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Friday, May 27, 2011

Flying Birds

I've crossed off a few more things from my UFO list! I'm determined to finish that list this summer. I realized the oldest thing on there is a cross stitch I started back before I was married, about 11 years ago. 11 years (that's a little over 1/3 of my life). I guess I should just be happy there aren't older objects sitting about. The cross stitch is actually all finished, but it's never been framed; it's been sitting in a box for 11 years. I think I'm going to make a pillow out of it.

Anyway, that has nothing to do with my post today! I hung up some art in the corner of my bedroom where my chair sits.

I happened to see this tray by Eskil Design on Young House Love somewhere in the advertising sections and was very attracted to the graphic elements of the trees, clouds and birds. I designed something highly inspired by it (ok, I nearly copied it--although I went off memory and tried not too look at it and also put my own spin on it).

The tray:
Eskil Design tray with birds and clouds
  My version:
Eskil Design inspire graphic design print

I didn't have a large, square frame. I actually saw a few I liked a Hobby Lobby, but they were $30 or so, and even if I remembered to bring a coupon, that's still $18. I found these 4X15" frames at a local thrift store (which sadly closed) for $1.00 a piece. They weren't all the same color, but a quick coat of spray paint fixed that.

I got the pictures printed at Sam Club for $4.50 (I used the other half of the 2nd large 12x18 to print some of the photos for my picture ledges). The total cost for this piece of art? $7.50. Is it weird that $7.50 still sounds a little expensive to me?

Three skinny prints (4x15" frames) of tree silhouettes and birds

Three skinny prints (4x15" frames) of tree silhouettes and birds

I'm not so sure I love the height I hung them at, but we'll see once I get a piece for the other side (the window side). I'm planning on painting a big, tall canvas to go there. I want it to feel like a reading nook, so I might decide to hang it lower to feel more intimate and invite you into the chair.

It looks a bit out of scale once I look at this photo, but in real life, not so much. The frames actually balance well with the size of the chair. I am planning a fabulous lamp for this corner and I don't want it to look too busy. . .
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  1. I totally agree with you on the price thing. Though $7.50 is a pretty good deal. Some blogs say they saved SO much money, and they made it all themselves, but the total is still like $40. I love the color scheme.

  2. Kara - nice of you to share this procedure of making a decorative wall hangers.I humbly request you to visit my blog nityas knits quoin whenever you are free. I will feel happy if you become my friend/follower


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