What seems like two millennia go (but was actually only two years, but let's face it, two years online is worth at least 2000 years in real life) I wrote a post about stylish ways to display your kids artwork. Now, at the time the kids were all small (that is to say they were today's age minus 2000 years) and we had so much artwork coming in that in the winter of 2012 the Badoo was buried under an avalanche and only emerged sometime in the summer of 2013. No, that's not true. But there was a lot of artwork. And I do love my daughter.
I'm not a huge sentimentalist, but chucking out the kids' artwork is tough. Now, I'm not talking about the scribbles and the colouring-in and the 27 drawings of me and my best friend holding hands outside of a house with a tree. Rather, I'm talking about the extra-special pieces that you know your child has really put their heart and soul into. They come around only every so often, but over the years every so often builds into a mountain of Everest proportions. So it was no surprise at all that I was looking for ways to do something with the artwork, rather than just stash it in a hard-to-close drawer.
Here is a quick summary of some of the artwork display solutions I found at the time:
1. Blutac them to the kitchen cupboards (off to a slow start obviously)
2. Peg them up across a line of string
3. Frame them
4. Intersperse them with your real art
5. Hang them on clipboards
6. Have them made into a quilt (!)
7. Washi tape them straight onto the wall
Fortunately, I have some much-needed news... there is a better way. In fact, there is a way that will make your eyes pop out of your head and tears stream down your face (or at least that's what happened to me).
Let me tell you, my mate Tessa from Down That Little Lane is a very fine Tessa to know. One day she asked me if I kept much of the kids' artwok and I said, "does a bear like honey?" She then asked me to pull together about 30 of my favourites and send them to her.
Because it was Tessa, who is always up to something good, I didn't hesitate to send her 30 random masterpieces that I just happened to have lying around in the cupboard.
Secret-squirrel Tessa then had Kim from Zonkt Designs carefully make those darling, somewhat crumpled, very-loved pictures into an artwork I will never-ever grow tired of. A real, genuine, wonderful, unique mini-masterpiece. All those beloved pieces of my kids' childhoods, all captured together forever in the most beautiful way.
You can see why the tears streamed down my face. Hats off to you, Kim, your mini-masterpieces really are something very special indeed.
Guess what? You can win a mini-masterpiece all of your own. And it will even have your own kids' artwork in it, not my kids' artwork... how good is that!?
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And so we arrive at number 50 weekend rewind. Which equates an average of roughly 3,000 links. Which equates to about how far my mathematical capabilities extend to. I actually had to ask Bart for help with helping Badoo with her maths homework the other night. I think I would feel more ashamed of myself if I actually cared one iota for maths.
Incidentally, an iota is the ninth letter of the Greek alphabet and (Ιώτα). The word 'jot' derives from iota as does the German, Spanish and Portuguese name for the letter 'j' (jot/jota). See, I am much more interested in words.
And I just love this:
Other things that had me this week:
Reading... How to Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran. Hugely wonderful.
Writing... my Problogger presentation - finally smashed it!
Trying... to bring back the poke on Facebook. Didn't go so well.
Loving... my amazing sister's success.
Marvelling... at my DTLL finds, especially batboy.
Making... a drawstring bag a la Frog, Goose + Bear (isn't fabric paint the biz!)
Wondering... whether really slow or really fast drivers piss me off more.
Fast or slow? (DRIVERS, you saucy minx!)
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