Some Bookish Pictures

Every so often, I get an urge to do something crafty.  “Crafty” here means having to do with crafts, not cunning plans (though it may amount to the same thing).  Today was one of those days, so I stopped by ye olde curiosity shoppe Dollar Tree and picked up some frames, because I’m cheap that way.

Remember this quote from Heretics?  I couldn’t find a great graphic of it online, so I decided to make one.  Here’s the printout (click for full size):

(The flourish is from Pixabay – I know they don’t require attribution, but I always feel like I should…habit!)

I picked up this little blue frame because it goes with my color scheme, but I wasn’t sure what picture to put in it.  I finally settled on the plans for the Nautilus (Disney version), along with Nemo’s motto, Mobilis in Mobili (“moving amidst mobility”).  Completely nerdy, but I love it.  🙂

Last bit of craftiness: I love triptychs, so thought I’d try creating one.  I found this whale picture uploaded by the Biodiversity Heritage Library, cleaned it up a little, and split it in three.  It was more difficult than I expected, but I think it turned out ok!  This one and the Chesterton quote I’ll probably be putting up on the wall at work.

Well, that’s it for now, but I have more ideas (and wall space), so there may be a part 2 to come.  😉


  1. Cleo @ Classical Carousel Avatar
    Cleo @ Classical Carousel

    Oh, can I come over and do crafts with you?! 🙂 I love the whale and the Chesterton quote is fabulous! What great ideas for how to use old frames!


  2. mudpuddle Avatar

    mrs. m paints and is always looking for cheap frames… i'll pass on the info… clever things you've done, there…


  3. Brian Joseph Avatar
    Brian Joseph

    These are very cool things that you are making. I had never heard of a the word triptychs before but I realize that I have seen them before. I love what you did with yours.


  4. Stephen Avatar

    What a cool idea! I didn't realize the Dollar Tree had frames.


  5. R. T. Avatar
    R. T.

    Nice! A Dollar Tree is opening in a few weeks nearby. You’ve given me an idea for decor in my cave.


  6. Marian H Avatar
    Marian H

    If we ever meet up, we should absolutely do some crafts! 🙂


  7. Marian H Avatar
    Marian H

    Thanks Mudpuddle! These frames are definitely cheap but not half bad looking, I think. One could also spray-paint them if the color wasn't quite right.


  8. Marian H Avatar
    Marian H

    It seems whales are popular subject for triptychs; I found quite a few examples online. Thanks Brian!


  9. Marian H Avatar
    Marian H

    Yeah, they also have art prints as well… some of questionable artistry, but I actually found a very nice ocean picture there last year. 🙂


  10. Marian H Avatar
    Marian H

    Oh, that's great news! Our local Dollar Tree is a blast… especially in recent years, they've upped their merchandise game, including decor. But we also get certain food items there, too, and random household stuff (dehumidifiers).


  11. Beth Avatar

    Great quote, and I like your design too! I should try making graphics like this sometime.


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