Take Awesome Photos With Your Smartphone

  One of the things that is on my bucket list this year is to learn how to take beautiful photos with my phone.  I can snap a decent picture, but I know that there is so much more that’s possible with my phone and right now I haven’t a clue... read more

Paint Night with Julie Brayton

February is one of the most difficult months in my estimation.  The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is way back in the rear view mirror, the excitement of the first snow has lost it’s charm, and winter just seems to be dragging on.  What we... read more

Explore Your Creative Side

I think that at one time or another everyone wishes that they had the ability to express themselves through painting.  There is the notion that there is something soothing about sitting at an easel and letting your creative side take over and following it where... read more

Event: Preserve Your Memories

When I moved from my home of 36 years, it quickly became apparent to me that, while I was leaving behind many things that triggered wonderful memories for me, there were lots of memories moving right along with me in several different formats.  Photos.  Did... read more

Event: Tips for Better Travel Photography

Summer is here and whether you are traveling to a far away destination or spending time exploring our local attractions it’s a safe bet that you’ll be capturing those memories with your camera.  Do you have a photo that you love because you somehow managed to... read more

Does My Artwork Need To Be Re-framed?

This question comes up periodically at Finishing Touches. Many times the framed artwork in question is a lovely work of art that was received as a gift and the framing just doesn’t feel right to the customer.  Or it is a picture that worked for many years... read more

Caring For Your Framed Art

Whether it be a genuine Picasso or your young Picasso’s artwork, framed artwork needs a little special attention every now and then. Following just a few simple guidelines will go a long way towards ensuring it looks as great as the day that you had it framed. First... read more

6 Frames to Celebrate Earth Day

Is there anything as beautiful as a genuine hardwood created by Mother Nature?  Only time and weather can craft the subtle color changes and meandering striations that are visible on wood that has been cut from the forest.  Here in North America we are... read more

My, my. Where does the time go?

When last we “spoke” I was writing from the framing conference. Evan and I were so pleased with the conference this year…. classes were wonderful and we had the opportunity to meet with framers from all over to touch base and trade thoughts and ideas. We also saw many... read more

Two Sides to Every Story

Have you ever wanted to frame something that’s two-sided and the back is as important as the front and needs to be viewable?  That’s not a problem;  we can create an opening in the back of the frame to reveal the reverse of the item as we did with these... read more

Framing A Mystery

One of the many things that we enjoy about working in the framing industry is having the opportunity to help our clients preserve and enjoy something that has special meaning. This is a very interesting project that we recently framed. Our client, Julie, came in with... read more