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For Father’s Day this year, I finally pulled together a gift I’ve been wanting to make Dan for quite awhile. He’s always admired other people’s silhouette pitures but I’ve always been intimidated by the idea of doing them. But thanks to some email support from a friend who’s a pro at these, I put it together in time. I know he liked them, because by the time I got back from running a quick errand Sunday morning, he already had them hung in a prominent place in our house. 
The silhouettes were pretty simple to put together once I got them equally sized. Honestly, the hardest part was just finding the time to get it done. Mary, of course, picked up her silhouette and tore off the pony tail, so I had to redo,  and I was at the pharmacy buying black frames at 10:45 Saturday night. But it got done. And the girls tell me that I need to redo Elizabeth’s silhouette when she has some hair. She’s a bit boyish looking at this point, which is why I added everyone’s ages below their picture.
We started our father’s day with everyone piled in bed together, passing out cards and gifts to Dan. Emma is really getting in to gift-giving (and wrapping presents), so she presented him with the picture she had painted on Friday. (even though he’d already seen it)…
I can remember at Emma’s age, walking around my house and picking out gifts for my mother from her bedroom. I specifically remember one year on mom’s birthday, wrapping up her used highlighter pen and open bottle of nail polish remover to "give" her. But she still seemed thrilled–as was Dan at the "surprise" of getting the painting from Emma.

And speaking of giving, this lovely package arrived for our family unexpectedly last week. Michelle sent it ‘just  because’ and it was full of lovely gifts for me and the girls. Thank you, again, Michelle. It was so amazing all the goodies inside–you definitely "got" the girls…horse everything–tattoos, stickers, candy, and more:
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for elizabeth:
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and a handmade market bag for lucky me:
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For Father’s Day this year, I finally pulled together a gift I’ve been wanting to make Dan for quite awhile. He’s always admired other people’s silhouette pitures but I’ve always been intimidated by the idea of doing them. But thanks to some email support from a friend who’s a pro at these, I put it together in time. I know he liked them, because by the time I got back from running a quick errand Sunday morning, he already had them hung in a prominent place in our house. 
The silhouettes were pretty simple to put together once I got them equally sized. Honestly, the hardest part was just finding the time to get it done. Mary, of course, picked up her silhouette and tore off the pony tail, so I had to redo,  and I was at the pharmacy buying black frames at 10:45 Saturday night. But it got done. And the girls tell me that I need to redo Elizabeth’s silhouette when she has some hair. She’s a bit boyish looking at this point, which is why I added everyone’s ages below their picture.
We started our father’s day with everyone piled in bed together, passing out cards and gifts to Dan. Emma is really getting in to gift-giving (and wrapping presents), so she presented him with the picture she had painted on Friday. (even though he’d already seen it)…
I can remember at Emma’s age, walking around my house and picking out gifts for my mother from her bedroom. I specifically remember one year on mom’s birthday, wrapping up her used highlighter pen and open bottle of nail polish remover to "give" her. But she still seemed thrilled–as was Dan at the "surprise" of getting the painting from Emma.

And speaking of giving, this lovely package arrived for our family unexpectedly last week. Michelle sent it ‘just  because’ and it was full of lovely gifts for me and the girls. Thank you, again, Michelle. It was so amazing all the goodies inside–you definitely "got" the girls…horse everything–tattoos, stickers, candy, and more:
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for elizabeth:
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and a handmade market bag for lucky me:
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17 comments on “giving”

  1. LOVE the silouettes! Did you see the story about the revival of thse on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday? Also enjoyed the (familiar) story of your picking out presents for your mom from her own room. So sweet.

  2. Silhouettes are on my list to make for our parents for Christmas. Did you make them from a profile photo or did you follow the stand against the wall with a spotlight method? Many years ago when I was the crafts dirctor at Girl Scout camp we used the spotlight tracing method at mother-daughter camp. They all thought it was the best camp art project ever. 😉

    And that Michelle. She’s just nice, isn’t she?

  3. I also enjoyed the familiar story of picking out gifts for your mom from her room. I did the same thing. My siblings and I loved to “play” gift giving, too, and would wrap our own toys and things in blankets and scarves to give each other all the time!

  4. The silhouettes are lovely; you must have been so pleased to see them hanging on the wall when you got home, too. I have silhouettes of my two little ones, each around age 2, framed and hanging next to my desk; I would love to “update” these as the years go by…and am inspired by your work! Thank you!

  5. The Silhouettes are so pretty. And that’s an awesome idea, wow. Did you use special paper? And those booties! Awesome! And I’m very jealous of the market bag, I’m so into them right now. I just scored the reuseable ones at Trader Joes and I’m sporting it around with pride.

  6. Hey, that’s what my hubby got for Father’s Day as well (silhouette, not used nail polish remover). I only have one child so it was easier to get done but it was still last minute.

  7. The silhouettes are so darling. What a thoughtful gift. I framed two big photos- one each of each of the kids for Fathers Day and I was so happy with them I felt like it was not just a gift for him! The girl’s paintings below are just perfect!

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