Weddings-a Summer Tradition

imageWhether you are the one getting married or have a wedding gift to give…picture framers always have suggestions for the special occasion.

Brides and grooms usually have lots of photos from the engagement to the actual wedding day.  That engagement photo can be used in a signature mat for wedding guests to sign and write notes to the happy couple , then frame it later to match wedding photos.  A formal portrait of the bride in her wedding dress, all framed up in a special “portrait frame” , makes a great gift to her parents for all they’ve done.  Of course you’ll want your wedding photo in your home, so ask your framer to suggest options to match your decor and living style.  Wedding photos don’t have to go in fancy frames anymore…they need to match the couple’s taste.  If you are one to save all the memorabilia from your wedding…why not put it in a shadow box for safe keeping and display.  We’ve put in objects like napkins, garders, candles, invitations, …even whole wedding dresses and shoes!

If you are the wedding gift giver…you have options too.  A framed wedding invitation is always a tasteful gift that will be cherished (mine still sits on a small easel in my living room) and is usually inexpensive to do.  One of my customers always gives the newspaper engagement announcement , framed in a simple grey mat and black frame and an easel to display.  If you know what style art the couple enjoys, a framed print for their home would be an awesome gift..and don’t forget to write a note and date on the back.  I have reframed art handed down to the next generation that was originally a wedding gift and the original note always stays with the piece!  Picture framers usually have giftware/collectables from artists they represent too.  Things like music boxes, small sculptures, glassware and mugs, or Christmas ornaments…all unique gifts but at reasonable prices.  Still not sure what to get them?   A gift certificate to have their wedding portrait framed would be so appreciated!

So whether you’re “in” the wedding…or “out” amoung the family and friends–remember to include your favorite picture framer on your “to do” list!

Birthdays and Hard To Shop For

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Do you have a family member or friend with a birthday coming up?  Or have a birthday person that is always hard to shop for?  Since framers do all kinds of unique items, we always have great suggestions.
Grandparents always love photos of kids and grand kids.  That doesn’t mean you have to get everybody in one place for a group photo (although we can help with that too).  Framers can take individual photos and group them together in one frame.
Older folks love pictures and pieces of history from their past.  Gather up those old black and white photos or mix them with a piece of memorabilia and let your framer show you how great they will look together.  If you know of a damaged photo that means a lot to someone, photo restoration and reprints would be great too!
Sports fans love to show off pictures, ticket stubs, and jerseys from their favorite team.  Look in closets and drawers to see if they saved “stuff” from a memorable event or game.  Even a poster or signed sports print is a great addition to a sport room.
Giving art and prints even to young collectors will ensure a great memory for years to come instead of electronics.
If it’s your birthday coming up and you want something framed, but would rather pick it out yourself….ask your friends and family for framing gift certificates.

Redecorating? Shop In Your Own Home!

Great use of large wall and favorite photo!

Great use of large wall and favorite photo!

Have you spent too many hours in your house lately ( maybe due to weather) ?  Maybe, like me, you realized you need to redecorate either one room or the whole house.  Whether you decide to do it yourself or employ professional help, remember to make your space reflect your or your family’s identity.  Interior decorators can be a big help, but I always remind customers ” you live in the house, so make it your own”.
After you get the furniture and wall colors decided on…and it’s okay to keep what you have, then I like to use Christi Carter’s plan for accessories.  1. Wall Decor 2. Tabletops, Bookshelves, and Cabinets 3. Flowers &Foliage 4. Lights and Fragrance
Before you grab your credit card and coat to head out shopping for new accessories, shop in your own house first.  There may be a favorite picture or great frame that can be redone to go in the room you are working on.  Also look for tables or furniture that can be relocated.  Then think about the lighting you need to create the mood or identity of the room.  Now you can make that list of pieces you don’t have and need to shop for.
If you haven’t enlisted the help of a decorator, (or a friend that is good with decor) here is where the expertise pays off.  Take pictures of what you have already. Your framer can work with you or the expert to start on the walls, then work your way down the list…tables, flowers, lights.
Think of it as walking in the room, then choosing where you would like to sit or work in the room, then the feeling you want to soak in!

Organization and Preservation

imageWorking on cleaning out closets and under the bed and in that storage spot?  If you find prints or art work that you aren’t sure you want to use , but are too nice or valuable to throw away…you might want to consider preservation.

You might have them stashed away from the light and think you are protecting them, but the humidity here in the Ohio Valley does as much to discolor and ruin art as the light.  Even if your art is in the original sleeve from the artist, the mold and moisture can get in.  You would hate to finally decide to frame the piece or give it away as a gift only to discover it is ruined or damaged.

Foam Core is a cellulose board product designed to attract the moisture away from art and acts like a sponge to keep prints, photos and art dry and preserved.  When used in combination with shrink wrap and heat sealed, prints stay dry and dust and dirt free.  The Foam Core is Acid Free so it’s like putting your art in a giant scrapbook till you are ready to use.

Cost of this type of preservation is usually less than $15 a piece , so considering what you probably paid for the art originally …you can think of it as cheap insurance.

While framers and decorators would rather you have the art on your wall than in a closet or under the bed….but both would agree that preservation is much better than “ruination”!