Step-by-Step Instructions for Hanging a Gallery Wall


Two views of one of the Gallery Walls in my cellar.

Two views of one of the Gallery Walls in my cellar.

The idea of assembling many different kinds of artworks on one wall, or even on all four walls in a room has been around forever. We all have seen photos of the great houses of Europe with walls soo covered with things, that hardly, if any wall color or covering is even seen between what was hung up.

Recently after going through my mother’s cellar and looking through things at my own place, I decided to hang my own gallery wall, or should I say gallery walls, in one of the rooms down in my basement.

Between all of the things stored at my mother’s place and mine, I found a large collection of samples of different kinds and styles of artworks that I had made over the years; some going all the way back to the 1970’s. Those pieces, now hung up, are a visual history showing different periods of my creativity. The instillation of the gallery walls went pretty quickly, after I figured out how to hang things; here are the steps I took Continue reading

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Some Photos to share, on a Cold Winter’s day, of My garden in July

The front garden bordering the driveway.

The front garden bordering the driveway.

Now that we are slowly getting past the coldest part of winter here in upstate New York, and with temperatures some nights still dropping down to below zero, I thought it would be encouraging for my readers to see some photos of things to come. I’ve assembled some pictures of my garden, seen at its peak last July, when the days were warm, sunny and bright, and the perennials and annuals were looking their best. Continue reading

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Thanks a Million! Today my Blog reached the point of 1,000,000 Page Views/Articles Read; I hope it’s been inspiring.

A photo of me, Fred Gonsowski, writer of Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.

A photo of me, Fred Gonsowski, writer of Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.

The Statistics screen provided by WordPress.

The Statistics screen provided by WordPress.

Today Fred Gonsowski Garden has reached a real milestone with one million page views / articles read. I don’t know how many others have gotten this far, but for not being famous, or having a famous patron to promote me or my website, I think I’ve done just fine. Continue reading

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 510,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 22 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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***Happy Holidays Everyone***

The Christmas light display, here at Whimsey Hill House, 2014

The Christmas light display, here at Whimsey Hill House, 2014

To all of my readers…

Wishing you the Merriest of Christmases, the Happiest of Hanukkahs, the most Joyous of Kwanzaas and the best of everything in the New Year!

Fred Gonsowski

Here are a few photos of this year’s holiday decorations Continue reading

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Interior Decorating Ideas for a Small House, Condominium or Apartment

Some things to think about when decorating a small house, condominium or apartment.

Some things to think about when decorating a small house, condominium or apartment.

A lot of people live in small spaces. It might be a first apartment, a starter home, or the cost of housing in a large city might make a person, even with a large paycheck, have to reside in a place that has limited square feet of living space. Even with space limitations, I think a person/couple/family can live in a place that can look fabulous. In this blog post I’ve come up with 34 decorating ideas that I think will help you live with style, even in a small space. Continue reading

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Cutting / Making Paper Snowflakes

Cutting Paper Snowflakes, a Fun Family Project

The art of folding and cutting / making paper snowflakes was taught to me, in the fifth grade, by a lovely Nun named Sister Mary Charles (nee Catherine Lily). Sister Charles was a very artistic lady who cut the most beautiful silhouettes of people, and encouraged my artistic interests.

From those days in the 1960’s to the present, I have cut hundreds of snowflakes for myself, taught friends and coworkers, and today I am going to teach you this wonderful Winter craft. Continue reading

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Today I awoke to seeing my blog has passed the 750,000 mark for Page Views/Articles Read

Fred Gonsowski Garden has reached the three quarters of a million point for page views/ articles read.

Fred Gonsowski Garden has reached the Three-Quarters of a Million point for Page Views/ Articles Read.

Today September 13, 2014, at 7:26AM Eastern Time, I saw that my blog has passed the Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand point (really 750,706) for page views/articles read.

If you are one of my followers, you have most-likely noticed that I’ve not posted anything since the beginning of August.  My life has been filled with one project after another, along with a mountain and many big bumps in the road that have consumed all of my time, and made it virtually impossible for me to have time for anything except the essential things that I had to face at the moment; and I still have some more things that need my attention.

During the month of August, my garden never got weeded nor watered once, and the only plants that got the smallest bit of my attention were the things in containers. When it came time to pick the fruits from the neglected tomatoes plants, I called up my neighbor and offered them all to her, just to not have them completely go to waste.

During the month of July I took a lot of photos of my garden, and those photos are still in the camera. When I have time, the next post up (hopefully sometime in October???), I will show you all how nice the garden looked before the weeds kind of took over.

Right now I want to go over the three pages that are provided daily by WordPress that show how things are going with my blog, and even without my love and attention, at this moment in time, my blog is doing really good. I see a lot of my readers are interested in the interior decorating and gardening topics that I’ve written since starting this website almost four years ago, so the posts have staying power. I think my blog has become a go place for the do it yourself person who wants to tackle projects, more than a place for that person who looks to be entertained. So now lets look at the statistics that WordPress gave me this morning when I turned on my computer for one minute. Continue reading

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