Unexpected Chevron

I’m not really one for trends, but chevron is a huge trend right now in the home design world.

It’s on blankets, pillows, trays, quilts, walls, frames and ceilings. Yup, it’s pretty much everywhere.

I thought this was a cool and unique use of chevron!


This was a storefront in the Bear Skin Neck area of Rockport, MA.

Map it. Matte it. Frame it.

To add visual interest and variation to the picture frames in your house consider altering the matting. Usually the frames can be the show stealer, but changing up the matte can result in equally appealing, if not more personalized, results.

Materials Needed:

1 Frame with a matte
Speciality paper (in my case a map)
Super 77 spray glue
Razor blade

The first step is getting your image. A sheet of music, an old map or the page of a book are all great places to start.

I started with a nautical map of one of our favorite seaside towns. I printed it out and made sure that it was large enough to cover my entire matte by just laying it over the top.

Then I sprayed my matte with a thin layer of Super 77. I love this stuff. I use it for paper projects all the time.

Warning: It is really sticky and must be used in a well ventilated area. Be sure to spray over newspaper or something else you can throw away. Alternatives could be Modge Podge, rubber cement or a regular old glue stick. I like Super 77 because it doesn’t cause wrinkles and it dries instantaneously. It’s also fast application.

Carefully align your matte to the back of your selected paper, in my case, the map. There’s only doing this once with Super 77, so be precise. Other methods of adhesion may be more forgiving.

Then with your fingers pat down the paper (make sure you have washed your hands free of Super 77!) so it’s completely mounted on to the matte. If you are having a problem with air bubbles use a brayer, or a rolling pin in a pinch.

Next use your razor blade to cut away the excess paper. Be sure to use a rubber mat, or at least a magazine, as a cutting board.

Flip it over and BOOM!

Now you just need to stick in your photo (mine is a photo of my favorite door in Rockport Harbor) and pop it back in the frame.

What would you use to personalize a matte? The possibilities are endless!


Weekend Trip: Rockport

One of our favorite places to spend a Saturday is in Bear Skin Neck in Rockport, MA. One of our first dates was in Rockport. We went to My Place by the Sea for lunch. That was my first big trip of many to Rockport!

1. My Place by the Sea (www.myplacebythesea.com) The food is fantastic and the ambiance is worth the drive. Also, Moose claims it’s the best clam chowder he’s had in New England. I am a sucker for Woodman’s, but MPBTS is definitely in my top three.

2. The Fishing Shack
This is the most photographed place in New England. It’s fun to walk around and look at the buoys. You can see if from nearly everyplace in Bear Skin Neck.

There are lots of cute shops for window shopping and dawdling. There are also lots of artisans – metalworkers, glassblowers and painters who open up their studios and galleries.

Be sure to stop at:

3. Lulu’s Pantry – the most amazing kitchen utensils, tools, items and unique, organic food delicacies.

4. Helmut’s Strudel! True story: one time we bought one, and Moose ate the whole thing before I could even get to it. Yum!

5. Also stop in the Olde Town Trading Post. They have an old-time self-playing band. It’s only a quarter and so fun!

The movie “The Proposal” was filmed in Rockport – which was set to be portrayed as Sitka Alaska.

Can you tell the mountains were put in digitally? Hah!! Isn’t that funny!

They just put up some new signs and added hunting/furs around town (because those = Alaska?) and Sitka it became!

Don’t forget to visit Bear Skin Neck the next time you’re on the North Shore of Boston. : )