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Handprints for Grandparents

“This was the first Christmas in many years that all the grandkids were able to spend with our grandparents. We wanted to do something special & memorable from all of us to them. While the process was a bit messy (try getting hand prints from a 3 year-old), we are so thrilled with the outcome and can’t wait for our grandparents to see it!”

“FCG was so helpful throughout the entire process and really helped the project come together. Thanks FCG!”

– Brenda Swibes & Rebecca Swibes

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Margaret’s Hurley Stick

“On our trip to Ireland we found at last our cousin of my O’Malley grandfather. After an evening of celebration, my cousin reached up and took down his old winning Hurley Stick from the wall behind his bar. With tears in his eyes he gave it to me. I’ve never been so honored. Gorgeous outcome!”

– Margaret Amundson

A Hurley is a wooden stick used to hit a sliotar (leather ball) in the Irish sport of hurling. It measures between 70 and 100 cm (28 to 40 inches) long with a flattened, curved end (called the bas) which provides the striking surface.

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Peyton’s Blackhawks Memories

Peyton Tarnowski was lucky enough to attend the sold-out Chicago Blackhawks convention this past year. He got to meet some of the players and had them sign a jersey & puck. Peyton’s mother, Lori, wanted his fun Blackhawks memories to last a lifetime. She thought the best way would be to have these items framed so he can see it daily and relive the memory. During Chesterton’s Trick Or Treat night, Peyton (left) just happened to be trick or treating with his friend TJ (right) here at FCG. Lori pointed out the framed project to him. He couldn’t believe it…

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Framing a Lee Krasner

“Lee Krasner is the wife of the late Jackson Pollock. Her works come up for sale very seldom and when we saw this piece, it spoke volumes. Getting an unframed Krasner was daunting, but Framing Concepts knew exactly how to present it. We couldn’t be happier! FCG is so personable and professional. Our work by Krasner looks FANTASTIC!”

– Mike & Lanette Gonzalez

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Scenes of Venice

“In 1966 my grandparents traveled to Italy to visit relatives and purchased these pieces from a sidewalk artist. They were discovered in a closet rolled in the original packaging from Italy. They are stone lithograph prints of original charcoal drawings of Venice, Italy.”

– Carol

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Pam’s Handmade Indian Purse

“My Mom & Dad brought back this gift for me while they were on vacation in Hayward, WI in July of 1971. It is a purse that the Chippewa (aka Ojibeva) Indians, who live in Hayward and surrounding areas, hand-made. I’ve had it displayed on an over-the-door hanger or from a door knob for many years. I think it’s about time to display it permanently & beautifully, that’s why I brought it to Framing Concepts.”

“FCG has framed many art projects for me over the years.
I would never trust anyone else for my projects. FCG is fantastic!”

– Pam…

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New York City Memories

“My parents bought this print in NYC on their wedding anniversary; we lived on Long Island at the time. It was the late 80’s. It is more special to us now, since it depicts the World Trade Center Towers. I came to update the frame and love what Lucas, the designer, and I picked out for it! It was a wonderful experience to take time and explore different frame options for my piece, plus my little daughter loved the cookies!”

– Sara Masloroff

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Keith’s Arrowheads

“This project is a visual memorial to my brother, who recently and unexpectedly passed away, and is a way for us to keep him with us.”

“We’ve had several pieces framed at FCG, and are always amazed with the results and quality of workmanship.”

– Keith Gesse

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Lucky Art Show

“I won this picture at a gallery opening that featured my friend’s husband, Henry Shultz. I was thrilled that my ticket was drawn! I decided to have it framed to put more emphasis on the flower photograph.”

“FCG did such a wonderful job. The photo turned out so well; it is even more beautiful than I hoped! I am thrilled!”

– Donna Brown

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Baseball Memories Worth Framing

“We decided to create a shadow box of our oldest son’s high school baseball career. One that he can hang in his house and share with his children, as well as his friends. A great memory!”

“We have always been so pleased with the creativity & originality of the work that we have always had done here. They always take time and have wonderful ideas about how to present the idea we bring in and it turns out wonderfully!!!”

– Christine Rasmussen

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Congrats To Peggy!

Peggy Peterson, a longtime FCG client, is an accomplished needlepoint artist. We are always thrilled to see her creations. Peggy’s latest project is a tobasco oyster & pearls needle point. The work was submitted by one of Peggy’s co-teachers to be in the new edition of Jo Ippolito Christensen’s The Needlepoint Book. The book is a must-have for new and accomplished needle point enthusiasts, and is commonly known as the “Needlepoint Bible.” Congrats to Peggy for getting published! We are thrilled to be able to frame Peggy’s needlework.

– Peggy Peterson

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Motocross Jersey

“This is a race-worn motocross jersey signed by Justin Barcia who raced for factory Honda. At the time he was riding for Geico Honda and this was a jersey from one of his first 4500cc moto wins. My son, Trevor, periodically trained at the same place Justin lived and trained. FCG did a great job of making this jersey look great and worked within my budget. Nice job!”

– Linda Orlowski-Smith

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Queen of the Fence Run

“This painting, The Queen of the Fence Run, is the favorite of my paternal grandfather, William Frances Gilmore’s paintings. The framing has just further enhanced the value of this personal treasure. On a scale of 5 for quality, service, creative effort and in all other areas of customer service, FCG rates a 10!”

– Greg Gilmore

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Janice’s Family Brewery

“I found this label in the basement by my father’s workbench. His ancestors had this brewery in Pennsylvania and I had no idea. How exciting it was to find this and show it to my cousins! They shared information with me and I was in awe. It is no longer in business, but what a wonderful memento.”

“Kat was wonderful in helping me find the perfect frame and giving me suggestions on how to mount this label. The finished product is outstanding, better than what I thought. It truly is a masterpiece in my eyes! Thank you Kat and Framing…

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A Visit to the Harley Museum

The Urevigs recently visited the Harley Davidson Museum. They liked how the vintage piece recalled a time when motorcycles were a symbol of refinement.
“Framing Concepts did an excellent job.”

– Janice Urevig

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Memories From Japan

“These 3 pieces were hand-carried back to the states by my Mom as mementoes of her 1973 summer in Japan. Each held a special memory for her that she shared with each person who lived or visited her home. She passed them on to us and now, after beautiful framing, will continue to bring enjoyment and her memories in our new home for years to come. These are our most recent projects framed with FCG; we’ve used them for 10 years, and more to come!”

– Chuck & Linda Nelson

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Grandparent’s Painting

“This painting is part of a group of old water colors I inherited from my grandparents. It’s the second painting in the series I’ve had Framing Concepts reframe and with great success! It looks amazing!! FCG does beautiful work with unique and lovely materials. Thank you!”

– Eve Kaiser

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Harley Davidson History

“This is a 40’s era Harley Davidson kidney belt that has been in our family. Older motorcycles didn’t have suspension, and riders would wear these belts to protect their backs and kidneys. Framing Concepts did a great job!”

– Nancy & Joe Olietti

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Grandparents of Twins

“We are the proud grandparents of infant twins! So, naturally, we are busy collecting and stitching heirlooms for them to enjoy and have for years to come. Framing Concepts is more than most people think! The creativity with each project that they have done for us has been truly amazing.”

– Bob & Meg Ellis

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Memories of a Beloved Home

“My son, his wife, and their four children have lived in their home in New Rochelle, New York, since October 5, 2006. They have many fond memories of this house and are sad that they must move. The realtor who listed the house took great shots of each room, and I remember my son mentioning that he’d love to have copies of all the photos, but they were the property of the realtor. In secret, I worked with the realtor to obtain permission to use the photos and then hired Framing Concepts to design this collage to show them off….

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Patrick’s Law Documents

“These certificates had been stored in an envelope for 18 years. When I changed law firms it occurred to me, the work I put into getting them should be appreciated by others. Sandy and I decided they needed to be shown and shared! Framing Concepts and Evy walked us through everything we needed to know. They helped us find the perfect matting, great colors, and the perfect frames.”

– Patrick McEuen & Sandy Wilson

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Tracy’s Tropical Wedding

“I got married on the beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands last summer. It was a beautiful day captured by an amazing photographer. The only way I was able to talk my husband into paying for that photographer was by agreeing to style some of our pictures like they were a DVD cover for the TV show ‘Lost’. What started as a joke resulted in extremely unique, memorable photos of the happiest day of my life. Thanks to the wonderful framing FCG did, this photo is now the showcase piece in our new home.”

“I knew that Framing Concepts…

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Mary Jean’s Mirror

“I wanted a mirror for above my fireplace that would add beauty to my already pretty room. I had an idea of what I wanted, but needed professional help to bring my vision to fruition. Pat listened to my desires (which I find rare) and custom made a mirror that is absolutely stunning.”

“Pat is the best! Her taste is perfect. She will assist you to make your dreams come true! As a former teacher, I give Pat an A+.”

– Mary Jean Brady

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Heartfelt Framing Project

“I saw the word-art quote in a magazine and thought it would make a really nice piece of art for a gift. So I embroidered it on flannel. I’m giving to my grandparents for their 65th anniversary this year.”

Nissa’s embroidery reads: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the Heart.”

– Nissa Clark

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Jo Ellyn’s Travel Mementos

Jo Ellyn framed colorful and fun travel mementos to remember traveling with her quilting friend. They were presented to Jo Ellyn as a gift. The framing was done in a black neutral to avoid competing with the vibrant colors.

“FCG does super work!”

– Jo Ellyn Leasure

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Wrigley Field Memories

“Brandon & Lyric were on baseball teams this summer, so at the end of the season, Grandpa took them to Wrigley Field. It was Brandon’s first trip there, so he received a certificate, and all 3 got memories for a lifetime. PS – the Cubs won!”

– The Baurs

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Pat’s Shakespeare Festival

“Our family loves Shakespeare, and we set a goal to see all of Shakespeare’s plays performed professionally, a goal which we have accomplished. We’ve had our eye on this print for many years and finally found it on sale at the Stratford, Ontario, Shakespeare Festival! We’re thrilled at how fabulous it looks thanks to Pat’s framing advice. It will hang in our daughter’s apartment while she is working on a PhD in theatre. FCG does special work, always suggesting just the right materials for special pieces of art.”

– Pat Johnson

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Movie Critic Cat Print

“My wife and I love cats, and when we found this print of a movie critic cat done on an old dictionary page, we knew we just had to have it.”

“Framing Concepts does unique and innovative framing!”

– Neil & Maureen Davey

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Letters from Vietnam

“I found this letter in my grandmother’s basement. It is addressed to my grandfather from my uncle in Vietnam. The letter is about my father, Freddie, and how my uncle would do anything to keep him out of the war.”

– Kelly Foster

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Tubinger Germany

“This design was made by a friend, Dr Walter Springer, who lives in Tubinger, Germany, and teaches in Valpo’s study-abroad program near there. We lived near Tubinger (in Reutlingen) from 2007 to 2009, when I served as director of that program. The print (based on a famous New Yorker Magazine Cover) contains many memories for us.”

“FCG always does a great job and gives us helpful options from which to select the best frame for our art work”

– Matthew Becker

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