Thursday, November 11, 2010

Out of Africa

I've been working on "organizing" Goober's room, which basically just means that I'm so overwhelmed by all the baby stuff in the house that I'm putting everything in dresser drawers or fabric boxes on the closet shelves. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

But one thing I can't avoid is the bare walls in the room. We won't know the sex of the baby until s/he gets here, and I'm not really the type to completely redo a whole room for a baby who won't even be aware of what's around them for awhile. So the room is staying basically the way it was, except I'm replacing my Afghan art with African art.

The theme of the room, if you can even call it that, is African animals. It all started because I have a print of a giraffe that was in my room when I was little, and I wanted it to go in Goober's room. And as it turns out, I have several pieces of art that I bought when I was in Ethiopia in 2008, and most of them feature giraffes.

I have two wood carvings that feature giraffes, zebras, and gazelles that hang on either side of the window.


I also have three fabric prints with giraffes and zebras that are rather primitive. I bought some frames for them yesterday, and I'm hoping I can figure out a good way to frame them.

I really like the two with giraffes.


I'm not sure what they're made of, but they are paper cuts from a material that feels a bit like straw.


But I'm not sure about the zebras, in particular the mohawk of the one on the left and the weird mouth of the one on the right. What do you think?


I also have two large giraffe batik prints that I got in Ethiopia.

The one in black and gray is mine.


The one with colors was something I brought back for my brother, but it's been sitting at my mom's house because he doesn't have room for it right now. So I stole it back, at least for now.


I also bought some frames for these guys, but they are odd sizes so I'm hoping I can make it work. Hopefully I'll have some photos of a nicely decorated room in the near future!


  1. I think this little goober is lucky indeed!! Gorgeous things!

  2. Oh these are really great, Melissa. You're well on the way to having an animal kingdom for Goober. I like the giraffes and the zebras too... they're kind of humorous, like cartoon characters, plus don't newborns see in black and white, or did I invent that? I seem to recall black and white mobiles and that was the reason for them.

  3. I think I read somewhere that when they are very young, babies can best see objects that are very close to them and objects that are high-contrast colors, such as black, white and red. But the discussion of all that stuff is in the chapters of the books I haven't read yet. ;) I guess I have some homework to do!


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