Framing the Hens….
Don’t worry. Despite the title, there’s no “fowl play” going on. Nobody is blaming my girls for crimes they didn’t commit. But they DID get framed recently. Confused? Let me explain.
Back in June, Mary-Hall got all crafty and painted four lovely mini-portraits….one of each of our original four hens. She said the paintings were intended to bring a little lively decor to the inside of our henhouse, but I just couldn’t stand the thought of these lovely little works of art getting potentially ruined over time due to the elements….or….well….the chickens themselves. (They are sweet little ladies but not exactly careful critters all the time.) Although I’d looked many times, I couldn’t decide how to frame the paintings, couldn’t find ready-made frames that fit, and couldn’t quite justify spending money on custom framing. So, for months the canvases have been sitting on my desk where I look at them daily and smile at the thought of the sort of friendship that makes one paint pictures of the other one’s pet chickens.
But then a few weeks ago, two things happened: one, I had a day of super clean-out mood and cleaned everything off my desk leaving the paintings displaced, and two, on a late-night JoAnn’s run for something work-related, I located the perfect framing solution! Behold….a shadow box! Intended to frame anything that isn’t flat (such as seashells, or paper embelishments), the shadowbox frame is about an inch and a half deep, and comes in several standard sizes, one of which, 8in x 8in, was just perfect to from my 4, 4in x 4in canvases all in the same frame! Although the frame was originally $19.99, I had a 50% off coupon and paid just over $10 including tax…and when I looked the product up to link it here for you guys, it looks like it’s currently only $8.00 online, so get it while you can!
The next decision was where to display this tribute to our feathered friends. Certainly the paintings are adorable and sentimental, but the fact remains that they are of, well, chickens and therefore slightly comical. I needed a place where everyone would be able to enjoy their charm, but I wouldn’t be the girl with the chicken paintings hanging in the living room…..then it hit me. There was an empty shelf in the downstairs bathroom just begging for something happy, so I brought the chickens in and bingo! Perfection.
What’s that book on the shelf next to the chicken pictures you ask? Yes! It’s a copy of “I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems By Cats.” If you don’t have it. You need it. Trust me. It’s so hilarious you might pee your pants though, so best to read it while you’re already planning on heading to the bathroom…..Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Update: Keith thinks that Mary-Halls paintings formatted the way I have framed them is very Andy Warhol a la Marilyn Monroe. What do you guys think?