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Every Christmas, clients come in with very special projects – ones that inspire and remind us that the spirit of Christmas is very real in our everyday lives – if we just slow down and look for it.

This year, one of our clients brought in this special project – a painting by 5 year old Thia. Thia loves her grandmother so much.

Thia’s painting is of her grandmother, and grandma is thinking of Thia – the cartoon bubble encases grandma’s thoughts “I love Thia, and Thia loves me, and I am thinking about what a wonderful time Thia and I will have together this Christmas!” I know this because Thia told me all about the picture she had painted. This was the gift Thia was giving to her grandmother.

Thia loves orange, so, of course, we had to use an orange mat around the painting. Thia had scrunched the painting a bit as she was bringing it to us, but I think that was just a love scrunch for her grandma. We decided to leave the scrunches because they are as much a part of the art as the hearts Thia painted around her grandmother’s head.

Thia also wanted a frame that would pick up her grandmother’s hair color, because she loves her grandmother’s auburn hair.

Our little artist and her grandfather were thrilled with the finished frame, and I am sure grandma was pretty pleased, too. I think Thia made her grandmother’s Christmas extra special, and I think Thia will have a wonderful year in 2016 – when she turns a whole, big six!

Happy New Year to all – and may all of you have someone like Thia in your life, too!


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This Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. My Mother’s Day will be quieter this year. My mother, Addie, passed away April 14. I wanted to share with you some photos of Addie, and the story of her life. I wrote this for her memorial service, which is May 17.

I would LOVE it if you would share photos of your mothers, and their stories, too!

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I miss you muchly...

Addie Scidmore was born on March 23, 1924 in Edinburg, North Dakota, a small town in the Red River Valley in the eastern part of the state.

Addie was born on her father’s birthday, and to honor him, her full name “Winifred Adeline Schoonover” duplicated her father’s initials “William Alexander Schoonover”. Her mother, Mary Lucille, got left out of the mix and never forgot it. She joked about how their initials marked them as “has beens”. WAS – get it?

Addie was an only child who grew up around an extended family of great grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Addie remembered going to sleep at night in her bedroom, hearing the laughter and voices of her extended family coming up to her from the kitchen below.

Addie was a good student who excelled at school and church. She played in the school band, wrote stories and poetry, sang in choir, painted and did crafty things, and had many good friends with whom she stayed connected all of her life. Addie was her high schools valedictorian, in spite of the fact that Addie led a protest in her school against the punishment of some school chums who played a prank the school administration didn’t look kindly on.

She was also known as the kid who ran everywhere – she never stopped running it seemed. Terry firmly believes that as soon as Addie got to Heaven, she stood up and started running.

Addie’s parents owned a store in Edinburg, and later a farm. Her mother was a seamstress and the pianist/organist for the church. During the war years, finding men to help on the farm was hard, so Addie’s father allowed her to don pants and drive the tractor. Addie loved the driving the tractor, so much so her father had to repeatedly tell her to slow down since he couldn’t keep up with planting, harvesting, and weeding as he walked behind her.

After graduating from high school, Addie enrolled in nursing school at St. Michaels Nursing Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She really wanted to be a singer in a nightclub, but decided being a nurse was a more promising career in the long run. Addie worked mostly in delivery and obstetrics, and welcomed a number of babies into the world – especially because the doctor who delivered the babies lived quite a distance from the hospital and didn’t always make it in time.

Addie met her husband, Don Scidmore, while playing bridge with a group of nurses and soldiers one night. The table they were seated at had a loose leg that fell off, and Don and Addie had to support that end of the table together with their legs. Don told Addie not to get fresh with him, just because her leg was up against his. He later asked her out, and they decided to marry three weeks later. Don was an electrical engineer, so Addie figured he had a good future ahead of him, just in case she later decided to take up that dream of wanting to be a singer in a nightclub.

While Don continued his schooling in engineering in Colorado and California, Addie worked as a nurse. Their first child, Daryl, died only a day after he was born. but the young couple weathered this sorrow, and later had their son, Scott, and their daughter, Terry. Don and Addie were married for 52 years, parted only by Don’s passing.

After moving around the country pursuing education and jobs, the family settled in Seattle, with Don working first for Boeing, and then later for Honeywell International. Addie settled into their home in Arbor Heights, and joined Tibbetts United Methodist Church in the 1950’s. They remained strong members and supporters all the years of their lives.

Addie loved being a Camp Fire Girl when she was young, and became a Camp Fire leader for Terry’s friends from elementary school through high school. She also served as a Boy Scout Mom for Scott’s troop. She was active in PTA, League of Women Voters, Tibbetts, The Arbor Heights Swim Club, The Mountaineers, The Seattle Repertory Theater, Audubon Society, and many other causes. Addie also bowled on a bowling league in West Seattle, and took art and writing classes. She was a great cook and loved to try recipes. She sewed many of her own clothes, knitted, played the piano, mandolin, autoharp, violin, and trombone. She played piano with Don and Scott when “the boys” got together to play their saxophones. Don and Addie were on great terms with their neighbors, and played bridge regularly with several of them. Addie loved flowers, especially wildflowers, which reminded her of the wildflower meadows from the prairie plains of her childhood.

Addie carted Terry back and forth to dance lessons from the time Terry was four until Terry graduated from high school. Addie made all of Terry’s dance costumes, and hung out for endless rehearsals and recitals – all of which fell on Scott’s June birthday – leaving Addie torn as to how to make Scott’s birthday special while fulfilling her obligation as a stage mother.

The Scidmore family loved animals, and had cats, hamsters, lizards, guinea pigs, snakes, fish, birds, ant farms, and just about everything else in creation except dogs. Why? No one could figure it out, since both Don and Addie had dogs as kids. In later years, a stray dog named Zachary became the Scidmore dog, filling that empty space for many years and bringing a dog’s bark and waggly tail back into Addie’s life. Addie leaves behind her cat, Ebony, who is the queen of everything and is now being doted on by Terry.

Addie loved all birds, but hummingbirds especially. She was crazy about hummingbirds. She worried about their well-being so much that when it was snowy and cold, she made Don build a lamp that would hang by the feeder so the hummers could continue to eat without having their feeder freeze up.

Addie and Don got to travel a bit in their later years. They enjoyed trips through the Panama Canal for their 50th anniversary. A cruise down the Danube River, trips to Russia and Alaska, as well as short trips around the Pacific NW. For Addie, a trip was a mixed pleasure. She was always stymied about how to fit everything you needed – or could possibly need – or might even not know you needed until you did need it – into the one suitcase. Nevertheless, Addie and Don ventured to parts hither and yon as often as they could.

Addie, Don and Terry started a family business in White Center in 1983 and Don retired from Honeywell several years later. All three worked there for many years, Addie continuing up until about four years ago. Like a true entrepreneur, Addie continued to offer business advice to Terry right up until her last few hours. Terry, being the good daughter that she is, always listened to the advice. She just didn’t always follow it.

The years flew by. Don’s parents passed away, Addie’s parents were moved from North Dakota to Seattle, and Addie, Don, and Terry took care of them until they passed away. Don passed away in 1998, and Scott passed in 2011. Addie showed extraordinary grace with the loss of her in-laws, her parents, and of her husband and sons.

It was time for Addie to renew her driver’s license when she turned 90. One of her caregivers drove her to the Department of Licensing. Addie walked into the office with her walker, and joined the end of a long line of people waiting. One of the people working in the licensing office came out from behind the counter, walked up to Addie, and asked what she was there for. Addie told her it was time to renew her license, but since she didn’t drive anymore, was there a photo ID she could get instead?

The lady had Addie come to her window, ahead of all the others waiting in line. She told Addie that a real driver’s license was just the ticket, not one of those photo ID’s. So Addie walked out of the DOL with a brand new license good until 2019. Addie was pretty proud about it, and got a kick telling people how she still had her driver’s license. As she put it "I could drive IF I wanted to, but I CHOOSE not to.”

Addie continued living in her home until April 6th. She had a wonderful Easter with Terry and Kelly, who is the love of Terry’s life. Following the Easter meal, Kelly drove Addie all around Arbor Heights and West Seattle, past Tibbetts church, around Alki, past the family store, past Terry’s house, and past Kelly’s house. Addie said it was the nicest Easter she had had in years.

On April 6th, Addie, who had fallen during the night and broken her hip and her elbow, was taken first to Highline Hospital and then to Harborview, where her hip and elbow were repaired. The surgery went very well, but Addie’s heart was tired and she was ready to be called home to Heaven. Addie was at peace with her decision, and passed away the evening of April 14th, watching the sun set through the window of the hospital, with Terry and Kelly at her side as she passed.

In the hospital, Addie asked for a service at Tibbetts, so her spirit could be here today to let you know how grateful she was to each of you for your love and friendship throughout her life. She thanks you with all of her heart.
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What are we framing this week? A bit of mystery –  AWW1 Red Cross Partners in Service Advertising poster?

Perhaps you can help us solve this. 

Our client brought in this wonderful advertisement poster she found in an antique store.  We think it is a WW1 advertising poster for the Red Cross, showing Uncle Sam and a nurse, but we are not sure.

During WW1, the Red Cross created several advertising programs to raise funds for its services through “Roll Calls” and “War Funds” – campaigns that encouraged people to join its ranks for $1. The initiatives increased membership from 286,000 to over 20 million people and brought in about $250 million in donations.

We picked a red, white and blue theme for the matting, using a white fillet inside the triple mats. The poster (mounted to a kind of cardboard long ago) was placed into a sink mat, glazed with conservation glazing, and fitted into a mottled silver/bronze frame.

Take a close look at the nurse’s face. Have you ever seen such beseeching gaze? Most of the women in the WW1 Red Cross advertisements have this look.

Even if we never know the history of this poster, it is a wonderful addition to our client’s collection. She is a nurse, and collects nursing related memorabilia.

Be sure and share   - we are hoping someone can tell us more about this piece!
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What are we framing today? Yesterday and Today!

Have you ever been casually glancing through a pile of old photos in an antique shop or tag sale, and saw a photo of yourself – except decades before you were born?

That’s our story for today!

Our client brought in this black and white photo she found at an antique store. She was looking through a basket of old photos and was stunned to see this photo. The woman in the photo is the spitting image of her, and from a time in which our client wished she had lived, in a garden with a rose arbor (she loves rose arbors) with (yes, she knows for sure) pink roses growing on it.

There was no question in her mind the photo was of her – at another time, in another life.

There was no question this photo belonged in her home, up on her mantle.

We selected soft rose pink matting with a dark grey inner mat because we just knew for sure these were pink roses. The warmed silver frame has an entwined ribbon and flower motif. The photo is preservation mounted with conservation glazing to help protect the photo paper from UV damage.

Our client will be coming in today to pick up herself, so to speak! 

I hope she is thrilled with this framed photo, and will step back to the times in the photo every time she gazes at it.
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What are we framing this week?  Sunny climes!

It is a dreary, rainy day today in the Pacific Northwest. Too rainy to be outside gardening, too wet to be outside walking.  Just the “get soaked to the skin and nothing nice about it if you are outside today” kind of day.

But Hawaii sounds sunny and warm, right?

These small original oils arrived in our shop straight off the plane from a Hawaiian vacation, ready to go into frames and then off to their new home in Seattle. Our client wanted a gold bamboo to go with previously framed oils by the same artist. 

“Nau wale no”, these little rays of sunshine will brighten our clients home, our store, and hopefully, your day, too!

“Kipa hou mai!”
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What are we framing this week? An embroidered pillowcase!

Our client brought in this beautiful embroidered pillowcase that was embroidered by his grandmother. He told us he had many memories of visiting her in her home, and of the intricate needlework she adorned her house with.

After she passed away, the grandchildren were given something she had made as a keepsake.  His keepsake was this embroidered roses pillowcase with crochet edge trim.

He didn’t want to use it, but wanted to be able to display it in some way. He came to us for advice, telling us he didn’t want the entire pillowcase to show, but to be able to see the embroidered flowers and trim work.

He likes bright vibrant colors, and the pillowcase certainly had these! We found a fabric that picked up the bright emerald green of the leaves, and a frame that matched the pink of the roses.

The pillowcase was sewn to preservation matting, which was then attached to the board with the fabric on it. Conservation glazing was used with a spacer attached to lift the glass off of the needlework.

Our client was very pleased to be able to enjoy his grandmother’s artistry everyday up on his wall!
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What are we framing this week? A Puzzle!

Our client brought in this fabulous spices puzzle, wondering if we had any ideas of how she could get it off her kitchen table and onto her kitchen wall.

She wanted something simple, easy to clean, and would work with the box edge of the puzzle.

And she wanted to be able to hang it any way she wanted.

We suggested a lamination process that covers the top of the puzzle with a nonglare lamination film to protect and hold the puzzle together, as well as being easy to keep clean. The puzzle is glued to a board, and the edges are beveled and covered with a color. We picked a brown tone to blend in with the box edge.

Isn’t this a great piece to hang in the kitchen! Just look at the detail in the spices! They look so real you think you could reach in and pull out what you want while you are cooking.
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What are we framing this week!

A crayon portrait from 1896!

You may remember the photo we posted a while ago of twins. Our client brought in another crayon portrait of a young child. She wanted to frame the new photograph in a similar frame style to go in another room in her house.

Crayon portraits were made from about 1860 into the early 1900’s. A “soft” photographic image was printed to a matte paper, and the detail was provided by the photographic artist in charcoal or pastel.

The photograph was in a white and gold frame that had some damage to the decorations. The original matting was very acidic, and so brittle it was breaking apart. The photographic paper was glued to the back of the mat, and behind the photo was a newspaper dated 1896, and then a backing of cedar shingle. The client didn’t like the frame, and wanted a more muted mat treatment.

We were able to remove the photo from the mat – pretty tricky as the photograph was also very fragile. The newspaper behind the photo was so fragile you couldn’t pick it up without the paper crumbling.

For the new framing, we picked a fabric mat in a brownish beige grey, with a black inner mat. The frame was a detailed carbon washed silver with a brown undertone. Preservation backing, conservation glazing, and preservation mounting completed the project.

I love to imagine the lives of the people captured in the photographer’s lens. Just think about the stories they could tell us if they could only talk!
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What are we framing this week? Pearl Jam Doubled!

This is an AMAZING poster!

Our client purchased the poster and framing as a birthday gift for his wife. The poster is the Oct. 13th Pittsburg Pearl Jam commemorative poster. It is a remarkable piece of art in many ways – the printing on the “front side” is done with electric neon colors on black in matte, shiny, and pearlescent inks, and the poster is double sided – the image of the iron worker on the front, and the writing about the comcert on the back.

Our challenge was to frame it in a fairly simple way so it could be viewed from both sides.

We choose a black mat for the front, and a neon orange mat for the back, hinging the poster to hang between the two mats. There is conservation glazing on both sides of the matting to protect the poster, and the back of the frame is built up in the channel to fill in the gap where the normal backing boards would go in a metal frame. We painted the hardware black on the backside to try to make it less noticeable when the framed poster is viewed on the reverse.

I’ve tried to show in the photos how incredible the inks are in this poster.  The concept, design, and execution of the poster are just dynamic! What a pleasure to work with it, and our client’s wife was so pleased with the result!
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I’m back from the West Coast Art and Frame show! 

It was loads of fun, and there were many new mouldings, mat boards, art, hardware, machinery, software, and other products to see, as well as lots of framers from all over the world to meet.  I had a great time chatting with Tom from Dublin, Ireland, Sue from Dallas, Texas, Vicki from Prescott, Arizona, Brian from Alaska, and Molly, from Seattle, Washington.

One of my favorite finds was this tee shirt from The Professional Picture Framers Association – PPFA. Fresh out of my suitcase, I just had to share this with everyone – and if you are a picture framer, I know this will make you SMILE!
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