You hung it up your fridge door where it remained for more than a few months. Then you kind of got tired of being stared at by that lady's three eyes. Plus, the nose on the side of her head was more than a little disconcerting every time you went to fetch a Go-gurt. (If you aren't familiar with Go-gurts, I s'pose that'll be a whole other post.)
So you threw Picasso away to make room for some of Monet's haystacks.
Only the artists weren't really Picasso and Monet; they were your 3 year old and 6 year old respectively. And instead of the abstract 3-eyed lady and some haystacks; they were a fingerpainting recreation of your Christmas in Vermont and a rather unflattering macaroni version of you on the beach.
Of course, these works of art are precious because of your relation to the young artists. But then, so are the other 5 gazillion masterpieces churned out daily.
Perhaps your attic, crawl space and spare bathroom are already stacked floor to ceiling with all the old artwork, and you know you CAN'T throw any away. After all, the last time you threw that popsicle creation away, your daughter cried for days. (The day after that, incidentally, was when you changed from clear/white trash bags to opaque black ones...secondary WFMW idea.)
Here's my plan, start photographing all the artwork with our digital camera. Then I can have it on the computer as wallpaper or a screensaver.
I can also go to a publishing site like blurb.com or that kodak place or any number of other bookmaking sites and have a small book printed of their art, complete with titles for each piece as well as captions detailing the artist, the medium and a description of what articles of clothing were ruined in each piece's creation.
The book can last forever and sit on your coffee table, able to be enjoyed by all those guests who drop in for high tea.
And the original artwork? You're not a bad parent if you throw it away or send it through the shredder. Just don't leave incriminating evidence for your young ones to find. Do I even have to mention that?
For more Works For Me ideas this week, head over to Mel at Don'tTryThisAtHome (but normally hosted at rocksinmydryer. Evidently it's hard to host a carnival of ideas while in Uganda, they need to beef up their internet infrastructure or sumpin').