Trashy Valentines: Upcycling Cubby’s Homework
Cubby works hard at school to complete several worksheets and homework assignments daily.
She brings them home.
She shares them with me.
We place them in a box under the kitchen cabinet.
Then, when the urge hits us to draw, we have the backsides of a zillion papers to choose from!
Some in COLOR!
Do I keep every single worksheet,
every single homework assignment,
every single drawing she has ever produced.
That would be silly.
We hang and rotate a few of our favorites in the house but when new favorites are created, we take the old ones down and put them back in the box in the kitchen.
A few of her drawings have really tugged on my heart strings. I will admit, some hang in our tiny house a little longer then a week. I am sure every mother has their version of them. With these treasures, I take a quick photo of them and save them to a digital file on my computer.
Just a few.
Just a few of my ALL TIME favorites.
My plan it to add them to a digital book at the end of each year. When Cubby is older, I will give her a copy of the file to reminisce and share. If she wants to print them, it will be ready for her. If she chooses to travel the world with all she owns in a suitcase, she will have a flash drive to pull out on homesick days…or whatever the newest digital saving device is a decade or two from now.
Hopefully this will create a balance between the extremes. When she moves away from home and starts her life independently she will have the drawings of our large heads with lop sided eyes and super long squiggly arms, hugging each other. She will have the note she wrote the Tooth Fairy explaining why her missing tooth is somewhere under her grandparent’s deck. She will have her first A+ Spelling Test that prompted a happy dance from Mommy. The drawing of her fairy friends and their home will be hers again. And the note of warning she gave Santa, to not let his reindeers track mud into her grandmother’s home, will be safe. They will be hers. She will have all these things without me burdening her with a trunk full of tubs and boxes of paper. She will have them digitally or printed off in one book as a childhood keepsake.
So what do we do with all the papers now?!
Cubby has kept me hopping. She gives me tips before bedtime on what to work on next and shares her thoughts on design at the breakfast table. She worries about giving one with a heart to a boy and which one should go to her grandma. Letting her and our trash, lead our creations has been a crazy, fun adventure!
If a stack of 10 uniquely made Valentines for $10 will make your heart smile, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your address and PayPal account and I will send you our trash…I mean treasures. Shipping is free. If you live locally, we can drop them off to you this week when we are in town running errands.
Cheers to decluttering the paper in our house.
Cheers to teamwork.
Cheers to creating.every.single.day!