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Monday, March 11, 2013

March is still home improvement month around here and I have a good one today! One goal was to make the living room wall gallery permanent. When I created the gallery, the frames were filled with 'travel' pieces - a vintage map, prints from recent trips and post cards. I think one frame stayed empty for a few months. Then during the holidays, it became a festive wall gallery. Then on Valentine's day, it became a super charged love gallery.
Then I found the girls.
On a recent trip to Campbell, I visited the ever favorite Therapy in downtown. Within 5 feet of walking through the door, there they were. On the wall high above my line of vision. They had to be mine! This small town farm girl had to have this print!
And so the gallery wall was rearranged. The girls went front and center in the living room and on each side of the print went empty Ikea RIBBA frames. Shoot. Back to square one!
With all of that ombre paint chip inspiration floating around, I took the same inspiration without hoarding paint samples that I don't have and instead picked out cardstock from my large stash. As the bee of Inspired Honey Bee, I reinvented the octagon as art and cut, cut, cut on the Silhouette (thanks KC-K). 
Then with a little patience, I laid out the design on the frame to make sure I cut out enough octagons in the right colors.
The background was brown wrapping paper, and luckily it had subtle lines as a design, making it so easy to line up the octagons. With the mat that would be used in the frames, I outlined with a pencil the square that I needed to design within (to erase later). 
Then I designed an ombre look just using the cut octagon pieces and paper glue. One after the other!

Once finished, I taped the 'art' to the back of the mat, put in the frames and hung on the wall. Stepped back ... and the results are just awesome! I couldn't pull myself away to go for a long run (seriously, it was the beauty of it all)! Yes, this may change in a few months but for now, I am completely satisfied which is exactly where I want to be at the end of the month!

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  1. Super cool art. I love it. I would love it if you would share this over at my link party.


  2. These look great! I love the ombre effect with the octagons.

  3. Love It. Great Job. The cows are cute.

    Desiree @ YourCraftyFriend

  4. Great idea! Love the girls and those octagons do require patience. Paid off big time in the end though. I am on the hunt for a sheep picture. Hope I find a fab one. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.