Frame It!

OK, so is it just me that saves every drawing, every bit of paper smeared with glue, glitter and pompoms, and every scrap of paper she writes her name on? 

It goes without saying that Amelie has every opportunity to draw, paint, cut, stick and liberally cover surfaces with glitter. I'm quite hard-hearted, but even I can't bear to throw anything but the scrappiest bits away. I now have heaps and heaps of stuff. Some I've bound into sketchbooks, but we're finally at the stage of our house renovations where we can start to put up a few pictures.

These drawings have been on my pinboard for months. I love the cat (top left), but possibly my all time favourite is the triangle character. His expression! I need to keep these for posterity. I've carefully cut them out and glued them to a base sheet of paper with the tiniest amount of glue (just in case for some reason I need to use them for something else - no, I don't know what that might be either, but you never know).

Popped into a simple Ikea white frame I think they look pretty cool on the playroom wall.

Amelie's pretty pleased with them too.

On a roll, I suggested she did some paintings specially for the other frames we had. She rose to the challenge with this portrait of Grandma. Now I know you might not think this is a big deal, but I showed her how important it is to rinse the brush between colours and look, she kept the colours clean, no more brown! I'm calling that a milestone.

Thanks for visiting the blog today.
Love Laura (and Amelie!)


  1. She's growing up so fast - and I recognised her Grandma immediately!

    1. I know, 3 already, we can't believe it either. As for Grandma, she's never looked so good!

  2. Hi Laura,
    as for what you might possibly do with them in the future...something along the lines of what Paula Kovarik has done?
    you need to scroll down to see the initial thoughts for this series.

  3. When my granddaughter gifts me with her drawings, I carefully trace over them to make my own since hers must be kept as the treasure they are. Then I can scan them, enlarge for a coloring page, shrink for a scrapbook page, and BEST of all - make a stamp. I pencil over the lines on the backside then carefully press the graphite onto a large piece of rubber. Using a pencil I carefully trace over the image again and that transfers the image to the rubber piece. Then I carve out the lines or better yet, carve away everything but the lines. I now have a great stamp that she loves to play with and make more. I use it for making gifts wrap, colorful backgrounds and even stamping on muslin or fabric to make book covers. These pictures are very important and most of all, extremely cute due to the childlike qualities and unexpected characters.

  4. As an MA student, I am reading around how our society values women. I am considering how directional metaphor (good is up, bad is down) subtly gives a message. I think it is wonderful that you are collecting Amelie's work and privileging it by framing and putting it "up" on a wall to be viewed by family (rather than "down" in the bin!). I have also been reading a theory where women achieved their social status, via their menfolk (husband or father's money/power/status, rather than the woman's skills or talents) and think it is a great message for Amelie that her artwork goes on the wall, simply because she drew it. It's all about her! Joy, joy, joy.


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