We moved 5 nice paintings with us down to Belize (we actually purchased them in Belize on vacation, brought them up to Charlotte, and have moved them back home).
The only problem was that these painting weren’t framed and all of the other paintings in our condo have really nice mahogany frames.
Our Mission: find somebody in town to make 5 mahogany frames and frame these paintings for us
We went to one person, gave the measurements and he said he’d give us a call with a price – we didn’t hear back from him and when we went back to his shop to ask, he wasn’t there.
Then we stopped by an actual frame shop – they said they would love to make the frames for us, but that they were out of mahogany wood and had no idea when it would be back in stock. Ok, thank you!
The last stop was to an actual art studio. We had purchased art here before and knew that they made frames. We talked to the owner of the store and she said they would be more than happy to make the frames for us.
That day we gave her the exact measurements of the frames and she called the guy who makes the frames – gave us the quote – $340.00 Belize for 5 mahogany frames that included the actual framing of the art. Awesome. We have made it past step one of “buying frames in Belize”!
Before we left she told us to just stop in when we were ready to order the frames. Sounds easy enough. We asked her specifically, “Do we need to bring the paintings in to the store?” – she assured us no. Don’t worry about bringing them in. We don’t need those to make the frames – I’ve got the measurements.
A few days later we ran down to town, actually more like bounced and splashed during the 30 minute ride into town (this was before the road was paved), on the golf cart to order the frames. We re-confirmed the style and measurements of all 5 frames…and at that point she says to us, “ok, all sounds good. But I will need you to bring all 5 paintings in so we get the measurements right. Could you please just run home and grab them and bring them back in?”
Uh, sure. No problem at all. We will run home and be back in an hour with the paintings. Here we go on our 1 hour bounce and splash journey up to our place to grab the art. We handed her the paintings and she said they’d be ready in a few days.
After 2 days she emailed me a picture of one of the frames to ensure it’s what we wanted – it was perfect! Another 2 days pass and we get the call, “your art is ready to be picked up”. She asked us if we could be at the store Saturday morning at 10:00. No problem.
Saturday morning we get up, load up into the cart and head down into town. We headed down a little early so we could eat breakfast at Estelle’s. After breakfast we went into the store to pick up our frames as instructed (10:00 Saturday)….but when we went inside she apologized and said that our paintings would not be there until after 1:00 that afternoon. Ok, it was 10:00. We have 3 hours in town. Typically we’d have other errands to run to fill the time, but today all that was on the list was to run into town and grab the art and head home.
Three hours……how to fill 3 hours. First we ran down to Chuck and Robbies Dive Shop to talk to Robbie about setting up a refresher dive. After talking with him we ran into our neighbor Bob and talked to him for about 30 minutes. At 11:00 we parked our golf cart in the shade on the beach and just watched the water and waves for an hour. While we were parked a cabbie parked next to us and was cleaning his van. To entertain himself while cleaning he was playing his stereo – loud. We were totally loving this because his music of choice was the 80s. There we were, on the beach in Belize listening to Wham’s “Wake me up before you Go-Go and Boy George’s “Do you really want to hurt me” – just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, “The Message” came on. And the cabbie was singing along.
As we were sitting there in the cart, listening to the cabbie sing along to 80s music we hear “ding ding” – “Tamales -I’ve got tamales!” – perfect! We bought 2, fresh chicken tamales for 10.00 Belize.
Now it’s 12:00 – time for a drink – so we headed over to ABC for a drink and a grilled cheese. Hung out there until 1:00 and then headed back to the art shop to pick up our paintings. When we walked into the art shop we saw all of our paintings – out on display – and the store owner was so happy with the way they turned out. Wow. They all looked so great!
Now…how do we get 5 paintings (2 of which were really big) into the golf cart to transport home? (did we mention Dooley Bear was there too?)
By the time we had the paintings wrapped up, loaded and ready for the ride up north it was 2:00…..all of them made it safely home!
And that is how a quick errand into town turns into a full-day, fun-filled event!