hung:: handprinted curtains

The curtains are done!  The curtains are hung!

hung:: handprinted curtains

You know how when you’ve been working on something for a long time you kind of get sick of it?  I started printing these curtains in November I think it was, then put them away during the Christmas crazies, then got them out again last month.  I drew up the design several years ago when I saw the curtains here, so we’ve had a pretty long relationship, these curtains and I.  On Saturday after I clipped them to the rings strung on the curtain rod I was ready to call the whole thing a total bust, but now that I’ve had some time to breath from the rolling ink and stamping, rolling and stamping, rolling and stamping, and just sit back and look at them, walk past them, and pull their light airiness open and shut, they’ve grown on me. They make this new home feel a little bit more “me.”

 So, while I was in the hanging mood I turned to my stack of Karl Blossfeldt photogravures that has been gathering dust on the floor in my bedroom.

hung:: karl blosfeldt

It’s been nearly 8 months since we moved in here.  I guess it is about time I started hanging art on the walls and add a little more me-ness to this place, even though it is a rental.

 And, one more thing to go with this theme of hanging.  Our little baby has discovered his hands this week.

hung:: toys for the hand figure-outer

I’ve made baby gyms before, I remember one in particular I made for Jonah out of “crazy pipe” (bendable sprinkler pipe) covered with quilting fabric, but I think I’ve finally come up with a design I love.  I was going to just buy one, but I wanted something simple and wooden, and couldn’t find anything for a price I was willing to pay.  I went to Home Depot and found all the wood I needed on one isle.  Then I made springy-toy-dangler-things from some favorite fabric scraps and Hunter has been entertained for hours.  I exaggerate not!  The Tigger and Eeyore are favorites from when Brenna was tiny– I remember vividly the first time she reached for something, opened her little hand, grabbed it, and stuffed it in her mouth.  It was that skinny ring on that Tigger while we were driving back to Utah after living in Boulder, Colorado for the summer.  Here we are, in Colorado again, with a little baby, and Tigger is definitely his toy of choice.

 I’ll have a tutorial on making a simple wooden baby gym posted here soon!

10 thoughts on “hung

  1. The curtains are lovely. I also have to marvel at your patience. I’ve started so many projects like this (curtains, wall hangings etc.) that I have not managed to find the energy to finish.
    You are very creative! I didn’t want plastic near my baby but for things like a baby gym, I caved. I didn’t even consider making one out of wood myself. I’d love to see the tutorial.

  2. SO PERFECT! That top photo looks like it is something out of a magazine. The curtain really MAKE that setting. Wow.

  3. Hello,

    Found your blog from Sew Liberated. I love your play gym. You are right ~ wooden play gyms can be quite expensive. Our little girl who is seven weeks old has been having a blast with her from Ikea. The only thing I do not like about it is that they don’t seem to have toys that can be switched out. I can’t wait for your tutorial.

  4. i know exactly what you mean by when you start a project then get sick of it half way through! ask Mark! :) Im now finally finishing up the shutters for the house. i started painting them to match our front door back before feb vacation.

  5. making your own baby gym?! wow! that is fantastic! your curtains are lovely. i know what you mean about settling into a rental–not really putting photos up and all. i moved right around the same time that you did into a rental and am about to move back to where we came from (to another rental) aargh! we are only planning to be there for three months or so but i am going to do what i can. no more moving!!

  6. the curtains are *fantastic*!!! 😀

    and i love love love your baby gym – what an incredible idea.

  7. Jessica, its Tracy from artofwomanhood…and I LOVE your curtains, they emanate peace, hope, lightness of spirit. I love, love, love them.

    Where are you in Colorado now? I miss our weekly phone calls!

  8. Jessica,
    The curtains are awesome. I can’t wait to see them in person. I need to return your book to you!

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