Sunday, May 22, 2011

Shopping and framing

So my hubby offered to take me shopping to Aberdare yesterday so although I felt rough I couldn't possibly pass on the opportunity.  Usually I have to drag him there! I managed to pick up a load of things I needed for the house plus some extra bits for some craft activities I'd been wanting to do with Seren.  I also got 2 picture frames and an idea.

Normally I have my finishes professionally framed but I've had these 2 birth samplers in my house for ages now because I was quoted stupid prices for doing them and/or couldn't find the right frame.  One of the samplers will have to wait because it really does need a box frame but the other one is for Faith who is now 1 and a half years old and has just got a new baby sister, who I am going to stitch a matching birth sampler for.

The frames are not exactly what I had in mind. I wanted white frames but I thought maybe these would still look nice. I wanted them to look good so I asked my trusted experts on my cross stitch group for a framing tutorial and voila! they found me a brill one!

I'm discovering recently that it is much easier and cheaper to get random things I need from Ebay so I managed to get a sheet of A3 foam board (foam core - US) for less than the train ticket to the nearest decent stationers. Then Craig made me look for a new car aerial - got that for way cheaper than the car part shop across the road lol! When I commented to Craig about the amount of stuff you really can buy on Ebay he said I should find an aeroplane. No way! says me - but sure enough there are aeroplanes and helicopters. What about an Ariel Atom car? Yep,one of those too. Well, he said, I bet they definately don't sell a Bugatti Veyron - probably the most expensive car in the entire world...  I nearly fell off my chair - I could not believe my eyes - as there were 2 listed!!! Unbelievable! That cracked me up all night LOL :D


This is a rough version of my finished piece in the frame. I can't decide whether to frame it as it is or buy the next size frame up and get a light pink mount as well.

So what does everyone think? I'd really appreciate any comments bad or good.


Shelley said...

I don't see anything wrong with this frame. I think it is an adorable finish!

Gabi said...

I just sent you an email through ILCS with the web address of an online frame shop where you can upload a picture of your beautiful sampler and play around with frames and matting.
I really cannot advice you on matting or not without seeing it? Btw...what about light grey matting?
LOL....Ebay is great. I buy there all the time from. And indeed sometimes it can crack you up

Nancy said...

I like it like it is shown here. I think with the width of the frame itself and then to add a mat, just might be too much. But that is just my opinion. I am sure it would still be beautiful either way.

Laura said...

I'd go with a bigger frame and a mat. Such a cute piece! Good job!

Patches said...

I personally like it as is.

Anonymous said...

I think a light mat would look good not too sure as you will have to experiment with it.


Always smiling said...


I see you have just joined the specialits stitchers group and so popped along to see your blog..
I love the birth sampler and you have framed it perfectly as it is dead centre, but I wondered if it might be too overwhelming for the lovely sampler. I think your original idea of having a white frame might be better. Have you thought of painting the frame you have? Just an idea..
Framing can be very expensive and I have steadily been framing myself. It just needs pins, strong thread for the lacing at the back and patience!!
Happy stitching
Hugs Chris x
PS I'd like to say I am a welsh girl who has lived in England for the best part of my life except I am not a girl any more although I feel girly inside, my face betrays my age! I was born and grew up in Porthcawl.

Katrien said...

Lovely stitching.
Can't help on the framing, I'm bad at deciding things like that :(