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{Inspiration} Mr. Rogers & the garden of your mind…

Last Friday, PBS posted a video that has had me on a major Mr. Rogers kick ever since. I’ve been playing it pretty much non-stop since I first saw it in the PBS facebook feed. Mr. Rogers Neighborhood conjures up such nice memories – it’s a wonderful hit of nostalgia. But as a mom, it was a really perfect reminder of a special show – & as a small business owner, it was the much needed inspiration I’d been seeking. 


Some of you may remember me talking about my love of watching documentary films when I’m needing to decompress & take a creative break. Well, this little video got me on a search that led me to Mr. Rogers & Me & I watched it this weekend (I actually bought it on itunes). It was just what I needed- two thumbs up from me!

I introduced Sayer to Mr. Rogers this weekend as well. Not only by the cool “Garden of Your Mind” video, but by watching a few episodes of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. I was thrilled to see that there are videos posted on PBSkids. We watched an episode on Tuesday about paper (here). This is what it inspired…. 


We had a blast making this paper chain like the one in the Mr. Rogers paper episode. But we had even more fun playing with it. Of course, I had to document this colorful play (along with the new german pointer toddler tee). 


Thanks Fred Rogers, for still encouraging continuous joy…

Mr. Rogers image via 

{Inspiration} Kevin Clash

It’s Friday… & being true to my 2012 self, I hunkered down with another good documentary tonight. Nothing like rounding out this week of “Muppet Love” with  Being Elmo. A friend on facebook recommended this documentary to me this week after seeing  my “Muppet or a Man” post. (Incidentally- we’ve been singing that song along with the whole Muppet Movie soundtrack non-stop for days.) I’m so glad she brought this film to my attention- as I’m not exactly sure how this one slipped by me.  Learning about Elmo creator, Kevin Clash’s puppeteering journey, was exactly the kind of inspiration I needed to start the weekend. While it’s true, I’ve always dreamed of working for Jim Henson, you don’t need to be a puppeteer want-to-be, to love this movie. So, Being Elmo gets my “inspiration” pick of the week.  Happy Weekend!


photo credit: beingelmo.com

{Inspiration} Bill Cunningham…

I finally saw the documentary, Bill Cunningham NY,  last weekend & I have been thinking about it all week. I’m totally smitten with Bill. His vision, diligence, & dedication is so inspiring. If you love fashion & photography, you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already. Bill Cunningham is a character worth knowing about & this film falls into my favorite artist documentaries ever category. I’m so glad I learned about him. And so the research continues… 

via zeitgeist films

Another inspiring couple…

This movie has been on my must see list ever since it hit the theaters. Finally, it arrived in our mailbox yesterday and Chris and I hunkered down and watched it last night. It definitely lived up to my expectations. From the years of teaching art at the local community college, we have watched our share of documentaries. This one falls into the list of stand outs (in the company of Hans Hoffman, Robert Rauschenberg, and Alexander Calder). Movies have always had the ability to generate lots of creative inspiration for me, but documentaries about unique, artistic, and gracious people give me goosebumps. As a complete sidenote :: I get particularly tickled when I am watching an art documentary and any of my art professors from grad school are interviewed or mentioned. In this case, Lucio Pozzi was interviewed for this documentary and he was one of my favorites. 

So what could I possibly say about the Vogels that hasn’t been said? They are a one in a million couple that live with tremendous heart, by their own rules. You know the kind of people that I am talking about, right? The sort of characters that you could spend hours   chatting with only to leave the conversation with enough energy to give yourself the confidence to reach for the stars. This couple loves, lives, and breathes art authentically and in the process, has given the gift of a documented part of art history for everyone to enjoy at the National Gallery of Art.  All I can say is if you are an art lover, a hard worker, and someone that appreciates rewriting the rules, check out this movie. I think it will leave you feeling like you don’t need a lot of money to make a difference, just a lot of heart. 
A big thumbs up!


Another inspiring couple…

This movie has been on my must see list ever since it hit the theaters. Finally, it arrived in our mailbox yesterday and Chris and I hunkered down and watched it last night. It definitely lived up to my expectations. From the years of teaching art at the local community college, we have watched our share of documentaries. This one falls into the list of stand outs (in the company of Hans Hoffman, Robert Rauschenberg, and Alexander Calder). Movies have always had the ability to generate lots of creative inspiration for me, but documentaries about unique, artistic, and gracious people give me goosebumps. As a complete sidenote :: I get particularly tickled when I am watching an art documentary and any of my art professors from grad school are interviewed or mentioned. In this case, Lucio Pozzi was interviewed for this documentary and he was one of my favorites. 

So what could I possibly say about the Vogels that hasn’t been said? They are a one in a million couple that live with tremendous heart, by their own rules. You know the kind of people that I am talking about, right? The sort of characters that you could spend hours   chatting with only to leave the conversation with enough energy to give yourself the confidence to reach for the stars. This couple loves, lives, and breathes art authentically and in the process, has given the gift of a documented part of art history for everyone to enjoy at the National Gallery of Art.  All I can say is if you are an art lover, a hard worker, and someone that appreciates rewriting the rules, check out this movie. I think it will leave you feeling like you don’t need a lot of money to make a difference, just a lot of heart. 
A big thumbs up!