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
At Whispering Woods Gallery, we frequently replace broken glass. Glass can break for many reasons.
A proper hook was not used.
The hanging hardware was not sufficient for the piece. Screw eye hangers and sawtooth hangers usually are not the best choice.
The wire did not catch onto the hook properly.
The frame was jarred by a person or object.
House repairs to the roof or siding shook the wall.
The art was not hung on a timely basis and was jarred while on the floor.
The art was leaned against a wall without being secured.
The art did not have sufficient protection during transport. Many times glass breaks during shipping or a move.
Our goal is to safely dispose the broken glass, remove glass shards, repair or replace a broken frame, and replace the glazing with the appropriate choice. If the mat is scratched we can replace it. Prices vary according to size, type of glass, and complexity of the project. We stock five types of Tru Vue glass at our shop – Regular, Conservation Clear, Non-glare, Conservation Reflection Control and Museum. All glass is cut in our shop to fit your frame. Drop by with your piece and we’ll get it fixed up fast. No worries!
During my 31 years of framing, I have framed just a few funeral Mass cards. This is one that I will always remember. This was a Mass card honoring John F. Kennedy. I framed it for Judy of Holland quite a while ago. It was an honor to frame it and I felt that I was contributing to preserve history. I was just a year old at the time when JFK was assassinated.
The framing was simple, functional, and period appropriate. An elegant ruled line in gold framed the mat opening. A second piece of glass and several mats were added to the back so that both sides could be viewed. We added an “Easel Mate” so that it could sit on a shelf. Museum Glass was used on the front to cut down on the glare.
Judy acquired this by way of a family member. There are some available for a fair price on Ebay.
Day 19 of Whispering Woods Gallery’s “Vintage is Now” goes back to WWII-1945. US Army combat engineer Warren Stichtenoth created this “Cannon Bunker” sketch and a local resident, Wayne Potok recently custom framed it to remember his Dad, Charles Potok.
We included original photographs with the sketch and added an engraved brass plate giving pertinent details. The combination of items worked out very nicely.
Sadly many our WWII vets are not here share their experiences. Through photos we can share history and keep their memories alive.
This is a trio of original black and white photos taken in 1968 of a five year old in Atlantic City, NJ. Whispering Woods Gallery framed the project in the late 1980’s and it still looks great due to conservation framing practices. The simple classic framing lets the viewer focus on the subject matter. The glossy black lacquer frame adds a touch of whimsy to the project. The neutral solid core rag mat still looks perfect, thirty years later.
The photographer not only captured the personality of the child but also the details of the house. Note the second door handle for little people. The fig tree, the texture of the siding, the architectural details all bring back memories of the summer of 1968.
Do you have a candid photo from the past? Stop by and we will frame it to look great for you and future generations.
Whispering Woods Gallery is ready for spring! It’s a great time of year to look around your home and spruce up your walls. Enjoy some of our favorite spring themed projects. We are happy to help you celebrate by framing your favorites.
Our PPFA Group visited Etsy Headquarters in Brooklyn.
New York City Skyscraper Vintage Postcards
Philadelphia Museum Vintage Postcards custom framed. See you on the Art Museum steps!
Wildwood Crest Vintage Postcard with Fabulous matting for a shore home.
Ask about our extensive vintage postcard collection.
Welcome to Greetings From Susan, my online Etsy store. For those of you who are not familiar with Etsy, let me explain. Etsy is an e-commerce website where you can shop for unique handmade, vintage and craft supply items. There are over 1.6 million individual shops selling on Etsy and over 25 million buyers worldwide. It was launched in 2005 and the headquarters are in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2014, after being in a storefront location for several decades, I felt that it was time to expand our audience from just the Bucks County/Philadelphia/NJ location to a greater area. I chose Etsy because many of my customers were coming to me to frame items that they had purchased online. Etsy had a great reputation, so I thought that I would give it a try with one of my passions, vintage postcards. I had been framing many vintage postcards for family, friends and my customers and I enjoyed creating unique projects. Vintage postcards and ephemera bring back happy memories, taking us back to our youth, a fun occasion or a place that we lived.
Selling online has a little bit of a learning curve, but it’s exciting and gratifying. I can be open 24/7 instead of just regular business hours. I routinely ship all over the US and even overseas now and then. Initially I only wanted to sell matted vintage postcards, but I tweaked my shop to include both matted and unmatted postcards. Soon I will add greeting cards. It’s been a great opportunity and I look forward to seeing “Greetings From Susan” grow. If you are in the area, stop by our shop at 295 Buck Road, Holland, PA 18966.
It’s National Postcard Week and Mother’s Day week. What’s a postcard loving picture framer to do? Combine the two celebrations! Here’s a postcard from the approximate time period that Mom is standing in front of the Traymore Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.
The matting and frame have simple clean lines. Usually I will cover the edges of a photo, but I could not part with the deckled edge of this one. The red core mat board continues the fun theme from the postcard. The frame is from Larson Juhl, showing a hint of red and black wash. This will eventually be displayed….at the beach!
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.
Greetings From Philadelphia Vintage Postcard $25
Philadelphia Zoo Vintage Postcard Matted-$25
Philadelphia Skyline and Parkway Vintage Postcard $22
Atlantic City Boardwalk Rolling Chair Vintage Postcard- $30
Temperance House Vintage Postcard $22
Philadelphia Art Museum Vintage Postcard $22
Columbus Circle and Central Park Vintage Postcard Matted $22
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.
Whispering Woods Gallery was a nominee in the 2012 Philly Hotlist competition for Best Custom Framing. There were over 6,000 businesses in 140 categories represented in the Philadelphia area. We came in first for the entire Philadelphia area, competing with 24 other frame shops. For those who voted, we sincerely thank you! It was a very close race and in this case every vote counted.
Our long time neighbor What’s For Dessert also had a close race. Pat Bryson, owner of What’s For Dessert had the lead for best Philadelphia area bakery for most of the time, but fell back to the #2 spot at the end. What’s for Dessert, you have our vote!