This year's gift from Elijah to his Mummy was some boutique handmade paper, a picture frame and some paints so that everyone could make some handprints to go up on the wall.
Time and weather have conspired since then to delay the creation of the piece of art that will become Mother's Day 2007. Yesterday was yet another gorgeous Canberra winter day so we all took advantage of the weather and went outside to indulge in some hand painting fun.
After trial and error, we determined that the best way to do this was to get Bugs' handprints down first. That way we would know how much room we had to play with for our own hands. He wasn't that fond of the texture and kept squidging his fingers together, making it difficult to make a good flat handprint. We got there in the end.
We rushed the boy inside to wash the paint off his hands before he could try and paint the world red. The kid-safe paint was easy to wash off. We then took turns in making our own mark. One person put paint all over their hand, mashed down a print and washed the paint off while the other person distracted Elijah. My handprint is green.
Tonight, once the paint had dried, I put it in its frame. Now all we have to do is find a nice place on the wall to hang it.
Mother's Day is cool.