Lucy’s Nursery Art

Just before Lucy was born, Mum came down for a visit and brought a bag full of books and toys that were mine as a kid. Needless to say, some items had been very loved and had seen better days. Including this book:

Richard Scarry books were a big favourite of mine and my sister when we were little – such fun characters and books with so much detail you could pour over them for hours.
I didn’t really want to pass this one on to Anna – she is not known for being gentle with books (yet) and this one already had a few pages that had detached from the spine.
I know many of you will have a sharp intake of breath when I say – I pulled the book completely apart – it was a delicate operation. I’m usually not a fan of deconstructing books for craft but this one was already falling apart. And now I get to see these lovely illustrations every day, hanging as wall art in Lucy’s nursery.

I wanted something simple but pretty for her room, so I picked up some inexpensive white frames that fit the pages perfectly. Here are the close ups:

I love them all but the middle two are my favourite – I love the surprise of a letter or parcel arriving in the mail. I also love that the pictures connect something from my childhood to my girls in their childhood.

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14 thoughts on “Lucy’s Nursery Art

  1. They look great! I did exactly the same thing with a little golden book for my Punk's room, such a simple yet effective idea. 🙂

  2. Fantastic! I love the old golden books, They take me back to childhood. My favorite was the kindergarten one. I was going to do something like this for my bub, but got side tracked!

  3. I think it's a great idea. Might as well enjoy them on the wall every day instead of having the book tucked away in the cupboard. They are super cute and a lovely sentiment.

  4. Hey Ros, what a great idea, they look wonderful……..

    I love old childrens books and I have a few from my childhood and some that belonged to my mum.

    They evoke such memories and the smell of the paper………it's so different from books today.

    Claire :}

  5. It is hard to pull a book apart, even a damaged one, but it also can be a way to keep it alive:) These look adorable – loved the Richard Scarry books when I was a little girl too:) Cyndy

  6. I LOvE it. So sweet. Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

    A mommy's life…with a touch of YELLOW

  7. This is the cutest idea ever! And your daughter will be able to pass it on to her children and so on:) Love it! Guess what?! I'm pinning it! 😛

    Also thanks for stopping by my blog and showing my elephant cake some love 😀 Truly appreciate it!

  8. Hi there, its funny – I just blogged about framing kids books as art today and will be linking in with our creative spaces about it. Then I was browsing through images from our creative space and saw this. Your art looks lovely and I love Richard Scarry (I also recentlt blogged about some of my fav childhood books including RS!) You know what they say: Great (creative) minds think alike! Jen

  9. Oh these are so cute! I love the all the Richard Scarry book but especially the ones by him and his wife Patricia. You just inspired me to to this with some of my old books that have fallen apart.

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