Fanciful Frames
Wednesday, November 11th 2015

For Gallantry in Action – A Veterans Day Story

Back on May 13, 1968, it was another day at work for Specialist Four Patrick M. Malone, RA18807702 United States Army. He was serving as chief of a search-light crew at the compound of Rach Kien, Viet Nam, when it … Continue reading

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015

More is Better. Stand Together

Sometimes more is better.  Here’s a framing we did…a double soccer jersey presentation featuring Will Johnson, a Canadian soccer player who is team captain of the Portland Timbers, and Diego Valeri, an Argentine footballer who is their midfielder.  So I don’t … Continue reading

Friday, May 29th 2015

The No Hitter Chief

Being a picture framer I frame things that are near and dear to my clients’ hearts so I tend to learn a bit about them, and about they things they frame.  The stories that come from these framing projects could … Continue reading

Saturday, May 2nd 2015

Jeopardy Here I Come!

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about professional sports.  Or any sports, really.  As a kid I always had my nose poked in a book or I was writing stories in my spiral notebooks.  And there … Continue reading

Thursday, September 4th 2014

Clearly It’s A Fisherman’s Bounty

It was a perfectly clear summer morning in 1974.  Mike Pillsbury and some fishing buddies dropped their lines into Diamond Lake, located just north of Crater Lake National Park in the southern region of the great state of Oregon.   They were angling after a Canadian strain of rainbow … Continue reading

Wednesday, July 30th 2014

Families are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts

Well, it’s summer time and we’ve been busy with our picture framing business and with our small farm.  Between being very busy at our shop and taking care of our crops and the new baby chickens I’ve not gotten a … Continue reading

Monday, May 26th 2014

A Memorial Day Tradition: Peter Kress Post 636

Memorial Day was my dad’s favorite holiday. I know that is a bit unusual.  It’s a holiday largely overlooked. Beyond marking the start of summer it goes by pretty much unnoticed, well unless there is a good sale on lawnmowers. … Continue reading

Tuesday, May 13th 2014

Story of An Artist: Dino By Design

Lots of young children love sports and my story today is about a young man that was no different.   As a youngster growing up in Connecticut, Dino Murphy was an avid sports enthusiast and he was often found to be playing basketball, baseball, and tennis.   But … Continue reading

Monday, March 31st 2014

The Shy Little Princess

Once upon a time in a land known as Portlandia, a little princess lived with her family.  She was a beautiful little thing, with long flowing hair the color of rich chocolate. Her eyes were blue like the sky on a sunny day and sparkled … Continue reading

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

These boots were made for Walking the Camino

Our story today ends in Spain, specifically the northwest province of Galicia in a place called Santiago de Compostela.  It’s less a story than a journey, and you know what they say, it’s the journey that’s really important, not the destination. But … Continue reading

Saturday, February 15th 2014

Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really

It’s been 46 days since my dog died.  It’s been 56 days since my last blog posting. If you think those events are related, you would be correct. It is only knowing that my web developer is watching my progress, … Continue reading

Friday, December 20th 2013

The Yo-Yo Story: A Gold Star for a Silver Award

This story is about a lot things.  Mainly a yo-yo.  Well, it’s really about a yo-yo award, more specifically a 1949 Duncan Silver Yo-Yo Award.   But it’s more about a gift that evokes memories, conversation, a wry smile, laughter, and a whole … Continue reading

Saturday, December 14th 2013

A Christmas Gift For Mom, Madison Style

As you might imagine, we’ve been busy little Santa’s helpers these past few weeks.  Busy helping people plan great gifts for family and friends.  Sure, it’s easier to buy a gift card or prowl the mall looking for that great bargain … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 4th 2013

America’s Cup Runneth Over

The 34th America’s Cup was held on the San Francisco Bay between the defender Oracle Team USA Oracle representing the Golden Gate Yacht, and the challenger Emirates Team New Zealand representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Oracle Team USA won … Continue reading

Friday, November 29th 2013

Rip City’s Bill Schonely with Amy Bradshaw at Special Portland Executives Association Event

If you live in the Portland area you’ve most likely heard of Bill Schonely.   Nicknamed  “The Schonz”, Bill was the play-by-play announcer for the Portland Trail Blazers for almost 30 years and later returned to appear in radio and TV segments and acts as a … Continue reading

Monday, November 11th 2013

A Veterans Day Tradition: Soup’s on.

So today is Veterans Day.  The day we should all be thankful for the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served in the armed forces defending this nation over its 237 year history. I’m sure it sounds strange … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 5th 2013

We Must Use Time Creatively

Okay, so I stole the title from a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.  I’m sure he was talking about time in a more lofty sense, but I found a clock so creative and unique that I have to show … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013

The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face

The title of this post is a quote from William Thackeray.  He was an English novelist of the 19th century quite famous for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society.  Now perhaps he did know … Continue reading

Saturday, October 12th 2013

Families are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts

My absolute favorite things to frame are something you probably already have.  Maybe yours are in a drawer or in old box.  What am I talking about?  Family photographs!  Displaying your family heritage can be beautiful and interesting.  But that’s just … Continue reading

Sunday, October 6th 2013

Who needs art when you have a smiling face!

G.K. Chesterton, (1874 – 1936), was an English writer, theologian, poet, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist.  Now this posting is not about G.K, but I love this quote of his:  “Art consists of limitation.  The … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 1st 2013

Great is the art of beginning

Welcome to my blog!  I’m glad you stopped by and I hope that each time you visit me you leave with something new.  My goal is to give you great ideas on picture framing, art selection, and wall design.  I’ll … Continue reading