Friday ~~Finding Beauty 1/29/10

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Front Room Photo RS

Welcome to Friday~~Finding Beauty

I finally completed a project I have been working on for a bit.

I posted a while back that I had decided to create ART from some of my photography.

I have always loved art work on my walls and decided when I made this last move to my new condo, I was going  to start putting my money where my mouth was– finding beauty in ourselves and our passions, and get my own work up on the walls.

So, I took a step off the cliff and enlarged a photo (see previous post). I think it’s something along the lines of 36″ by 30″ 

 I had so many frames from my previous “purchased” art that I thought I could just put it on of those frames. I tried and tried– I just couldn’t make it look right.

My work RS

So I headed to Hobby Lobby (see above)  chose the colors of matt and frame and had them put this together for me.

I have to admit I was nervous about investing a good spot of money on this — the negative monster that pops into my head too often kept asking me “what if you spend this money and you hate it?”

But I didn’t!

I have to honestly say I enjoy the way it turned out and how it looks over the sofa.

Frame up close RS

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to do this, but surrounding myself with MY work is inspiring and very uplifting to my spirit. I smile when I walk past these.

Try taking one of you photos that you enjoy (a place you love that brings wonderful memories or just an artful shot) and enlarge it– I challenge you– something bigger than 8×10 — I am betting on you that you will love it.

You will enhance your home AND your heart.

Living Room RS

Vignette couch RS


Bunny stop RS

These last couple of shots are simply so my sis in Montana could see up close. 🙂


When you change the way you look at things

The things you look at change.

Wayne Dyer

Enjoy your weekend — take a moment to stop on Saturday over to Beverly’s Pink Saturday(if you look very lose to my peonies there is a smidge of pink!)

Melissa At Inspired Room will be sharing great winter ideas. Visit!

TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

Im having a heck of a time working with Mister Linky tonight — so am trying MckLinky — see which one works best and let me know the one you prefer. Also, if any of you have any tricks let me know. (frustration setting in)

Let’s Get this party started!


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January 28, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Fridays Finding Beauty | 25 comments


25 responses to “Friday ~~Finding Beauty 1/29/10”

  1. Sheila says:

    Claudia, I think it is wonderful!  I love this idea and the way it looks in your room, and I love the room, too.  Great job!  The quote is perfect…


    Sheila 🙂

  2. ellen b says:

    It really looks great Claudia. The whole room is so warm and inviting! I like it….

  3. Kathy says:

    Claudia, this looks fantastic. It really is the perfect work for this room (and I LOVE this room). Where did you have it reproduced? I’ve been looking and looking for the perfect thing for a spot in our living room, I think I may take the plunge and print something that DH or I  have taken! Thanks for the inspiration, and thanks for hosting.

  4. ellen b says:

    Claudia…the header on my blog is a photo my husband took out the window of our B&B bedroom in Conwy, Wales.

  5. Jill says:

    I totally agree about the joy you feel when you have your own artwork around you, whether it’s photographs, or paintings, or quilts, or sculpture…

    I love your photograph! It’s perfect for the room.


  6. Sherry says:

    Hello Sweet Claudia…
    Sweetie I love your photo all matted and framed. Girl it just looks so seren and peaceful. I would be so happy just sitting and looking at it too. It says peace to me. I love it. Thank you for sharing. I wanted to just come in and sit for a spell. So tonight I did. I love the sofa most of all. So comfy. The pillows are so pretty and make everything in the room happy. Love the little rabbit. He’s late according to the clock for a very important date. The face on the side table really captured my heart. She is beautiful. Truly beautiful.

    I am so thrilled that you loved my post tonight. I wish my Moma had been here visiting I could have had 4 generations of hands. I was happy with 3 and the beautiful one in my heart. Grandma. I love writing, and some nights my heart just flows. Tonight it felt right and I just knew what I wanted to post. Thank you for allowing me to share on your host site.  I am truly having a good time.

    Have a beautiful Friday. I will see you at Pink Saturday sweetie. Country hugs and so much love…Sherry

  7. Claudie says:

    Girlfriend, you have the eye. Yes you do.
    Your “art” is so very tasteful.
    I was going to link up with you on “my beauty post”, but I changed my mind…I’m not in the same beauty category these last few days as you are.
    There’s a white -out storm going on outside tonight. Just horrible weather conditions…come on spring : )
    Love ya
    Love Claudie

  8. Nancy says:

    Hi Claudia – Wonderful job on the framing, matting and the picture looks beautiful.  I love the way your room turned out.  It’s so cozy looking – really inviting.  I love the artwork that I have  – the piece I did last summer hangs by our bed.  Maybe I’ll use that some Friday! You’ve inspired me.  The McLinky seemed to work fine…I just didn’t realize I needed to use the “title” field at first but it’s working a-ok!
    Have a wonderful week.  xoxo Nancy

  9. Pam says:

    Yeah for you…I think that’s wonderful to surround yourself with your images.   We have 12 foot ceilings in the main living area and we mounted one large wall with thin wall shelves…my goal is to pick out photographs our oldest daughter has taken and blow them up for a dramatic display…people and nature… I have the frames. I just need to pick the images.  Well done…your room looks lovely.

  10. luna miranda says:

    i absolutely love your living room.  and i agree that you should display your own art work—it’s an affirmation of your talent.

  11. Hi Claudia!

    Your photo is so perfectly framed and matted! It looks like it was always meant to be exactly where it is. Your home looks like anyone would feel welcomed to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea and some pleasant conversation.

    Beautiful Claudia!

  12. DeniseMarie says:

    your room looks gorgeous.  I’m so glad that your investment showed you to trust your heart.  It does look terrific. 

    I’ve been planning on enlarging a shot of my Jr. High son in mid pitch.  I’ll share it with you when I get it done.  He is amazingly gifted with baseball talent and I think he won’t believe it is him.  I’m re-doing his bedroom from dinosaurs to UT locker room.

  13. Berta says:

    Claudia –
    What LAB do you send your photos to?
    Lovely, lovely, lovely!

  14. I agree, your room is very lovely! Your do a wonderful eye and tlaent for making home feel warm and inviting.
     I really like that  you blew up your own art and  framed it!  It is beautiful.
     You made my mind start to buzz. 🙂

  15. Cheryl says:

    The photograph is even more stunning in person!  You need to hold an art sale…my walls are bare!  Thx for the lunch date!  So great to catch up with my dear friend!  Kudos and Kisses!

  16. Jay says:

    I’m not taking part this week (visit my blog if you want to know why) but I just wanted to say I love your photo and think it’s a great idea to enlarge and use a picture you’ve taken yourself!  I started to do this after last year’s holiday and was thrilled with the results, though I didn’t enlarge that much, just to A4.  Good for you!

  17. Regina says:

    Hello Claudia. I’m joining.  I hope its alright with you that I combined  the post  with other Theme.
    Such a very cozy and gorgeous place!
    Happy Weekend!

  18. Thanks so much for stopping by Claudia. Your new art photography is beautiful!

  19. How lovely 😉
    What a wonderful idea … beautifully executed! 
    Hugs and blessings,

  20. char says:

    Claudia, the room is gorgeous and so inviting. I think the picture looks perfect and you can’t beat Hobby Lobby for frames. They have a great selection among other treasures too, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

  21. laurie says:

    That looks so pretty.  Great idea to re-use the frame. laurie

  22. bekkah says:

    It looks gorgeous!  I’ve been wanting to do something similar for a while now.  It’s lack of confidence that makes me hesitant…I am truly my own worst critic!  My husband just recently swiped a few of my more ‘whimsical’ shots off of my computer…enlarged them and hung them up in our daughter’s playroom.  We love them, including our little one!  I’m hoping this will inspire me to do the same for our main living space 🙂

  23. CC says:

    Your art looks beautiful..I know you love it. Happy belated Pink Saturday..have a lovely week.

  24. Mary Joy says:

    I love your article and your pictures!!!  Thank you for visiting me and your comments!!  I think you are right!!  Maybe we are sisters!!!  LOL
    You aren’t going to believe this…but I just bought my first really nice digital camera and am planning to use it to create art photography for our home.  Is God involved here or what?  🙂
    Stop by our place Life Interrupted any time…love your comments, sis!  🙂

  25. links says:

    Great I have read your article and by the way I found you website on Bing and I think after I read several post on you website especially this one I have my own comment about what should I say on the next hang out with my boy friend, maybe tomorrow I will tell my girl friendabout this one and get debate.

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