March 11, 2018


In my previous post, I shared with you my thrift shop score for a child related craft idea that had been brewing in my head.   Well, the child related theme continues in this post.

What I also picked up at the thrift shop was this delightful little art piece that I'm assuming was done by an adolescent(poster paint on colored paper) female - a "Picasso-ita".  How sad that someone gave this treasure up.  I immediately fell in love with it, and not because I though it was "cute"; I simply thought it was good.  Period.  Which.... brings me to getting up on my little soapbox.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
Parents, please don't tape your children's artwork to the refrigerator like you would a grocery list or parent/teacher conference reminder notification.  Instead, encourage your child to accept that not every single art piece they produce is exceptional.  For the ones that are, get them framed and mount them in prominent places throughout your home.  Yes, incorporate them among "pricey" pieces.  As for the others, purchase an artist's portfolio for storing all their "exercises" in and suggest to your child that they periodically look back at those pieces to analyze in what way their art has evolved.

The little thrift shop find now hangs in my dining room.  Pictured below, are two pieces my daughter made back in grade school many, many years ago.  I love them, and they are a part of the "permanent collection" that hangs throughout my home.

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©Linda Nelson 2018 

linda nelson at the createaerie
©Linda Nelson 2018
Furthermore, framed originals make lovely gifts for giving to grandparents, other relatives and teachers, too.  Okay, I'm stepping down off my soapbox now.


  1. AnonymousJuly 28, 2018

    I couldn?t resist commenting. Very well written!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post.


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