I am about to embark on an exciting (and frightening!) project. After a lot of soul searching, I recently quit my job and resolved to spend 3-4 months working furiously on the novel I have been wanting to write...well, for a long time.
In order to keep myself energized and on track I decided I needed some inspiration. I wanted to hang framed photographs of three prolific and successful novelists whose works I have loved dearly at one time or another: Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Haruki Murakami. I didn't want everything matchy-matchy, but I did want it to look simple and elegant. Unfortunately, however, now that I am unemployed by others I have very little money. What is a girl to do?
Well, first, through the glory of the internet, she can find three good pictures of her role models:http://www.thecinemasource.com/moviesdb/images/Stephen_King-1-The_Mist.jpghttp://www.popfi.com/wp-content/uploads/neil-gaiman.jpghttp://www.esquire.com/cm/esquire/images/murakami5.jpg
Then she can head to Value World (a local thrift store) to pick out three roughly treated and unlikely little frames:
I removed the picture glass (and that hideous matted heart) and cleaned all parts of each 80 cent frame thoroughly. I also roughed up the edges of the white frame to make its scratches look a little more "intentional." Then I printed my internet images on $2 worth of glossy photo paper and cut them to fit the frame that matched each one best.
The backing of the heart frame was really difficult to get off--the ugly picture was held in with about a hundred staples. But I was determined.
Once I got all the pictures into their frames, I realized that 1) Murakami was too small for his frame, and 2) none of the frames had hangers in the right places. I resolved these issues quickly by matting Murakami's picture on black cardstock and scaring up my wonderful boyfriend to help me pound some tiny nails into the frame backs (for new hangers).
I had no idea how these three disparate pictures would look on the wall, but now that they're up I love them! (Sorry about this picture--my office wall is actually a nice harmonious peach, not this awful shrieking banshee of a color.)
I know this is certainly not the most difficult or crafty posting in the world, but I am extremely happy with how the whole compilation came out. And for only $5 in total! I feel inspired to write already.