I love making jewelry
Actually, I love making anything.
And I love taking the pictures
for my Etsy shop.
I had forgotten how much I loved
I took photography in high school
Waaaaay before Gaga, and Timberlake, and CeeLo...
( I love the way the jewelry looks against the old handwritten letters)
After I graduated highschool
the photography teacher was kind enough
to let me continue coming in
to use the darkroom.
Because of a teacher strike
school was in session for another month.
I loved experimenting in that old darkroom.
I loved the way it felt with the cozy darkness of that little red light bulb.
(It's the only light you can have in a dark room)
I didn't even mind that sour chemical smell.
That is until...
The day I experimented with
Today we do it with a click of the mouse.
Back in the day to get the photo to go
To the soft antique look you see above.
you had to dip the photo into several
chemical solution baths.
I didn't do it correctly.
Because when that chemically treated paper
hit that solution,
the stench that rolled out of that darkroom
into the art room
It was lunch time and everyone was gone.
I ran out of that room,
coughing, wheezing, and gasping for air.
I headed for the ladies restroom.
When I returned to tell the art teacher
what I had done
they were evacuating the entire third floor of the building.
The rumor was that someone
had deliberately set off
A STINK BOMB!!
And THAT person
was in big, big trouble.
When and if they were ever found.
And instead of explaining myself, I chickened out.
I went downstairs with the rest of the class.
Hopped in my little green VW Bug.
I slunk away like the coward I am.
I went back the next day. It was all cleared out by then.
I never told a single person.
It's good for the soul.