Sunday, April 25, 2010

Summer Friends Art

For the longest time, I wasn't sure what I was going to hang on the walls in the girls' room in the cabin. I wanted something to tie in with our farm theme, but I also wanted something that would still fit once they out grew their barn beds. I searched high and low on the internet and nothing seemed quite right. Then I went to my parent's house one day. I was in their basement rifling through an old box of books trying to find something to read to the girls when I came across it, the perfect old picture book from my childhood.

It's called Summer Friends and it is the story of Suzie leaving the country at the end of the summer. She goes to all of  her summer friends- the cow, the chickens, the frog- and asks if they would like to come back to the city with her. But alas, none of her friends want to go to the city. So ingenious little Suzie decides to draw a picture of her summer friends.  "Now," she said, "I will not forget my summer friends when I go home to the city."

I remember reading this book as a child. It was actually reprinted the year I was born. You can tell I loved it because there are my scribbles on some pages and some are taped back together.

THIS was the perfect book for the room. The illustrations were just darling and perfectly fit the farms and the pond near the cabin. Plus, I adored the theme of the book that Suzie's friends would always be with her.

 However, the book was falling apart. Also some of the illustrations that I wanted to use were on the opposite side of the same page so I didn't want to just take the book apart and frame the pages.
Instead,  I decided to make my own art. I bought canvases at the local art store and painted them red, white and blue. I scanned the illustrations into the computer and printed them out. Then once the paint dried, I decoupaged the prints onto the canvas, as simple as that.

For right now, there are three prints on each side of the room. Eventually the girls will have bunk beds in this room and then I can hang all six in a series.
I love that their room has a little piece of my childhood in it now too.

Here is the promised close up photos of their window treatment...

...and one of my flea-market finds, a chair for $4,
perfectly distressed and ready to use in the corner of their room.

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  1. Very cute idea of the wall decor. I like the idea that your girls now have a piece of your childhood in their rooms. Window treatments are lovely along with your wonderful chair!!!

  2. Look at that cute bed and those adorable window treatments with the suspender hooks. Did you make those? Love the wall decor you added, too and the chair is perfect!

  3. Darling. And I recognize that book! Great idea to scan the images too.

    Please stop by and say hello!

    Jane T.

  4. You've just given me a great idea for my son's room!
    Thank you so much!!


  5. That room is absolutely adorable! Love the artwork you created, love the bed and love those curtains!

  6. Very sweet!

    Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

  7. THis is too cute! I love the curtins and the wall art! :)


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