I have a secret.
Okay, I know, it probably really isn't a secret, but did you know bloggers stage photos? Yep, there it is, the ugly truth, we are photo stagers. Which means when we show you our lovely mantels, dressed for the latest season with the perfect touches, we may be taking those pictures while standing on a pile of mangled blankets and enough scattered legos to make a firewalk look like a cakewalk.
I love creating projects, home decor. I love taking photos and editing them. I do NOT love staging them. Because I sell most of what I show you, when I show you something hanging on my walls with other fun things all in a grouping, it is most likely not staying there. Let's not even get into a discussion on holes in my walls. Suffice it to say hubby has given up and just rolls his eyes when he sees me pounding yet another nail in the wall.
So, it was Saturday morning, 6:50 AM. I had been up for an hour, was showered, was coffeed up, ready to head out the door at 7 for Farmer's Market set-up,
Then, suddenly I remembered I hadn't photographed my latest scrap wood art. If I create it, I want to photograph it to share with you. Some blogging days are DRY and I need content--don't want to waste a content opportunity.
I raced to my car in my bare feet, camera in hand--mind you my car is packed tighter than a 40 year old mother of 3 trying to fit in her high school jeans, and yanked that darn art piece out. I traipsed across the wet yard (it was 46 degrees out), plunked that piece down in my weeds, um, er flowerbed, ignored the young twenty year old guys across the street (just arriving home I believe) who think their neighbor is crazy, and clicked away.
The good things about this impromptu photo shoot--the light is amazing at 6:50 AM and my weeds are tall enough to hold heavy pieces of reclaimed wood art.
The bad part, my weeds are tall enough to hold art, there was only a small part of the yard in sunlight and I didn't have the time to worry about it.
I did at one point drag a piece of picket fence across the yard and tried to use it as a backdrop. The bad news, it wouldn't stay propped up. The good news, that means my weeds aren't quite as massive as I thought. Here is a photo just as it is falling over.
I didn't take process pictures, it was one of those pieces I was so excited to make that I didn't pause once I started creating. I began with a 24" square piece of plywood and two 24" narrow wood strips.
I cut pieces at a 45 degree angle, and pieced it and marked where I needed to cut as I went.
I glued the wood scraps in place and then secured them with the nail gun. A "frame" was added. Some pieces I painted, most were scraps already painted from other projects.
I must say, even in the middle of my weeds I think this piece is fun--colorful and whimsical and a great way to use up those scraps.
Linking up at Knick of Time Interiors.