Friday, February 5, 2010

conversation cards

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my daughter and i are in the middle of a mixed-media frenzy. inspired by shannon's fabadabadoo inside out class (she's just opened registration for the next), i am giving my art supplies their do-or-go test: either prove yourselves capable of a project, you space-eating materials, or out the door you go. yesterday i found six caran d'ache water-soluble pastels in a drawer that were totally, completely untouched. i gave them a whirl on some totally, completely untouched watercolor paper and was totally, completely smitten. then i totally, completely violated my decluttering process by going to creative coldsnow for fifteen more, and got so excited that i lost track of space and the size of my ass and knocked over an entire rack of art sponges when i stood up to go to the checkout counter.

back home i chopped up watercolor paper and went to work with my loot (creative explosion still in progress, a future post). i saw a little hand reach for a scrap of watercolor paper. when i didn't yell - the house is still in recovery mode from a bad episode with glitter paint, now persona non grata around here - she reached for a pastel. she couldn't believe her luck, especially since it was bedtime, and very quietly moved off to her own world while i toiled away in mine. (these pastels are excellent for kids - lots of fun and minimal mess.) after an hour when i finally had to be boring and responsible and sent her off to bed, i looked at what she had done and nearly went to pieces.

the sweet little thing had made conversation cards. every so often i jot down a few random topics, stick them in a bag, and we take turns pulling one out and discussing what's on the card. this idea was born out of pure selfishness. making dinner distresses me so much that i am not in the mood to talk about anything when we sit down to eat. so we've gotten in the habit of starting every dinner by saying something nice about every person at the table and this nearly always turns me around. but we hadn't done the cards for a while, probably since thanksgiving, when we pulled cards out of a gobble gobble bag and named things that we were grateful for, said thank you in as many languages as we knew, and so on. i had no idea how much these cards meant to her. talk about inside out. my heart turned inside out reading her topics. now you know what we'll be discussing at dinner tonight!

52 comments:

Terri said...

that is the sweetest thing, ever.

and i'm also particularly entertained by talk of knocking things over with one's ass.

Shelley Malone said...

I'm as grouchy at suppertime as you are, so we do "good things". Some of the replies I expect tonight:

- that tomorrow's Saturday and we can all sleep in! (7 year old daughter)

- that we get our allowance today! (5 year old son)

- that I'm leaving soon for my snowmobiling trip with the guys! (39 year old husband)

- that I'm not the only one who knocks things over with my ass! (me)

S.E.Minegar said...

I love how she illustrated them and spent time making fancy lettering. They are like miniature doodled interviews.
Children blow me away. You are her creative inspiration! What an honor.

Karen Blados said...

okay, tearing up here. i'm just blown away at times like these where you realize that some of the goofy stuff you do actually means something to someone other than yourself. congratulations on a job well done!

btw, we have a similar glitter paint ban around here. oh, and stickers. i hate stickers.

oneartistjournal said...

You are so much fun Aimee...A sweetness of a mom..
I did "totally, completely" relate to "then i totally, completely violated my decluttering process by...." I constantly do this...totally, completely violate my decluttering process by....DOING A BILLION OTHER THINGS. It helps that I am not the only one distracted by wondrous things to do...but oh I wish to have some 'nothing' around me instead of piling on the ''somethings'...Do I make any sense?
Anyways, always festive here on Aimee's blog...you make my rainy day cozy.
XOXOrly

Connie said...

Your little girl is so sweet. i love her cards as much as yours. What a wonderful influence you are as an artist with your kids. I'm sure you are so proud. Congratulations.

cindy said...

totally, completely wonderful! i love the cards and how thoughtful (as in thinking about things) she is just like her mom. i like the one that says 'say something, anything'. ok, ANYTHING! enjoy your weekend. we're going to have a blizzard ;)!

lori vliegen said...

these cards are fabulous.....you've definitely got a
like-mother-like-daughter thing going on here! and thanks for the giggle....that visual of the sponge rack going over will keep me happy for the entire weekend! :))

peggyfussell said...

I am going to pieces just looking at these!! Oh they are just so wonderful.

jane said...

ahhh this is so sweet. you both rock! happy weekend aimee :)

hanna-happenings said...

adore!
"say something anything" clever girl!

Veja cecilia said...

so so sweet!

Sarah said...

I love the whole story from you not remembering the size of your ass to your daughter quietly going into her world and you in yours, the distressing dinner making(totally sympathise here) and finally her sweet cards. 'Say something, anything' is my favourite!

BloggingQueen said...

Aw, shoot... you didn't knock over the sponge rack. It was just bowled over by the magnificence of the junk in your trunk, and decided it had to have a lie-down.

I should make ATCs again with The Boy this weekend. Thanks for reminding me how much fun it is to work side by side w/ your kiddo.

Constance said...
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Constance said...

you had me at big ass knocking things over--- but then reading on
fell in love
with the whole thing!
So touching and sweet.
Thanks so much--

Lauren said...

I love little child art more than most grown-up art! How sweet!

Megan Walker said...

so totally sweet Aimee :) those are the moments that are the best :)

xoxo

Bella Sinclair said...

Awwwwww. I just want to gobble her up! What an incredible little girl you have there. LOVE, the illustrations. I can just picture a little hand creeping into your peripheral vision. hehehehehe

Meanwhile, I recently found a clean white business card, and on it, in nice small type, it said, "stop talking". It was so funny, I had to keep it.

suzie said...

they are lovely, I would be tempted to frame them, or at least display them in a garland or something!


Glad I'm not the only one who HATES cooking dinner!

Anna - Three Sneaky Bugs said...

Love everything about this, but most of all that she did it on her own. I might have to toss together some conversation cards for tonight.

Aris said...

so sweet! she's just a little like her Mom(:

RW said...

I loved this post. Shows that what we do is important and does make an impact. Which means we really need to think about our actions....

Nicky Linzey said...

Ah, there's definitely another artsyville girl in the making!

Estelle said...

Aimee, this is one of my favorite posts! Witty, creative, inspiring and oh so touching. That little girl of yours is such a gem..

Candied Fabrics said...

Oh - how wonderful! Isn't it amazing how we see our influences in our kids sometimes? (Other times, of course, it's rather distressing - my tendency to yell has rubbed off on son #2)

●• Thereza said...

aww bless her! such cute doodles :)

Lori said...

This is all too sweet. I'm loving it!

rachel awes said...

i'm in LOVE.

Jane LaFazio said...

totally sweet!! and by the way, artsyville, greetings all the way from JaneVille!!

Phoenix Peacock said...

What a fabulous idea, and how wonderful that she picked up on the idea. It must be such a warm-fuzzy to see her model after you!

Kelly said...

that is the most wonderful thing ever. period. awesomeness. fabulousness. fantabulousness. i must show my girls this post. :-)

kendalee said...

Oh my! Could this be any heartmeltingly cuter? I particularly love the "say something anything" one. Your girls are lucky to be growing up in a space that fosters their creativity (even if it is now sans glitter paint!) - it's a gift!

trinsch said...

you got me with this one! i must be having an emotional day, cause i do believe i almost cried. in the good way:) what a sweet post! (and before the teary eyes you totally cracked me up with the losing track of your ass part)

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

That's a kind of great heritage ;) Nice drawings ! Really !

Christine said...

This post touch me deeply. What a wonderful amazing idea. Thank you so so much for thinking and sharing this. You are a huge inspiration.
Thank you Aimee. And thanks to your sweet girl too :)

6512 and growing said...

I love that your daughter carried out that beautiful work without even letting you know. Beautiful times.

sherriejd said...

yes, i am a little emotional at this time of the month, but i have to tell you that this was so sweet it brought tears to my eyes. thanks so much for sharing!

cactus petunia said...

Love the one that says "Say something anything" Your daughter is a chip off the old block!

Francesca said...

This is one funny piece of writing, and I would like to learn more about that glitter paint business:). The illustrated cards are priceless, sometimes breaking the (bedtime) rules is conducive to great creativity.

Anairam said...

Oh, this is so sweet, Aimee. The "Say something, Anything" particularly resonates with me. That is me at a party, standing quietly in the corner, clutching a glass of wine nervously, with this little voice nagging away in my head: "Say something! ANyhing!!"

gm glimmerglass said...

"Say something, anything"

No gettin' outa that one!

What a darling girl, so creative and artisitic!

I'd take a hand colored, kid illustrated, conversation card over a candy conversation heart anyday.

:-) Genevieve

P.S. I received your GORGEOUS tile in the mail and it now has a place of honor in my loft. Merci.

Guess what my little art students are making tomorrow? Wish I had Saran wrap jumpsuits for them. Cross your fingers for me on the clean-up.

Diahn said...

what a sweet surprise! i love this idea, and am going to start something similar at our dinner table - up until now, i have just tried to come up with something off the top of my head to get everyone talking...

what a great way to take the pressure off!

Lynn Fisher said...

This is So cute...and what a great idea...you might wanna keep a running tab of all your great kid ideas for a book!

aimee said...

thanks for sharing in this moment w/me - i'll never forget this one! yup, i loved the "say something, anything" card too - that was my favorite!

elizabeth said...

Creative kids are such a joy! I love the conversation cards idea, and I love even more when it's the young-uns who come up with the topics. Go Artsygirl!!

suzanne cabrera said...

BEST THING EVER. OK, how many times can I say that about one of your posts? But truly, this is the best thing ever. I love it. I love you...can I come live at your house? I'll bring my own conversation cards...I promise!

aimee said...

indeed you may suzanne! however, you must be fully potty trained and be willing to get ready for school on time with NO reminders. this includes brushing your teeth and choosing climate-appropriate clothing - if you show up for breakfast wearing three swimsuits and flip flops in the middle of january, for example, back to north carolina you go.

suzanne cabrera said...

Hehehe...completely potty trained. Not so great at the appropriate clothing choices :)

Coreopsis said...

I absolutely LOVE those water-soluable caran d'aches. If you go to a big art supply store in KC or somewhere, they have a billion colors....

And that's so cool that your kids are into it (mine never were, though my younger son is now--FINALLY--taking art classes in high school...).

Dena Moon Clinger said...

I love this! How sweet! What a great idea, I'm going to copy you and get the kids to make some of these. I'd love to see what is in their heads.

Liv Lane said...

So awesome! I'm going to send people from my parenting blog over to see them. Don't these spirited, spunky kids just take your breath away sometimes?
Say, what are the pastels you say are so good for kids?