Museum Quality Framing’s staff encases cherished photos, artwork, and three-dimensional objects in materials ranging from polished wood to leather. Ready-made photo frames ($10+) clasp snapshots in a wood-and-glass embrace, protecting them from wrinkles, stains, and the scratchy nuzzles of sentimental lumberjacks. Lackluster walls can find colorful companionship in preframed artwork and a vehicle for deep self-reflection in mirrors ($100+). Ensconce valuables in custom framing packages ($69.99+), which can accommodate sports memorabilia, or preserve fine art with archival mats and backing boards. Handcrafted frames add a Renaissance flair to photos, utilizing materials such as 22-karat gold leaf to create one-of-a-kind frames.
While living in Kenya, Leslie Mittelberg was amazed at the skills displayed by artisans and the vast variety of items that were sold in the community marketplace. After returning to the United States, she often longed for a way to access those rich textiles and beautiful sculptures, but found that very few African products made their way to the US. Guided by her passion, she began contacting sellers along the East African coast and encouraging them to export their wares. Today, she employs fair-trade policies to stock stores throughout the country, supporting artisans living in Kenya, Tanzania, the Sudan, Uganda, South Africa, Mozambique, Mali, Senegal, and Ethiopia.
It's not every day that online shopping includes as much personal attention as you get from Stoneside Blinds. In most areas, their online-shopping process starts off with a free house call from a designer, who helps clients pick out materials and styles for their window dressing. Once the client has made their choices, the company will send out teams to measure the window frames and, later, install the final product for a flat fee. Their handiwork, and the blinds themselves, are backed by a rigorous guarantee that lets customers change their minds within 30 days and safeguards against defects up to a year later, so customers never have to cover up faulty blinds with a poster of their backyard. The only online part of their signature process, really, is placing the order. Minutes after the order is placed, the team at the production warehouse gets to work making it a reality, whether it's roller shades in a custom fabric, sleek solar shades, or classic wooden blinds.
Kennette Blotzer, owner of Something to Crow About, has created a quilter’s haven in her store’s expanded space, characterized by its original brick and wood-plank flooring. More than 3,000 bolts of fabric spark inspiration with a range of designs, from seasonal prints to careful reproductions of patterns from the Civil War and the 1930s. The shop stays true to its name by specializing in chicken and rooster fabrics, which congenial employees can help sort through while advising on individual projects.
The Block of the Month projects guide quilters through long-term projects of 6 or 12 months by proffering patterns and supplies needed for creating quilts one step at a time. The shop further generates community by serving as a certified venue for company trust-fall activities and by hosting events that include sewing-club meetings as well as diverse quilting and rug-hooking classes.
Despite its aesthetic intricacy, papercutting is an accessible craft that produces delicate silhouettes of pastoral scenes and floral patterns. The instructors at Gifts & Decor walk students through the X-Acto techniques that produce these pieces, which have been popularized recently by professional artists such as Kara Walker. In other classes, the precision of papercutting is shed in favor of the freeform malleability of colored glass pieces, which are fused into abstract trivets or tiny houses to use as a visual aid during cautionary tales about stone throwing. In addition to its full calendar of classes, Gifts & Decor showcases the work of local artists. Framed papercut works, jewelry, and glass art—all handmade—line the walls of the shop, inspiring students as they make their own pieces.
When looking through Travis Geny's portfolio, the constant theme is his striking use of light. Whether shooting under the evening sky a blooming field or on the streets of Portland, Travis finds splashes of sun that accentuate his clients' beauty. This attention extends to his boudoir sessions, where light filtered through gossamer curtains gives skin a soft glow. It can also be seen in sessions with families, engagement parties, and dachshunds posing for corporate head shots. Travis's expertise covers a range of casual and professional needs, from families looking to make a memory to aspiring models showing off the latest fashions. He can freeze your photons either in his studio or on location at a scenic locale of your choice.