Spring Break Art Project

Inspired by a photographer friend blogging about how to display pictures, and a friend expecting her first child who hung old family pictures in the nursery, I sat out this week to make a collage of old family photos.
Tuesday I traveled to Cincinnati for some retail therapy, which included a stop at Ikea. They had two packs of black frames and white frames for less than $5 each, so I bought two of each color. When I returned home, I started looking through old pictures. (On an aside: I had happened upon two scrapbooks years ago, one was my great grandmother's, and one was my grandmother's. Since I was in a serious scrapbooking phase at the time, my grandmother told me I could have them. I had plans to rescrapbook them (the pages flakes off in my hands when I turned them) but had never gotten around to it. I though now was as good a time as any, so I picked a few pictures I wanted out of them and then redid the rest and gave it to my mom. Needless to say, she loved it!) I also had my parents bring some old pics of Dad's family to me, since I only had one here. Then I framed, organized, measured and hung them. Here is the finished product:

And a closer look with descriptions:

Left: Pictures of Nanny (my great grandmother) taken in the 1930's that look like they were taken in a photo booth. In a true tale of how times have changed, one of them had her Social Security number written on the back!
Middle: My Mamaw (in the middle) and her cousins sitting on a tree branch after swimming in a creek.
Right: My Dad and one of his cousins with Grandpa Waggoner (my great grandfather).

Left: Dad with Gurnie & Papaw when he was about three. I don't know if you can tell, but he's about the cutest thing I've ever seen!
Right: All the Waggoners. Papaw, his parents, and his ELEVEN brothers and sisters! I've heard that Grandma Waggoner was pregnant I think 28 times. Twelve live births, two still born children, and fourteen miscarriages. People who knew her during her "child bearing" years said she was always either pregnant or nursing. WOW!

Left: Nanny (in the middle). Mom thinks one of the other girls is her sister.
Middle: Best. Christmas. Card. Ever. Mom and her two brothers, probably around 1952. They are so cute!
Right: Mamaw and Papaw Wells with Mom at the beach when she was a baby. Always been one of my favorites!

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Trish said…
This is beautiful. And it puts my collage wall of black and white family photos to shame! I love how you went back generations. This will be a conversation piece for sure! :)
Pocket said…
Aaaaaccckkk!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! What a beautiful tribute to your family! There is nothing better than old family photos and I absolutely love the way you hung them. Well done!

P.S. Isn't Ikea the best? I'll never buy another picture frame from anywhere else!

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