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This Newsletter breaks with tradition, this time it’s me, John, writing the main stuff with my regular framing column “A word from John” being replaced with “A word from Pat”!!
My wonderful wife is the main organiser of our Christmas night and has been for the past 18 or 19 years! She also organised our Remembrance Poppy window, which, this year incorporated hundreds of crocheted and knitted poppies kindly made and donated by our customers, so she’s been a bit busy! (next year we have a qualified window dresser who has very kindly volunteered to do our window properly!)
Newsletter regulars will at this stage be wondering where all the jokes are, well I’m very sorry but I’m a picture framer and picture framing is a serious business!
Funny things happen though and I’m totally up for sharing those!
Please never ask me where the memory wire is, (cant remember!) or the invisible thread! (cant find it!)
Or phone me when I’m ironing! (burnt ear!)
Framing then! What’s new?
Well, photos of stuff we’ve done that are a bit different or just very nice maybe.
Take this – a set of medals with the cap badge and hackle of The Royal Welch Fusiliers, mounted on a “flash” of black ribbons worn on the collar of that Regiment only. More reading here
The rebate of the frame is lined with mount board in the Regiment’s colours, this also acts as a spacer to keep the glass away from the items – and there is glass in there, optically coated glass, invisible in normal lighting conditions.
I had carte blanche with this job, they are my own medals!
This limited edition print by Wendy Reeves is a bit “Chocolate boxy” but I like it! I gave it a very traditional treatment, a washline triple mount with an outer line of pure gold leaf.
“Washlines” are a series of lines drawn with a ruling pen in any medium. I use watercolour, and incorporate at least one band or “Wash” of colour. I was taught there is no such thing as “Too subtle” for this treatment. It is a dying art in framing I’m afraid, many say they are never asked for it, but the truth is, many simply cannot do it or have not bothered to learn it so don’t offer it. It just takes a steady hand and a bit of an eye for colour and design.
Tradition meets modern here though; as we also have a computerised mount cutter and can do stuff like this
This was done for Chestnut Tree Hospice and was auctioned for £1,000.
This transparent drum head posed a bit of a problem as the customer wanted to see the whole thing, so we could not “sink” it in to anything and we also do not like using adhesives. We like things to be held in place, therefore easy to remove and remaining in the same condition.
So, a circle of foam centred board was cut to fit perfectly inside the drum head, this had a circle of mount board fixed to it the same colour as the backing mount board. The assembly was fixed to the mounting board and the drum head simply slipped tightly over it
Needlework? We sell it, we frame it, no-one has the range of accessories to hand that we do for preparing needlework for framing and if you’re in our club we’ll do that bit for nothing (unless your discount comes to more).
£5 a year, join up, join up!
Yearly Membership renewal due on 1st January.
Again, no adhesives, ever, not self-adhesive board, not carpet tape, nothing sticky. It is laced, sewn or pinned and if you have not left enough fabric to do any of that, we’ll simply sew extensions on.
We pride ourselves on the ability to mount most anything, be it two or three-dimensional with either no adhesive in contact or no adhesive, period, as they say across the pond, where much of my framing education comes from.
Even these cards were done with no adhesive, we used what is called a platform mount – well, 50 or so of them actually – apertures just one millimetre larger than the cards are cut out of the backing mount, this is pasted with Japanese wheat starch paste, to the multi-opening front mount, the cards are then dropped in to the apertures and the fall-outs are placed back in. This is not only the most reversible method there is but also makes things very easy, otherwise lining that lot up would be a nightmare.
The other good thing about it is that (to the best of my knowledge) no other framer in UK, unless they heard about it from me, knows the method!
This floral headband was found in a drawer by the daughter of the bride wearing it in the photo.
We now have a policy of phoning people when their frames are done. We used to say we will not ring unless there is a problem, your frame will be ready on …. Date … if we don’t ring.
But then we used to get calls “Is my frame done, you haven’t rung us”!
So now we ring everyone and if they are not there we will always where possible leave a message on the answerphone or voice mail.
Having said that, it does seem that most of us do not check our voicemail but will instead invariable call back on a ‘missed call’ – anytime over the next week.
The conversation generally starts with:
“You called me.”
We then have a short discussion on who they are/ who we are and then finally ascertain that their frame is now ready for collection.
Note from Pat – John never checks his voicemail. He seems to always have is phone on silent and then complains that he never gets any calls! Secretly, I think he is trying to get a new phone!
Can I just ask everyone a huge favour?
Those of you who are planning to put Christmas Lights outside your properties next year, please can you avoid anything blue and flashing?
Every time I drive past, I think it’s the police and have a mild panic attack….
I have to remove my foot from the accelerator, slam on the brakes, put my seat belt on, throw my phone on the floor and hide my can of Kronenbourg under the seat.
It’s a major drama. I really appreciate your co-operation and understanding going into the Festive Season……..
AU REVOIR PINCH POINTS
At long last we are getting rid of these much-hated things! They will be all gone on the main route through the village by the end of April, making for easy access to the village.
The County Council, for reasons only known to themselves, have decided that the rat-running that these stupid things were supposed to prevent (and all normal people knew they would not) is not an issue any more, but speeding is, so we are getting speed humps and tables instead of pinch points and an extension of the existing 20 mph zone. .
This is far better; traffic will now flow both ways without deliberate obstructions. The humps and tables can be taken at the speed limit and there will be a total of ten of them, which, after huge protest (initiated by ourselves and our traders’ association) at the initial proposal, is reduced from TWENTY-FIVE.
There will of course be some disruption while the work is carried out, but actual road closures will only be for a couple of days here and there, not over weekends and the diversion will be short and signposted.
At this stage we would like to say Welcome to all the new people that are arriving in the village – mainly due to the new housing going up.
We thank you for coming in to see us and look forward to your future visits.
A word from Pat
Well this all seems a bit strange this way around.
EMBROIDERED TABLECLOTH KITS
We have now managed to get back in stock a lovely new range of embroidered tablecloth kits from Rico. Various sizes and some runners. We completely sold out of these over Christmas and the new year.
All come complete with threads and needle.
Arthur is 81 years old.
He has played golf every day since his retirement 16 years ago.
One day he arrives home looking downcast.
“That’s it” he tells his wife “I’m giving up golf. My eyesight has got so bad. Once I’ve hit the ball I can’t see where it went.”
His wife sympathizes….
As they sit down, she makes a suggestion: “Why don’t you take my brother with you and give it one more try.”
“That’s no good” sighs Arthur. “Your brother is 93 years old. He can’t help.”
“He may be a ninety three” says the wife “but his eyesight is perfect.”
So the next day, Arthur heads off to the golf course with his brother-in-law.
He tees up, takes an almighty swing and squints down the fairway.
He turns to the brother-in-law. “Did you see the ball?”
“Of course I did!” says the brother-in-law. “I have perfect eyesight.”
“Where did it go?” asks Arthur.
We have been having a bit of a sort out since Christmas and have been reducing lots of stuff to clear at silly prices starting at just £1.
Paper/card punches, decoupage sheets, Christmas felt toy kits and packs of wooden beads.
Discontinued florals at only 50p and 3 for £1.
Do come and have a rummage.
What happens to a frog’s car when it breaks down?
It gets toad away.
My wife is complaining that I never buy her Jewellery
In my defence, I didn’t even know that she sold jewellery
How about a lovely sparkly blue heart necklace for your loved one? Or a teddy? New line in bracelets and necklaces that are worth having a browse.
Then of course, the most important day of the year – Mothers Day – Sunday 11th March.
We have a ‘tardis’ load of gifts and ideas for Mum. Whether it be a lovely work box, a kit to enjoy making something or something really special like this very special set of interchangeable circular knitting needles by KNIT PRO. All in a presentation box with a free pair of earrings!!
Lots of new products either in stock or arriving soon.
KNITTING WOOL – the 100gram double knitting now includes the following lovely mixed colours from the Fab range by Patons – more colours available
King Cole have increased their range of colours of ‘Tinsel’ together with a further range of not to be missed patterns.
We have also taken on the range of ‘Pom Pom’ yarn from Rico. Only 3 colours – pink, blue and multi pastel, in 200 gr balls.
The Christmas night in the village this year
went really well and the top prizes in the
raffle were a new laptop and a Harry Potter
experience trip. All in all, some 25 prizes
donated by the shops in the village. Thanks
to Cala Homes this year who kindly made
a donation to help with our road closure
costs, we actually finished up with a small
surplus to our funds which meant we were
able to donate £300 to a young boy with a very
rare spine disorder-who lives in Angmering.
Such a happy chap. If anyone is looking to support a good cause this coming year, little Charlie is very worthwhile.
Those of you who have access to the internet, please follow our facebook page as this will keep you up to date on the new products as they arrive, plus early notice of any special offers/sales items.
Also running will be an update on traffic congestion – or lack of it, as the road works start, detailing the clear roads in/through the village etc.
We are discontinuing Hama Beads as we can no longer purchase these at an acceptable price. So, to clear what we have left in stock – all packs of 1000 beads are now just £1 each and all the plates are just £1 each. They have been gong extremely fast and we only have left now what is actually on the stand .The Easter holidays and end of term holidays will soon be upon us so stock up now and take advantage of this unrepeatable offer.
REPAIRS AND ALTERATIONS
Some of you may not be aware that we do repairs and alterations. This includes: taking up hems, replacing pockets, replacing zips in garments and altering curtains to name just a few of the things we can do. However, we are very busy with this at the moment, and there is a wait of at least 2 weeks, so please don’t leave anything you may need doing until the last minute.
We also do a very efficient dry cleaning service and use Bonetti’s in Findon Valley. They collect and deliver to us every Monday, Wednesday & Friday, so there is generally never too long to wait.
Mid January was John’s birthday and being the totally PERFECT, ADORABLE, BEST WIFEY IN THE WORLD…..I booked a 3 day break in Nice, South of France with his actual birthday in Monaco – so I could boast that I took him to Monaco for his birthday dinner!!
Nice was lovely, highly recommend a visit if you haven’t been there yet and so was Monaco, but we managed to choose what was probably the worse eating place in the whole principality. We had the most awful meal, which was a bit disappointing.
We had some lovely meals in Nice where everyone was great.
We managed to walk just under 25 miles over those 3 days which was very pleasing, even if we were quite exhausted. John did his back in on the last day, which he thinks may have been due to the hotel mattress. We popped down to the local pharmacy and apart from anti-inflammatory tablets, they gave him some drops to rub into his back. The drops contained Marijuana!! Wow.
My present to John was actually doing the flight, as this was my very first flight in a ‘proper’ aeroplane. Having survived this flight, it has now opened the doors for more short breaks by air, which John has been trying to get me to do for years.
The flight was a piece of cake, no problems at all (thanks British Airways) so will be happy to try an alternative flight now.
The wish list is very long and no idea where we will start, but as it is our 25th anniversary this year – I guess that may be a clue to ‘watch this space’!
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment. The woman apologised to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.” The older lady said that she was right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day. The older lady went on to explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But –
we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalise our books on the brown paper bags.
But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then. We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two streets away.. But she was right.
We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.
Back then we washed the baby’s nappies because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right;
we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right;
we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
Back then, people took the bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s £45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the”green thing.” We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?. We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to really make us fed up…… Especially from a smartass who can’t work out the change without the cash register telling them how much. !!!
Well, its time to go again. Thanks to all of you for your continued support and don’t forget to keep checking our facebook page and our website.
Pat & John
We want to minimise the amount of plastic we use, so may we ask, if you take your own carriers/bags for life/shopping bags to the supermarket, please can you use the same for us. We do have good paper carriers and can use those whenever necessary
For larger items – like picture frames, we use a fair bit of bubblewrap, so, if you carry blankets/throws/ towels etc in your car, please bring them in with you; if you don’t, please consider doing so. If bubblewrap is required, please return it for re-use on your next visit if possible. Thank you.
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