Little Thrifted Picture Frames

There’s something special about little picture frames.

dining room decorating

I used to have wallet-sized hospital pictures of my babies in tiny silver frames in my bedroom. They weren’t real silver, they were Kmart’s version of silver, but they made me really happy when I caught sight of them.

The frames aren’t there anymore because my then 4th grade daughter took hers to school for a classroom project.

That’s not really an excuse, by the way. My daughter’s about to graduate college so I’ve had more than enough time to replace the frame. I should really do that.

dining room tray table

Right now I have a couple of little picture frames in my dining room and living room.

I bought them a number of years ago on a garage sale outing, and I can still remember the neighborhood and almost the exact houses that I bought them at.

Small frame with map

It’s a sickness really, this total thrift recall syndrome. As I drive around town I think “I’ve been in that house and that house and that house. And, oh yeah, one time I bought a $1 wreath hanger at that house.”

But I really do love these two little frames.

They don’t have pictures in them. They have two of my other favorite things in them.

The one in the dining room has words in it. A definition actually.

framed definition in dining room

And the one in the living room has a tiny section of map in it.

decorative frame with map

Words and maps. Can’t get enough of either. Or little thrifted frames.

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  1. I love these. I really love the map idea — how clever!

    1. I’ll put maps anywhere, Eileen. Love them.

  2. Those are sweet little frames. I have the same kind of memory about places I’ve bought things. I love the vignette you created on the black tray table and that Poinsettia has me intrigued. What an unusual and pretty color.

    1. Liz, it’s called a Nutmeg Poinsettia and I had never seen them before this year either.

  3. You had me at “map”.
    I came to read a little something. I left feeling as though I had been bathed in Grace.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely words.

    1. Well, that’s the most lovely comment, Daleen. Thank you.

  4. Love the map idea! Thanks! 😉

    1. You’re welcome, Donnamae. Happy to enable map lovers whenever I can. 🙂

  5. Hi, Julie!
    I am a new follower (found you through BNOTP) and I want to tell you that I love your home! As I can see you love Tuscany… it makes me smile because me, too, put maps everywhere, but mine are from the USA, only… and I am Italian!
    (But I live in Germany and do LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the USA! ♥ See my e-mail adress!)
    I love this kind of irony! 🙂
    Sending hearty hugs your way from across the pond! 🙂

    1. Hi Cecilia, How wonderful to have an Italian follower who loves the USA and lives in Germany. 🙂 Actually I’ve never been to Tuscany, but it (Florence in particular) is on my “places to go” list. Thanks for taking the time to comment and Happy New Year to you!

  6. Hi Juli, I haven’t “peeked in your windows” for a while now, but with the cold snap we’re having, today was perfect. I’ve been trolling through some of your older posts, and had to chuckle at your total thrift recall syndrome. I too have been self diagnosed! Just had to let you know how much I too enjoy maps, print, little picture frames, and your entertaining style of writing, and decorating. Keep up the good work! I look forward to my next “visit”. Karen

    1. Thank you for the nice comment, Karen. Happy to have you as a reader.

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