November 15, 2018

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What are the qualities of Custom Photo Frames?

What are the qualities of Custom Photo Frames?  This is a good question!  First of all, the sky is unlimited as to what we can offer to customize a frame.  My question is "what do you want to frame, meaning photo, certificate, drawing, etc.?" After this question is answered, my brain wheels start reeling with ideas!

My next question is usually, "what is the significance of the item, meaning, what is the story behind the item?".

For example, I met a young, newly married couple today who had purchased artwork while they were on their honeymoon and they wanted to have it framed.  In our conversation, they told me about a coin that a family member had and it had been estimated to have come from the time that Jesus walked the earth.  My idea wheels started turning and I had the idea of framing the coin and then laser etching on the mat the time and history of the coin.  This will make a wonderful conversation piece and preserve the item for years to come.

We all have pictures in our phones and cameras AND those that have been handed down to us.  There is usually a story around each picture.  Now, when these pictures are seen years from now and your are no longer around, will that person know and appreciate the reason for the picture that was taken?  Probably not.  Our thought is that for the pictures you want preserved and framed, we will frame them with acid free mats and glass that will protect the picture from all indoor and outdoor lighting AND we will laser etch the date and story onto the mat. 

For example, let's say your mother gave you a photo of her great-grandmother and great-grandfather who were posed together holding their precious newborn baby, your mother.  We will laser the grand-parents names on the mat and your mother's name and the date. Do you have her baby shoe or gown/dress?  Those can be added into the frame as well.

This framed memory has the potential of being handed down for generations to come.  How exciting and what a precious memory.

Wouldn't this be a GREAT holiday gift for your mom?

As you know, the ideas are endless.  If you have an item to frame and a story behind it and you want it preserved, we are here for you.  Call us anytime!

Have a wonderful, idea filled day!

November 13, 2018

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Don't let the Flu Bug get you! Take steps Now to Beat the Flu This Season

I had an appointment today with my chiropractor and in the waiting area I saw a local magazine where he had written an article regarding self care during the flu season.  This article is great and I obtained his permission to share his thoughts with you. Before I start -  remember,  Thanksgiving is next week!  Wow!  Can you believe the holidays are upon us?  Are you thinking of that special gift without breaking the budget? We have wonderful personalized and customized gifts for many areas of life that will show your loved one how much you care.  A simple frame with an opening for a photo and a note and a date laser etched into the mat, will stamp the treasured memory in time forever.

Now, for the Dr. Andrew Payne's steps to beat the flu this season:

1 - Start eating healthy today.  Double the amount of vegetables and fruit with all meals.  Eat a banana with breakfast, an orange with lunch and a bow of raw vegetables with dinner.  The nutrients gained through these fruits and vegetables can greatly improve your immune system. (Plus, you will thank me (Dr. Payne) next summer when bathing-suit season starts and you were prepared six months in advance.)

2 - Walk a mile per day outside in the daylight.  Exercise has a direct impact on your overall health and immune system.  While exercising, take time to soak up the sun's rays and get your daily dose of natural vitamin D.  When winter comes around, we find ourselves inside more and depending on our job schedule, never seeing the sun at all.

3 - Get a chiropractic adjustment.  At lease one study shows that adjustments increase the immune system by as much as 200 percent.  That's right!  In a study done by Dr. Ron Pero, a cancer and genetic research specialist, patients of all ages under chiropractic care had a 200 percent greater "immune competence" than people who had never received chiropractic care.  This is the secret we have all been looking for.

Eat right, exercise daily and seek chiropractic care for smooth sailing through the winter and into next summer.

Thank you Dr. Payne!  This is great advise.

October 30, 2018

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Happy almost Halloween! What are you wearing tomorrow?

Although Halloween originally started out as a Celtic ritual it is now more of a time for adults to play, have fun and perhaps, be someone they really want to be!

When I was a child, we dressed up and went up and down the neighborhoods and gathered candy.  It was fun and safe.  Today, many churches, neighborhoods and groups offer Halloween events for the children to dress up and safely have fun and gather candy.  

As an adult, I totally enjoyed dressing up, especially as a cat, and going to parties. It was always fun to see how creative everyone was.  The best one I saw years ago was a guy who dressed up in Kudzu!  If you don't know what kudzu is, it is a vine that runs rampant here in Georgia.  In fact, if you don't maintain the kudzu, it has the potential of covering your home in a very rapid time frame!  Anyway, I have the thought that the kudzu the man wore must have itched!

I was at a networking event last week and many people were excited about the costumes they planned on wearing to work and to the networking event we will attend tomorrow.  I can't wait to see what everyone will wear.  My co-worker purchased butterfly wings for me to wear.  I guess I will be a butterfly tomorrow.

Now, all this being said, I know there will be many pictures taken.  We have the ability to laser etch verbiage onto mats.  How fun will it be to see a framed photo of your group, hanging in your office and/or home with the year and verbiage that will capture the moment for years to enjoy!!!

Please think of us for all of your framing needs.  We are here to serve.

Have a wonderful safe and joy filled day tomorrow.

November 08, 2017

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The Serenity Prayer - your attitude is everything.

Yesterday I took some clothing to the dry cleaners I frequent.  The lady who helped me is a woman I have know for a few years.  She is an older lady who has had a most challenging life and I have always admired her strength and attitude.  She was raised in an abusive family and her ex-husband kidnapped their young son and she was unable to locate her son until he was grown.  The ex-husband passed away a few years ago and she was able to reconnect with her adult son who is now in his 30s.  This made her extremely happy.  

I had not seen her for a few weeks and the last time I saw her I noticed that she was simply skin and bones.  She had lost a lot of weight and said that she had a challenge eating.  Although she is exhausted and ill, she still goes to work and never misses a day.  In fact, she is required to fill in when other employees call in sick or do not show up for work.  This lady is totally amazing.

When I talked to her yesterday, we discussed her weight loss and she told me that she is 63 and does not have health insurance because it would cost her over $500 per month and she would rather "have a roof over her head".  She won't be eligible for medicare for another year and a half.  She told me that she can afford a doctor"s visit and she is unable to pay for any blood work or treatments.  She said that she rather not know what is wrong with her declining health if she is unable to have treatments.  She went on and said, "I'm dying.  You know, I'm ready to go. I've had my life and I am ok with it."  My heart sank!  

I don't know what a person who works at a laundry mat makes, however, it simply can't be that much and she is unable to get "Affordable Healthcare".  The United States is a prosperous country and we help "under privileged" people and nations AND what about our people?!?!?!  I realize there may be options for her, however, she is tired, overworked and ill and is not motivated to seek out government options.  She doesn't have any family to help her out and she is a prideful, honest person.  This lady has resolved to let nature take it's course.  She said that she is alright with what happens and IF she makes it to 65, she will go to a doctor and seek treatments.  Again, this is sad AND her attitude of being grateful for what she has, for her life and for her job was humbling for me. I then thought of the Serenity Prayer.

The Serenity Prayer is the common name for a prayer written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr[1][2] (1892–1971). The best-known form is:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
November 01, 2017

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Importance of preserving your treasured items.

This past weekend I was going through some old jewelry boxes and found some jewelry that belonged to family members that have now passed away and some jewelry that was given to me by my parents when I was a small child.  In fact, I have a small necklace that was given to me when I was a baby and I have a baby picture of me with that necklace on.  These are treasured items and I want to keep the memory alive for my family members by telling the story.  How about putting the items in a frame with a picture of the loved one who gave the item to you?  And, wouldn't this make a wonderful gift item?  You can also type or write something up and that can be included in the frame.  There are limitless possibilities.  Remember, there is no memory of an item found in your jewelry box after you pass away. Keep the memory alive and protect the treasured item. We are also able to customize verbiage on the mat!  We are always honored to frame treasured items.  Call us and we will assist your frame design.

October 30, 2017

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The importance of UV protected glass.

In 2011, Professional Framing Company decided to use 99% UV protected glass in all of our frames.  How come?  Let me show you a live example.  In the pictures above, on the right you see a lithograph of an architectural rendering of the Georgia Southern Sweetheart Circle.  On the left, you see an earlier print that was in a frame with standard glass and was hung on a wall in a room where there was mostly florescent lighting.  Look closely at the print on the left, you can see the original print around the top and right side of the print.  I made a notation of this at the top of the print.  These lithographs are a limited edition and are signed and numbered by the artist.  Look closely at the bottom left of each lithograph, you will see the number of that print. 

I realize many people may think this was created in Photoshop and I assure you that it was not.  I took this picture with my phone.

Imagine what natural sunlight, incandescent lighting and florescent lighting can do to your documents.  We chose to go with UV protected glass back in 2011 because we believe that you want to preserve and protect the items you frame.   We also believe that you deserve a superior product for a reasonable price. 

 

October 29, 2017

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It's almost Halloween!

I love dressing up for Halloween and going to costume parties!  People are so very creative.  I have the thought that adults may enjoy Halloween more than children.  Do you enjoy dressing up for Halloween?  We want to see your picture and how creative you are.  Post a picture on our facebook page.  Happy Halloween!

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October 28, 2017

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Halloween fun for everyone!

I have been seeing all types of pumpkins at the grocery store, churches, grocery stores, Walmart, Home Depot....they are everywhere!  I was in the check out line at the Walmart near my home last Sunday.  There was a very cute little girl and her family in front of me.  The little girl appeared to be about 3 years old.  She had a small pumpkin in her hand and her mom and her dad each had a pumpkin in their hands as well.  The cute little girl was very excited about getting the pumpkins.  She was dancing around, hopping, pretending as if she was going to eat the pumpkin, she simply was excited.  At one point, she asked her mom if she could carve her pumpkin right then.  The mom asked her, "You want to carve the pumpkin while we are standing in line at the store!".  The little girl paused and considered the question before she answered with a resounding "YES".  I giggled as I thought of the innocence of the child and how she only wanted to have fun.  She even made standing in line fun as she was joyfully, and unknowingly, entertaining her parents and the people standing near her.  She reminded me of when I was a little girl with no concerns other than having fun.  Are you having fun?  Are you willing to take the tasks in your life fun?  Perhaps while standing in line at a store, instead of become annoyed or impatient, you reflect on happy things and a big smile will come up on your face.  When this happens, observe the people around you. See who smiles back. Happy Halloween!

October 27, 2017

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How do you enjoy Halloween?

Do you enjoy decorating your yard and home?  Do you and your family enjoy scaring yourself almost to death by watching horror movies?  Do you enjoy dressing up yourself, your family and your pets?  Halloween is only a few days away.  We would love to know what you enjoy doing on Halloween.  Visit our facebook page and tell us your story.  We can't wait to hear from you.  Happy Halloween preparations!

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August 26, 2017

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Rise Above Both Success and Failure

We have to have frustrations. You just have to learn how to live with them.  Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but don't allow yourself to be made a fool of by either success or failure.  You have to learn how to rise above both success and failure.

ROBERT FROST

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