Sunday, November 22, 2009

Snazzy Frame Idea

So it’s a few days before Thanksgiving, and I’m still decorating for it.  I can’t help myself.  Plus, I have the big dinner at my house.  It can never feel Thanksgiving’ed enough, right?  I’m sure you’ve seen these inexpensive little wood frames all over the place.  This was $3.99, and I got it 30% off.  I have no idea how much that makes it.  $5.00?

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Sand it down (these things are pretty rough around the edges), paint it, and spruce it up with some little adhesive leaves.  They came in a little package for $1.00-ish.

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For under $5.00, it’s not bad for a custom frame.  Imagine the possibilities here.  All kinds of holidays or decor variations could work with something like this, and it’s so simple.

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Everything else, I simply shopped the house for.  A pile of acorns here, a nest with some feathers here.  Pretty simple stuff, but when you put them together, it makes a pretty good vignette.

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Just so you don’t go thinking it’s all fun and games around the JaG house, I’m off to finish grading these…

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And just for dramatics sake, here’s another shot.

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WHY couldn’t I have become a PE teacher?!

39 comments:

Brooke said...

You are like a "super women"... creating super cute things, having a family, AND grading stacks of papers. Love the blog

Embellished Bayou said...

Too cute, I love the little leaf embellishments.

I'm having a "Go Nuts" party on my blog Tuesday (starting Monday night) and I'd love for you to stop by and link up this post featuring your decor with acorns!
http://embellishedbayou.blogspot.com/2009/11/reminder-go-nuts-party-next-week.html

Katy said...

I could sit and cry with you looking at that stack of papers....(I use to teach).
Come check out my new kitchen if you'd like...love to hear what ya have to say.

Nancy said...

OR a second grade teacher :) I taught second grade at a local school for twenty years and loved loved loved it. They were too little to be mouthy and big enough not to pee in their pants haha It was a dream career. AND I taught with four of my bestest friends. Yep, a dream job!

Misty said...

Love it! Very creative!

2sisters said...

Because then you would have to for go the chocolate in exchange for a power bar. What a darling frame!!!

Debbie said...

Go for it! Get the grading done so you REALLY have something to be thankful for!

Kristen said...

PE...really? Then you wouldn't get to have cute file folders. And you'd have to run, wear a whistle and have a mullet haircut. Ew. Good luck with the papers. I'll bet you get some good laughs off of those kids and what they write!

SharDon Exclusives said...

Love the frame! Great idea and so easy too.
The stack is sobering however. I hope it went fast and you had plenty of time to put your feet up and enjoy your Thanksgiving decor.
Have a wonderful holiday!
Sharon

design_aholic said...

These are gorgeous!

Steph said...

I love the frame, can't wait to try it!

For as long as he has been teaching my husband (an English teachers) has said at least once a week that he should be teaching PE.

HouseMama said...

I say give them all an 'A' for effort, call it good and relax. I may or may not have done this when I was a teacher....

Janna said...

The frame is so cute. I love the leaves around the picture!

Lisa-Marie said...

Gorgeous frame! I'm thinking cream with gold for Christams time?

That is a big pile of essays! It's good that you take them home though. I think een though they take over your life sometimes, its better if they are doing it in a place you feel comfortable!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You mold minds, Chris! Just keep saying that to yourself! ; ) Love the frame with the leaf stickers around it and the picture you put in it.

Aimee said...

HA!! Oh, you made me laugh when you asked why you didn't become a p.e. teacher!! See, I taught 3rd grade for one year (my degree is in Eng. and Ed.) and swore if I had to do it again, I'd change careers! I now teach art and while I still have stacks of things to grade, they are fun to look at and analyze!! Poor you. I remember my "take-home-work bag." Secretly, though, I'd love to teach lit.
BTW-- I love the frame!!

Carla said...

I love this! I can't believe I've never seen those leaf gems. I wish I was your friend . . . or at least your neighbor . . . so I could soak up some of your creative energy!

Thanks for sharing.

Ginger said...

As an English teacher, let me just say that I feel your pain!

Tammy said...

Love it! Good Luck with grading papers! I bet you are a fun teacher!

Kat said...

Very cute!

Teachers have my utmost respect!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I went into first grade teaching to avoid all those papers! good luck.

Katie Liz said...

Cute frame idea! I actually also really like the acorn vase filler to the left of your frame. :) May have to do that next year.

http://katiehommer.blogspot.com

Cate said...

I love the frame! That's a great idea.

Cathyk said...

OHHHH! Do I ever feel your pain! Why did I become an elementary teacher- instead of a one subject teaching secondary teacher?

Karen said...

I just found your blog via Freckles chic. Your home is stunning and I love all of your ideas!!!!

Karen

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Love your vignette almost as much as I like to say vignette. (The word sounds so snooty and pretentious I just like it way it feels in my mouth. I know...weirdness.) You never cease to amaze me with your creativity. I love your frame but the pic of your kiddos is precious. What did you have to bribe them with to get them to walk hand in hand? Or do they really love each other that much? You are blessed. And the papers? Ugh. I'm so glad I backed out of teaching at the college this semester. I do not envy you that. Love to you girl!

Country Dreaming said...

Nifty idea--love it.

Have a wonderful hoilday.

Melinda

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

I DO remember that grading thing! Even though mine were from second graders, it still took oodles of time. I think I could have done some of it in my sleep but that really would not have the right thing to do. Good luck with all your darling craft projects. Thanks for all you share with all of us.

Charla

Kasey Hunt said...

Very pretty.

Valencia said...

Super cute!! I can't wait to see(copy) ur christmas decor!! You didn't read that...lol

Its So Very Cheri said...

Darling blog--I signed up to follow.
I believe this is the first time I have been to your blog. I look forward to getting to know you. I hope you will come by my blog as well.

Cheri

Just say Julie said...

These are cute!1 I made frames with family quotes last year for my parents and in-laws. Just used the rub-ons right on the glass and it was good to go. Will be trying this for sure.

And I understand your essay grading pain! I just finished reading narrative essays and we start persuasive after Thanksgiving break-- my eyes are burning!!!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Very cute! And boy, you have a ton of work. I bet you're glad for the holiday coming up!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

That frame is great....those little leaves look like gemstones (at least in the photo). Great project!

jenjen said...

Cute little project! Good luck with your dinner - I am sure it will be delicious!

XOOX
Jen

amazeingteacher said...

Oh Chris, I can empathize! I've got my own stack of papers to grade right beside my recipes and ingredients for the big meal! Teachers need personal assistants, don't you agree? (I teach 3rd grade)

Maryann said...

Cute idea! Happy Thanksgiving! You have a great blog! Come by mine and enter some great giveaways!
http://www.tictacdough.blogspot.com

♥Maryann

Just Kids said...

That's a great idea I love the frame!

Six divided by two..... said...

too funny - P.E. teacher. I love your blog and I am now a follower!!
I like the frame too- cute!!!

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