Monday, September 22, 2008

Just Stuff, But It's Okay, I'm a Blogger

(accent wall featuring Vern Yip on TV!)

Saturday I painted the wall. That corner of the doorway leading to the entryway (from the corner of the arch to the ceiling) had a terrible crack that I patched and I love how it looks great in this picture. At night though, with lamps on, you can tell it's been patched. Oh well. I left the nails in the wall for those three pictures. I took those pictures of my daughter in 1990 or 1991. It was my final exam in photography and we could choose any aspect of what we had learned and I chose "lighting." The irony is that the film was horrible. My lighting was all extreme and I really was doing burning and dodging like mad. I guess I didn't learn too much about lighting, but man did I learn about burning and dodging. Also, when I hung those pictures seven years ago, I was not on my current crazy medication and was having an irrational fear that when I drove in the nail for that middle picture, I would strike an electrical wire and fly across the room. As you can see that middle picture is directly above the outlet. That was not a good day.

(Could that t-shirt be any more honest?)

I forgot to take a "before" picture of the wall, but I took this picture of my daughter on the 12th so you can see that it was just a plain whitish wall and that the photographs almost blend in. I like the way the pictures really "POP" now. Oh, and I got an "A" on my photography. I think it was the yawning picture there that suckered the teacher in. My daughter was 6 or 7 at the time and was not having fun sitting in that chair for almost two hours. I caught all sorts of expressions and just happened to catch that yawn.


We went to visit my in-laws today. My MIL turned 62 on Friday. She's only 14 1/2 years older than me and I am 2 years older than her baby brother. My Mom will be 70 in November. Where does the time go? It was funny talking to my FIL. He said he found my post on his snake story and that I "did a really great job" making it better. I was all "WHAT?!? Dude, I just copied and pasted it from your blog." For some reason he thought it was better than he had written it. I don't know why that is still making me laugh. I mean, Froggy wrote it, I copied and pasted it and he thought it was better. I guess he forgot what a good writer he was. I want to do another one of his stories on here about when he was hanging out with the original Apollo astronauts. He's had a very interesting life.


I was really on a roll there for a while taking pictures of everything and always thinking in blog mode. Then I just suddenly fell out of "take a picture!" mode. I don't know what happened, but after I noticed it, I got better about remembering to take a picture. Here is one I grabbed at Michael's (a craft store).

It was a magazine on a rack in the check-out line and I was mesmerized by the line "Sculpting Vampire Dust Bunnies." I pulled out my camera and snapped the shot and then looked around at the people in line with me and loudly proclaimed, "It's okay, I'm a blogger."


My friend Carole found a pic of the Vampire Dust Bunny on the internet:

And VioletSky, that does look like cat hair! (Thanks Carole!)


VioletSky said...

Really, I want to know how to sculpt vampire dust bunnies. Will cat hair work? Seriously?

Love what you've done with your wall. I also have wall cracks that disappear in certain light. Candlelight only enhances the imperfections (but it makes me look so much better).

Scarlet said...

I think I've used that line myself..."It's okay, I'm a blogger." (Not that anyone knows what I'm talking about when I mention the word blog or blogger. I ALWAYS have to explain.)

The wall looks fantastic, btw. I love the new fall color and it brings out those pics!

Your FIL is a riot! How can he not remember he wrote it?? lol

PS - Your daughter's a cutie!

Carole said...

Your accent wall looks fantastic! Beautiful color, and yeah...those pictures of your daughter really pop now!

I love the photo of your daughter next to her own picture. The "then and now" aspect is adorable. I agree with Scarlet... Your daughter is a cutie!

Do you think you can sculpt Vampire Dust Bunnies if you've just eaten garlic? That sign is too funny! Haha!

xup said...

The wall really does look great, and you’re right, it really does show the photos to their best advantage. Is there no way to redirect the lighting so the crack doesn’t show up in the evening? I’m very impressed with your painting and crack repair skills, not to mention your photography skills.

Carole said...

Gee, you know with a post like this one that I just had to google "Sculpting Vampire Dust Bunnies"! haha And I'm pretty sure I've seen a couple of those critters under my bed recently.

Jammie J. said...

I'm impressed with not only your wall, but your drive to say you're gonna paint the wall and then you just up and do it. Heh.

That vampire dust bunny looks frighteningly familiar. I'm afraid I have about 12 of them downstairs somewhere just waiting in the shadows to jump out and yell at me!

geewits said...

~~I know what you mean about lighting. I think I look the best in firelight.

~~Thanks! Yeah that was really weird when my FIL was thanking me for "improving" his story.

~~When are you going to pop over to see my latest work?

~~You are too kind! And no, I can't think of any way to change the lighting, but I really don't care. It's my house you know, not a movie set.

~~It's funny that you say that like it's a good thing to "just up and do it" but the reality is, once I decide on something like that I HAVE to do it and become an unstoppable force. Like an obsession. It's always a great relief to get something done. I'm weirds ya'll!

Jazz said...

I love the wall, and vampire dust bunnies? Just bizarre...

Urban Animal said...

geewits, that is the colour of my place! I love that yellow. My bedroom is a lighter shade of yellow, more like butter yellow. Love it.

I also tend to take a few pics sometimes thinking "hey that will look great on my blog", some make it, some don't.

Love the vampire bunny. It's wicked.

Carole said...

I'll try and pop over Thursday. I'll give you a call when I'm up and about. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've done! You're totally giving me ideas!

geewits said...

~~Thanks, and yes they are.

~~Someone had what they called a "photo dump" or something on their blog the other day and I thought that was a good idea. I guess it was all the pictures that didn't quite make it in before.

~~And I need to see your new bathroom stuff.

Hagelrat said...

vampire dust buny is awesome!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL...That Vampire Dust Bunny is really funny! And I agree, it does look like Cat Hair...but then, maybe all of the Dust Bunny's are from the cat hair....!

I cannot get over how you can patch walls and I think the Paint Color is lovely! You are right, the pictures do "pop" out!

xup said...

The dust bunnie is musthaveable!! And I only mentioned the lighting before because you seemed worried about the crack. House cracks, to me, are like wrinkles -- they tell a story

geewits said...

~~Odd, no?

~~I think people with cats just have different dust bunnies. I'm pretty sure I had some sort of dust bunnies back when I did not have cats.

~~Yeah the crack irks me. I just don't look over there at night.