I have just finished getting my donation ready for this year's auction for the Brant Christian School located next door to me. I like to support the school since we are neighbours. My donation this year is a counted cross stitch picture (Isa. 58-11). I didn't actually do the stitching - it was a piece I discovered at the thrift store. I bought it because it was lovely stitching in an awful frame. I wish now I had taken a before picture prior to reframing it. I substituted the original mat which was a plain green square with this mottled green suede-like matt with a bit more interesting cut in the corners. The frame was originally a green and black plastic of some type. I bought a can of gold metallic spray paint which was guaranteed to adher to any surface. The paint worked wonderfully on the frame and gave it a much richer look. I am quite pleased with the finished effect - simple but elegant and the framing now shows the stitching up to its best advantage. So, this will go to the school for their annual auction and I hope it raises a few dollars for them.