Monday, December 08, 2008

What would you do?

So I have this giant semi-odd shaped frame on my mantel that I pulled out of my grandma's trash and I was thinking it would be fun to put a big Christmas poster in it.  I found a White Christmas movie poster that I love, but it will not fit in my odd frame without being chopped dramatically.  So onto plan two, to design my own print, but then I remembered that I have a million Christmas projects going (that I wish I could show you) so why do that when I could move onto plan three, blow up one of my favorite Christmas illustrations from a children's book?  But how can I choose just one?  Which one would you choose? (Pardon the horrible photos, as stated, I'm being lazy so I was not about to put much effort into when I will only be using one).

The Grinch by Doctor Suess is a Christmas classic, of course, but I always think of him as being green even though he's not in the book.
I like this one, but poor Max wouldn't make it into the frame
Happy ending?
I love Olivia so Olivia Helps With Christmas is a good option.

I think this is probably my favorite Olivia option. Do you?
I like the idea of a religious book, but most of them have cheesy illustrations.  This was my favorite option from my collection.  It's The First Night by B.G. Hennessy with paintings by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher.  I really want a vertical picture, but this horizontal one is my favorite.
This vertical picture of Mary with Jesus is so sweet, but I would have to crop it way too much to make it work.
There's also something sweet about the Tomie De Paola illustration from Santa's Crash-Bang Christmas by Steven Kroll, but again, it's horizontal.
And If I was going to go with a horizontal option, this illustration from Santa Calls by William Joyce.  It's just so magical.
This title page from Olive the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Siebold is one of my favorite options.  It's simple and cheerful.

And my other favorite option is from Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee. The cover would look good.
And I also love this page of Santa listening to children's requests.
So do you have a favorite?  Which one would you choose or would it be another option?


emily kate said...

Olive & Ian and the snowman is my favorite. Followed by the Olive title page and The #1 Toy Expert cover.

Krystal Trapnell said...

definitely Olivia the the snowman.

Valerie said...

I love Olive and the #1 toy expert options :)

lisa (lost pezhead) said...

i love them all!! can you do some prints w/ your friend here in columbus and sell them on etsy!?! i haven't read some of those books, i'll have to check them out at the library. thanks for always sharing your ideas!

Nikki said...

While I have a soft spot for the classic Grinch drawings, I'd personally choose either the Olivia "snowman" or PRESENTS!

Eva said...

my favorite is the grinch coming out of the chimney.

Chelsea said...

My favorite is the Olivia picture with her siblings and all the presents under the tree. Captures the joy of Christmas morning with children perfectly.

Cristin said...

I like them all...

I would probably pick something out of When Mrs. C. Saved Christmas...I don't think the book is currently in print -- but I love the drawings {more of a vintage look}...I don't think you could go wrong with any of your choices!

Mom said...

I'd do the Grinch in the Chimney - and get my friend Stephanie to colorize the Grinch -