Friday, January 28, 2011

A meaningful alternative to photos.

Since we moved in I wanted a collage wall in this particular spot in our dining room. It's the spot that I see whenever I'm cooking or doing dishes. I just wanted to hang things there that I love. But not photos. At least not all photos. So I've been working on a couple things to put there.

This is what it looks like right now:


The Massachusetts cutting board is from A Heirloom. You all know how much I love my home state. My favorite part is that they even include Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. And the key is the key to our first home in Hawaii.

This is my version of what SarahandBendrix does. Not nearly as neat or perfect as hers, but it does the trick. If you're wondering, I used a heart shaped paper puncher and a good ol' gluestick. The 6th heart and 17th heart are yellow because we started dating on June 17 (6/17).


And this is a letter Matt sent to me from Iraq during his first deployment. No, that's not my address anymore, just an old college address. Ever since I got it I wanted to frame it. I wanted to get it custom framed but instead I just bought one of those frames for $1 bills that businesses sometimes hang up, and used that instead. It was the perfect proportions. I just placed the envelope on a gray piece of cardstock and placed that over the mat. Anyone with a loved one overseas knows how sentimental these letters can be. Whenever I look at it I always picture him in his tent doodling away at this envelope for me.


What do you think so far? I know exactly what's going in all the empty spaces, and I can't wait to share the finished product!


  1. I LOVE every piece that you have there!!! You are so creative Leah!!

  2. I love the collage wall, too cute. Following from the blog hop. Hope you can follow back.
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  3. Thanks for the follow...I'm following you back! Love your wall decor! It's absolutely perfect that there is meaning behind each piece. I love the colored hearts for your special day!

  4. I'm following you back!!

    Thanks for following me!! :)

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  7. Nice! A new follower from Swingin' by Sunday... See you.

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  9. I love that heart frame!

    I just found your blog on one of the Sunday blog hops! Have a great week.

    Amanda @

  10. I'm a new GFC follower from Say Hi Sunday. Please drop by my blog!


  11. When you said collage-I thought paint/glue-so when I read it was your wall-I thought 'huh?!'
    Ha! Very neat idea-sentimental and crafty. I'm following back ;0)

  12. oh my gosh! All your things are so sweet! I love them!
    Thanks for following. I'm now following you!
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  13. newest follower here! would love for you to consider following me back.

  14. I love the collage wall . . . what an awesome idea :)

    Thanks for following my blogs . . . I am following your blog as well!

    Have a wonderful week . . . Gina

  15. Very creative! I love the framed hearts and the meaning behind it! New follower!

  16. i'm a new follower from military monday blog hop.

    i'd love for you to stop by my blog and follow back :)

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  18. Love it!

    Now following from

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  19. That is so creative and pretty! I may do something similar soon. Thank you for the inspiration. I am your newest follower from the Military Monday Blog Hop. I would love it if you would come check me out in return.

  20. Hi I'm a new follower from military MOnday Blog hop, happy to find you!

  21. HI! Thank for joining us for Making Friends Monday. I am now a follower of your lovely blog. Have a great week! ~Heather

  22. It looks GREAT~ I especially love the framed envelope!!

  23. That's awesome! As a fellow MA girl, I too love the Massachusetts cutting board!

    I'm following you from the Welcome Wednesday blog hop.

    Please stop by when you have the opportunity.


  24. How did you hang the cutting board? I have one and I would love to hang it, but don't want to put any holes in it!