I quickly came up with a plan and snatched up eight of them. You see, I have 5 nieces and nephews and 2 children of my own...7 total. The eighth frame was for the next child my dear sister has. However, the glass broke in one of the frames, so I was back to seven. Not sure what that means for you and your future children, Catherine. Sorry.
I decided I didn't really care for them as white frames. It made them look even cheaper than they were. And the ribbon? Yuck. So after dwelling and dawdling for a few weeks (er, months?) I stopped at Home Depot and grabbed a can of spray paint in my favorite color - burgundy. Well, I didn't know it was my favorite color, but it closely resembled the paint in my old kitchen which I loved dearly.
After a coat of primer (I'm not sure it was really necessary, but I didn't want to screw up and have to start over) and two coats of burgundy spray paint, I was left with this
Okay, I'll admit. I didn't do the best spray paint job ever. I'm choosing to blame it on the cheap frames instead of my impatient self, though. I'm probably going to pick up a few more next time I'm at The Dollar Tree to replace a couple that turned out especially bad. But overall, I'm thrilled.
They are hanging just to the left of the fireplace/TV niche and are in age order (Dalton, Logan, Kaleb, Breanna, Grace, Chastin, Molly). I originally wanted to hang them going up the stairs but decided it would be too dang much trouble. However, Joey reminded me that we have a laser level that would make it pretty smooth to do, so I may change it later.
So there ya have it, a pictorial representation of the little ones in our family. Any other ideas floating around out there?
P.S. I need some cheap photo editing software. Well, I really need an awesome camera too, but software is probably a bit more affordable. Any suggestions?