I’ve been framed.

I did a big booth re-foof on Thursday. It was vendor night, and the owner keeps the store open late for those of us who want to come in and work for a while. I was there from seven until 9:30, shoe-horning in my finds from Neosho and bits and pieces of other projects I’ve been working on. I’ve got booth pictures to show you later this week when I get a chance to sit down and edit the photos. In the meantime, I can show you how crazy I’ve gotten over the whole print designing thing. I can’t stop. Now I”ve moved on to framing them in spray-painted frames.

Here’s my favorite:

It’s in a 10X10 frame that I love. I have one other frame that’s the twin of this one and I’m working to come up with something cute for it. I think nursery prints have a chance of selling.

Here’s another one:

I’ve got four or five of these long, narrow frames that I’m enjoying working with. I’m trying to come up with short, pithy sentences for them.


While I was in Round Top, I spent $10 on a 1942 Little Golden Book called Prayers for Children, illustrated by R. T. Dixon. This was a lot of money for me to spend, especially given that several of the pages were ripped. But every single illustration in the book is worthy of framing.

I got in a hurry doing this one — I was trying to get out the door right after Justin got home from work — and I’m not completely sold on the background paper choice I used…but I wanted to get one of these up so I could see how they did. I really should do a set of these in matching frames. The pictures and colors are SO CUTE.

I don’t know if these are going to sell or not, but if they do, I will go to town because I LOVE doing this kind of thing. The only problem is I need to polish up my framing skills — I’ve been doing some research on the Internet and have found some good tutorials, tips, and tools  that might help me move towards a more professional finish. The backs, in particular, need some help — right now I’m using brown kraft paper on the backs but for these three I was in such a hurry to get out the door they look mighty crappy. Also, I’m hammering tiny little nails in to keep the print in the frame when I should be using one of these for a much more polished look (I can thank the nice lady at Babe of My Heart for that information). But first I have to see if they sell or if they sit in my booth on a permanent basis. It’s hard when something delights you but fails to delight your customers, isn’t it?

April 14, 2013 - 10:57 pm

Mary Scott I just read your trip to Round Top notes – BTW, excellent writing + photos – & wanted you to know those were alpacas in your photo of the “mules”. They are the cutest animals, aren’t they?? I live in Dallas (since 1961) & have not gone to Warrenton/Round Top/Marburger Farm yet, but will some day. I shop Canton (TX) 1st Monday all the time (30 yrs +) & get great stuff cheap, so I am spoiled – it is an hour from my house. Love your blog!! Thanks, Mary

April 15, 2013 - 8:38 am

Lara Jo ALPACAS! Now that never crossed my mind. Okay, they ARE the cutest animals and I never knew it. I am surprised that you have such restraint to live four hours away and have not yet been. But I do hear wonderful things about Canton, too, so if you’ve got a good thing going…my sister-in-law and I were thinking of doing a weekend in either Dallas or Houston to yard sale and thrift — any opinion on which would be the best choice?

Thanks so much for reading the blog and all of your nice comments!

April 17, 2013 - 8:03 am

Rhonda C. Hi Lara,

I love the bsckground paper you chose for the LGB page. Very sweet, I can’t believe someone wont snatch it up! Good luck!

April 17, 2013 - 11:18 pm

Lara Jo Thank you, Rhonda! I am a paper fiend. I am trying to make myself use up all the paper I already have before I allow another trip to Michaels or Hobby Lobby. It’s not easy. I always convince myself that I need more.

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