Friday, June 17, 2011

{Fun} club house...

Chris doesn't teach ceramics this summer quarter at the college (he'll just be at hutch studio) which means that he finally has weekends off! This last Monday & Tuesday was his first true weekend in about a year & it was spent primarily in the backyard. He & Sayer have a new project that they have been dreaming up - they are building a "club house" out of the wood from our old deck that we tore down last summer. Sayer is not lacking in the idea department. His requests include: a basement, garage, porridge shooter (like in Wallace & Gromit), bedroom, & fire pole.... oh & a red door. One of our recent outings was to a local salvage yard to find some cool windows for his house. We found 2 oval (RV or boat ) windows that were tempered & could open & shut. Sayer also found many other things... but the windows came home with us.

Sayer got right to work & brought out his tools, book about tools, & tool box. I snuck out to take photos of this project in motion many times because I absolutely couldn't resist. I can't wait to see what the two of them come up with. 

After a lot of banging of hammers, it was quiet for a bit. I came back down from my studio to see the progress & saw Sayer toting his pillow out to his club house. I guess he just needed a rest. He just kicked back & looked at the clouds for awhile. I love hearing him ask & guess what the clouds look like. Apparently we all (Chris, my mom, & I) have done that with him on several occasions. Looks like this club house is off to a great start- as of now, Kiki our kitty is the only other club member. I know Sayer is going to have fond memories of creating it with his dad for years to come.

Hope you have a wonderful Father's Day weekend! What do you have planned?  

Thursday, June 16, 2011

{Shop update} showing dad some love...

Father's Day is this weekend & klt:works would like to give a nod to all of those special dads out there. Until Sunday at midnight, receive 25% off ALL klt:works adult tees by using the code {KLTDAD} at checkout. Whether the dad in your life is as wise as an owl, gentle as a kitty, strong as a bulldog, or as goofy as a squirrel, there is sure to be a klt:tee fit for any cool father. 
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

{Everyday Inspiration} Toys & Artists...

When I learn about famous artists who made toys on the side for their children, I'm intrigued. I was delighted when a friend sent me the link to these great photos of painter, Paul Klee, with his puppets. He apparently made these for his son. Of course, there is a great book that is now on my wish list called Paul Klee: Hand Puppets

Being that I studied painting in college & graduate school, Paul Klee was already a favorite artist of mine. But now he has jumped up on the list after I saw these photos. You know how I love puppets too. He is now up there with Alexander Calder (who also made toys for his children). Thanks for passing this on D

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Monday, June 13, 2011

{Real Life} childhood friends...

Do you have people in your life that no matter what mood you're in- running into them always makes you feel happy? You know, the kind of people that you are so sad to walk away from & always hope to have an all night gabfest with? I met one of those people when I was in pre-school. Her name is Brynne & immediately I felt connected to her. I always had a sense from her eyes & smile, that she felt the same way about me. I remember the first time I saw her- although the memories are foggy, it's the feeling I had that I remember most. The feeling that I was safe to be me, that I was understood, & that I belonged...just pure relief. Brynne & I have crossed paths several times in our lifetime & every single time I have had the same feelings come over me.  We ran into each other briefly when were both in a strange sort of crossroad emotionally. It was comforting to see her & we exchanged email addresses. She lived in Mexico & I was living in our home valley. Years passed & one day I got a group email that she sent out with a picture of her in front of a computer photo booth, with a sweet little girl on her lap. I calculated the months & realized that we had babies within days of each other (& that I had a picture of Sayer & I that was almost identical)!

This is where facebook comes in. I've been so grateful to have reconnected with Brynne through this crazy social media crazed world we live in. She still lives in Mexico & she did have a little girl 2 days before Sayer was born. Even through the computer, she makes me smile. Saturday, I was lucky enough to enjoy a little visit from both she & her daughter, Sofia. She still has family in the area & is around for a short while. My daydreams of Sayer & Sofia meeting finally became a reality. I can't even explain how nice it was to chat with her, mother to mother as well. That comforting, "I like you how you are." feeling, is particularly nice when you are trying to figure out the whole parenting a toddler thing, I learned. 

It warmed my heart to watch these two kiddos interact. I wonder if Sayer feels the same way about Sofia that I did about her momma at that age? It sure seemed like it. 

These two girls made my weekend. I had an extra hop in my step, chattered 100 miles an hour, & still feel energized (with a sense of calm at the same time) from them coming over. I'm looking forward to some possible artistic collaborations in the future with Brynne (she is a writer) so stay tuned for that. It's so interesting to me that the friends that offer me the most (daily) joy & support tend to live in different countries. We live in a crazy & wonderful world don't we? Hope you all had a great weekend. Happy Monday! 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

{Everyday Inspiration} Whirligigs...

Chris just left for work this morning- he's on his way to hutch studio. Would you like to see a snippet of how he spends his day? (Sayer would like me to point out that you can see the library that he goes to with his grandma, in the background of the video still shot.)

Aside from making & occasionally wearing things out of cardboard, Chris also makes whirligigs. They are displayed out in the front of studio & spin in move in the breeze. They are made from cool found & thrifted objects & set hutch studio apart from the other shops on the street. Chris holds whirligig workshops in the studio as well - which are always a lot of fun. So there you have it-  a little peek into my other half's day. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!  


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