You all might remember the two paint-by-number pieces that I had framed recently. They were painted by my husband when he was in fifth grade. He had his appendix out and his Aunt Ann gave him a pint-by-number kit with the hopes that he would have something to entertain him and he’d sit still.
Neither is completely painted but mostly painted. I love them partly because I love dogs but mostly because he did them.
The other day Kalissa said to me, “Mom, I wish you would somehow put a paper on the back of that so when you’re gone we’ll remember what it is and the story that goes with it.”
That’s a fair request. I have Grandma Kramer’s secretary and I have often wished I remembered the story about it. I think she bought it at an auction for $5…but I’m not sure. Golly, I wish I knew.
So I tried to figure out how I could do this and then I happen to be on Facebook on a cross-stitch site. One of the members was showing this for their cross-stitch pieces and how she records the information about them.
She recommended buying… these Index Card Pockets. I found them HERE on Amazon.
Then I pulled out some index cards…
The pockets I got were self-adhesive, so I lifted them from the backing and…
I stuck them in place.
I wrote on the card and slipped it in place.
Doesn’t that look good??
It didn’t do a bit of damage to the front or to the piece, yet the information Kalissa requested is there.
I’m super happy about this…I will be adding more cards to other items here in the house. I can even add them to furniture pieces like that secretary from Grandma Kramer, or the file cabinet Kramer refinished….or my cross stitch pieces. I’m really excited about this and am thrilled I found a way to pass on some family history.
I don’t care what the kids keep or don’t keep when I’m gone. But, I am really excited that when they do pass things on (or keep them), they will know the history and can make a more educated decision about what they want to do with the items.
How cool would it be if Carver’s great-grandchild one day has these paint by number pieces and can tell the little blurb about Kramer having his appendix out to his grandchildren? Without the little blurb on the back, these would likely end up in the garbage.