Thank you very much for your interest and for any entries you may have submitted. This contest is now closed!
Now before you get confused, no our little Mackenzie has not already started up her own business. Although that would be nice. But I fear that she’s not really ready to start working with hand tools just yet.
I am really pleased to introduce you to Mackenzie Frames, a wonderful husband and wife team from the UK who have been making absolutely gorgeous handmade frames together for over 17 years.
You may have seen me mention that we are in serious need of a bunch of frames here in our home…because we want to finally start putting up some of the photos we’ve taken over the last few years, and give a bit more of a personal feel to our home. So when Denise and I bumped into each other on Twitter, I couldn’t have been more thrilled!
Meet the Mackenzie’s
Martin, originally from Manchester in the north of England, studied Geology at Aberdeen University, did a lot of snow and ice climbing in Scotland, had a few jobs including teaching eight-year olds in Kennington, London, and finally woke up to the fact that he’d be happier working for himself. He’s been making picture and photo frames ever since, with absolutely no regrets.
He met Denise in 1993 at Covent Garden Craft Market in central London. She was selling her own hand-knitted skirts and cardigans and he was selling his photo frames. The pair hit it off instantly, and soon after moved to France with their then 10-week old daughter.
When Denise decided to end her own knitwear design work and join forces with Martin, the framing really took off. Denise has a B.A.Hons in Fine Arts from Liverpool. Her passion is Abstract Expressionism and she likes nothing better than to have a 4 x 6 ft canvas to attack — so her artist’s eye is a perfect compliment to his more analytic approach to frame making.
And when they’re not in the workshop, they’re working on their large old stone house – a sort of never ending project. (Boy, do I know that story!) They’re about half way through, have done a lot of the work themselves out of necessity and they’ve learned a lot in the process — and especially what to do and what NOT to do!
The difference is in the details.
Mackenzie Frames uses high quality moldings that are beautiful and more unusual than the typical mass-produced frames you find on the shelves of most stores. The wood stock is Ayous (Obeche) which is plantation grown and environmentally friendly – its straight grain and stable nature make it ideal for creating frames.
Further, they take great care in the cutting and assembly of each frame, and all the corners are well glued before underpinning. (Factory frames are often simply pinned without glue).
Each frame is then finished and polished, and the reverse side is hand covered by The Mackenzie’s with a textured black ‘paper-with-structure’ for a neat, good-looking finish. The MDF board back and strut are covered in the same way. Where a mat (or mount) is included, Conservation Matboard Museum Quality is used. The picture glass is 2mm float. All this attention to detail creates for you a deluxe quality frame that you will be proud to display in your house or office, or present as a gift to your friends and family.
Expect more great things to come in 2011
Mackenzie Frames is building a website and a new blog! And since Denise spent 5 years at art school, she’s finally going to put more of her talents to work. Hand painted frames will be added to the Mackenzie Frames collection and will be customized to use as chalk boards, notice boards and, of course, empty frames for you to display your loved ones, art or even mirrors in.
You might even be able to get your hands on some ‘Hand Painted’ decorative items such as key holders to hang on the wall or even waste paper bins. Most of their new decor ideas are a result of Denise never finding things that she likes (or that are within the budget)…and we all know how difficult it is to make these things ourselves when you’re just not as artistically inclined as The Mackenzie’s!
Oh and did I mention that they also make incredible custom frames? So if you don’t find exactly what you are looking for in their Etsy shop, or you need something special for a specific photo or piece of art, don’t hesitate to contact them.
Buy now and save!
Denise and Martin are offering a 15% discount off of their entire stock of beautiful frames to all NOH readers until this contest ends! Just visit their Etsy store, select your favorite frames to purchase and enter the code NOHCOMPETITION and
Enter now and win!
Mackenzie Frames is offering two of their beautiful handcrafted frames to two lucky winners across the globe!
Prize #1 is a frame with an old antique appearance for a 4×6 image. Its distressed gold patina finish bathes the frame in a soft warm sheen, and the 3-inch wide molding with its flat inner edge and outer wing give the frame a very solid deep appearance.
Prize #2 is a handsome wooden frame for a 4×6 image. There is an aura of antiquity in this classic photo frame, aubergine in color with creamy-gold edges. The outside edge is a distressed red.
Main entry (required)
Visit the Mackenzie Frames Etsy site and tell me which frame you love the most from their current collection. (I’m personally totally in love with their ornate gold and silver frames…I wonder if they’ll let me come raid their workshop!)
This contest is open to residents worldwide! If you are not in the US, please note where you are in the world in your entries!!
(please leave a comment below for each additional entry *after* you’ve answered the main entry question)
- Follow me on Twitter
- Follow Mackenzie Frames on Twitter
- “Like” this giveaway on Facebook (you must first “like” NOH on Facebook, then click “Like” on the post about this giveaway)
- “Like” Mackenzie Frames on Facebook
- Follow NOH on Google follow (right side of blog — please leave your username on GFC in your comment)
- Subscribe to (and confirm your subscription to) one or both of the NOH newsletters (right side of blog)
- Retweet this giveaway (please use @txblond @mackenzieframes in your tweet) – You can retweet this daily until the contest ends, but please remember to leave a comment each day. For example, “I just entered to #WIN a gorgeous frame from @MackenzieFrames @txblond ! http://bit.ly/gAJmQX Enter until 12/9. #Giveaway open #worldwide!”
If you already follow, “like”, subscribe, etc. you can still count these as extra entries…you do not need to subscribe again or refollow. Just leave your comment for each entry below.
If you have questions about any of this, please just drop me an email (tiffany at noordinaryhomestead.com) or leave a comment below.
**Why all the extra ways to enter? By growing the following of NOH, you are helping me to let other companies know you are out there reading and participating. Acknowledging your presence helps me to secure more partnerships for the future so you have even more chances to win incredible prizes!
The contest will be open until midnight EST, Thursday, December 9th, 2010.
Two winners will be chosen via Random.org, one in the US and one in the rest of the world. The first number drawn that corresponds to a US entry will be the US winner.
Then another number will be created by Random.org and the first one which belongs to an entrant in the rest of the world will be the ROW winner.
If you have not clearly indicated in at least one of your entries that are you outside the US, I will assume you are in the US and select another winner from the rest of the world.
Once the winner is announced, you will be contacted via email and have 72 hours to respond. If you do not response, another winner will be drawn. Winners will be asked what their first choice is from the two frames above and we will attempt to match you to the frame you desire.