Gallery Wall and a Holiday Guide

I have always wanted a gallery wall on our staircase. My favorite decorating magazines have made them look so appealing.
So one day I stopped wishing. I looked at my calendar and realized that with the upcoming Holidays, I was going to have a lot of 'company' in my home. Nothing like the impending arrival of family and friends to get motivated right?! I jumped online and ordered a bunch of black and white photos from Mpix.com and then I drove on over to Hobby Lobby.

It was a good week for this project-- if you watch the sales you can score free shipping or discounts from online printing. And then you can either catch the revolving sales cycle at Hobby Lobby or use the good old 40% coupon. (Which you can pull up on your phone while you are in the check-out line!)

Once my photos arrived on my front step, I popped them in the frames and pleaded for my husband's help.  I handed him the hammer and some nails. Then I helped direct as he hung the photos.

If you are really organized, you can try some of the great tutorials online for plotting exactly where to hang your pics. Or you can be like me, and just eye-ball it because you are impatient :)  Either way, I was thrilled to finally get my gallery wall on the stairs.

I don't feel it is 'completely' finished yet. I think we could grow the collection and expand. But I am hesitant to add any photos lower as my girls still like to hold onto (aka rub their hands on) the walls as the climb up and down the stairs :) Can you relate?? I also think it would be neat to add a few personal items into the mix. For now, I do think it adds a great personal touch to our home. You can't go wrong with photos of family.

And while we are on the topic of family, I would like to take a moment to thank North Texas Kids for their continued support of my blog.

North Texas Kids is a wonderful resource for family activities, informative and entertaining articles, great discounts, and amazing giveaways. As a blogger, I appreciate their support and encouragement of my site-- and I also value the information they provide to busy moms like us!

Along with their regular content, they are currently also featuring a Holiday Guide that includes everything you need to know to have a fantastic holiday season.

In their own words, The Holiday Season is a busy time of year so we’ve done the research for you with our exclusive Holiday Guide. You’ll find listings for gift ideas, specialty products and services, and kids activities in the DFW area. Be sure the enter the fabulous giveaways we have in this guide too!

For more details, check out North Texas Kids by clicking here.  Or follow them on facebook here. Be sure to tell them a Crafty Girl sent you! 

What dreams do you have for your home and family this Holiday season? Is there a project that you are wanting to tackle before Thanksgiving 'company' arrives? 

Don't forget, my trunk show closes at midnight on Wednesday, November 14th.  This will be the only time my Spring/Summer 2013 collection will available outside of stores. Cute clothes are on every girl's Christmas wish list this year  and shipping is FREE:) :)
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  1. I just love this...it looks so classy yet modern. I'm planning on trying something like this in my bedroom to liven up the walls.

    Thank you for the perfect inspiration, Samantha!

  2. You and your husband did an awesome job! It looks fantastic and I love the black and white photos. I can relate to hands on the walls but with ours being older I just don't get it lol. love your wall!

  3. pretty darn soon I'm gonna have me a gallery wall!

  4. It looks great! We have a huge bare wall over our stairs that I want to do a gallery wall on...not sure what is holding me back, but I need to get busy on it! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love it!! The black and white looks really wonderful. I'm totally with ya on the eye balling, much easier than having to follow instructions!


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