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In my little world, growing up outside of Chicago in the seventies, three important things happened to me when I left my "childhood" behind and turned thirteen. First, I made the cheerleading squad. (No small feat, considering I was shy, leggy, and freckle-faced with “generously-sized” teeth in bright, shining braces!) Second, our family of four went on our first “real” vacation - and traveled to the mecca of all places too – Disneyworld! Of course, being the typical seventies family, we took the "scenic route" and drove to Florida in our powder-blue Oldsmobile sedan, with my brother and I “sharing” the back seat. NOPE! Not. At. All. My eight year-old brother, with a complete lack of respect for the “obvious” center line, forced me to act my dignified teenage best, which meant, of course, haughtily ignoring him and attempting to stay pressed up against the right side of the back seat, while he "hogged" the rest. Luckily, I had Nancy…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 15
  • Joined June 7, 2010

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photographs, patterned papers, typography stamps, art and written pieces by children, frame shells, ribbons, fabric, and charming embellishments

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About

In my little world, growing up outside of Chicago in the seventies, three important things happened to me when I left my "childhood" behind and turned thirteen. First, I made the cheerleading squad. (No small feat, considering I was shy, leggy, and freckle-faced with “generously-sized” teeth in bright, shining braces!) Second, our family of four went on our first “real” vacation - and traveled to the mecca of all places too – Disneyworld! Of course, being the typical seventies family, we took the "scenic route" and drove to Florida in our powder-blue Oldsmobile sedan, with my brother and I “sharing” the back seat. NOPE! Not. At. All. My eight year-old brother, with a complete lack of respect for the “obvious” center line, forced me to act my dignified teenage best, which meant, of course, haughtily ignoring him and attempting to stay pressed up against the right side of the back seat, while he "hogged" the rest. Luckily, I had Nancy Drew to help me through. Finally third, I received a birthday present which changed my life forever, a Kodak Pocket Instamatic Camera. A camera which not only taught me how to magically freeze-frame time, but also helped me discover that in learning to slow down and look through a viewfinder, one is satisfyingly rewarded with often-overlooked yet magnificent details.
Since that time - oh so very long ago - I went on to study photography in high school and college, switch up to a film and then eventual digital camera, become an elementary education teacher to many wonderful first-graders, marry and raise three lovely boys and two dogs, and am now, somewhat bittersweetly, an “empty-nester”. Having thoroughly enjoyed the “noise” and trappings of children and family, the house sits a little too quietly these days, so I have turned once again to the first passion of my life, photography. And creative joy has gratifyingly returned. Although . . . I also find, that I might be in need of yet another dog . . .
When I opened my little shop on Etsy in 2010, I was searching for a way to simply hang children’s artwork and writings (which are precious and should be able to be wonderfully displayed without refinancing one’s home) and then also “prompt” kids to read, write and create. With my current return to my photographic roots, my challenge became how to combine all types of “frames”. Therefore, See Jane’s Frames has begun to expand and “grow up”, if you will. Now, you will discover photographic and digitally-altered “frames” or images, which I think are either beautiful or simply worthy, sold right alongside our creative prompt pocket frames for children, which I continue to believe have the potential to inspire readers, writers and creators.
Life is . . . amazingly fleeting. One moment you’re thirteen and packing up your camera and newly-bought Nancy Drew’s for an adventure to Florida, and the next you’re packing up your college-age children in order that they may go out into the world and begin adventures of their own. After experiencing this firsthand, I find myself presented with the opportunity to courteously suggest that the moment we all need to savor and appreciate is right now. The moment to encourage the children we hold dear, to read, write or create, is also now. And most importantly, the moment to let our loved ones know how much they mean to us, is most certainly now. To this end, it is my hope and goal that the handcrafted products offered at See Jane’s Frames might help you to do just that. With one-of-a-kind cards, gift tags, photographs, art images and creative prompt frames, I hope to lend you a hand in brightening someone’s day, reminding someone they are loved, or even inspiring someone to read, write or create.
So here’s to our (everyday) life adventures, and turning the possibility of creating beautiful moments for those we care about into realities. Thank you so much for stopping by, and if there’s anything in particular I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to ask.
~ Laura

A word about our frames . . .
We work with wooden frame shells which we have found at flea markets, online at wholesale companies, or even those from DIY art sites. In addition, we've even worked with some of the colorful frame shells of fellow etsy artists, "TwoDogsWoodWorking". To see more of their wonderfully hand-crafted frame collection, please visit their etsy shop @ TwoDogsWoodWorking.etsy.com. With each and every frame shell we turn into a creative prompt, we feature our unique plastic pocket attached to the back. This plastic pocket is our very own design and easy to use by simply flexing the top back, returning it, and then securing it with velcro. Whether we leave the frame shell sans decoration, or individually embellished, our goal is to provide imaginative yet safe and child-friendly products with the ability to not only contain, but easily change out many, many creative works of art.

And a word about our characters . . .
All of the wonderful See Jane's characters are drawn or created by my children. Some came home as school projects from kindergarten on up, and some were created at the kitchen table on rainy (or snowy!) afternoons. After rediscovering them in the basement, I then had the privilege of bringing them to life with a little creative license myself AND with the help of a talented graphic arts artist who has been drawing and creating since his own childhood!




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