Who We Are

The past few years, the area where I live, Crawford County, Ohio, has seen a wonderful explosion of younger families who are embracing the joys and challenges of living off the land. Because of them, amazing things are happening which have been embraced by our community. Farmer’s markets have been created and on-farm stores have opened. Families dedicated to growing organic produce and naturally raised meats are meeting the public’s needs for locally raised foods. And at the heart of this movement are the women.

Ohio Country Journal is my attempt to share the essence of farm life, focusing on, but not limited to, women. My goal is to bring you into our circle of friendship by inviting you to share your stories and experiences with us. You don’t have to be a full time country woman to benefit from joining us; you just have to be you.

The full-time country women featured in Ohio Country Journal are an inspiration to anyone who dares to follow her dreams, whether it is to live in the country or to bring the country life-style to their urban neighborhoods.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Rustic Picture Frame Ideas

I love going to outdoor outfitter stores like Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, and Fin, Feather and Fur (which was started in Ashland, a town near Galion and is now expanding to other cities...yay for them!). These shops are intended for outdoor sportsmen, of course, but to me they bring the art of the outside world inside.

All three of the stores have huge displays of taxidermy animals in natural settings, making them a museum of sorts. 

During a recent trip to Michigan, we stopped at a Cabela's so that Jim could spend his Christmas gift cards. While he shopped, Ava and I strolled through the store, studying the nature displays and admiring the art. I was certainly inspired by the way the interior design team framed old prints. I keep thinking that I will do something similar with some of my prints...God knows we've got enough old barn siding that I could use. I just need to carve a bit of time to tinker with the ideas and what we've got.

Marcheta *carving craving tinkerin' time

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  1. Great idea, Marcheta! An artist who makes his own frames says to remember that keeping it square is the most important factor, otherwise your glass won't fit. A photographer friend turned framer encourages the use of conservation glass and making absolutely certain that the print does not touch the glass. If you don't use mats, incorporate spacers into your framing like one does with pastels.

  2. Thanks, Fish, for the great advice. I did not think about using spacers to keep the prints from touching the glass.

    I bought a whole lot of frames from Goodwill to practice adding elements to. The frames are nice and I cannot buy the glass for what I paid for the entire frame.

    And kudos to your photographer friend for discovering another business venture via her art :)