Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Amber on Fire

Some days I wish I could just sit back and watch Amber embellish mats.  She has done some of the most glorious embellishments in the last two weeks that I am absolutely breathless in anticipation of the next design.

When this cross stitch came in, we were delighted and a little nervous about finishing it.  It is literally a once in a lifetime experience getting the opportunity to frame such a magnificent piece of stitching.  To give you a better idea of the magnitude of this piece, the finished size is 43 3/8 inches by 29 inches.  The problem with framing a piece like this lies in how to design a framing package that suits the design without detracting from it in any way.  Well, in this case, I think Randy (yes, a gentleman stitched this) chose a color combination and frame that allowed the stitching to sing.  The frame is highly ornamental, but by keeping the mats in close color harmony, you see the cross stitch first and then delight in the finish.  Job well done, Randy and Amber.

Next on our list of amazing pieces is a lovely needlepoint stitched by our dear friend Nancy.  (we will happily frame needlepoint, however we don't block them.)  Amber and I absolutely relish the chance to just let our creative brains go wild.  This piece allowed us that opportunity, as it lends itself to wild abandon.

And two more pieces that left me breathless when we were finally finished... Christie has done it again, and again. This chandelier is scrumptious.

 I've framed the Grandmother Fairy several times, but I've never been happier with the finished piece.

And finally, a mat set that we are sending overseas to Leslie.  I hope she thinks to send us a photo of the final product as we would love to see what frame she chooses.

If you haven't seen you piece here today, please don't feel slighted.  The pieces I've posted are the ones that I remembered off the top of my head.  I have many hundreds of really handsome finishes in my "hasn't been posted yet" file.  Someday, when I'm not so occupied by cutting mats, chopping and building frames, cutting glass, answering phones, sending e-mails, and feeding hungry dogs, I'll post some more.  

Stay tuned. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Amber speaks...a little.

Hi everybody!  I'm not inspirational like Jill, but I am tickled to show you what we've been up to.  Look at these pretties:

Jannie M's Ma Petite Robe Noire

Carolyn B's Peony Bunka

Christie N's HAED Sea Turtle

Clarice K's Birds of a Feather

Joyce K's Mermaid Needlepoint

Carolyn O's St. Francis of Assisi

Michelle B's Wizard and Dragon

Stasha's  Fire Fairy

Friday, February 27, 2015

Framing posters instead of cross stitch

Last week we finished up some of my favorite pieces.  Most of them are posters of delightful illustrations by artists Eric Carle and Mary Engelbright.  The last was a magical book of postage stamps depicting Harry Potter and friends.  We had so much fun finishing these pieces we're feeling a little guilty!

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

Friday, January 30, 2015

I heart you

20 years ago, when I made the decision to become a framer, I had no idea what beautiful, kind, and just downright amazing people I would meet.  I cant' decide if it's cause or effect...Does needlework create such loving people or do beautiful people just have a natural affinity for needlework?  

This week, we've been enjoying the most beautiful "Thank you" bouquet I've ever laid my eyes on.  I know for certain, though, that the family who sent them far surpass the beauty of any bouquet on earth.  (I won't mention names because I happen to know that they are very private people and I would cause them distress by mentioning names.  You know who you are.  Know that you are loved and appreciated every minute of every day.

When I started this blog, I had intended to make it a scrapbook of the framing we finished every week.  My intentions got derailed somehow and here I am with an enormous file of pieces that I should have posted but somehow I got caught up in the "doing" but not the "showing".  So, here now are a couple of pieces we finished last week and a whole bunch that I've pulled from the "hasn't been posted yet" file - to celebrate the season.

I heart you.