With the snow finally gone, it gives most of us great pleasure to swing open the doors and windows and let in the fresh air and sunshine. Spring represents a time for growth, renewal and new beginnings. But before that new growth can occur, we need to rid ourselves of the old. Consequently spring cleaning, both indoors and out, is required.
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Canadians are huge sports fans: hockey, soccer, baseball, football, Nascar, golf, volleyball, basketball, bowling, etc. Many of us are diehard fans of a particular professional team – the Leafs, Jays, Raptors, Tigers, Red Wings, Galaxy, Canadiens, Celtics.
When we attend live sporting events, we often want to remember these unforgettable moments.
Trends indicate that summer homes and cottages are fast becoming one of the most popular real estate investments. As the babyboomer generation ages, they are looking at cottages as future retirement homes or sound investments. They also may have inherited the family cottage from aging or deceased parents. Continue reading
When purchasing art, the word “print” is often used to describe works on paper. “Print” is used when referring to posters, fine art reproductions, limited edition reproductions, the giclée printing process, canvas transfers and original prints. This begs the question: what is a print? If you think that the whole issue is confusing, you are right. So let’s create some clarity so that you, as a consumer, will be more knowledgeable in your print purchasing.
As crazy as the malls may be and as easy as it is to shop on line, as I prepare to do my own Christmas shopping, I consider my personal values. There is a poster in the front window of Creative Art & Frame which says, “Thank you for supporting local, independent Canadian business”. As much as I can, that is what I plan on doing.
With Christmas right around the corner, you may want to consider a framed piece of art for your favourite loved one. Does your Christmas list include your parents, grandparents, spouse or significant other, children of differing ages, and special friends?
Consider the likes and interests of each person and your budget. Framed pictures do not need to be expensive, but if you are looking for something very special, the sky is pretty much the limit.
Many people are personally involved in fundraising, whether it is for their child’s minor hockey team, the PTA or a place of worship. Others volunteer for a number of worthy causes: hospitals, the arts, social services agencies, the United Way or a variety of health-related organizations ~ cancer, diabetes, heart & stroke, etc.
Often these volunteer positions require working with staff development officers to raise funds for new equipment, programs, capital spending or operations. One thing is certain, with government cutbacks and increases in demand for services, fundraising is more competitive then ever. So the question remains ~ what can I do to generate additional revenue for my charity of choice?
It is interesting to reflect back and think about the biggest developments that have occurred in the custom picture framing industry over the past 25 years. I think that all of the changes can basically be boiled down to two: Technology and Globalization.
From the technological side there have been huge advancements in the areas of computers, equipment and printing. When we started in business, all of the order taking and invoicing was done manually. Now there are software programs specifically designed for the picture framing business that create the orders for all materials including frames, mats, glass ,etc. These programs generate invoices as well as maintain data bases on previous orders, personal information and inventory. To the client, this means that if you want to duplicate an order down the road, your records are easily accessible by your framer.