I have made two gigantic frames in my life since college. The first one I made with a left-over frame that my Dad didn’t sell in his furniture factory and said I could have to do what I pleased. So I laid it out on my bedroom floor of my apartment my junior year of college and made a collage with magazine clippings in the border of the frame. Then, I decided to glue glass shards on top of the magazine clippings. Then I decided to put black grout in between the shards, thus making my very first mosaic frame. I really liked the stained-glass effect it had and since there was nothing in my apartment to frame with a 3×3 foot frame (it was so enormously heavy) I decided with the anchors of life that I would frame my thermostat. (as you can see below in a picture of a thinner, cuter version of Matt and I back in 03 before we were married – awww)
Fast forward to two years ago, my dear friend Ashley asked me if I’d use some candid black and white shots from her wedding and do one of these frames for her. I accepted. I accepted even though my previous frame took me an entire fall semester of school to do – and that was when I was single and never went out on the weekends and just worked on the frame. Imagine putting together a jigsaw puzzle, but creating it at the same time you’re putting it together. Yeah – it’s hard. But I told her I would anyway, full knowing that she would not receive it for a long time.
Fast forward to two weeks ago when I finally finished. Yep – took me two years. (two and a half?) Now, in my defense, I graduated, moved, got married, moved again and got a dog, so I had plenty of distractions along the way! And she was patient – yet screaming inside at me to finish the blasted thing. But yay – now she has it and yay – now I have 4 square feet of extra room in my house now that it’s gone.
I wanted to post these pictures just because I was so proud of it when it was finally done and I felt like I had received the crafting enema of the century when I put that last stroke of paint on the trim.
If anyone wants one of these I will seriously make one for you with pictures of your loved ones. For $2,000. 🙂
The frame in its entirety
Breaking down into parts – this is the top left corner – my favorite picture of Ashley and Danny cutting their cake – sorry for the glare, some of it is hard to see.
The top middle picture – Ashley and her mom.
The top right middle – Ashley getting into her dress with her mom and mother-in-law helping.
The bottom right picture – Ashley and Danny at the alter saying vows.
The bottom middle – kind of hard to see, but it’s her bridesmaids and her and Danny sitting for posed pictures.
Middle left side going up – Ashley looking back at herself in the mirror.