8/01/2009

Welcome to the 15th "Sunday Favorites"


"Sunday Favorites" is a Sunday meme designed to give bloggers a chance to share a favorite post from the past!!! For more information on how to republish a past post just click on the "Sunday Favorites" info photo in the sidebar of my blog.

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Hello my friends!

Welcome to the 15th run of "Sunday Favorites"!!!
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WOW...can you believe that we are already in the month of August? The summer days are really flying by! We've had a busy summer...between vacation time, kiddos, and summer projects! This was the first week that I've felt like I'm being able to get caught up with blogging. Everything moves soooo fast in Blogland! Speaking of which...can you believe that we are already on the 15th run of Sunday Favorites? It just seems like yesterday that I was thinking about starting this Sunday meme! I sure have had lots of fun hosting it...hope you've had a great time participating!!!
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Well my friends...Have a super Sunday! Thank you so much for coming by today!!!

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Thank you so much for your participation!!! I am going to really enjoy going through your "Sunday Favorites" posts!!!


Love ya'll,
Chari








Sunday Favorites

My favorite post: April 21, 2009



"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.
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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.
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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!
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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 Napoleon 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.
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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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PS...Just wanted to remind you about this Sunday's meme..."Sunday Favorites"!

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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16 comments:

Theresa said...

How creative to use a frame of a picture that isn't the picture:) Love the grouping! Have a blessed Sunday!

Stacey said...

Hi Chari! I remember this gorgeous posting but I have to tell you...I don't remember the beautiful birds that you did your handy dandy work on. The way you tore the paper then put it on top of french writing paper is so pretty! I'll try to remember that.

I would love to participate with you in the Sunday party but my hard drive crashed at the beginning of summer and I lost all the pictures. Unless I'm not understanding something...I seem to be unable to copy and paste when the original picture is gone from the hard drive. I've tried and it didn't work. Oh well.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Chari- this is another post that I had not seen! Love the peacock picture. Did you find something to go in the Last Supper frame?

Back from NM Thursday evening- we still don't have the 26 foot gooseneck trailer that we brought back with us empty of it's contents- actually haven't even started!

I am going to check real quick and see if I have something for your Sunday meme-

blessings
mary

mbkatc230 said...

I really love the way you arranged these. I cracked up about the picture hanging sideways, now that is a devoted decorator! But really, it does make for a nice balance in the grouping. Love, love, love the family piece in the oval frame, how special that you have some family heirlooms to use in your gallery. Kathy

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Chari -- I LOVE your wall -- it's gorgeous. You achieved a beautiful balance of shapes and colors, frames, and of couse, the sideways Last Supper is just the perfect touch! Hahahaha... what a riot; I wonder how long it would have taken for me to notice if you hadn't admitted to it. What do you have there now?

That antique frame is stunning. I wonder what happened to the portrait that was once there?

Thanks for hosting!
Cass

Cindy said...

Good Morning Chari,
Or should I say middle of the night. Oh yes, my lovely daughter called me at 2:00 a.m. to let me know she was on her way home from work (I am glad she did because I hate the road she has to drive on) so here I am wide awake and doing my Sunday Favorites! Well, enough about me, I love your beautiful wall groupings, so perfectly thought out and such beautiful frames and pics! Oh, I love your art work how creative with the scrapbook paper and such. Well my dear I think I need to go sleep, but I'll be back soon! Hugs, Cindy

Martha said...

Love what you did with your pictures. It is a great grouping and I know that you'll find a picture for that frame and I agree -- it is perfect and should be used.

Am participating in Sunday favorites again -- it's fun to repost -- to look back at some old things.

Thanks for hosting.

The Watts Family said...

Love the changes the wall looks great ~very funny with the sideways picture lol!! ~Blessings Heather ;-)

KBeau said...

I love your grouping. I have a grouping of old family photos in my den. Would love to see a close up of that family portrait. I guess it was hand tinted, since it appears to be in color. I do miss Barb and hope she returns to blogging soon.

Lori E said...

You did a great job on the layout of this gallery. The old picture with the car was probably colorized because although color photography was available in 1907 it was not highly used and was still a work in progress. It definitely didn't have such vibrant color.
I always think the colorized photos have some weird vibe about them. Not sure what it is.
You are really lucky to have such important family pieces.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Wonderful grouping. I love the peacock - so rich and detailed. By the way, I like that little window on the other wall too!

Christi

Lady Katherine said...

I adore how you burnt the edges of the birds! I been saving blue bird cards, everyone that knows me, gives me a card or bird here and there. I been saving them in little 5x7 frames. Oh, How I love this, now I need to find the sheet music for the Blue bird song. Slips my mind the name. Love the family pic. and the peacock, I do love, for I use to have 5 real peacocks. So glad I decided to visit today!

Miri said...

Lovely grouping! The peacock print is perfect in the Art Nouveau family heirloom frame! All the frames are lovely and you've done a wonderful job filling them!

This is a fun meme--my first time here, I came from Cass. :)

Lynn said...

I kind of like the sideways last supper!
Quite avant guarde!

susan said...

Chari--I looked before I read. Then I looked again. One more time, just to be certain the "Last Supper" really was sideways--then I read your post!! That is so funny. I guess the Lord is the same in any direction :) Have a happy week!

xinex said...

Hey! That peacock belongs to me, LOL! He is so majestic and all your frames are so pretty, Chari. How did I miss this post the first time you posted it?....Christine