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A cure for cabin fever

February 6, 2010

According to at least a few groundhog sources, it looks like we may be in for six more weeks of bad weather. At the very least the forecast for this weekend is not looking so good.

I'm sure many of you are tired of looking at the same four walls and are ready for spring, but until winter loosens its grip on us, maybe we should do something to make those four walls a little more interesting. Hanging some fresh frames can do a lot to revitalize a boring room. You might be thinking, "Artwork is expensive and I don't want to spend a ton of money." You don't have to spend a bunch of money on art to decorate your home; you may have a lot of cool art right under your nose.

The best art to me is something that is special or brings good thoughts to mind. First, check your kids backpack. Pictures drawn by your child or an A+ paper are prime candidates for framing. No kids? No worries. Maybe you have some old records lying around. You remember those don't you? I've seen classic album covers framed very nicely and they can be really cool conversation pieces.

Still nothing? Let's look a little deeper. Check your drawers or filing cabinets for something interesting to you. Old baseball cards, graduation certificates, birth announcements all make great framed items. These are all really simple ideas and you might be pleasantly surprised how inexpensive they are to frame and how great they are to personalize your decor. You can frame multiple items together into an arrangement to make an interesting piece but you may have to increase your budget a bit as your projects get more complicated.

Oh, I guess I shouldn't forget the most obvious thing: Frame your photographs! Most people have box after box of photographs that nobody ever gets to see because they are buried in a closet or attic somewhere. If you don't have a box of old photo's, you probably have taken some pictures with your digital camera. You might be saying to yourself, "My pictures aren't good enough to be framed." A picture doesn't have to be perfect to get the honor of being framed. With a little cropping or maybe changing it to black and white, you can turn an ordinary snapshot into a personalized piece of art.

OK, stop watching the Weather Channel and go turn your room into your own personal art gallery.

(Brent Kepner is the owner and photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a master photographer as well as a certified professional photographer.)



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