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In which I blog about a life (hopefully) well lived.

House Drawing (in which I realize I have the hand stability of an 80-year-old)


Since I’ve already had one Christmas celebration, I can share this gift that I gave my parents. It cost (close your ears, mom) a whole $1.50 for me to make, so it didn’t break the bank. And, in my opinion, the sentimental value of something like this is through the roof.

It all started when I was bored one evening and was browsing Pinterest.

I came across this little house portrait and was smitten by the little dog.

Picture from here. Someday I would like to have a little painting of my house like this–and I love the paintings of this artist, Rebekka Seale. Ignore the fact that I don’t yet have a house…our garden-level apartment is not something I’d like to memorialize in this way.

Anyway, this little drawing sparked some inspiration that I’d buried deep inside myself and I got to drawing.

I sketched things out very lightly with pencil that I traced with ink, and then I free handed the details like the shingles, brick, and siding.

I found out very quickly that my hand shakes like nobody’s business…let’s just call the crooked lines whimsical, shall we?

It turned out well enough in my mind to be deemed “gift-worthy.” Oh, and this is my parents’ house, the home I grew up in. Lotsa memories here.

My mother will be thrilled that I revealed our home on the internet for all the burglars and robbers and thieves to see, but since I know my readers are awfully nice, I know none of you will break in.

The next (big) task was finding a frame with the right proportions. I  thought it would be a difficult feat, but I found this gem at the first thrift store I tried.

I obviously wanted to keep it as-is and put in some pics of Kenny and I (arms entertwined), but I sacrificed for the sake of the gift and began its transformation.

I wanted some sort of mat, so I cut this one to work. Don’t look too closely… remember the hand-stability issue?

By some miraculous happenstance, the proportions of the frame were JUST RIGHT. Fwew.

I covered the wood frame in chalkboard paint and first painted the mat navy. But it wasn’t quite right.

So I tried again, and a red mat seemed to do the trick.

I gave this to my parents by way of Christmas BINGO on Thanksgiving Day, and I think they liked it. But they sort of have to, don’t they? I’m pretty sure parents are obligated to be proud of their children’s creations. 🙂

I’m sharing this at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the DogMaybe MatildaNewly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One, and I’m also linking up to Censational Girl‘s linky party!


26 thoughts on “House Drawing (in which I realize I have the hand stability of an 80-year-old)

  1. Love! No obligation…

  2. Anne, I love your blog! Your creativity brightens my day. I love your little house drawing and I’m totally going to draw my house now. Thanks for the inspiration! I saw an etsy site where an artist is selling custom-made ornaments out of clay that look exactly like whatever picture you send her. She’s charging 100.00 each! WHAT? That’s way too expensive!

    • Oh, MAN! Katie Wo/Em, this comment made my day. PLEASE post a photo somewhere after you draw your house? I LOVE your stately home, and I know you would do a great job!
      And sheesh. $100 is WAY too much. I did see these super cute ornaments made out of kid’s drawings that I hope to someday make when I have kids…NO HURRY, though:

      • I adore Kelle Hampton and have been following her blog since college! How did I not realize that we’re so similar Anne? I had no idea you were so artsy fartsy! Keep up the awesomeness on here! If you’re curious to see what my students are working on, feel free to check out our blog @

      • You are the coolest art teacher. I want to be in your class! And you+me=living parallel lives. I just don’t quite have your impeccable fashion sense! 🙂

  3. That is so beautiful! Great job! And I’m sure your parents love it! A mother’s dream come true 🙂

  4. Your drawing is beautiful! Any handmade gift is the best gift to receive.

  5. This is really cute! 🙂


  6. This is gorgeous! If all the lines were straight it would look too much like “architectural mock-up” and not enough like art (in my opinion). I think your mat and frame color is just perfect too. Great job!

  7. I love everything about this!

  8. Ummm, this is darling! And I’m impressed with your drawing skills. Seriously impressive. Thanks for joining the Dare to DIY!

  9. That turned out great! I’m not sure if it’s inspired me to draw my own house….or to go to the Etsy shop and see how much it cost to buy one. Because that sounds easier 😉

  10. This is so cool! I have a friend (from the blogisphere) who does home drawings and she did one of my in-laws’ house last year. They loved it. I’m majorly impressed with your drawing skills. I only have the patience of a three year old, so I can only manage stick figures.

    I also love the saying at the bottom. Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to DIY!

  11. That turned out great. I love the creativity you used in finding a frame. I would have walked right by it because of the ovals. Now I know better.

  12. Is probably one of the best gifts your parents ever got! Lovely , thoughtful and you are quite a talent too with the pen!

    Linking back from dare to DIY

  13. Yours was one of my favorites from the Dare to DIY challenge. It’s a handmade gift I would totally love to receive!

  14. This turned out amazing! You drew a house!! Oh my gosh! I can’t draw anything. Maybe I suffer from more extreme shake hand than you! 😉 Seriously though this is beautiful!

  15. I really love this! Mine would look absolutely silly, you are very talented!

  16. I love this! Hmm…I sense a new craft attempt coming.

  17. This is lovely! It gets me thinking about trying something like this myself!

  18. This. Is. Awesome! I love this gift idea, and I’ll definitely be using it!!!

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