I’ve mentioned before the random linens my grandmother gave me a few years ago. Well she has also given me a few pictures over the years. Mostly it consists of me begging for years before she hands things over mind you. First I wanted a pair of Paris pictures she’d had in her den for years. Upon receiving the Paris pics, I realized they were actual pen and ink drawings, not prints. The story is that her brother got them from a street vendor while stationed in Paris during WWII? The are quite amazing and one day I’ll post some pics of them.
Today however I want to talk about the ballerina pics, that happened to replace the Paris pics, she gave me a few years ago. The frames were pretty beat up and my mom had said she would get the pictures re-framed. Well a few years later the pictures had not been re-framed, I’d forgotten about them and they ended up in OK. When my mom came to town in September I asked her to bring my ballerina pics back. She did and I was then left with a couple of prints.
I did some research and they are apparently pretty run of the mill old prints. I can’t remember the company at this point but I’m assuming they probably aren’t that special. Anyhoo, not the point because over the weekend Matt and I ran to Michael’s to buy a couple of frames. I found couple I thought I liked and they were 50% off, except they were more expensive then I realized. Oops. So I get the frames home and realize the prints don’t fit. Hmmm. I got 11×14 frames but my prints seem to be a bit short. About an inch really. And yep they are 11×13. Dammit.
So after spending the whole night dreaming about what to do I decided to take the frames back and start over. I thought about having custom mattes cut and I thought about having custom frames made but I wasn’t sure. Well those ideas were out out once I realized the frame shop was closed on Sunday. Back to Michael’s it was. After returning the frames, I walked back to the frames, prints in hand. I spent about 30 minutes wondering around before I finally choose my frames. I wanted something more traditional and “old” feeling but I was also worried that getting a 11×14 frame with a matte wouldn’t work either. I decided to take my chances and I purchased my new frames, which were buy one get one free! Score!
I got home and put my prints into their new frames and can I just say I am completely blown away? They look AMAZING! Like had I had them custom, I don’t think they could have possibly looked any better then they do now. Forgive the crappy cell phone pics.