Monday, November 2, 2009

Holidays? Already?!

Wow, it's hard to believe the holidays are upon us, but the hard truth is... the holidays are upon us. I saw my first TV commercial with a holiday theme this morning as I was watching the news. I was almost offended by that, then I realized that it's only 53 days until Christmas. Sheesh!

I don't know about you, but I've hardly given any thought to holidays this year. I've been busy with so many other things. And there are always some people on my gift list that I always struggle with. It seems they have everything they need or want so I always have to find something really unique. It must be something they will really appreciate.

Last year I found a collection of collector's cards of motorcycles that my husband had packed away. Because he's a motorcycle rider/lover, I knew he'd enjoy seeing those cards displayed so I devised a unique frame that could be viewed from both front and back so he could see both front and back of his cards. He loved it!

So, what's in your closet/drawer/attic that is the perfect gift for your loved one? Maybe it's some sports tickets that could be framed. World Series? Superbowl? Stanley Cup? Maybe you've got a sports memorabilia collector in your family. Have you got a signed jersey you want framed? When you're talking sports, the possibilities are nearly endless.

What about some mementos from your travels. Surely you took some great photos. How about framing some of those. What a great way to remember that trip.

Got an antimacassar that grandma made? These are really fun to frame and give to family members.

Was your grandfather a craftsman or a professional of some sort? Why not grab a couple of items that really defined you grandpa, frame them and now you've got the perfect gift for your mom, dad, or sibling.

Here's another idea: What grandparent wouldn't love to have an original painting, drawing, collage, or other art object done by their grandchild hanging in their home? Children's art can really liven up a room. And their art is so open and honest. It's hard to find anywhere else.

What about that counted cross stitch your wife made but never got around to getting it framed? Now there's a perfect gift! Remember, any textile can be framed too, whether it is a sewing project, costume, scarf, christening gown, whatever... Over the years, some of my favorite things to frame have been textiles.

What about military medals or memorabilia? Many people have had careers in the military where they have accumulated various certificates, patches and medals. What a great way to commemorate that part of their lives by displaying those articles in a beautifully framed piece.

Got an old family photo? Maybe it needs a little restoration. Don't hesitate to bring it in. We do photo restorations here and we can frame the finished product - one for each member of your family.

These are just a few ideas. Maybe you've got something in mind right now. Bring it in. Let's talk about what you'd like to do, then let's do it.

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