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Jan 9, 2014

The Boy is Probably Not the Next Andy Warhol

My son received an easel for his first birthday. We set it up in the the living room, with free access to crayons. Furniture be damned! We were all about his artistic expression. He'd scribble every now and then, when prompted. That easel still stands, now in his bedroom. He's almost five. I think he's used it a total of fifteen times.

That's right, my child is not into art. And it bums me out.

Sometimes, after much cajoling, he'll scribble a quick picture for Gramma. And I mean scribble. And I mean much cajoling. All you people complaining about having to secretly throw away all that art? I don't get you. All the parents who lament a house covered in glitter and paint? I wish.

But every now and then, and I'm talking maybe once every eighteen months, he'll go on an art tear for a week or so. The last one, I just checked, was on July 30, 2012. Great news! I think we're due soon! That last one was my favorite, because lo and behold, he could finally draw! For the first time, he wasn't just scribbling; he was actually making coherent designs that I could recognize! Here's one of my favorites- it's me and Mark Mothersbaugh, the lead singer of Devo:

Oddly enough, the one on top, in the Energy Dome (AKA Devo hat) is me.
That picture is still taped to my dining room wall today. But that's only my second-favorite. My very favorite picture he ever drew was an owl. It was a very stylized owl, yet I recognized it immediately for what it was. Here's the rub: he drew it on a chalkboard. Come on!

Look at him, on his little perch!
It's like he knew that I would want to keep it, and he drew it in chalk just to mess with me. Luckily, I had the good sense to photograph it. It's been the screensaver on my last two phones. But that's still not "on display."

Enter Kidz Can Design. What a brilliant idea. This company will take your kid's artwork, hand print, foot print, or photo, and put it on a piece of jewelry. You just upload your photo (or mail in your coloring book page, if you're difficult), and they'll turn it into a pendant or charm. And you're not boxed in, like those "mother's necklaces" you see in the back pages of parenting magazines (cough, cough, and it's probably cheaper, too). They'll do engraving on the back if you like. You can choose silver, gold, or add black detail. You can put it on a bracelet, a chain, a cord, or even add a diamond "bail," which is apparently the name for the upside-down isosceles triangle thingy that a pendant hangs from (who knew?).

Here's my one-of-a-kind, amazing necklace that probably doesn't look like an owl to anyone but me:

No diamond bail. I'm not fancy.
Also known as my new favorite piece of jewelry. When I die, I'll leave it to my son's husband or wife, who I'm sure will treasure it.

So by now, you're probably thinking, "That's sweet that she thinks that's an owl and whatnot, but I bet my kid's art would look so much better on a piece of jewelry." First of all, you're kind of mean, but I get that. If you'd like to see more examples, I urge you to like Kidz Can Design's Facebook page, where they share many, many photos of jewelry designed by children of a great range of talent. Maybe you'll enjoy it because you're in the market for a trinket that will bring back precious memories of your special snowflake. Maybe you just want to see adorable artwork by little kids. That's why I liked it. I already have my necklace, but I sure don't mind seeing cute little stick figures in my feed.

Kid art. It makes me all snuggly inside.

Disclosure for those who didn't pay attention to the goat: I received a free beautiful, one-of-a-kind owl pendant for telling you how much I love my beautiful, one-of-a-kind owl pendant.