This is the story of a lovely idea that didn’t quite go as planned. It’s ending has yet to be told.
Susanna means “lily” in Hebrew, and I love to photograph nature- especially flowers. Susanna’s nursery is far from being completed, so I thought I would take some of my flower photos and make them into something unique for her room.
It started with 7 flower photos, a print out of S, U, A, and N for stencils, scissors, a pen, and painters tape. Scott and I discussed the order of the pictures, but mostly it was my decision.
When all of the letters were cut out, a few things clued me in that this project’s finale was a long ways away.
- I traced the Ns backwards. Note to all: be careful with letters and their reverse images when tracing them.
- The total width of SUSANNA with spaces was too great for a regulation-sized frame in stores. Yes, I should have thought about it before, but I was so stuck on my vision that I didn’t see it. Has this ever happened to you or someone you know?
- The letters didn’t look right. It was that nagging feeling that something was. just. wrong. I had it at the start of the project when I laid out the pictures, but I ignored it. *insert foreboding music*
Yet, I was determined to save this project. I discussed ideas with Scott. We agreed the best solution was to do only her initials: SHE. Perfect, I thought, because we have always referred to Susanna as SHE.
I searched my files for flowers that would work, and chose three. I shared them with Scott, and he liked them. We found two frames at Target that we liked for her initials in flowers, and went to JoAnn’s for paper to be used for the background.
Yet, for some reason, this project never continued beyond the “thoughts-in-progress” stage. Finally at dinner one night, I shared with Scott this picture.
He told me he didn’t like it. The S reminded him of a snake. For me this wasn’t an issue, but for him it was. He hunted snakes as a kid, and he didn’t want that memory in his daughter’s room.
I pointed to frames in our living room, and asked him which he liked better: the ones I had stained or a white one. He said the white one.
I searched “initial frames” on Pinterest. None of them screamed out to me. I wanted something unique, me, and that reflected SHE. As a result, this project is on hold. For now. I’m sure it will re-emerge at some point, and I’m open to suggestions on what might be best, so please share!
On a more successful project note, I did make Super Yummy Homemade Granola.
Have you ever had a project that just didn’t quite go as planned? What did you learn from it? What hangs in your child’s room, or what do you plan on hanging in your child’s room?