Wall Art from the Archives

I’ve got six months of gestation left before this kiddo comes. I don’t even know what we’re having yet but as far as I can tell from the sonograms, it’s a human. Whew! That being said, I’ve been thinking a lot about (gender neutral) baby room stuff. I know, gag. The baby room decor from major baby retailers has left an emphatic scowl on my face. I’m just not impressed. Aside from basic linens and an essential item here and there, I’ve decided I really don’t want to pull decor straight off a shelf. Goodness, I’m already way over thinking this…

In an unrelated turn of events, I went through all my old photos from the last 5 years last night. I have boxes upon boxes of film negatives, data CDs and prints from my earlier years of film photography. Scavenging through the photos, reliving my early college days was more fun than I thought it would be. But I thought to myself; what am I supposed to do with all these images?

Then it hit me. Why not pull some of my favorite nature prints from those old backpacking trips and make them into wall art for the future baby’s room? They’re certainly gender neutral enough! Suddenly my archive browsing brought on by boredom had a direction.

I’m still pulling prints from both the film and digital archives, but so far these are some of my favorites. I really like the soft light of the outdoors from a Colorado trip I took awhile back. I may take some filters to them in Lightroom or edit them otherwise. Not sure yet, but I’m sure I’ll be too excited not to share when the end product is at hand.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on which images you think might look nice either enlarged or on canvas!

13 Comment

  1. hollie says: Reply

    human!! thank goodness! I like the trees at the top, and the dandelion.

    I totally feel you on the whole nursery thing. I ended up having Emma’s made because I couldn’t find anything I liked. It’s really not that expensive, if you know how to sew, or know someone that does?

  2. I do know how to sew, although my patience often runs to thin for it. No excuses now that I have all the time in the world to stop a project and start it up again!

    Maybe I’ll start checking out fabrics soon.

  3. Jordan A says: Reply

    Oh, I love the path. It’s like a metaphor for the baby’s life. There is a solid beginning, but several branches along the way. Where will the path take it and what will happen along the way? I’m probably over thinking it too, but hey. Gender neutral is always a good idea, because you may be able to save some of of for baby #2 in the future! 🙂 P.S. Sorry I haven’t emailed back yet–lots going on–but soon!

    1. I like where you’re going with this, Jordan! And looking forward to your email.

  4. Christie Ardoin says: Reply

    It looks like you have a birds, bees and butterflies theme going here? The trees on canvas would be gorgeous I think. Photos that make you happy will make the baby happy!

  5. love that first shot! and i am so relieved to hear – a human!

  6. kendra says: Reply

    i think that’s a fabulous idea! every baby should love nature! yeah! my favorites are all the closeups; butterfly, dandelion, daisies. though i think any will look great blown up on canvas.

    1. Ditto, ditto, ditto!

  7. Stephanie Shamblin (mom of genius daughter) says: Reply

    fantastic idea. Check Home Depot or Lowe’s paint department to find a color that blends. I love that you are nesting so early in your pregnancy.

  8. i’m with you on nursery decor…mine for the boy (who will be here any moment? weird) is pretty eclectic…like a vintage airplane print i got at a market in strassbourg, a cool wall map…and then i think i’ll blow up some pictures of the brown dog 🙂 i like your picture with the bird on the tree…

    1. A cool wall map is a great idea, Krystal! I bet your nursery is looking awesome. Hope all goes well with the delivery!

  9. love this idea! i can’t imagine the process of going through all those old photos though…i definitely need to do that!

    personally, i love the second one. that path looks so inviting…like a good story will definitely happen if you take that path!

  10. ag. says: Reply

    …and i don’t know why my name came up as it did above?…
    (not a very important comment but when you’re bored at work, you’ll take an extra minute to point these things out!)

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