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Guest Blog: Horsing around with Hillary

My first day horse 2 of high school I became friends with a girl who was taking horseback riding lessons. My mom agreed to let me take lessons with her which I was so excited about because I had always loved horses! I took lessons for a couple of months when one day my mom surprised me with my very own horse. Her name was Gracie, I instantly fell in love and knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to join my trainer’s 4-H group and show Gracie at the county fair.

 

Gracie wasn’t like the horses I had been taking lessons on. Instead of being a bomb proof, beginner horse she was stubborn. I started to get horse 6 discouraged because she just wouldn’t listen to me. I’d steer her one way and she would walk the other way. It was time for my very first show, the butler county fair. It was awful, I placed 8th and 10th out of 10 riders. At this point I was ready to give up, but then I realized something, these girls I was showing against had been doing this for years. It wasn’t easy, showing/training horses it is a lot of work. I had only been riding for 9 months. I told myself that I could do it. I would place first and get a blue ribbon. I went to the barn and rode every single day. I was horse 5 determined to train Gracie myself. I wanted bragging rights in the show ring. Over the next few years I grew better and better, and then finally it happened I beat all of the girls who had been teasing me and showing me up in the ring. I was finally one of them, the unbeatable. And I had done it all by myself (with some help from my awesome show mom). Gracie is my best friend. I know it sounds silly but she’s there all of the time for me. In the show ring and at home. She knows that she has a job to do and since I horse 3 have gained her trust and respect she will go above and beyond to please me. This is what I love about my hobby. I will always have that one person, well a horse in this situation whom I can always go to when I am down. Gracie has carried me (literally and figuratively) through the last 11 years and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. We are both equally sassy and compassionate. horse 1

 

 

 

 

 

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Rustic Blue Picture Frame

Colorful Frames

Wood frames with a simple stained finish look great. Wood grain lends a rustic flavor to a room. Sometimes, though, you want a pop of color. At Frame USA there are plenty of picture frames, wood frames, metal frames and poster frames, that are available  in more than just the typical wood finish.

It’s easy to find white frames and black frames, any store with crafting supplies or knick knacks will have those. Where do you go, though, if you’re looking for something in a blue, or yellow? When you want colorful picture frames, Frame USA has a number of series that come in multiple colors including some very bright choices.

When it’s bright cheery colors you’re looking for, our Colori series of wood wood picture frames is going to be a great choice. The Colori series has a medium and a large profile and comes in 7 bold colors; white, black, red, green, blue yellow and orange. These are ideal in rooms where you want to entertain, or in kids’ rooms

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Colori Wood Picture Frames

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for something with a good selection of colors but with a more mature look, you might be interested in our Rustic picture frames series. Like the Colori, the Rustic series comes in a wide and regular profile. They have a darker hue than the Colori and also have a distressed look to give them a more serious feel. Dark red, dark blue, dark brown, light brown, black and white are all available.

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Rustic Dark Red Picture Frame

 

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Rustic Blue Picture Frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If wood frames aren’t your cup of tea, however, we also have metal picture frames that come in all kinds of great colors. All the ones you would expect can be found, white, black, silver and gold. In addition to those, however, are some more unique colors. Our Metal II series has Old World Pewter, Blue Pewter, and Steel Grey. Our Glory Metal series includes purple and green.

These are just a few of the picture frames and frame colors that are available at Frameusa.com. If you think you’d like to explore design choices using colorful frames, come on by and click on through, you’re sure to find something you like.

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Mixing and Matching with Closeout Frames

Frame Closeouts Sometimes a project comes up that requires you to get a lot of frames. Maybe a school arts and crafts day or an awards ceremony. When you have to buy for a large group, getting brand new frames can be a hefty expense. Sometimes you might need 50 to a hundred to even 300 picture frames for an event. If this is employee run or a charity or a PTA your budget is going to be limited and you need to stretch your spending dollar as far as you can. A great solution for this is buying closeouts from Frame Closeouts.

Framecloseouts.com offers a hugevariety of wood picture frames, metal picture frames, and poster frames at very low prices. There are over 30 different styles and sizes and thousands of closeout frames to choose. from.

These are frames that have been returned to us in great condition (maybe someone ordered the wrong color) or that we made too many of. Most of them are sorted only by size. This is because we offer a 24 hour turnaround on getting closeouts shipped out, from the time you place your order. This helps ensure they can be pulled fast. Our regular wood closeouts, however, are sorted by size and color. So if you need 50 gold 11 x 17 frames, you can choose them.

Because they are sorted this way, when you choose closeouts, there’s no way to know exactly which style you will be receiving. This makes them ideal for gifts where they don’t need to match each other, where each person is getting something unique.

So when you need a lot of high quality frames and cheap picture frames prices or if you only need a few or even one, but quickly, take a chance on Frame Closeouts. We think you will be glad you did.

 

Standard Frame Sizes and Framed Art

There’s a lot of art out there in the world that needs framing; posters, prints, paintings, tilework, etc. Much of it is custom sized and needs to be taken in to be measured by your local framers to give you the best fit and the best look. However there are a lot of standard sizes that art makers try to stick to to make it easy for galleries and private buyers to display their work. At Frame USA, while we can produce custom sized frames easily, we also have frames available in nearly every conceivable standard art size. This makes it easy when you have something and you want to find a picture frame for it quick and easy.

There are the small photo sizes that we are familiar with that the kids’ school pictures are usually released in. 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10 and 11 x 14. These all include easel backs for standing on a desk or table, and there are some sizes in between like 8 x 12 and 7 x 7 that are available as standard.

There are plenty of mid range sizes. These fit items like theater posters and playbills from performances and concerts, and smaller watercolor paintings and art. You can get an 11 x 17 frame, 10 x 13, 13 x 19 are all sizes that go with these kinds of art.

If you’re wanting to find large large frames online, there are plenty of bigger standard sizes that will go with your movie posters and larger art prints. A 24 x 36 frame  (or a 36 x 24 frame if your art is oriented landscape style) and 27 x 41 are both popular movie poster sizes. However 24 x 30 and 22 x 28 are also popular sizes as far as art prints are concerned.

So keep in mind that you don’t always need to get custom framing for your art. You can shop for photo frames online, or poster frames or any frames and find them in the frame sizes that you are looking for.

 

 

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Bright Design With White Picture Frames

Summer is a time to lighten up your interior design; a time to give your rooms an airy, breezy feel. You can use paint color choices and furniture accessories like throw pillows and table runners to accomplish this. You can also use picture frames to give your design that beach-house feel. You can always use colorful picture frames to achieve a warm, festive feel, but sometimes that can go a bit too “kid’s room”. The perfect solution for lightening up your decor is using white picture frames. A white frame can be elegant and modern, clean and mature. At Frameusa we have several white picture frames that would make any of your art or photos pop.

BEACH WHITE

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Beach White

As its name implies, the Beach White frame is a picture frame that is at home with the sun shining on it from across the ocean right outside your door. It comes in a wide and a narrow profile to best give your artwork the

 

 

 

 

 

WHITE DRIFTWOOD

White Driftwood
White Driftwood

 

Our white driftwood has two different wide profiles, one with a scoop and one with an outer bevel. It has a sligtly weathered appearance to give it that natural feel.

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK AND WHITE

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Black and White Narrow

 

 

The Black and White series has a sleek profile with a simple angular bevel along the inside. It comes in black and white, but the white is what we think would help your decor feel cheery and modern.

 

 

 

 

 

CORPORATE

Corporate White
Corporate White

 

 

 

Finally, simplicity is the best way to achieve an inviting, casual decor. Our Corporate picture frames have a flat 1 1/4″ profile that could not be simpler. It comes in many colors, including white. A very chic and unpretentious frame to show off any style of artwork in any medium

 

 

 

So as the weather warms and you want to let the sun shine on a room that feels like a day on vacation, consider using white picture frames to brighten up your home.

 

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Online Shopping: Keeping it Safe, Fun and Easy

can-t-use-computer-mouse The benefits of online shopping are many, some are obvious and some are seldom thought of. The obvious benefits are saving time and money by not needing to travel. There is no need for gas money and two hours of boredom to get to the only shop that carries what you need. Another big benefit is a lack of lines. You do not have to que up next to a counter to check out or ask for information. One of the less thought of benefits of online is that it is easier to compare different options from different retailers. There are some drawbacks as well. You have to wait for the product to be delivered, you usually have to go through the annoying experience of creating an account and there is also the risk of a cyber-attack. You can still benefit from the online experience by following a few simple guide lines.

  • Where you shop matters, even online. You should never do your online shopping form a public computer such as a library or from an open network like the one you would commonly find at a coffee shop. Your information is not secure in these environments and leave you open to being hacked.
  • Always verify that the checkout page is secure before entering in your payment information. This is easy t check . Go up to the top of your browser and see it the web page shows http://www.frameusa.com or https://www.frameusa.com . If it has https then you are good to go, if it does not have the s at the end then it is not secured.
  • Do not reload confirmation pages. When you reload a confirmation page from an online store it interrupts the process and goes to a default page instead of the confirmation page for your order. If the confirmation page is taking time the best thing is to be patient and let it load.

Keeping these safety guidelines in mind will help you have peace of mind so you can truly enjoy the convenience of shopping from home.

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Charity of the Month: American Cancer Society Relay For Life

American_Cancer_Society_Relay_For_Life_Logo In 2008 I was in a local band. We played shows all over the country and were asked to play many local benefits. That summer we were asked to be a part of Relay for Life. Us and a group of other musicians would play round the clock for 24 hours as people walked a track at the Lebanon Speedway, earning pledges to raise money for cancer research. The organizer’s partner had been treated for cancer and was still going through chemo but they both were there. The organizer had come to all of us musicians to say that her partner loved TV show theme songs and to ask us each to learn one to play during our hour. My band learned Laverne and Shirley. Afterward, her partner made a point to come up to us after our shift and thank us and hug us and let us know how much she appreciated our show. She loved hearing our version of the song. I don’t know if she is still around, but I really hope so. So many people were there, staying up all night, walking that track for her. Wanting to show her that they weren’t giving up. It was humbling and inspiring. I truly hope she made it.

The Relay for Life is such an important event. It is held at tracks all across the country to raise money in the fight against cancer. It is expensive to fund research. So many people are involved and so much time and equipment are necessary to really give us a chance to find a cure. Grants and private donations can only stretch so far so it is up to survivors and friends and loved ones to try and help stretch the dollars devoted to research.

And it’s not just research that is expensive. The cost of treatment and drugs is astronomical and insurance doesn’t always cover all of it. Patients often are snowed under by their medical bills along with their families.

And speaking of their families, they also sometimes need to travel for treatment. They need to be with their family and need a place to stay. There are many places that provide temporary lodging to families who are with patients so they can be together but they need to be kept up. They need up to date facilities to help keep the families and patients comfortable and their spirits up. Relay for Life provides funding for this as well.

So please visit the Relay For Life page and find out how you can get involved. It’s important. It can save lives.

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Quick and Easy with Bent Acrylic Picture Frames

acrylic picture frames You spend a lot of time in your office or your cubicle. Your desk becomes a second home and you want to feel comfortable while you spend hours toiling away at your job. It’s nice to be able to look up and see photos of family and friends; pictures or even magazine clippings that remind us of the things we enjoy.

Sometimes there’s not much room on your desk for frames with easels and when you’re moving your hands around your desk you could knock them over and break them. Sometimes you don’t have the space for nice frames.

Bent acrylics are a great solution for this. Bent acrylic picture frames are clear plastic frames that are bent at an angle to create a “stand” that holds up the larger part of the piece. They are then bent around to create a slot that pictures can be inserted into the slot.

At Frameusa acrylic frames come in many sizes, most made to support standard photo sizes like 3.5×5,

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5×7 Bent Acylic Picture Frames

4×6, 5×7, 8×10 and 11×14. They are perfect for popping in a pic of the kids or taking a larger one and using it for two pictures together.

So if you’re looking to spruce up your desk but have limited space (and want something very inexpensive) come over to Frame USA and grab a few of our bent acrylic frames for your favorite pics. The pics that keep you going throughout the day.

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Posterservice Celebrates: Cynthia Gabriel

The Frame USA and Posterservice family are both sad and happy to announce the retirement of our good friend and colleague Cynthia Gabriel.

Cynthia started with Posterservice fifteen years ago in the Evendale office. She moved with the company when they opened a second location in Woodlawn, braving the heat and dark of the warehouse. When Frame USA and Posterservice moved together to our current office in Springdale, she came with and led the team in excellent service and hard work. She has been a valuable asset and we are going to miss her. We are excited for her to be able to fish and spend time with her grandkids though! Have fun Cynthia, and thanks so much!

 

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Barnwood is Beautiful

The rustic trend in interior design isn’t going away anytime soon. Homespun, handcrafted styling is very popular. When you’re looking for picture frames to frame your art in, if your decor is rustic or country, we have a collection of wood frames that will fit in perfectly with your design. It’s the Frame USA Barnwood collection. Our Barnwood frames come in a number of varieties. Some are molded to resemble barn wood and some are actual reclaimed barn wood taken from barns and farmhouses across the country. Both are ideal for giving your room a down home look.

The Original “Barnwood” Frame:

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This was the first Barnwood frame we had. It is made from reclaimed Barnwood, complete with knots and imperfections that show it’s authenticity. Being reclaimed is also great because it’s environmentally friendly and gives new life to old wood, keeping it useful and helping to use fewer resources.

 

 

 

 

Signature Barnwood:

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Very similar to the Barnwood series, the Signature Barnwood series comes in two widths, 2 7/8″ and 3 5/8″. This frame is also made from real reclaimed barn wood and looks great with a slightly different profile than the original so you could have them side by side for a nice visual effect.

 

 

 

 

Appalachian Barnwood:

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The Appalachian is a barnwood style frame that is made from normal lumber but finished to give it a barnwood feel. This is for when you like the barnwood look but don’t want the imperfections. When you want a frame with a more consistent look. It comes in grey, rustic black, rustic brown and whitewash.

 

 

 

Farmhouse Barnwood:

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Our Farmhouse Barnwood frame is another wood frame finished to resemble barnwood. It has a flat profile for a fun mix of modern styling with that rustic appeal.

 

 

 

 

Barnwood Shadowbox:

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When you want to display something that requires a little more depth than a picture frame can provide–maybe a collectible or memento–you can still get the rustic barnwood look with our Barnwood Shadowbox. It has a 2 1/8″ width and a 1 1/2″ depth and comes in 10 standard sizes.

 

 

 

So if you’re looking to spruce up a room with some rustic accents, check out the Barnwood Collection at Frame USA!