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Me My Ipad and Turquoise Frames

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Second Varen Collection – Turquoise. Always a very popular color in my etsy shop – mackenzieframes. The moulding I used there is now no longer made, and for some time I have been thinking of an alternative which I thought I would create myself. So here is version one – a 3D embossed look made with some old wooden Indian print blocks I found at a local craft fair a few years ago – I knew they would come in useful at some time!

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A Hint of India – New Frame Collection

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The good ladies of Varen, Tarn et Garonne, South West France, yet again asked me to contribute to their regular summer exhibition. This year the theme is ‘Ethnic’. OK, it’s just a small local exhibition, but what I love is the demand it makes on me to come up with some new ideas.

So, I have used some of my rubber stamps with an Indian theme. These are in Black and White.

I’ll show you the other colors in a minute!

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DIY How to Hang a Picture Frame

Frame Hanging Hints – Let’s Be Crafty!

Most of the photo frames we sell come complete with a “standing back with strut” ( for standing horizontally and/or vertically) and a zip-lock sachet containing screw-eyes and cord if you prefer to wall hang the frame. We recommend making a small hole with a fine pointed bradawl * into the back of the wooden frame moulding to take the screw eye – you should then have no difficulty screwing the fixing into the frame.  Place the two screw-eyes opposite each other, and about one-third (of the total height of the

frame) down from the top of the frame.
On small to medium sized frames one wall fixing is sufficient and the cord may be tied to come tight centre top and a couple of inches below the top edge of the frame.
However, on larger frames, it is worth considering using two wall fixings and tying the cord to form a “roof” shape ( see image B) . The frame will hang closer to the wall and not lean outwards from the top, and in addition, will remain more stable  — there is always a tendency for single-point hung frames to “swing” off vertical from time to time which can be annoying. Here are a few images by way of illustration.

*And when the bradawl has mysteriously disappeared ( malappropriated by your eight yr old to help thread together his string of decaying newts ) then the fine point of the scissors or a skewer can suffice – but please be careful – don’t force it – only a small hole is necessary – just enough to locate the tip of the screw-eye – the thread should then wind into the wood easily enough.