Hi everyone! I'm back! I bought a 2005 HP with Windows XP for $250 from the computer guys that worked on my dead computer. I did go to Best Buy and I thought about getting a brand new one with Windows 7, but I never really liked Vista so I wasn't sure I'd like the new Windows product. I don't need a whole lot of bells and whistles anyway. Plus this was a totally unexpected expense so I didn't want to spend a whole lot. So far so good! I do miss my Windows Photo Gallery program, I don't really like Picassa but I'm getting used to it.
So today I thought I'd share a couple ideas for displaying your children's art work. Long time readers of my blog know that my daughter is an artist/filmmaker. She actually wants to make animated films (she's 17 btw). Here's some of her framed art that we hung in the hallway.
We've always grouped her art together. When we homeschooled we had a huge bulletin board that displayed her art. It was always a rotating gallery! It looked sort of like this.
We also used to have "art shows" for the Grandparents! Which were fun and made her feel very important. We used to put the cards she would make for us on the fridge instead of her art (easier to remove those when the occasion was over - less questions~smile).
Here are some other fun ideas! I have a friend who did this in her little girls playroom.
She just used clothes line and clothespins. I believe that above they used a curtain wire. Like this one from IKEA Deka Curtain Wire
How cute is this and easy to make yourself!
Use barrel clips, a board, some rub on letters (or paint your kid's name) to make this at home! I think this would be a cute gift to make for someone too .
Even now we rotate her art. We take what's in the frame out and put something new in. She keeps all of her art work in a large portfolio now. But when she was little we used to keep them in a box. When she was about 10 we bought her a trunk (those inexpensive trunks that all stores have at the beginning of the school year) and that's where we keep all the things we think she might want later including her earlier art, favorite children's books, special toys etc. You can also take digital photos of their art work if you are really limited in storage space.
Kids really like it when you frame their art! You can find inexpensive frames at any thriftstore or garage sale or paint some frames on the wall like in the photo below.
Now for my Mom Brag! My daughter got into her number 1 college of choice - The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta! She's graduating High School early (this December) and will be taking some classes at Kennesaw State University in January. She'll start SCAD in September 2010! We're so proud of her!