While perusing the Martha Stewart website several months ago, I came across Darcy Miller's "Frames and Scrapboxes." Not only are they lovely reminders of her family history, but they are also just plain beautiful.
I was smitten.
I already had two shadow boxes hanging in our main hallway. One houses a card my parents gave me for my birthday a few years ago, and the other is filled with pearl-colored buttons that were passed down from my great grandmother. After seeing Miller's creations, I was inspired to try and jazz them up a bit. So, I simply added some fun patterned paper around the card, and inserted my childhood red-haired girl Little Person. It instantly added so much more charm and fun to what had been just a plain white square.
On our last trip to Ikea, I bought three more square shadowbox frames, and eagerly got busy filling them with fun mementos and photographs. I loved how they turned out.
But still, I wanted to do more...
Luckily, my BFF needed a trip to Ikea last week, and I got to tag along. I bought three more frames. I shuffled through more stacks of old photographs and keepsakes, until I had six adorable little frames to hang over my desk.
There's one for sweet baby Ellis. It has her hand and footprints, hospital cap, and a butterfly a blogger sends others in memorial of her own stillborn daughter.
There's one for Madeline's birth that includes her hospital bracelet and ID card from the nursery. I still can't believe that tiny baby is the same little girl who just read me a story before bedtime! Crazy town.
There's an old Drum Corps photograph of Eric, and I dug through piles of his old stuff until I found the same arm tassel from the picture.
I framed the poem Eric's father wrote and recited at our wedding along with a small photograph. I also included the Vermont needlepoint I made as favors.
And there's Madeline's first school photograph complete with a yellow school bus and some finger-painted trees she made in the background. The block was mine when I was a baby, and it just happens to have the letter M on it....for Maddie Bear. (There's an S for Mumma Bear on the other side too.)
As I went through boxes of photographs, I kept thinking of new ideas. There's an old school journal of mine from third grade. There's Eric's baby book. There's a sweet baby dress that both Madeline and I wore and were photographed in. There's a copy of my great-grandmothers handwritten sugar cookie recipe and some cool cookie cutters.
I'd much rather have these things on a wall where I can look at them and smile than stuffed in a box only to be rediscovered every few years. Still, I think I'm going to quickly run out of wall space, and some of my ideas require bigger boxes. Maybe I can fit in one more row of three between the ceiling....hmmm.
This, dear friends, is the area directly to the left of that little rectangle of organized peace and harmony. I won't show you the wall of toys and destruction against the other side of the room. I'm sure you can imagine.
UPDATE: A friend just let me know that Michael's is having a big frame sale this week. Forty percent off shadow boxes in combination with a twenty-percent-off coupon on all frames. My collection will be growing!