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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Frame Love

One of my favorite things to hunt for when I'm out thrifting is pretty picture frames!
Don't you just love the thrill of the hunt?  You really never know what you will find.  Many times I leave empty handed, but sometimes I luck out and find some real beauties!
Well, they don't always start out so lovely.
Oh, no!
I don't have any before shots of the frames that I'm sharing with you here, but most were pretty ho-hum when I first spotted them!

 What is even more fun than searching high and low for the frames is painting them, and combing them into pretty sets for my Etsy shop.
This set here is my latest creation.  You will notice a theme here, I just love combing pink and creamy white!!
 Frames are one of my best sellers, and it's always so exciting when a buyer tells me they are using them for their babies nursery, or as part of their wedding.
Many of the frames that I find are vintage, like these.
I was super excited to find this gorgeous ornate pair, below.
They are vintage and made in Italy.
 They are simply shabbylicious!!

 Even hubby helps me hunt for frames.  He knows now just what to look for!
I almost always include pretty decorative paper or vintage sheet music to the insides of the frames, as I think it makes them even prettier for their photo shoots!

I love mixing my own paint colors, which is what I often do to create lovely shades of pink.

This set below I created awhile back.  I could hardly believe my luck to find a matching set of these vintage metal filigree frames!
 The floral details are amazing!
They were gaudy gold when I found them, and I think they are so much happier painted my signature creamy dreamy white!

 I just sold this last set.
So that means only one thing..........
I need to get out and look for more frames to paint!
Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great day!


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

They are beautiful Donna. I used to have frames with pictures all over the house and then I got lazy and put them all away. I should look for them and send them to you. Never thought about painting and fixing them up like you did. They are great.
Have a wonderful Easter and Bunny kisses to Katie from Waldo and Lili.

Can you tell I can't sleep LOL

NanaDiana said...

Those are ALL gorgeous, Donna. I was just thinking if you had larger ones you could always use a piece of fabric, too, attached with spray adhesive. LOVE that first pink and white set. I can see it in a nursery, for sure! xo Diana

Susie said...

Donna, Those are very pretty frames. I am sure your painting them, saved them. :):) I loved the grouping with the sheet music. Putting sweet papers or prints in them makes them look prettier than Leaving them empty. Hope you are enjoying some spring weather. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie
p.s. glad you have your picture from your trip on your blog now..love it.

Felecia Cofield said...

Hi Donna! The frames are lovely! You are such a creative lady! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations! Blessings from Bama!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You do have a way with frames! You have inspired me to paint some and make a wall display!

Gail said...

They look so gorgeous and oh yes the thrill of the hunt ....so exciting !
Gail x

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Would look so pretty in a little girls room or nursery. I can see them with nursery rhymes in them.

Bente said...

Hi Donna. I love the frames. They looks beautiful, all of them.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Very pretty Donna. I love the way that you put the sheet music inside and other lovely prints.

No wonder they are your best sellers.


CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Donna, your frames are just beautiful. I love the color combos you use. Love the sheet music styles and the little ovals are gorgeous.
Love the last set too.
Hugs, CM

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love your frames and they were always a best seller for me too!


Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Donna, you are the QUEEN of frame transformations (or any old thrift store find you transform). I just love how you've put pretties inside the frames, too. No surprise the set sold!

Cynthia said...

Donna, very pretty. Love old ornate frames. I would like to be able to get some to paint and use in the house. With me not being able to drive anymore and not walking great I don't have the opportunity. I wish I could find them and do them myself


Rose L said...

You have made them look so lovely and then details stand out nicely!

Julia said...

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hazel marec said...

Hi Donna!
I do believe you have a magic touch! Everything turns beautiful in your hands! I just love the frames!

Debbie said...

I agree....what you put inside the frames makes a difference. Especially when they come as a set.
You always do such a great job, Donna!

Okio B Designs said...

Pink and white so pretty and feminine together. That wicker frame is just adorable!