Saturday, August 29, 2009

Baby Pajamas Shadow Box

(I fuzzed out names for privacy - sorry if it makes the photos blurry!)

Today's post isn't really an art project
that you do with your children.

It's more of a sentimental project for mom
that your kids will appreciate.

Both of my daughters came home from the hospital
in these tiny pajamas and hats.

I have memory boxes for each of them
with my journals that I kept during my 2 pregnancies,
hospital bracelets,
first hand/foot print impressions,
a newspaper from the day they were born,
and a few magazines from that week
(to look back on later)

The pajamas didn't fit very well in the boxes
but I didn't want to just put them in the box of
baby clothes either.

I wanted to find a way
to honor that special day -
the start of our family
and
to celebrate their tiny selves.

I decided to frame their coming home
ensembles in these shadow box frames
from the craft store.

I replaced the back of the frames with a piece
of acid-free foam core and covered
each piece with art paper.

Then I used small map pins
to attach the newborn pajamas, socks, and hats
to the backgrounds.

They hang in our stairwell,
outside the girls' bedroom doors.

I pass them daily,
and give thanks
for my two sweet girls.

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