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Well, after several months of upheaval at work, we've finally beginning to settle in. The peds therapy gym is painted. Yay! There was much rejoicing, though my feet are tired and my legs are stiff and sore from so much squatting. Still, it was worth every groan and stiff hop down the stairs this weekend. :)

The next phase is painting cutouts of butterflies, snakes, frogs, and fish so the kids can stick them on the wall. Sneaky adults making them reach up like that. Also, the raised therapy mat is blue and just fits beneath the waterfall. Hopefully it will look like a pool in some kid's imagination.

So proud of my peeps. :)

Date: 2007-05-02 03:09 am (UTC)
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That snow leopard is awesome! I can see that this will be very cheering and invigorating for anyone (of whatever age) who uses it. Very nice!

Date: 2007-05-04 03:22 am (UTC)
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Thanks! The leopard is one of my favorites, too. (hee!) My friend and I painted much of the jungle mural in one day together. She did all the animals. It was pretty amazing to watch her in action. She just looks at a pic and suddenly this beautiful thing appears. I'd be over in my corner slapping on paint for the foliage and glance over at what she was doing and just have to grin and giggle. It was exciting to watch it unfold. :D

Date: 2007-05-02 12:05 pm (UTC)
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That looks awesome! Very cheery. :)

Date: 2007-05-04 03:35 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Pip! Yeah, one of the CNA's dropped in and exclaimed that we won't be able to get the kids OUT of the room. *snork* Given how hard they have to work and often how painful it is for them, I'm just hoping they don't associate jungles with "bad stuff."

Date: 2007-05-02 01:52 pm (UTC)
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OOooh Wow! Did you paint these critters? Did you have someone helping you that's a lotta wall! And how does one paint brick wall so that it looks good like that!? Very nicely done, that probably took forever! Wonderful job, and I'm sure the families will appreciate it. Even if they don't know who painted it. :)

Something about having friendly murals at places like hospitals is comforting, even for adults. Even though this is a therapy room...I'm sure it will be a wonderful place. I don't know if it's the distractive qualities or just that it isn't so informal, but I know with my experiences at Children's it's appreciated. :D

Thanks for sharing that! :)

Date: 2007-05-04 03:44 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Meri!

Isn't that a fun illusion with bricks? It's all about taping off squares and then sponging on different colors. We used a golden yellow and then a salmon and then over it I slapped on a thin dark periwinkle and then ragged it off before it dried. So up close you can see the different colors, but from a distance it fools the eye into seeing brown-like shadows.

Kimbo, who you may remember from Jack in the Woods, painted the animals and the water. I did the green background and the foliage.. and that's pretty much pushing it in terms of my skills. I tried to watch Kim as she was blending colors, but I still just make a mess and slap too much paint up there, so I'm very very grateful she agreed to work on the mural.

And I agree. Hospitals can be terribly de-humanizing environments and these kinds of things are helpful in acknowledging the humanity of the people there.

Date: 2007-05-04 05:30 am (UTC)
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OOh, that makes sense with the bricks! Clever!

And that Kimbo! Is there anything that girl can't do? She knows everyone-or at least after you've met her for 5 minutes you feel like it, she waltzes up to unknowing Rangers without so much as a giggle, and paints walls into murals! Do tell her I am very impressed. :D Extra gold star for the Kimbo. :)

Date: 2007-05-02 04:05 pm (UTC)
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It looks beeauutiful! Well done!

Date: 2007-05-04 03:52 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Silver! It makes me grin whenever I see it. Okay, so it makes my feet, thighs and back hurt, too, but hopefully those memories will pass quickly. ;) I'm really hoping that when parents come to take a tour of the facility it will help them feel comfortable, too. We're an intergenerational unit and I think it reassures them that, yes, we do understand the special needs of kids and are willing to create the space and attention to meet them.

Date: 2007-05-03 03:23 am (UTC)
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Did you paint this? LOL, this is so fun and bright and happy that I feel cheerful just looking at it! Gorgeously done, and perfect for the kids. I'm so glad to hear the chaos is beginning to settle to a dull roar, finally. ;-)

Yes, very pretty, fun, and ... happy-making! *G*

~ Erin the lurking hobbit

Date: 2007-05-04 03:33 am (UTC)
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It was a group effort. It was really fun to get people involved and see what they would do. One of the casemanagers protested that she wanted to do something that required "absolutely no talent." But the funny thing is that she turned out to be a natural at sponging on the colors. She got her hands deep in the paint and laughed about feeling a very strong urge to slap a handprint on the wall since she hadn't done something like this since she was a young child fingerpainting.

An occupational therapist who did sponging, too, was really funny. She has a reputation for being very organized and detail-focused. *snerk* We had taped off the wall for the bricks (the tape masks off where the mortar goes) and she was sponging color very carefully into each marked-off square. XD

And then a physical therapist painted the green of the background in the jungle, talking all about how he had painted his house with his father when 8 years old.

Kimbo painted the water and the animals. I'm sure you're not surprised after having met her. :D I cleaned up today (wishing the whole time I had thought to tape down newspaper a lot earlier in the process) and found she had painted a cat above the door as if resting on the frame and a parrot on the tree limb. Fun, fun.
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