I saw this photo in Vogue Living Australia some time ago, and was so inspired by it. 


 I loved the mix of children's artwork with  the very formal furniture.   Jane and I thought it would be a great idea to buy and old chair, have it re-done in plain canvas, then let children loose on it with Sharpies to share their own ideas and inspirations.  It was obvious to both of us from the beginning that this would be a wonderful way to raise money for children's charities.  We immediately called Jane's aunt Sidney who is a pediatrician at Cook Children's hospital in Ft. Worth.  Sidney had initiated the idea that  Cook's was in need of a palliative care program, and now that this program is well underway, she is still involved in fundraising.  It was a perfect match.  I was not aware of what a palliative care program was, so here is Dr. Sidney Aldridge to tell you in her own words:

There are now many little patients who are living longer and better because of our advances in medical technology, but they do live with very complicated medical problems and many will unfortunately still die at a young age.  As you can imagine, this is a very difficult journey for these little children and their families.  A new specialty has emerged in Pediatrics to help these most special patients called Palliative Care.  The Palliative Care team would like to provide support for a family at the initial diagnosis, then all along the course of that child's life, and finally, help the family prepare for their child's death.  

  The Palliative Care team helps the child with symptom and pain relief, and also provides much needed psychological and spiritual support for the child, their siblings, and parents during these very difficult times.  The team consists of physicians, nurses, social workers, child life specialists, psychologists, and spiritual leaders, such as ministers, priests, and rabbis.

  The Palliative Care team wants to help a little child live as well as possible for as long as possible, and then help make the end of that child's life be as pain-free as peaceful at possible.   As you can imagine, it takes very special people to be able to practice Palliative Care.  This kind of treatment requires hours and hours with each patient and family, and is not adequately funded by insurance companies.  We rely on wonderful charity organizations such as the Careity Foundation here in Ft. Worth to provide this much needed care.  The Careity Foundation has an amazing charity event, a western themed Gala called "Branded" here every August to raise money for our new Palliative Care Program here at Cook Children's Medical Center, and they have provided us with unmeasurable support.  

Thanks for letting us get involved Sidney!!

The chair project became more exciting and meaningful when we were invited to Cook's to let some of the other patients design a chair. Here are photos of the kids at work.  (Carol had to miss, she was on vacation with her dad, she was so disappointed)


Doodle 1

More doodlesJane
Jane couldn't resist leaving her mark.
Morgan was one of our artists.  She has a little help from her horse.


Here is our finished product!!!  (4 coats of clear lacquer were applied to seal the chair and protect the artwork.  It also gives the chair a rich deep shine)
The chair will now be auctioned off at the annual Branded event.  For more information go to Branded.
Jane and I have been looking forward to sharing this, she featured the project on her blog too.


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58 Responses
  • caroline August 05, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Awesome. totally awesome. I love it :) oh, and hello from London!


  • Leanne August 05, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    That is the cutest and most inspiring thing ever! And for such a great cause!


  • fashionispoison August 05, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    I love this Judy!
    Great work. Very admirable. <3


  • Lizbeth August 05, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    such a great idea!!!
    Love the chair, but love the charity aspect.


  • andrea August 05, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    I love this! Especially what it was for!
    So wonderful and inspiring!


  • Kathleen August 05, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    I love it! What a wonderful project and cause!


  • E. David Goltl August 05, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    This is awesome. Tell me more!


  • stephanie August 05, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Wow! That looks amazing! Great project too! Good luck at the auction :D


  • Lucy August 05, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Such a great idea!


  • adictazapatos August 05, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    great project!!!


  • eLLy* August 05, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    This is absolutely brilliant! It suprisingly looks GREAT! I shall show this to my mama & say, ” See! You should’ve just let me use my imagination when I ‘painted’ your sofa 20 yrs ago. It could’ve been a great artwork today”


  • Mel August 05, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    That’s amazing! I love how sweet and thoughtful you and Jane are. Thank you for an amazing post. The chair looks amazing and how adorable are the kids. Thank you for making my Wednesday.


  • Barchbo August 05, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    What a sweet and wonderful project for such a fabulous cause. A fabulous way to give back!


  • judy Aldridge August 05, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Awwww-Elly, I bet your sofa was a masterpiece! judy


  • french cloud August 05, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Fabulous and for such a wonderful cause–quite the artists at Cooks!


  • erin August 05, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    oh how sweet & how terribly sad too. :(


  • arline Jernigan August 05, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    I saw that sofa on another blog a while ago, but I never saved it, and was sorry. I thought it was a wonderful and clever to have a beautiful and kid friendly (which I don’t have) house.


  • Mel August 05, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    The chair looks fantastic! I love all the colors, and I’m glad it’s going to charity!


  • K-Line August 05, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    This is truly awesome. It makes me smile – and cry!


  • Eli August 05, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    This is pretty cool! And for a good cause too. Thinking about trying this out myself now!


  • Christine August 05, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    That is a GREAT idea!
    The kids really must have enjoyed it and the results are fabulous.


  • KD August 05, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    That is absolutely genius! Not only is the chair lovely but its going to such a wonderful cause!


  • Sister Wolf August 05, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    You are a saint. The daughter, too. Please make sure not to scare the children with that big claw necklace. How much did that cost, by the way?
    Sister Wolf


  • arline Jernigan August 05, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    I wanted to elaborate on my earlier post, as it was short. I like what the foundation does. It seems great, and bringing in a creative outlet for the kids is always something I am in favor of, and something I could put my heart into.
    I would love to see more things like that develop. We have St Jude here in Memphis, which is an amazing treatment and research facility, that treats children with cancer and other horrible diseases, done all through charity.
    I hope the chair makes a ton of money.


  • Anna August 05, 2009 at 10:48 PM

    How cool would it be to have a set of these around a dining room table?! And the sweet blessing they are is the best part. So brilliant!


  • LittleRus August 05, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    This is such a wonderful idea and the chair is gorgeous! x


  • Alexandra August 06, 2009 at 1:17 AM

    What can compare to how visually interesting children’s artwork is? It is almost impossible to replicate once one becomes an adult, too. I have tried to incorporate childlike artwork into some of my projects and it usually seems to fall flat. The hand has been too trained, as has the eye. I never tire of seeing a child’s shaky, wonky handwork. Their use of color is also always eyecatching and vibrant. Simple, beautiful, unmatchable.
    You and Jane are unstoppable and it’s a pleasure to flip through Vogue and be shocked to discover you two inside. Thanks for doing what you do uniquely and with style.


  • Solo August 06, 2009 at 2:08 AM

    Awesome! What an art work. ;D
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  • lisa from london August 06, 2009 at 2:26 AM

    the chair looks amazing. its great how you were inspired by something in a magazine to do something this brilliant. x
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  • Pearl Westwood August 06, 2009 at 2:27 AM

    Absolutely brilliant idea you guys, such a creative and fun way to raise for charity, well done x


  • thischicksgotstyle August 06, 2009 at 2:52 AM

    What a great initiative!!
    And the outcome is beautiful :)


  • Le Cocon August 06, 2009 at 6:09 AM

    equally as lovely as your daughter’s blog.
    xo Noah (Indie Music Blog)


  • Katie August 06, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    Fabulous! Great idea


  • michgund August 06, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    Kudos to you and Jane! I hope I can do that too here in the Philippines…the charis is so stylish, and very functional, and will help a lot of kids…what more could one ask for!
    ~your fan from the Philippines :D


  • Miss Cavendish August 06, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    I saw a couch like this on A Bloomsbury Life (blog) and adored it. Love how you’ve added lacquer and are creating the chair for a wonderful cause.


  • Josephine August 06, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    What a great idea with a beautiful product! :)


  • donna August 06, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    The entire idea has a beautiful spirit. I love this, warms my day.


  • Heini August 06, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    That is so kind of you. I wish I could do something for the little patients of our area. I´m extremely interested in entering med-school, so that dream might not be that far away.


  • eeps August 06, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    that looks amazing. where can i find a chair similar to that?


  • mr. freddy's mom August 06, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    this is a good project!
    you and jane really have a good heart!
    i’m more impressed on what you did!
    those kids are so cute!
    hmm…seeing the chair gives me an idea
    and can’t wait for mr. freddy to draw something on my
    chair. lol!


  • Maurenice August 06, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Absolutely love love the idea! Now, I want to do something similar like that for my apt. Great posting Judy…and great great concept.


  • Jules August 06, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Awesome! Can’t imagine those kids can do such designs like this. =D Beautiful! =D
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  • Brigadeiro August 06, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    I saw Jane’s post on this, and thought it was such a BRILLIANT idea, on so many levels! :)


  • tracey ellle August 06, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    what a lovely initiative.. and cause.. great stuff


  • StyleAntagonist August 06, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    Hi Judy, looks familiar from afar :D reminds me of the LV multicolor monogram with a touch of informality init. Something new. Indeed a briliant one. Very thoughtful of both of you.. Thanks for sharing this. Have yourself a nice day ahead.


  • Donna August 07, 2009 at 6:36 AM

    This is absolutely beautiful, both in the artwork and in the thoughtfulness! I love your blog as it has so much substance rather than a regular old fashion blog. Thank you, and I will continue to look forward to your blog! :) I think your blog is one of my most favorites!


  • jamieofalltrades August 09, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    What an amazing idea – very cool to make something so unique and have it go to a good cause.


  • Lauren Estep August 10, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    What an awesome project for an equally awesome cause :)


  • alex* August 11, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    WOw, what an amazing thing….the perfect blend of you and your interests and doing something fabulous for others. Again, crazy inspiring. I love Jane and her blog is so wonderful, but I think YOUR blog is a true little jewel lady. Thanks for being an amazing, sassy mommy. I hope when my little guy (who is 5) is the age of your girls that we are just as close as you guys are. I would love to collaborate with him someday too.
    : )


  • juliet August 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    That is super beautiful! I saved few pictures in my inspiration box.
    juliet xxx


  • summer August 18, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    super cool. great idea!


  • lenorenevermore August 18, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    So Inspiring!
    Love this wonderful project!!


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