Thursday, September 23, 2010

From Out of the Baby Box...

I've saved everything my boys have ever made for me, along with every news article, music program, note from the teacher, report card, etc. It started as a 'baby box' filled with little things. Then there were baby BOXES and now it's the baby box storage room. My 21 year old is still giving me things to put in his 'baby box.' How big does he think that box is? Nevertheless, our kids' creations are our treasures. I need to do some editing, but instead I decided to add to the collection.

I took some time out today to translate one of those little treasures into fabric. Somehow, making something that relates to my family lessens the stress of the day. This made me smile too. I think I'm going to make a pair of Christmas potholders. Each time I use them I'll think of my boys.

I love how the arms come right out of Santa's ears. Cute, don't ya think?

45 comments:

Cathy said...

Love it!

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

very very cute--the ear arm connection is too funny. They will make adorable potholders.

amber said...

so cute - so far, I only have a box that slides under our bed...it's pretty full though!

Carla said...

Adorable! I am going to like your post to my niece who is wanting to make some "memory" quilt for her parents. Great idea!

Tine said...

I love childrens drawings translated into fabric :)
And yes, Santa does have some pretty amazing arms/ears ;D

Contented Caroline said...

Cute Jacquie, very cute - what do you boys think? I'll bet they're a wee bit embarassed!!

Have a giveaway on my blog - you deserve a chance to win.

MightyMom said...

hmmm looks kinda like the pictures I just taped to my boys' room walls.....

Donna said...

Adorable. His body resembles a juicy, ripe strawberry. Love it.

Jackie said...

Love the fact that he is still giving you things to put in the box! Very sweet!

susan@tickledpaisley said...

Some of my favorite drawings from my kids are the ones w/ the arms coming out of the ears. I love the evolution of the stick figure!

Suzanne said...

It's a great idea to do this! I want to learn to do the stitching you do to make details around fabric. Does it just take practice or do you have other tips?

Dee said...

Thanks for sharing this today!

Danielle said...

That is just adorable!!

fancystitching said...

This makes me want to go through my memory boxes. My son drew dozers, backhoes, and dumptrucks. I love looking back at those.

Kat

Tonya R said...

love it!

angela said...

That's wonderful!

Rachel Hauser said...

how precious!

Lynn said...

What a perfect picture, so wonderful how you it keeps making you happy. You've opened up a new way of looking at the thousands of drawings I saved. Thank goodness for a large attic and plastic bins!

em's scrapbag said...

How delightful!

MichelleB said...

It's darling! What a wonderful idea. I'm glad to hear also that you have a few more boxes than me. I thought I had most! lol

Victoria said...

This is so utterly heart warming and wonderful! Super idea!

Laura said...

I would really love a tutorial on how you translated the drawing to fabric, or a link to a good tutorial that you can recommend. Pretty please?

Sarah Craig said...

That is so cute! I can't wait until my granddaughter starts drawing things that actually look like what she's saying it is so I can do some of these!!

Susan said...

What a fantastic idea! I have been cleaning out our attic and when I came across a box of the boys' old school papers I thought about throwing them out or at least weeding them out...when I do, I'll do it with a project like this in mind!

Erin said...

That's a great idea. I might do something like that with one of my drawings for my mother! (My own son, being 2 years old, can't really form anything discernible yet.) :)

Dresden Quilter said...

So cute, and what a fabulous idea!

Poppyprint said...

totally beyond cute!!! Great plan for potholders.

Sharon said...

My friend says if you want a folky santa, just ask a kid to draw it for you. This one is SO fun!

Barb said...

so cute! what a nice memory keeper

Doris said...

How sweet is that? What a great idea...

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

perfect! kids art is so great. Made a quilt for DSIL with snowman drawings, some stitch patterns I had collected over the years, the rest were her grandkids, nieces and grandnieces drawings that i had had them draw for her (at the time, no nephews) She LOVED it!!

Nancy said...

Love it! I have been trying to get my brother to send me pictures drawn by my niecefor the longest time so that I can do the same, but he still has not come through:(

Quilting in the Pines said...

Totally adorable! What about a wall hanging, or Advent calendar?

live a colorful life said...

I love this. I already have pictures of stick people taped to my office wall, drawn by my 4-year-old granddaughter. I also love the evolution of stick people. This is a great idea!

sarah, rsm said...

sooo cute!

carol said...

It's delightful and really IS the true meaning of the holiday! After all, what is Christmas without children?

Esch House Quilts said...

So cute! Potholders are a great idea. They'll make you smile everytime you see them!

Juls said...

Fantastic idea! love the handwriting :) maybe it's time to go through school work now at second grade before it gets overwhelming!

angela said...

Love it!!

Caren Kristine said...

I love it. I have the same problem with keeping my kids "treasures"! I think I need to try turning it into fabric! Great idea.

Caren

connie said...

I just love this idea!!! I have many pieces of art from my kids whom I am missing terribly right now... (empty nest thing) I think this is just the therapy I need.

:-)

Cheryl Arkison said...

Awesome! I hope it did ease some stress.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see a soup to nuts post on how you did this as I have some of my son's work that I'd love to bring to life!

MissyH

sara said...

this is phenomenol (sp?) jackie, i love it - as always! you go!
sara

Clothed in Scarlet said...

This is too cute:0) Oh! this block so strike a cord with me. I love it! It looks a lot like the Santa my oldest drew on the living room wall with lip stick. She was about 3 and soo proud of herself. Needless to say her mom was not as excited as she was lol! Thanks,I love things that bring back memories and smiles. Sarah