A Crafter's Life

An Awesome Way to Display Kid Art!

As I mentioned in a recent post, I did a lot of traveling in 2019. I’m going to spend time in January 2020 catching up on the stories I did not get a chance to share in 2019.

I’ve always appreciated how parents traditionally encourage their children’s creativity and artistic endeavors by displaying their art on the refrigerator. However in March 2019 I witnessed a very awesome way in display “kid art”.

In March 2019 I visited Denver, Colorado to tour potential apartments as part of my move from Central Oregon to the greater Denver metro area (see series of posts Colorado Bound). I stayed with my friend Michele who drove me around to tour apartments.

She and her husband Blair have a lovely home and at the top of their upstairs landing, they have an amazing display of the art of their three children!


All the pieces are nicely (and maybe professionally framed) and the entire wall is dedicated to celebrating the artistic talents of their children at various ages.

Here is some of the wonderful art up close:


This is lightyears beyond the traditional “art on the fridge” that I’ve seen at other families homes. I love that this couple turned their children’s art into an art gallery!


Originally I had planned to begin a series of posts about my “New Year’s Crafting Resolutions“. I was going to provide a catalog of my unfinished projects and a plan to start working on them (sort of like the recent cool series of posts by Melanie @ Catbird Studios in which she shares the contents of her cabinet of unfinished projects), however suddenly I have begun packing up my studio.


Why? Because my partner and I have decided to go forward with selling his house and buying a house together.

The first step in this process is getting his house ready for sale and it is time to paint over the bold turquoise of my studio (see post New Studio) and make that room the same neutral color as the rest of the house.

Since he will be listing the house in the near future, and it needs to get “staged” for sale, I will keep my studio packed up. But that is okay, I have a plan for creative endeavors for the next couple months while my studio is packed up: It’s time to pull out the handwork!

I will post about that plan in the future.

The funny thing is I was recently preparing to return to working on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks and finish up a 20 block quilt (see series of posts Farm Girl Vintage Blocks) as I shared a couple days ago on Instagram:


I’ve completed 19 blocks and only needed to make one more 12.5″ x 12.5″ block to make one of the sampler quilts in the book which uses 20 blocks.

But since my sewing machine is getting packed away, that will have to be on hold for now.

What’s that famous saying that comes to mind…oh yes:

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”  – John Lennon

21 thoughts on “An Awesome Way to Display Kid Art!”

  1. Thanks for the peak at the collection of child art. It is so refreshing! I particularly like the picture of houses.
    Strength with the packing up of your studio and the selling and buying of houses. It was good to read that you have some handwork projects to tide you over this exciting transition

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      1. I’d say there are some talented artists in that home. Probably due to the great support of awesome parents. Cute idea. My kids are grown and gone, but I can do this with the Grands. Good luck packing up your studio. Moving is such a pain.

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  2. I agree 100% with framing children’s art. It not only is a great display, it lets the child see their art as something of value. I have done that with grandchildren’s art and they glow with pride. I pray your moving goes smooth, I went through a patch where it seemed like I moved every year and I feel that may be heading my way again. It always gives you a new perspective, just keep one foot in front of the other.

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  3. Hmmm…my kids’ artwork never looked quite as “display-able” as those. Talented kids!!!
    You must be a great influence. 😀

    Can’t wait to see the finished Farm Girl quilt. I’ve got that book too, and have yet to start anything. I just love looking at the pictures!

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    1. Thanks for your comments and I cannot wait either to see the finished quilt! I already have a friend, who saw it on Instagram, who asked if I would consider selling her the finished quilt. Maybe this will inspire me to finish it (but I might want to keep it when it is done as each block is a lot of work!)


  4. wow, you’ve just had so many re-locations, not just for you but for your studio, but maybe this time around, you will find that house of your dreams…best of luck, and all that caper…

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