Wednesday, February 26, 2014


A couple of weeks ago I posted this picture on Instagram....
 ... and got an OVERWHELMING response!  So I thought I'd share a little bit about some of the canvases I have up in my house.  

Originally, I bought six canvases of our Fall photos to hang above the couch in my office. I ended up doing an Instagram photo wall instead (find that post HERE). 

Plus... the canvases turned out so gorgeous that I felt that sticking them in our office was kind of an injustice.  For several years I've had these four frames hanging above my kitchen buffet with some of Luke's artwork in them.  I've always liked them, but when I put the canvases on the buffet just to "see" I knew it was meant to be.

I think what sealed the deal for me was that the colors matched the kitchen so well.  I love that I get to see them ALL the time, too!
I took the rest of these pictures in the afternoon when we got home from school (before it got dark!)... hence the slew of stuff strewn all over the floor.  We typically come in through the garage (and laundry room) and the boys (and let's be real... often times me too) leave quite the trail of debris :) 

This is standing in our front room looking down the hall that leads to the bathroom, kids bedrooms, laundry room and office.  The wall straight ahead has another of the six canvases I bought for the office.  Our family picture from this Fall.
(The boys room is to the right of this pic)

There's this weird angled wall that has our family pic from Fall of 2011 and Spring of 2013.
It took me a full 9 months to order the canvas of our Spring family pic since I feel like my face looks SOOOOOOO swollen (remind me again why I thought family pics less than a week after Griffin was born would be a good idea?!?!?! and Mason was miserable the entire time... but I bit the bullet and am so glad I did. This hallway has all of our family pictures and this was a definite "phase".  I will NEVER forget taking these pics and being so upset that Mason was a mess and then there was this super weird couple MAKING OUT (and probably more!) on the playground at the park where we were and the boys took some pics on bikes and I was sure one of them was going to be run over by one of the 2 cars that drove by.  Hormonal much?!?!?!  Again - family pics at 7:00 a.m. a week after giving birth - not recommended :)

Fall of 2011 on the top and Spring of 2013 underneath 

Griffin's room is at the end of the hall and there are two more family pics between her room and the laundry room...

Fall of 2012 on the left and Spring of 2012 on the right.  

Last year I had one of my very favorite pictures ever made into a canvas for the boys shared room.  This was taken in the Spring of 2012 and I LOOOOVE it!!!

Sidenote... check out the pics below...
The top pic is from May of 2012 (Luke was 4, Mason was 1) and the bottom pic was almost exactly a year later.  I totally didn't realize how they were "matching" their previous pic and when I saw the resemblance (from Luke's head  and feet position to Mason's expression and their clothes as well!) I totally got goosebumps.  Crazy what a difference a year can make, right?  You'd better believe I'll be lugging those bikes to our photo shoot this Spring as well :)

Last... I had two "extra" canvases from the six that I ordered and I found the perfect spot for them in our bedroom...

Okay... so to answer some questions.  

Where are the canvases from???
I've ordered my most recent seven canvases from "Canvas People" and was really impressed with the quality, shipping speed and the price!  A lot of other places have "cheaper" canvases, but then they want to charge you out the wa-zoo for shipping.  I've also ordered from Shutterfly when they were running a sale and love them as well.

What size are they?
All of my canvases are 16 x 20

Who takes our photos?
We looooooooove Kelly at Love Fern Photos.  ( She always makes our "chaos" look serene and somewhat together and she has captured some of my very favorite images EVER!!!  See below...

Fall of 2011

Spring 2012

Fall 2012

 Spring 2013

Fall 2013 
(I loved lots of these... but you already saw those on canvases. hehehe)

I think I'm kind of a canvas addict, but love having pics of my sweet kiddos around as art.  They change SO fast and I love getting to look at these little memories on a daily basis.

Do you have canvases displayed at home?  Do you wish you had one (or twelve!)?   


  1. I love, love, love, love, love all of your canvases! Love them!!!!

  2. LOVE Kelly!!! And...all those sweet pics she's taken of your family!!

  3. I loved this post sooooooooooooooooo much!!!!!!!

  4. Your pictures are amazing!! What an absolutely adorable family!!

  5. Your photographer does such a beautiful job!
    I love all of the canvases and the locations you chose for them.
    I really like all the tile floors in your house--is that a southern thing?

  6. I have so much to say! The canvases are beautiful--and, I am going to need you to take those tricycles out every Spring or at least recreate that pic when they are teenage boys! How cute would that be!!?? Love it!!

  7. Ok, that last picture of Luke in your Fall of 2012 series is THE BEST picture like ever, ever!!! What an Amazing shot of him....perfection! All of your pictures are SO great, just love how a lot of them are more just casual and not posed. You truly have a Beautiful family! Also, yes I LOVE canvases and I also order from Canvas People....I have 4 in my house but after seeing this post I think I need to order a few more!

  8. Thank you, Andrea for the awesome shout out!! I love your adorable family and can't wait to see y'all in May!!!

  9. I love, love, love all these photos! What a beautiful family :) I was looking to order some canvases from our latest photo shoot! Thanks for the site info Andrea!

  10. Your canvases are adorable. It's so neat to be able to see the difference a year makes in your kids... They are SO precious! I can't help but imagine how protective and close your children will be. I, like Griffin, was the baby of the family with 2 older brothers. Some girls would say that was their worst nightmare... for me it was the best thing EVER! My brothers and I were and still are very close. Your family is adorable; hope you have a great day Andrea!

  11. You have some seriously fabulous pictures of your family! It makes me want to be more motivated to get ours taken more often. Love canvases as well!

  12. I have been wanting to make some of our family pics into canvas. I just always put it off and think I'll do that later. This really makes me want to do it NOW!!! Thanks for the push!!!

  13. Love this post and your family pics are precious! Ordering canvas' is definitely on my to do lost! I love pics! I take so many! I store in albums and have 24 big albums of my son and now that I have a daughter I need to store photos a different way! I've made some shutterfly books for bdays and vacations but I'm interested in how you store your photos. I try to order monthly and currently I'm behind!