Venus of Willendorf

I’ve always liked when you go places and see odds and ends of framed images, objects, etc, in unusual places throughout a home, restaurant or store.  As much as I don’t really like clutter or a lot of nonsensical nicknacks about the house, I do love the thought of having walls covered in artwork–both mine and others.  Artwork with meaning and purpose.  I have a friend who has images from his homeland that have distinct meaning to him, covering the walls of his small studio apartment.  I really like how it feels to be surrounded by something so powerful and meaningful to him each time I enter.  And I love the surprise of coming upon something like this in a small corner or above a kitchen appliance or where ever in someones home.  It says something about the person who lives there and even more if its something put together by that person.

With this in mind, I’ve been thinking about ways to add this little unexpected in my own home without too much of a tchotchke feel.  And so I was in Jo-Ann’s the other day with the ingenious Sarah (, when she led us down their isle of super cheap ($1ish) items.

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You never know what you might find in these bins, but sometimes you find some winners and this time we happened upon these small frames (3×5 external dimensions) that I immediately knew would work for what I had in mind.  They also happened to be having a 50% sale on scrap booking items and a new line of vintage style $1 papers, stickers, tags.  And thus, in some recent down time, I put together these four little framed projects that are now hanging quirkily (or not so) in my apartment.

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