Dare I call this progress?

Hello, hello!  And happy Monday to all you fine folks.  I’m checking in with a little gallery wall update.  Yay!

If you are new here and don’t know of this gallery wall I speak, you may want to start here and then here.  And then when you’re done laughing at my idea you can read on.  🙂

I did actually get started on making some things happen as they relate to the wall last week.  And man, did it feel good.

Do you ever go through extended periods of time not doing anything crafty and then when you do a little project you get all re-motivated to turn your sheets into a bed skirt and stuff like that?

Well, that is a project for another day, but here is what I have been able to accomplish in the realm of “I Might Be Screwed (Just Once), A Gallery Wall Experiment” projects.

Remember these beauties from Goodwill?
“Ooh la la” now looks like this.

And those matching flower canvases are becoming this.

I’m not sure what I think of all of the billowing, maybe I pulled it too tight.  Anyone have any thoughts?

And who can forget the horses and the cross stitch?
 Those frames painted up quite nice.  And that lavender mat got a fresh coat of paint, too.

Oh, and I drilled some holes in this guy…

And, uh, well, that’s about it.  :/

So, nothing has been hung, but things have been painted and drilled and un-stapled and re-stapled.

It felt like progress, even though the wall still looks like this.

At least it’s becoming a collection of good looking things.  I just hope I can get them all hung by my one little screw.  Or, my challenge post might turn into a tutorial on how to paint frames and flip canvases.  🙂

Either way this is a fun little challenge.   Have you joined in yet?  One more week for us all to wrap things up.  Then let the link partying begin.  It’s not too late to get in on the fun, just leave a comment here with your challenge project!

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And don’t forget to check in with my partners in Impossible crime to see what they’ve been up to!  Linda from It All Started With Paint, Kari from Thistlewood Farm, Stacey from A Sort of Fairytale, Kelly from Eclectically Vintage and Andrea from The Cottage Market.
Our BIG project reveals are coming next week and our SIX link parties are on Tuesday, January 31st. It’ll be so fun to see the results of everyone’s hard work.
Update:  You can see the big reveal here.
How is your project coming along.  Comment with your progress post links if you’ve got ’em.  I’d love to see what you’ve been up to!
I am sharing this project here, here, here and here. Check ‘em out!
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  1. I choked on my coffee when I saw the cross-stitch picture. I made one like it, different hair colors, almost 20 years ago. I just donated it to Goodwill a few weeks ago!

  2. It all looks very interesting, can’t wait to see how it turns out. And… could you believe that Pats game? Holy cow!

  3. The thought never occured to me to repaint canvas! OMGosh, totally going to the Goodwill with a fresh new outlook, Thanks for the idea!!

  4. Progress … love all your pics and goodwill finds! Now to just get them up on the wall. Go girl!!

  5. Is this what progress looks like…..oh….can you tell it to come visit at my house! Kudos to you for a great update! Go Patriots!


  6. Karah, any little progress is progress….I’ve been playing around with my gallery wall for a few months now, so I can’t wait to see yours so I can get back on track. Thanks for the peek. (smile)

  7. I still can’t wait to see how you are going to do this!

    • Thanks so much Ashley! I am almost finished getting all of my pieces together, now it’s just the hanging. The only part that makes me nervous. 🙂 Thanks so much for following along!

  8. We all love progress shots. My impossible project is sort of on target!
    String art progress

  9. Hey, it’s more than I’ve made … unless you call my cleaning my master for some before pics and swiffering the walls and ceiling progress …

    The paint will be poured tomorrow …


  10. Progress is progress! Great job moving this project along.
    I bought all of our fabric and read over (about a 1000 times) the tutorial from Allison on House of Hepworths this weekend. Bring on the sewing machine!

  11. Did you stretch the billowing canvas yourself? If not it probably stretched when it got damp with paint.

    If you can get to the back you can shove some wood or cardboard in-between the canvas and the frame to help pull it taunt again. Kind of wedge it along the edges if that makes sense.

    Sometimes heating it with a hairdrier and then letting it cool will shrink it back taunt again too. Just depends on what it is made of.

    Looking good, can’t wait to see the ending!

    • Thanks so much for the tips Brianna. The white canvases I stretched myself and aren’t painting. But…I completed my project for them and you really can’t see the billowing anymore. Yay!!

  12. Looking forward to seeing your big reveal. I don’t think we’re going to make it into this hard crafty challenge, but I think we will probably get in on your next 🙂

  13. I love the idea of re-painting canvas!
    Looks like your getting a good handle on the prep work. Looking forward to your wall!

    (We have a gallery wall we need to get up, too. But, first I need to find the in-progress pics of our Jimmy john’s kitchen…which seem to have gone *poof!* Tons of pics on how we did our faux tile, just gone. Grrr.)

    • Oh no! I hope you find them. I can’t wait to see your finished kitchen. One of the most fun projects – to look at anyway – I’m sure a TON of work.

      I’m just crossing my fingers I can get this wall up. 🙂

  14. How fun. I need to get motivated. Can’t wait to see the finished project. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  15. It won’t take so long to hang it all if you’ve done all that beforehand – good progress!
    I need to get re-motivated on my impossibility project (reupholstering a glider)… http://prettycitythings.blogspot.com/2012/01/glider-progress.html

    • I’m only worried that the hanging is going to be the hardest part. :/ Thanks for checking in, and good luck with the glider. I know what it’s like to hit a project road block. You can do it!!!

  16. Hey, that’s progress! I’ve been plugging away at my wedding scrapbook too! Update: http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/the-impossible-update/

  17. I have two things to say! First I can not wait to see how you solve your problem! Please hurry up – I am dying of curiosity over here!

    Second – thank you so much for inviting me to play and to take on the challenge of learning to do something i have been convinced i could not do!

    Imagine the Impossibilities! Brilliant challenge – really.

  18. Goodness me! Everybody’s been so busy – and all I’ve managed to do is fight off a small ginger cat and make what appears to be a yamulka for a small squirrel! Hey ho. Are you doing thisagain next mo,th – I think I have another impossibility to tackle (Looks across at enormous pile of papers that needs sorting and signs heavily.)

    • Hahaha! Progress is progress, right!?! We are definitely going to continue this challenge, but not every month. Tackling our most daunting tasks every month sounds a little TOO daunting. 🙂 But we might have another idea up our sleeve for next month…

  19. Well I was originally planning on creating a very “Imagine the Impossibilities” challenge post. My challenge? Baking pretzels! However life always seems to get in the way and actually threw me a much more “Impossibly Possible” challenge! Along with it came the need to renovate our whole home in only 9 months! Feel free to check out my first post on the subject as I unveil the surprise and the journey that goes along with it!

  20. I so enjoy following this journey!! I hope it all works out. I’ve got to admit, I’m a little bit nervous ;-). Just kidding!! I’m keeping the faith!

    Thanks for linking up!

  21. Karah! I just found your blog and your challenge is awesome! I had to read this post twice to figure out what was going on. You are hilarious! I’m a new follower now, just so I can find out what your possibilities result in! I would love if you would consider linking this up to my “Drab to Fab” Link Party this Friday 🙂 The theme is turning the ordinary into extraordinary using a little creativity. This post embodies that concept, so I know my readers would love to see it! Here’s a link for more info on the party.
    Hope to see you Friday!

  22. Just posted my impossible challenge on my blog (to be finished up in the next few days for your link party on the 31st!)

    Here is the link if you want to check out phase 1:


  23. For the “billowing” canvas – try painting the back of the canvas. As an art student, they taught us that to remove smaller dents and stretched places. It may not work for billows as large as yours, but it’s worth a try! I’m looking forward to seeing your one screw creation!

  24. Thank you for linking up with me Karah! Have a great week! I hope you’ll come back again next Friday and share more of your great ideas. (They can be old or new). I love your work!

  25. So far so good…can’t wait to see what they become! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!!

  26. Would have loved to have seen the folks in the store checking out that assortment of ohh la la etc.! lol They would never dream your final efforts would look so fabulous!

  27. Kara is featuring this post tomorrow at Happy Go Lucky for Shine on Fridays!

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