Tigerlilly Quinn: 1995

Friday, 28 March 2014

1995



When I was growing up my mum would keep a folder for me and each of our siblings to keep the drawings we had done that year. A HUGE part of all my memories of childhood were drawing drawing drawing. It was my happy place for sure, a constant when sometimes life was a bit of a upheaval and something I could pick up and do anywhere providing I had a pen and sketch pad.

I don't doubt that had my mum kept every piece of art work I had created there would be at least twenty folders for each year so I think she did well to be so selective. I was recently passed down all my folders and am spending some time being selective myself. I feel a little guilty getting rid of things that have been kept so well for the past 25 odd years but I've kept a lot and these are either pieces I actually enjoy looking at or hold special meanings to me.

I thought it might be fun to share a few of these pieces from time to time on the blog as part of a new series, although I'm not sure what to call it yet..or if it will end up just being a bit embarrassing!

Do you hold on to things from your childhood? 

40 comments:

Polly Davies said...

These are great! My Mum still has a few bits I made as a child, it's nice to look back on and see. I keep some of the stuff the girls make, not everything as they make hundreds of pictures a week {wednesday Kiki drew 30 identical pictures of a piggie ha!!}

Jen Walshaw said...

Oh I love this. In my mums house (which my niece now lives in) there is a folder in the loft somewhere. This makes me want to get up there and find it

Zoe Lester said...

That is such a lovely idea. My mum has quite a few things I made as a child and I've got lots of Jacks now, but I have my own photos from when younger.

Bonnie Rose said...

That is a great idea. I have a bunch of stuff saved but not organized and I need to do what your mum did so they can last through the years.

Twinsplustwo said...

How lovely! My Mum hardly saved anything of ours, except our milk teeth and the copious number of cuddly toys I made!!!

mummyoftwo said...

What a lovely thing. I don't think any of mine have been kept which is a shame. I look forward to seeing them!

You Baby Me Mummy said...

That's amazing that she kept so much (I might do this too) I have got a couple of teddies from childhood x

Kirsty Hijacked By Twins said...

I've kept school work that Joseph has brougt home from school and I'm sure my mum has some of mine up in the loft! x

melanie Molloy said...

what a beautiful idea. my daughter has so many drawings I have cupboards overflowing; a folder a year sounds like a wonderful idea, I would love to see you share some! I have kept diaries, even the ones from when I was 7 with one line in them! and letters. my friends and I would write to each other and I have a shoebox full of old tatty square of paper with scribbled notes on; they give me a window into a time I'd otherwise forget!

Life With The Crew said...

I have been getting less sentimental as the years go by. I'm the practical mom who will end up putting my little babe's drawing papers in the woodstove to heat the house!
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Kerry Louise said...

Thats lovely that she kept them all this time. I have a small box in my wardrobe with a few bits i've kept over the years to look back on x

laura redburn said...

i've always kept things over the years, but as we've moved so many times i've inevitably lost things. it'd make me ridiculously happy if there were some things i could get back. like the 'fashion catalogues' i used to make amongst other things.

SlummySingleMummy said...

This is so sweet! I am the least sentimental person ever and rubbish at keeping things. I did however spend three hours this morning sorting through three years worth of phone photos - I have 600 odd now being printed ready to wait another three years for me to get round to putting them in albums!

Wild & Grizzly said...

That is so great that your mum kept all your drawing, I have a pile slowly growing from F. When I was a kid my mum used to keep trinkets of mine but mostly we had this cool 80's green sports bag which was crammed with photos. I still love getting them out now! x

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

Definitely do it! I would love to see them! I have a one box of old stuff, it has old letters that we used to write to each other in lessons during secondary school when we were 13. They are rather amusing! x

Louisa said...

I do the same thing. I have a big A3 folder for each child for each year and fill it with art work, school reports, birthday cards etc. It is a lovely keepsake, I'd love to see what your mom has saved.

Agata Pokutycka said...

It is worth keeping all this special things... few weeks back my Mum send me a notebook with poems from my teens years... it made me smile

Katherine said...

Great idea, why not do it as a link-up too? My mum definitely has some of my stuff (little books I used to write) and I'm pretty sure I have some of my own things I'd share. I also have things my siblings made me, that's one of the good things about being the eldest by several years.

Laura Rocksteady said...

Oh this post is lovely - and I really like your deer drawing. I kept a lot of things from my youth - I have always been into scrapbooking, when I left South Africa to come over here on my own I boxed everything up, unfortunately people broke into our house and garage and pretty much destroyed my childhood except for one or two things I hold dear and a few paintings I did my mother framed - the important ones :) I keep a lot of Mr A's things and write letters to him every 6 months - so he has something to look back on when he is older :)

The Go To Mum said...

I have a few things and have kept a few of my children's pieces for when they are older too.

Kara said...

I have to admit I used to be quite a border but our house was getting more and more cluttered so I got rid of all of it. I tend to photograph the kids artwork now so I have a digital copy, but I do keep all their school reports!

Bek B said...

I am quite sentimental so I do hold onto things from my childhood. The pile is getting smaller and smaller though! I like to keep lots of folders and scrap books of my children's drawings, paintings, etc. I can't stand to part with some of them though!

NewMumOnline said...

Art was a massive part of my childhood. I would give anything if my Mum had done this, and if she also kept the many poems I wrote her :-( LOVE your drawing xxx

Vicky Wombwell Kuhn said...

That's so lovely - what nice things to keep for your little one. I don't have anything from my childhood, so I've made sure to hold onto keepsakes for my kiddies :-)

fritha strickland said...

aww thank you! x

fritha strickland said...

It's so hard isn't it! x

fritha strickland said...

It's so great we are so digital these days isn't it. Still lovely to have something to hold too though x

fritha strickland said...

I love the idea of writing a letter every six months, I must do that! So sorry about the burglary, some people are awful :( x

fritha strickland said...

haha! x

fritha strickland said...

do you think people would link up? Maybe with their kiddo's work of art? Good idea! x

fritha strickland said...

I'd be so embarrassed to read anything I wrote when I was a teenager! x

fritha strickland said...

thanks so much! x

fritha strickland said...

haha yer we did that too (in school) i wish I still had them!! x

fritha strickland said...

I really need to do this! x

fritha strickland said...

I used to do that too! x

fritha strickland said...

haha! I think my mum kept a bit too much tbh, a lot has gone in the recycling since I got hold of it! x

fritha strickland said...

that's so lovely! I wish I'd kept the notes me and my friends would send each other in school! x

fritha strickland said...

haha! I think my mum was quite selective but there still seems to be LOADS! x

Katherine said...

I would, maybe a monthly thing?

Chloƫ King said...

I love looking through my old artwork, it never fails to make me laugh, and sometimes cry too!

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