4/21/2009

What's On Your Wall Wednesday

"What's On Your Wall Wednesday"!

Hello my friends...it's time for "What's On Your Wall Wednesday"! I'm so glad that you dropped by for a visit!!!

This fun filled Wednesday meme is brought to us by our very own Barb over at Grits and Glamour. If you haven't ever been to Barb's place...you're really missing out! Why don't you "treat" yourself and go see what Barb has going on today! While you're there, you can check out all of the other "What's On Your Wall Wednesday" participants!!! Thank you Barb, for hosting this Wednesday event for us...sure is fun getting to share what we have on our walls!!!


My Living Room...

Today I would like to show you a wall that is in my living room. I have recently made some changes to this wall.


Here is a "Before" photo.


My New Gallery Wall Art Grouping...

I have always wanted to do a "Gallery" style wall art grouping in our living room! Recently we inherited some lovely old family treasures...many, many old family photos, portraits, art, and some gorgeous antique picture frames! Many of these treasures date back to the mid to late 1800's! I just feel so blessed to have these family treasures in our possession!

We have a nice sized wall space behind our comfy, big ol' overstuffed leather chairs. It's just perfect for doing a "Gallery" style wall art grouping and it gave us an opportunity to showcase some of our newly acquired family treasures!!!

Here is the "After" photo.


Okay...before we go any further...you have to promise me that you won't laugh!

Promise???

I'm not quite finished with this "Gallery" wall project and if you notice I have one piece...the picture of the Last Supper...that is hanging sideways. Let me explain...I just adore the frame on this picture and it goes perfectly with the other art in this wall grouping. I am looking for the perfect piece of art to put in this fabulous frame...I didn't want you to think that I was sacrilegious!!! I promise to hurry and get this changed...I know it's a little weird but I just didn't want to wait to post about my new "Gallery" wall art grouping! Hehe!!!

A mix of "Old & New"...

This wall grouping is a mix of "old & new" art. I'll explain as we go along!


This piece is a mix of "old & new". You may recognize this art from the "before" photo.

I just adore this pretty giclee print and wanted to use it again. Isn't it beautiful? (you really should enlarge this photo and look at the details!) The scenery is set on the steps of a palace...Oooh, just look at that beautiful peacock!!! Not only do I love the scene but I also just love the beautiful soft autumn colors. So perfect for our living room!!! I added a pretty tassel...done in the same colors as the peacock's tail feathers...just hanging it on the upper corner of the frame!

This fabulous frame is one of the family treasures that we inherited! The frame is an antique...it had a penciled in date of 1891 on the back of the frame! I believe that a portrait of my husband's great-grandparents was once housed in this fabulous frame! It's truly exquisite...the photo doesn't really do it justice!!!
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More Bird Art...

I dug these two frames out of storage when I started planning the "Gallery" wall. I made the art!

I simply used a couple of pretty cards that had pictures of birds on them. I cut out the portion of the card that I wanted to use and burned the edges...giving it more of an old distressed look. Then I placed the card/bird over a piece of old "french writing" scrapbooking paper! I painted the mats brown, using a distressed looking paint effect! I was really pleased at how these turned out and I had lots of fun making them!!! Pretty art doesn't have to be expensive...the only cost was 2 cards and 1 sheet of scrapbooking paper!!!
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Precious Family Photo...

I'd like to tell you a little about the piece at the very top of the "Gallery" wall...that beautiful piece in the oval frame!

This is a photo of my husband's great-grandparents and family! (You can see it a little better in the photo below) It was taken at the family's old homestead. The family is seated in the family car...an old, old car...we weren't sure what make and model it is. Russell's great-grandfather raised Percheron horses and was fairly wealthy. The old family homestead was a beautiful working horse ranch/farm. This photo was taken in the early 1900's...probably about 1907. (Russell's Grandfather Xavier had not been born yet and was not in the photo.)

What a treasure...I'm so happy to have this photo and just look at the beautiful ornate oval frame!!!

Wall shelves...

I added two wood wall shelves to round out and balance the wall art in this "Gallery" wall grouping. I found these pretty little ornate wood wall shelves on ebay....I got a deal on them...$15 for the pair!!!

Upper right corner shelf: I added a brass with olive green glass candleholder...a little moss with a decorative cast-iron bird to the top of the candleholder! I placed a decorative plate with a dark red rim behind the bird. The dark red on the rim of the plate ties in with some of the other dark reds in the wall grouping!

Lower left corner shelf: just added a couple of yellow-gold ceramic birds to the shelf.


And...VOILA!!!

There you have it...my new "Gallery" art wall!!!

I am really pleased with how this turned out...it fills the wall in nicely and adds so much more interest than what I had before!

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Well my friends...I'm so happy that you came by for a visit today!!! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I love hearing from you and corresponding with you!!!


Have a wonderful "What's On Your Wall Wednesday"!!!
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Love ya'll,
Chari
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I'm in the process now of trying to get a Mr. Linky figured out! Eeeks...I'm not very computer savvy...say a little prayer for me! Hehe!!!

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27 comments:

Keetha said...

I like the grouping. I'd like to see the Last Supper picture hanging right-side up - - - in that same spot, keeping your margins between it and the sconce above and the picture to the left uniform - - - like they are in the rest of the grouping.

I realize it would extend beyond the "box" of your gallery - - - but I think that would be OK. When I took a year book layout class they called that "bleeding" the picture - - - which mean extending it into the margin, and it was a recommended occasional layout method for flair.

sue said...

Mornin Chari! I agree with Keetha, the grouping would be fine with the Last Supper turned around! But this grouping of lovely old frames looks so beautiful. I'm so impressed with your card pictures, they turned out fabulous sweetie!! I love a gallery wall too and yours is perfect!
I'm so glad you'll be able to see your grandkids in June, I can imagine the pain not seeing them for months at a time. I am so blessed to live just 10 minutes from Amelia, plus help raise her! Her talking has been a little slow, but this week I can see she is trying so hard, and soon she will be talking up a storm! I can hardly wait LOL!!
Now about my header pic, the watermelon is made of fabric, its been stuffed and painted real prim! And the bowl has pomagranets in it. The kitchen cabinets aren't painted yet and neither is the pantry, I haven't decided on a paint color plus on my days off its just been to pretty out to be in painting! But.. I'll get to it soon! Well, you have a nice day sweetie, ok! TTYL oxxoxo

Cynthia said...

Hi Chari,
As usual I am so impressed girl! This is gorgeous and that oval frame is just superb. I love everything you do Chari, it's just a treat to come see all your wonderful home! I'm getting greedy now, I want more! hehe, Cindy

"Blossom" said...

This grouping is amazing; I may need your help for the office!
The frames are beautiful. Repost if you make suggested changes.
Blossom

Joyce said...

It looks so nice. I assume you lay it all out on paper first? I would like to do this but have no idea where to start. Clueless here.
Joyce

Happy To Be said...

GM sis, well first let me say...I thought I needed my glasses when I first looked at this...I did Chari I cocked my head to one side and thought is the picture sideway or is it just me again...ha ha!!
OoooH girl I am drooling over those frames...but will tell you that one with the peacock just made my heart stop when I seen it WOW!These frames are to die for girl and the way you have them all hanging is just perfect my friend..You are so clever to make your own pictures like that thanks for the infro on them..I love this post today girl..your home is just beautiful honey...you can see all the love you and Russell have put into it...and I am so glad to see you cherish all the wonderful family things you got...I beat that makes russell so proud to have a great wife like you...May you have a blessed day dear friend...love ya sis...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria ps you are just becoming a posting fool girl ha ha!!

salmagundi said...

That turned out wonderful. That frame the peacock is in is the most beautiful frame I've ever seen; and the peacock looks like it has always been in it. I'm anxiously awaiting to see what you do with the Last Supper picture. Have a glorious day. Sally

Mama said...

Hi Chari, What a beautiful collection you have and I love how you have arranged it all, your wall colour makes the perfect backdrop for your gallery. Happy Wednesday, Kathy.

marty39 said...

Just gorgeous. All the lovely frames and prints are beautiful. The arrangement is stunning, looks perfect. Hugs, Marty

Chandy said...

Love your collection, Chari! I love the frame on that peacock one!

I love seeing groupings like that. It tells a story no matter how random it seems to be.

Now that I have more time to visit all, I can't wait to see what everyone's got line up for every meme!

Keetha said...

Thanks for your long comment on my blog. Don't feel like you HAVE to turn that picture, I'd just like to see how it looks turned - - - you might like it.

Oh my goodness!!! I can't believe it!!! I've worked at over 100 camps in my lifetime - - - until I returned to the classroom full time I felt that camps were my first calling!!!! I was the head counselor for our two teen camps for more years than I care to remember. I also traveled around the country a bit being the speaker for children's camps. I LOVED it. Haven't been doing it the past couple of years - - - teaching full time has sapped my creative energy.

I'm not naturally a gifted speller, but oh my goodness - - - spell check and google make it oh so easy, it's really a crime to send out work full of misspellings.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Chrai, I love your groupings. They are just beautiful. You have so many pretty things. Have a great day! Hugs, Terrie

sue said...

I'm Baaaaaaaack!! LOL! I didn't make the watermelon, I bought it at a craft fair. But if I did make it I would use those little folkart craft paints you can buy at the craft stores.
We're rainy today but supposed to be 80 this weekend YAY! I like it warm but not hot and humid! I have not been diagnosed with fibromyalga but often think I have it. If I do yard work all day I can hardly walk by bedtime! I told Butch I cannot cut grass this summer, he'll have to buy a riding lawnmower. I enjoy mowing and have always done it, but the time constraints and this old body won't allow it anymore! Well I hope you are feeling well these days and can enjoy the spring warmth! Have a good one sweetie! xo

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Chari,
I really like the new way you grouped it together.
It looks gorgeous!

You are so talented at balancing it all.
You must use a level right?

Have a wonderful day.
~Melissa :)

Nancy said...

OOOH I love your grouping! The oval family treasure is gorgeous!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

I think it looks great. How much fun you must have had arranging and rearranging until you got "just right"

Debbie said...

Very nice arrangement of all the pictures. Very interesting way to hang the Lords Supper....lol.....but the frame turned that way works very good. Love the peacock picture...beautiful. Debbie

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Oooooooh, I love the peacock picture!!! And the frame. I'm in love!!! I love all your frames, but then I have a thing for old frames. Your little birdies turned out cute. The old family photo is cool too. I love everything about your grouping. Now fess up, how long did it take you? How many tries? It takes me about 100 tries to get things where I am happy with it (Ok, I lied, maybe more like 99 times). So far I have loved everything in your house. I'm sure I would feel right at home if I were to visit. Thanks for sharing.

Keetha said...

OK, I REALIZE this is three comments from me on one post - - - I can't help it.

I just gotta tell ya, I am really excited about the "Repost" Sunday thing. I've been thinking ALL WEEK of which post to repost. Hehehehehehehe

ButterYum said...

Lovely after, but I think those leather club chairs would look much better in my house. Please send them right away :).

prof en retraite said...

Hi Chari! What a beautiful grouping of pictures! I love the frames...all gorgeous! If you had not said anything about the Last Supper, I wouldn't have noticed! I think I must need to change my glasses!! lol I hope you are having a great week...hugs...Debbie

Melissa Miller said...

Post it note?
What did I miss?
I'm confused...LOL! :)

Barb said...

Chari,
Thanks so much for your kind words.
I do like to keep new things on my blog, so when you all come to visit you are not disappointed. Plus, I'm just having so much fun with all of my nests, and all the treasures.

I looked back at your toile post, and just loved those plates, and your chair find. Maybe i should be out shopping more, and crafting less? (well, maybe just shopping more!) =0-
Loved that little frame with the toile paper background too.
Great idea!!! I have some back fabric (not toile, but cool anyway). Maybe I'll try that. Oh, wonder what it would look like with a nest in a frame with my fabric.
Oh, there goes my creative mind again. =0))

Blessings,
Barbra Jean

Mimi said...

Don't you think all the food is going to slide off the table at the Last Supper☺

janet said...

Chari darling, you are just the person i wanted to see, stop by girl i have an award.
hugs
janet

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

How did I miss these posts! I may not be writing any posts myself right now but I thought I was keeping up with my buds!! Your grouping is perfect! You shouldn't move a thing! Except! Why did you hang the last supper sideways?!?!?!
The frame is perfect where it is are you going to replace the pic of the last supper with something else? Or did you just do that to see if I was on my toes! I love your bird collages! You really are creative girlfriend! You've even given your blog a new look again! Well, I'm going to go check out your other post I missed! God Bless, Lauralu :)

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi again, I love the wall grouping, you did an awesome job!! Love the idea for using the greeting card and scrapbook paper! That's right up my alley!
Btw, how do you get your pics to enlarge when you click on them??
See I'm no computer genius, lol!

Thanks,
Sherri