what to do with a $2 picture frame

Interior design is still somewhat intimidating to me. But, growing up with a Custom Homes Contractor father and an Interior Designer mother, I figure there has to be a creative side somewhere in me as well. I love the idea of creating our home into our own personal sanctuary and believe your home should represent all members of the family. Fortunately, David and I have pretty darn similar taste. (thank God!)

Our look is leaning more and more towards French Country with an emphasis on reclaimed wood, old barn wood, and anything rustic. Currently, it’s pretty contemporary from years of both of us being young and not too interested in how our homes looked.

Now it’s time to slowly start accumulating those things that fit into what our dream house would encompass. Except like most people, we are on a budget. So it’s time for me to get a little creative as well.

We have a lot of blank wall space and I think one of the most important things that makes a home a home is filling our walls with items that say something about everyone who lives there. I don’t always like pictures on the walls though. Sometimes it’s fun to throw odds and ends up that show various interests, color, and imagination. This is something I am working on. I tend to have a more black and white mind so it’s not always easy for me to think outside of the box.

About a week ago I was thinking about what I could do to fill out massive amount of wall space. I’m serious, we have very high ceilings which makes it even harder. If you look in my perfect little finds section you will see that I purchased an old antique dresser or table as David would call it. My intention is for this to go into the guest bedroom once painted but I had no idea what to hang above. And then it hit me. I love fabrics. I love going to fabric stores. It’s somewhat nostalgic for me as I grew up going with my mom often. There are some incredibly beautiful fabrics out there that in my opinion, work better than pictures do in frames. And that is what I decided I was going to do.

My adventure began by going to our local Goodwill and finding five old picture frames. It took me really trying to think outside of the box because some of them were ugly. Think 80′s bright pink. Once that was finished, I needed to decide what color I wanted to paint them and go to the fabric store and pick out what I felt represented the ‘look’ I was going for. I headed to Boersma’s Sewing Center in McMinnville, the crème de crème of fabric stores and a quilters little heaven. My best friend was with me and together, we found the perfect fabrics.

A few days later, I painted the picture frames a soft light yellow, the same color as our guest bathroom actually, and replaces the old dingy mats with new crisp white ones. I cut out cardboard rectangles to fit the cut out holes in the mats. My last task was to get the fabric aligned how I wanted and put the frames together and mount them on the wall.

The final outcome, I think, turned out quite nice.

This post is part of Get Your Craft On at Today’s Creative Blog.

the beauty of a local farmers markets

There is something about a local farmers market that makes me feel as if I am in another time and place. A time when the variety and accessibility of the many foods we have today just didn’t exist. You ate what was available and what was on hand. You didn’t have hundreds of types of chips on the shelves to choose from and your fruits and vegetables didn’t come pre-packaged on the super market shelf. These same fruits and vegetables hadn’t been wrapped up in plastic wrap, shipped from someplace thousands of miles away a few weeks prior. There is something so raw and natural about rummaging through the freshly cut heads of lettuce amongst your neighbors and locals and finding that perfect little thing you never knew you needed.

On Thursday, my best friend who has been in town and I went to the McMinnville Farmers Market. One David has been telling me to check out because it was by far, the biggest and best in this neck of the woods. And he was right.

We arrived a little on the early side and discovered that the market didn’t start until 1:30pm which was actually perfect because it gave us some time to take a look at the fabric shop I’ve also heard great things about.

When we arrived back at the market about 1:40pm, the street was already crowded with local patrons carrying their baskets and shopping bags ready to gather their goods. We filed in getting lost amongst the crowd.

We had a few things on our list to get but for the most part, we just wanted to try all the foods and visit all the venders. We bought some vegetables for dinner the following night at Farmer John’s Produce and as you can see from the pictures, these beauties were as tasty as they look.

Farmer John's zucchini

Farmer John's cauliflower

Farmer John's green peppers

Farmer John's peppers

After we purchased our veggies, we decided to go over to Briar Rose Creamery‘s booth and got some of their amazing and delicious Spicy Chipotle Chèvre for a lite snack before dinner. We also happened to pick up their Chocolate-Goat Cheese Truffles for dessert. If you ever get the chance to try these tiny little delectable treats, do so! They are the perfect finish to any meal.

Briar Rose Creamery

Briar Rose Creamery

As we wrapped tasting our way through the market, we happened to run into Ruby Cakes, a gluten-free, Vegan, and nut free bakery that specialized in adorable little bite size cupcakes. Of course there was no way I was making it out of this market without picking up a few for the road. Ruby Cakes bakery will be opening up in old historic McMinnville in late September. I am sure I will be a frequent patron as these little guys turned out to be quite the treat as well. I know, I have a major sweet tooth but hey, it could be something worse right?

Ruby Cakes Coconut Cupcakes

More of Ruby Cakes Coconut Cupcakes