Christmas Gift Guide Giveaway | Alphabetical Architecture

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Alphabetical Architecture | Custom Architecture Art in Handmade Poplar Frame

Enjoying life hinges on enjoying the small moments that make up each day. Tonight’s Gift Guide Giveaway features Alphabetical Architecture and is perfect for that person on your gift list who likes to slow down and gaze at the vintage gingerbread trim work… or smell the roses.

“Alphabetical Architecture really came about by accident! About 6 years ago I was working on a Christmas present for my parents and took all the photos to spell their last name, but couldn’t find a frame for them. After much searching (and maybe getting a little carried away with the photography!) I found that I had the beginning of a small business. I was getting requests for photos but couldn’t give my customers a framed piece of artwork. Gaylen started making the frames in his basement and the business took off!

A father/daughter adventure started that year, and we have loved working together on our website, art shows and traveling around to take more photos (our favorite)! This family business has given us an opportunity to grow closer and spend more time together. We are so grateful that it has grown to this extent and we cannot wait to see where it takes us.

We are especially proud of our frames. All are handmade in Howell, Michigan from poplar wood milled right in Highland, Michigan. Gaylen makes sure that all his supplies for the frames come from somewhere close to his backyard. Our photos are all locally shot by me, and I love using local landmarks that our customers can recognize.  Our work helps to support several local businesses, including the wood mill and the local glass company. We would never consider going elsewhere for our supplies. We’ve noticed that our customers care about where our products are made, and we are always proud to tell them that we are American-made and Michigan-made!” – Erin Gottbreht

You can learn more about Alphabetical Architecture on Erin and Gaylen’s website. Be sure to also take the time to like them on Facebook and check out their Etsy store. Have a question about a custom piece? Reach out to Erin and Gaylen via telephone at 248-890-0839.

Enter to Win a custom frame with any word of your choice, up to 10 letters, by leaving a comment on this post. What word would you choose and why?  The winner can choose from the photos on their website and they will frame it with a handmade, painted poplar frame. Erin takes the black and white 4×6 photos of architectural details that resemble letters. Gaylen makes all of the frames in his shop in Howell, Michigan. A winner will be randomly selected on December 3rd and contacted via email. They promise to deliver by Christmas!

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52 Responses to Christmas Gift Guide Giveaway | Alphabetical Architecture

  1. I love this! I would choose our last name, Cooper, so that we all could enjoy it. I’d love to put it in my entry hall – perfect.

  2. donna hansen says:

    family…because that is the most important thing in the world to me <3

  3. Cheryl Stumbo says:


  4. Sue Staum says:

    I just love these! It would be hard to choose the word to be depicted. Our family name? My grandson’s name, Maxwell? How about the word ENJOY? I’m sure I could narrow it down!

  5. Gwen says:

    I would choose “Wolfgang” to give to my parents. My step-dad has been a crucial part of my life from age 12 to age 50, and, of course, my mother has been my rock and major supporter my entire life. Family is everything to us, and what better way to express it than in a truly original manner like the frame with architectural images spelling out our family name. Love the idea.

  6. Amanda says:

    I would choose the word READ as a gift for my 11 year old daughter, a passionate reader.

  7. Lindsey Davis says:

    I think I would get Davis done because that is our last name, these are lovely! :)

  8. Tammy says:

    I can’t decide between my kids name which are Jalen and Zenobia. its a hard choice.

  9. Anna Gregory says:

    I’ve seen these before and they are awesome. It takes a great eye to see the letters in the architecture. Great addition to any decor!

  10. Bre Himlie says:

    I’d choose hope. It can mean a lot t something different o many people.

  11. Kathy maley says:

    Thank you because life gets so busy we forget to say thank you for the little things

  12. Di Wilsey Geer says:

    I would have “CAMP GEER”. We love the outdoors and are t decorating a spare bedroom into Camp Geer. This will be for the grandkids when they come to stay @ Nana and Papas. TIA!!!

  13. Mary Jordan says:

    This is some of the most creative work I have ever seen! I would choose the word CREATIVE. everyone is creative and being creative makes the world a netter place. Thank you!

  14. Lea says:

    I choose ‘ discover ‘ you are just not living life if can’t discover something new every day!

  15. Patricia says:

    What a great idea! I would pick our last name – Pinkston.

  16. Kristen Sherman says:

    I would get “family.” Family is of utmost importance to me and after losing both of my parents in the past two years, it’s more important to me than ever. It would look great atop my family picture wall.

  17. barbara n says:

    My niece just got married in November and I think that this would make an great first Christmas gift for her!

  18. Garth Potter says:


  19. Amy says:

    Family because it’s the reason I keep going. The reason I breathe. The reason I love. The people who make me smile and fill my heart.

  20. Marni says:

    Devin- daughter

  21. Cristina says:

    I loved all the frames and what a beautiful idea. I think I would choose our last name : Del Lago or Love . Thanks for the giveaway :)

  22. Krista says:

    I have seen these at markets and have always had a difficult time deciding what word I’d want. I’d have to pick Faith. Our faith in God is what’s gotten us through this life and given us hope for eternity.

  23. Erica H says:

    These always look so interesting! I have no idea what word I would choose – possibly Darling.

  24. Melissa Frances says:

    I love these …they are so cool…anyway i would choose the word Germany as my daughter is an exchange student over there right now and it would be cool to have it in her room when she comes home…
    THanks for an opportunity to win!!

  25. Gloria says:

    FAMILY would be a great addition to a guest room b/w gallery wall. Thanks so much to all for a thoughtful giveaway!

  26. Kristin Baczynski says:

    These are very cool! I might chose our last name Baczynski…. to help my daughter learn to spell it.. or maybe simply her first name Jean.

  27. Peg says:

    I love these signs…most likely would choose our last name, Lopez.

  28. Helene says:

    i want one!

  29. I would choose the word “Vintage” as that is my passion; whether it is in my jewelry designs or my home life. What once was can never be again so it is important to hold onto those things of the past and interpret them in new ways.

  30. Cheryl Frederick says:

    Love this! There are so many words to choose from that would reflect my feelings but I think HOPE would be the best as I am currently taking cancer treatment for a year.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  31. I would pick CREATE and hang it in my art studio to inspire my students!

  32. Shawn Johnson says:

    Hello, I have never seen these before they are awesome!! I think I would choose the word faith just because we all must have faith!!
    Thank you

  33. Linda says:

    These are wonderful! Love them!

  34. Charolette Dingley says:

    I absolutely LOVE these! You have the best giveaways!!! Thanks!
    I believe that I would choose the word “INSPIRE” or possibly “FAMILY”.
    I was diagnosed with cancer in July and my family was my rock and inspiration. I could not have gotten thru this without them.

  35. Linda Owens says:

    So wonderful! I would choose our last name,Owens. My daughter and son-in-law had one made when they lived in Chicago and I love it. Would love to win this. Such a generous giveaway!!

  36. Christie says:

    Such a clever idea. I think I would choose the word Imagine…Thank you for such a delightful giveaway opportunity.

  37. e says:

    I really like the I [heart] U one in the post above!

  38. Heather says:

    I would probably choose our last name or blessings.

  39. jo says:

    I would have our last name framed…

  40. Jordan Brown says:

    So many words i would want!! I love these!! I would probably do our family’s last name or a word that would stand for the last couple years – hope, faith, blessed, etc. My family has supported me so much through out this time in my life and that is why I would choose one of those words, to be reminded of how much they mean to me!

  41. nancy d says:

    Very cool sign! I’m not sure what word I would pick. I would have to think about it. Maybe “hope” or “courage”.

  42. Connie Starkey says:

    I love this! Black and white photography, a personal obsession, combined with a personal message :-) My first thought would be to capture an expression I find myself using more and more lately, “BLESSINGS”.

    Having just come through some pretty stormy health issues I find myself appreciating life and its everyday joys and count them as blessings. And my wish for each of you is to be blessed!

  43. Nanci says:

    HOME My favorite place!
    Love this art!
    Merry Christmas!

  44. Denise from Savannah says:


    Love what that word invokes. Thanks for the contest!

  45. Gail says:

    I would choose the word “Grattitude”. It’s just a nice word to think about!

  46. Gail says:

    How embarrassing… I spelled gratitude incorrectly…

  47. Kim Stewart says:

    I would choose the word thankful.

  48. Kazy Hinds says:

    Hinds, our last name because it is my center…my family!

  49. Michelle says:

    Hard to choose a word, so many come to mind! I would love to win and be forced to make a choice!

  50. Cyndi says:

    Hmmm… Not sure what what word I would choose. Maybe peace, family, joy, love…

  51. Judy says:

    the word “create” comes to mind because I recently made a hand-painted wooden sign and painted that word on it. Also the word “inspire”, either one would be great!

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