framing a flag and military metals in a display case
Here’s another Christmas gift – the framing of the military career of a dear husband. The flag case is made of walnut, with beveled glass embossed with the presidential seal. The medals display case below is also of walnut, and the medals, pins, and patches are attached with Velcro so they can be repositioned if there are other items to add in the future – such as a photo of the husband, or an engraved plate. Our client lost her husband several years ago. The flag draped his casket at his... read more
custom framing a needle art of a Pileated Woodpecker
Here’s another Christmas gift!The needle art was stitched by our clients father-in-law, and the husband is framing it for his wife for Christmas.Nice use of the “real” Pileated Woodpecker with the Native American symbol for the woodpecker, don’t you think? We picked a neutral mat of beige and grey, with a reddish toned frame that had knotholes in it to pick up the red on the woodpecker, and the feel of the knotholes in the birch bark. The needle art is preservation mounted so it could easily... read more
gun case for a Mosen Nagant rifle with lid open
I've written before about how so many of the items picture framers frame, have a story and a significance to the client.This rifle was a Christmas gift for our client in multiple ways. The rifle, a Russian made Mosen Nagant, belonged to one of his best friends. His friend purchased the rifle in very poor condition, and set about to restore it. When he was finished, the rifle was back to almost perfect condition, and was fireable. His friend recently passed away, and the rifle was given to our... read more
A Picture Framers Christmas Poem
Every year I write a Christmas poem for my picture framing friends. I’d like to share this year’s poem with all of you. And my apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, who wrote a much better “The Night Before Christmas”!T’was the day before Christmas In every frame shop The framers were framing Sure they would drop. If the orders weren’t finished Before the Special Eve The customers waiting Would surely be peeved! When through my doors there arose such a clatter, Why, who is that man in red... read more
A picture framers Christmas Tree made out of moulding
What kind of Christmas tree would a picture framer have?A moulding tree, of course!I made this picture frame tree on Christmas Eve last year to take to Kelly's house. It is made from left over moulding scrap.The ornaments are from Kelly's daughter, Michelle, and the ever-changing color angel globe is from Cinda. I hope you're getting the chance to enjoy your Christmas tree in these last few days before Christmas!        
custom framing a fishing print of a steelhead and a fishing lure
What are we framing today? Christmas gifts!There’s lots of activity in the frame shop these days – oodles of wonderful things have come in to frame for the holidays!This black and white print of a steelhead is a gift from husband and wife to each other. The artist hand colored the side of the fish with colored pencils, lightly bringing out a mossy green and burgundy touch of color. The lure was tied by the wife, and she also caught her first steelhead with it. The lure was carefully packed away... read more
custom framing an original oil of a christmas tree
What are we framing this week? Christmas trees!This wonderful original oil is a gift from mother to daughter. The daughter decorates with Christmas tree pictures, figurines, and ornaments for the holiday season. The painting of a lighted tree in the woods at dusk fits right in with her collection. The daughter lives in another city, so we e-mailed photos of the painting with several frame choices. The daughter picked the one we liked best –  it always feels good to know our tastes match up... read more
custom framing needle art
Christmas is just around the corner, and Christmas means needle art!This beautiful piece was recently brought in by a client for framing so it could be displayed this season with her Christmas decorations. It is a wonderful example of multiple kinds of stitches, fabric inserts, metallic threads, and beadwork. We selected a forest green suede fabric for the top mat, with a metallic gold inner mat and a gold frame to pick up the gold metallic threads. The needle art was mounted on a conservation... read more
custom framing a handkerchief in memory of a mothers children
What are we framing this week? Out of tragedy comes beauty. This is a difficult piece to write about, but I wanted to share this particular treasure with you during the holiday season. As a professional picture framer, there are many times people bring us treasures that evoke the deepest of emotions. This particular piece was created by a mother who lost three of her children in a fire in July, 1957, and a fourth child in 2007. She created the original piece from a handkerchief. She picked the... read more
custom framing an antique French embroidered silk postcard
What a wonderful treasure came into the shop for us to frame this week! Our client brought in a WW1 French embroidered postcard sent by his uncle to his father. His uncle was wounded during battle, and was in a field hospital in France. He died from mustard gas a short time after sending the postcard. Embroidered silk postcards were very popular during the First World War. French and Belgian woman embroidered strips of silk organza with images of flowers, birds, the flags of the Allies, and... read more

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