I did some organizing today and was excited to find several advertisements from the 60’s and 70’s that I had purchased from eBay last year. The ads were for my ancestor’s Denim Manufacturing Company, Cone Mills. I was going to frame a collection of the ads to hang in my office.
The tagline in many of the ads is, “Improves Your Overall Appearance”. The people in the ads are wearing denim overalls. How clever (took me a minute to get that!! Haha)
1977 ad for “Mom Jeans” . Denim on denim. This whole ad just makes me laugh.
I also found a postcard on Wikipedia sent from my great-great aunt Etta Cone to Gertrude Stein in Florence, Italy in 1911. I might frame this and add to my new “family wall”. I did a post last year on Gertrude Stein’s relationship with my great-great aunts and how she introduced them to Matisse and Picasso.
I’m on the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Council of Advisors, so I thought it would be nice to frame these posters of the Parkway.
I think it’s always nice to have a “collection” or grouping of art in your home. I’m not tired of framed botanicals or intaglios yet, but I think it is sometimes more interesting to have “meaningful” works of art to give your home a personal touch. I like to use old letters from family members, ink drawings, keys, magazine articles, postcards from travels, tickets, or maps.
There are many great ways to hang groupings of art. Picture rails are always very visually appealing, especially with a variety of frames.
I love framing black and white photos in old windows and doors.
It’s also interesting to use twine and clothespins to hang photographs in a reclaimed wood frame.
If you have old handwritten letters from family members you can enlarge them on a copier and have them framed.
Frame postcards sent to you, or ones collected while traveling.
Framing postcards in “floating” frames always looks great!
If you don’t have your own postcards, you can order a collection of vintage postcards online.
You can make a collage out of your favorite childhood Penguin Book covers.
They come in a box of 100 postcards for $16.50 on Amazon. The collection includes many iconic childhood Penguin books, like Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.
Amazon sells a postcard collection of 100 groundbreaking Vanity Fair Covers “representing more than twenty years of cosmopolitan Jazz Age design in one box”.
It would be fun to create a collage of ticket stubs from every concert you’ve attended.
Create fun shapes, like hearts, using meaningful items.
Make a “love map” using maps from the places you and your spouse met, married, and currently live. There’s a great tutorial here.
Cut a map of a meaningful place into fours and frame each section individually.
Have a collection of keys from former residences? You can always frame them!
Kids can be very artistic and create interesting works of art. It’s nice to have a framed collection of children’s art to hang on the wall in their bedroom. You can also frame pages from a child’s favorite book.
For girls, it’s fun to frame doll outfits in shadowboxes or ones from mom’s childhood (if she still has them. I know my mom doesn’t!).
Once you frame your “meaningful art,” you can use this great resource for inspiration on different ways to hang a wall gallery.
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