Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Thrifty Thursday #110, Plus a Tablescape!

Hi! It's Thrifty Thursday! I am your host, Leigh. Thank you so much for stopping by and additional thanks to those who also participate in Thrifty Thursday! I am most delighted to have you join in..for it's YOU who makes it a "show and tell party". I also participate in Tablescape Thursday the host of that fun carnival is the Hostess with the Mostess...Susan of Between Naps on the Backporch. That's no lie or exaggeration, each week I visit Susan's porch and just long to be a guest at any of her tablescapes...especially those held on the porch.

(You can click on any pictures for a closer view)

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Today a "Flashback" Thrifty Thursday post. One that I am literally in the process of doing myself. Hope you might get some ideas.....

For Thrifty Thursday I thought I would share a thrifty tip. My friend, High Mae and I had lunch earlier this week and were chatting up our home decor. She moved into a new home a little over a year ago and mentioned that she still lacks artwork on her walls. "Mae!", I told her, "Don't buy artwork-create it!"

I love things in a home that personalize a space. So many people will walk into Kirklands or such and purchase artwork. Don't get me wrong, I love Kirklands, but I also love a space that isn't "cookie cutter".
My favorite thing in a home,is the family photographs on the walls!!! I recommended to Mae (who is a budding photographer, see here) to pick photographs and have them enlarged. Sams Club and Staples are just two of many businesses that enlarge prints very inexpensively. It will most likely cost less than "cookie cutter" artwork.

Pull out old vacation photos from places you have traveled. These photographs will not only be beautiful and customize a home, but also conjure up fond memories of the vacation.
This photo below was  from a trip to the Mediterranean (LOL) by way of Epcot in Orlando! So you need not travel to exotic lands for some stunning photography. Think outside the box.

Take a roadtrip! My friends and I have a scheduled roadtrip and girls weekend in the very near future to a cabin the woods. Along the way, we will be making stops to photograph old barns, mountain views and working farms along the way...perfect to enlarge for cutom art work.
I took the photograph below on previous trip the cabin. I have always admired the cabin each time I pass. This trip, I pulled over and photographed her rustic beauty so that I could enjoy it's beauty from afar too!
IE: my sofa!

One Christmas my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told him that I wanted to buy 3 blank canvases at Michaels and give them,  along with paints that would coordinate well with our home decor and allow our three children to create artwork that I would forever treasure. He did....and I now have three (signed by the artist) pieces of orginal artwork that even Picasso, himself might envy.

And finally, you might remember the
Music Book I framed and hung in my hallway

The photocopied and enlarged envelope that came from coorespondance between my grandfather and grandmother when they were courting.

The ideas are endless. And I know, because I read your blogs, I know how creative and crafty you all are! So before you purchase a piece of artwork where in three or four years you might outgrow it's taste, take time and personalize your space with "art" you will never grow tired of!

Tablescape Thursday is  hosted by the lovely, Susan of Between Naps on the Porch..

All of  my tablescape dishes all of which can be found AT HOME....

Thank you for dropping my Bloggeritaville today! I have thoroughly enjoyed you visit.

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Anonymous said...

My girlfriend and I have a day trip planned tomorrow. I'll be posting about it next week as I hope we find lots of thrifty, fun things along the way!

Great artwork ideas! I'm married to an artist so I have the problem of finding wall space for all our art. It's a good problem to have. :)

Diann said...

I agree, create your artwork. It is so much more unique. Thanks for hosting.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Love the idea of the personalized art work! It really makes it so much more meaningful! Thanks for hosting!...Debbie

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

Hi - i'm new to your site & am in love with your banner. Oh to be there right now... :)

Thanks for hosting!

henry  happened

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Thanks for hosting this blog party.

Screaming Sardine said...

LOL - love the Mediterranean by way of Epcot. Love that place (Epcot...haven't had the pleasure of going to the actual Mediterranean).

Thanks for hosting!
Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

Caleen said...

First time coming to your Party. Thank you for hosting. Have a Happy Easter :)

Jill said...

Thanks (as always) for hosting!
have a good one...
~ Jill from 'Just Dream, Jelly Bean!'

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting. Love your "Mediterranean" photos!! :) I dont know, sometimes I feel like my photos aren't art worthy JUST because I took them...Time to get over it and get some art on these walls!

Anonymous said...

Words of Wisdom. Spend little money, get great impact, and keep those memories and great family or personal stories alive. everything on your walls then is one of a kind.

Enjoy your trips and get togethers.

Creative Escapes said...

I am so glad you talked about pictures and personalizing a space. I have this huge vacant wall and every day I look at it I think - it needs to be a gallery - I have three kids so pictures are flowing in my house. OK - that's it - I am doing it this weekend.

Thanks also for hosing - love your parties - I come every week - OK - I come more than once a week - but enjoy the parties once a week :)


Where did you find that barn? I have seen it before but can't remember where I was headed. I love it!

Marie said...

New to your party. Thanks so much. Great blog! Have a lovely day.

Janis@Home Style said...

Great linky checking out all the fun projects. Thanks for hosting.