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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We all remember that moment. The moment when we received our acceptance letter to college and the sheer joy we got when we realized we’re officially moving out of mom and dads. While college classes and finding new friends can be intimating, there is nothing more exciting than picking out your college dorm décor! This is the time where you can let your personality shine through and can feel confident about your room. While college students may not have a very large space to work with, this is the time to get creative.
While curtains, bedding, and lighting can define your style, there is nothing better than artwork to make your dorm room pop! Posters and art prints can be visual representations of your style. They should be something you’re happy with to see every day. So we suggest picking something with similar color schemes and images that blend in rather than stand out in a negative way. Classic dorm room posters range from Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe to music legends and humor posters.
Posters can be a great addition to any wall because they can be symbols of who you are, where you came from and most importantly, where you are going. While decorating can be quite expensive, posters are great savings to your wallet. You can find most art, inspirational, and humor posters for less than $7.00. Pair two or three of your favorite posters and you’re looking at $20.00. Framing your hand selected posters, will make them last longer and save you money. Poster frames are a great way to make your posters stand out. They also help eliminate creasing and ripping.
Whatever your style may be, there will always be a poster or print to match. So go ahead, and hang whatever makes you smile. Remember, you’ll be in this room for a year so this is the time to let your personality shine!
Since about the age of 5 (maybe even before, but I was too young to remember) I have been into drawing, painting, and writing. When I was little I used to write poetry and short stories for my aunts and uncles. Even to this day I will write wedding announcements and poems for someone in love, looking to get engaged and even those who have passed on.
Once I got into my teenage years I continued to enjoy drawing and writing, but it seemed fashion design constantly stayed on my mind. Over the years I have allowed my hobby to help me create wonderful things for other people. I used the internet to help teach myself how to sew and have made clothing, pillows and all kinds of amazing things. I have re-designed shoes, lamps and even painted cartoon characters on my kids’ bedroom walls.
The past few years however, I have used my creative bones to make unique diaper cakes and gifts. This is where I take a box of diapers, a baby blanket and maybe a few other baby items to create beautiful gifts for moms and dads to be. I have made diaper tricycles, diaper babies, diaper cakes and so much more.
The thing I love most about being creative is that art itself is so versatile and comes in so many forms. Art is more than just a painting or drawing; it’s more than singing or playing notes on a piano. Art is anything and everything you want it to be. Art can be hair design, dance, singing and acting. Expressing ones art is more than just dabbling in a hobby now and then. In my opinion, if you a love a hobby strong enough, it’s no longer considered a hobby in my eyes. It soon becomes a passion and an essential part of who you are and what you are really destined to be!
Memorial Day weekend is almost here and that’s when Hollywood kicks off the summer blockbuster season and starts releasing their big tentpole movies. If you’re a fan of action, adventure and fantasy or anything with explosions, special effects or spies, this is a great time of year for you. Sometimes it’s fun, when you’re a fan, to get a few posters from the big movies coming up. Not the expensive, collectible posters that hold a lot of value, just the ones you can pull out of the rack or order online at Posterservice. Unless you’re ten years old, however, you probably don’t just want to throw the poster up willy-nilly on a wall. You want to put it in a picture frame. What are ideal movie poster frames?
At Frameusa we have an entire category devoted solely to poster frames. They are all plastic picture frames but come in a wide variety. The best choices when you’re looking for a large frame like a 24 x 36 or 27 x 40 frame are our Budget Saver series and our Simply Poly.
Budget Saver have a beveled 1 1/4″ profile and come in black and cherry. They have a sleek look to them and are good and sturdy. Our Simply Poly posterframes also have a 1 1/4″ profile but are flat, like our popular Corporate wood picture frames. The Simply Poly comes in white or black.
If you don’t want plastic there are some other frames that are particularly well suited to showing off your movie posters. If it’s wood you’re looking for, the aforementioned Corporate series comes in many different colors and is made from an eco-friendly wood composite. So not only does your Ant-Man poster look good in it, but you’re also helping the environment. For a thinner profile, made from real wood, you can’t go wrong with our Architect series. It has a tight, slim look and comes in some great colors.
Lastly, for something a little different, our Metal I and Metal II series can be put to good use showing off your favorite movie posters. They have the same thin, 3/8″ width but each series offers different colors. Metal I has the more basic, red, white, blue, black, silver and gold, while Metal II offers some unique colors like blue pewter, gunmetal grey and shiny bronze.
So when you need frames for pictures or posters in particular, check out what we have at Frameusa. We’ll make your art look great!
Mother’s Day will be here in less than a week. Every year we strive to find something nice to give our moms. The ideal present is something that is personal and practical. Handmade gifts are hard to beat. Not everyone is crafty enough to make a perfect present. IThe next best thing is finding a gift that will remind her of the relationship she shares with you, every time she looks at it. One great idea is to find art and frame it for her. Art can speak volumes, whether through a single image, or literal words and text put together in a visually appealing way. At Posterservice and Frame USA we have a wide variety of both art prints and picture frames. With thousands of pieces to choose from you are bound to find something meaningful that you can put in a wonderful frame and give to her. Below are just a few examples of art and pictureframes combined that would make great Mother’s Day Gifts.
The simplest way to show how you feel is to say, “I love you.” And with the print below you can say it in a myriad of languages.This is our “I Love You” inspriational print int a blue Architect picture frame.
Maybe your mom longs to travel. Perhaps it was always her dream to visit Paris and she hasn’t gotten to yet. Or maybe she’s been a dozen times and loves it more with each visit. Giving her a print of a place she loves shows her how well you know her. The piece below is our Eiffel Tower-Black and White print, in an American Value Silver frame, profile 802, with a nice mat to set the image off.
Was your mother the cool mom on the street? Did she let you watch Jaws with her when you were nine or ten and then let you climb into bed with her that night when you woke up from nightmares about Great White sharks? If you and her have laughed about that for years, putting our classic “Jaws” movie poster into a flat black Metall II frame will bring back those fun memories.
There are so may different combinations of art you can choose from; movies, tv, music, animals, maps–everything under the sun. And with a huge selection of metal frames, wood frames, poster frames and shadowboxes, the chance of finding your mom something great is assured. Let your mother know you appreciate her. Give her something that will remind her of your love every time she looks at it.
Spending time outside on a warm, sunny day is one of life’s great pleasures; on the beach, at a ball game, at the park with the kids. It can also be one of life’s great dangers, unfortunately. Without taking the time to properly protect your skin from the sun, your risk of developing melanoma (skin cancer) is greatly increased.
Andy Caress was a 24 years old tennis player, well loved by his friends and family, when he developed melanoma in 2008. He realized, as he went through the process of fighting the disease that there were a lot of misconceptions about melanoma that needed to be addressed and research that needed support. He said:
“My goal is that melanoma will never impact any person the way it has impacted me, and I will achieve my goal by educating the world about how melanoma may be prevented and identified.”
He wanted the public to understand that it was not a cancer that it was “lucky” to get if you had to get cancer. That steps could be taken to help prevent it. While battling his own cancer, going through the processes of radiation treatment and chemotherapy, Andy started the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation. The foundation’s goals, simply stated are:
Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races
Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma
Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations
“Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words
Andy, sadly died in 2010, but he used his experience as a way to help others. He said, ” The message of my life is that people should know more about melanoma.” Through his foundation, this message is carried on and his courage and caring endure.
To help with the mission, Frame USA will be donating to The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation in appreciation for your online order for the month of May.
“In August of 2010, Andy Caress lost his battle with this deadly disease. His foundation carries his mission forward to prevent this dreadful form of cancer from impacting the lives of others. We invite you to keep Andy’s Mission alive and become a contributor to this very important cause. With your support we will make Andy’s goal a reality!
The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, through awareness, education and support of research to find a cure. ”
We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!
As summer approaches I felt it appropriate to talk about one of my favorite pastimes, baseball. Baseball is definitely my biggest ongoing hobby throughout my life. From the time I started playing tee ball up until playing softball in my late twenties, baseball has been a constant for me throughout the years.
As a kid and still as an adult I love going to Reds games. Growing up a Ken Griffey Jr. fan I was definitely excited to see him come to the Reds organization. I have been fortunate enough to see live some of the most exciting games the Reds have played in – from walk off homeruns to playoff games to Opening Day.
There’s a different mood when it comes to baseball in the city of Cincinnati, and the fans can’t get enough of it. Opening Day here is more of a holiday or celebration than it is just the start of the baseball season. It is common for people to take off work, ditch class, or just call in sick to go down to partake in our Opening Day Parade. If you’ve never been you definitely need to check it out sometime soon.
In a month or so we’ll begin hearing “Pomp and Circumstance” playing everywhere as schools all over the country engage in their yearly graduation ceremonies. Whether from high school, college or post college masters and PhD programes, graduation is something to celebrate and remember. It’s an accomplishment and a milestone in one’s life. Photos of the event should most certainly be taken and displayed proudly by the family and friends of the graduate as well as the graduate themselves.
At Frame USA we have all kinds of frames that are perfect for framing your graduation memories. If you’re a parent and you’ve snapped a bunch of pictures of your child walking across the stage in their cap and gown, receiving their diploma, you can get smaller, table sized frames to set them on. A good one for this purpose is our Corporate series. It has a flat profile but comes in a variety of colors. You can pick up a few in 8×10 size, which come with an easel to set them on a table or shelf, and show the progression from your graduate sitting with their class, all the way up through them waving to you from the stage.
If the new graduate just finished their education at an arts or performance school, somewhere a little more free and funky, our colorful Colori frames are a fun alternative. They’re available in bright, simple colors like yellow, green, red, blue and orange and come in a regular and wide profile. They’ve got a fun flair to them that says, “I took my education seriously, but had fun doing it.”
If you had someone get a picture of you with your smiling graduate, just after the
ceremony is over, you might want to hang that on the wall above the TV, sofa, or fireplace. You need a picture frame that’s a little larger and a little more decorative. Our Classic series comes in 3 dark brown finishes and has a slight scoop and bevel. It’s still a simple frame–nothing too fancy–but has a more elegant feel than a flat profile frame. It is perfect for a larger, portrait sized photo at 11×14 or even 16×20.
When you’re the one who’s just graduated you probably want to show off your new diploma. You want a mature, classy frame that says, “I worked hard and persevered and this is the result.” We have frames that are specific to diplomas as well as frames that have a sober, serious look.
The obvious choice is our Diploma series frame. It comes in 3 dark finishes in two profiles, a regular and a wide, and has a beveled edge and a decorative inner edge.
Another great choice is our Executive series. It has a wide profile with some no-nonsense decorative bevelling and would look right at home on any office wall displaying the diploma of the occupant.
So when the caps have been tossed, and the pictures taken, check out Frame USA to find just the right picture frame!
It was April, 1994 when the news hit MTV: Kurt Cobain had been found dead in his Seattle home. A self inflicted gunshot wound to the head was the cause of death. A husband, father, songwriter and a hero to many had given in to his personal demons and left the world in a flash of smoke
and flame. He died alone. Millions of music fans–kids who’d looked up to him, musicians who’d been inspired by him–were devastated. It was the end of a very short, but very exciting and irreversible era of change in the industry.
In 1991 the radio waves were dominated by manufactured pop stars, heavy metal and hard rock guitar gods, controversial hip hop artists with something to say and Garth Brooks. Genres were all well defined, as far as mainstream music was concerned. It didn’t seem that anyone could break in unless they were fronting one of these well established party lines.
Then Nirvana released Nevermind and broke the dam for the weirdos, ushering in
the era of “alternative” and inadvertantly (and very reluctantly it would turn out) spawning a movement and a shift in musical dominance.
Nirvana had been together since the late eighties. Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic had played together since high school and had gone through a couple of drummers. They’d even recorded one independent album, “Bleach” which initially was only heard by fans of underground “modern rock”. They took on Dave Grohl as their new drummer and their sound changed somewhat. He gave them a little more “oomph” and when Nevermind came out it hit like an atomic bomb.
Led by the first single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Nevermind was a gravelly, scratchy and sloppy counterpoint to the overproduced and hyper polished music that flourished around it. Kurt Cobain was not a guitar prodigy. The band did not look like pop OR rock stars. Dressed in ratty flannel shirts over band t’s and ripped jeans they looked like the kids you went to school with. They were approachable and relatable. They also crafted songs that were both catchy but also edgy. Lyrics with a little more depth than your typical hair metal or boy band song. The album took radio and MTV by storm and Nirvana became the biggest band in the world. They would open the door for other Seattle bands and became the face of “grunge” music. All the bands that the weird kids listened to suddenly became cool.
Fame did not sit well with Kurt Cobain, however. He was uncomfortable in the role as mouthpiece for a generation. He didn’t like that the kinds of people who’d picked on him in school were now Nirvana fans and singing his songs at concerts. He’d also developed a serious drug habit, partially as a way to deal with excruciating chronic stomach pains. Nirvana would go on to release an album of B sides, another full length LP, “In Utero” and an amazin MTV Unplugged set.
Despite the success in the music industry and the family he’d started, Kurt Cobain committed suicide sometime on the evening of April the 4th, 1994. Dropbox (2)