Friday, January 9, 2009

Show and Tell Friday - Grandchildren's Pictures

Kelli from Kelli's House hosts this meme. Go to her place to join in the fun! I remember Show and Tell from my kindergarten days; how I loved to have something to share. I always felt a sense of excitement when it was my turn. Today, coupled with that sense of excitement, I'm feeling a Grandma's sense of pride as I share how we display our grandchildren's photos.

I have two children: Debi and Allen. I've always said that they are part rabbit because I have SEVEN grandchildren! (Debi has four, and Allen has three.) I wanted to keep a picture of each child on display in our family room, but I don't like clutter.



I have matching 5 x 7 frames with a picture of each child framed. I enlisted Johnny's help. First, we placed each individually framed picture on the floor and laid it out in a pleasing design. We measured so that the exact placement could be transferred to the wall above our sofa. We measured around that grouping carefully, and I painted a rectangle a neutral color that would help blend in with the furnishings in the room. I choose a tan framing material and had a professional frame shop make a giant frame for me. We hung the smaller pictures inside the giant frame.

As I get a new picture, I simply place it over the one that now is in the frame; therefore, I'm always current. I love looking at my grandchildren.

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58 comments:

April said...

Sally,

You are definitely one proud Grandma...and rightly so! I know I'll be the same way one day...hopefully!

I love your display for all their pictures...looks great! So much more organized than having a bunch of different frames all over your wall.

Eleanor said...

I love looking at my photos too on my photo wall in the study. But yours is impressive also because of the most professional layout. I think the secret is having all of them in the same size frame. I have odd frames and then to get them to be even spaced is a challenge I have not risen to!

Dawn said...

A friend of mine did the same kind of thing for the pictures in her house. I think it is a wonderful idea. I was telling my daughter about it and she just may try that herself.

You have some nice looking grandchildren there!

take care,
Dawn

Chris said...

What a clever idea, I just love that. In my last home I had a planter's shelf around the entire family room, I had gradpictures, baby and wedding poctures, sadly I had to put them all in an album, when we moved in this house.

Hugs,
Chris

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That's a very clever idea, Sally! Good going! And such cute grands!

XO,

Sheila :-)

P.S. There's a little something for you at my blog!

Shelia said...

Morning, on sweet Smiling One! Oh, what a great display of your grandchildren! Love how you and the hubby arranged the pictures.
Now about diets, I focused on that more when I was younger. Now I just try not to be around other folks dieting. There's a lot of that going on in Blogland, so I must tiptoe and cover my ears - don't want to hear the word 'diet'!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Sally, that was a great ideal about the big frame for your pics.Love the pic in your header ; pretty.

Flip Flop Floozie said...

Boy 5 girls and 2 boys..that is wonderful!! We have the same exact amount..5 girls and 2 boys!! How special are we...WE have 3 kids but just the girls have the grands...We are both very lucky!! What a great way to show them off.

Melissa Wertz said...

Sally, I like the way that you have the photos displayed. I love symmetry. Good job!

Judith said...

love your idea - when I eventually get any grandchildren!! will keep in mind :) lol Judith

Bridget said...

I love how you gave the photos presence with the frame around them.
Happy Friday, Bridget

Linda said...

That's a great idea for displaying your grandchildren. I especially like 5 x 7 photos!!!

ceekay said...

Absolutely a great idea. Looks very custom! Have a wonderful weekend!

jlshall said...

Wonderful idea! I've never liked having a lot of framed photos sitting around the place, but I do like to display family pictures. This solves the problem perfectly.

Kim@ForeverWherever said...

I love photos...I could wallpaper my walls with them! :-)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Sally---Great picture--of all seven. I like the way you have them framed.. That does help get rid of the clutter!!!

I have 3 sons and 5 grands. George has 2 kids and 2 grands. We need to condense our pictures like yours!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

You have beautiful grandchildren.
The frame was a great idea and it looks fantastic!

Needled Mom said...

What a great way to display the photos. It does look neat and tidy.

Susan said...

what a great idea! I have some photos displayed on a wall.... that need a little wood trim to finish them off!

A Hint of Home said...

I love family pictures and recently redid a wall of them myself. It looks great!

Janet, said...

That is a neat idea. I'm looking forward to the day I can display pictures of my grandchildren.

char72 said...

The pictures are wonderful. You did a great job of grouping them. We have two kids too but no grandchildren. (sigh) BTW our son's name is Allen too.
Here's the paint I used on the lamp.
Rust-oleum Hammered
The one we ended up with is called Brown. We threw the first can away because we used it all. It was exactly the same kind of paint but it was more gray. They were side by side on the shelf and there was very little difference in the colors. I wasn't too sure about the "hammered" but it went on nicely.
Good luck with your project.
Charlotte

nikkicrumpet said...

That is a very clever idea...and you executed it perfectly! I love the way it adds impact that just the pictures alone wouldn't have. Great job!

Killlashandra said...

7 grandchildren! That's very cool. My parents are feeling quite privileged to have the 2 step grandkids and then W.W. and the next one coming in June. And then my family is done. I'll cross my fingers for my brother. :)

Nice framing job. The pictures look great.

Pink Slippers said...

What a wonderful legacy you have there. Very impressive. And yes are dog is a Terrier but so is our first one and she stopped digging around 2 yrs old. Lots of training. So I have hope. :)
Wendy

Charli and me said...

What a great idea. I love it. I should do something like this.

Lisa Ann said...

That's a wonderful idea. It looks very nice.

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Now there's a real great organizational tip! Oh and the weather in your winter photo at the top of your blog looks simply lovely. And yes, wasn't Rome simply wonderful?! Rita

Carla said...

How creative! Smart lady you are:)

playsdolls said...

I love the way you have arranged your gradns photos.I have the same thought about the rabbits with my children.I have 4 children and 17 grand children and 2 great grand children.

playsdolls said...

I love the way you have arranged your gradns photos.I have the same thought about the rabbits with my children.I have 4 children and 17 grand children and 2 great grand children.

playsdolls said...

I love the way you have arranged your gradns photos.I have the same thought about the rabbits with my children.I have 4 children and 17 grand children and 2 great grand children.

Scrapdolly said...

That is such a great ideas for displaying them and keeping them current
Fabulous

FeeBeeKay said...

Such a wonderful idea - very classic and simple, but so effective and beautiful! You must be very proud of that little brood!!

FeeBeeKay

Heidi Pocketbook said...

What a great idea! It's very tasteful and I plan to share your talent with my mother-in-law; I think that's just the ticket she's been looking for!

Thanks for stopping by to see me.

Shimmy Mom said...

I love it! It looks great! Thanks for sharing the good idea.
*hugs*

squawmama said...

Sally... What a very clever idea... It looks so rich and is very tastefully done... I will have to remember this one... Love it a ton... Have a wonderful day

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Belinda said...

Wow! I think your large frame, with the seven matching frames inside is a brilliant idea! In my case, the photos inside would be my horses, since I don't have children, but I just love the idea. Thanks so much for sharing. :-)

Zaroga said...

Such a great idea! Those are some great looking grandchildren.

Jean said...

Your pictures really look great! Wonderful idea! Jean

Jean said...

Your pictures really look great! Wonderful idea! Jean

Elena said...

That is such a great idea! I love pictures too and We have a wall of pictures in our dining room.

Cathy said...

That is neat, the way you did that, Sally. You have some fine looking grandchildren. And you are very blessed to have seven!

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

What a good looking family you have !!
I love how you displayed those pictures its a very good idea!!
Diane

sara said...

that is a great idea!

sara said...

that is a great idea!

judicreations said...

Hi Sally
What a great idea that is!! The pics look fabulous over your sofa all in one frame. Something I will have to think about too.
How special to have so many darling grandchildren. I hope they all live close enough that you can visit frequently. They grow so fast don't they?

I'm still only down to one...and don't know about others hmmmmmm...at least not around the corner...

When I copy and paste things to my site the font is so small and I don't know how to make it larger. Thats what happens with my trivia...
have a nice evening
judi

Raxx - A day in the life said...

You got seven grandkids from just two kids? What a steal!! lol!!

I love the way you display your photos, it's an idea worth copying.

Mindy said...

I love that idea! It's great and presents a beautiful display. :)

Jadehollow said...

What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by and commenting on my show and tell clock.
~Blessed Hugs
Debbie

Linda C said...

First, congratulations on your seven grandchildren! You are blessed:)

What a great way to display their pictures! Very creative:)

Linda C

Sweetie said...

Sally, What a wonderful way to display your grandchildren's photos. You have given me a great idea. I have photos of my grandchildren displayed in two "picture screens." Your grandchildren are beautiful.
Sweetie

Barbara H. said...

What a neat idea!

jeanne said...

Sally, I am sorry this comment is so late. Time just flew today and I know it is late but I didn't want to miss your post.

Your photos of your grands looks so beautiful above your couch. The way you planned it out is awesome. A lovely clean look. Well done Sally.

Thanks for your comment about my grands. I would love to do the same thing on the wall with my grands.

Hugs...Jeanne

Raggedy Girl said...

How clever of you and the photo frames look so nice and neat. Also thank you for visiting.
Roberta Anne

bj said...

I giggled when I read this post, Sally...we also have 2 children and 10 grandchildren...son has 6 (5 girls and 1 boy) and daughter has 4 (2 of each). OHHH, AIN'T LIFE GRAND !!!
hugs!

Neabear said...

That is a great way to display your grands pictures. My mother has her grands displayed over the opening between the kitchen and the dining room. The pictures are on the dining room side. She changed the picture each year until the graduation picture. So her three oldest now are high school graduates with three more on the way. Oh, you did get my email with my address right? Just wondered because I have not received the book in the giveaway you said I had won.

Kathi said...

You did such a nice job. It looks professional and your grandkids are beautiful. Kathi