Molly’s Lab

January 21st, 2011

It’s alive! Re-claimed cedar changes up its look with a little help from Dr. Van Nostrand. From Left to Right.

1. Coat of natural oil

2. “Pickled” with natural vinegar-based stain

3. Natural stain with low VOC water based clear coat

ALL GORGEOUS! We love this wood!

Upcycling

January 19th, 2011

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.

Why throw magazines or cardboard or bottles in the recycling bin when they can be upcycled for art?

We deliver all of our mat remnants to Bailey-Boushay House, a nationally recognized facility in Seattle offering Residential Care and Chronic Care Management programs for people living with AIDS. Their clients turn our mats into incredible artwork. Those involved with Bailey-Boushay House share a belief that people with life-threatening diseases should be allowed to have care in a place with an atmosphere of inherent humanity. And what better expresses our humanity than art?

Meyer Wells Featured in New York Times

January 17th, 2011

“…Seth Meyer and John Wells harvest local urban trees doomed by development, disease or storm damage, and turn them into custom furniture, each piece a distinct botanical narrative.

Their business, started four years ago, bears all the markers that would seem to point toward collapse and extinction in a recessionary economy. It’s founded on idealism and emotion. It’s riddled with huge and unavoidable inefficiencies. And it tenders a high-end product that asks buyers to take risks and have faith.

Yet the company, Meyer Wells, has thrived. It’s been profitable from the start, Mr. Wells says, and revenue has grown annually; it reached $850,000 last year, and the business partners say they’re on track to top $1 million this year. There are now nine employees, and the furniture commissions have blown well beyond suburban kitchens to high-visibility clients like Starbucks and the University of Washington.”

Read more here.

Shop Treasures

January 14th, 2011

A frame shop and more, we offer affordable art made by local artists and unusual, beautiful art objects. Check out these hidden treasures currently available at the shop. Our Antique French maps (pictured below) are the perfect gift for the Francophile in your life.

Mirror, Mirror

January 12th, 2011

Mirrors provide a special magic in decor, adding light and seemingly expanding space. Take a look at this far-out, vintage leopard print frame. Wouldn’t this make a fab mirror for a funky bedroom or recreation room?

Our shop offers THOUSANDS custom mirror border options. We can order beveled mirrors if a customer wants to fill a frame they already own. We can even order gorgeous antique finish mirrors if a customer desires an instant patina aesthetic.

Hanging a heavy new mirror can be daunting, to say nothing about getting it level. Do you really want to climb that ladder?! Let our professionals handle your heavy lifting or precise measurements. We LOVE house calls!

The Work of Work

January 10th, 2011

The “dog” days of fall (?!) finally get to the “art” at Western Bridge.  Mini and Eefa take a “break.”

The Charm of Cedar

January 7th, 2011

This beautiful hand finished cedar frame is a unique piece of craftsmanship with an equally special story.

These trees were salvaged from the Cascade foothills (near Stampede Pass).  Around 1900 there was a fire that started from sparks created by the railroad wheels on the tracks. This fire burnt many acres of cedar, fir, etc. in the area. Over the years loggers have taken all the dead fir and left the cedar (considered “low value” by saw mills). Now, after 100+ years, these trees have been standing dead. Meyer Wells is one of the few mills/salvagers who can process this material because they are a boutique mill with specialized machines to handle the brittle nature of this material and create products that show its true beauty and potential. Each stick of moulding has its own characteristics and shows the beauty of the natural wood.

Our cedar stock is limited. Don’t miss out on this gorgeous, eco friendly framing option!

The Artist Formerly Known As Mini

January 5th, 2011

Love these pics! Our Chihuahua, the artist formerly known as Mini, was featured alongside an Irish Wolfhound in the exhibition “Martin Creed: Open/Closed, Big/Small, Full/Empty, On/Off” at our favorite Seattle-based contemporary art space, Western Bridge.

Hello World!

January 3rd, 2011

Welcome to Molly and Jon’s Madison Valley Fastframe blog!

A family-operated, community focused business, Molly and Jon’s Madison Valley Fastframe is a full-service frame shop that specializes in custom framing solutions. No job is too small or too large. We frame it all. Art, prints, photographs, memorabilia. If it fits though our door, we can frame it. If it doesn’t fit though the door, we’ll come to you! We love what we do, and created this blog to share our adventures and enthusiasm with customers and friends.

About the shop:

We have state-of-the-art framing materials and techniques for turning a box of memories into a stunning display, adding the finishing touches to a beautiful painting or photograph, or a child’s art project into a source of pride and joy. We can help you with conservation framing that meets or exceeds the Library of Congress standards for preservation framing. With our own cutting and framing workshop on site, there’s no need for outsourcing projects that incur extra charges.

We strive to make the experience of custom framing as enjoyable as the finished product. We approach each framing project individually with keen eyes and fresh ideas no matter how big, small, or unusual customers may think it is. We have a HUGE selection of mats and mouldings. This enables us to beautifully frame any piece and meet your budget.

We also offer affordable art made by local artists and unusual, beautiful art objects.

We have parking available in the back for easy loading and unloading of large art pieces. If it won’t fit in your two-seater, just let us know and we can arrange to pick it up or deliver it!

On any given day our customers may be greeted by our daughters and perhaps one of our dogs, Allie McBasset or Mini the Chihuahua. Afterall, Molly and Jon’s Madison Valley Fasrframe is more than a framing shop, it’s a family.

Yours,

Molly and Jon

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