When we were driving home on the last day of our road trip, we stopped in several thrift stores off the highway -- it's kinda one of our favorite things to do. You just never know where a hidden treasure may be lurking...
We found an old piece of painted wood with a beautiful gold frame (upper left corner)...with a horrific picture of a Thomas Jefferson-look alike inside (not pictured). I saw the beauty in that little frame -- all it needed was a fresh coat of paint! I painted it the same shade of mint that I painted our half-bath, and voilà! Instantly improved.
I've been collecting old picture frames for about a year, not sure what I was going to do with them, (a familiar pattern in my life), including these paint-by-number bird portraits that I bought off Etsy a few months ago. James had the idea to hang a picture collage on the wall going up the stairs, and I thought, why not make it an homage to all of the fabulous women in both of our lives -- past and present? Our mothers, grandmothers and my great-grandmother -- Ms. Dena -- and her pretty sister, Elene, (in the blue hat) are all there, smiling at us on a daily basis.
And that little mint and gold jewel just sparkles in the afternoon sun, don't you think?