It’s Graduation Season!

Penn State Diploma Framing with Medal

It’s Graduation season and even though we are striving to live in a “paperless” world, 2019 graduates are still proudly receiving diplomas at their commencement ceremonies.  A diploma is something to display, not put away in a closet or drawer. After all, it took much hard work over the years to earn it.  Here are a few questions to ask when you frame your diploma.

  • What kind of glass will be used?  Does it block UV rays to reduce the fading of the signatures? Do you prefer an anti-reflective solution?
  • Does the mat fit the certificate? Mats from a university book store diploma frame don’t necessarily fit your diploma.  Why cover up something important?
  • How will the diploma be secured in the frame? Does it need to be dry-mounted?  Is this a good idea?
  • Is this framing process reversible?  Quality framing will come out of the frame in it’s original condition, without tape adhesive. Professional framers aim for their work to be reversible.
  • Is the hanging hardware secure and proper for where you will hang it?  A ready-made frame might not have the hanging solution for your walls.  A professional framer will provide a hanging solution that works for you.
  • Is it a great frame?  Does it reflect my personality?  Somebody in the fashion industry might pick something different than an accountant or attorney.  Will the same frame be available for future diplomas and licenses? Is if made from solid wood or particle board?
  • Should I take this to an expert?  Professional framers study for years. They know what’s best for your situation.  You want this to last for generations. Why settle for anything less?

Stop by Whispering Woods Gallery.  We’ll show you diplomas that still look great from generations ago.  We care to do it right.  You should too.  Congratulation 2019 Graduates!  From Whispering Woods Gallery

Diploma Framing at Whispering Woods Gallery

 

Frame a Memory

Custom Framed Concert poster
The Dead & Company’s concert was so great that Josh and his family attended twice!
What a great way to savor the memory!

Some of the most special moments of our lives are over so quickly.  Custom framing allows us to capture those times for you so you can enjoy them for years to come.  Whether  you have photos and mementos from special events, souvenirs from a trip, a golf score card from your best game ever, or a playbill from your favorite Broadway show, Whispering Woods gallery can take your memories and turn them into beautiful artwork for your walls.

“Vintage is Now” Day 30 – My First “Bad Hair Day”

Vintage baby photo custom framed
Vintage baby photo custom framed
My first bad hair day

Today we complete the “Vintage is Now” photo series. We end it with a photo from  the beginning of this framer’s photo album. This was the first photo taken of me and I was obviously starting the pattern of bad hair days.

This is a small photo with a simple rag mat embellished with five ruled French lines. I framed this years ago and it still looks classic. It hangs in a grouping in my home with other vintage photos. It makes me smile! Thanks for watching!

What’s New at Whispering Woods Gallery-Spring Edition

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Susan Gittlen showing framed vintage postcards.

Greetings!  I have been busy creating new vintage postcard items at Whispering Woods Gallery. Look below for a  preview before they are offered in my Etsy shop. They are a great gift for Mom, Dad or Grad. Add a stunning “ready to go”frame and UV filtering glass for only an additional $50.  Visit our shop in Holland, PA to see hundreds of your favorite places.

 

 

Vintage Maps, a lasting gift.

One of the most intriguing items at Whispering Woods Gallery is the historic map collection portal. We offer your favorite maps from all over Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Philadelphia, NJ Shore points, New York City, and all over the USA.  Let’s take it a bit further.  We offer over 1.6 million maps from all over the world!  We offer our maps unframed but we suggest letting us frame them to look their best to last for generations.  These maps are printed to your specifications.  Want to give it a spin? Go to our map site to look for US Maps.  Looking for a world map or something a little different? This page will let you travel the world!

One of my favorite types of vintage maps is the “Birdseye View.” These maps were made in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Sometimes referred as aero or panoramic views, they are non-photographic maps of cities and towns from above. See the Margate map below. Want to search for your town? Search here  for “Birdseye View” maps. Just put in the state that you are interested in, to get going.

Margate City, NJ Birdseye Map
Margate City, NJ Birdseye Map

 

For a price quote or to order call Sue at 215-364-4321.  Need this for a holiday gift?  Hurry as the maps are printed just for you.

In Susan’s Opinion, the Best Holiday Gift!

 

Happiness isn’t something you experience, it is something you remember. -Oscar Levant

Whispering Woods Gallery is excited to offer vintage postcards. When we create a postcard montage for somebody we are reminding them of happy times from a vacation spot, their hometown, or a school that they attended.

We don’t sell copies, all are authentic. We have offerings framed, matted and unmatted. We’ve set up an online Etsy shop so that all can shop with us. Feel free to visit our shop 24/7. Here is a collection of framed postcard projects created at Whispering Woods Gallery. Have an idea? Give Susan a call to create a gift they won’t forget.

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Framed Money!

Money framing
Money before it was framed.

Whispering Woods Gallery recently completed a job of seven framed US currency sheets for Kenny of Holland.  It was a learning experience and very interesting project.

Interested in the history of American money? Here’s a Brief History from The Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It includes the origins, production, and timeline of US Currency. Interested in buying currency for framing?  Here is where you can purchase new uncut currency as shown in our photos. Remember that a gift of framed money is a gift for the “hard to buy for” people on your holiday gift list.

Here are a few fun facts about currency (from federalreserve.gov):
Did you know that the lifespan of a $10 bill is 4.5 years?
Did you know that it takes about 4,000 double folds before a bill will tear?
Did you know that it 454 bills weigh out to be one pound?
Did you know that US Currency paper is made out of 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen?

Framed money at Whispering Woods Gallery
Looking for a gift for somebody that is “hard to buy” for the holidays? Money always works, but frame it!

That 70’s Stuff!

We see a lot of 70’s stitchery come in for framing.  As a stitcher in the 70’s, I know it well and love it!  The color palette of the stitching is usually bright, clear and cheerful but in most cases it has been poorly framed. Here is a recent project framed for Mary of Horsham.  Mary was delighted and will hang it in her dining room.

Whispering Woods Gallery captures a First Place in Design Star 2015

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Whispering Woods Gallery won first place in the Textiles category at Design Star in Las Vegas January 26, 2015.

We are delighted to announce that Whispering Woods Gallery won first place in the Textiles category at the Design Star Competition hosted by Larson Juhl on January 26, 2015.  This competition gave framers the opportunity to showcase their design skills.  Framers entered by submitting digital photos of their entries in seven categories: Objects, Mirrors, Textiles, Documents, Art on Canvas, Art on Paper and Photography.

It was an exciting night at the West Coast Art and Frame Show in Las Vegas and hundreds from the international framing community were in attendance.  The event was emceed by Greg Perkins CPF, Marketing Manager for Larson Juhl and author of “Great Frame Design.”  Awards were given by Drew Van Pelt, CEO at Larson Juhl.  There were close to 900 entries internationally.

The winning framed textile piece by Whispering Woods Gallery was a blackwork stitchery stitched by Susan Gittlen MCPF and framed in Larson Juhl’s Marais line of moulding.  The piece was so popular at the shop that several customers stitched their own versions from the pattern. It is on display at the shop.

In 2014, Susan Gittlen of Whispering Woods Gallery captured two third place awards in the Photography and Documents categories.  She was also a judge in the Mirrors category for 2015.  A framed design specially designed by Susan for the event was displayed.

Whispering Woods Gallery is located in Holland, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Whispering Woods Gallery is a family owned and operated custom frame shop established in 1986 winning numerous framing design awards and employing the only Master Certified Picture Framer in the Philadelphia area.

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