The school year has ended (for us at least) and the children came home with the usual plastic bags full of the year's school work, projects, books and art pieces.

Whilst sorting out what to keep (for posterity) and what to recycle, my daughter came up to me holding this beautiful, colourful glass tile.

She proudly explained that she'd made it at school as part of a stained glass art lesson and that she had made it especially for me.

This one's a keeper.

Not just because she made it for me, but because it represents my daughter's vibrant personality in the same way that Matisse would use colour to express emotion. 

Now, it sits on my desk and every time it catches my eye, it makes me smile.