I have finally, FINALLY, finished Ellie’s gallery wall. It took a while because I made most of the things we hung myself. Painting is time consuming, but well worth it. As we planned her wall we wanted to make sure everything that we hung was meaningful, fun and totally Ellie.
There’s the heart wreath I made!
Here are the details:
I found this frame at Goodwill and spray painted it with Krylon‘s Blue Ocean Breeze. I bought the print inside at The House of the Potter in Cannon Beach, Oregon. It reminds me so much of Ellie. She definitely shines brightly.
This is a cross stitch project my mom finished for my little sister’s room in 1990. After we all grew up and moved out she packed it away for her grandkids. When Ellie was born she dug it out and gave it to her. I kind of hope Ellie passes it on to her daughter someday.
I found the filigree frame at Goodwill also. It also got a coat of Blue Ocean Breeze and some black glaze. In it is a print of the lyrics of Ellie’s favorite song, “Hold Us Together” by Matt Maher. The pink print is my own design in a frame I thrifted and spray painted black.
The “Be Fearless” sign is also my own design. I found a random MDF board in our garage from the previous owners and spray painted it with Krylon‘s Pumpkin Orange. I made a stencil on my Silhouette and painted in the letters with white acrylic paint.
The “Just Be You” painting is actually an old cupboard door that I painted (again, Blue Ocean Breeze). I sprayed a bit of Krylon‘s Sunshine Yellow on the recessed part of the door, added some vinyl letters I cut out on my Silhouette, taped the outside rim with painter’s tape and sprayed the recessed area with Krylon‘s Silver Metallic paint. When I removed the vinyl letters it revealed the blue and yellow paint.
The small painting is a Ted DeGrazia print called “Baby Contest”. My mom gave it to me when my first little one was born.
The canvas was painted by Ellie. It’s Deco Art’s Desert Turquoise acrylic paint. I thought about smoothing out the brush strokes but that would defeat the purpose of the words I painted on it. This is who Ellie is. Beautiful and messy. Creative and totally not detail oriented. The quote is from “The Monster In The Hollows” by Andrew Peterson, one of our family’s favorite books. The mom says it to her children before they head off to face danger and difficulty. Who were they? Children of the king.
This is my favorite picture ever of Ellie and her daddy. It is the first day we were home from the hospital and she fell asleep on his chest as he sat with her on the couch. I love, love, love it! Isn’t it sweet? The frame was a simple wood frame I took from some other place in the house and sprayed Krylon‘s Jade.
The letters spelling her name have been hanging in her room since she was born. I sprayed them Krylon‘s Silver Metallic. The “Love Is Spoken Here” print was a free printable I found at J & A and Co. The “Gratitude…” painting is another My Beautiful Mess original. Spray painted plywood, orange stickers and a bird shape I cut on my silhouette (plus a good deal of Mod Podge to keep it all in place).
So that’s it! Days and days of spray painting and some careful planning (more on that later this week), and Ellie finally has the wall she’s been wanting! She was so excited when she saw it that she fake fainted onto her bed. That’s how she shows she loves something. I love that dramatic, spunky girl!
I had some excellent help in hanging all of these things as well.
He’s getting so big! He ACTUALLY WAS helpful! Then he made silly faces. That was helpful too. It made me laugh.
Then we took pictures of us together.