Months ago I found an eighteen century toile de Jouy quilt at the brocante, I had it laser copied on paper. I planned to wall paper an entire small room in our home with it but...
As some of you know around midnight on that wall papering day my ladder broke while I was on the top. It was one spectacular fall. In a split second many thoughts passed through my mind... most of them starting with Oh GOD! Hearing the ladder break gave me the oddest feeling: I knew it was going to be bad, then hearing the crack of my bone, and then hearing French Husband and Sacha running up the stairs to find me flat out.
You know in cartoons when you see the cartoon character run off the cliff? Then you see the cartoon character looking down at the empty space below, then he looks into the camera as if to say, "Oh no!" and then whoosh he falls.... it was like that. Though instead of a cliff it was a cement floor, and instead of starring into a camera I stared at the wallpaper in my hand.
The same evening I fell off the ladder a blog friend of mine Father in Law fell off a ladder and died. Horribly, sadly true! My hair dresser's uncle fell off a ladder and was paralyzed. Many of you shared similar stories. It made my falling off the ladder with only a shattered wrist feel like a fortunate outcome.
Since the fall ladders now scare me. Nevertheless the desire to finish the wall papering job does grows stronger.... and yet if only the remaining section to wall paper wasn't fifteen feet high.
I went to the hardware store to buy a new ladder, and I literally felt sick, I left without a purchase.
Some of you have suggested that I hire someone to complete the job which is nice that you are thinking of me, but you see it isn't just wall papering, it is my art project and I like wall papering. Which leads me to think am I:
All of the above?
I will complete the job... it is only a matter of time. Until then I'll show you part of the wall that is done.
You might check this decorating blog "Poppy Talk" about Wall papering.
SwitcheRoo m gives many interesting links about collage wall papering.
Book about the various Toile de Jouy and history.
P.S. My wrist is healing fine.