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Frame of Mind

I'm going to start this post off with a tribute to my Grama (one of the best cooks I know) that passed away last week:

“If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn't have given us grandmothers.” 

I was blessed for 28 years to know her and she will be missed dearly.  She was a fantastic cook and an even better Gram.  On that note, as my mother and I were taking a trip down memory lane and rooting through some random stuff in my Gram's home, we came across some old mementos.  My mom found the memorial prayer funeral cards for her grandmother (my great-grandmother) and I found some old "vintage" McCormick extracts.  I told my mom that I could frame them and make them fancy.  
So this is what I did:

I went to Ikea and bought two frames, one brown and one white.

For the funeral cards, I looked through my scrapbook paper and found appropriate coordinating colors for the cards and frame.  I cut them to the size that I wanted then used my scrapbooking tape to stick the cards to the new matte.  I used the scrapbooking tape because it is acid free and won't harm the cards.
Here's the final result:

I got to keep the extracts for myself.  I used the white shadowbox
frame for these.  I went to a neat website to make a word cloud to go behind the extract boxes.
Here's the word cloud:

The website was fairly easy to use and free to sign up.  I just printed the cloud out with my printer.  Then I cut a 9x9 piece of white scrapbook paper to use as the background.  I cut out different sized blue and red circles from scrapbook paper as well.  I taped them in certain spots on the white paper, then trimmed the edges that were sticking out off the white paper.  Then I taped the word cloud onto the white, spotted paper.

 I placed the extracts in the shadow box the way that I wanted them and taped them in place (using scrapbook tape).  Then I placed the background on top and then the back of the frame.
I used a staple gun to put a white ribbon at the top to hang it
(it is sitting on top of a small ledge.  I don't think the ribbon would fully hold the whole shadowbox on a wall).

It adds a nice decorative touch in my kitchen and it is a nice daily reminder of my Grama.

What memories have you put in a frame?

Now you can Do It Yourself Too !



  1. Stumbled across your blog from Pinterest, big surprise?! LOL!! This post touched my heart. I lost my Meema (grandmother) one year ago today. I was able to get her last stash of spices. I used her whole peppercorns for almost 6 months, and I think anything I cooked, it made it tastes 10x better. What special memories you will always have now to remind you of your grandmother! Very sweet post!

    Shanele Collins


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