National Postcard Week and Mother’s Day

National Postcard week and Mother's Day piece
Celebrating National Postcard Week and Mother’s Day

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!

Twelve Years of Photos

School Photos Framed
Twelve years of school photos is always an eye-catching project.

One of our favorite assignments at Whispering Woods Gallery is when we are asked to showcase 12 years of school photos.  This Newtown mom saw our Whispering Woods Gallery shop sample years ago and saved each wallet size photo for both her son and daughter.  This is a lovely display using a simple white mat with navy blue trim, which are the school’s colors.  A simple white frame with a beaded ornamentation frames the school photos.  A UV filtering glass by Tru Vue was used to help prevent fading over the years.  Not only do we think this is great design but the world wide framing community thought so too!  We are proud that we won a third place in the Larson Juhl Design Star contest in the Photographs catagory in January 2014 for a similar design for this graduate’s older brother.  Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Made in the USA

Made in the USARecently some framers had a discussion about which products in our industry are made in the USA.  I knew that some of our moulding was made here, but I did not realize how many other products in our shop are also from the USA.

Here’s a few:  Our glass, acrylic,  Framerica moulding,  Nielsen moulding, Vermont Hardwoods moulding,  Laville moulding, some Larson Juhl moulding,  most of our flag cases, most of our matboard,  some Kodak photo papers, wood glue, mounting adhesives, glass cleaner, and most of the art that we carry.

Although we can’t change the economy in one day,  it’s something that you might consider the next time that you make a home decor purchase.  When you visit our shop, ask and we will certainly help you pick products made in the USA.

The Touch of the Master’s Hand

TypesettingLeanna and Mary came to me a few weeks ago wanting a special gift for their beloved pastor and his wife who were leaving the area after many years.  They wanted something meaningful yet simple because the recipient’s new home would be on an Indian Reservation. They had a favorite poem, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand”  but didn’t know the options.

Leanna and Mary had the perfect idea for a gift and with “The Touch of the Master’s Hand,” it really did turn out perfect! Sorry, I couldn’t pass that by since my title is Master Certified Picture Framer… First we gave Leanna and Mary several layouts of the poem and after a few rounds of tweaking it was perfect.  Then we picked a lovely tan parchment paper, complimentary matting and a rustic but elegant Larson Juhl frame.  Rounded corners cut with our computerized mat cutter  made the piece compliment  the rounded curves of the violin.  When completed the piece truly played a beautiful tune!