Mechanically Minded

A while back, I shared this sketch here, and I have wanted to make it into a print since.

This week, I’m taking the time to count my blessings. And today I’m grateful for little boys….my little boy in particular: For how this brain works, and for the amazing mystery it is to me.

I often wonder what the inside of my son’s head looks like, and all I can do is remember mine as a child, and think that for Ian, who is a self proclaimed inventor and architect, it would look like this.

So, for any other children out there, who see their world in pulleys and levers, with buttons to push for every command, this is for you.

Print available Here.

Oh, and dont’ forget the AMAZING fabric giveaway ending today here.

And PS: if you have a child who loves building and inventing things, this book is a must read. A family favorite. Do you know it?



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  • Kristin Marvin

    This is a wonderful print! My daughters, the “creative monsters”, have astounded me with their creations through the years. My youngest has spoke of being an Imagineer or writer/illustrator and my oldest has now moved from Dr. to architect. I love the ideas and creativity in children and wish more would encourage that with their young! We all have a streak (of some kind of creativity) in us somewhere! Beautiful detail Sarah!

    • Sarah Jane

      Thank you Kristin!

  • Jenni Bailey

    This is great! If you had a version with a little girl in it, I would be all over it! I definitely have a little budding Engineer in my house.

    • Sarah Jane

      Yes! sounds like a must.

  • Lucy

    You would also love the book Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn. It is about a little boy who is a builder/inventor. One of my all time favorites. I thought of it the minute I saw your beautiful picture.

    • Sarah Jane

      Ooooh! I don’t know that one! Fantastic! Thanks for the recommendation…off to the library, now!

  • Liesl Gibson

    Sarah, I think this is my favorite of all your work. Ever! Just beautiful!

    • Sarah Jane

      Thanks Liesl!! That’s saying a lot!

  • Polly @ Helping Little Hands

    Love this!!!

  • Gina

    I absolutely love everything about this print!! It is different from anything I have seen you do before yet so perfectly Sarah Jane. Makes me wish for a little boy!

  • Lis

    This is my six year old to a T! I can’t wait to hang this print somewhere special in his room, probably over his desk where most of his “drafts” are made before they break ground for construction :).

  • Jamie

    This made me smile and tear up at the same time. As a Mom of two little guys, I am acutely aware of just how spot on this print is. Bravo!

  • Katy

    I second the idea of a “mechanically minded” girl’s version As an engineer and mom to 4 girls who can’t help but be mechanically minded with both engineer parents. I would love to hang this in our home.

  • Kristy Zink

    Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you. I saw your sketch on facebook a while back and was hoping you would offer it at a print. I have two engineers at home. One little and one big. This fits them to a “T”. I love it!

  • Emily Luetkemeyer

    That is lovely! I’m so glad it’s a print :-)

  • ES

    Dear Kristi,
    Can you, please, fix the link to this amazing print?
    My son is mechanically minded, too ;)

    • ES


      I copy pasted the wrong name, my apologies!