Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Maybe tomorrow will be more productive...hope so!
On days like these its good to look at photos that make me smile, like our kittie eating toast :)
Sunday, 20 September 2009
It’s quite a story really and goes back a few months….I am an avid reader and follower of Enterprise Nation (http://www.enterprisenation.com/), which if you have yet to discover is a website which focuses on running your business from home.
To my surprise, I was contacted and informed that I had been selected to receive a new printer – YIPPEE!!- I was amazed and very happy. My new printer arrived and it’s fabulous. It’s a fax machine, a scanner, a copier and a printer and I love it (it’s also the same size as my lounge and very stylish!)
Anyway, as I can now print anything on glorious colour and with great resolution, I thought I’d see if I could produce some new frame designs which would incorporate my new toy. So I have just started a new range, still used the reclaimed frames currently, but using different printed fronts, which are all hand-finished, to give a new feel to my collection.
I am going to list this frames for sale on MyEhive.com (http://emeraldreclaimedframes.myehive.com/ ) in the next couple of days and hope they sell like hot cakes :)
Let me know what you think….
Monday, 7 September 2009
Here's an extract from the article:
Meet the Maker - Emerald Frames
Welcome to the latest in the series of Meet the Maker posts. This week, we've spoken to Cath Friend of Emerald Frames. Cath also joined us in July at Handm@de Winchester where her frames really went down a storm!
What is your favourite piece? My favourite piece changes on a daily basis, however as all my frames are unique and individual, the are often quite different too. By using reclaimed and recycled products, I have to design around what materials I have available, which drives my designs and each completed frame.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Foxy Loxy is made using pen and ink on heavy linen canvas and all his socks and trimmings are made of deep wine coloured leather.
He's very busy and obviously on his way somewhere very important!
I have stretched the Foxy Loxy picture and made a complimentary frame to keep him safe (frame measures 22 x 30 cms). As this is textile art, I haven't added glass to this frame, so you can see foxy in all is glory (and so he can get out to eat and sunbathe if he wants to :))
So always wanted your very own fox? ....Now's your chance!
All, as ever handmade and unique.
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
I know I'm aways rabbiting on about framing and my online shops, so today I thought I'd blog about something else.Now don't collapse in shock!!!
We went for a lazy Sunday afternoon walk along the river Thames this weekend and just relaxed. It was lovely!
We fed ducks and moorhens, stopped at a riverside pub for a glass of Pimms (evidence below!)and walked along the banks of the river, saying hello to people and dogs we met and enjoying mother nature's creations.
Here's some of the nice things we found along our way;
And to top it off, when we got home our lovely neighbours give us some home grown carrots to add to our roast dinner!! I love Sundays :)
Monday, 3 August 2009
I have listed a further six on my Etsy site today and have included a little visual guide for you below. I find it takes me so long, from making each frame to finally getting them listed for sale, and as each one is unique, I need to list each one separately.
I would be really grateful if anyone has any ideas or tips to enable me to list them quicker:) Anyway let me know what you think ;)
Friday, 31 July 2009
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Monday, 27 July 2009
Saturday, 18 July 2009
I have set about framing them so I can get them up on the wall and admire them every day... The first and largest of my lovely birthday print was from a fellow Etsy seller, and had to travel a long way..from Melbourne, Australia! The print is entitled "Green - World", and has so many lovely details and differing shades of green (my favourite colour!!). You can check out the print for sale and many other stunning works by the artist Sooooound at this link: http://sooooound.etsy.com/.
So, let me tell what I did with this lovely print and my reasons behind it. As ever, I framed to compliment the picture and try to keep the overall design simple, clean and effective.
Starting with the mount: As the print contained many shades of green and had a white border which contained the artist's signature and the edition number of the print, I wanted to frame the print ensuring that the colours were complimented effectively and that the details of the artists signature and edition number were visible. Therefore I took into account the colours in both the picture, but also the colour of the white border too.
I started with a green inner mount, that was matched to a green within the picture, and then spaced the inner mount form the outer mount, leaving a visual gap between the layers of mount board. This was done to give a sense of depth and also to assist in bringing the viewers eye into the picture.
I chose an outer to match the colour of the white paper that borders the image, and choose to decorate the mount with a single simple V-groove around the aperture.
Due to the organic feel to this picture and the textures in the print, I chose a rough textured pewter coloured frame to complete this framing job. As you can see from the top photo, I left a slightly larger border at the bottom of the mounts, as I felt it balanced the overall framing better and looked visually more attractive.
So I've completed my first birthday print and have it hanging on my wall to admire and make me smile every day. I hope you like what I have done to complete this project, let me know what you think :)
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
along and sell at this event with the assistance of my lovely better half.
Now Dave and I have never been to Winchester before Sunday, but we liked what we found. It's a beautiful old city, full of history, amazing buildings and dark alleyways- if you get the chance I would recommend a visit. Anyway, I digress....this is the venue that greeted us on arrival-the Winchester Guild hall!
We set up our wares on our designated table and were nearly ready for the public when the doors opened!! (late as ever) We were camped in between a lovely lady called Joan who painted and sold her own cards and prints and a lovely family headed by Jane who was Fizzology, selling handmade soap and bath bombs. Lovely neighbours for the day and the smell from Jane's goodies was divine!!
Here's a couple of shots of our stall front at the start of the day, which due to lovely folk buying our frames, changed constantly throughout the day to include new stock!!
Monday, 6 July 2009
Then for the frame....I ummed and aah'd about this one. Do I go safe and frame it neutral to fit in with any decor? I contemplated using a stained oak frame, dark enough to complement the browns in the print, but happy to sit in anybody's home on any wall.........Then I found some stunning moulding that was just made for this print. Maybe not as subtle as my first ideas, but just looked fab...so (hopefully not too much of a crazy choice for our friends) I framed to focus on the bear in this work:
Hope you agree that I made the right choice of frame? Let me know what you think!.......
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Now, with Louise's help and her keen eye for design and detail, we went through many different issues that plague me when I try to photograph my lovely frames ~ my main issue being the reflection of light (or me) in the glass of my creations.
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
As it was my birthday last week, my DOH gifted me with some prints from Etsy sellers. As the prints arrive I am more and more thrilled with them and have so many ideas on how to frame them and where to hang them, that my head is spinning!!
Yesterday though, I received the most wonderful package through the post. I has to go down as one of the most thoughtfully designed and presented post I have ever received. I had to take photos of it before I opened it and show you what I mean!!
Monday, 8 June 2009
Also found some lovely groups of red and pink poppies growing in the Field (I had to wade through long grass to get these photos so I hope you like them!!) Happy bumble bees and happy me!
This is what Sunday's are all about....
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
So safe in the knowledge that Arnie is dreaming of cheese and onion crisps and chocolate buttons, I moved on and took some photos of the Scandinavian Red Hare print that I framed up a couple of weeks ago and is hanging proudly on my wall. As the print was so simple in design and colour, I was able to frame it simply, but highlight the beauty of the design and echo the colourways in the framing. I hope you like it and would love some feedback on my choice of frame and mounts:)
So what do you think?
Friday, 22 May 2009
I will be working for Saturday, but then will have some time to relax and drink wine with friends hopefully. I have just finished framing a beautiful print that I bought from a fellow Etsy seller. I have spent a long time choosing how to frame this print as I wanted it to be special. The print is of a real 7o's inspired red hare I found from Dee's blog http://deebeale.blogspot.com/: If you get the chance, check out Dee's shop at deebeale.etsy.com as she's a very clever cookie.
I have mounted it in a deep bevelled mount and then used a double mount to bring out the brilliant red. The whole thing is finished off by a brilliant red aluminium frame, and if I say so myself, it looks the business!!
I will take some photos of the finished article, so you can see what I'm rabbiting on about (or should that be haring?!) and maybe a couple of Arnie taking in the sun and post them up real soon.
Have a lovely weekend everybody:)
Monday, 18 May 2009
At least the cat was trying to help!