When I worked as a Community Artist (several years ago now) I ran many, many music workshops for children under 5 and their families. I would often finish each music session with a ‘story song’, using a picture book I made, singing a story with the children. A firm favourite was a song about a train, pulling carriages filled with unexpected and delightful things.
I did love that job! And I remember thinking I would turn this book into a picture for my own child when I became a mum.
Over a decade later (with a few joys and sorrows along the way), at last I am. So one of my jobs before my daughter was born was to turn this picture from the original book…
…into something that could be hung on my daughter’s bedroom wall.
Which I did, using a variety of methods;
(Basically all things that make me smile!)
And I came up with this:
What’s more, to give it extra meaning, I used the fabric from our wedding bunting to make the kite, and the whole thing is sewn onto the shawl I wore for our wedding blessing. And I’ve tucked a note to my daughter into the back of the frame, explaining all this, along with the words to the song.
I wonder if its something that she will feel inspired to hang up in her children’s nursery one day – who knows how many generations it may stay in the family? I like the thought of a distant relative finding that note in a hundred years time!!
Do you have any heirlooms (or budding heirlooms) that you hope your children will love as much as you do?
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