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Top Home Decor Trends for 2019

Trends change year after year, and with 2019 just beginning that means new home decor trends! Picture frames are a big part of many homes, but decorating the rooms around them are just as important. Keep your home up to date with these top trending styles for the new year.

Natural Decor

Natural Decor Trends
Photo by Geneva Vanderzeil

Living in the 21st century means always being surrounded by technology. We’re excited to get a little break from this as bringing natural elements into the home is becoming a hot trend. House plants are growing ever more popular for their aesthetic and natural air purifying qualities. Plants are bringing us back to nature, but the internet is giving us access to unique containers, plants, and information!

Home Decor Trends 2019
Photo by Boa-Franc

Wood Furniture Decor

Another way to incorporate natural decor into your home is adding furniture or objects made from natural materials. Wood frames are an option, along with wooden chairs, tables, or shelves. Stone or granite tables, counters, or walls are another way to add natural elements into your home. Floral wallpaper, fabric, and artwork coming back into style as well.

Boho Decor

Boho Home Decor
Photo by Wicker Paradise

Boho clothing and the general style has been trendy for a while. However boho interior design is just recently making a comeback in 2019. Bringing bright colors, patterns, and whimsical pieces into your home sets up a unique design. You can achieve this look by layering, using soft lines and curves, and combining both vintage and modern decor. Personally, I’m excited to see a more colorful trend after a year of rustic everything. Check out our Pop Art and Colori frames for colorful inspiration!

Canopy Beds

Photo by Mazzali

Canopy beds haven’t been in style for decades. However in 2019 we’re seeing a huge increase in their trendiness. They allow for hanging and decorating around for sleeping area. This makes ultimate comfort and style at the same time. Modern canopy beds are slimmer and take up less space than in the past, allowing them to fit in apartments or smaller rooms.

Jewel Toned Decor

Photo by homestilo

Deep jewel toned colors are in style in 2019. Greens especially are trendy, matching the natural decor vibes. These rich colors are thought provoking and mystifying. Green in particular hasn’t been particularly stylish for almost a century! However today’s eco-friendly movement has brought it back into our minds and into our homes.

If you’re looking for more eco-friendly decor, check out our eco-friendly wood frames.

 

Photography and Folk Art on Etsy

Frame USA wants to encourage everyone to shop small this holiday season! We’re featuring Etsy shops to help support small businesses. This list features shops selling photography and folk art.

Photography

Ice-Bell Photography

Ice-Bell Photography sells photography prints. Images in her store are landscape and wildlife from around Missouri and Arkansas. Support an artist by shopping small this holiday season!

Visit her shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/IceBellPhotography

Images by Mary Anne

Images by Mary Anne is an amateur, self-taught photographer from NJ and who sells photos from home as well as her travels. She also takes local, custom requests.

Visit her shop here to support small businesses https://www.etsy.com/shop/ImagesByMaryAnne

Lake Tahoe Photo

LakeTahoePhoto sells calendars, greeting cards, and art prints of photographs from Lake Tahoe.

Visit their shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/laketahoephoto

Folk Art

KRAM Gifts&Crafts

KRAM – gifts&crafts shop creates Polish handicraft made in the USA. They make reverse glass paintings and frame them with Frame USA frames!

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KRAMgiftsANDcrafts

Sharon Boody-Dean

Sharon Boody-Dean creates original and unique one-of-a-kind nature art on Birch bark framed in Frame USA rustic frames, along with Birch jewelry.

Visit her shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/sharonboody

Willowbrook Creations

Willowbrook Creations shop creates quilled art pieces. Quilling dates back to the thirteenth century and utilizes small strips of paper in order to create art. These would make lovely home decor, and their framed pieces use Frame USA frames!

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WillowbrookCreations

Fine Art and Art Prints on Etsy

Frame USA is featuring Etsy shops this holiday season to support small businesses! Shopping small is super important to us as an all American company. If you’re looking for art or to support an artist, here is a list of Etsy shops selling artwork.

Art Prints / Original Art

Strawberry Luna

I am a silkscreen print-maker, and my husband & I are self-taught illustrators who design all of the prints in our shop. We love using Frame USA. Not just for the high quality of the materials used, but also because the frames and components are made in the US. As American makers and artists who use USA made and manufactured paper and inks for our screen prints, that is really important to us.

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/strawberryluna

Blue Otter Art

Blue Otter Art presents the watercolors of the deep wilderness, painted on location in the mountains and on the rivers from Alaska to Arizona, Hawaii to the Grand Canyon, and internationally from Canada to New Zealand, Europe, Mexico and the countries of Africa. The artist is Kim Solga, whose paintings capture a moment in the timeless flow of river water, glacier ice, the slow growth of pine, the bloom of wildflower. “I paint on location, perched on a boulder beside whitewater rapids. I sketch from a bed of pine needles beneath a spruce, surrounded by snowbanks, a raven watching from a branch overhead. I climb high onto the mountain, above treeline, into the silent song of bare rocks in late summer.”
Whether framing for a gallery show or for sales on the Blue Otter Art Etsy shop, Kim uses the excellent ash wood frames from FrameUSA.

Visit Blue Otter Art here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueOtterArt

Gina Barry Artist

Gina Barry strives to live life by concept of Wabi Sabi – finding beauty in imperfection. Her art is made with acrylic paint pulled across the page with a card, then finding trees in the paint and adding them in ink.

Visit Gina’s Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GinaBarryArtist

Linda Blondheim Art

I’ve been painting since I was eight years old and have been a professional painter for forty years. I have degrees in Fine Art. The focus of my work is on rural, agricultural land and trees, as well as nature. I love to paint flowers, gardens, trees, fields, rivers and marshes.
See my paintings of trees and farms at my Gainesville studio, inside Paddiwhack 1510 NW 13th Street.

Visit Linda Blondheim Art’s shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LindaBlondheimArt

WiseTails

WiseTails makes art in honor of animals. They love the truth, grace, and beauty of all animals and aspire to capture these qualities in my work. They offer instant downloadable prints, printed and shipped prints and cards, and canvas prints, along with original art!

Visit WiseTails here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WiseTails

Real Art is Better

Real Art Is Better creates and sells colorful art prints and original paintings of beer, Alaskan scenery, and more. They frame their images with Frame USA products!

Visit their shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/RealArtIsBetter

Sirens Song Art

I decorate Frame USA unfinished custom frames with seashells both vintage and new, and I use antique, vintage or new artwork in the frames. I really appreciate that your company does custom sizes and I have used them to frame many antique prints from my husband’s online antique print store (Stonegate Antique Prints) as well.

Visit Sirens Song Art here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SirensSongArt

Ozmists

Ozmists Etsy shop sells prints of colorful and whimsical illustrations. They create artwork inspired by magic, tarot cards, and fantasy art. Along with fine art prints, Ozmists sells vinyl art stickers and sticker packs, ceramic mugs, phone cases, and more.

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ozmists

Explorers Camp

The Explorers Camp Etsy shop offers unique artworks inspired by adventure and exploration. Their designs capture the spirit of some of the most beautiful natural places and the adventure of seeking them out.

Visit their shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheExplorersCamp

HeritageWorkshopCo

My Etsy store, HeritageWorkshopCo, contains original art, mostly on reclaimed wood, reflecting an appreciation for home and family.  I also offer original canvas paintings and prints.  If you are looking for something completely original, come browse here!  Shop Owner:  Pam Britton, a published artist with Penny Lane Publishing, Inc.

Visit HeritageWorkshopCo here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeritageWorkshopCo

Dawna Boehmer

My shop contains prints of several illustrations I’ve done of Cincinnati and Dayton. There are also whimsical prints of The ABC’s of Cincinnati, Chicago, Richmond, Va., Roanoke, Va., and Washington, D.C. For avid readers there is “So Many Books So Little Time.” All the prints are very colorful and humorous.

Visit Dawna Boehmer’s shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DawnaBoehmer

Home Decor and Apparel on Etsy

Frame USA is supporting small businesses by featuring Etsy shops throughout the holiday season. As an all-American company, we believe it’s important shop small! If you’re looking for home decor or apparel for your loved ones or yourself, check out this list of shops.

Apparel

Scrappin’ Twins

We offer t-shirts and mugs for twins and their families. All our designs are created by a twin mom for other twin families! This is the perfect gift for the twins/triplets, families of twins/triplets, or those expecting twins/triplets in your life.

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ScrappinTwinsShop

Corporate Arts

Corporate is a home based studio in Pennsylvania.  Our primary product is Auto Art using digital imaging techniques We market Car Show Boards, Canvas Art and T-Shirts. Shop owner Barry Cleveland holds numerous graphic and photo awards in U.S. and worldwide competition. His artwork has appeared in national publications and numerous galleries and shows.

Visit Corporate Arts here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/corporatearts

Home Decor

Treasured Maps

Treasured Maps are framed magnet maps of the USA that teach geography while stressing the importance of personal connections with friends, family, and special places of interest.  Each map comes with printer labels and 18 magnets that you can use to customize with your own images of family members, favorite vacations, and other memorable moments.

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TreasuredMaps

Creative Glass by Becky

Sitting around our country kitchen table, I learned to do crafts as a young girl with my Mom and my sister. My Mom always had great ideas and it gave us quality time together. I LOVE creating things! Not everyone is “crafty”, so being able to create things for others to enjoy makes me happy and I feel blessed. Working with glass in all shapes and sizes has really let my creative side come out to play. If you love colorful home decor, come check out my shop.

Visit Creative Glass by Becky here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeGlassByBecky

Debbie’s Music Boxes

Debbie’s Music Boxes and Etched Glass has been making unique music boxes and other artwork on Etsy since 2008. Support small businesses and artists and visit their shop at www.etsy.com/shop/Musicbox4u

Autumn Drift Flies

I am Dave P. Fisher, a professional fly tier, specializing in trout, steelhead, and salmon fishing flies. In recent years I have added Fly Art Works to my line of fishing flies. The art works are framed, and feature vintage post cards, (some over 100 years old), or conservation, state, or international stamps depicting trout or salmon. With these are added flies specifically tied for the piece. I tie each fly individually, I never use mass-produced flies. The pieces are created by me start to finish. I also create small individual framed pieces with a single fly mounted in the frame to be displayed on desks of shelves.

Visit Autumn Drift Flies shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AutumnDriftFlies

Fanatic Frames

Fanatic Frames uses new and vintage sports pennants, street signs, and other memorabilia, combined with your favorite players or teams sports cards to make a collectible for any fan. Each piece is designed, cut, and assembled by hand, and is one of a kind!

Visit their shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/fanaticframes

MMB PhotoGraphics

MMB Photographics sells canvas wall art and other home decor. Their work focuses on colorful photos of animals and nature.

Visit their Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/mmbphotographics

Places Interpreted

Places Interpreted sells canvas, fine art, framed, and metal prints of “a memory, an emotion, a personal connection to places we’ve lived, loved, traveled or dreamed of traveling to.”

Visit their Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/placesinterpreted

Etsy Shops Offering Custom Products

We’re promoting Etsy shops leading up to the holidays to encourage you to shop small! Etsy is full of handmade items and artwork, and that includes custom orders. At Frame USA we know the importance of and the work it takes to create custom items. If you’re looking for a personalized gift, check out the list below of shops.

Personalized Gifts From Etsy

Finch & Cotter

Finch & Cotter specializes in personalized wedding gifts, anniversary gifts, birthday gifts and housewarming gifts. All our items go through the same handcrafted process. They are first designed by us (and then approved by you), printed in our small shop and are then constructed in our very clean, professional studio.

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FinchandCotter

Brushwork Portraits

Capturing the people and pets you love in colorful pastel and digital paint. Visit BrushworkPortraits Shop on Etsy and request a custom painting or grab a print of your favorite pet! Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrushworkPortraits

Knotooshabby

My business is called Knotooshabby, and I make personalized items for homes and weddings. My subtitle/tagline is “For the little things in your big moments” because I primarily focus on making those small detail items that commemorate, or add to, the biggest events in people’s lives. My products celebrate new babies, homes, engagements, and weddings. I sell picture frames, Christmas ornaments, signs, wedding cake toppers, and wedding invitations.

When you land on my shop right now all of my Christmas tree ornaments are featured for the holiday season, but Frame USA is my supply source for my Picture Frame section. I order “Decorate-It” unfinished picture frames and I  personalize them by hand. Frame USA picture frames are the only items I order pre-made, all other wood products in my shop I make myself (my husband helps too) using woodworking tools I’ve inherited from my Father and Grandfather.

This Etsy shop is my full-time endeavor, outside of managing our household and taking care of our puppy! I can be found on Instagram and Pinterest under my name @lyssalynea where I share content from this business and coming in 2019 I’ll be adding a second Etsy shop and a blog that will focus on my fine art Paintings and Drawings.

Visit Knotooshabby’s shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Knotooshabbystudio

PreservebyPalazzi

PreservebyPalazzi creates custom made aprons designed to preserve a special memory about someone. Each apron has 2 large pockets. They’re perfect as gifts for memorials, celebrations, holidays, etc.

Visit their shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PreservebyPalazzi

Larisa Designs

LarisaDesigns on Etsy makes customized name photo letter framed prints. Just tell her the name or word you’d like displayed and she will make you a custom piece. All of her work is proudly made in the USA!

Visit LarisaDesigns here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LarisaDesigns

Rich Hours Art

A Certificate of Marriage is a beautiful memento of your wedding. Each one is hand-painted with genuine 23 kt gold leaf and rich colors on fine art paper and contains the names of the bride and groom, date, verse or vows and a beautiful border design. It can also serve as a guestbook, with spaces for all the guests to sign.
My artwork is inspired by medieval manuscripts, but all the designs are original. If you would like a Certificate based on your own ideas, please let me know and we can work together

Visit Rich Hours Art here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/richhoursart

Sugared Plums

Sugared Plums Frames makes personalized picture frames. Anyone can give a picture frame as a gift, but when you give one of our personalized picture frames you are giving a gift with sentimental meaning attached to it. You can personalize your picture frame with your own special quote, lullaby, song lyric, wedding vows, or verse! All of our items are handcrafted by us in California. We hope that you love our creations as much as we love making them.

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/sugaredplumsframes

Shop Small on Etsy This Holiday Season!

Frame USA is promoting Etsy shops this holiday season! Small businesses and artists are important to us as a company. We encourage everyone to shop small for holiday gifts this year. Here are the first of our featured shops leading up to the holidays.

Framed Art

AgedPage

Images from AgedPage Photography speak softly to the soul by capturing moments in time, conceived with a nod to the past and a touch of vintage charm. The AgedPage print shop features photographs of country landscapes, still life images and rustic barns.

An Etsy shop since 2011, visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/agedpage

Alphabet Art Photos

At Alphabet Art Photos we love to bring people closer and help them celebrate life’s major milestones through our personalized artwork. Our passion and purpose is to continually create art that brings enjoyment into the home while offering a customer experience that we would want for ourselves.
Have you browsed our store and read the reviews?
Don’t worry if you haven’t cos here’s the news…
Our artwork is designed with you in mind
Each item is personalized, all one-of-a-kind.
So, pick out your letters and choose a font
We’ll take the time to create the look you want.
We’ll send you a proof to look over and consider
A thumbs up from you and we’ll print, pack, and deliver
A personalized gift that is made from the heart
Your name spelled out with our Alphabet Art!

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AlphabetArtPhotos

Patent Prints

PatentPrints is the best place to dress up your walls. Choose from multiple prints sizes and paper choices! These are prints of great inventions that have changed our lives. They are fun, educational, and will look great on your walls!

Visit PatentPrints here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PatentPrints

Burning For You

Burning for You is a collaborative effort between a graphic designer and an artist/architect. We offer you custom handcrafted laser engraved wood and hand dyed leather goods and accessories. We really have a passion for creating! Each piece is made with care; from the conceptual stage all the way to the finishing table. Our hope is that you enjoy our products as much as we enjoy making them.

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BurninForYou

CT Costa Photography

CT Costa Photography has been an Etsy seller since 2011 and continues selling fine art nature photography worldwide. They create inspiring photography of majestic landscapes and serene seascapes, and frame them with Frame USA products!

Visit their shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/CTCostaPhotography

Faith Wickey

These adorable glass art pieces would make great gifts while supporting a small business! Faith Wickey creates whimsical fused glass art pieces, then creates shadowboxes using frames from Frame USA.

Visit their Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FaithWickey

RibbonMade

RibbonMade on Etsy has some great items to gift this holiday season! They hand decorate Frame USA frames for all sorts of occasions, along with offering children’s benches, keepsake boxes, and other decor!

Visit their shop here

New Frame Series - Timber Barn Wood Brown

New Series Spotlight – Timber Barnwood Frames

Hello fellow framers! As we all know, summer is quickly coming to a close. And with that, comes all the fall things (HAPPY DANCE!). This season we’re introducing a brand new series to the Frame USA collection called “Timber”. Our new series Timber Barnwood is a great way to spruce up that She Shed, or dust off those old time, sepia-toned photos to hang around the house. It’s perfect for bringing the tranquility of outdoors inside your home. You’ll thank us for it once the weather gets cold!

She Shed
Rustic framing, or shabby chic, is becoming a major trend in home décor! With three different colors to choose from in this series (black, white, and light brown), you won’t have any trouble at all finding a place for these frames in your home. This series is made from real Spruce wood, but gives the illusion of reclaimed wood without the imperfections. The moulding gives a natural appearance with distressed ridges. Whether you’re stuck in the city and miss the country life, or you’re in the country and want to bring that feeling indoors, these frames are exactly what you’re looking for!

New Frame Series - Timber Barnwood Black New Frame Series - Timber Barn wood Brown New Frame Series - Timber Barnwood White
Just like all of our frames, the Timber series is American-made in our warehouse in Cincinnati, OH. Buying from Frame USA means supporting an American company and getting the best quality products! Now through 8/26/18 you can try these new Timber frames for 15% off. Just use coupon code “TIMBER” at check out to take advantage of this awesome discount!

Dorm Room Decorating

Dorm Room Decorating Tips for Back to School

Tips for Dorm Room Decorating

Dorm Room Decorating
When decorating your dorm room there are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure you’re having fun, get creative, and let your personality show through!

Times have changed since I graduated college ten years ago. However I recently helped my younger cousin move into her dorm at the University of Cincinnati. We decorated her walls together.

Whenever I decorate any room, I like to start by drawing a template. My cousin and I drew a little sketch of her room before we started. We positioned her bed and desk first because we were unable to use the wall space above them. Next we drew the areas that we wanted to decorate and decided what to put in these areas.

Most young adults going off to college are on a tight budget. The money they do have they’re trying to save that for food and fun activities, not room decorations. One inexpensive way to decorate your walls is with posters, either by themselves or in frames. This is what we did for my cousin. My cousin loves art, animals, and music so when we went to posterservice.com we shopped mainly in the art and music categories.

Since dorm rooms can be small, plain, and often have little to no natural light, we wanted to stick with colorful posters. An important interior design tip for decorating walls is to hang things in odd numbers, never even numbers. So on her smallest wall we chose 3 posters and hung them in a “V” shape. We called this “Marc’s Wall” because we only used posters by Marc Allante.

Chai Marc Allante Two Step Marc Allante A Portrait of Hong Kong Marc Allante
 

On the left of the wall, we hung up the poster titled “Chai” by Allante. In the middle bottom of the “V” shape, we used the poster “Two Step”, and on the right we hung “A Portrait of Hong Kong”. Some other great posters that are colorful and also very popular are Lion Rasta, Circulation, Melody of the Night and one of my favorites Let That Sh*t Go.

Pink Floyd Masse Golden Road Grateful Dead
Summer Tour Grateful Dead
 

My cousin has an old soul and is a fan of classic rock music, so on Bob Marley Guitar one of her other walls we did a music theme. It was hard for us to narrow down our choices because Posterservice has such a great selection of music posters! We ended up going with Pink Floyd Masse, Grateful Dead – Golden Road, and Grateful Dead – Summer Tour in one area. We also used our black corrugated poster frame to hang The Beatles Yellow Submarine. My cousin also loves Bob Marley, so right above her bed we put a popular poster titled “Bob Marley Guitar”.

The final poster we hung in her dorm room was on her door. We decided for this spot to use one of her favorites, Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. Once we were finished with her room, it went from looking like a prison cell to a comfortable, inviting, and fun living space!

The Wall Pink Floyd No matter what your style is, Posterservice has something for all personality types, interests, and hobbies. If you’re having a hard time deciding on a poster or poster frame, just call me – Jen Riggsby, Posterservice Manager at 513-250-4135. I would LOVE to help you out. As long as you send me a before and after picture – that is the most rewarding part!!

And if you’re in need of a frame for your new poster, Frame USA’s feature frame of the month for August 2018 is our poster frame series! You can view our selection here and use coupon code “SCHOOLRULES” for 10% off all poster frames through the end of August!

 

 

 

Barnwood Frames

DIY Projects Using Picture Frames – Tips and Ideas

DIY Projects – Tips and Ideas using Picture Frames

 

DIY Projects
Do it yourself projects are a huge trend right now. They’re a great way to bring out your creative side, manage stress, or decorate on a budget. I look at a picture frame and think the possibilities are endless. There are hundreds of styles and sizes that can be transformed into exciting DIY projects!  We’ll start small and work our way larger.

Let’s take a 4×6 frame and place a photo in it. It might seem DIY Gift Ideas obvious, but this could make a great gift for grandparents or other family members. You could also use that same frame and place a gift card inside – now there is a great gift idea! Using a picture frame instead of a greeting card is not only more exciting and unexpected, but many frames are more affordable than the average greeting card. They can also reuse the frame themselves.

Frames make for great wall decor just by adding printed craft paper or chalk board material. Check out this photo below of one of our customers who decorates the outside of our frames and sells them on Etsy! Our Decorate-It frame series is perfect for this kind of project. These unfinished frames are great for your DIY project like painting or collage.

 

DIY Projects Frames

One of my favorite DIY ideas is to add mirror glass to picture frames. Large or small, they can sit on a table or hang on a wall. This makes your frame a one of a kind wall decoration. We have frames that can be stained, painted, any custom finish that one can think of.

Barnwood Frames
Another favorite is the versatility of Frame USA’s natural Barnwood frames.  This series has a great rustic look and can be filled with any style of photo, or decorated with paint or collage. We have even turned them into serving trays that can be customized by simply adding a seasonal paper or family photo.

Last year the employees at Frame USA had the opportunity to make a project from their favorite frame. Each project was unique, creative, and awesome!
We are always adding new mouldings to our frame lines. The possibility of new ideas for creative DIY projects is endless! Get creative and send us your photos of any projects you use our frames for on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! We love seeing how creative our customers are!

Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation Charity

Charity of the Month August 2018: Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

Charity means a lot to us at Frame USA.

Every month, Frame USA selects a different local or national charity to donate to. It’s our goal to make a difference in the community by providing resources and donating money and time to a variety of charity foundations.

As part of our Monthly Charitable Gift Program, we donate to that month’s chosen charity organization $0.75 for every frame purchase made on our website, and $1.00 for every custom frame order through our local retail store. We also collect donations from our customers, vendors and key partners.

Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation Charity

This month we have a returning local charity – The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation. This foundation works to help prevent melanoma through education, awareness, and supporting research to find a cure. They named their foundation after Andy Caress, a young man from Cincinnati who lost his battle to melanoma at age 24 in August 2010.

On their website, The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation says this about Andy and his battle:

“In October, 2008, Andy became concerned about a mole on the back of his neck and went to a dermatologist. The biopsy indicated that the mole was melanoma, a disease that Andy and his family knew next to nothing about. Then Andy started on a 22 month journey to try to beat back “the Beast”, as he called it. He started with surgeries to remove the mole and the lymph nodes in his neck in Cincinnati, then continued his treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. There he worked with an incredible medical team, headed by world renowned melanoma specialist, Dr. Patrick Hwu. Andy and his close friend started a web page, andycaress.org, where Andy chronicled his journey, and friends could send him messages. To date, there have been over 36,000 visitors to that site!

Andy bravely endured more surgeries on his neck, the insertion of a rod to strengthen his femur, countless rounds of radiation, and weeks upon weeks of debilitating bio-chemo therapy. He remained positive and confident that he would win his fight. He became friends with other young adults who were also battling melanoma, and referred to them and himself as ‘Melanoma Warriors.'”

To continue the work that Andy began, ACMF has based their mission around his goals. They list their goals as the following:

  1. Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races
  2. Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma
  3. Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations
  4. “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words

Along with taking donations through Frame USA’s Charity of the Month and other private donations, ACMF is always in need of volunteers for events. If you are interested in getting involved, visit their website here for more information.

August Charity of the Month