Trash to Treasure- Frame Style Wall Display- San Francisco!

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Clockwise- Lombardy St, Golden Gate, Pacific, Volkswagen on San Fran Street

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I started with these:

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Five un-matching, but otherwise in good condition, frames from Goodwill.

At .99 a piece!

How can you beat that….

if only they were somewhat coordinated…

Spraypaint!

Enter handy can of gray spraypaint that I got at a yard sale for .25 last Spring, or for about $3 at your local dollar store.

And voila- matching frame display for my wall.

I couldn’t bring myself to spray the white one- it was just so pretty, and white goes with anything anyway….

Now before I had graduated all the way to a full frame display set, I began with just one:

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Weeds on the Pacific Ocean at Night, Northern California- September 2013

This lovely number.

The detail is so pretty, but the color- to me- was not so much.

It was that gold that you find a lot at thrift stores that just isn’t so up to date looking any more.

I love the way this turned out so much, that I went and found some more, which are all the ones displayed in the first few pictures.

Now just to prove this frame thing is my new obsession- I made my third trip for cheap frames, as well as a spray paint reinforcement, last night.  The frames turned out to be duds (the glass wouldn’t fit back in after removing it), but I got a frame that I have been looking for for a certain set of prints I took in San Francisco last year:

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My “Feet on Streets” grouping.

I’ve been searching for a set of four frame like this to put my fun pictures of my feet with the street names.

In San Francisco, the street names are carved into the sidewalk all fun like this, and I fancied taking pictures of my feet whenever I found myself stopped at one.  And I thought a framed grouping might be a nice memory of my walks around San Fran.  I have several more to fill that last empty slot, I just need to get em printed!

And lo and behold, a year later, for 1.50 at Goodwill, I found just the one.

I couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out.  And I immediately texted the girlfriend I made the trip with my results, and she happens to be in San Fran again right now visiting her sweet seester.

Frames, frames, frames!  So pictorally happy right now, thanks to Goodwill.

Do you shop the home section at Goodwill too?

Happy thrifting and living,

Jaime ❤

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Alex’s 6th Birthday Trip

There was a little girl named Alex, and she loved horses, just like her aunt.

And the day before her sixth birthday she had her third horseriding lesson,

 where her family came and watched,

including her younger sister (whose passion is gymnastics, if you couldn’t tell, she is a stretchy little one)

and also her new cousin, (whose passion is sleeping and eating)

and after took her out to lunch at her favorite coffee shop.

(don’t let her fool you, she got TWO muffins because it was her birthday, but like a true lady, did not want them in the picture with her:)

When lunch was over, as she requested, her aunt jay jay and her gammy took her to Goodwill.

On the way she said, “I really want to find a big pink teddy bear with a bow tie.”

And amazingly enough, as she walked through the aisle, perusing the piles and piles of stuffed animals on top of the clothing racks, she came upon this,

A big pink stuffed teddy bear with a bow tie.  And she put it in her cart to bring home with her.

But she was not done with Goodwill that day.  She had to make sure there was nothing else there for her.  And so she walked further to the back of the store and saw this,

put there seemingly just for her for her 6th birthday.

An old fashioned bouncing horse.  She immediately jumped on and knew she would have hours of countless fun and had to bring it home as well.  She even named it Jiggles because of how it jiggled as she rode.  Her aunt knew she would pay at most $20 anything so she could bring it home with her for her birthday.  But it was only 7.50, half off its original price of $15.

It made her aunt happy that the Goodwill fairies seem to show her niece the same favor they do her.

And they did not leave her aunt out that day either, as they led her to this

A knee length Calving Klein kelly green wool car coat, for 12.50.

And also to these,

Talbot’s patent leather flats, perfect size 7, (they know how to make a girl feel like Cinderella) also half of of $8.00 for $4.00.

Yes it was a happy day before her sixth birthday for Alexandra, and her aunt Jay Jay.

Thanks Goodwill!

(in case you didn’t catch on…I am the aunt:)