Paul's latest creation:
We saw this idea when we were in London in Spitalfield Market. Paul loved the idea and knew that he wanted to try his hand at making this himself. So when his nephew's communion came up, he already knew what he wanted to do. He ordered the lego pieces off of ebay, we bought a Ribba shadow box frame from Ikea (I think we buy all our frames from Ikea), and raided his parents' lego collection for the small black pieces to act as bases (cause the actual figurines are collectors items and he didn't want to glue them).
While I was in charge of cutting the backdrop paper, the rest of the project is all his. From re-arranging the figurines multiple times before committing to their location to choosing his font. I was relegated to his usual role: mocking the mess made and providing critical visual commentary on whether things looked ok. It was a nice change of pace.
But what was even nicer... the spiteful part of me would like to note.... is that his creative mess is STILL on the dining room table, only tidied up a bit because of me, over a week later. Despite him scoffing at the fact that I teased him about his mess and his assurance that he would never leave a mess laying about as long as I do. Yeah.
I'm just saying.
In all seriousness though, I love the attention to detail that he put into this particular present. I hope his nephew appreciates that he really tried to do something unique and personal for him.