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Ruskin woman crafts new framing concept

Christie Frankenstein of Ruskin displays some of the 42,750 combinations available from her Thistle & Poppy interchangeable picture frame business featuring two magnetic pieces that snap together. Photo courtesy of Christie Frankenstein/Thistle & Poppy

Christie Frankenstein of Ruskin displays some of the 42,750 combinations available from her Thistle & Poppy interchangeable picture frame business featuring two magnetic pieces that snap together. Photo courtesy of Christie Frankenstein/Thistle & Poppy

Christie Frankenstein always knew she would apply her creative eye toward a photography career. After earning her degree from Savannah College of Art and Design, she started taking family portraits in 2011.

Soon, she found herself trying to pair her images with the right picture frames and her artistic passion shifted to framing. With the help of her husband, Jens, she started making interchangeable frames that included embedded magnets in the base and trim pieces so they could easily snap together.

Frankenstein's ingenuity has paid off. With a utility patent pending on the idea, Frankenstein has grown her Thistle & Poppy company so much that she is set to open a 10,000 square foot facility in Bradenton after the new year and hire 15 to 30 working moms to produce frames and ornaments.

"It is so easy to keep your photos up to date," said Frankenstein, 30. "You don't actually have to take the frames off the wall."

With 10 types of bases, 19 trim options and 15 colors, there are 42,750 combinations.

A 5 by 7 magnetic base and trim set sells for $38 online and in nearly 40 small boutique stores throughout the Southeast, including Wee Boutique in Apollo Beach and Orange Home Accessories in Valrico.

Ornaments cost $17.95, and if you just want a magnetic trim piece for the fridge, it's $12. Design your own frames at thistleandpoppy.com.

Ruskin woman crafts new framing concept 12/16/15 [Last modified: Thursday, December 17, 2015 3:36pm]
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