Wednesday, February 09, 2011


I purchased this print back in July of 2010.  It's from a watercolor artist who sells under the name of Jellybean on Etsy.   I just fell in love with it.  I'd been eyeing it for over a year and when there was only one left in that size, I knew my time was almost up to get it. So I did :)

Now that I had an unframed piece, it needed to be framed.  I know NOTHING about framing.  I really don't know how to match colors or pick matting.  I just know what I like when I see it and I honestly don't want to stand in a frame store and spend an hour worrying that I've made the wrong decision.

Thankfully my sister, Alison, understands what I like and she has absolutely no trouble picking colors so I sent the Apple Tree to her to frame for me.

She messaged me a few weeks later with photos and an explanation that she had purchased two mats for the print - one was the purple one above and then she had a white one to go over the top that would leave just a little border of purple.  When she looked at it, she thought the purple mat alone might be great, too.  So she asked me to choose.  Small purple border or big purple?  small or big?  double matted or single? 

Oh, the pressure!

Although a lot less pressure than if I had to pick out everything.  At least in this instance Alison liked both options, so it was win win no matter what I chose.

When she sent the photos I got the first glimpse at the gorgeous blue frame that is the exact same color as one of the little tree dots.

Obviously I decided to do all purple, single mat.  I thought it really brought out the colors of the tree more than with just the little border.

I would have never picked out the blue/purple combination if Alison wouldn't have picked it out.  I probably would have picked a black frame, because I always seem to pick black frames.  It's safe.

Alison has a few items in her Etsy shop, alisonartisan, if you'd like to stop by and take a look.  She's also been gathering photos of her mural work and some painted furniture and has them showcased on facebook - Murals by Alison.   She painted a pool house for me.  Goodness, I loved it so much.  I hated to move and leave that behind.  Photos here.

Yep, I'm totally talking about my sister :)  I've admired her art in all forms for as long as I can remember.

Have a wonderful day!


Liz Autry said...

I like the painting! :)

Rachael said...

I LOVE that tree painting. Did you post it before when you bought it? I remember seeing it, but I'm glad you posted it again so I could add her shop to my Etsy favs. They would make fantastic gifts, and I definitely want one for my house.

Keetha Broyles said...

Love the mat.

Love the frame.

Love the print.

LOVE the pool house.

Beth Zimmerman said...

Beautiful! :)

Framing always makes me think of framing my son's senior photo collage. When he graduated I made a HUGE (3 panel, science fair board type thing) photo collage with pictures from throughout his life. It's beautiful and precious and I wanted to protect it! So later that summer I decided to have it framed and hang it on his wall! Framing the sucker was over $400! No mat ... just frame and glass! I was appalled! But now it hangs on the wall across from his bed and sometimes I catch him sitting, or standing, and gazing at it, lost in some memory of days gone by ... and I know it was worth every penny!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

It came out perfect. Matting is a very important part when framing a picture. I do love that picture.
Your sister is very talented.

Lisa said...

OMG! I love that tree. Ever since you inclued one with my SSS package, I have admired a ton on etsy. I just clicked over to the site and found one called MOther's and Daughter. I have to have it. In fact I am getting it... right now. I dont' care that I am flat broke until next friday, something moved in me for that picture. Of course it will go in Megan;'s room!
Thanks for sharing the art and the love.