As a parent, I try to tell my kids the truth as much as possible. If they ask about death, or why a kid was mean to them, or even about how babies are made, I do my best to be honest (even when it’s not easy). However, there are some aspects of motherhood that require a bit of fibbing, or at least sneaking around, especially if you have a little girl who creates 872 daily “art projects” that are all “so very special” and belong on display.
It’s imperative that you sneak the artwork not worth saving into the recycling bin without said child knowing. And, don’t put the recycling bin out early on trash day if it’s windy, or else your sweet cherub will see the 18 cat drawings from last Wednesday strewn about your lawn. (Trust me on this one.)
One crafty mom from Singapore doesn’t have to enlist these tactics, though. She came up with an awesome way to preserve memorable kid drawings that may actually help alleviate the guilt moms like me feel on garbage day. Her name is Inez Tan, and she’s the artist and owner behind Inez Designs, as well as mom to Miya, 6, and Tyler, 3.
“I create embroidery art on hoops and accessories made to be loved and worn,” she writes on her website. “I’ve always loved creating and working with my hands. When I left the fashion industry as a fashion merchandiser and buyer to be a full-time mother of two children, making jewelry and embroidery provided a meditative and creative outlet.”
But the inspiration for many of her jewelry and embroidery pieces is what’s really impressive. Tan can literally take your kid’s random drawings and doodles and turn them into a whole other kind of art:
What a unique way to capture a child’s piece of art that may otherwise get tossed in a bin or lost in a pile of papers somewhere. If your child creates something you think is truly a keeper, you can contact Inez and turn it into something to wear or hang in your home forever.
If you’re wondering what type of kids’ artwork transfers best to embroidery, Inez explains that black-and-white line drawings or even drawings that have colors using crayons, colored pencils, or watercolor work well.
She also adds that the image you send must be clear and will be resized on her end to fit the project. Once Tan has traced the resized image onto the fabric, you will receive a sketch to approve before she moves forward. You can also request specific colors and add extra elements in your order, Inez says.
Tan also shares with Babble that consumers might need to be a bit patient, since this isn’t like your typical two-day Amazon shipment.
“Embroidery is a slow process,” Tan says. “It takes time and love as everything is handmade. International orders usually take from 24-31 days start to finish, including shipping.”
But like most good things in life, it’s worth the wait to have a timeless keepsake that you and your child will treasure forever.
Inez tells Babble that her favorite part of running Inez Designs is being able to follow her passion, do what she loves, and challenge herself to the next stage.
“My working hours are really flexible and I enjoy every moment,” she says. “I love connecting with customers and listening to their stories and how they want to make that custom piece special.”
So if you do place an order, take comfort in knowing that a multi-tasking mom of two from Singapore will ensure that your unique design is perfect. And imagine your child’s joy when she sees the picture she drew of her and Grandpa, transferred into an embroidered masterpiece that she can keep forever.