this is what happens when…

you combine a thursday night and the feeling that you need to just do something. for the first time in a long time, i was desperately turning to my hobby to have a bit of an escape. not that anything was wrong, i just felt the need to create something. to feel that accomplishment. well, thursday night i had the right combo of energy, insight to what i might be able to do and the materials. so i went for it.

it’s nothing major, just updating some frames around the house to give the frames and the spaces they were in a little new look. a couple of weekends ago, i went through a clean sweep of sorts with our gallery frames. the pics that were in there had been in for a while and i wanted to give them a new look. so, i printed several new photos at my neighborhood wal-mart (one hour, of course, because i’m still trying to learn patience). end result: refreshed frames!

then, my lovely sister paid a visit last weekend and brought me a surprise…a sheet of paper from paper source (of course). it’s this adorable cream and black print of silhouetted birds on a wire. adorable. and it needed a home.

the right home was a gallery frame hanging in our great room with an 8″ x 10″ opening from pottery barn (one similar is here…or you can get the same exact thing from target for about $20). i decided we could give up the winter-esque picture of big mountain montana and replace it with some fun birds on a wire. great choice, if i do say so myself. (only after taking a pic and texting it to my sis to have some external validation on my decision.) so, our little birdies are featured right alongside some great architecture photos from paris and london. made me happy.

our new birdies in their new home

full shot of the frames with our total table steal from ikea

that wasn’t quite enough though. i had these two other multi-opening frames on our stairway landing that had random photos in them from about six years ago. definitely time for a change. since we have pics everywhere else, i went the patterned paper route again, this time focusing on a slate blue/grass green/grey/white color palette to complement the house. i’m pretty happy with this too. very super simple and will be easy to update whenever i want. (note: i’m even thinking about adding a stamp embellishment to the small solid squares. still thinking about that.)

let’s just say that yes, this was a super simple little change…a really easy way to feel a little bit creative when i really needed it. i’m getting the bug to dig into another big(ger) project….more ideas for childrens’ wall art, possibly a small(ish) sewing project…we’ll see what comes from this weekend.

i hope that anyone reading this finds that something in your life that you can turn to when you need a diversion or an escape or a small way to make your everyday feel complete.

here’s to a (hopefully) crafty weekend,



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