Mother’s Day is Sunday and so begins a time of celebrating Mothers, Fathers and Graduates in our lives. If you’re an adult, the idea of finding a gift for someone that has seemingly everything is a difficult task. We’ve done the work for you and have put together some of the most unique ideas we’ve used for our family over the years.
1. Custom Framed Jewelry Boxes: You’ve done the jewelry thing before, give her a way to show off her favorite necklaces and keep them organized at the same time.
2. Frame a family photo: You’ve only got three more days! Luckily, we have pre-made Photo Frames to fit a 4×6, 5×7 or 8×10. Keep it simple, or let one of the kids embellish the mat with their own style and sentiment.
3. Anthology Gift Cards: Has mom or grandma been hinting they’d like an updated family photo? Want the college graduate to frame that really expensive piece of paper? We have gift cards in any amount that require zero planning. You can even call us at 303-534-1331 and we’ll take care of everything.
4. A nice pen and a conversation piece: We have a selection of handmade pens by Conner Woodworks that make the perfect gift for a parent or graduate.
5. Make a memory they can keep forever: Preservation is the hallmark of custom framing. Maybe it’s band poster your husband has had for years or the last concert you attend at Red Rocks before your grad heads off to college, make sure it will last a lifetime.
Shadow box frames can be some of the most challenging and the most rewarding custom framing projects. We had a long time client come to us before the holidays with a significant family project. When her father was 9, he won a Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Race. His father (her grandfather) had helped him with the car and afterward made a wonderful display for the derby car and award. Her father always kept it and eventually gave it to her “little brother”. Fortunately, after 50+ years it was still in great shape and they had some wonderful photos of the winner and his siblings.
Our client knew it was important to her brother and wanted to ensure it would stand the test of time. She also wanted to make it something that he’d be able to look at everyday, while keeping all the elements together. She brought us the car and award display along with the photos and his ribbon. The award display that her grandfather made really needed to stay as it was with the car, making the depth of the box over 3 inches. We had to “stack” two mouldings in order to achieve the depth but it worked out flawlessly! We were able to recess the heavy wood plaque into a fabric Crescent mat, cut windows for the photographs and mount his ribbon. The project was enclosed in a Larson Juhl custom shadow box frame in a similar wood tone as the car and award display. The sides of the custom shadow box were lined with the same mat. TruVue glass was used to protect everything from fading and to keep the inside sealed and clean.
We custom frame a lot of art in Denver, some of it rather pricey. But sometimes the truly priceless pieces aren’t those worth a ton of cash but the memories that are represented in everyday things. Let us be your framer and we can preserve your memories too!
Our client was kind enough to send a photo of her father and brother with the finished piece. We hope he enjoys it for years to come!
1st anniversary is paper!
We recently had a client email us a Pinterest link (which might be Kendra’s favorite form of visual communication). She had seen a really great idea for an anniversary gift for her husband and wanted to replicate it. Being their first anniversary, paper was an obvious choice.
She had a specific font and size in mind, so we left the lyric printing to her and used our computerized mat cutter to make the initials and heart out of an archival mat board. They were then raised 1/4 inch out from the lyrics paper to create some dimension. To accommodate the letters, we added a spacer between the two white mats. The piece was finished with a contemporary black frame.
The cool thing about this gift is that you can use wedding vows, poetry, a famous quote or in this case meaningful song lyrics. It could even be done for a birthday instead of an anniversary and hung in a kid’s room. Luckily, much like framing your wedding invitation, now the groom will never forget his anniversary.
You’ve been at the mall for hours now, mindlessly strolling through the merchandise trying to find a gift that actually means something for someone you truly care about. You’re constantly second guessing yourself and the whirl and bustle of preoccupied shoppers with bags overflowing with gifts is starting to make your head spin. You don’t want to be underwhelming but you also don’t have thousands of dollars to burn. Last year was a total bust, what seemed to be right wasn’t, the half smiles and luke warm hugs are still fresh in your memory. You stagger for the doors, lost in a maze of Holiday SALE banners and the stench of over priced perfume clings to your nostrils and the back of your throat. You hit the exit doors like a drunk at last call, the cold air shocking your clammy face. That was your third try, still no luck. What are you going to do?
Have you ever felt like this? I know I have, buying the right gift for someone special during the holidays can be a lot of pressure. You want to be thoughtful, cost conscious, and make yourself and that special person happy. Have you ever considered the gift of custom framing? Not only does it meet all the criteria of a great gift, it’s also something that creates a bond between the gift giver and the recipient. Maybe its a collection of treasured family photos for mom, preserved and displayed for a lifetime. A shadow box of grandmas keepsakes from years ago. Concert ticket stubs from that first date with the love of your life. A collection of photos and tiny fuzzy reminders of that day you brought your new baby home from the hospital. The possibilities are endless. The end result is much more than a gift, its a preserved memory, a moment in time that can be revisited over and over, proudly and prominently displayed for all to see.
Here at Anthology Fine Art we want to help you give the best gift you’ve ever given. With years of experience, expert design advise, reasonable prices, and a lifetime warranty on your framing, we promise that this year your gift will make the impression that you want it to. Leave your worries behind, we can make it happen. For more inspiration: anthologyfineart.com.
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