Greetings, friends! I have been planning this post for some time and took the pictures a while back (as evidenced by the sweet bunny angel), but just now getting around to posting. This is a super simple before and after to showcase how much a new mat and frame can help. My grandmother (Nanny) cross-stitched these ballerinas in 1984, when I started dancing. As a kid, my favorite ballerina was always the one with the red socks and red hair bow. It hung in her living room as long as I can remember. It is now mine and I wanted to upgrade the '80s frame.
I purchased the white $10 Ikea Ribba frame (which are my favorite inexpensive frames, by the way), but opening of the mat was a bit too large. I went to Blick Arts, purchased scrap mat, and they cut the opening to the correct size - all for only $8! While framing, I decided to double the mats, though I'm not entirely sure if I will keep both in there. I added Nanny's Ballerinas to my large "wall of need." Simple and easy - I'm so glad this piece of art is now in my place!