When we last left off on the great saga that will forever be known to the world as “operation blue entry”, the only thing left to tackle on the to-do list was to add some art. Since I’m all for working with what ya got, I pulled out a few packs of hula girl postcards that have been hiding in the closet for a few years. Nothing like a hula girl coming out of the closet!
Actually, I haven’t brought these gals out since I was in college! And for the sake of protecting my old age…cough cough…twenty nine cough cough…it’s been awhile since these vintage reproduction postcards have seen the light of day.
Enter sir irony. No sooner did I decide to hang the postcards in the entry, I came across the following at a local antiques store for only $6 (originally $8 but on sale for $6):
Can you believe it! The metal sign was exactly like my postcard, except she was a little more modest in the ta-ta department. You should have seen my shocked face. Actually…it looked a little something like this (enter sub-par re-enactment of the discovery):
I know…it wasn’t pretty. Back to hanging postcards and a the metal hula girl in the entry. To hang the art I turned to the stuff that I used to hang the postcards back in college, my trusted friend and colleague, sticky putty.
I have no idea if “sticky putty” is the official name for this stuff. It’s just what we always called it in our college days so the name kind of stuck (har har…bad pun). Am I old enough to say “back in my college days”?! Me thinks not! Get worried if you hear me break into the school song while taking swigs straight from the wine bottle, and crying about how great those times were and that I’ll never get them back. Anyway…sticky putty is awesome and you can purchase it for pretty cheap in the tapes/adhesives aisle of Staples. It hangs relatively lightweight objects, like postcards, without damaging the material or the wall it’s stuck to. It even peels cleaning off of plain old computer paper. AND it’s reusable. Like I said, I used this EXACT stuff…literally…to hang the hula girls circa 2002. To use it, you just gob it on the back of the object and hang.
As for the configuration, I just slopped the postcards right up there on the entry wall between the boards of board and batten, surrounding the larger piece of art from the antiques store.
I even tucked a couple of the postcards up on the entry shelf to continue the hula girl theme throughout the miniscule space.
I LOVE the postcards on the shelf. They’re small and unassuming, but they bring some pops of color and really help tie the coral color in the basket into the rest of the room.
As for the postcards hanging on the wall, I’m not sold. I’m not 100% convinced I like them hanging in the entry. More like 53% convinced. I could go either way. I do like the larger, metal hula girl but not so much the postcards. It just seems like the wrong scale to me and that all the postcards are drowning. Not a good thing for a hula girl. They should shine and be the stars of the show, not drown.
I’m going to live with this art setup for a little while because you never know, it might grown on me. But I’m kind of thinking the postcards either need to be framed or mounted on something, or maybe I’ll even scrap the postcard idea altogether and look for a more substantial piece of art for the entry. I’m still undecided. I don’t know…what do you guys think? Help me! I’m drowning too…in indecision!