I forgot to show my belated Christmas present from Mister Fixit - I mean besides the super sewing toolbox/organiser that arrived on Christmas Day, and can I just tell you that Mister Fixit is pretty much the perfect person to buy a toolbox-y /organiser-y type of present. It's a seriously good box! But anyway, this other, belated, present was laid before me on the last day of January, just as we got back from our Canberra visit. Fixit tells me that the framing dude had sworn confidently that he could get it done by Christmas but then had run into difficulties.
Okay, 'nuff history - here is what he gave me dadadaDAH:
I think I squealed with joy when I saw them. There may have been tears too. They just look so ace. (You can see a larger version here.)
Inside the frames are gorgeous tea-towels, featuring self-portraits of each child's 4-year-old Kindergarten class. Climber's year is bright blue, and his portrait was quite advanced, featuring arms sprouting from the body not the head, and proper fingers and feet and even stripes on his shirt. Cherub's is a rich royal purple (which hasn't shown up so much in this shot, but is lovely in real life) and his was just a headshot with magnificent curls; completely fair enough because at 4-years old, Cherub was defined by his lovely curls. The teatowels had been lying folded in my chest of drawers for ages - I could never quite bring myself to use them as grotty old dish rags so I put them aside. Then before Christmas I mentioned to Fixit that I really wanted to get them framed, and he ran with it, and surpassed himself.
My next thing is to work out hanging them. Our house has picture rails which I don't really understand. The hanging string is about a quarter of the way down the picture, and the only picture rail hooks I've seen slip on top of the rail which means the top of the picture is higher than the rail. Is that how it is supposed to look? Or can you get a picture rail hook that lets you hang the picture on or below the level of the rail?
For ANZAC Day this is so beautiful and tender
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