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The next Lionel Messi {Frankie baby’s ball control} & Family Rules Art

You gotta love our Frankie baby. You rarely get a smile out of him, but you can get anything out of him with a donut. He’s 2 going on 10–and he seriously thinks he can hang with Parker’s soccer team. And…he might be right. Frankie baby hasn’t missed a practice this year–in his 2 year […]

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Sandi - October 26, 2011 - 1:05 am

Hilarious! The jersey just makes it that much cuter! I love your idea for the rules. If you can get crafty with 4 littles then I’m thinking there’s hope for me to paint a nativity scene for my yard before Christmas! Thank you for the inspiration!

Kristy D - October 27, 2011 - 3:51 pm

That is one of the neatest gift I’ve ever seen…makes me want to get started on one right away for my sisters Christmas presents. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Cho - October 29, 2011 - 2:42 am

Not been here for a while, so it was nice to catch up on things in your family. What a LOVELY idea for a present for your sister and a family heirloom to boot!

a candy corn craft…

I’m the annoying customer that walks through a shop and looks at things and thinks, “I could totally make that.” SO, Loo bear, Pman and I were in a little cute shop downtown last week when I saw really cute candy corn topiaries. They were cute, over-priced…and I could totally make that. I can also […]

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Elle J - October 12, 2011 - 11:37 am

You’ve been on my heart lately and I will admit that I too have seen The Young Family in Zambia (for like, perhaps, longer than a traditional visit). =) LOVE your crafty side and the warmth of your home.

Alison - October 12, 2011 - 2:19 pm

Can’t wait to see what God has planned for the Young family!!!

Update on Labstone, Life with daddy gone & Craft Relief:)

Whew…it’s been a CRAZY day–but oh my soul…I rejoice over the One who is over ALL things. ONE day–when all is quiet in my home…many years from now…this mom is going to write a book full of His miracles–cause I know as believers at our house–we see them EVERY day. Today was no exception. Where […]

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Larisa - October 7, 2011 - 7:19 am

Praying with you Andrea…and you amaze me! Still having time to write a huge blog post after your crazy day?? Wow!

Fall is in the air…

Time to pull out the Fall wreaths…or if last year’s is old and dingy…hit the fabric scraps pile and whip out one of these! (Shared this last year but love it so much here it is again!) Instead of using brads—I wanted to use hotglue because I have little ones who like to occasionally pull […]

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Melissa - September 7, 2011 - 1:59 pm

I do love the entrance of fall (and consignment sales!), but am a bit sad to see the summer go. As it’s winding down, is it too late to get your tomato/cottage cheese recipe, or did I miss it? I’m selling/volunteering at Lil Lambs (Whitlock UMC) this weekend myself. Hoping to find a moment to pop over to RUMC’s, too. Happy volunteering!

Framing on the cheap {How to frame your own posters and prints}

One of the best investments I made back in my photography days was a professional framing starter kit that I purchased from Kendallhartcraft. I bought it with the intention to frame for my clients–but did this ONCE. The REAL investment has been NOT paying for $$$ professional framing and simply doing it myself. {Seriously–professional framing […]

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Alison - May 24, 2011 - 3:35 pm

Love it! What a great framing tutorial! Thanks, Andrea! And I love Mpix too! I was so impressed with their quality and prices! And they run sales all the time!!!

Shelly Roberts - May 24, 2011 - 3:37 pm

FABULOUS post!!! I use my tape gun all the time for paper crafting/card making. 🙂 Love this tutorial! The idea of using your map in a glassed frame is fabulous. I have to say that I crack up every time you mention “when my kids study” or any variation of that phrase that you are famous for. 😉

Elle J - May 24, 2011 - 4:03 pm

You are such a good teacher ~ It looks fantastic!!

eryn kesler - May 24, 2011 - 4:15 pm

loving this tutorial!!

Amber - May 24, 2011 - 4:44 pm

Scott used to always think I was crazy to frame our portraits myself…until I showed him a bill from Hobby Lobby when I had a customer’s print framed! Now he just smiles when I get my kit out!

Erica - May 25, 2011 - 12:51 am

Yer killin me. When I come to Atlanta can I be considered a local and have an in person Andrea tutorial!??! I have a ton to frame! 🙂

Kim - May 25, 2011 - 8:31 am

GREAT tips, thank you!!!

Lindsay - May 25, 2011 - 10:39 am

I have been wanting to do something just like this!! 🙂 If you don’t mind me asking, where did you find that map?? I’ve been on the search for one like that. Thank you!

jenn - May 25, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Fun! Did you know that if you purchase ANY open back frame from Hobby Lobby they will frame it for you for FREE? That doesn’t include the price of the glass. But I got 4 pics of my kiddos mounted on 2mm styrene…bought 4 half price frames…took my pics to the counter and they set them in the frames, added back board, covered the back, and added hardware. NO COST! And they had my order ready in 24 hours. Just good to know because I had no idea they did that!

admin - May 25, 2011 - 4:20 pm

I guess it differs for every HL Jenn–b/c the last thing I paid HL to frame for me was $$$!!! I want YOUR HL girl!!!!!! That is one sweet deal!!!

Sara - June 18, 2011 - 12:21 am

Great directions but I must say I am a professional framer at Michaels. The service is over priced but I’ve never had anyone regret the decision to have it done. Also if you order your frame through custom framing, even during a 64% off sale, the frame itself is still expensive. Also we do A LOT of training and then are expected to pass three different level exams.

Tara - August 10, 2011 - 9:36 am

Thank you SO much for these pointers! I just picked up a couple of open back frames at Michaels yesterday on major clearance but didn’t know how to use them! I’ve never heard of Mpix and it is just what I’ve been looking for!

Sarah - November 24, 2012 - 6:06 pm

hands down, one of the best framing tutorials I’ve found. I’ve been looking for one that is inspired by solid, professional techniques but is approachable and involves a craft store rather than someone’s Framing Workshop of Intimidation.

A million times over – thank you for publishing this.

Anne - December 7, 2012 - 12:25 pm

What Sarah said!

I have been on a print buying spree and the framing is killing me and my pocketbook. I’ve been wondering if I could do a decent-looking job of framing these prints myself, and now I feel that I can jump in and do it by following your instructions.


Alex - December 23, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Thanks for the great article – super useful and appreciate the pointers, however I had an unrelated comment to make. I’m glad you didn’t want to offend the Alaskans, but who are the Phillipians? Like the ancient people that a book in the bible was named after? Or the island of the Philippines where Filipino people live? You probably offended them more.

Omar - May 2, 2015 - 8:52 pm

Thank you sooo much for this! I bought some prints on ebay, went to Michael’s today and saw the open backed frames (40% off, yessssss!), which were way nicer than any of the others. I saw the “kit” which was cardboard and a sheet of glass. It looked amazing, but then, how will I keep the print in the frame and how do people use these dang things? A quick Google search led me here and I am so glad. Terribly helpful.