Yes, an allusion to "stuff and nonsense." Although an equally good post title would be "What a Colossal A@@." I bet you thought the Great Beatrix Framing Fight of 2012 could not get funnier. You were wrong.
When I went to the shop last weekend I expected to find an unframed Beatrix waiting for me to take her home and get her ready for reframing, but she wasn't there. I took a call from Mr. Framer early in our day, and he asked who I was, but I couldn't help him with his questions he said so he'd have to wait until Monday. Ok, fine. Probably 15 minutes later the shop owner calls. Seems he got off the phone with me and called her at home. He had a series of questions for her on misc projects but one of his questions was "was that Ruth that answered the phone at the shop the Ruth with the framing?" "Yes," replies my owner, "did you talk to her?" "No," says he, "I don't want to talk to her." lol
Thus began a series of about 5 phone calls from the owner to the framer, then the owner to me, then to the framer, then back to me, and so on and so on. [I warn you at this point that it might be prudent to visit the restroom before reading further -- excessive laughter may cause damage to your chair.]
His first claim was that his padding had nothing to do with my beads being crushed because that was my fault for wanting glass. If I would just not demand glass and/or pay for spacers there wouldn't be a problem at all. I'll pause so you can get over the laughing fit. My response was I had matting and that padding the piece was the cause of the problem, thank you very much yo lying sack of --insert at will--.
I countered with just give me all the part (save for the padding), refund to the shop owner his charge for the "framing service" as it was entirely his fault and he should not have done anything once he decided he couldn't follow the instructions, and I'd take the piece elsewhere.
He said there was no "framing fee" [anyone want to see the official paperwork from his business that outlines his "framing fee" as a separate line item from glass, matting, frame, etc?] and therefore he could refund nothing. He told the shop owner that he'd just leave it in the frame and bring it back and there'd be no charge and I should never darken his door again (anyone want to vote on the likelihood of that anyway?). I laughed when the owner told me that because he would be out for everything.
Sure enough, when she called him back he said I couldn't pull a fast one like that on him and he wasn't going to get stiffed. He would bring me back my piece and my piece alone and cancel the bill to the shop. Once again I laughed because he'd be stuck with a pre-cut suede mat, an assembled frame, and pre-cut plexiglass piece with no hope of using the glass and frame unless he cut them down and no hope in hell of using the mat at all.
Yup, by the time she called him back he was once again angry at *me* for trying to pull a fast one. He was not getting stuck with a mat and frame and glass he couldn't use. So the shop owner asked him what he proposed to do. He said, what if he took out the padding and reframed the piece without it. Would that make me (no doubt he referred to me with some choice terms) happy? The shop owner reports that she replied "since that's exactly what she asked for in the first place, yes."
Stay tuned for further developments.
In the meantime, want to see some of what I've been up to when I wasn't swearing or practicing at the shooting range for the next time I see Mr. Framer?
Last night I went to another Paley event. This time to say good-bye --sniff--sniff-- to In Plain Sight
I can report that in real life Fred and Mary ARE Marshall and Mary. What a hoot!
Stitching-wise the hoops have been busy. I recolored (I needed it in peach not pink) and started Green Apple's "Roses II" --
I'm making good progress on Ladies Day --
I've started F&S Round 29 from Daniela T, but all you get to see is the floss toss --- I may look stupid but she's not getting a hint out of me that easily. Front square:
And as a closer for the day -- here's the framed piece I got back without overly egregious errors from Mr. Framer--
I thank you all for your kind support, and I can only hope that the laughter this provides somehow brightens your day just a bit :)