Today I have SO much to be thankful for:
1. I went to a beginner teachers conference on Tuesday and it made me SO excited about "back to school"
2. After only a few weeks in my new home, I already feel "at home"!
3. I've been able to spend most of the week at the camp I grew up going to and LOVE volunteering at!
4. I have a husband who is SO patient, helpful and so loving!
5. Yesterday I got to spend time running errands with my mom!
Gallery walls are pretty much ALL THE RAGE right now, and for good reason! They are such a fun way to display LOTS of pictures/prints/momentos and they can add such a creative vibe to a room.
For the last couple of weeks I've been working on creating a gallery wall for our family room. I wanted it to represent David and I as a couple- pictures of us, places we've been to, things we've done etc. I expected this project to take an afternoon. ha ha-boy was I WRONG! They take a LOT of time and work to pull together!!
Things to consider:
- Colour scheme for frames
- Theme for artwork (colour, subject matter)
- Size of overall display
- Configuration of frames
Steps for creating a GREAT gallery wall:
1. Gather frames. You can find good deals on frames at thrift stores, Winners, Walmart, Home Sense. You do not want all of the frames to match...the more eclectic the better (just make sure you stick to a general colour scheme). It's nice to have a variety of sizes! (most frames are BOGO free at MICHAELS right now!)
2. Gather prints, photos, images, quotes that you like. I love most of the prints that are available at INDIGO. But, if that's out of your price range....there are LOTS of sites that offer free printable art (I liked: http://littlegoldpixel.com/2014/09/free-printables-gallery-walls/).
3. Play around with different frame/picture configurations. I actually laid the frames out on my family room carpet for over a week and moved them into different positions each day until I was SURE I'd found the BEST set up!
4. Hang the frames. Make sure that when you're hanging your gallery wall you start by identifying the centre of your gallery (the middle of the wall, 60" off the ground) and mark it with an X. Measure your frame display and find out what the approximate centre of that is. Hang the centre piece(s) of art FIRST (DO NOT start at one end and work towards the other). Once your first piece of art is up, the hard part's over! From there, you can almost 'eye-ball' where to place the other frames (just make sure the spacing between frames is somewhat consistent).
5. VOILA! Enjoy your FABULOUS wall! :)
I'm a HUGE fan of salads that are healthy, tasty and hearty enough to be complete meals all on their own. This Santa Fe Chicken Salad definitely fits the bill. My mom started making this salad a few years ago after she ordered (and LOVED) the Santa Fe Chicken Salad at Earls. She went home and started experimenting with dressings/seasonings and came up with her own version of the salad. It's become a staple in our home so I hope you'll enjoy it too!
There are 3 parts to this salad- the chicken, the dressing and the salad itself!
What you'll need for the CHICKEN:
Mix the chili powder, cajun seasoning and a tiny bit of paprika together in a bowl.
Slice the chicken breasts then roll them in the spice bowl.
Pour olive oil into your frying pan and pan-fry the chicken (it takes approximately 5 minutes per breast)
What you'll need for the PEANUT-LIME VINAIGRETTE (for 4 people)
Put all ingredients into a blender and MIX.
What you'll need for the SALAD:
Once the chicken and dressing are prepared, you can begin to layer your salad. Start by dressing the spinach. Then put the dressed spinach onto each plate. Next, add feta cheese, dates, corn, black beans, avocado, chicken and finish with the tortilla chips (or allow your guests to add their own toppings if you are making this for a group).
Enjoy your Santa Fe Salads!!! :)
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,