Daphne is really coming into her own as an artist. At two and a half, she's no longer simply joining in on her sister's art activities or engaging in those that I initiate, but rather taking the lead more and more.
I'm sure you know how happy that makes me!
Yesterday, while I was rearranging and cleaning the living room in preparation for the photoshoot for the cover of my book (yay!), Daphne created a chalkboard masterpiece.
As a prelude, she dumped our chalk out of the little bucket that hangs on a hook next to the chalkboard. It's a mix of the Melissa & Doug triangular chalk that we usually buy for indoor use and some super vibrant chalk (more like chalk pastels than chalkboard chalk, really) that I ordered from Stubby Pencil Studio a while back.
She climbed up onto the chest that holds my grandma's fancy china and began drawing.
By the way, see that tricycle t-shirt? It's one I made for Maia when she was that age and I was crazy into freezer paper stenciling.
Once Daphne drew all she could from the chest, she requested the step ladder.
And finally, she asked me to lift her up to reach the very top of the chalkboard for some double-fisted drawing.
By the end, Daphne was covered with chalk, but she was very pleased with herself and her drawing (which the little sweetheart said was for me).