I uploaded a picture on Flickr of this same wooden drawer set back in April of 2006. It is my most popular photo and has been 'favorited' 241 times. So I felt kind of weird about wanting to change the look of those little drawers. But I rationalized that its really the idea of gluing the fabric or paper on the drawer fronts that made that photo so popular, not necessarily the prints themselves (or maybe it was, and I'm completely wrong). As I've cleaned up my little studio space I've realized that I wanted things a little more visually calming around here. I guess my taste has changed a bit too (boring maybe). This paper seemed good to me. I'm really thinking of painting the outside in chalkboard paint. This sits on my desk where a lot of general "jotting" happens, so it could make good sense.
Thank you for the kind words on the paperweights, I do love them so much, I'm glad you do too. I had really hoped to put more things in the shop today, but not enough time this go round. The next one, most definitely.
A last random thought, Ian will be reading aloud to us before bed tonight. Kindergarten homework began in earnest for his class after the winter break, to Emma's delight (because, really, no one should be able to just play while she's sitting and doing homework). Ian has been a reader since he turned 4, but was always reluctant to share that fact with his preschool friends who didn't read. Although he did love to have the teacher ask him to read knock knock jokes to the class. Now, at 6 1/2, he reads to us a few nights a week as part of his homework, but the other night I heard Emma remind him to "speak up and s l o w down when you read tonight, okay?" Following his old, slightly self conscious ways, he tends to fly through and read aloud, almost like skimming. However, taking Emma's suggestion seriously, he proceeded to shout most of the story to us. Did you hear it? My ears are still ringing.
Oh, dear Ian,we do need to work on the somewhere-in-between part.
But that's my boy...full-on, or not at all.