Monday, December 6, 2010

Make (Reverb10, Day 6)

December 6 – Make.
What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author: Gretchen Rubin)


The last thing I made was the photo frame collage above my couch. As I mentioned before, my roommate furnished our entire apartment when we moved in. Saint that she is, she even found me a full-sized bed because, she said, "I just cannot let you move into our grown-up apartment with a twin bed". Oh, how right she was - I've been sleeping in said twin bed at my parent's house this past week as my car gets put back together. Is it possible to feel claustrophobic while sleeping?

I digress. My only role in the move-in was decor. I put myself to work, gathering old-ish frames, clocks and mirrors to slap against the main wall in our living room. Then I put that box away for five months, taking it out when a combination flu/winter storm kept me indoors a few weekends ago.

My original goal was this, which I saw via Ordinary Shan:

This is what I have so far. It looks like crap in this photo so you'll have to take my word that it's sweet in real life. We're hoping to add a lot more frames and roomie's gorgeous photography will eventually replace the 'art' that I cut up (thanks, 2007 Van Gogh calendar!) and threw in.

You should know the middle frame doesn't have a creepy bust of a woman taking a picture of herself. That's just my fabulous photography skills at work.


Anonymous said...

LOOKS AWESOME! I was determined to start a collage when I moved into my new apartment...but that's yet to happen. So I'm a tad jealous of yours.

Gina Marie said...

Thanks, Sara! Don't be jealous,the best thing about this project is that you can start really small and make it bigger as you go. So go for it!

Also, really hideous old frames work best b/c they actually look cool in a group. The good news there is that they're dirt cheap. Good luck!

Katie said...

I love it! Not being able to really decorate in my current space, I have been on a mad idea-collecting mission for when the time comes that I will have creative control over more than 4 bedroom walls. I am definitely saving this idea!

Where did you go about looking for the old frames and especially the fabulous mirrors?

Gina Marie said...


I scrounged garage sales this past summer to find all the frames, and I found a few mirrors there too.

The key is to look at thing separately b/c the gold mirror was amidst a bunch of ugly guilded stuff but I thought it could look not so brutal if it was surrounded by some color in a gold-accented room.

Good luck!

Jamie said...

THIS IS SO COOL! I lament the fact that I have done NOTHING aesthetically for our apartment. Like nothing. My mom mails us pretty things and I stick them around, but the overall effect is nullified by my inability to place things well. You look like you're on your way to being an Anthropologie catalog!

Gina Marie said...

Haha I hear you Jamie. I'm exactly the same way (see how I can't even do a cool off-balance collage like the one pictured? Mine is totally symmetrical, and was no matter how many times I redid it).

I think your official excuse can be "I'm a 1L! I don't have time for silly decorating ideas!" or something to that effect.

Shannon Clattenburg said...

Eeeeekkk!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Those frames are so unique, I wish I could find ones like that in my neighbourhood. Although I finally found an awesome one in an old barn not so long ago, and spray painted it black to my satisfaction.