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Framing Your Ancestor’s Canadian World War Medals & want to know what they Mean???

We frame a lot of very special war medals like the one shown above. We wanted to know just what all the medals really mean? We dug into it & came up with some answers on the WWII Canadian medals…

The captions are a brief summary of why these medals were awarded.

I wish to THANK THE MANY who served for our freedom! I extend that thank-you to their families as well. An entire society paid for what we now enjoy! Always thankful!

More details are available online,just click here or do a search.

Remembrance – WWII – The Burma Star – awarded for 1+ day operational service during the Burma campaign and other E. Asia service. Thank you.

Remembrance – WWII – The Defence Medal – usually awarded for six months service in Britain but some other areas as well. Thanks for serving.

Remembrance – WWII – The France and Germany Star – awarded for 1+ day of service in France, Belgium, Holland or Germany. Thank you.

Remembrance – WWII – The Italy Star – awarded for one day operational service in Sicily or Italy. Thank you.

Remembrance – WWII – The Pacific Star is a Second World War medal – awarded for 1+ day of operational service in the Pacific. Thank you.

Remembrance – WWII – This medal to commemorate the Arctic convoys and is designed primarily for ships and their escorts for convoys to northern Russia. Thank you for serving.

Remembrance – WWII – War Medal 1939-1945 – awarded to all full-time personnel of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marines.Thanks for serving.

Remembrance – Atlantic Star -WWII – twelve months of service afloat or four months of airborne service. Thank You!

Remembrance – The 1939-45 Star is a Second World War medal – 6 mnths service on active operations for Army and Navy, 2 mnths for active air.

Remembrance – The Air Crew Europe Star was awarded for two months of operational flying from the UK over Europe. Thank you for serving.

Remembrance – WWII – Canadian Volunteer Service Medal – granted to all 18 mos. volunteers of Naval, Military, Air Force. Thanks for serving.

Remembrance – WWII – The African Star – 1+ day service in an operational area of North Africa. Thank you for serving.




Photo Resolution vs Picture Quality in Photo Printing!

Digital Photos!

So why can’t my printer or framer print nice clear images when they enlarge my photo? How can I send that image to someone without sacrificing quality? Whats with the ‘pixelation’?

Here are a few things you should know about sending and receiving digital images that you wish to have printed. In the past, we have had many issues due to client’s sending inferior quality images (unknown to them) as well as over-expectations as to the printing quality of small images which may look great on a computer screen.

SENDING FILES: First, a couple comments to help you send us your files. For us to get the best quality image printed for you, it is best that we receive an exact copy of the original image as captured via the camera. Usually this means the file is fairly large in size, and many methods of sending the data from the camera or storage unit involve compressing the data to speed delivery. This effects the quality of the final image. Here are some hints as to how you should send photos, according to the device:

DESKTOP COMPUTER: we recommend you find the file in its original form, and determine its size. If it is under 1.5MB or 1500kb, just open up your email program and compose an email and click on ‘attach’ and select your file. If the program asks about re-sizing the file, select ‘keep original size’ if possible, else the largest option available. If the file is larger, send via dropbox link. Please be advised that if you use our dropbox link, we do our best to remove the images as soon as we can, however, others may have access to the image, and we cannot control, or be liable for someone else using, or misusing your image!

MOBILE DEVICE: we recommend just opening up your email app and compose an email and click on ‘attach’ and then locate and select your file. If the program asks about re-sizing the file, select ‘keep original size’ if possible, else the largest option available. Avoid sending via the share feature of the camera or pictures app as that usually limits the quality you can send.

A FEW COMMENTS ABOUT SIZING!  While an image may look perfect covering your entire computer monitor, it may only be suitable for most end-users printed on a 4” x 6” glossy photo paper. There are a few different reasons for this, but generally we accept lower quality images on the monitor. We have attached a pdf file that is essentially a table giving you an idea of the size of file and the expected quality of it’s printout. There are as many variables involved in establishing acceptable levels, as there are differences in personal preference. Not all images are taken under ideal lighting, motion, or with equal camera specifications. Perceived quality is effected by the type of printing media as does the intended viewing distance. In addition, we can do some editing that usually increases the accepted printing size. All this to say – ya, it varies.


Want some more detailed information?

Fill out the form below and we will send you a chart that shows you the exact recommendations – pixels vs size of print – free of charge!

An eye catching battle!

Art Battle!

We attended the Art Battle Bo’s Bar & Grill in Red Deer this week, and wow, it was exciting. Its basically a contest to see who can create the best painting in 20 minutes. The audience votes for their favorites, and can bid on them in the silent or live auction! It is really nice to watch how quickly these talented individuals can work, and how the image develops. I encourage you to attend one of these in your area if you have even a little bit of interest in art. They are held several times a year and the finalists get to go to NATIONALS!

From Art Battle:
Art Battle® is live competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes democratically for their favourite painting and bids in silent auction to take the work home. Art Battle is World Wide, check out more info on our website.

The Penguins took First Place! Congrats to Shawn Stomp!!!

We Wish You All a Very Thankful Thanksgiving Weekend!

Thankful on Thanksgiving?!

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” — E.P. Powell

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Have You ever wondered when the first Thanksgiving celebration was held in Canada? First Nations people held their dances and rituals regarding a time of Thanks long before the first Europeans arrived on Turtle Island. You can watch & learn one of their Thank You songs here    
Then in 1578 Explorer Martin Frobisher held a Celebration of Thanksgiving for surviving his journey from England. Next that we know of, were the French settlers in 1606 with Samuel de Champlain. If you wish to know some more Canadian Thanksgiving history details, you can find some here
Did you know that some countries & peoples other than Canada & USA also celebrate a time of Thanksgiving or a Harvest Festival? China, Brazil, Malaysia, India, Korea, Norfolk Island. Liberia, Puerto Rico, Germany, Grenada, Japan, Vietnam, the city of Leiden in the Netherlands, the Accra region of Ghana & Jews celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot. Do you celebrate a time of Thanksgiving? How and when do you celebrate it? What are 3 things you are Thankful for this past year?

“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” — Edward Sandford Martin

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” — Cicero
“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” — Frank A. Clark

Framing Progress – Flag & Watch

Framed Sutter Brothers Golf Flag & Watch!

Recently we completed a nice framing job for Gary of Red Deer. He had a golf flag with all the Sutter brothers’ signatures on them. He was given a watch for assisting them in the early days and as a thank you for supporting them.

Gary wanted to enjoy the memories so he had The Framing Nook acquire some very early cards for each of the players and add it to the mix. When it was done, we delivered the job and hung it on his wall. He was really happy with the way it turned out – and that definitely makes all of us happy too!


Community Art Event

Wine & Art – a nice place to be!

What is better than having a chat with Red Deer’s finest artists at work on their projects. It was a lot of fun this past week – as a framer I really admire the talent of these individuals. Here are just a few pics of what we saw! If this sounds interesting – check out Bo’s schedule for the upcoming Art Battle!

The beginnings of a painted Mountain Scene with David Gilmore in the background from Gilmore Guitars playing on stage


Mountain scene nearing completion – artist Letitia Moca Norai

The coaster for my drink LOL


Local Photographer Gord Boulton with some of his AMAZING LANDSCAPE PHOTOS – all from Western Canada!


Chris Carlson Day One artist working on his native black & white painting.


Metal artist Shane Seib crafted this beautiful photo film sculpture.


Display Booth of Custom Framing at the Red Deer Oil and Gas Expo

Thanks for visiting us!

This is what it looked like for us to setup our booth on Sept 13 & 14th for the Oil and Gas Expo in Red Deer. It is always a lot of work, but having Gord help out and lots of experience and a great custom made booth makes things go pretty smooth. We met lots of new faces, and wowed a good many with our framing display! A few dozen have promised to bring us their framing and we are excited about seeing what we can do for them!


One of the sponsors was the WestLake Grille which also hosted a wine tasting event – it was great! What a nice restaurant – amazing food & if you like country decor, it is about the best you can get (especially some of the framing on the wall!!!)

I guess our next booth setup will be at the Rebels on Saturday 28th of October – see you there!

Visit us at The Red Deer Oil and Gas Expo!

Our latest work with some exciting new additions!

We have decided to show off some of the latest in framing trends with a brand new booth at the September show – NEXT WEEK!!

Framing Booth

Check out the latest Oil & Gas exhibits and some custom framing that will surely impress you.

Mention you saw this article & we have a free gift for you as well!

See you there!

Hockey and other Jersey Memorabilia Framing!

What you should know about your hockey and sport memorabilia prior to getting it framed!

If your hockey jersey or other sport memorabilia is not framed properly – THEY COULD BECOME DAMAGED BEYOND REPAIR! However, framed properly with great design, they can increase in value, and your investment doubles as you get to re-live the excitement of the sport each and every day – even in the off-season!

BEFORE YOU BRING YOUR JERSEY & COLLECTIBLES IN to a frame shop, there are a few things you should know, and a few pieces of advice may prevent you from damaging your items. At the very least, these hints will help you in the future.

1. We get asked all the time! While there are appraisals out there, because most signed memorabilia is not a commodity, their monetary value is entirely based on finding the right person and establishing how much they would be willing to spend. However, the true value would ultimately be how much excitement it brings to you while it is on YOUR WALL!

Want more info on what it is worth? – see bottom of article & we will send you free information with more details!

1. No matter how long you have had possession, now is the time to make sure they are packaged & stored well, even if you are transporting them soon.
2. Store your jersey in a sealed plastic container – preferably a black uv protected garment bag.
3. Don’t ever bunch it up in a ball (common guys!) – if you have to get it small, carefully fold it evenly all around. If it is folded for long – you may never get the wrinkles out! It is best to frame it as soon as possible.
4. Keep it as clean as possible – don’t handle with dirty or greasy hands.
5. Don’t wear the jersey – it WILL get stained! Seen it way too many times.

Jerseys come in all conditions, even if they are brand new. The logos & numbers are laid out by hand, and are never exactly straight or centered. We do our best to point these things out in the consultation process but they usually are not visible until during mounting

Want more info on jersey condition? – see bottom of article & we will send you free information with more details!

If you have stains on your (non-game worn) signed jersey we highly recommend spot cleaning the stain only. We don’t recommend washing the entire jersey.

Jerseys look best with other related memorabilia in the same frame. If you don’t have the right additions or would like some ideas, we can help you as we have access to many reputable authentic sport memorabilia dealers.

1. The experienced staff at The Framing Nook will assist you with making all the right choices in framing your memorabilia to both protect and display it nicely.
2. We use only quality materials that protect your jersey from discoloring, fading or worse. We pin your jersey so it is entirely reversible – no glue or cardboard any where near it!

Want more info on framing ideas? – see bottom of article & we will send you free information with more details!

Want some more detailed information? Fill out the form below and we will send you a lot more information on taking care and framing your jersey and other sport memorabilia – free of charge!

Framing a Wood Carving for the Grandchildren

A lot of work going in the Grand-children’s gifts!

Jim from Red Deer is an artist for sure! He spends a lot of time designing and carving each detail in the wood carvings he makes for his grandchildren. Having their name as a focal point with surrounding design that draws attention to it, he creates a gift that is cherished today and will certainly be in the future. What a great investment of time. Knowing how much a difference good framing makes, Jim brought the artwork in to The Framing Nook and together we meticulously chose framing components that accentuate the character of his artwork, without distractions. The top matting co-ordinates nicely with the main colour of the wood and brings out it’s warm character; the bottom matte reveal adds interest with a little contrast, drawing out the shadows and inevitably the depth of each depression in the art; and the frame is nicely offset from the carving with broad matte borders, itself being a high-quality exotic natural-wood product to maintain the ‘down to earth’ quality of the gift.

Jim says: “My Granddaughter loved the piece and shows it off whenever someone new comes to visit their place.”, giving us a 5-star google review with the comment: “Awesome and professional work. Great taste in how to exhibit? my art work. Pricey but worth it!”

I think it is awesome that people give gifts that are hand made – gifts that will last forever! Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part in quality gifts for your family.


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