Monday, June 16, 2008

Fun Monday-Walls

This week's assignment is interesting. Our host, Jan, wants to know about our walls. Here are the instructions:

We all have walls of some sort. What I want to hear about and see, if you're going to show off your amazing photo skills, is what is on your walls, what color are your walls, what is special about them, what is your favorite or least favorite, is it inside or outside.

This one took a lot of thought because I don't have one wall that I just love more than any other. I like my walls. I just don't have one that stands out above the others. I try to make my home very comfortable, insulated from the stress outside, in order to be at peace when I'm at home. After surveying all the corners of my house, I finally decided that the thing I like most about my walls is the stuff that I hang on them, so that's what I'm going to show you. Let's take a quick tour of the stuff that the Hula-gen's surround themselves with. This picture hangs in my dining room near the french doors that lead to the deck.


It's in a sunny spot where we watch the birds and squirrels romp and the flowers in the yard bloom. This picture feels appropriate for this spot because the woman is gazing outdoors, which is what I do all the time in that very spot. In our bedroom is a print marking the 125th anniversary of the Great Steamboat Race which is an annual race between the Delta Queen and the Mississippi Queen steamboats.

This is a Norman Rockwell print, and I love Norman. In our hallway are three special photos. I like how the black and white tones jump from the beige walls. I'm all about clean lines. The first photo is of Teen Angel.It was taken last year on a vacation, and it's my favorite picture of her. She looks so natural and grown up in this picture. This picture is of my nephew and my brother-in-law. Both have passed away, so we wanted a special print of them hanging where we could see them every day. This was taken on a big family trip to Myrtle Beach one year. It was one of our best vacations ever, and this picture of Chance and David makes us smile and think about beach combing, swimming and lemon shake-ups. This picture is Hubby's favorite photo of me. He likes it on the walls. It was taken when I was in college and did some modeling for a photographer. That seems so long ago. Some days I think about having curls again. Then I come to my senses. This caricature of Teen Angel was my Father's Day present to Hubby several years ago.
It was done by a friend of mine who was a TV meteorologist by day and an artist by night. He captured Teen Angel's toddler spirit perfectly, and I would just crawl up in the fetal position and cry if I every lost this picture in a fire or some other disaster. Oh, and here's the last one. This one is just cute. It hangs on a bathroom wall, right over the potty and you can see why.

It's a print we found in an antique shop several years ago and made us laugh all the way home. I still laugh at it sometimes when I look at it.

There you go. A sample of Hula art. Now trot on over to Jan's and see who else is playing along today, and stop by here again this week for instructions for next's week's Fun Monday because I'm hosting then. Ha! Are you ready?

19 comments:

Olive said...

Awww...your walls are filled with lasting memories. I enjoyed your black and whites but especially like the gazing woman looking outdoors. I too can be that woman in the picture.

Thanks for sharing with us.

Molly said...

Best of all, I like your perspective, " I try to make my home very comfortable, insulated from the stress outside, in order to be at peace when I'm at home." The picture next to the french doors seems to capture that serenity. I love your black and white photographs; they are so expressive.

Jan said...

I love the family photo's. Thank you for posting. Looking forward to next week.

SwampAngel65 said...

Love your photographs. They are special to you anyway, but the way they are framed makes them make more of an impression. Love the baby on the toilet. That would make me laugh everyday, too.

Heather said...

you have such cool art - I loved lookingat all of them and reading what makes them special.

I'm so sorry to hear of your brother-in-law and nephew, but that picture is beautiful. what a lovely tribute.

And the bathroom picture - just perfect. Made me smile as soon as I saw it!

Amy said...

Great pictures, Hula!
I too love black and white pictures and Norman Rockwell....We have Norman's "The Plumbers" hanging in our bathroom...since my hubby is a plumber.:)
And precious art work of your BABY!:)

Thanks for sharing!
God Bless,
Amy:)

Mia said...

pictures really speak don't they? thanks for sharing a little bit about you : )

Erin said...

I love that last print, good find!

ChrisB said...

Family photos are always treasures. I particularly like the first picture and the last one is very cute!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Ahhh those are lovely. I especially love the cartoon of teen angel and th e potty pic. The photo of your nephew and brother-in-law is gorgeous and so poignant. It's a great way to remember them.

Oh, and sign me up for next week please. I'm in. :D

Lynda said...

I really enjoyed looking at your wall hangings - especially the photos. Thank you for sharing.

Cruise Mom said...

I'm a Norman Rockwell fan too. Come visit us and we'll take a field trip to his museum!

lisa marie said...

I love the caricature of your daughter! :) And that little bathroom print is fun!

the planet of janet said...

awesome. your photos and art are obviously very special to you.

i love that you have so many wonderful memories hanging on your walls!

and sign me up for next week, please!!!!!

happy fun monday!

karisma said...

Love your photos. And the potty one is very cute!

Sayre said...

Your family photographs are quite dramatic and artistic. Is one of you a professional photographer?

Faye said...

It's obvious that you're very selective in what you choose to display hula girl--and it shows. The framing on your art--especially family photos--is wonderful. Do you do that part?

Who do you root for in the steamboat races? I wonder how many years they'll continue. . .

storyteller said...

I love the photos you’ve chosen to share in this week’s Fun Monday challenge … and wonder how you managed to capture them without ‘glare’ because I had great difficulty with lighting in my ‘wall’ photographs. I think the first is my favorite, but I enjoyed the Rockwell print and the last one made me laugh too. Your framed family photos are wonderful too … great mementos. Thanks for sharing. Mine’s a Small Reflections.
Hugs and blessings,

grace said...

I am just getting to your walls!! WOW...those are beautiful, I love the last one of the baby. I enjoyed looking at your walls, looking forward to next fun monday!