frameable, hangable, kid-made, modern art for your home

Wednesday, December 14

Oh yes, frameable, hangable, kid-made, modern art for your home. I mean, technically it's all frameable and hangeable. No one loves that carefully crafted piece of paper covered in blue and glitter and hearts with stick-on googly-eyes and glued on neon fluff balls more than I do. Those hang proudly on the fridge and then into a keepsake box a while after. But you know, usually not framed.
In our home, we have this gallery wall in the center of everything and as silly as it may sound, I kind of like to think of it as a grounding place for our kids. A reminder to them of where they belong and what is theirs. Often, when we're sitting in the living room together, they'll point up to a picture of themselves and recall the memory from it. Isla loves to point out that it was, in fact, her in my belly in that picture of me eating that ice cream cone. And she's quite fond of knowing that in the picture of the two of us on the beach in Oregon, she was nursing. Everett adores the picture that was painted of him, and tells Isla the story behind the picture of him and Tyson at Niagara Falls. The whole wall is us, and it's them. They know that I was the one to attempt painting that black and white canvas on the wall, so they were excited when I asked them if they wanted to make some black and white art for our walls too.

I do feel a bit like a weirdo for having them create art within certain aesthetic parameters, but they loved it! Everett actually called it his "favorite project ever." Mainly because I never let them write with sharpies haha.

And really that's the only trick to kid-made "modern art" haha. Just some black sharpies, and black paint and some big ol' sheets of this week's ads covering your table.

Their cousin, Roo joined in on the project as well, creating some of her very first smiley face prototypes.

Isla went with more of a traditionalist approach to modern art.

And Everett went with a Halloween scene under a night sky. He was born the day before Halloween and it is still his very favorite.

Everett didn't get messy at all (he noted emphatically), but the girls did.

Washing her hands is basically Isla's favorite part of any project and/or any activity and/or just because. Which is why I've always been legitimately happy to have Seventh Generation's hand wash around each sink in our home. Naturally hypoallergenic, it's made from plant-based cleaning ingredients, leaving those little hands soft but also squeaky clean. And 97% USDA Certified Biobased too - which means no triclosan, dyes or phthalates.

And the bottles are made from 25% post consumer recycled plastic to boot.

After their paintings dried, I framed and hung them. That poor gallery wall is already pulling its weight with frames, so we continued it one wall over, in our entryway.

And voila. We just love them.

This post has been in partnership with Seventh Generation, a company we've loved and trusted in our family for years.


Unknown said...

Love it! What a great idea. They look so good on your wall! Your kids are sure growing up fast and what cuties they are :)

Esther Shapland said...

Are you ever going to have any original content again or just keep pimping soap and milk out?

MAPIRI said...

These are so sweet! I love the modern look and I'm sure they love seeing their work hanging up on the wall. :)

Jennifer Stover said...

I get what you're saying, Esther Shapland, but I feel like she did approach this in an original way. I plan to try this project with my 3 year olds. I'm not opposed to ads like this if there's good content along with it.

Unknown said...

Esther, thank you. I have been wondering the same thing myself. Shame, I used to really like her.

Anonymous said...

So sad this is just an ad

Overdresseddays said...

Hey Sydney! I absolutely love your blog. I have been following you for a few years now. I have went back and read all of your posts, lol. I adore hearing about your life and seeing your style. You inspired me to create my own fashion/lifestyle blog (:

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