This redecoration project came together thanks to a very great deal at Target. Apparently we are becoming quite savvy at finding the best deals via my favorite 'stuff for the home' store. In addition to these frames below (which were $2.98 knocked down from $11.99!), Beau just landed a 42" Flat Screen TV on clearance for $105 this past Monday! But back to these awesome frames. They were an odd shape at 9"x13" and black, but cutting an inch off of 10"x13" prints and some white spray paint made these the best frames ever. I bought three, hung one in the living room, one in the bathroom and have one left to find a home for. I actually went back 2 days later to purchase more, but sadly they were all gone.
I'm not in love with what I settled on below, but it's a work in progress. The used the paper bag trick in the left photo to visualize the way the frame arrangement would look before hanging the frames, which helped me know the display would look alright, but I think I may need to re-rearrange and add more frames eventually. Either way, I want to keep the focus of the photos in the frames on our trips together as a family. Even if it's just a trip up to the cabin or the North Shore. I also want a better map in the top frame. I pulled that one out of an old atlas I had from middle school and it's not exactly what I wanted, especially the ripped center part I made as a result of some less than perfect tearing on my part. (It's hard to see in the picture, but trust me that it's there.)
On the console table, I now have an assortment of jars. I have long collected sand from beaches I've visited, and though I haven't been as consistent since graduating high school, I made good with my collection when we traveled to Florida last month. But via Sherry's vacation jar idea, I decided to expand from just sand and include other mementos as well. Not sure if I'll continue with this idea, but I'm okay with it for now.
I'm sort of hoping some great, clever idea will strike in my head if I walk by them everyday. So far I've got nothing. Maybe I just need to take another trip to Target. :P
The top right photo shows the jar I made from our most recent vacation to Florida. It features a wallet sized picture I took of a bird on the Naples Pier, a plane ticket, the wine cork from a dinner we enjoyed, and of course, sand from Naples Beach. The two smaller top photos feature a trip to Florida from 2007 when we found a bunch of sand dollars on the beach and a jar of sand I collected in 2000 in California. I printed the mountain photo in hopes of creating a Glacier National Park jar, but I haven't gathered any other mementos yet. And the last jar, with a photo of Blake, Tanya, Beau and I is from yet another Florida trip to the Everglades in 2009.
Next up? Ordering albums featuring photos from our vacations. But don't expect them anytime soon, because you know how life goes...