Wednesday, May 7, 2014

From Mess to Keepsake

Today, I want to share with you, what I think, is the sweetest keepsake idea I've ever thought of. A few weeks ago, I shared with ya'll our messy play date. In true Momma fashion, I snapped lots of pictures. One area I focused on was the finger painting station. Here is Connor in action.


Nowadays, most photos end up on my computer and blog, never to be developed. But I wanted to capture Connor's first of many messy play dates and document it. After the play date, I let Connor's masterpiece dry and picked a photo from the day that I wanted to print and display. Once I had the photo in hand along with his painting, I went on the hunt for a simple frame to store our keepsake in. 


Connor remembers getting messy. He lifts his little hands and says "meshy meshy" each time he sees the picture frame. How could I not find a way to keep the memory as fresh as possible for him? He enjoyed that day so very much. The messy play date came and went but thanks to a simple idea, I was able to create a keepsake that we allow us to relive our first messy play date long after. 
 

27 comments:

  1. That's a great way to display his art and a photo! Very good idea mom!!!

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    1. The whole time we were getting messy, I was hoping I had a good shot to frame!

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  2. Such a cute idea. I really need to do more things like this with Kenzie, so I will have something to look back on ( photo, artwork)

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    1. This is a first for us and I plan to do more as he grows. I think they would make great gifts, too.

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  3. You are a genius! Love it!!

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    1. I'm glad you like it! I'm hoping to continue this tradition of framing his work from each year's messy play date.

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  4. I love this and need to do it more often!!! I find myself being so cheap and then it gets pushed to the side and then I forget.

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    1. The frame was $8.99 and the photo was 19 cents so for less than $10 I have a keepsake that I love and will keep out for years to come.

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    1. Thanks! It was fun watching him get messy and I enjoyed turning it into a keepsake.

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  6. That's a great keepsake. The photo is precious. These would also make wonderful gifts for grandparents.

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    1. It would and I'm going to do it again in the fall for Christmas.

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  7. I'm obsessed with this idea! I'll have to remember this for when Hamp is a little older. :)

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    1. Here is a pin for future reference: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/90846117458241902/

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  8. Love this idea! The messy play date was awesome to begin with but framing his master piece is awesome :)

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    1. I thought so too! And I love how it allows him to remember his "meshy meshy" day.

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    1. Thanks Tracy! I really liked the idea and it turned out so perfect!

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  10. This is great, when Hunter was much younger I used to always get a picture of him doing whatever project they would send home with him from daycare. They don't do the photos much anymore simply because he does some kind of craft everyday. But I always loved it.

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    1. Those are the things I'm looking forward to when C goes to school in the fall.

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  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! Your little space here is wonderful :)

    I love this craft/art idea. I have a watercolor painting that Abigail made about a year ago hanging up in her playroom and I love it dearly!!

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    1. It's the little every day fun that I have the fondest memories of with Connor.

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  12. It is so rare that people print photos these days! It is awesome that you made this keepsake from such a fun moment!

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  13. That is a really cute idea!! I love how it turned out!

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  14. What a great idea! I'm keeping this in mind for Father's Day.

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  15. LOVE this!!! On purpose we have not put up any wall decorations in Zoe's nursery and we are planning on hanging up her "projects". This is a great picture and I need to remember when she is that age. Love i!!

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