Creating a focal point

Tick follows tock follows tick follows tock.

Every day the world around us is changing endlessly and irreversably.

My little world is no different. The children are growing, learning and developing. Their personalities are starting to shine.

One day a tiny baby, the next a toddler.

One day a shy little girl, the next a confident child marching off to school without looking back.

Pets are a key and treasured part of our family. Sadly they come and go but they are never forgotten.

And all the time, there’s the camera.

Capturing memories, immortalising that moment in a visual reminder of laughter, light, fun and companionship.

And that’s where it ends.

The photos get uploaded to a computer, maybe to a blog post, cloud storage or social media account.

And they are forgotten.

Today, I started to create a place to remember.

Not a book or an album that I look at infrequently but a piece of patchwork wall art.

I wanted this to be something that I really would see every day.

Family meals are important to us. They are a time to sit down together and chat about our day.

When people come over, we usually sit down with lunch or a coffee.

And everything centres around our rather battered, weather worn and well loved dining table. The table is next to our patio doors, opening out onto the beautiful decking.

And yet, on the wall next to it, there is nothing but a vast blank space. Until now that is.

When we had our lifestyle shoot with Scott Stockwell Photography, I knew these photos couldn’t go the same way as the others and end up forgotten.

We also had a photo of Soxa taken by the same photographer that we’d never got around to printing, so it was time to change all that with some slim canvas prints.

And this is what I created.

2015-08-11 19.15.00I just love this type of canvas. They’re affordable, great quality and available in a range of sizes.

I hope soon to add photographs of Pluto, Bubbles and Jamer.

Who knows, perhaps we’ll all have a photograph together one day. I think Bubbles and Jamer need some relationship counselling first.

This wall can become a focal point for our family memories and a talking point for our family meals.

Here are the canvases that make up the wall so far.

I can’t wait to add to it as we all have more adventures together.

Please note this is a collaborative post but all views, opinions and ideas are my own. As are the flowers – from the garden of course, if my husband ever buys them for me you can rest assured that will get it’s own dedicated post.


5 thoughts on “Creating a focal point

  1. Sarah MumofThree World

    Those canvases are fab! We always print our pics off, but I think we are in the minority. I need to make up some more picture frames as most of the pics on the wall are from at least a couple of years ago. I have lots of pics in my albums though 🙂
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    1. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

      Thank you Sarah. You’re so good printing your pics off, it’s high up on my to-do list but I need a real kick to make it happen. Great that you’ve got an album, I need to do that too!x

  2. Natalie / UEM

    I’m guilty of this too! I really want to have photos up on our walls because growing up there were never any. You’d never have known at times that there were 3 children that grew up there, considering my parents moved in before I was born and the house was sold only a year or so ago! We have some frames, but we need to get picture hooks etc up!

    1. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

      It’s terrible isn’t it? I really need to do more of this. I’ve noticed that Snapfish do free prints through their app each month too so I’m going to sign up for that when I have time.x

  3. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

    Thank you 🙂 it crossed my mind that photos are usually really high up and people only look at them in passing. I like the idea of them being where we gather as a focal point 🙂


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