Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fun Monday-Office Art

Our Fun Monday hostess this week, Sayre, wants to see inside our workplace. Specifically, she wants to see the artwork we surround ourselves with while we work.

Take your camera to work and take pictures of the things that inspire you as you work or that inspires your coworkers. Ask them (or yourself) what it is about that particular object or picture that makes the work day seem a little easier.If you don't work outside the home, take a picture of the thing that helps you get through the day and inspires you to have the best day you can.

It will come as no surprise to most of you that my office has a bit of a tropical theme. My coworkers just smile and shrug their shoulders at my decor because they know me well enough to understand why I surround myself with the stuff that I do. I love my work, but I like to surround myself with reminders of vacation while I work. It just makes me smile. It also helps me slug through winter. I am fortunate in that I get to decorate my office any way I like, as long as it's within reason. And my office is full of pictures and trinkets from past vacations. My favorite is this print I got in Barbados.

It's visible every time I look up from my computer screen. The photo doesn't really do it justice. I have pictures of Teen Angel. One taken in St. Thomas with some feathered friends:

And another taken in Aruba when we were foolish enough to allow her to have her picture made with a tiger. A month after we came home from this vacation the Siegfried & Roy tiger mauling happened in Vegas, and we felt like the most stupid parents ever for allowing her to sit next to a tiger.

I have some fun stuff, too. Like this license plate I bought in Aruba.

And a collage of photos and memorabilia from our first Jimmy Buffett concert.

Oh, look! It's five o'clock somewhere.Not really, but this sure makes it fun to check the time throughout the day. And what office would be complete without flamingos? This is one of two metal ones Hubby bought me for Valentine's Day last year.

And these two I bought in a tacky junk store in town.

I spied them in the window, stopped and bought them immediately. Love, love, love the tacky flamingos. These have that pale pink Floridian 1950's tourist kind of vibe to them.

Oh, and there's one more item I can't forget. I've had it for years. I got it when I worked in television news, and it always seemed to fit the mood of my work day. Fortunately, I have a job now where it's rare that I feel like this:


Mike Golch said...

you would have loved our pink flamigo themed front yard that we had years ago.we had Pink Flamingos lining out flower bed,pink coloerd flowers(I mhave forgot the flowers names)out conctrete goose was dressed as a pink flamingo.and boy did our association board get upset with use.They told ust that all the decorations had to go.If that is the case that no one is allowed any decorations at aal infront of their units as well.I maintained.they forced every one to remove their stuff as well.I was not going to be singled out just because on or two people took offence to what I did.

Jason, as himself said...

I think you can probably guess the type of artwork that surrounds me at my place of work!

Faye said...

Thank goodness office policies are a bit more lax now. It makes all the difference to be allowed to surround yourself with objects and art that makes you happy. We spend too much time working to not enjoy our surroundings. Or, in my case did before retirement.

Ah Barbados--you're causing some old memories to surface when I did a stint of practice teaching there many, many years ago. I'm remembering boys, rented rafts, fruity rum drinks, and Sam Lord's Castle. Did you see it? Not sure it's still in existence--this was over 40 yrs. ago.

oreneta said...

The print from the Barbados? Youngest said, "Dad would like it cause it is the sea, and Mom would like it cause it's blue." Agreed.

I think I would like to work where you work if you can put up that sort of work art!

jill said...

the last one is me every day!

Janis said...

I think you need to move to Fl. Your office looks like a fun reminder of fun times. That is enough to get anyone through the work day. You are fortunate that you love your job.

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

I love it! I wish I had an actual office rather than a cube. A cube can only hold so much!

Sayre said...

Your office looks like a fun, relaxed place to work. Living in Florida, my yearnings lean more towards the southwest, so I have wall decor and pictures that reflect that.

But pink flamingos are CLASSY. I really like yours!

The Church Lady said...

I love your tropical theme, especially the margarita clock! I agree with you in surrounding yourself with vacation items. It probably gives you a great feeling and many wonderful memories while at the work place.

Mariposa said...

The Flamingos are just great! Like your tropical theme. Happy Fun Monday! Mine is up a bit late... ;-)

Mariposa said...

The Flamingos are just great! Like your tropical theme. Happy Fun Monday! Mine is up a bit late... ;-)

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