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29 Mar, 2011

I’m arting around again

Posted by andrea tomkins in: File under crafty|parenting|Publishing/writing/career stuff

It’s Tuesday. And on Tuesdays I spend my creative energies elsewhere. Over at the UsedEverywhere blog today I’m writing about kiddie art and what to do with it. Please join me there. I would love to hear your two cents!

Related: check out what Sarah made! This was a birthday gift for a little friend. It’s amazing how much a simple frame can transform a piece of artwork, isn’t it?

Sarah's house - framed and ready

Sarah's house

This was one piece of art I was sorry to give away. I’m glad we managed to get a picture of it!

A quick p.s re: cheap framing. We have had great luck finding secondhand frames at Salvation Army stores and ValVill. Another good place to pick up an inexpensive frame for children’s artwork is Michaels. Did you know you can print off coupons for Michaels? Never shop there without a coupon in hand. Seriously!

1 Response to "I’m arting around again"

1 | Allison

April 14th, 2011 at 11:54 pm


Great artwork, you have a budding artist! You can also get coupons for Michael’s at flyerland.ca!

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