It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Home Decorating

Pictures, as promised.

Here is the inspirational switchplate. She found this at a craft sale last fall, and spent $12.00 of her very own money buying it. Not something she does without thought: my daughter is a saver, not a spender, bless her mother’s genes and her own sweet little heart.

And here is the inspired door. Remind you of anything?? Sorry about the blurriness – I was standing on one foot, not so deftly balancing the camera while avoiding all the wet paint, drippy brushes, buckets of drywall mud and strips of leftover trim. Nonetheless, you get the idea.

August 23, 2005 - Posted by | crafts, my kids


  1. Wow, very cool! Whose idea was it to do the door that way? I don’t think my mom ever would’ve allowed that!

    Keep posting more pics as things progress!

    Comment by Sharkey | August 23, 2005 | Reply

  2. Very Mondrian and broadway boogie woogie. I approve!

    Comment by Heather | August 23, 2005 | Reply

  3. That’s awesome! I love it and I can’t wait to see it in person!

    How many mothers would let their children do something funky like that?

    Comment by Haley | August 23, 2005 | Reply

  4. LOVE it!!!
    Wouldn’t have a clue how to actually DO it but it looks great!

    Comment by LoryKC | August 24, 2005 | Reply

  5. Maybe it’s because I’m a Brit – or a DIY nit…….

    but what is a switchplate, Mary P?

    Comment by craziequeen | August 24, 2005 | Reply

  6. Very nice. Being surrounded by craft-minded ladies in my house, I have naturally come to expect such things.

    Princess number one, even at age five, well and truely out-creatives me on a regular basis. I plead excessive geekiness! 🙂

    Comment by Simon P. Chappell | August 24, 2005 | Reply

  7. Sharkey: Whose idea was it? I think it was mine, but I’m not sure. We also intend a coverlet for her bed in the same pattern. I figure cotton broadcloth, nice lapped seams, should be simple enough. When? Goooood question.

    Heather: You’re right! Mondrian, indeed. “Broadway boogie woogie”, now… I’m not sure what that means, but it’s evocative of just the right mood.

    Haley: Isn’t it fun? The lines look much crisper in the picture than they are in real life, so we think we’ll edge the colour blocks with some kind of black tape. We’re off to the art store and the hardware store to check out our option. (I’m leaning to automotive tape – I figure if it sticks on through car washes, it’ll stick on through anything Emma will likely do to it!)

    Lory: I took a couple of runs at it. At first I was all mathematical, got out my calculator and pen and pencil to work out the ratio by which to transfer the design from switchplate to door. Impressed?? Well, it didn’t work. The plate is only about twice as high as it is wide, whereas the door is about four times. It just didn’t transfer. So we eyeballed it! Drew the design with pencil, then did yer basic paint-by-numbers.

    Craziequeen: A switchplate is the rectangular thingie that attaches to the wall around the light switch. The flicker part of the switch sticks out of the middle of it. It’s to protect the wall against mucky fingerprints, I suppose, and to hide the hole the light switch made in the wall!

    Simon: my kids are doubly blessed with creative genes. Mine genes are of the “Oh, let’s try it, it’s only paint” school of wing-it creativity; their dad (though a complete computer geek, as it happens, multi-talented man), is also creative, in a slightly more “measure twice, cut once” anal (er, no, can’t say that – the kids read this blog) perfectionist school. And when will you start showing the princesses the delights of geekdom?

    Comment by Mary P. | August 24, 2005 | Reply

  8. Simon: p.s. Nice picture. Have I admired those medals yet? If not, shame on me, and this is your official Mary Poppins congratulations. Well done!

    Comment by Mary P. | August 24, 2005 | Reply

  9. Type Broadway Boogie Woogie in Google and you’ll catch my drift. So all those art history course actually DO come in handy!

    Comment by Heather | August 24, 2005 | Reply

  10. Next time you might want to try painter’s tape. It comes in a roll like masking tape, but it’s blue and it’s designed specifically to keep paint edges crisp. Emma will know all about it: they use it on Trading Spaces.

    Comment by Haley | August 24, 2005 | Reply

  11. Ah, clarity – now I know what you’re talking about 🙂

    Been threatening to get some of those for Mr CQ’s oily fingermarks…..

    ps: with Mary P on the picture, Simon – nice medals, mate! 🙂

    Comment by craziequeen | August 24, 2005 | Reply

  12. VERY COOL!!!

    Such wanton creativity would NEVER have been allowed in my house growing up. I am jealous.

    Will you adopt me? Do is matter that I am 36? And have a husband, 2 kids and 2 dogs?

    Comment by Misfit Hausfrau | August 24, 2005 | Reply

  13. But I’ll bet you’ll provide just this kind of creative mayhem for your own kids! It’s hard to go wrong when the motivating attitude is “Let’s try this and see what happens.”

    My son says “Tell her we’ll take the two dogs, depending on the kind. There isn’t enough room for the rest.” Practical type, my boy. Except as far as the dogs go…

    Comment by Mary P. | August 24, 2005 | Reply

  14. The dogs are sweet white boxers–Linus and Bosco.

    Comment by Misfit Hausfrau | August 24, 2005 | Reply

  15. Oh, I LOVE boxer! With their big ugly gentle intelligent punched-in faces! I didn’t know they came in white, though.

    Comment by Mary P. | August 25, 2005 | Reply

  16. There are often one or two white boxers in a litter. Some breeders kill them at birth because they are not the industry standard. They often have health problems (heart, hips, deafness) but ours do not. They are not supposed to be bred. Once I found out all of that, we thought we should get a couple…

    Comment by Misfit Hausfrau | August 25, 2005 | Reply

  17. I actually have no intention of steering the princesses towards careers in computers.

    There’s many a time when I wonder why on earth I ruined a perfectly good hobby by turning it into a career. I should have stuck with my original idea of Astrophysics. It might not pay as well, but you get to stay up late, live on top of mountains and ponder some really big questions. What’s not to like?

    Comment by Simon P. Chappell | August 25, 2005 | Reply

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