Camping, revamping, and things that don’t end “amping”.

Blimey, July already; the country is full of world cup fever, and Wimbledon fever, and in the middle of a heat wave – what on earth is going on?

Meanwhile, I haven’t written anything on my blog since May, so I had better get a move on and tell you all about what we’ve been up to.

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Firstly, Fidget and I went on a short camping trip to Cornwall. We had a wonderful spot on the cliffs above Tintagel, a bit breezy but the view was awesome. Normally our May camping trips tend to be rather wet affairs, but we had wall-to-wall sunshine this year.

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It was a bit of a shame to come home, but we had lots of exciting things we had to do when we got back. The revamp of the studio and shop needed to be done, and after much procrastinating we got on with it. The little studio area was changed around to give us more room, the back office got knocked about, and now Tom can work on the computer without having to move every time someone wants a coffee or to wash their hands; even the shop area got a bit of a change around.

We even got some pictures up on the wall in the studio, and even as we speak the front of the shop is now getting a going over as well – we’ll report back on this once it is complete.

Fidget kindly helped me try out the new studio layout, and some rather lovely new backdrops, by offering his services as a model.

He has also been busy making new friends, and helping me practice some “in the water” photography – which had some bizarre psychedelic results due to having a strange combination of filters on the camera – we won’t do that again (not accidentally anyway)!

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Now it’s back to the excitement of sanding, and painting, and constantly being told “You’ve missed a bit” by well meaning passers-by, as we finish off the new improved shop frontage.

By the time you read this, I suspect England may well have been knocked out of the world cup, and the last Brit (even though he is South African) will have been beaten in straight sets – but we can live in hope, weird things are happening so maybe it’s our year.

 

 

 

 

 

April, and everything …

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So, Easter has been and gone, we’ve all eaten too much chocolate and now we are waiting for summer to arrive. It’s trying to do it’s bit, and here in Brixham we have had the odd lovely day interspersed with rainy, grey ones. There seem to have been a few tourists here over the Easter break, and, as annoying as they can be when you are trying get somewhere or do something, they are important to the local economy, so we just have to try and accept that; and hope they will come and spend some money with us.

The Framing Dept. has been as busy as ever, with the usual run of the mill framing requests, along with some slightly more challenging (and some might even say weird) requests.

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This canvas triptych was put together for a new Italian restaurant that is opening in the town. The challenge here was ensuring that the three lined up properly (I think we did quite well).
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More of a challenge was this 3D mask, for various reasons. Because of the depth we had to build out a box behind the frame to contain the item, which was then “float” mounted within the box. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but we were really pleased with the finished result.

Meanwhile, Fidget and I have been out and about doing what we do, me taking pictures, and him chasing balls and rolling in the mud … there is so much mud everywhere, please someone let it dry out; I’m running out of clean dog towels!

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With a bit of luck my next blog will have puppies in it, and maybe even some “in the sea” shots if the weather warms up properly … we can but hope!

Winter hits back!

So, there we were all enjoying the first days of Spring – sunshine,  blue skies, everything was good in Brixham …
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… then WHAM!!!
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Winter came back with a vengeance.

Snow and ice, howling gales … what is going on? We don’t get snow down here, then suddenly we get it twice in one year and, just to rub salt in the wound, in the middle of March. Hate to think what effect it will have on my tulips.

Still it meant another snow day, time to close the shop and go and enjoy the snow; and Fidget had a wonderful time.

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Then, just as quickly as it arrived, we were back to sunshine and blue skies again.

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British Summer Time starts tomorrow, so let’s hope the weather gods are listening; we all really need to dry out down here now.

Back in the shop, and lots of framing work has been going on – a few of the jobs have been slight challenges but more of that in a later blog. We’ve had very happy bunny owners pick up their framed print, and discussions are ongoing regarding more work there. Lots of enquiries about different bits and bobs, so hopefully some of them will turn into paying work as well.

Is it too early for a Hot Cross Bun yet?

The Framing Dept.

As well as our pet photography, we also have an in-house framing department, that not only frames our pet portraits, but also anything else you want to bring in.

Mel, our talented framer, has been making frames for longer than he cares to admit; with customers including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and several major football clubs.

All our frames are hand made to your specific requirements, mounts are hand cut, and every care is taken to provide you with a quality product at a reasonable price. As much care and attention goes into making a small frame as goes into making a very large one.

What can we frame? Well pretty much anything you like:

We were recently asked if we could help with the BBC’s DIYSOS programme when they needed some framing at very short notice. We were happy to help and managed to provide them with nineteen framed pieces of art of various sizes in just over a day.

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So if you have something, no matter how weird and wonderful, that you want to hang on your wall, why not pop into the shop? We will be more than happy to advise you on the best way to frame your precious items, and provide you with a quality piece that you will be proud to hang over your fire place.

Back To Work

Well after a nice two week break, we’ll be back in the shop tomorrow – recharged and ready to go for the new year.

It’s not all been feet up and eating lots of chocolate, as we’ve been looking into new product offerings and working out how we can offer good value for money but still be able to eat!

So hopefully lots of exciting news coming up in the next few weeks, and we’ll be able to share some of those portraits we did as Christmas presents that so far I have had to keep secret – should be safe to show you them now,

Happy New Year everyone, and let’s all hope it’s a prosperous and peaceful one.