No I haven’t confused my holidays and no I’m not going all patriotic on you. I’m just revealing our little wedding art gallery that we just hung up in our master bedroom, complete with a little “C” art from Etsy.
For those of you who have been around the roost and then some, you’ll recognize the first dance art and the wedding invitation shadow box. But if you’re new to these parts, you can read more about the first dance art with song lyric mat back here.
And you can read more about our wedding invitation shadow box here or check out our invitations in greater detail back here. You know you want to. Where else can you find “Party ‘Til The Cows Come Home” themed invites?!
But the new piece to the little art gallery is the “C” art which is cut from recycled roofing tin. I couldn’t fathom putting together a little wedding art gallery without paying homage to my new last name. The “C” stands for “Campbell”. Thus, I had been cruising Etsy and Pinterest looking for some monogram art to DIY. So when I came across this guy on Etsy for only $8.00 I was a smitten kitten. I ignored my inner DIYer and pushed “purchase” instead of breaking out the tin snips to bring this guy into our home.
The art comes from the Junkfx Etsy shop, which makes all sorts of decor from recycled materials. Not only does the shop specialize in tin letters, but I was also a sucker for the fireflies made out of old Christmas lights. They were adorable! And I definitely added them to my Etsy wishlist. I can envision them hanging from a patio umbrella on the deck during the summertime.
But back to the metal “C”. I opted to just go with the one letter, standard size which is about 12″ tall. But the shop also offers volume discounts and custom sizing depending on your needs.
And back to the gallery. The wedding gallery was intended for the empty wall, along Colby’s side of the bed in our master bedroom. The “8-10-12″ art, that represents our wedding date and was made using our wedding table numbers, was the start of this gallery. But it was a sad start and I was desperately jonesing to add some more art along the wall for a mismatched frame gallery.
By the time I got around to hanging the gallery I had accumulated three items: the metal “C”, shadow box, and first dance art. Because I love to tweak gallery walls and adjust them before actually hanging the art, I made some newspaper replicas of the pieces so I could play with the paper copies first. It’s just the art pieces, traced onto newspaper, cutout, and taped to the wall.
This is where I started to get a little apprehensive about the whole gallery. I thought for sure that the three pieces I had would fill a larger section of the wall. Instead, after hanging the paper versions of the art, the wall looked a little sparse. I debated putting the art hanging project on hold until I could accumulate more pieces, but
peed into threw caution to the wind and just decided to go for it. I could always add more art later and this was a good start. So, with my favorite handyman/husband in tow, we started to hang the art in place of the temporary paper copies.
Hanging the “C” was a little tricky. But Colby came up with the idea of tension hanging it. By securing both the top and bottom of the “C” with nails inside the curve, it would be properly adhered to the wall without fear of it crashing in the night.
For the rest of the art we just used your typical, run of the mill picture hangers to secure the pieces. That’s Colby’s grumpy, I just got back from hunting camp, face. He’s such a good husband.
And voila…a somewhat sparse and pseudo finished wedding art gallery for our master bedroom.
And from another angle so you can get the full-on, bed experience.
There’s still so much more space to fill in on this wall. I really don’t know what I was thinking, that the three items I had acquired would “fill” the wall. Maybe it’s all that turkey and triptophans making my brain go loco?!
But I do like where the gallery is heading. I love me a mismatched frame gallery especially one that commemorates our wedding day. There’s something about special about a gallery wall that just gets me going. And this one, so far, is no exception. I’m loving the combo of the ornate-ish shadow box with the metal frame and the rustic, industrial looking metal “C”. It’s a great combo of different textures and finishes, a key to successful, collected over time looking galleries.
I even dig the what-looks-like-sharpie-writing on the “C”. At first it drove me nuts that it was “ruined” and didn’t look like it should. I debated sending it back which now seems crazy to me. I’ve come around and I love its imperfections and those black markings give it even more character.
So for now I’m reveling in how our wedding art gallery wall is starting out but I’m pretty certain I want to expand it. I have a few more things in the wedding box I would like bring out and frame, and I’m thinking the gallery needs a little sumpin’ sumpin’ more. I’m envisioning some rustic wood frames, maybe a pair of white frames to balance out the shadow box, and another metal frame or two to balance out the first dance art. I’m not gonna lie, I already picked up a few frames from Target to play around with. And per usual, you know I’ll overshare the snot out of this gallery and keep you updated with any changes we make. Until next time, keep it classy San Francisco.
Pssst…While we were hanging wedding art this Thanksgiving what were you all up to? Anyone start their Christmas decorating? Or brave Black Friday? Or did you just relish in the awesomeness that is Thanksgiving and enjoyed your time with friends, family and triptophans?
Apparently I have wedding on the brain these days as I have yet another wedding related project for you this evening (the first project was the first dance art). Although this project is a little more hybrid like and includes a little organization and a little wedding. The other day I was trying to organize and store all of the wedding related paraphernalia that we had acquired. I’m talking cake knife, wedding cards, shower cards, bunting, cake toppers, etc. I had this white storage cube-like box that I had been storing stuff in during the wedding planning process, but in the end it wound up too small to fit everything. I love the box, but it was just too small. So I started thinking to myself, “self…why couldn’t this box just be bigger?!” So…I was cruising the Home Goods section of TJ Maxx the other day, which is my idea of a good time on a Saturday night while Colby is away gallivanting around the woods (it’s hunting season…thus I find myself a hunting widow most weekends), and my wish came true. I found a larger version of THE SAME box.
What are the odds?! The original box (which I introduced to you during my Martha organizing love-fest back here in February) is on the left and the new box, purchased from the same store nine months later, is on the right. Seriously…they’re identical minus the size. The smaller box was a $6 clearance steal and the large box, not quite as cheap, was $12 and worth every penny! The box held everything perfectly. There wasn’t a spare square inch to spare but managed to hold everything that I wanted to fit inside.
Contents include the cake knife (on the bottom), extra save the date cards, extra invitation suites, some bunting from the reception decor, the birdie cake toppers, extra garters that my momma made, and all of our wedding and bridal shower cards. Speaking of cards, I followed through with my card storage plan and punched holes in all of them and bound them with rings. It makes it so easy to flip through the cards and read all the lovely love notes from all our friends and family. Cue up the obligatory “awwwwwwww”.
I couldn’t believe the amount of cards that we had amassed. Between my bridal shower cards, congrats on your engagement cards, and the mound of wedding cards, the box was pretty much full. But I couldn’t bear to part with a single card. They’re just so pretty!
I was amazed how well everything wedding related fit into the “wedding box” as it’s now affectionately known as. It’s like this little wedding time capsule that we can take out and peruse through from time to time when we’re feeling wedding nostalgic like. Or if we ever feel the need to get our wooden birdie fix. As for the old, smaller wedding box, he got repurposed as thank you note/note card/envelope storage. It suits him well.
And now both boxes are living happily in harmony on the large shelf above our desk.
Here’s the closeup of the in harmony boxes. And I freshened up the shelf a little bit and brought out a few green vases. They were antique store finds from a few years ago. Actually, I think they date back to before we even bought the house. They’ve been with us long time.
So there you have it. A quick and simple organizing project that gets our hearts going all pitter patter like. And not just because organizing projects get me all
hot and bothered excited, but because it’s like having our own little love box sitting up on the shelf above our work space. We just can’t help but smile when we think of its contents and the happiness of our big day. Where’s the cheese police when you need them!?
Pssst…What simple organizing projects have you done lately? Anyone else have the shopping/organizing gods smile down on them with the perfect solution to their organizing dilemma? I still can’t believe I found EXACTLY what I was looking for…and accidentally!
It’s officially, Colby and I have been married for exactly three months (as of yesterday). And we JUST booked our honeymoon and JUST sent all our disposable cameras from the reception to be developed and JUST sent out the last thank you note and JUST made our first piece of wedding related art. Run on sentence say what?! I framed up a pic from our first dance and wrote the lyrics from our first dance on the picture frame mat. Adorable say what?!
It was a pretty easy project to do and it’s got me all amped up to do a few more wedding memorabilia art projects. But let’s step through this one first, shall we?! It all started with the frame. I found the perfect frame at Target. It’s one of those Threshold for Target frames and was $16.99 before a 20% weekend sale discount plus my 5% Target card discount for a whopping $12.91. Whoa big spendah! It was the perfect frame for the project. It holds a 5 x 7 picture, which I also had printed at Target for about $1.22, but has an oversize mat leaving plenty of room to transpose the song lyrics.
I should also mention what our first dance song was. It was Eric Church’s “I Love Your Love The Most”. I know, it is VERY unconventional for a first dance song. And it includes words such as hell, Redman, four-wheel drive, eight-point buck, Nascar, and more. Redneck say what?! But we love the song. Even more, we love the man behind the song. Early on in our dating years we went to a Miranda Lambert/Eric Church concert and fell HARD for Eric Church. I may have threatened to leave Colby for Eric Church if A) he wasn’t married and B) he showed a remote amount of interest in me among his hundreds of thousands of followers. Lucky for Colby, Mr. Church doesn’t even know I exist. But I still think he’s pretty much amazing. The concert led to our Eric Church obsession which led to us “dedicating” the “I love your love the most” song to each other which meant it pretty much became “our song”. We’ve been known to break out into a slow
clap dance in our living room to the song from time to time. Colby’s pretty much the cutest.
Okay, so back to crafting. I noticed that part of the mat was covered by the frame so I made sure to give myself some margins. Using a pencil and a straight edge, I lightly drew lines on the picture mat as guides so the frame wouldn’t cover up any of the lyrics.
Then, armed with my Netbook with the song lyrics brought up, I began to write. I didn’t really need to have the lyrics up on the computer screen. I pretty much know every word to that song. But it’s one of those anthem singer at a hockey game situations. They always need the lyrics up on the humungo-tron to follow along even though they know every word. It’s just their security blanket.
So with my security blanket I began to write away, using a piece of paper as a straight edge to help me keep the lines straight and evenly spaced.
I thought about trying to figure out a way to type up the lyrics and print them and glue them onto the mat, or somehow transpose the print onto it, but I wanted to keep the project simple and opted just to hand write it out. As one of my best friends says, “keep it simple, stay the course”. He’s so smart! And it helped that I have decently neat handwriting.
It’s a short song with simple lyrics, so it took two rounds of copying the lyrics over to the picture mat to fill it out. It’s not perfect by any means but it has what Colby and I like to call “character”. Sometimes we mix it up and call it old world style. But it’s the imperfections in projects that usually make us love them more.
There ended up being a little extra space at the bottom of the mat, so to fill it up I just added a line for the song artist, Eric Church, and called it good.
Then I added the picture, assembled the frame, and called it good. I love it. Really really REALLY love it! And Colby does too, although he would never admit it due to recent run-ins with the cheese police. If he gets busted by the cheese police one more time, I’m pretty sure he loses his man card for life.
We haven’t yet hung our newly created art as I’m working on a mini art gallery situation and haven’t finished all the pieces yet. But the first dance art is destined for the naked walls of our bedroom. So stay tuned for a few more art projects, an Etsy find and a finished and hung bedroom art gallery. Fingers crossed it all comes together by the end of the week!
Pssst…Not only did I art it up this weekend but I spent some SERIOUS time going through photos, making photo albums, and general memory making projects. I’m oh so close to whipping up an “Our Wedding” post with TONS of photos and stories for you all. It’s way over due!
Psssssst…Now it’s your turn! Dish…how did you guys spend your weekend?! Any art projects going on out there?!
This post is long overdue, like LOOOOOOOOOOOONG overdue. As in I started this little project on January 1st and am just getting around to finishing it up and posting about it. Anyway, this post is about one-liners, and not the kind that quirky, overconfident bar fly guys use on poor unsuspecting chicas out for a girls night out. This is about micro-journaling one-liners.
Last year, I came across a blog post about micro-journaling. Then I came across another and another and another. I can’t remember any of the micro-journal inspiration blogs (if you’re the writer of one of those blogs, please let me know so I can give you credit where credit is due). But I fell in love. Hard. Like face smacking on pavement hard. So I decided to do it. And what exactly is micro journaling? Every day, you write down one thing that you did, was meaningful, or you want to remember.
Essentially, you write out the date, then the year, and the item you want to remember. You end up with a stack of 365 index cards. Then, the following year, you take that same stack, and add another line for the next year. Thus, you can see what was memorable that day the year before. Sometimes the journal item can be small and relatively mundane, like taking the dog for a run.
And sometimes they’re much more memorable, like getting married.
I chose to write out my microjournal on index cards, but just about anything works. A notebook, a journal, an Excel spreadsheet. Confession, I actually keep the micro journal in an Excel spreadsheet in a business geek-erie fashion. But upon my acquisition of the Anthropologie berry container, I decided to transpose my micro-journal onto the cards and store them in the container. I like the idea of having a physical copy of the journal to access. It’s tangible. I can touch it and feel it, and who doesn’t like that?!
I picked up the four packages of index cards from Target for only $0.84 each. If you add that too the $20 Anthropologie berry container, the whole project cost about $24 but given all the memories that it holds, it’s priceless (cheese police, cheese police).
After I wrote out all of the memories to date, I plopped all the index cards into the berry crate, and put it on my desk.
It’s a fun little pick me up for those evenings that I’m slaving away at my desk, working on blog stuff, paying bills (bleh) or let’s face it, what I do most, cruising Pinterest and blogs.
Now here’s hoping I keep this little project up for the next couple of years, if not longer. I can see myself adding big milestones to the cards (like info about future kiddos or other big life moments) as well as the small moments (like when Goose does something funny) and see how everything aligns year after year.
Pssst…How about you all? Do you journal or log your memories? Go the photographic route or write things down? Feel free to share!