Monday Fun~These Walls…

Something I have never done before it play Monday Fun.  But one of my favorite bloggers, Return of the White Robin is hosting it this week (apparently the host changes weekly). 

The assignment is show us something that hangs on your wall that is fun, interesting, endearing, sentimental, or otherwise enticing. Select the picture of Uncle Horace, Grandma Galt’s needlepoint, or little Susie’s first fingerpainting to show the blogging community.

Now to be completely honest, I am really, really really good at buying picture frames.  In fact for a while there, it was becoming a problem.  (You didn’t really expect me to have normal addictions did you?)  Anyone needing a gift got a frame as they were the niftiest things around! So, now I have this huge pile of frames…sitting on a shelf in the garage! I’ll show you a few things that we do have up on the walls though.  (Please forgive the lousy photos, glass and flash…not so good)

This is Boris.   

For many years we thought he was a pig,and were quite surprised to learn that he was actually a dog.  Anyways, he was created by the Southwest artist, Jim Wagner and was a wedding gift to us from Shaun’s aunt.  Despite the fact that his looks still haven’t quite grown on us, we cherish him for the love behind him. 

This is my favorite photo of all time. 

This was snapped by my mom moments after KT was born in our little apartment. 

 

The two smaller frames beside it hold KT and I on the top and Shaun with Mimi on the bottom. 

OK…enough with trying to capture photos, it’s just not working.  How about what’s on the walls?

A few years ago, KT checked out thirty books from the library and bookmarked photos of her favorite marine life.  She then asked that I paint them all in her room.  I had never done anything like that before, but her complete confidence in me, allowed me to create a wonderful underwater world for her. 

Looking around the room this morning, I noted that over the years, pretty much all of the walls have been covered.  Except for this one tiny spot. 

This was my one area of self-indulgence in the room.  KT had asked that everything be realistic.  (how boring is that!) I snuck in this defiant mermaid holding a frog (just because I like frogs) She has the snootiest expression on her face that I just love.  And there is tons of glitter in the waves below her.  It highly amuses me that this is the only part of the wall still showing!  (That brown thing to the right is the base of a  corkboard palm tree)

This is Allie

Yep, she lives in our bathroom.  I really like her, but kinda stopped working on this room because I’m slightly embarrassed.  Honestly, do you think it’s too strange? Should I continue or just paint the room beige?  (I really would like to know what you think!!!)

To see other participants in Fun Monday, be sure to visit MJD’s site!

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30 Responses to Monday Fun~These Walls…

  1. Lynne says:

    Did you paint all this free hand? If so, maybe you missed your true calling in life. I don’t think I could that … I’m not an artist!

    Strange, uhm, yes. A bit. At least the alligator isn’t facing his chomping jaws in the direction of the toilet. Then I would be scared to sit down …

  2. elyouseewhy says:

    Fabulous paintings! Walls were not meant to be blank. I love the alligator, I say go for it!
    -Lucy

  3. mjd says:

    Susan,
    Welcome to Fun Monday. I love what you have shown us. I do recognize the birth of KT photo. I think that this is one of the best photographs ever. Your wall paintings are terrific.

  4. Stephanie says:

    I *love* allie!! I would totally finish painting that room. I have wanted to do murals in our house for a while but just haven’t gotten around to it. I have visions of painting the trees from “Where the Wild things Are” in the boys room. I love how they look and have the picutre in my head…I just haven’t done it yet :o) I love the things you have painted on the walls….they look great!

  5. Jodi says:

    I absolutely LOVE Boris!! I knew he was a dog the instant I saw him… he has a very dachshund-like snout!

  6. Yes, by all means finish the bath room!!! Who wants beige walls when you can paint fabulous characters like Allie and the defiant mermaid!!! I like Boris, too. He immediately reminded me of my Jasper (a real, living Dachshund). Jasper isn’t quite as colorful πŸ™‚

  7. Your mom is a great photographer.

    You painted mermaid and allie yourself? Wow.

  8. Susan says:

    Lynne~It’s freehand, but I used a kids book as reference. (and clipart for the mermaid) He wouldn’t bite if you were sitting there! I do have in mind to put a monkey grinning at you when you are sitting there though….that may be a bit much.

    Lucy~thanks!

    MJD~you recognize it? I don’t think I’ve ever shown it before…I wonder if there is something similar out there?

    Stephanie~That would be SO cool! I love those guys! Do it!!! I’ll help!!!

    Jodi~really? LOL I’m glad I know what kind of dog it is now.

    AKSongbird~I love it…I just don’t want to seem *too odd. πŸ™‚ You could always get some hair dye and fix Jasper up, you know…

  9. Jay says:

    You are sooo talented. Those walls are great!

    I’ve seen a few other blogs that do the Monday Fun thing. It looks like such fun. I love seeing what people have on their walls.

  10. chrisb says:

    The murals are brilliant you are so talented to be able to do this. The photo captures the moment so beautifully.

  11. Patsy Ann says:

    Hey, you didn’t show enough of your stuff from Kt’s bedroom! And I sure would like to see that Alli in your bathtub! Glad everyone liked the pic of kt’s birthday. But your image doesn’t do it justice! mom

  12. giveitatry says:

    That photo is priceless! The murals are SO fun – I would keep going with it. But then again What do I know…

    I almost forgot – Boris is definitely a dog..what where you all thinking?!

    Have a fun Monday and welcome!

  13. Robinella says:

    I love painted walls and when done by the inhabitants rather than an outsider, all the better. Nice post.

  14. Julie says:

    I love the whimsy you have in your home. Don’t get rid of Allie – too cute! And I agree, Boris is a dog – kind of looks like a grayhound.

  15. tommiea says:

    very cute… I like kid’s bathrooms to be kid-like. So go for it!

  16. Tylor says:

    Definitely keep going on that bathroom. Strange is so much better than bland.

  17. Tiggerlane says:

    I thought the first photo was of a daschund, immediately!

    I love your creativity! Allie is AWESOME!

  18. Susan says:

    Pretty~I ou! I think it was a lucky shot for my mom though…

    Jay~I still have plans to put a giraffe in there as well πŸ™‚

    Chris~I think I’m blushing πŸ™‚

    Mom~you are such a talented photographer πŸ˜›

    Giveitatry~I’m still pretty sure he’s a pig!

    Robinella~It was a lot of fun to do. I guess I better get busy and do the rest.

    Julie~I’m really big into whimsey…I guess I just don’t want to grow up πŸ™‚

    Tommiea~The only thing is that the kids aren’t so little anymore. AND it’s also used as a guest bathroom.

    Tylor~Well, nothing in my house could be considered bland!

    Tiggerlane~I’m rather fond of Allie too.

  19. theotherbear says:

    That photo just after KT was born is just fabulous! It’s so rare to get a really good photo especially of the important things in life. Your mum must be a great photographer.

    I love Allie! I think you should absolutely finish that room.

  20. Aunt Mary in Australia says:

    Don`t change your bathroom .I loved that bathroom.So add the monkeyand whatever but don`t paint over allie.Best mural in the USA LOL

  21. Joy T. says:

    Fantastic first Fun Monday!! Love everything but especially the photo of the newly born babe. Awwww!

  22. Willowtree says:

    Hmmm, that sure is a colourful post. I thought Boris was a dog.

  23. Pamela says:

    the newborn picture is perfect. absolutely perfect — and took me back to some very precious moments.

    Boris is my kind of pet. no food, no pooper scoopin
    ….

    ps keep the paintings… wonderful

  24. frannie says:

    wow! I wish I could do that.

    and it would be a crime against nature to paint over Allie!

    and the newborn pic is to die for.

  25. Dorky Dad says:

    You painted that? By yourself? Without a paint-by-numbers set? Man.

    Actually, my mom paints. She won’t do a mural for me, though. But I do have actual paintings. Still, I want a mural.

  26. momto3cubs says:

    I love your paintings! Oh, I wish I could do that, or hire you to paint my rooms!

  27. nikki says:

    When your done with your bathroom could you please come and paint an alligator for me?!?!? Please with whip cream and a cherry on top?!?!

  28. Debbie says:

    I LOVE the photo that captured KT’s first moments. So gorgeous. And you’re a very talented painter. If I could do that i would be painting my walls too! So creative.

  29. Kell says:

    That’s one of my favorite photos too–It’s so beautiful and full of feeling.

    You’re so talented! No wonder your kids have confidence in you.

  30. mjd says:

    Maybe you posted the family picture for KT’s birthday. I remember thinking how touching the photo is. Your picture reminds me of one of my daughter-in-law and granddaughter.