Planting Sequoias

In which I blog about a life (hopefully) well lived.


Printing on Book Pages (in which I tape both a towel and the likeness of a narwhal to my wall and call it “decor”)

I’ve been known to hang some interesting items up on our walls every now and then (for examples, please see: star wars cross stitch, styrofoam engineer print, or doilies in embroidery hoops). But I’m glad to see that the practice of odd wall decor is becoming more and more socially acceptable (juju hats, anyone?)…perhaps someday I might fit in/actually be on trend instead of just pretending all the time.

On another note, for some reason, it pains me to leave a wall blank. Why leave a wall empty if you can fill it with awesome things?

Both of these two decorating philosophies will come into play in this post, so pay close attention.

First, about a week ago, I removed several pages an old-ish book on French architecture (to clarify: this was not a valuable book; nor was it at all cool). I’ve also been using it for crafts for about 4 years, so as a book, it wasn’t much to look at anymore. I feel that here I must extend my sincerest apologies to my friend Mary and my mother, both of whom are morally opposed to book desecration. I DO know better, but still…

I then ran them through my parent’s awesome color printer and got these beauties. The printable images (free!!!) are from the Graphics Fairy.

This set of three feathered creatures became housewarming gifts for some friends of mine. They have a cat, Harold, who I knew would appreciate these delicious-looking images. I have yet to get his reaction yet–but I’ll be sure to report back when I do.

However, while I was at it, I couldn’t help but print off a few more images for my own apartment. For this set of three, I chose a slightly more…eclectic trio of animals, this time of the variety that enjoy the sea.

narwhal flanked by octopus and crab

And yes, we do live in a state of perpetual darkness here at the apartment in the winter. Which often makes this lackadaisical photographer even more indifferent to quality photography.

hung above the TV

I took down our thankful banner and hung these up over our TV. No more thankfulness. Except from the narwhal, who I think feels right at home in our suburban apartment.

I also recently acquired a great towel that I wanted to display somewhere in our apartment, so down came this undersized picture of the beach at camp.

Before: undersized picture

But before I hung it, I had to iron the towel. Agony of agonies! But I mostly survived that ordeal, and tacked the towel up on the wall:

towel art

I love how the colors kind of “go” in our apartment (look at me getting all fancy with my decorator-speak!).

Here’s a closer look. It’s sort of vintage and definitely awesome.


Kenny no longer questions me when I get out a hammer or the tape to stick something up on the wall. He’s cool like that, and I love him. It’s a good arrangement. 😉