Wednesday, September 29, 2010

~ A Study in Black & White ~

Old black and white photos.

There's just something so special about them.

They speak of history.
Of good times past.

Of memories held close to the heart.

When I came across some vacation photos of this past spring, I knew I wanted to use them around the house someway.
But I wanted that vintage look to them.
No color.
Just let the textures and images on the paper speak for themselves.

A little photo editing later,
that beloved aged look was born.

Vintage flower frogs acquired on Etsy from Jeannie at Old Ohio Farm Finds hold them perfectly.
The patina on them gently worn from some florist's hands from long ago.

The inspiring saying on this card I made came from Kerrie's blog, Sea Cottage
It held my heart the first time my eyes swept across it.

Kerrie has a gift of word.  
Beautiful words.
Flowing prose.
She has a gentle and loving spirit like her words.

The mantel piece on my new headboard was another perfect place for more black and white treasures.

My favorite one of Hubby with his childhood dog Sandy. 
He was such a farm boy....and still is.

And me....always the princess.
A little city girl....always craving the beach.
And still am.

Sweet, treasured memories
 black and white ~

never to be forgotten...

{ Hugs } 

~ laurie

(Oh, and I'm linking to Faded Charm today!)


  1. I love this post, beautiful. and what are those neat spikey things holding some of your photos?

  2. I enjoyed this! Hope to see more of your home....I'll go snooping around :)
    I am guessing your husband to be a golfer... :)

  3. Love how you displayed the pics in the flower frogs!

  4. Laurie- That is so precious it makes me tear up! I love the picture of your hubby with his dog in a wheelbarrow. I had a cat, Felicia, that I used to push around like that. I was a farm girl too.

    You were a darling little Princess...and evolved to a beautiful grown up Princess. You, too, have such a way with words...just like Kerrie.

    Hugs to you my Sweet Michigan friend. I am so looking forward to meeting you and Debbie next summer sometime. Hugs- Diana

  5. Those are so beautiful Laurie!! I am very much like you, I love black and white photos. There is just something about them that brings a smile to my heart and a memory to the surface. I love the way you displayed them, those are the cutest picture holders! Everything looks perfect!!

  6. Dear Laurie:

    I love what you've done with those old photos. Beautiful!

  7. They are so pretty...what a suprise to find a mention of are so kind to write such lovely things about me. I'm thankful I have inspired you. The photo of your hubby is my favorite. But I like farmboys and's in my blood on my mama's side. She's from Nebraska and her Daddy was a twin with 15 siblings(4 sets of twins!). The prairie is always in my heart, but not as much as the sea.

    Thank you for your friendship. You are beautiful. ox

  8. Love your photos all displayed in black and white. It's one of my favorite ways to display family photos too:)
    Have a great day Laurie!

  9. Beautiful Laurie!! I love using vintage frogs as picture holders. They look fabulous on your fireplace mantel... well done my friend!! :)
    Hugs ~ Jo

  10. How sweet, Laurie! You are original and creative! Who would think flower frogs to hold pictures...well I do now!! Fabulous! And what a pretty little girl you were!! :-D


  11. Love, love love old and new b&w photos. I so agree with you on everything in this post!
    B&W photos have a depth to them that color does not own. A depth that reaches right in and touches the heart and soul...
    Happy WW!
    Hugs- Tete

  12. Oh what an adorable and super sweet post!! I loooove your flower frogs! I've GOT to invest in some! They look amazing for your display!
    Hugs to you sweet friend,
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrou Decor~

  13. I love what you did with your photos...your right...your hubby looks absolutely adorable in that photo.

  14. Loving the display on your mantel and the use of the frogs. How funny to see you and your hubby when children.
    What a warm heavenly glow all your photos have. Just beautiful!

  15. Hi Laurie~~Your photos in the frogs look soooo nice! LOVE the little vignettes you've created.

  16. Oh wonderful! I love collecting old flower frogs myself! Hope you are having a fun week!

  17. So beautiful, Laurie. I only hang B&Ws in my home. There is something about the simplicity of the moment captured in a black and white photograph with all that vintage charm. What a sweet, sweet photo of your hubby with his dog. That choked me up. Beautiful post. Was just thinking of you and wanted to stop by for a hello...happy I did.


  18. Laurie, how perfect! The black and white is just what they needed to be. Love the old snapshots on the headboard!

  19. Adorable!
    Displaying those photos with flower frogs is genius. :-)

    Have a wonderful Thursday!

  20. Love the old photos in frogs! Great way to repurpose!! Just catching up on your blog. Thanks for doing the leg work on the mason jars . . . now I just want to know what they're really worth since prices are so varied. Thanks.
    ~ Julie

  21. LOL, I'm not sure! He looks like he could be my husband's friend!

  22. Hi Laurie, what a great blog you have~ lovin' the vintage flower frog used for a photo holder, just love it! Pretty pretty home you have, well done lady! Gonna follow you now, thanks for stopin' by my humble blog, it's much appreciated! tami from the high street cottage

  23. Hi Laurie,
    great use for the flower frogs! best of all is the pure whites of the black & whites of the photo's they just speak to you don't they?

    Thank you for stopping by my place and leaving a kind message on your way out.
    Enjoyed my visit with you and will be back for more inspiration

  24. How beautiful! I love B&W photos too, the way you displayed them is fantastic! great ideas here!

  25. Love the photos! I enjoyed reading about the jars too. I read all about them years ago, but I had forgotten most of it. :)

  26. Very sweet post! I love your writing style!

    pin frogs and photos.....a perfect pair!!

    very pretty pictures...and very inspiring!



  27. Laurie, if you visit my blog there is somehting for you xxx
    Laura c xxxx

  28. Hi Laurie, love your black & white shots. Thanks for stopping by my blog Lily is a maltese also have malty x poodle called Oscar and dear old Bruny she is 17 and a curly coat retriever. chrisb xx

  29. Black and white and sepia photographs express emotion so well. Love the beach photos and the vintage flower frogs -so cool!!

  30. Awww - hugs right back to ya sweet pea!! I hope your weekend has been delightful! Enjoy the rest of it and can't wait to see what you have in store next :)
    Blessings and Hugs - Your Friend
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrou Decor~

  31. What beautiful memories made extra special in black and white and sepia. Snapshots of life made into exquisite memories to treasure.
    I also love the frogs to display the pictures. Wonderful!!!


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