Monday, May 16, 2011

Trash to Treasure: A Story of the Dancing Bears

Once upon a time, back in 1802 when I worked at the "bank," one of the branches I was responsible for was cleaning house.  No...not eliminating jobs nor the people who held them...getting rid of their trash that had accumulated around the branch.

As their Operations Consultant, one of my jobs was to insure that they carried out their tasks and responsibilities not only when they "played bank"...you know, adhering to procedures and regulatory requirements, etc.

but also, for other functions as well.  In addition to being their auditor for internal controls, I was to monitor the tasks they needed to complete prior to renovation/conversion/refurbishments. 

There I was on assignment, up on the second floor of my branch in Lexington, trying to help them get rid of junk that they simply brought upstairs rather than call for pick-up.  I'd shudder thinking about it other than the fact that I ended up with this beautiful frame for my painting.
Oh, please don't think the frame was worth anything.  Good gravy it was in five pieces piled in the closet and was originally a 60" x 30."  The painting that was in it had been re-framed and hung beautifully downstairs in the Main Lobby.  I, however, saw potential for this piece of trash.  Gathering up all the broken pieces, I threw it in the back of my Wrangler.  It sat in the garage until I was ready to tackle the task of reconstructing it.  

Laying it out on the garage floor, mixing and matching sides, measuring, cutting, painting, gluing all took time but it was worth it.  Every corner is different, thanks to my piecing it together like a puzzle, fitting, gluing and lastly applying some gold craft paint over a layers of burnt umber.  And they all lived happily ever after...the bears, that is!


13 comments:

mybabyjohn said...

One banks trash is another mans treasure.
I love the bears that comprise the audience in the picture. Wonder what they're celebrating?

Donna said...

Your frame is beautiful, JP! It looks perfect with your bears. How clever of you to recognize a treasure and rescue it!

Samantha said...

Love that frame..perfect for the celebratory bears!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Your dancing bear frame sure was cheaper than mine!

gld said...

The frame fits the bears perfectly!

What a happy picture to see each day.

Hope the sun is shining on your hollow today.

Sandra said...

so now we know not only are you a talented write/photographer, but are a talented crafty person.

texwisgirl said...

that's a great frame! glad you gave it a new life rather than letting it hit the trash bin!!!

Karen said...

I have always loved that print. When I find it somewhere affordable, I am going to bring it home.

Joycee said...

I love it too! Don't you love to find a hidden treasure? I am going to make time for some antiquing this summer...

Chatty Crone said...

You really did a great job there girl.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I would have taken the pieces too, except they would still be in my garage, waiting for someone like YOU to put them together!! The picture is one of my favorites!

I hope your week is off to a good start!!

Manzanita said...

The frame looks perfect and everyone found a home. The bears are dancing for joy. :)Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

Angela said...

I love it JP! It looks great with your Dancing Bears painting!

Have a Great Day!
Angela

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