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Tuesday, February 5

Something We All Can Do For <$2-3!!

Hi everyone, I hope you have had a wonderful start to your week !! I wanted to share this very easy and almost free project that I just finished, because I don't know anybody who doesn't have most of what it takes to do this!

So, you know that stack of cards you have, you know the ones, the ones that are just too beautiful to throw away?!!

  Now I know this isn't just me, maybe you have them in a drawer or if you're really organized you have them in a cubby or tray in your craft central organizer. But, I know you have them! They are either too special, or too beautiful to simply discard. I know, I have them, too! 
 So, now that we have agreed that we all have these, let's get onto the next thing we all have.  You know how when the first babies in the family were born, whether they were your children or your sisters, or even a cousins??? We all received annual  pics of them as they were growing up and so,  we bought frames (alot of frames) so we could proudly display them on "the picture wall".  Now , no offense to anyone still has "the picture wall", 


 but most people after a few years of changing out the picture to most current one or...maybe,  after the "new baby" has graduated and started their own  family ...we finally took down all those pics and  have replaced those multiple frames to  maybe one  nice tabletop family picture.  Now, possibly, I had more nieces and nephews than most but I ended up with a box o' frames.
 I have moved this box of frames (with the 6-12 years of pictures in each)  over the years, about 3 times that I can remember, and after the 2nd move they never went back up (none of photos were current  for years). Whewww... I know this seems alot to say about a simple project  but we all have this stuff!!!!


So, all I am saying is you can do this, with what you,  have around your house, the total cost??  NOTHING!!!  But a little time!!  Yay!! Don't we all love this price?  Okay, (to be completely honest) I did buy one roll of 1-1/2 white ribbon from "the local Dollartree"So I guess  does officially make this project's cost $1.08!  
 Now you are ready to get started!! Take the card you love so much, mine is "The First Kiss" and I really do love it, Mat it. (you know with 1 of the Mat's in those  frames that you have will work.) Just fix into place with regular tape.  Now pick one of your frames out.  Choose one that has some detailing to it, so that when you paint it and distress it, it will  actually  look like you just created a "new" antique!!   ** Little trick here (A very nice lady, at a local framing shop, told me not to use staples  or small nails to hold it all in place, she actually told me to use a good quality, wide painter's tape as it keeps the moisture out and protects the contents longer)   Who knew?! Makes my job easier, doing the happy dance...Oh, ahemm, sorry about that, kinda got carried away.



When your paint is dry you can simply use some sandpaper to the areas that would have received the most ware over the years;  corners, detailed ridges, raised design.  If the frame you picked is a very blonde wood, there is another good trick: after you have sanded it the way you like, you can take a carpenter's pencil, or a good old #2 if that is what you have, and carefully go over the areas you sanded the paint off  and go over the lighter wood or material with the lead.   Paint on a clear coat to seal  and it won't smudge. Easy peasy, right?  

Now it's just a matter of putting it all together!!  Attach your satin ribbon allowing yourself enough to tie a bow at the top, don't be afraid that your ribbon will not hold up your fame,  that is actually an illusion. The frame is held up by it's regular hanger on the back, so all you need to be concerned with is tying a bow you like. Once you have done that, you simply place a tack, or small nail to hook it up  above your hanging picture.(About 5 inches)And, Voila!! you have just created something beautiful, that you have loved enough to hold on to for years and made into a beautiful "new" antique, to be enjoyed... 


Display it proudly in your home. Mine is in my bedroom, so I can enjoy it while I'm laying down for or reading during my  "Me time".  This was so fun and fairly easy to do!! I  truly hope  that you will give it  a try with your the treasures that you have kept..

Blessings to you all!!

~Theresa     

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I will be sharing this with these Lovely Ladies:


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16 comments:

  1. Lovely idea,I always like bows like this on pictures.It looks great

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    1. Thanks so much Jeanette! As you can see, so do I!!! but, your lovely comment is very much appreciated. :)
      ~Theresa

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  2. It turned out real pretty ....... I love it

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    1. Thank you so much, Ms Pam!! I really Love it too!!
      ~Theresa

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  3. I think the ribbon adds an elegant touch.

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    1. Thank you , Judith!! It sure looks very soft and elegant in my room. I appreciate the lovely comment!!
      Blessings,
      ~Theresa

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  4. Hi Theresa,
    Very sweet idea. I always love the look of a bow hanging up a special picture. Great tutorial and thanks for sharing at my HOME.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it, Sandi!! Thanks for Having me @ your HOME.
      Hugs and Blessings,
      ~Theresa

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  5. So pretty! Thanks for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop.html

    Hope to see you on Sunday!

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  6. oh I love this, its so pretty. The kissing cherubs is one of my favorites! Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Katie! I'm glad you liked it!!!
      Hugs and blessings, my friend!!

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing this creative project at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Sweet picture, love the bow! Have a Happy Valentine's!

    Jody

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  8. I love those projects that cost nothing. I love how the frame turned out. Link-up this week if you like @ DearCreatives.om I had a nice visit on your blog today!

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    1. All linked up, Theresa!! Thanks so much!!

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  9. I had to smile while I was reading this post because yes, I do indeed have lots of frames sitting in a box somewhere. One of them is our wedding picture which had a bow like this also. We moved in December to smaller digs and it didn't make the cut. I know. That sounds terrible but the frame is dated and we are only renting for a short time.

    I love bows on just about anything. They add a certain feminine touch that I find appealing.

    Thank you for joining At The Hop Theresa! We are so happy to have you!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Doreen!! I, too, love all things with bows, such a fun and easy project,and such an easy transformation. I hope you were able to read my more recent post "A Very Special Event!" Thanks for letting me hop to your place!
      Blessings,
      ~Theresa

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