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.