The photo gallery wall–step by step DIY

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Hello beautiful people.

Ahh..the photo brag wall…

For some, it is an easy knock out….some frames and nails and out pops a well put-together collage of family memories.

But for others it can be an overwhelming task that they dare not try.

SO…here are some easy DIY tips that may help some of you that fall in to the second category.

1.  Don’t be afraid

This is your house, your wall, and there is NO RIGHT OR WRONG to this.

2. Largest picture first

Pick a point on the wall that you wish to be the focal point of your photo frame collage.  Then select your largest picture and hang that one in that spot.

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3.  Closer the spacing the better

Working from the largest picture out begin hanging your photos on either side.  Space them close to each other….this will promote the feeling of a “one-piece” collage, rather than just a bunch of pictures on a wall.

4.  Go high and don’t forget to go low

Give your photo wall collage height, but don’t forget to hang pictures low as well.

5.  Interchange horizontal with vertical in frame direction

Mix your direction of the frames to give your collage interest as well as movement.

6.  Mix species of frame material

I have had an all black frame photo wall.  I changed it because it lacked interest and variety.  Mix gold frames, ornate frames, light and dark wood frames…it will bring out the different colors of your room and add an artistic element to your collage.  If you desire some consistent theme…choose all black and white photos or all color photos if you’d like.

7.  Use nail/hammer alternatives

If you feel like you are just going to make too many holes in the wall doing this project, you may want to consider alternatives to nails such as Command strips.  They have a ton of products that can uphold the weight of any picture and are gentle on your walls.

8.  Enjoy your wall!

Leave room for more pics (as shown here) if you think necessary or call it complete and change out the photo in the existing photo frames…totally up to you.  Post script….this wall has one more step…it is recommended that the wall vent be the same color  as the wall…I have some painting to do!

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Happy hanging!

dcb

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What’s in your box?

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Hello lovely people….

Wanted to take the opportunity to give a big shout out to the folks at UMBA box.  If you haven’t heard of this concept…well, you should listen up.

Two gals….one bright idea…sort of the wine of the month club meets crafty-artisans and cool stuff kinda thing.  If you click on their web site  here or down on the lower right hand side of this page…you will be introduced to a subscription based company that will send you  the most ADORABLE box of crafty items each month.  It makes a great gift and definitely a super surprise each month for those of us who appreciate hand made goodies.

I upcycled the above coasters (they have a letter pressed calendar on the opposite side) which was part of the December Umba box in 2012.  They are from Sugar Cube Press--they do an amazing line of hand pressed stationary and calendars.

Anyway…check them out and tell them the Highnote sent you!

dcb

 

Happy Post-Halloween—Colorado License Plate Costume

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Nursing a sugar hangover this morning….

Middle child came up with the idea of dressing as a license plate this Halloween……

What happened to the days of easy-store-bought costumes?

Thankfully a recent online purchase afforded me this perfect box….the rest was a bit of spray paint, acryllic paint and printing out letters on the computer at 950%.

I added actual bolts in the corners for effect….

Have a wonderful day after….and hey, it is after all, All Saints Day!

dcb

Spanish Olive Oil Press Mat—a Re-use

Hello sweet people….or should I say, “Hola”……travels to the Catalonia region of Spain have brought many wonderful memories, artifacts and of course…..craft ideas back to insert in my little blog to share with you all.

If I had any international business acumen, I would figure out a way to import these little beauties I found while staying in the countryside of Eastern Spain….olive oil country….rich with generations of olive oil production and traditional methods of oil making.

The press above, lies virtually untouched after many years of retirement in the garage of our friends who so graciously let us stay in their home in a small village named Gandesa.  Their “garage” was filled with many artifacts that American antique lovers would have swooned over.

I notice these “mats” everywhere….similar to a wicker rug….that were used to press the olives and separate the solids from the liquids.  They were washed and dried and apparently left for someone like me to think they were worth crafting with.  In their pure form they looked like this:

A few were generously gifted to me and stuffed in to my already overloaded suitcase.

Of course, there are many practical non-olive-oil-pressing uses for these babies.  A small rug, a centerpiece placemat, a garden mat….or,

a wall hanging……

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A bit of ribbon and ribbon-covered clothes pins and I had a neat way to display some of my pictures from the adventure to Spain.

Enjoy!

DIY cards for that Special Teacher—free printable!

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Happy Thursday….

My kids are a week away from their last day of school…..shouts of joy for summer break and for the pure bliss of not having to wake up and make lunches for three whole months….

For the end of the year teacher gifts….

You might have guessed I’m not the give-a-gift-card-to-the-Gap kind of gift giver.   Each kiddo has picked out something special for their teacher and I always encourage them to write a nice note telling them how that teacher made their lives better for the year.  

SO…

Here is an easy DIY card you can make for that teacher who has put up with your kid  taught your child so unconditionally this year.

Supplies:

*child’s artwork or other background ephemera 

* photo paper (optional)

* blank card or gift tag

*tape runner or other adhesive

*scissors and/or paper cutter

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I have been scanning my children’s artwork and saving it on my computer quite a bit lately.  You can easily take photos of school art and save them on your computer as well.  This is a wonderful way to preserve those memories that otherwise will decay in a box over the years…..and, free up precious storage space for you!

Using your computer software of choice (I used Microsoft Publisher) take the saved document of your scanned artwork and set it as your background.  Choose a quote in a cute font for the sentiment that will go directly on your background image.   HINT:  Use the brightness function on your program to brighten up the background…..It will allow the quote to stand better.

Once you have the complete image and the size you want, print out on photo paper (I like because of the gloss) or paper of choice.  Cut to fit blank card or gift tag.  Adhere with tape runner or tape. 

And there you go!

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These are also great projects for Father’s Day cards and cards for Grandparents (they love this stuff).

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Leave a comment here and you can have either one or both of these backgrounds as a free printable!  I will email upon request!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!  dcb

Today’s High Note–Peacefulness at the Abbey

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This past weekend I was fortunate enough to spend time at the Abbey of St. Walburga in Virginia Dale, Colorado.   The Abbey is home to 22 Benedictine Nuns who not only offer their beautiful grounds to those seeking solitude, but also run a full working farm–including over 100 head of grass fed cattle.

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The nuns spend their days in prayer, woodworking, farming, hospitality, jewelry/rosary making and tending to those in need.  They are peaceful.  They are happy.   Truly happy.   It was a blessing to spend time with them….their simplicity and gracious spirituality were contagious.

Needless to say…..

I didn’t want to leave.

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So I offer you this high note for today: the next time the media pushes a frightful image of a Catholic nun with a ruler in her hand, please remember these beautiful images of gentleness….

…and peacefulness at the Abbey.

–dcb

And the winner (s) are…..

Hello sweet people….

Loved all the comments of congrats and support I received in the last few days!

The winner of the big 1 +100 package giveaway  was selected at random……

 

Congrats to Southern Circuit Lady!

 

Check out her blog and all the wonderful paper musings she has going on!

I have to also give a little something to my faithful email followers:

Colleen

Kathleen

Valerie

Trisch

Congratulations to all and here is to another year and 100 more followers!  dcb

1 + 100 = a BIG thank you give away!

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The High Note is celebrating one year and over 100 followers!

A big thank you to all of you for supporting this fun adventure….

And as a very small token of my gratitude I am giving away a package of some of the goodies the High Note has done this year!

Shredded Antique Sheet Music

Custom Note Cards

and

a Music Wrapped Candle

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Like this post and/or leave a comment here to enter!

Winner will be announced Monday 4/22!

 

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Homemade Dog (Puppy!) Treats…

It is a snow day here in Colorado….  

The novelty of no school lasted for exactly one hour and three minutes.

 We then progressed to the “I’m bored” stage of the day which is such a wrist cutting sound clear que to do something fun an creative with the kiddos.

In anticipation of our new pup (arriving this weekend!) we decided to make homemade doggie biscuits.  I have had this recipe forever (we had pre-marriage dogs up until a few years ago) and it is all natural and super easy for all to make.

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Recipe & Ingredients:

1 cup cornmeal

1 cup shelled sunflower seeds (optional)

1 cup water

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 egg

1/3 cup vegetable oil

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Mix all ingredients together well.  Knead for for about one minute.  Roll out dough with rolling pin.  Cut with cookie cutter or make small logs–pinch ends to look like a dog bone.

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Bake at 350 degrees on a cookie sheet or I have found a large pizza stone works even better and holds more treats at a time.   Bake for 35-40 minutes.

These make great gifts, too!  Many a teacher and neighbor have received these over the years from my kids…..

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Will send puppy photos next week!

Stay warm…..dcb