There are times in your life when you have more time than money. That’s when you have to get creative in your decorating and also in your gift giving.
Being in college and studying abroad have impacted Baby Girl’s budget, but she surprised the family this year with lovely watercolors personalized for each of us.
For the MR, she painted a scene of palm trees and beaches, and for me, it was a rainbow viewed from the great room. Sweet Miss received a copy of one of her engagement photos, and the Fella got an inspiring outdoor scene that looked great for mountain biking.
While Sweet Miss and the Fella took theirs home with them, me and the MR’s painting have been sitting on the mantel for the last few weeks. The paintings are an odd size, so I’ve been certain I’d need to buy new frames and get them specially mounted.
Then I remembered the pair of framed school photos that used to grace the top of the piano years ago. They’d been displayed in the office area until we’d replaced them for senior photos on canvas a few years back. These old frames from Costco might just do the trick.
I found them in the storage room off the garage and was surprised at how faded Sweet Miss’ photo had become after a few years with all our sun in the great room. Maybe an area with less sun exposure would help our watercolors stay pristine.
We lose a little of the painting with the matting, but for now, I’m pleased with how these turned out and have hung them in the powder room out of direct sunlight. I especially like how my painting is reflected in the large mirror behind the door, so there are not one but two images echoing the angled roofline that defines our house.
Thank you Baby Girl for this sweet and thoughtful gift. And thanks also to your roommate for sending them in the mail when you were exhausted after finals and left them behind. We can proudly claim to have original art from an artist trained in Rome. Doesn’t that sound fancy?
How have you gotten creative when funds were tight? Any framing advise you can share?