Sunday, January 29, 2012

Writer's Room Photos

My apologies to all of you concerning the tilt of these photos. Somehow I got the tree snapshots from yesterday turned around and they stayed that way to be posted on my blog. But all my most determined efforts to right these photos, taken of my writers room, failed me. Understanding for the technologies at my finger tips  slipped beyond my grasp. I am among the ranks of the technically illiterate!  So just turn your head or your monitor and you can feast your eyes on the large table desk, the lighting, and the bookshelves, which are supported by the file cabinets. The names of Jesus poster at my right hand side, and the adventurous George S. Gaadt posters flanking my left and right…. It is my writer’s room dream come true!

I was unable to locate curtains just yet. Curtain shopping is much like shoe shopping. I’m not a fan! They have to be just right in color, size, and style.  Oh there are so many ugly curtains out there. Everyone with good taste must have gotten to the store before I did. This calls for a trip to Appleton or Green Bay….hopefully soon!

Does this inspire those of you who asked for photos of my writer’s room?  It is important to find the colors you love to work around. The layout of the furniture is especially important. Don’t be afraid to change your mind or be open to arranging your space another way. This style of furniture was completely different then what I had envisioned. Cal traded me up, so to speak, and I’ll be ever grateful to him for his wisdom and generosity! This is a small room but the furniture fits and I don’t feel crowded. I needed file space and there are two large file drawers that will work hard for me.

I love using the extra monitor. Cal fixed me up with that also! Sometimes as I’m rewriting I use the extra monitor so that I can have two files open at once. Then I don’t have to flip back and forth and minimize and enlarge files. This is great for research or moving scenes around! I’m just using an old monitor from a computer that crashed…years ago.  

I did steal my feathers and flower arrangement from the living room for this photo shoot ….I think I will be shopping for living room flowers because now that they are here I can’t bear to part with them!! I still have to being in my files and arrange them. Also I will have plastic drawers in the closet, which will contain office supplies and random stuff that I wish to hide away out of sight. (You don’t see them in these photos.) I will also be moving things from the top shelf of the closet and placing my binders filled with writing class information there instead.  Well there you go. I am a challenged organizer but if you work hard at thinking about how the organized population of the world would do things and you take advantage of great designs available in office furniture you will be well on your way to some happy undisturbed writing times!  Ask the Lord to guide you to discover your working style and give Him the glory and praise for His help and inspiration!!  Blessings All!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Matter of POV

When you look at these photos, you see completely different trees. So often in our lives we may experience pain or loss which can cut us off at our knee caps. We may feel as though there is no reason to go on, keep living, or trying. Under closer inspection you will see that these trees are the same tree. The first photo shows that at one point in its life everything green and life giving was cut off, leaving only the trunk.  What possible purpose could this tree serve? But, when you back up you can admire the branches and new life springing forth from the hopelessly maimed trunk. Purpose springing forth with abandon! Green leaves are again reaching forth toward the sunshine! The kiss of rain drops cleanse those leaves making them shine as though nothing happened at all. Life renewed, fresh, and thrilling in the glory of His sunshine. Leaves dance in the wind….once again…

Okay everyone, tomorrow I should have some time that I can empty out my camera so that I can take a photo or two of my new writers room!!  See you tomorrow!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Summer Project Accomplished - Blogging Begins!

Well then, it has been a while since I left you a note!  So sorry. It has been such a busy month. I thought I would get so much writing done over Christmas break but instead I finished a summer project. A summer project you may ask? Yes! My husband told me on Christmas day that I could pick out my office furniture for my writers room.

Oh joy of joys! The entire week I plastered and smoothed walls and prepared the room in every way. I wasn’t sure about the color I wanted to go with so I kidnapped my daughter Vanessa and asked her to search through a myriad of colors and paint techniques with me. We started by picking paint swatches and a carpeting swatch sampler.

There is golden wood paneling on just one wall. It is amazing how many paint swatches looked pitiful alongside this wood. We narrowed down the colors I would be choosing from in about five minutes.

Funny how lighting or lack thereof in a room can change your mind. Surprising how the effect of peculiar light from the room in question can ruin your mood if you act hasty and paint an untried color next to a finicky paneling.

Soon after I primed the walls I chose my color. (With a little arm twisting from Vanessa! Ha ha just kidding.) It is a golden tan which complements the wood so well. We found carpet at Dalton Carpeting which I love. This carpeting has several colors blending to achieve the effect it delivers. Actually there are some golden flecks mingled in with the brown and tan, which is not obvious unless you have your nose to the floor. Okay, I didn’t lie there long! The effect is subtle, warm, and inviting.

Needless to say I hurried and painted the walls while Dalton’s ordered and waited for my carpet to arrive. On Tuesday my hubby and I went shopping in Green Bay and found the perfect office furniture set at Furniture Row. I found the fake marble-looking table desk and file cabinets with bookcases on sale! Now that really made my day.

I had some waiting to do, for the furniture, after the painting was done and the carpet was installed.  Finally my furniture did arrive. As the movers lugged the furniture to the office room my concern grew. Apparently shopping for furniture was similar to shopping for Christmas trees.  One doesn’t really realize the size of the tree until one pulls said tree into the house.  I ran to the room to observe the damage. The movers had placed the book case on top of the file cabinet and ….it fit! Whew!

Once they were gone I moved quickly to sort and arrange my space. Research and writer’s books as well as my printer and great-grandma’s quilt fit into the spots awaiting their presence wonderfully well.  I have my George s. Gaadt posters thanks to my brother, the serenity prayer, and the names of Jesus hanging on the walls!  My lovely calendar is in place thanks to my sister.  My Victorian floor lamp stands tall and reliable next to my desk.  Sentimental mementos adorn the shelves in the small space allowed by the books.  An anniversary picture of my hubby and me rests on my desk.  All that is left for me to finish to complete the rooms preparation is pick  to curtains and rods.

I’m sitting here in a state of wonder, excitement is pulsing through my very veins. This is my space, love and loveliness surround me.  I’m eager to learn and tap the keys to find adventure page after page….