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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Foreign Art and Domestic Photography

Originally, this post was going to be about photography and a 30 day photography challenge I'm going to try, but last night I picked up this beautiful piece after the custom framing was complete and I really wanted to share this with you all.  Don't worry, I'll get to the photography challenge later in the post! 

A couple of weeks ago, I shared about my husband's journey to Egypt just before the revolutions began.  If you missed that post you can read about it here.  His trip to Egypt took place during our engagement and he picked up a beautiful painting done on papyrus that depicted a wedding ceremony.  The artist put our names on the sides and a personalized message at the bottom.  I couldn't believe it when he gave it to me--it's just so beautiful!  The picture above just doesn't do it any justice! 

Well, I finally took it to get framed so we can display it in our home.  I decided to go "all out" on the framing and the 60% off coupon I had definitely helped make that more feasible. There were so many frames to choose from, but I decided to get a more simple frame with an accented color so it wouldn't take away from the ornate design of the painting but it would help enhance it.  I also decided to not cover up the tattered edges but to leave them out so we could see the raw look of the papyrus.  I'm so excited to hang it and I have the perfect place for it.  Actually, it will fit in nicely with the new 'theme' I'm drumming up for our living room. 

Okay...on to the photography challenge: 

Do you all remember when I told you about the awesome new camera my husband got me for my birthday?  If not, you can read about it here and here.  I love snapping pictures, but there's so much I need to learn.  When I saw this challenge on a post from my new friend, EJ, at Not a House But a Home, I got really excited about it.  What better way to learn than to practice, right?  Of course practicing the wrong thing won't help me either so I'm investing time to learning new techniques on the side too.  Anyway, I'm really excited to share the different photos I take each week. Yes, I'm transforming the "day" challenge to "week" challenge.  Every week I'll fulfill one of these photo challenges to share--stay tuned!

Here's the breakdown of the challenge: 

Any other aspiring photographers out there?  How are you practicing and learning new techniques?  Let me know if you join the challenge and send me a link to your blog!  I'd love to follow you on your journey!


  1. Wow -- your painting is so beautiful. What a sweet gift -- I'm sure you'll treasure it for years and years to come! :)

  2. LOVE the painting. Love it. And the framing is beautiful too.

    The photography challenge is so smart! I should try that sometime.

  3. Such a gorgeous piece of art and the story behind it is so sweet! I love Egyptian art and a dream of mine (and my sisters) has always been to visit there. A few years ago, we began saving for the trip. Literally every penny we made that wasn't spent on necessary expenses was put in the pot for the Egypt trip. I even took on extra babysitting jobs, etc. to rake in the extra cash. We had something like $6,000 each saved. Then the madness over there broke out, so the trip wasn't going to happen. Instead, we treated ourselves (and our men!) to a VERY luxurious trip to Turks and Cacios and even had money leftover. Maybe one day we'll get to see it!

    Thanks for the add! When I get 50 subscribers I'm going to do a giveaway, so tell your friends haha! I just read a bit of your blog and I love it, so I subscribed to you too! :-)



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