Sorry for the recent silence around here but many project deadlines came colliding in the chaos that has been the month of August. It’s odd, blogging has been a huge part of weekly routine over the past year, and I love that. Writing gives me a chance to slow down and reflect. It keeps me inspired and motivated to continue to create. But as more opportunities arise for creation, the less time I have to write. It’s a bittersweet give-and-take relationship I’m still trying to balance.
On that note, I’m back with a little insight into a project I recently finished for one of my best friends. She’s an elementary school teacher and expecting her very first baby in October. Keeping with the classroom subject matter, her shower is storybook theme, so I thought it would be sweet to create a simple little book rack in the nursery colors, dark blue and white.
I spotted the antique in a vintage thrift store, Sweet Lorain, in Ohio City. It was dusty, very 60’s, and neon orange. The back panel was almost completely gone. Seeing the potential after a little love and care, I scooped it up and went to work. Another perk of being surrounded by creatives is the resources and assistance…because let’s be real, wood working is not my forte and I don’t think a bandsaw and I would make for an ideal partnership. Thankfully my father has a workshop and was able to help out. After the additional pieces had been carved, the whole thing was sanded and seamlessly assembled. A good coat of white…or six…or seven (orange stain is not the easiest to cover) and the rack was ready to rock the reads.I lettered the front panel with a quote from the recipient’s favorite author and stocked it with the classics (The Giving Tree, Dr. Seuss, Little Critters, and of course, Everybody Poops). The mommy and daddy-to-be have decided to leave the gender a surprise so I added a little personalization with the baby’s last name on the handle.
Books were an enormous part of my childhood. I would choose a book from my parents large library and my mother or father would read to me every single night before I went to bed. The stories still ring in my head and have inspired me to both write and illustrate just about every day. I hope this piece is a keep sake the Capotosta’s can stock and restock with their own little one’s favorite bedtime stories for years to come. What are some of your favorite books from when you were a child? I was obsessed with anything David Weisner or Chris Van Allsburg. I still dream about flying frogs and dancing broomsticks.
More to come on the rest of the storybook shower next week!