Monday, March 30

a right family banner...


i had a moment of crafting madness yesterday...it all came about when i realized my walls lack any family photos. i seem to almost have an aversion to displaying the residents of our shed and i do not know why... perhaps it is my fear of the 'school photo' look, that has kept me from doing so.
in our last house i had a nice collection going up the staircase, featuring black and white shots taken on a trip to San Diego when the kids were little...we travelled along the coastal highway up to San Francisco, for two weeks we lived like gypsies and it felt so good.
every time i see these photos they conjure up a time for me that tugs at my heart strings, where does the time go and where have these babies gone. they stand before me now, on the verge of spreading their wings and it makes my little heart ache to know my nest will change over the next few years...
so armed with the photos, a thrift store bed sheet, a few scraps of lace, a cup of tea and Miss Ethel, i set to work with making a 'family banner'...

very simple really,
1. take some photos.
2. cut fabric large enough to leave a border around the photos.
3. wash and dry fabric pieces so you get a nice frayed edge.
4. place photo on fabric and stitch around edge with sewing machine, leaving threads for a 'crafty look'.
5. after sewing all the photos down, add some lace and doily bits for added detail.
6. lay your photos on the floor, rearranging until you get a pleasing display.
7. one by one attach to a long length of lace or ribbon with the sewing machine.
8. hang on a wall and feel your heart swell.



she's wondering if it will ever warm up ~ Tif

12 comments:

Amber said...

What a great idea - so cute! I love it!

Gigibird said...

I so love this Tif…..it totally optimizes your style.

What a lovely photogenic family you have:)

willywagtail said...

This is a fabulous idea. I am not a family photo person really either but I love this idea and the way you have co-ordinated it with you bed colours. Cherrie

janet clare said...

great idea and so much nicer than those photos with the forced smiles and the fake sky backgrounds.

Tracy x said...

ohhh - i can picture a long line of whippets along the wall of my very own shed - you are a clever girl x
speak soon
t x

pungsnotded said...

That is wonderful, what a great idea!

Elizabeth said...

fabric + garland + family photos? i love this. and the million possibilities that it holds...!

awesome.

Gigi said...

Well, that is just the coolest idea! If I wasn't such a slacker, I'd make one too ;-).

Rubyred said...

What a fantastic idea! I keep meaning to put b/w family photos in my hall in black frames but havent got around to it yet!
Rachek x

~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

I love this idea. I haven't ever hung pictures in my house either, for the very same reason. I much prefer candids. This is such a great idea!

~ Jennifer

Francesca said...

so sweet tif.

mummybear said...

I love your family banner!