Gallery Wall

Today I thought I would take a moment and show you my gallery walls that are in my house. I love to have photos of my family and our favorite vacation spots on our walls in our house. Since we don’t have a ton of wall space we needed to be creative in how we display our pictures. So we set up two gallery walls. One in a 3 x 3 grid and looks a little modern with our black and white pictures. The other is a little more free flow. I will show you both and how we put them together.

gallery walls

gallery walls

Black and White Grid

This was a fun  way to show our favorite vacation spots. We love to travel and we have tons of pictures from our travels, so what better way to show where we have been than with a gallery wall. The frames are 12 x 12 black frames I got at Aaron Brothers, but I think you can get them pretty much anywhere, including online.  I had our photos printed at Walmart in black and white in and  8×10 size. I added a blurred boarder around the edges. When I got the photos I glued them on to a 12 x12 piece of card stock and framed the photo. We then hung them in a 3 x 3 grid pattern. Very easy to do and it is a nice way to show case you travel photos.

Here is a close up of the photos

gallery wall

If you want to see how we painted our couch you can see this blog post.

 

gallery walls

Gallery Wall

The other wall was a little bit less defined. Going up our stairs we thought it would be fun to show our family pictures and other things that mean a lot us. First we laid it out on the floor (and yes that is Starlight “helping”). I am so sorry for the blurry pictures, these are just terrible…

gallery walls

Anyway we laid out that pattern and when we found a pleasing layout we took papers in the sizes of the frames and laid it out on the actual wall so we could get a good idea of placement. Once we were happy we pounded in nails and hung up everything.

gallery walls

On this wall we have our family pictures, a favorite saying (Live well, laugh often, love much) a letter S that I put buttons on (the how to blog post is here) and a beautiful hand pained tile we got in the Bahamas. And we have prints with what our names mean. It is a wonderful grouping of things we love.

gallery walls

gallery walls

 

What do you think of our gallery? How do you hang pictures in your home?

My hobby: Photography

When Lyle and I went to college in Florida (about a million years ago) I decided that I wanted to learn more about photography. So I found an art school and signed up for classes. It was one of the best schooling experiences that I have ever had. I enjoyed every minute of the all the photography classes that I took.

And from those classes I discovered that I had a new passion. This passion for photography has given me a creative outlet, even when I didn’t feel particularly creative.  I love the feel of the camera in my hand, the weight of it as I take a shot. Sometimes I would put the camera down and I didn’t pick it up for months on end, but when I did pick up the camera it is like seeing an old friend. We got to know each other again and before you know it is like no time has passed at all. That is one of the things I love most about photography.

I am always taking pictures of anything I find interesting. I have found that photography is a way for me to look at the world a little differently, a way to look at it from a fresh, new point of view.  And when I go back and look at my photographs I find myself reminiscing about the day I took the picture and what I was feeling and what I was doing. It is a snapshot of a moment in time, a moment that we can never go back to but we can revisit through a photograph. And each time I look at my photographs I feel something different, I notice new things, and I find myself returning to that time and place in my mind.

Photographs are powerful, they can evoke a wide range of emotions, and usually it is not the same feeling twice. No two people can see a photograph and feel the same thing and I find that incredibly powerful. It is something that I am aware of when I take my pictures.

I am always learning about photography and it is a skill that I hope to improve as I practice more and more. I take pictures for as a hobby, as a creative outlet for me, but I like to share them with other people and hope they enjoy them as much as I do. I don’t make money on my photographs but it is a way I can connect with people and share a little of myself, without saying a word.

Here are a few snapshots in to my life, my world, and even my soul. Enjoy. Red heart

 

wagon wheels          Fort Collins sunrise

San Francisco          Calif beach

Santa Cruz CA          Old door

Wagon wheels          Ski signbeach          hike

Saguaro         Butterflies

philadelphia            river