March 01, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 9 - Knock, Knock

Knock, Knock....  Let's open some doors to see what awaits us on the other side.  

This was Sally's prompt as she guides us through 52 weeks of  "Focus on Life".  I am so impressed each week with the photos everyone is capturing and the stories behind them.  Such a diverse group in terms of who we are, where we live and what we focus on in our lives.  I feel like I am getting to know everyone and am so appreciative of all the wonderful comments.


This looks like it could have been a door...?
I absolutely love old buildings and am intrigued by the layers of weathered paint, crooked boards, cracks, rusty nails and am full of wonder as to what happened there throughout the years.  I would love to know the stories.   This little shack sits on the property adjacent to ours and it drew me in today as I went in search of pictures.   I couldn't access it so I'm not sure what it's purpose was - probably a workshop.  I am in love with the turquoise painted on the bottom half.


Then I found another door on the other side.
Some may see ugliness in this but I love the aged, cracked paint hanging in shreds showing layers right down to the weathered and bare boards.  I have to say that this old building was a stark reminder to me of the many layers of experience and life lessons that we go through.  I am not what I used to be in so many ways (thank goodness) and what I am trying to become is like this bare wood.....showing my true self.  The essence of who I am like this building that has stood strong for many years through many storms.  When I look at elderly folks I see beauty because of the strength of character and determination they have gained from hardships and physical labor they may have endured.  

This was my take on this week's prompt.


The house we moved into last fall was built in 1937 so all the doors are dark wood with glass door knobs.  So very pretty!  Where does this door lead?  To my delightful bright studio where I spend most of my days.  If you want to see pictures of that studio see my post Here 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit - now go see what others have been knocking on by visiting Sally's blog



26 comments:

A Polymer Penchant said...

I have door envy! I would love to have some jewels like that on my doors... right about now they are feeling quite dull. I'll just pretend they are in keeping with the home - since bbuilt in 2005 :)

Claire said...

love your pics - i, too, love the layers of paint, and stories, on derelict buildings...
would love to peek inside your studio too... the doorknob looks soooo inviting :)

Stacie said...

Really beautiful shots this week...I love the paint, the colors (patina!) and that doorknob! Gorgeousness!!

Beti Horvath said...

Ha! A fellow lover of the old and venerable! That color of paint takes me back to a time when my area had lots of "bungalow colonies" where people lived for a few months in the summer, and often painted their cottages with either the cheapest or most available paint. Or maybe it was an effort to be cheerful!

Islandgirl said...

The plate on your door knob is so much more elegant than the ones on my glass knobs! Your old shed reminds me of the cabin we had at Manitou Beach in Saskachewan the siding is the same... and it was in constant need of painting! It was bright yellow with blue trim while I owned it.. and surrounded by flowers, went back 2 years ago the yard has been bulldozed and covered in gravel and the entire cabin including the roof is dark grey... how could they!

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Ooh, lucky lady - I adore older homes. And I LOVE the weathered wood and turquoise paint. Just beautiful.

Deb said...

Gorgeous imagery Katherine! I too adore old buildings, the effects of the weather & the patina of age add something that is sadly missing in newer buildings. History :)

CraftyHope said...

All your pictures are really lovely. Isn't it amazing how items from the past really were built to last.

I'm so envious of your glass doorknobs. My grandmother's house had them when I was a kid and I was amazed by them even then. I'd love to have some in my house too. You are quite fortunate!

Shel said...

I so enjoyed reading your post today - the way the building spoke to you and how you wrote about it. Your photographs are beautiful, too. I love the door knob. When Sally presented this week's challenge I instantly pictured the door knobs in the house I grew up in. They are just like the one you have pictured here. My dad built our house and it had glass door knobs that, as a little girl, I thought looked like diamonds!! I loved them so much! I would love to have a door knob from my old house. Thank you for sharing that photo - it brought tears to my eyes!!

AntiquityTravelers said...

Lovely pictures and post. I love to check out older buildings and houses - wondering about the lives of the people who lived there. Our house in SF was 1928, and when we moved in there were layers, and layers of wallpaper. As we stripped it away you could see the styles and fashions through the years. And inside one of the doors were the markings of the kids as they grew. I loved that about that house.

Alicia said...

Love the pictures of the shed / workshop. Like you, I tend to see the beauty and character in older buildings: youth might be looking better, but it doesn't attract me as much as the possible stories behind that shredded paint. And the turquoise paint - just perfect!
Your doors sound very much like some of the doors in our home: it is older too (about 65 years, I think) and has some charming spaces, including wood-paneled doors. Love the 'jewel' on your doors :)

LoriF said...

I too am in love with that turquoise...have you been bold enough to ask the owner if you could *cough* have a few boards?? LOL
Great post!

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

What an intriguing old shack. Someone tried to beautify it once by adding the turquoise. What stories are behind those doors. Great metaphor for life.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Katherine,
There is just something about old doors and buildings that intrigue me and you too I see.
Therese

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

DOOR ENVY!!! What a fabulous pic for this week! I love all those textures you captured on that shed door!

Becky Pancake said...

Wonderful pics and stories this week. I find old buildings fascinating too. I loved looking at your new studio pics. What a great space.

Courtney said...

I love your weathered, turquoise barn! Love that. Such character. And your glass knob - divine. My grandmother had those on all of her doors and I love it, so very elegant.

Mary K. McGraw said...

I alos love old building an looking at photos of them and also taking photos of them. Great pictures.

Janet Bocciardi said...

Oh I love glass door knobs! They remind me of my grandmother's house. That blue and white is divine on that shed! Great photos.

Tanya said...

Those are awesome shots. I love the subtle color and the bit of blue. I am also in love with you door handle.

Annette said...

Your old door and glass door knob are gorgeous!! Old buildings are so fascinating. You got some fantastic shots!

koko said...

Your post is so beautifully written, and the photos perfect! I feel so peaceful reading your words. Thank you for that!

Shaiha said...

What a great post! And I am envious of your home. I adore old homes but mine was built in the 50s.

Kashmira said...

And this is the beauty of doing these prompts. I bet you would not have had all these thoughts seeing a door if it were not for this challenge.

I loved all your photos, and what you had to say about them: profound and very true!

kimmykats said...

I love your post and went on the tour of your crafting room. I hope with time you are settling in and enjoying your days.

Marlene Cupo said...

Oh the stories that door could tell! Great photos.