First I’d like to say thank you for all the supportive comments I got to my post earlier today (or yesterday night if you’re reading this from the US!).  I’ll write more about it, as I figure out what’s working (or not).

On a much lighter note, I figured I should talk about another great advantage of living in Manila:  cheap custom framing.

I have a few canvas prints, thanks to groupons, that needed to be framed, as well as the paintings I bought in Hong Kong.

Total price?  P7,000 (about $165).  Expensive?  Not when you consider I had 8 frames done, the smallest frame was 16” x 20” (P550 each), and the largest were the ones from Hong Kong that were about 2 x 3 feet (P1,100 each).

I got them all the same style of frame, since when we move, I want everything to be consistent, if in the future they end up in the same rooms.

And here is the end result…  (Any distortion on the pictures is the photographer’s fault – I was taking these in a hurry so it might be a bit crooked here and there!)

Hong Kong Skyline:


The church we got married at, painted by my mother’s friend (it’s the only different frame we got, since I added the natural wood border around the painting).


Another Hong Kong painting…


One of our wedding pictures and one of our engagement pictures (printed by Canvas on Demand).


I swear this one is not crooked like that in real life!  Photographer FAIL!  Anyway, one of our honeymoon pictures (from Canvas Up).


My favorite painting from Hong Kong.  It’s just makes me smile every time!


One of our wedding pictures (from My Pix 2 Canvas)


Lastly, I visited Greenhills this week, and I got a new framed painting for our bedroom.  I loved it at first, now I have mixed feelings.  The colors on it are incredible though!


Yes, our place is finally starting to look like a home – I’ll post more pictures soon (there’s still quite a bit of mess in the bedrooms).


Filed under Manila, Pictures

12 responses to “Frames!

  1. bfiles

    I love that you posted this! Pics and frames are something I obsess over but I hate the high cost. Another reason to bid Manila- I have so many now. Everything looks beautiful!! LOVE your wedding/engagement pics. I need to do one of ours on Canvas on demand!

  2. i love the picture of you two in the church! The rest of the paintings are a lot of fun, too.

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  4. Dustin

    Frames look good!

  5. These look really nice Carla! I wish I could get motivated to hang nice art through my house. Or at least print some pictures and tack them to the wall…

  6. Leslie

    Visiting Manila this weekend, and may try to get something framed. Where did you get this work done? It all looks lovely 🙂

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