Monday, September 9, 2013

Stuff on my walls

I would love to live in a home where every wall had something fabulous on it. The hard part is that I have to be the one to find all of those things to hang on my walls, and that's a lot of work! Especially because the majority of my artistic taste is just me knowing which things I don't want to hang on my walls... which isn't terribly helpful.

Anyway, I like when other people post pictures of things they've put on their walls with tips (or links) so that I can copy their look and then pretend I came up with the idea all by myself if anyone ever asks. (Haha! Just kidding. I'm that annoying person who has to give you some long back-story if you ever compliment anything in my home.) So while my walls are (and probably always will be) a work in progress, here are some things hanging on my walls that I really, really like. (Complete with back-stories. Obviously.) Feel free to borrow any of these ideas, provided that you include a plaque under it that says "I got this idea from Bethany. She's fabulous." underneath it. (Ok, fine. Don't get the plaque.) So without further ado, here's some stuff on my walls. (Non-disclaimer: Nobody paid me to show you any of this, and none of it was given to me for free. Unless Dan gave it to me as a gift, which is ok, because he's my husband, and I'll say nice things about him even if he doesn't give me stuff.)

"Our House is a Mess" poem (aka "Song for a Fifth Child")
"So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep. I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep."

When Lucas was a a few months old (see? I told you everything would have a back-story), I was talking to my dad about the fact that I never got any housework done, and he showed me the poem "Song for a Fifth Child" by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton. I loved it so much that I decided I wanted to hang it on my wall. I found an etsy seller who designs various "stuff" for your wall and asked her if she would make this poem pretty for me, so she did! You can buy your own copy of it here. She'll also customize the colors for you. This is hanging by my front door so that people know right off the bat that my house is a disaster...

Pictures of Our Fairytale
These are on  two different walls across from each other. In case you can't tell that.

In the last two places we lived, I had four of our wedding pictures hanging under a wood sign that says "and they lived happily ever after" (which I think I bought on ebay six years ago, so I can't link to where I got it.) After Lucas was born, he became a big part of our "happily ever after" (and a HUGE part of our "living with a lot less sleep," but that phrase doesn't look quite as cute on the wall), so I bought the "Once Upon a Time..." sign (from this ebay store) to hang above the wedding pictures. These pictures are in our home's entryway. I haven't decided yet how many more frames I'll add to the "happily ever after" wall. I guess it depends on how happy we are (so far, very)... or how often I get around to putting more pictures in frames.

An Awesome Caricature of My Husband... Who is Awesome
I should probably point out that he is wearing that shirt because I bought it for him to wear at his graduation party,
and not because he likes to walk around advertising that he's a doctor.

No joke, I found this medical school graduation gift idea for my husband at least a year and a half before he actually graduated from medical school. It's the farthest in advance that I've ever planned a gift. actually charged me extra because I insisted that they add so many extra details (as if it's MY fault that my husband is a water-skiing pilot/doctor/cop who worked out of emergency helicopters,) but I thought the result was worth it. This is hanging in Dan's office in our house.

Pregnant Me
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."
A good friend of mine took some fantastic maternity photos when I was six months pregnant with Lucas (yes, that's what I looked like at six months pregnant. At nine months pregnant, I looked like Lucas was standing on end with his feet on my spine and his head on my belly button. I was a torpedo.) I used Picasa (which was called Picnik back in those days) to put the verses on it. It's hanging in Lucas's bedroom.

Wall Art for Forgetful People
A list of the birthdays we forget.

Dan and I used forget our family members' birthdays all the time. And then I saw an awesome idea on Pinterest for a birthday calendar and found this etsy shop that makes really cute ones in any colors you want. I asked Dan for one for my birthday (after telling him the exact colors I wanted and listing everyone's birthdays, obviously) and now it's hanging in our kitchen. To be honest, we still forget everyone's birthday, but we no longer have an excuse. And we have something cute in our kitchen now, so it's still an improvement I guess.

Ok, so those are some of my favorite things hanging on the walls of our home. If you've written any posts with pictures of things on the walls in your house, please give me the link in the comments so I can steal your ideas. Thanks!

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  1. I'm totally going to steal the pregnancy pic idea (when the time comes)

    1. Go for it! It was really easy to do. Just don't forget your "Bethany is fabulous" plaque! ;)

  2. oh my god i love each and every one of these. i am going to steal all of them someday. my house will look creepily similar to yours lol. (i should probably just hand out cards to people that come to my house that say, "anything that you think is cool and/or creative i stole from bethany" because, really, i have a bookmark folder exclusively for food/toys/decor ideas that i stole from your blog.) that poem is amazing. part of me wants to get it for my sister to hang in her house, but the other part wants to save it for whenever i have kids so that i'll get it first and people won't spend all their enthusiasm about it on hers.

    1. Aww, thanks!! Haha! I will be famous at your house! :)
      After you get the poem for yourself, you can get one for your sister, too. Win/win!