Friday, February 09, 2007

On the walls

We are running out of wall space, partially due to my desire to hang everything I come across on a wall. The two framed posters, above, are the latest addition to the wall gallery. They are copies of posters that Ray's grandfather had printed to advertise "closing out" sales, first in 1910 when they left Iowa for Idaho, then later in 1919. The Idaho venture hadn't worked out, they ended up back in Iowa and were now heading for Washington state. The posters advertise the sale of all farm implements, animals and household goods. You may be able to read the name A.A. Flick at the bottom of each poster. That was Ray's grandfather. Next to it is the quilt my brother, sister and I made for my parents' 50th anniversary. All their friends and relatives wrote messages on the muslin pieces. They were so pleased with it. I love having it here at my house now.

The walls going upstairs are covered as well. There's a weaving from Ecuador on the landing, one of my prints, a print Emily brought from Spain, a little batik Emily made in elementary school and one of my quilts. Hanging above it all is a mobile a la Calder, that Andy made.

Up in the bedroom I framed and hung my christening dress, which my mother made entirely by hand. It is too pretty to keep it folded up in a drawer. I need to find a deeper frame, so the glass doesn't squash it like that. The little framed heart has a fortune from a fortune cookie that says, "you have a deep interest in all things artistic."
These are all things that just need to be hung on the wall.


  1. Anonymous9:43 PM

    I have blank wall phobia too. Aw, heck, I have blank surface phobia. But a young friend of mine makes me feel better by often commenting that every object in my house has an interesting story to it. Just like yours. And the story is always love.

  2. I don't have a lot of wall space, due to lots of windows and an open floor plan. My husband has been urging me to hang more of my creations on the spaces we do have. We have Window Quilts, which are flat. I've made some unquilted, ie one layer, pieces that I pin up on them in seasonal colors. Your pictures give me some more ideas. Thanks

  3. I just love seeing pictures of people's homes. These are all just lovely! I want to come visit.

  4. Anonymous7:49 AM

    I also have the no empty spaces anywhere syndrome. My physical therapist was showing me an exercise where I needed to lean against a wall. I figured out where I could do them at work, because even my doors have things hanging on them.
    It is a special talent to hang lots of stuff and not get overwhelmed with it. your home is beautifully done.

  5. Anonymous9:38 AM

    Love these photos. You are getting good with the new camera. I recently hung some older quilts on the blank walls in my studio and it made such a difference in the warmth and ambiance.

  6. "These are all things that just need to be hung on the wall.".........and they are what makes your house a home, lovely!

  7. Anonymous7:22 PM

    I love houses like yours, Terry! I love wandering through looking at all the amazing parts of other people's lives. It takes love and courage to share that much of who you are.
    ps I really like your chair, too! It must have been hard to lose that funky black and white print.