Much to my surprise, Karlie and Shaylie loved my artsy dabblings, and Karlie started begging me to paint her a picture. First she wanted me to paint HER, which I told her was impossible because realism is definitely not my strong point! Then she asked for something that was just representative of her, which gave me an idea. Her 17th birthday was coming up, so off to Michael’s I went in search of Karlie-like “stuff.” She recently became obsessed with Disneyland and bought herself a Disneyland pass, which she uses every chance she gets. It is her favorite place in all the world, and when she grows up she wants to be a Disney princess (not work as one, BE one–a real one–a vocation quite fitting for her I think). So I started building a Disney theme, combined with her love of ballet, her obsession with Vampire Diaries and reality TV, her favorite food in the world (In n Out)… and eventually I had a fun Karlie collage. Every day I would pull it out of hiding and add something else. It needed this, it needed that… more color, more sparkle, more ephemera. She happens to be in love with Ian Somerhalder (the hottie from Vampire Diaries), and she has said more than once that she plans to marry him. So I decided we needed a framed picture of Ian on there. But if Ian got a place on her collage, then so should her family… and her friends… so a series of little framed photos was added to the bottom. But what to do about the boyfriend? It seemed like he should be included, but he’s her first boyfriend, and I’m sure just a “trainer,” so super glue was not in order. But then the Grinch got an idea… an awful idea… the Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea… I printed out a little picture of TBF (Trainer Boy Friend), just the size of the Ian Somerhalder picture, and the TEMPORARY adhesive… and, well, let’s just say if TBF looks too closely, he will notice that his picture isn’t firmly affixed, and if he peeks underneath, there will be Ian’s smiling face! LOL! That was the most fun part of the whole collage!
But the BEST part was when Karlie opened her gift and declared it her “best birthday present ever!” Ahhhh shucks!