Friday, May 13, 2011

{Vintage Inspiration} red & white stripes...


We have been plowing through lots of old boxes stacked in our basement lately (due to a recent drain issue + flood & our 20 year old furnace having issues). During this process, I found the box of my old dance stuff - leg warmers, leotards, tutus, pointe shoes...& my favorite dance costume. I saved a lot of this stuff in case I ever had a little girl. I have really fond memories of playing dress up with my mom's old dance costumes at my grandma's house. However, I don't think Sayer will be all that interested in my old tutus so I put everything back in the box I found, except for my red & white striped costume. I hung it in my studio. I cant' really explain why I like it so much- but it has & will continue to inspire my work I'm sure. 

I think it was also one of my first costumes that had a bit of a flounce or tutu like thing. I felt I looked a dancer in it- I loved the red & white stripes too. (I'm the middle girl in the picture - the one with the glasses.) Tap has always been my favorite style of dance so that could add to my love of this costume. Secretly (or not so secretly now) I have hopes for Sayer to be the next Gregory Hines or Savion Glover. He does love the movie Happy Feet & can really do a great little impression of Mumble dancing.... 

I have to say, I love having this costume hanging were I can see it all of the time. It makes me smile. I also have a tendency to break in to little bouts of tapping in my studio when I'm stressed out or just thinking. So, having the costume in there seems fitting. Do you have something  that you used to wear that you keep around for smiles? Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

{Everyday Inspiration} more paper love...

Here is a little inspiration for your Wednesday. I just ran across the work of paper artist, Mandy Smith via Roadside Projects & I was immediately smitten. Not to mention the book her work is included in, Paper Craft 2 looks incredible!  Given that I'm married to "cardboard man" who makes art often dealing with interior & exterior spaces, I felt the need to share this. 

The Move, Paper Animation from Mandy Smith on Vimeo.

Isn't her work amazing! I just love this paper animation. Awesome!  (Chris this is for you) Hope everyone is having a great week! 
{photos via here}

Monday, May 9, 2011

{Contributor} La Petite Magazine #4...

Have you seen the new issue of La Petite Magazine yet? It came out on Friday & it's just gorgeous! Rachelle & Jennifer Lee have expanded their La Petite team by adding Peggy (Paul & Paula blog) & Stacie Bloomfield (Gingiber) which seems like a perfect fit. I was particularly excited to be asked to contribute another book article, given the theme of issue #4 is all about the '70's & '80's. It was a nostalgic & fun project that was really close to my heart for sure. 

At first, the task of writing, for the love of books, for this issue seemed a bit daunting. There are so many books during that time period that I adore- I ended up having to editing myself several times. Once I decided on The Giving Tree being a major part of the article, Sayer & I set out for the park with a camera, The Giving Tree, & a picnic in tow. 

We had a blast! It was the first sunny day after tons of rain so it was fun to romp in the fresh air. I was thrilled to have captured the afternoon in photos. I actually wrote the article after I chose the photos to use. I tend to work that way. I illustrate before I write stories too. It's funny, but seeing these pictures of Sayer wearing his suspenders, channeling Shaun Cassidy & Mork, took me back to the days on the grade school playground. I loved it! Sayer doesn't know the Do Run Run or who the heck Mork is, but he rocked the look all the same. 

Details of Sayer's retro look (if you are interested) :: 
suspenders- vintage from 3ringcircus 
hat- handmade by Armelle for Pure Pixie
big collared shirt- Kate Quinn Organics
owl tee- (his momma) klt:works
jeans- Old Navy

Books in my 70's & '80's time capsule stack ::

So cruise on over to flip through issue #4 of La Petite here. For those of you that lived through the 70's & 80's like me, it will give you a beautiful trip down memory lane. 

Thanks for including my article Rachelle! It's an honor to be apart of this issue!

{Music Monday} The Head and the Heart...

The Head and the Heart - Sounds Like Hallelujah from Whitney Moreno on Vimeo.

I alway enjoy making a new musical discovery & this weekend, I discovered the Seattle band, The Head and the Heart, for the first time. Both of these songs sort of stuck with me so I thought I would share. Happy Music Monday! Hope everyone had a nice weekend!  {image via}


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