’s Day. She happily obliged.

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I was almost finished but I needed a mat for the picture. I didn’t want to buy one for a picture I might only have up for a day plus if I ran to the store I’d use up all of my energy and no one would get heart cookies. That wouldn’t be good! 😉 So I made one out of construction paper. It took me a few minutes to wrap my brain around the math of the whole thing.

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It worked out just like I had hoped.

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I still have the Valentine wall up because I love it! The sparkly heart is something Novella picked up for her room from Michaels but she’s letting me borrow it. And the little flower in the vase? Mr. John Elijah made that in his art class. It’s origami. He also made the lego heart that’s on the printer.

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I thought I could wrap up all the details in one post but this post is feeling plenty long for now. I’ll post more later! I still want to talk about the Valentine pillows we made and the Dr. Pepper sign!

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