What a week! I have my first giveaway up for grabs, I have my first link party going on, and best yet: my daughter is officially an artist.
I know it’s early, since she’s not even 8 months old yet, and didn’t even know she was making art (not to mention that I made her cry when I didn’t let her lick her hand while we were working) but I have my first official piece of I’m-a-mom-and-proud-of-it artwork.
I saw an idea a while back with kids’ art clipped onto a hanging wire. I always thought it was a great idea to showcase a child’s art, for two reasons: 1) it’s a special place they can feel proud of, and 2) it keeps the art from taking over the rest of the house. As precious as a scribbled-on napkin is, what are the rules? How long should it stay on the frig? I knew my little jellybean should have a place of her own from the very beginning, and when I found this frame on clearance, I picked it up thinking I may have found the answer.
I was stumped on what to put in the middle to make it look nice. I can do a LOT with fabric, but when it comes to home décor and design, I’m actually not very creative.
Enter Holly from Vinylize It.
I realized if I got a vinyl decal, that would eliminate having to freehand (which I can’t do) or stencil (which is not the look I was really going for). I ended up with a really professional result. I have to give props and mention this store, because Holly is just about the most patient woman alive, I think. After roughly five hundred emails, I finally got my order placed, and I just LOVE how it turned out! I applied it to a piece of art board I got at Hobby Lobby in the paint section. In retrospect, I would have used a background other than the off-white I ended up settling on (hey, I told you I don’t have an eye for this sort of thing) but at least this way, it’s likely to match whatever colors I have going on in any room it ends up in down the road.
I found some clips in the office supply section – they’re called bulldog clips, for what reason, who knows, but in case you go looking for some, that’s the official name. I painted them and screwed them on about 9 inches apart, thinking that it would most easily accommodate a 8.5×11 sheet of paper.
So I put it up, and it obviously needed some art! I’ve seen some handprint animals floating around some of the linky parties and thought I’d use a turquoise color to match the art gallery. Which is how I came to be the tearful proud owner of Raya’s first masterpiece, a handprint peacock. I just dotted a bit of blue along her print and painted a tiny beak and pair of feet.
I fully admit I’m biased, but I must insist that this is precious. And now I have an even better place to display it than the frig.
Happy weekend! ~ Adrianne