Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home renovation to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are kicking off a new series–which will be all about throwing it back to the beginning and early stages of my art creations and home renovations. I believe that having a bit of a backstory is important because it shows the progression and improvement of both the art and the home projects.
In the beginning, the hubby and I had no idea what we were doing–and most of the projects we did because we were young and broke–but we knew we wanted to make improvements…we knew we wanted to create.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl who wanted her playroom to be painted like a handful of rocks that she showed her parents. This little girl had ridden in a Lowe’s buggy just as much as she had ridden in a car. She had very strong opinions on what she liked and didn’t like, so her parents learned to let her pick out her own room themes and paint colors. They explained, “Why shut down the creative process of a little one, when it is only paint and a few decor items!”
Staring at the handful of rocks, her mom was a bit unsure on how to make it work–stripes? No, the little girl did not want stripes. She hated stripes. Hmmmm. Now, while the mom was trying to figure out how to bring rocks to a wall–the little girl brought her a book about volcanoes. She loved volcanoes…and rocks…and dinosaurs…and her American girl dolls…and feathers…and lava lamps.
At first, the mom was going to redirect the little girl away from all of these ideas. Tell her that is was impossible (thinking that it was going to be more ugly than impossible), but what kind of message would that send to her. Limit your creativity. Limit what you want. Nope. The room had to be designed around all of those things to show her that creativity and dreaming has no limits.
So, how in the world did we take all of those very different things and create a space that Abby “designed” and wanted. Well, it wasn’t easy!
First, we painted the walls in a red-orange color that Abby picked out. Next, we painted an abstract border at the top to represent the lava of a volcano (it was Abby’s idea–I remember her sketching it out on a piece of paper!). The final touch to the walls was gold glitter–spray glitter–so many cans of spray glitter. Now, her walls shimmered and sparkled just like the rocks.
After painting walls, we created the curtains she sketched, and we begin to add all the decor items from her shopping list that she made while “shopping” in a storage closet in our house.
Abby was so proud of her new playroom. She had a place that she could play with her dolls and read about volcanos, rocks, and dinosaurs. She wanted to spend time in there because it was exactly what she had dreamed of *big smile*
I tell folks all the time to let those kids be creative. Let them pick out their room themes and decor items. After all, it is just paint and trinkets. What they learn from the process is their opinions do matter. Let them help with the painting, with easy DIY projects, and with putting those trinkets on the shelves (right where they want those trinkets). After all, they will be the ones spending time in their rooms. What they learn from the process is that hard work pays off.
Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we threw it way back to when Abby was in early elementary school! I think I am going to go cry that “my-baby-is-all- grown-up” cry.