I have all these ideas for pictures I want to get printed and framed, and never the right combination of frames or prints to get it done. I imagine groupings and gatherings, artfully arranged on the walls. I browse Etsy looking for little prints and art that I might like to have on the walls of our basement to counterbalance J.'s framed signed football jersey and Great Lakes beer posters (They are more tasteful than it sounds, but still.)
For a while now, I've been dreaming of a wall of handprint themed art. On Pinterest, I've created a whole board of seasonal project ideas that involve the kids hands or feet made to look like other things. I imagine changing them out with the holidays or season, all in coordinating frames. It hasn't quite happened yet.
But...today, we made a step toward the goal with a few framed pictures of the kids downstairs, and this little vignette in the family room. This is not a good photo, but along the right are prints with each of the kids' hands. On the left, handprints from J. and I when we were around kindergarten age. Mine is plaster of paris, so I popped it into a shadow box. J.'s inspired the other ones -- it features the same little poem I put with the ones for the kids.
Sometimes you get discouraged
because I am so small
and always leave my fingerprints
on furniture and walls.
But everyday I’m growing up:
I’ll be tall someday.
And all those little handprints
will surely fade away.
So here’s a special handprint
just so that you can recall
this is how my fingers looked
when I was very small.
Grateful today to have a step towards a house that looks a little more pulled together.