When I began looking for spots of black in our home suited to Anna's photo challenge, I had no idea how many objects I'd find. If you didn't know better, you'd think my house was something straight out of Gotham City!
While I've been partying at BlogHop '08, I've missed a few days of writing and finding subjects for my favorite photographic projects. I'll be back to normal this week (no snark allowed) and I'm please to announce Pensieve's Poetic License will return. In the meantime, please visit Anna Carson for more Project Black participants or to post your own.
Day Two of Project Black brings you to my home--at least right up to our front door. I never noticed before how many black accents we have around; funny what you don't see until you actually look for it.
Isn't this spot inviting? If pollen and spiders didn't think they were invited guests, we might just use it a whole lot more. Shame...I can just imagine sipping lemonade and waving to passersby; the only problem? We live at the end of a cul-de-sac up a steep, long driveway. In other words, there ARE no passersby!
Located on the Georgia side of Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga still claims Rock City as a jewel of her own. You might've seen this painted on a barn's rooftop at some point in your life--according to their website, "Garnet Carter began his famous barn roof advertising campaign to lure vacationers from the highways. By the 1950's Clark Byers had painted "See Rock City" on 900 barn roofs from Michigan to Texas." That's a lot of roofs! I wonder if the owners were compensated for for their "ad space".
If I'm being perfectly honest--and why would I be anything else--I miss my camera almost as much as I missed my boys when they were at camp last week. How many times have I seen something that NEEDED to be captured
on film in digital?! Pictures help me remember the little things (and the big) that I might just forget otherwise :/.
I found our old Olympus point-and-shoot, re-charged the battery, and even though it's hardly in mint condition, at least it's better than nothing.
Anna concludes Project Blue today, and because I was compelled to, durn it, here are some images from my kitchen this morning. My apologies in advance for the quality for some of them, no matter how hard I tried to be still, it looks like I'm still a little shakey :).
~ Robin @ PENSIEVE
Karisma and Kids is hosting a Spring cleaning poetry competition, and I couldn't resist! Once I started, can you tell how much FUN I had with this? I might not win her contest, but no worries--this time, it was pure delight to try :). She's still looking for submissions, why don't YOU give it a go??
As we say good-bye to Project Green, once again I'd like to invite you into our home. For Project Yellow, you were ushered into our entrance foyer; directly to the left is our "keeping room", a bright and cheerful room that, although not quite finished, is one of my favorite rooms in our house. For starters, it's an extension of our kitchen--which IS my favorite room--and secondly, these guys live there:
....which led me to think about how neat it would be for someone to follow you around when you're taking pictures to capture YOU in the strangest of positions! In the past few weeks I've prostrated myself on mall-parking-lot asphalt, climbed on top of chairs and tables, pulled off the side of the rode, stood on my car seat and looked out the sun roof, squatted in a grassy field--all to take a photograph.
But I digress...pardon me!
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5:10 am - Phone rings. Husband's work. He gets up, showers, goes in earlier than normal. I'm trying to lasso the dream that is quickly evaporating...something about a Hogwartsian spiral staircase with manually-collapsible stairs...
5:30 am - His alarm sounds. Wishin' I had turned off the Devil's Handiwork when hubster got up. Put the pillow over my head cause it's waaay too inconvenient to scooch over and turn off the blasted thing!
5:37 am - My bed starts shaking.
5:37:02 - WTHeck? MY BED IS SHAKING! (much the same as when Aussie jumps up on the side, hoping for an invitation up)
5:37:12 - I call out to the dog, "Aussie?"
5:37:13 - No answer, so I sit up and say louder "AUSSIE?"
5:37:51 - I KNOW my daggum bed is shaking, but I feel CRAZY. I think "earthquake???" thoughts.
5:38:24 - Lie back down, snuggle under covers, dream-weavin' again.
6-something - Get up, cut on radio, AND THEY'RE TALKIN' ABOUT A FREAKING 5.4 EARTHQUAKE IN ILLINOIS...and tremors being felt in MIDDLE TENNESSEE!
I live in middle Tennessee.
I wasn't imagining a vibrating bed.
I'm not crazy.
What was it like closer to the epicenter??
Vindication can be just as unsettling as the tremor itself.
I was recounting the above with my children a bit later, and my daughter said, "I FELT IT, TOO!" She had set her alarm for 5:30 a.m. to get up early, so she was awake already. Funny, she thought it was our CAT jumping on her bed, then decided when it continued (and there was no marauding cat), it was her own shivers she was feeling from snuggling deeper under her covers.
Apparently we have Pets of Unusual Strength (PUS) to have imagined our dog or cat shaking the timbers.
Ree asked for kitchen advice, so instead of a thousand words, I'm posting a few pictures just for her. If anyone else finds this "hidden" post, can you see me **waving and smiling**? :)
And below are some shots taken VERY QUICKLY just now, to share with my favorite Ranch Diva, you know, because she "asked" ;).
Ree, if you "need" any more decorating advice, you know where to find me (on the other side of Bloglines ;) ).
Technically, it's not even a room, it's our entrance foyer. It's a hand-painted diamond design, similar to something I had seen at an area home show. It took a few sample boards before my painter translated what I was verbalizing to canvas, but finally, we got the result I was seeing in my mind.
Standing at our front door, to the left, you'll see a yellow "keeping" room with red ceiling, to the right is our dining room, red walls with a yellow ceiling. The foyer combines both colors with black and white accents.
No wonder I've been drawn to Project Yellow...it hits close to home!
If you'd like to post your own photos for Project Yellow, be sure to link them at Anna's site.
Day 1: Retro-funkiness meets common lamp
Day 2: Egg cartons are pretty?
Day 3: Butterflies & Bees (perhaps the best series I've ever captured)
Day 4: American Icon
Day 5: A floral canopy and conductor
Day 6: Invisible rabbits & a ducky-chick
Day 7: My boys--head, shoulders, no knees, but toes
Day 8: Liquid gold, Caribbean view :)
There are a few photographers I've stumbled across who share the same perspective as me; they seem to "see" as I do except they're able to capture what I can't quite translate to the final result. Anna Carson is one of of these people I'm watching, hoping to learn from her by observation.
She has a current photo project going on, inviting others to join along: capturing yellow images all week. Here's my first attempt, and I've found her words to be true. Yellow objects along my way--prior to her challenge, almost invisible--are screaming out to me "Take my picture!" What can I do but oblige them?
This is a find by my designer friend Jennifer.
It wouldn't work just anywhere,
but it adds personality and then some
to a corner of the room.