Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow I find myself reflecting on everything I have to be thankful for; good health, friends, family, and a job I love. At the tippy top of my thankful list are my two children. I love them beyond measure, and I love finding ways to incorporate them into our home. I'm a firm believer that for a house to be a home it should reflect those who live in it.
A few years ago I got the idea in my head that I wanted to do silhouettes of my (then future) children. I was attending the wedding of one of my dearest friends in Newport, RI. The entire event was beyond chic; they were married at the same church as JFK and Jackie and the reception was a showstopper at the Castle Hill Inn. In lieu of a traditional guestbook, they hired 4 different silhouette artists to capture the likeness of each of the guests. It was fun to watch the artists at work, and so sweet to have a keepsake from the event. The wedding happened to be exactly 2 weeks before I gave birth to my daughter so to say I was hugely pregnant would be an understatement. I was READY TO POP. Everyone kept joking that I was going to go into labor on the dance floor. About halfway through the reception, the mother of the bride came up to me and asked if I had gotten my silhouette done. I told her I had, showing her the profile of my head. She quickly said "I mean your whole silhouette with the baby! You have to!" as she motioned to my rotund belly. At the time, I wasn't really up for immortalizing my round physique, but I also wasn't going to say no to one of the nicest people in the world. So I put aside my self consciousness and went back for a silhouette including the bump. As much as I was embarrassed at the time, I now cherish the maternal memento. I have the silhouette on the first page of my daughter's baby book since in a way it's her first official portrait.
Fast forward 3 years later and I now have two adorable little ones that I want to immortalize. Kids grow so unbelievably fast, and every now and then I feel like I need to freeze time to capture exactly how my children look in the moment. Currently my daughter and son are 3 years, and 3 months old respectively, so the cuteness level is off the charts. This is definitely a time to capture.
I found these colorful silhouettes on Minted and I knew they would be absolutely perfect in our home! Traditional silhouettes come in black and white and you have to sit still to have the artist capture your profile. If you refer to the earlier mention of my kid's ages though, "sitting still" doesn't really happen in our house. Luckily, this process only required a digital photo of each child's profile and then Minted took care of the rest. I submitted the photos of both of them and just like magic got back the most adorable pictures!
I went with indigo and emerald for the silhouettes, but they offer just about every color under the sun. I chose these colors because they are somewhat traditional, but definitely a little more fun and modern. You can find an affiliate link the to exact silhouette I did here. If you're looking to create your own special memories, you can browse all of the different silhouette options here.
I LOVE how they came out! I'm amazed how much they actually look like my kids just from going off of a picture. They managed to capture every wild curl on my daughter's head, and even the sweet peach fuzz from my son's.
I'm especially happy to have a little piece of my son in our house now. My daughter, being the first born, already has about a million framed pictures throughout our house. Even though my son is the newest addition, I'm trying to avoid the typical second child pitfall of forgetting to take/display pictures this time around. (My Husband and I are both second in the birth order, and we *may* be projecting our own personal issues).
My only dilemma now is where to put them in our home! I originally ordered them for a spot in our living room above an antique secretary, but the colors honestly work well in just about every room in our house so I've been testing them out a few different places.
I hope you all get a moment this week to think about what you're thankful for, and to find a way to incorporate it into your own homes. Having a physical reminder of what's important is a great way to keep it top of mind. It helps us focus on what we're grateful for, and drown out all of the unimportant stuff.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!