I have two posters that I picked up while I was traveling several years ago, and have put up in each place I've lived. I am very fond of them as a remembrance of that trip and also because I really like the content of the posters. They are laminated, but not framed. My mom, knowing that I like them a lot and also knowing that they aren't well protected took them with her on her outing with my grandma (the same outing from the SS thread re: primroses) saying that since she was going to get my degree framed anyways, she'd get these two things framed properly also as we'd talked about for years, but never gotten around to doing. I am very appreciative that she was willing to do this for me.
I've put things in frames before and used matting once, but it did not even occur to me that I would need to tell her about colors and styles of framing. She was texting with me about other things, but did not text me about the framing process. There was a big sale on framing (Buy 1 Get 1 Free) and she told me that things had been really really expensive, but since it was on sale, she went ahead and spent hundreds of dollars on getting my degree done by the store and then buying two large frames and a large piece of matting that the store cut for her so that she could frame it at home. Sounds great right? It really was nice of her to spend so much, especially when I hadn't even asked her to do it (frankly I think it had been driving her nuts that I had posters up in my previous apartments that weren't framed and therefore looked to her like some kid's bedroom).
Frames look great, matting...not so much. The color is just all wrong and I have no idea why she would have picked it! I also don't know why she didn't call me to check, though I suspect maybe my grandma was getting on her nerves (she complains about everything, even when it has nothing to do with her - I don't have to imagine what she was saying about the money because she let some of it out at home) or the salesgirl made a good pitch (my mom is easily railroaded by store staff, drives my dad crazy if he asks her to take the cars in for work) and she just tried to get it done as fast as possible. My problem now is that I am worried that when we frame it, she will want to attach it to the matting in a permanent way as the salesgirl told her a cheaper alternative - the one I used in the past - where you use the matting as a base and fix the poster on top of that and then frame it. But there is no way I want that color on these posters for any longer than it takes for me to save up for new matting. I also, however, don't want to hurt my mom's feelings when I know she spent a lot of money on this, can't return it, and I just feel bad.
Does anyone have any ideas on how I can avoid having the posters permanently attached or how to tell mom I don't like this matting?
I'll try to post a sample of the poster/color so you can see, just need to look around google for a bit...