A: No finer treat than a marshmallow-topped hot chocolate
T: Nothing he loves more than book after book after book (thanks to my friend Kate for snapping this rare pic of me with T)

Here we are: a full year of weekly photographs of my children. I'm so glad I started this project and could see it through to the end (I'm not a natural completer-finisher).

I'll carry on with the weekly portraits into this new year, but with a twist. For 2014, I'd like to focus on the stories and artwork, favourite toys and trinkets, as well as photographs of the kids. A documentation of their interests as well as how they are growing, physically.

For ages now, the drawings have been piling up, their corners curling, colours fading in the sunlight, while I wait for inspiration to strike. Finally, I've decided how to keep track of these prolific makes: a new Flickr account. Each piece is tagged with the name of its creator, and Flickr naturally tracks the date of upload. Really wonderful ones are to be kept in paper form as well as digital, but the majority will be online, perhaps becoming a book at the end of each year. I think this could be the perfect way to preserve these precious creations.

What do you do with your kids' makes?


  1. Oh the Flickr account idea is inspired ... I have been wondering how to keep ours to ... I have a huge box full of three little artists masterpieces ... this will be a great way to store them ... thanks for the idea ... wishing you a great 2014 ... Bee xx

  2. In three huge boxes in the spare room! I can't throw any of it away, not good. I love this idea Lottie, as I know my boys will love to see their art when they are older as I am sure will I. A great idea honey, thank you xx

  3. I keep the best bits of Lucas's art in a huge shoe box in the living room. I've always wanted to scan them and create a photobook as a keepsake. Maybe I'll get around to it this year.

  4. I love the photo of your boy about to dive into that delicious drink! (And that jumper looks so cosy!) I've been slapdash about keeping the kids artwork up to now, but as they're getting a bit older I've also been thinking of making a photo book. Hopefully!

  5. I've really enjoyed following your 52 project this year - thanks for all the fantastic photographs. And I think your Flickr idea is absolute genius – reckon I might just be setting up a new Flickr account tomorrow too! Up until now I've kept favourites but have chucked the rest but unless I remember to add dates to the back of the pictures it's impossible to remember when they were produced, and it's so hard to justify keeping much of the 3D makes the twins produce.. I love the idea of a photobook of them so this is a perfect solution.


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