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March Madness 2017

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It’s that time of year that a most sports fans and a lot of casual viewers love, MARCH MADNESS! March Madness or The Big Dance are nicknames that refer to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Created in 1939, this tournament is single-elimination and takes place every year in March. 68 college basketball teams from the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) are divided into four regions and play this “one and done” tournament to decide the national champions.

Televised since 1969, March Madness has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States. Fans love cheering for the Universities they attended and have such a yearning to boo and shame their most heated rivals. It’s the time of year that can be inspiring seeing a low seeded Cinderella team going the distance and making it deep into the tournament. Mid-March is a time when televisions are filled with basketball because there is an astounding 67 games that will be played in the short span of 3 weeks.

Regardless if you’re a casual viewer like a lot of us out here or you’re a die-hard college basketball fan, March Madness has something for us all to enjoy.  Comment below and tell us who you think will win this year’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament. Additionally at Frame USA we have our own annual tradition called Margin Madness taking place, so swing by our site and check out all the fantastic products and savings we have for you!

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Frame USA March News

We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you.

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The frame around a picture or a piece of art is a terribly underrated portion of your artwork. A picture frame is often as crucial an element as the artwork itself, being that it houses said art and will affect how people take in your work. Color picture frames can be instrumental in bringing artwork to life! Our Colori Picture Frame Series is a fantastic choice for when you’re looking for a brightly colored frame to electrify your art.

Continue to check back in for new products and events we have going on around Frame USA.

Mardi Gras!

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Tuesday February 28th marks the celebration of Mardi Gras! Commonly referred to as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is marked by Carnival celebrations and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras began thousands of years ago as a pagan celebration of spring approaching and fertility. Later once Christianity became the dominate religion in Rome, they added these Mardi Gras tradition as a popular prelude to Lent. This was done so people could binge eat food and partake in debauchery right before the upcoming weeks of fasting.

Louisiana, and more specifically New Orleans, holds the largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. 1837 is the year that the first Mardi Gras parade took place in New Orleans. Since then Mardi Gras in New Orleans has gotten so big that it’s became synonymous with the city, embraced by residents and remains New Orleans biggest attraction. On Fat Tuesday the last parades of the season take place and the celebrations wind down come to a close with the Meeting of the Courts (the Rex Ball Bar). Louisiana is still the only state in the USA where Mardi Gras is an actual legal holiday.

Revelers pack Bourbon Street beneath the balcony of the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans on Mardi Gras day in the French Quarter, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

This Mardi Gras enjoy 12% off all Design a Frame orders with Coupon Code: LoveIt12

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Can a Millennial make a change?

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Millennial: A person reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century….

The millennial generation is the largest age group to emerge since the baby boomer generation. Millennials are creating a change in how work gets done. They often work more in teams and use more technology. Some may ask how this may affect the workplace. But rather then asking how this will affect the workplace, why not think of it as improving the workplace. My name is Bethany Larson and this is day 2 at Frame USA as a Customer Service Representative.

I am part of the generation we all call the Millennials. Although I may look older and act more mature then my fellow millennial’s in my age group, we also have to remember the years to be considered a Millennial. Millennials are born between the years of 1980s ranging from the mid-1990s to early 2000s. And there I am 1993; one of the best birth years ever.

I was born in a world full of new technology, there wasn’t anything I couldn’t learn. At my fingertips I have tablets and smartphones; Google with just a touch of a button and Internet wherever I went. It was a new world more advanced then we could have ever imagined. And I was living it. I have always had a passion for the business industry, watching my parents own their own business and their parents owning there’s has really inspired me to become my very best.

As a Customer Service Representative at Frame USA I want to bring my very best abilities to the table. I not only want this company to have satisfied customers but I want them to have Raving Fans. Everyday there are new opportunities to do something amazing, to go that extra plus one to make someone’s life better, to challenge myself and come up with new ideas for the team. It’s my turn to make a difference. And I am happy to have been welcomed into the company!

Valentine’s Day – Tuesday, February 14

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Valentine’s Day (sometimes known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine) is a holiday celebrated every year on February 14th. Valentine’s Day began as a religious feast honoring early saints named Valentinus. This day is regarded as a pretty important cultural and commercial celebration around the world but has yet to be made a public holiday in any country.

February 14th first became connected with the idea of love in the 14th century. Then later on in 18th century in England, the day gradually evolved into one where people show their love for each other through flowers, greeting cards and candy.

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The first mass produced Valentines in the United States were manufactured and distributed in 1847 by Esther Howland. Back in this time complex and fancy Valentines cards were imported from Europe and many Americans couldn’t afford them.

Nowadays around 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year with half of those valentines being given to family members. If you add the valentine-exchange cards made in most schools the number goes up to 1 billion with teachers being the number one recipient. In the United States alone the average valentine’s spending has increased every year, from $108 a person in 2010 to $131 in 2013. Valentine’s Day is now considered by some to be a Hallmark holiday due to its commercialization.

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Home is where the heart is…

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Home is where the heart is…  And where you hang your pictures

 

I love walking into a person’s house, or even an office, and the first thing they say is, “make yourself at home.” I then sit and try and become comfortable in a somewhat foreign environment. I begin to look around and see how the host has truly made the surrounding area in which I sit their home.

Whether a house, an office, or even just a desk, we like to “make ourselves at home.” We aren’t completely at ease, completely settled, or satisfied until we put just a bit of our personal touch to the area. And how do most people do to do this? They display pictures.

Walk into an office and try not to notice the images displayed on walls, shelves, and the desk itself. Enter your best friend’s sitting room and try to ignore the gallery of family photos hanging over the couch. You can’t! We find ourselves taken in to another person’s life. We become aware that, “this is their space.” And all it took was a picture. Stories were being displayed of

The last quarter of 2016 held a lot of exciting changes in my life. In early October I moved to a new state, and started a new job. In November my husband and I were joined in marriage, we began a new life together. Between the move and marriage there wasn’t a lot of time to become truly settled. My heart, although excited to be with my husband, was not at yet home. Our home felt more like a hotel, a temporary dwelling, a place we would not be for long… and something had to be done about this.

And so, I started hanging picture frames. My husband and I chose just the right ones, the ones that would emphasize the photos that would soon fill them. I stepped back, and even before they had a picture to display, the frames had created a whole new room, inviting us to make it our own.

When a work trip that took me away from home for a short time, my husband filled those frames as a surprise to me. When I walked into our home, my heart was settled… this was OUR HOME! It belonged to us, and no one else. Those were our memories being displayed.

And so I decided, home is indeed, “where the heart is,” but it’s also where you hang your pictures.

 

Inauguration Day – January 20, 2017

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Today, January 20, 2017 is Inauguration Day! Inauguration Day is a ceremony to mark the formal admission of the President of the United States new four-year term. Since 1937 Inauguration Day always happens on January 20th following a presidential election.

The first Presidential Inauguration occurred on April 30, 1789 and was held for the first President of the United States, George Washington. Inauguration occurred in April up until 1937 when it changed to the January 20th date we have. This change was put into effect in order to shorten the length of time from when a President was elected to when he actually started working.

Today marks the last day of Barack Obama’s 8 year run as President of the United States of America and we welcome Donald Trump as this nation’s 45th President.

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The Obamas & The Trumps

 

New & Featured Products of December

Stay up to date with our New & Featured Items!

We have recently unveiled our Barnwood Frame Serving Trays, First Year Photo Collage and our School Years Photo Collage.

Keep your guests entertained with our unique Barnwood Frame Serving Trays. These frames are available in two sizes and five colors and provide more functionality to your everyday picture frame! If you don’t have a picture you feel would be perfect to add to the frame don’t fret, our beautiful serving trays are also available with mirrors to enhance the decorative look of an already classy piece.

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Barnwood Frame Serving Tray

Our First Year Photo Collage and School Years Photo Collage are ideal for when you’re looking to show off your child’s school photos in one place. The School Years Photo Collage is available in two sizes (a horizontal profile and a slightly larger vertical frame), three different frame color options as well as five different mat color choices. These frames are equipped with specific locations for you to attach a school picture from grades 1-12.

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School Years Photo Collage

Similar to the School Years Photo Collage, our First Year Photo Collage has 12 openings for you to frame a picture of each month of your child’s first year of school. The First Year Photo Collage is available in one standard size with three different frames to choose from and five different mat colors.

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First Year Photo Collage

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Holiday Shipping

Orders placed by 12/12/16 at midnight EST will arrive in time for Christmas.
Orders placed after 12/12/16 will resume shipping when we return in January.
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