Altered Photo Frame

I took the weekend off from my “day job” paperwork to do some SERIOUS work instead.

In Lebanon, Missouri on I-44 at exit 127 is a discount store – Shepherd Hills – we stop at every time we are on that stretch of highway.  I find bargains there for my crafting as well as really good deals on Chicago Cutlery kitchen knives and OXO kitchen tools.  Our most recent trip I picked up some really good solid wood picture frames.

Wood picture frame

Wood picture frame

Can’t beat the price at $2.55 and I bought three of them.

The people we rely on to keep us working are barged in on and expected to perform at, virtually, a moments notice.  Our poor vehicle mechanics are just one of the professionals we rely on.  A call to their shop to give a heads up on when we plan on being home and for how long, then a phone consultation on the vehicle problem.  Day of arrival at the shop is always hectic with several vehicles way ahead in line before us.  These guys always manage to get us in and out right away.

As a way of showing our appreciation for the work they do and how they don’t put us off for some other day that is more convenient for them I have created a clock.

This project is pretty simple.  I went to a local glass place to have a 3/8 hole drilled in the piece of glass on the picture frame.  They tried it with their glass and it broke in half so I scrapped that idea.  I had Joe cut an 8 x 10 piece of wood I’ve had in my craft room closet for a number of years.  A bit of acrylic paint, some appropriately themed vintage pictures, and photos of Joe’s tools, along with the clock work pieces I spent the weekend creating this piece.

Give this a try with your own photos and favorite scrapbook papers and embellishments.  I’ve made a YouTube video of the process I went through.  Hope this sparks your creative process.  Maybe create a clock for your craft room or make a gift for someone you care about and appreciate.

Happy crafting – Leslie

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gardenpinks
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 16:24:58

    This is a brilliant idea Leslie and I bet your mechanic was delighted to be so favoured and appreciated with something that he would never be able to buy from anywhere else. Your talent and creativity are a wonder to behold – now I would see that picture frame and think “Oh yes picture frame, there’s a photo waiting for just such a frame” whereas your creative mind kicks in and sees something completely different 🙂 Just love the way you inspire.

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx


    • Message In A Fold
      Aug 29, 2011 @ 09:01:18

      Joe and I were told the only clock they have is in the shop area. When they are in the office and want to see what time it is they have to go out into the shop and look up. So I was glad this was something they could use. Joe went with me just in case there was a mention of no numbers on the clock face. Joe was all set to say “I let you fix my vehicles and you can’t tell time?!” His hopes were dashed when both of the men knew what time it was without the numbers 🙂

      With all the photos I’ve taken over the years there are virtually NONE up in frames in our house. I get some “half baked” ideas when I’m in stores. A lot of my purchases sit in bags in my room waiting to be used. The ideas don’t really start to percolate until I decide to make something for someone. I suppose you do the same thing. Think about the person and what they do or how they have helped you then “BAM” the half baked idea takes on a life of its own 🙂

      Thank you Lynn. I’m glad that I have inspired you 🙂

      Love you – Leslie


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