My William Morris beauty and usefulness project this week…
When I wrote my list of goals for my home in 2012 I included my goal of organizing some of the thousands (without exaggeration) of photos we inherited from my husband’s parents.
There were sepia rectangular photos and sepia squares. Those gave way to black and whites with deckled edges and then black and white with straight edges. The black and white blossomed to muted color squares. These were replaced with 1960s versions with rounded corners and an overall rusty brown hue and progressed to longer more rectangular versions in the same tones. On and on the evolution continued until finally there is a boatload of 4 x 6 matte finish snapshots that capture the lifetimes of my own children.
I was delighted to have the photos. The boxes include some real treasures. Both family history and American history is documented. Great grandparents, a surprising number of nuns and priests, WWII soldiers in Japan. It is an amazing array to be sure. I did not want to simply stick the photos away so I have been searching for some unique ways to put them on display in my home.
The old ladder I hung in the mudroom now holds a three tiered copper basket that is filled with shots, each tier holding a different era.
A copper pot sits on an old school desk in the sunroom holding many of the WWII shots.
The black and white straight edged photos are some of my very favorite. These show my husband and his twin brother as little boys in the first half of the 1960s. They are adorable. I feel happy just looking at them so I wanted them very visible. I decided to create a “family tree” using these photographs.
I clipped branches from the yard and stuck them in a vase. I used landscaping rocks to anchor the branches and to give the vase weight so the entire display would not be top heavy.
Using glue dots I stuck two photos back to back. I folded a short bit of grosgrain ribbon (approx. 1.5 inches) in half to form a loop around the branch and secured it between the photos with the glue dots. I scattered photos around the branches until I had a look I liked.
Then I put the arrangement near the couch where I can sit and enjoy the pictures as I relax.