I have always had a hard time with wall art. Even before I turned to antiques for every nook and cranny in my house, I was never satisfied with what you would find in department stores. At some point I started to look at things differently. Architectural elements inset with mirrors or glass and ephemera or old photos finding new life in old frames started to take over my walls. This is just one such thing. I found this early 1900's classroom teachers aid at the flea market about 2 years ago (from a guy who sadly has never been back). I kept it in the attic until we moved to this house. I couldn't find an old frame to fit so I custom framed it in a dark, thick molding to match our floors. It hangs in our dining room and I couldn't be more thrilled with it.
As a side note, I talked last about "adopted" relatives living in my home and wanted to share a cool idea I got from someone at the fair. I had an awesome 11 x 14 group photo of an early Catholic school graduation. It was just lovely and I housed it in a thick gold gesso frame. A gal bought it on the first day and said she was going to hang it in her home with her children's first communion photos on either side of it. I thought that was so clever and yet another way to give yourself permission to rescue those old photos!
And along these lines, I am so excited to be teaching my Repurpose, Rethink, Reinvent class again next year over at Big Picture Classes! So if you want to learn more about how to incorporate collecting and art you may want to think about joining me in April! I will share more as we get closer to registration. . .