10.02.2008

Art - on the cheap

This world is a scary place to be right now. The economy gives me daily anxiety attacks. The Hubby is self-employed. As anyone who has dealt with self-employment knows, it can be financially... let's just say... tricky. And in financially insecure times, things can get downright frightening. So why did I share all this with you? Only because being on a tight budget doesn't mean we can't make our homes beautiful places to be.

So today, I'm sharing a couple of ideas of how to create art - on the cheap!


Here's a fun idea. Not too long ago, Kim at Today's Creative Blog shared a link to this blog, who in turn gives plenty of links to design freebies! YEEHAW!!! So I clicked around for a while and found some great monograms. I. HEART. MONOGRAMS! Since they were copyright free, and free-of-charge, I printed one out and framed it up. Now, I have a disclaimer to make. The Hubby is both a home improvement contractor AND a professional photographer so we have more than our fair share of frames just laying around. All I had to do was go into our storage and grab a frame. I realize most people don't have that luxury. But thrift stores are a great source for frames (look beyond the painted velvet picture at the frame it is in) or you can pick up cheap frames at stores like Walmart. That said, here's the finished project. I love black & white. (Those are two's feet in the photo - he always used to cross them like that when he was a baby - too cute!)


Some of you may remember this idea from the Princess' room. An inexpensive shadow box frame ( I did NOT have that laying around the house) and some Barbie clothes. I bought these new, but you can certainly find some funky old ones at the thrift store, and the vintage ones look awesome! (Do you like my shadow in the plexiglass?)


This one may seem silly, but it looks great. This photo was actually taken with my old point and shoot digital camera! (Proof that you don't need a nice SLR to do this project!) It's one of the Hubby's old footballs against our chocolate brown wall. You can have photos enlarged fairly cheaply now-a-days...and this would look awesome in little sports lover's room!


Frame a collection of stuff you already have. Like my buttons. Simple. Easy. And a real statement about the things you love!

Get imaginative! As I said to my Mom in a conversation we had on the phone yesterday, "just because times are scary doesn't mean we have to abandon our dreams." Sometimes the things that come out of my mouth are surprisingly "profound". ;-)


30 comments:

Gray Matters said...

Great ideas - I love how such simple things can make such a huge impact.

Lora said...

I love the framed Barbie clothes! My little princess would love this idea--only with a princess dress:)
The monogram idea is so cool, too.

Darlene said...

Great ideas and those all look BEAUTIFUL! I'm gonna go check out the link you gave for the design freebies.

Carrie said...

Those are great ideas I love the buttons.

letters to elijah said...

Some creative ideas! Thanks!

letters to elijah said...

One more thing.. thanks for the billion links.. I have lots of tabs open and now my day is filled :)

Candace C said...

thank you so much! I love the monogram! I headed straight over there and found one that I liked! I am even thinking Christmas gifts...we have such a LARGE family that it is hard to get nice things for each person, this might be a great idea for the wives!! :)

duchess said...

Great ideas. Love the monogram - I'll go check that out, and I love the football picture idea. I just might have to do that in my son's room.
Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

Candace C said...

Ok, it's me again. I'm having trouble figuring out how to get the letters from briar press to download. I don't have photoshop, but am kind of assuming that is what you may have used to download. Do you have any other suggestions? thanks!

Rambling Girl said...

Great ideas! I love the Barbie clothes. I have some from my collection when I was a child...gotta get those out and frame...

Charmingdesigns said...

wonderful ideas. I love the buttons! Laurie

Blissfully Enamored said...

I love the H Monogram that you found! I am a big fan of monograms as well and would love to do this in my home! thanks for the idea!

Wendy said...

Hi Candace C...since you don't have photoshop try just right clicking on the image and saving it as a photo. Let me know if that works. :-)

Valarie said...

I have been looking for some cool monogram. I think I will go on over there. :)

Susie Harris said...

Love those great ideas... thanks for passing them on our way!

AndreaW123 said...

I am such a copy cat...I have to try the monogram...too cute...

PS...when I get a minute I also want to make the pixie fairies...so adorable....

Candace C said...

It worked! Thanks so much, Wendy! I think at first I was thinking that each different monogram style could be done in each letter...cause I was trying to find the letter C in the same "font" as your H, but it doesn't work that way, lol! (or maybe those are the ones you pay for?)Anyway, I found another pretty one and copied/pasted! THANKS!!

Ms. Tee said...

These are really cute. I especially love the monograms. I have 2 frames just lying around, so I'm gonna see what I can go put in them! :)

Julie said...

Wendy I love that monogram I might just have to try this. thanks for the idea and the link.
julie

Cristin said...

Very fun...love the fairy jars too...

Where is your contact info? :)

Carla said...

Can you tell us what you used for the mat for your monogram? I thought it was material but it may be scrapbook paper. I love the checks with the monogram.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Love them and hope to try the buttons at some point. I think that is sooo neat Wendy. As is the barbie clothes...I loved Barbie when I was little and have many of them still. It would be neat to frame the clothes my Mom made me and hang in my craft room...why not right? I love whimsy. cherry

Wendy said...

Hi Carla...
Yes...it is scrapbook paper that I used to mat the monogram. Fabric would be nice too ooooh, especially toile ;)

AJ said...

Love the monogram! Thanks for letting me know about the apothecary jars:)

Jen r. said...

I LOVE what you did with the Barbie clothes!

Beth said...

I love the button pictures! That is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Shannon said...

I Love that monogram!! I'm going to go to that site right now!

Leigh said...

Fabulous and I am so doing the monogram!

Tricia said...

How cute! I really like the monogram...off to search for some now! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Sherri S said...

I LOVE the framed doll clothes and the buttons too. What a creative idea. I am going to be on the hunt for some junk frames and may just make my youngest nieces some framed clothes!