New Happy Place

Our family pictures arrived in the mail the other day, and I was so stinkin’ excited about getting them on the mantel!  For quite some time now I’ve had a super boring mantel: two candles flanking either side of a glass hurricane.  It was fine, but I definitely wanted to add more personality to it.  So yesterday, after dropping Camryn off at mother’s day out, I headed straight to Hobby Lobby to find the perfect touches.  I still might add things here or there (there were some candle sticks I really wanted but they were not 50% off this week.  You know how hl is…everything goes on sale there eventually!  So I’ll just wait and see if I still really want them once they are half off.)

Now, when I walk in my front door, this is what I see:

A little closer look:  The photos on the wall are 11×14’s in 16×20 frames.  And I realize that they are crooked.  After I took these pictures it became glaringly obvious to me.  I have fixed it because even though it’s subtle, I knew it would drive me nuts!

The two smaller pics.  The one of the kids is a 5×5, and the family one is a 5×7 matted in an 8×10 frame (that I found on clearance for $3 because the little standy part is broken off the back.  Score for me!)  I was so antsy to get these photos in frames that I printed them right on my home printer.  The photographer in me was totally cringing at that move, but from far away, I don’t really think you can even tell they were printed at home on cheap-o photo paper.  Gotta love that!  I do plan to order quality prints for the frames soon. 🙂

And one more look.

I’m just so pleased with it.  Even Derek noticed right when he walked in from work.  And that’s saying a lot because, let me put this gently…Derek isn’t always the most observant about things like photos and hair cuts and new outfits and the like.  But he noticed and even complimented it!  Made my day.

P.S. Please excuse the lack of blog banner.  I keep meaning to make a new one…I know exactly what I am going to do, but I keep getting distracted by things like decorating my mantel and playing around on Twitter.  I had actually forgotten about how naked my blog looked until Derek mentioned it last night.  Again, I was proud of his attention to detail. 🙂

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