Jesse and I love living near Richmond. When we go on trips to other cities, we feel such a joy and relief when we come back to our little city. It’s the perfect size, and with the ever growing campus of VCU and the “hipster” culture, it’s a really neat city. Jesse and I have a lot of special memories in and around the city too. There are so many things to see and do that we could always find a way to have a free, or super cheap, date (we were in college and BROKE when we were dating). I figured that with all of this RVA love, we needed to represent our city on our gallery wall in the bedroom in a fun way. Enter the R. (Ignore the black paint, I got started before I snapped a picture.) When I picked up the letters for Erin and Gabbi’s Pass It On Projects I also grabbed an R for me, but I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Then one night when we were hanging out downtown, inspiration struck! I could cover the R with pictures of our favorite spots in and around our beloved city, after all R stands for Rowlands and Richmond!
I started by painting my R all black so the spaces between pictures would look a little more seamless. Then I searched online for pictures in and around the city that I liked, or that had meaning to Jesse and I. These pictures are not my own, I just did a Google search.A view of the city at night, since that’s when we are there the most. (via) A picture of a bridge on the James River. (via) Main Street Station – We’ve walked around and taken pictures here before (more on that here). (via) The James River by Belle Isle, Richmonders love to come out here and climb/sit on the rocks. Young House Love recently posted about Belle Isle actually! (via) The Bellwood Club is on the Southside of the city and is where Jesse and I got married. (More on our wedding here). (via) This is a view of the James from Henricus Historical Park, also located south of the city (where we were supposed to get married). (via) Last is the 17th Street Farmers Market. We’ve been here a number of times and love the atmosphere. (via)
Back to the craft part of this post, I printed all of these pictures in black and white and cut them to size so they would fit on my R. Then I slathered everything in Modge Podge and waited for it to dry. Once dry I hot glued some silver ribbon to the back and hung it on our gallery wall! Easy as pie! (The frozen kind at the grocery store, not from scratch because that’s not so easy) Now the wall needs some darker prints for the other side to balance things out, but overall I love the way it looks! And because I love it so much, here are some more pictures! Do you have any art that reflects your love for where you live? Or do you hate your town? (I used to before I moved away for college and came back).**If you’re interested, don’t forget to email me about Sponsor Swapping before the end of the week!**