January 18, 2011

Sentimental Artwork

I am such a sentimental person.  There are several "memory boxes" around our house that are full of notes, menus, ticket stubs, maps, cards... you name it and it's probably in there.  I love the memories that are brought back to mind when looking through everything.  Since I rarely see all these special items, I decided to frame a few things so I can look at them everyday.   I'm in the process of revamping our computer room and the sentimental artwork adds the perfect touch.

Here are the two pieces I chose for the project.  A coffee sleeve from The Coffee Shop in Gilbert, AZ.  We loved relaxing on their beautiful patio and munching on their amazing pastries when we lived in Arizona.  Definitely a happy memory.  The other piece is a business card from a cute little cafe we visited in Hawaii.  


I used some inexpensive frames that I spray painted black.



I thought about using scrapbook paper for the background but decided it was too busy looking.  I just wanted a nice white background.  I looked around and found a leftover box from Christmas.  The base made the perfect background - nice and sturdy.


I taped the items on the white cardboard then placed them under the glass.




I set The Coffee Shop art next to a photo collage I made of the cafe.  


What an easy project that's filled with wonderful memories!

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Linked to: Boring to Better @ Savvy Southern Style, Creative Share Wednesday @ The Trendy Treehouse
Somewhat SimpleHouse of Hepworths, Inspiration Friday @ Southern In My HeartMy Romantic HomeBetween Naps on the Porch

30 comments:

Amy Kinser said...

Very cool. I love sentimental anything.

Katie @ Chirp in the Forest said...

I love this! One of my biggest decorating challenges is I want stuff to look good AND be meaningful. I'm definitely going to start collecting things like this...

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

I love this idea Emily. I am the same way, I still have the first card my husband ever gave me. I still even have my pregnancy tests in a baggie LOL! Those look so cute framed and displayed, great idea!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

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Julie said...

I LOVE this! I also like to frame meaningful things. In addition to being sentimental, I think your artwork is more interesting than something store-bought as well.

Julie @ The Family CEO

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a really great idea! Love how they look. I find neat business cards, etc sometimes and they would make great art.

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

These are so great Emily!! I love the way they turned out - the white backing and black frames really set them off. Super cute!

Shelia said...

Great idea! I love how your little art work turned out.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Allison said...

What a great way to display your memories - I bet it's heartwarming to be reminded every time you see them. They look wonderful!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Well, Emily this may make me rethink throwing stuff away. I don't keep anything. Those turned out so cute. Thanks for sharing at the party.

Becolorful said...

Ingenious. I want to head out to our local coffee hub first thing tomorrow morning so I can make one of our own.
Pam @ BeColorful

Lori said...

Great projects. Cool business card.

Orange it Lovely said...

oh that is so cute!!!
love it!
~Tana

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love it, great idea!
I'm visiting from Kim's Boring to Better party!

Rondell

Alisa said...

super cute idea Emily!! I love the look of the coffee sleeve thingy =)

Greta said...

Such a great idea! I love how they turned out. I've got boxes and boxes too but I'm not sure if any of it is cute enough to frame.

Popcorn Served Daily said...

Very cute!

Now where is this coffee shop? I must go there and sit and sip for you. Or come over, we'll meet for coffee.

Thoughts from my Page said...

I am sentimental too and I like the idea of framing little mementos like you did here.

Dear Sweet Home said...

Great idea!

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

Oh, I have a box full of those little sentimental items...actually I have several boxes! :-) This was such a great idea and I thought it was especially clever of you to use the gift box as your background. Thanks for sharing this at the party!
Vanessa

Sherrie said...

Such a cute idea!

Auntie Bliss said...

Genius!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

This is darling! What a great idea to display some sweet little treasures! Stopping by from Kims party today :)

ispeed said...

How cool is that! Thanks for sharing!

Lori@KitchenFunk said...

This is a great idea!! I have a BOX of keepsakes like this. Your display looks beautiful.~Lori

Paty A. said...

great idea, ill try it with my kids memorabilia...thanks!

Simply Domestic said...

Great idea!! I'm making a "coffee station" in my kitchen and something like this would look great in it!!

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Jamara @ My NW Nest said...

Very cute idea! Talk about using what you've got, a gift box!?! It's great!!

Samara Link said...

Joe's! Oh, we love Joe's. That is such a great little coffee shop ... the flowers, the food, the coffee, the people. It's all so fabulous. This is a really fun and beautiful project. I love it!