“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez
About a year ago, I spent some time with the madre creating a wall collage for the first time ever. All in all, it came out much better than I ever expected it would. I really just wanted a way to show those who came to our home that we might not have the biggest kitchen, but our kitchen from the biggest heart. When my husband was a chef, he truly helped me elevate my palate and helped me understand fine dining. But food has always been an important part of my culture and sense of home. Food is primal and universal.
But after a while, this collage started to wear on me. It was a bit heavy, and I didn’t feel like all of the amazing times were being featured as I would have liked them to. So it was time for–not a makeover–but a revision.
First, I bought a 4-pack of 8×8 matted to 5×5 Studio Decor multipurpose frames (retail at $19.99 at Michael’s Stores). I reframed the pictures that just seemed far too dark, and then I played musical chairs with the frames and pictures that were left. I wanted to definitely eliminate the colored frames, and simplify the color palette.
I also reversed my string of images on the clothesline of twine to better compliment the light of the frames. But without the warmth of the colored frames, I craved something with a little more character. Rather than adding too many more colors in images or frames, I tried to focus instead on integrating textures, such as the basmati rice bag or a candle on the ledge of a frame.
I also added a vintage cheese grater to the wall. I fiddled with it in many rounds of existing nail holes and trying to get it to stick without a wacky, incomplete “found items” wall vibe. That’s when my #geekychic fixation kicked in, and I remembered I had the perfect apron that would nestle the grater just fine and serve as a signature piece amongst all of the signature dishes. Thank you, HBO! With my TrueBlood Merlotte’s Bar and Grill apron, I was able to hang the vintage piece without drama AND give a nod to the kind of drama we are all about over here.
Unexpectedly, I took on this project exactly one year after the original accordingly to Facebook’s memories of my last April Fool’s Day. It was a happy accident. I am so pleased with the small changes that brought new life to old meals. I am reminded that it’s never too late to try something absurd or to make something new again. Happy spring revising, everyone!