Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Finally! Our New On Line Gallery.

If you were unable to come to the art show in November, you have another chance to see some of the art work from the show. Some of our artists agreed to allow me to post their art work to sell for them. It's another way to help us raise money for our mission in Tanzania. So Visit our gallery. There will be additions coming soon. Our own frameshop also will have some pictures for sale! More art will be posted in the near future.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Coming Very Soon...

Very soon we will have an "On Line Art Gallery". The link to the gallery will be available off our "Second to Nun Framery" Webpage or on the top right corner on this blog. It will feature some of the artists from our art show. It will also have other works of art sold in our frame shop. So keep coming back to check! You might want to shop around on our "On Line Gallery"

Thank you! Our Art Show was a success!

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this show a success. Many people attended the show. Your presence was appreciated. We had many pieces of art. There were oils, watercolors and pastels.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Celebrate Art Show

Let’s celebrate art! The holidays are approaching us soon. What a better time to view beautiful works of art displayed at the Provincialate of The Sisters of the Holy Redeemer. November 5th, 5:00pm to 9:00pm is the opening reception. You can speak with the artists in person admire their art work; enjoy an evening of live music, wine, hors d’oeuvres and Desserts. Plus you have the opportunity to purchase that special picture for that special someone in your life. The sale continues on November 6th – 7th, 1:00pm to 5:00pm. All the proceeds support our missions in Tanzania, Africa. Mark your calendars. Come and celebrate art with us here at our Provincialate. Please feel free to click on the link on the top right side bar of this blog for more information about the art show and to read about our artists.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bob At Work...

In the pictures posted Bob is cutting versamount, a material used to permanently mount pictures and other things to a foam board. After he cuts the versamount it is placed between the picture and the board and placed in a hot press. We have to be careful about what temperature and how long we put something in the hot press. Mounting like this prevents any buckaling that could occurr to a picture framed over time.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Graduates! Did You Get Your Diploma Framed Yet!!!

Just thought I'd share a picture of a diploma I did recently. It's a triple mat with stripes on the bottom left corner showing the school colors...

About Glass...

Hammer Handle

Glass Score Handle

Handle Lift

Material Rest

Glass Cutter
There are all kinds of glass; museum glass, conservation clear, premium clear, conservation reflection control, lite glass ect... I guess you have the idea that frameshops don't just have only one kind of glass. Museum glass is used for protecting valued diplomas or irreplaceable artwork against damaging UV light. (The glass is so invisible it's sometimes hard to believe glass is even over the artwork.) It's the most expensive glass. Conservation clear has UV light protection, but it is not reflection free. Premium clear glass works well in a controlled lighting enviroment. It only has 45% UV light protection. It is the highest quality regular glass available. Conservation reflection control glass has a matte finish that minimizes unwanted glare. It also has UV light protection. Lite glass has very little UV protection. It is regular ordinary glass. (I tried to take pictures to show you the difference in the glass but my camera isn't good enough.

Glass usually has to be cut. In a frameshop we use a wall glass cutting system. Ours is a fletcher 3000 unit. Its great! You put the glass on the material rest. Next you lock the glass in with the handle lift. Then the glass is scored with the score handle. After this the hammer handle is used to snap the cut piece of glass. You can see the pictures showing the process.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Decorate Your Kitchen

The other week a couple came to the shop with magazine pictures of food to frame. The result was a beautiful picture ready to be hung in the kitchen. Check out the picture... Wasn't that a great idea!

Friday, June 25, 2010

I Won't Keep You In Suspense!

It is a bumpon. Bumpons are attached on the bottom of the back of a frame. They are placed on the back to protect your walls. They come in all sorts of colors and styles. Clear, black white, flat round, foam ect... Here are pictures of clear and white foam bumpons and what bumpons look like on the back of a picture.

What Is It?

Okay this picture has nothing to do with chickens. Did you figure out what it could be?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Break From Framing!

On Friday June 4th we stopped our work for a few minutes to witness our grown baby chicks go outside for the first time. That's the benefit of having a frame shop here. We all shared the chickens new view of green hills, blue sky and trees. Of course the chickens only stayed outside for a few hours. At evening they still need to go inside until they move into the chicken coup.

I guess I will be hearing the chickens down the hallway of the frameshop a little less.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Second To Nun Framery Website

Finally! Good news our frame shop website is uploaded on the internet. If you are interested in checking out our new website the address is If you look on the home page there is a special tribute to Sr. Jacqueline Long, CSR who had the vision and skills to make the shop a reality. We also give thanks to those who generously donated the equipment needed for this endeavor.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

An Angel With A Message

A women brought in a pewter keepsake Serenity angel to be framed. We used spacers to set the angel back away from the glass and mat. In the background we put a black felt mat. It came with a wonderful message. We all could probably relate to this...

"Angel of Serenity"

At times we do forget,
In this hectic world we live,
To take some time for ourselves,
After all we do and give.
Look to your angel of Serneity,
When filled with toil and strife,
And she will bring peace and calmness,
Back into your life.
"Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have." 1 Samuel 25:6

If you are curious how to purchase an angel ornament for yourself, check out this link...

There are all kinds of angels... Prosperity, dreams and protection to name a few.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Good Shepherd Sister Visits Our Frame Shop.

Today Sr. Mary Ann who is a Good Shepherd Sister came to visit our frame shop. She was here at our Provincialate on retreat. She enjoyed looking at all the corner frame samples hanging on the wall and was impressed with all the equipment. She has respect for what we are trying to do because her community services our local parishes by making alter bread for them. It's alot of hard work. The Good Shepherd Sisters have been good friends with our community for years. They are are a contemplative order of sisters. We thank them for their prayers.... If you want to learn more about them click on their website. It is .

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Glass Cleaning

This is a micro-fiber cloth!
I know I mentioned how important it is to clean the glass of your pictures once in a while. Well recently I came across some glass cleaning tips that I would like to share with you.

Glass Cleaning Tips

  • Small spots may be removed by using a dry micro-fiber cloth and wiping in circular motions.

  • The entire surface of a glass may be cleaned by spraying a small amount of glass cleaner on a micro-fiber cloth and wiping in circular motions. Do not spray cleaner directly onto the glass to prevent streaking and seepage onto the matboard and artwork.

  • If a micro-fiber cloth is not available, use a lint free clean cotton rag.

I have to say if you clean your picture glass as the above states, you will experience a big difference on how your picture will look.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I Love Framing

I love framing because I enjoy seeing people smile when they see their special item framed. It really brings joy to my heart to see people so happy. I also like to be challenged and I must say sometimes people bring in the shop unusual things to be framed so I have to think about what's the best way to frame it.

Monday, April 19, 2010


Gooseman Fountain and Nuremberg Castle Photos.
Old Printers Union Home Poster (In Colorado)

Wood Frame Pacs

Yes I have been introduced to Ebay. I'm sold no pun intended on selling on ebay. I started to sell some things on Ebay. Frames, pictures, old photos and posters. Here are some pictures of some of the items I posted. See if you can go on Ebay and find my items I posted for sale. I already sold one thing.

Two more things to be framed.
With the warmer weather coming upon us I thought when this oil painting painted by one of our patrons came in the shop to be framed I'd share it with everyone. She put alot of care and time into this painting. The girl in the picture is letting the pile of sand sift through her hands on the beach. I also thought it would be nice to show that a sport jersey could be framed side ways too.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mounting Posters

Isn't this so true!

I'm hoping this blog is beginning to become a little more informative in learning what services frame shops can provide for you. Did you ever organize a fundraiser or special event where you had to display posters. Perhaps you struggled with ideas on how you would go about displaying these posters in an attractive way. Well maybe today I have some answers for you. One way is you can simply have them mounted on foam board. It's less expensive and makes the poster more attractive. Plus the advantage is you can reuse them each year for a recurring fundraiser event or to just hang. To hang them we can attach an adhesive hanger centered on the back of the foam board the poster is mounted on.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Needle Point

Yes we frame needlepoints. One of our patrons brought in a few needlepoints the other day. Here is some of her work. I love the saying that is written on this needlepoint on the left. "Life is not measured by the breaths you take. But by the moments that take your breath ~ Away~. Do you?

Hard At Work...

As you can see Bob and I are hard at work doing our best to provide our patrons with quality work. The reason why I'm holding a hammer is because one process in framing is attaching a hanger on the back of the frame. There are all kinds of hangers; wire, large zig zags, small zig zags etc. I'm hammering a small zigzag metal hanger on the back of this frame using a nail puncher and a hammer. But before you just hammer a metal hanger on the back you need to find the exact center of the frame. You can do this by measuring the length of the side of the frame you are attaching the zig zag than you divide that measurement in half. If you like fractions you would like this. Mark your center with a pencil. Place the hanger centered with the pencil mark then mark holes with an awl. This allows the picture to hang straight on the wall. If you do not center the hanger the picture will hang crooked. Just a little tip for you in case you want to put your own hanger on the back of your own frame. You can also see Bob hard at work brushing a glass for a picture frame. It is important that the glass is clean on both sides with no dust or particles so any picture will be seen clearly through the glass. So when was the last time you dusted the outside of the glass hanging on your wall? It's a good idea to do this so people can enjoy the beauty of your picture or photo.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

We Share Our Work

Once in a while I thought it would be nice to share some of the work we do. Maybe it might inspire you to frame something you never thought about getting framed. For instance above is a picture of a sport jersey framed. This is a favorite team of one of our patrons. He has it hanging in a family game room.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Our Frame Shop

These are some pictures of what our frameshop looks like. The shop is located inside our provincialate building. I discovered our frameshop is a nice size because it took three snapshots to show most of our shop. As you can see we have lots of frames for you to choose. We even have recycled frames.

Allow Us To Introduce Ourselves

We thought it would be nice to introduce ourselves. I'm Sr. Linda the one holding the framed picture and this is Bob. We frame for a cause. It's a fun place to be in our frameshop. We love to hear people tell us stories about the things they bring in to be framed. It is our hope that you will return to our blog once in a while to learn a little about the art of framing and about us. It is also our hope that if you never went to a frame shop to get something framed you might in the future consider trying it. There is something special about finding the color mat and frame that is just to your personal taste. Each time you look at the picture on your wall it is so much more special. If you come back you will start to see what I mean. See You when you return!