You Asked: The Eloise Art

You’ve seen peeks of her here & here, and every time I do a post about my daughter’s room I get lots of questions and comments about her Eloise.  It is far and away one of my very favorite things in my home, so I love that she’s loved by you too.

This print is a prime example of when you can’t find what you’re looking for, make (or in my case, “commission”) it yourself.  

I grew up with a mom that lived to read and LOVED children’s literature, so I have lots of favorite characters.  In fact, my dream home would include a library where I can cover the walls with prints of all of my favorites. Anyway, back to the point, Eloise has been one of my all-time favorite ladies for about as long as I can remember.  My mom adored her, and Eloise made us laugh together, which makes it even more special.  So when I was pregnant, and found out I was having a girl, I knew she had to be in my daughter’s room.  I looked everywhere for an Eloise print to buy.  Literally, countless hours of internet searching.  Nothing.  So my ever-so-talented step mom offered to do a print for me.  

My fellow Eloise enthusiasts may also notice that she’s not in her usual black jumper.  The copy of Eloise that I own is a 50th Anniversary edition and has a bunch of extras in the back.  One of them is this gem:

If you read the bottom, it’s Eloise in Dior.  I loved it from the first moment I saw it!  I loved the girly frills, the soft pinks, the ridiculous opulence of designer for a six year old (which I guess isn’t so ridiculous if your name is Suri Cruise) everything…right down to that pudgy, little girl belly sticking out.  And basically, that’s the back story of my Eloise.  Do you want one?  Because you can do it yourself.
If I have you discouraged that you can only have one if you have a connection to a super talented artiste: don’t be.  Because though my step mom is incredibly talented, you really can do it too.  I’ll admit that the paint part may be a little tricky, but she can be drawn using the good old overhead projector method.  Blow up your image on a copier, find yourself an overhead projector (or make your own), and trace away.  And I would bet that most of us know someone who’s handy with a brush, so bake them a cake or grab a bottle of wine and call on them for a little favor.  I hope this answers all of your questions, and if it doesn’t, feel free to ask away in the comments.  My canvas is 16×20 by the way.


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