This post is probably not about what you think it’s about right now. There is no dripping or bitches crawling involved.
Well.. maybe a little crawling.
This post is about one of my favorite things in The Shobe Abode. Can you guess?
It’s definitely not the
3 inches 4 inches of dog fur coating every surface. As I typed this, The Dog contributed a new layer around me.
And it isn’t the future office that is currently full of foam, vinyl, a stray recliner, and maybe a kitchen sink or two.
It is this beautiful gallery wall in the living room. (Please ignore the wall color. Apparently, ‘Sautéed Mushroom’ reads more ‘Shit Stained Underwear’ in pictures).
I love this gallery wall.
I love this gallery wall from all different angles.
As you can see, the right side is a little heavier than the left. I’m totally okay with that because this wall is completely incomplete. I’m just adding as I go.
A lot of gallery walls I have seen were completely planned out and everything placed at one time.. People make templates out of cardstock or magazine paper and then put up their frames.
Not me. I went rogue.
I started with the big mirror in the center.. which was actually brown. Just like a lot of these frames. I didn’t need brown frames anymore, so I painted them white to keep cost down. And to avoid Target. Because once you get me started, I can’t stop.
Then I just started eyeballing, nailing, and placing outwards on the right side.
Oh, the glare. Raise your hand if you aren’t a photographer.
Anyway, as you can see, everything on the wall has a personal meaning to us.
You can see our wedding photo, The Boy’s ‘First Visit’ pin from Disney World, a tiny personalized book that my aunt wrote when I was little, a western styled photo from our honeymoon in June 2005, a Beatles inspired canvas I made with some paint and cardstock scraps, a photo from this year’s Mari Masquers (Mardi Gras masquerade ball), a music note, The Boy’s silhouette that I made, a photo from our first cruise together in 2008, and a family shot from a photo booth at Chuckie Cheese!
Some things will stay, some are place holders until I find something I like more. I’ve already swapped out a few things. Call me indecisive.
After the right side, I added a few things above the mirror. Backing up to this shot..
On the left is a photo of my grandmother and one of her younger brothers. On the right is another shot from Mari Masquers.. We rocked Rocky Horror Picture Show costumes and danced to the Time Warp, of course. Grown Ass Man was Dr. Frankenfurter, which was priceless. I would share some pictures but then he might decapitate me in my sleep.
The golden retriever print was painted by Ron Krajewski. Here is his eBay store.. and here is his Etsy shop. He does personalized prints and has a variety of other prints available for very affordable prices.
Moving on the left side, where I again worked my way outwards.
I could have sworn I got a better shot of this.
As much as I would just love to get off my butt, take another thousand shots before getting a halfway decent one, and then wait another hour to upload it.. the pure laziness in me is winning out.
You can almost see a family photo (plus Donald Duck) from Disney World, right next to the mirror. There is also an iconic shot of my Dad, his old motorcycle tag, a photo from one of our romantic Melting Pot dinners, and a hand painted tile from Mexico.
This print, is from Lollieland Designs on Etsy. You will not regret clicking that link. I want one of everything in her shop.
Not only is it personalized to represent our family, but I love that elephants symbolize strength and good luck. And are they not so cute holding each other’s tails?
This cute die-cut firefighter is from BeasPeasBags on Etsy.
Her shop is empty right now, but hopefully it will be full of more adorable things soon!
And last, but absolutely not least, is this print of a map featuring my hometown. This is really one of my favorite things on the wall.
I was SO happy to display this 4×6 from HoneyLikeHoney on Etsy. She has some great prints that you REALLY should check out because she has something extra special for you tomorrow!
Also, this print is not blown out. It’s my poor photography skills. I think I
need classes should quit altogether. You can see the real thing in all of it’s photogenic glory right here.
That’s all for now, gallery wall lovers. What do you think? Should my next move be a big, white ‘S’ on top of the elephants (boy, does that sound dirty..)? Should I paint my walls something less poo colored? Did you check out HoneyLikeHoney‘s shop yet?