Travel Find: Cork Picture Frame
I love to travel, but, often I don’t get to travel as far as I would like sometimes. That is why when a couple of my friends got married in Albany, New York, last fall, I made a point to attend. The leaves were changing and I got to explore both upstate New York and Vermont. It was gorgeous, and I had a fabulous time at the wedding.
Whenever I travel I make a point to do some touristy stuff, but also love to explore the local life and do as the locals do. For this trip it meant eating at Blue Ribbon Diner in Burlington, Vermont and hiking out into the wilderness. Back in Albany over by the New York State Capitol, I splurged on decadent slice of cheese cake from Cheesecake Machismo and stopped by the local treasure trove that is otherwise known as The Treasure Chest, which benefits the Albany Damien Center for individuals and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
It was one of those thrift shops where you carefully dig through piles of glassware and other odds and ends. Now, often my travel explorations lead to awesome finds that are either highly breakable or won’t fit in my suitcase. After an hour of through exploring, I found this petite, art deco cork picture frame. I’ve never seen anything like it. I wanted to cuddle with it and whisper sweet nothings to it. And it was inexpensive. So of course it had to go home with me.
Once I got this bad boy home, as with anything, it took me a while to figure out what was the best art to showcase in this over the top frame. it was quite a challenge since it was (1) so small and (2) couldn’t compete with the natural designs in the cork.
I scoured the internet and sorted through magazines and catalogs with no solution or inspiration. Without any real direction I dove into my “stash” of would-be art. This is essentially a collection of magazine clippings, old (never written on) calendars, and various odds and ends that I’ve picked up through events, yard sales and thrifting. I went through every piece in my pile and finally came a cross a stack of postcard size prints that were from a limited edition portfolio of photographer Algimantas Kezys‘ Society’s Man show that I saw in Chicago. I held up each black and white photo to the frame, thinking that surely one of these had to work. Part way through the stack there it was – Figure and Squares.
Not too black. Not too detailed. Vertical, not horizontal. And I didn’t have to resize it. The photograph was perfect for my favorite frame. YES! One more thing off the list. Now it sits proudly on display on my white two-tiered table in the living room (Yes I know, the one that I still, STILL, have to gold leaf or paint or just make better.) as a reminder of both good friends and good travels.
Bam! That is how you incorporate travel finds into your home. Now go get your travel on, find something good and enhance your life.