Take something you really love, a letter, envelope, photograph, a ticket stub... anything - to a printing place like Kinkos and have them blow it up for you to hang as art. An old recipe from my Grandma would be great for the kitchen.
Paper Hexagon "quilt" by lesley zellers, via Flickr made a hexagon template with clear vellum and cut out the shapes from six different sets of paper. Then I arranged them on a huge canvas and glued them down with decoupage. Click to link to actually see the paper quilt
I want this for our Living room. I think it will be perfect this year, as we deal with this deployment. Daily visiual reminder and mantra.
This woman took several small area rugs (bought for 4 dollars at Target) and sewed them together with a simple stitch in a contrasting color. Very cool! And cheap! A large rug for less than 20 bucks!!