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Sunday, April 3, 2011

New Art on a Itty Bitty Budget

Quote of the Day:
Where we love is home 
~ home that feet may leave, but not our hearts.
                              ~ Oliver Wendall Holmes Sr.

 We hung new pictures over the sofa last night and I think they turned out beautiful.  And I don't think I could have done it any cheaper.  The plan was a lot different from the finished product but only because I liked it enough to leave it like this.
I can not for the life of me, remember where I got these illustrations from but they were almost exactly what I was looking for.  My plan was to actually print penciled etchings of seashells on transfer paper.  Then transfer them to a woven off white fabric and stretch them.  After that I would paint these frames an off white and frame them without the glass.

 I looked everywhere for frames.  And didn't want to spend a lot and really was hoping to rescue some from a thrift store.  Have  you ever tried to find 4 matching frames in a thrift store?  Impossible.
 I found this real wood frames at Family Dollar of all places.  They are 11x14" frames with matting!  Can you believe that?!  Once I got them home I decided not to paint them since the wood matched my furniture perfectly.
 So what was my final costs for this whole project?  Well that's the best part.  I downloaded the illustrations and had them printed at Staples for $1.00 each = $4.00 and I had 2 coupons for the frames for B1G1 half off.  $5.00 each with 2 half off = $15.00.  

***Grand Total:  $19.00***

I think the wall still needs something more.  I was originally going to go with bigger frames and probably should have but I'm overall happy with them.


  1. Hi Tracy,

    What a wonderful grouping you have there. Very thrifty of you, too! Maybe you could hang some sconces on each side with candles or something like that. You definitely got a big impact for a little cash.


  2. Dont you love when something just comes together like that for so little? Looks great!
    I hope you have a sweet week tracy!

  3. You did good honey and it is great that you spent on little. I never am as lucky to get something as pretty for such a low price.
    Hope you have a wonderful week.
    I am being forced to return to work tomorrow and I am just praying I can hold up to it.
    Love ya

  4. Wow - what an awesome project and I can't believe you did it all for under $20.00!! That's amazing! I love your entire blog and can see that I'll be spending lots of time here reading! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog...I am happily following you as well :D