Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Little Muddin'

Dean's still working on skimming the kitchen walls. Zoe loves to help her daddy, and thankfully Dean is a good sport about it. I think it's such an important thing, to let our kids help us with tasks around the house. I feel it gives them such a sense of self worth and confidence. It's really not all that much work to fix the things they did incorrectly or show them how to do it properly for the next time. Zoe loved helping Dean. She was covered in mud, and got it all over my towels in the bathroom. I seriously didn't mind. She was so happy with herself, and that's what counts.


I painted this for Zoe.

And this for Sloan.

Not sure if I will keep all of these in the frames. For now they will work. I finished this painting last night, just had to put on the gold leafing. However prepping the glass took over an hour of wiping and scraping to get it to look clean. I found the pair of frames at a yard sale. I am guessing they are from the 60's or 70's? The art work in each frame was glued to the glass. I had to soak the glass for a couple day's in a row before all the paper and glue came off. I think it was worth all the work. It's convex glass. I think it adds to the whimsy of the painting. Then I sprayed all the frames with black paint.

It will hang next to this painting, eventually. Soon I will start the painting for Aris. Where it will hang on the other side of Sloan's painting. Someday when they marry (even though Zoe is convinced she's marrying her daddy) I will give each of them their paintings. Hopefully by then I will have painted them other things, and made them quilts and dolls that they can pack up until they have children of their own. For now this is my start. Please, oh please, don't let this happen faster than it has too. Don't grow up too fast my sweet little girls.