Inspire

To be inspired is great, to inspire is incredible! Here we will post all things inspiring: Artists, authors, music, movies, quotes, and whole lot more.

Love This {six}


Love This {six}

And now for my monthly (ish) round-up of the things I’m loving these days.

But first, a quote for my girls. School starts tomorrow for all three of my kids. My son is entering third grade, one daughter is entering sixth grade at the middle school, and the oldest is starting ninth grade at the high school. Three different schools and three different phases in childhood. I love quotes, and I scour Pinterest quite often for a good quote that might help a situation that they are going through. Sometimes I even make quote collages for friends to cheer them up or make them laugh. Today’s quote is specifically for my girls, because my son is eight and still so authentic. But the girls are in their tween and teen years, straddling the line between wanting to be cool and mature, yet yearning to be young again so that they can just be themselves. I want to send them off with these words from Robin S. Sharma, an author who wrote a popular self-help book. I find that this is sort of a version of the “do unto others” golden rule. But it’s a bit more zen and more about your spirit than about your behavior. Be positive, accepting, and inclusive and you will get back that same energy from others. Show kindness and compassion, and you will create a grateful life. Diminish the drama and you will find a better connection with your friends and a more simplified existence. There is so much to teach them about life from this little quote. It’s a good one.

Love This {six}

1. Winter is right around the corner (noooooo!!!!). We are totally doing this to fill some long, dark, cold afternoons. Genius!

2. If you have flat hair that is thick but not curly or straight, just kinda frizzy and blah (moi), then this tutorial for 5-minute beach waves is for you! I tried it, and it kind of looked ok.

3. Read this brilliant re-branding of the world failure.

4. My new favorite artist.

5. Sit down with your lunch and watch this video (10 minutes). Filed under “amazing” and “inspirational”, there is a 100% chance it will make your day. This one boy’s creativity filled my eyes water, because he is just that incredible.

6. I love this drawing game for a group of little kids.So simple and super fun. Cue the giggling!

7. I am totally saving up for this cool shelf for my son’s room. So rad!

8. I could be very happy in this renovated Barcelona loft. Especially since there doesn’t seem to be any room for kids. Sorry guys!

9. These paper balls are so cool. I’m thinking craft night and garlands!!

10. Just when you think it is not possible to be original as an artist, that everything has been done before…you see this. Unbelievably cool.

Cheers to the last day of summer vacation…always a little bittersweet.

xo, Bar

 

Mothers


Mothers

These images were taken by Ken Heyman, a now 83 year old photographer who has been working since his 20′s when anthropologist Margaret Mead (his professor at the time) asked him to come along with her on a trip to Bali to photograph families. He’s always had an eye for being able to portray the human condition. Recently, Mr. Heyman discovered these photos that he took for a book called Family back in 1965.

photos by Ken Heyman from 50 years ago show that our mothering is still the same

photos by Ken Heyman from 50 years ago show that our mothering is still the same

photos by Ken Heyman from 50 years ago show that our mothering is still the same

photos by Ken Heyman from 50 years ago show that our mothering is still the same

photos by Ken Heyman from 50 years ago show that our mothering is still the same

I keep staring at these photos because…i don’t really know. I guess that in my mind, my mom’s generation and earlier weren’t as hand-on as we are these days. I never really thought of them as playing with and hugging their children as much as I do. But these photos reveal that back then, mothers were still mothers just like us. Loving their children and taking care of them as best as they knew how.

See the full article here with more beautiful photos.

xo, Bar

 

9 Etsy Typography Prints


9 Etsy Typography Prints

I have recently been scouring Etsy for some cool typographical art for my daughters’ rooms. I wanted to share some of the lovely things that I found. Any of them would make a very sweet addition to a small wall space or a gallery wall.

Je T’Aime by Love Sugar, $24, 8 x 10 // I Lurve You by Mike Oncley, starting at $20 for 8 x10 // Today is the Day by Simply Gifts Online, $16 for 8 x 12 // This Girl is on Fire by Live Love Studio, starting at $30 for 11 x 14 // Hello. Also, I love You by The Big Hurumph, $22 for 8 x 10 // You’re my Favorite Work of Art by Love Sugar, $24 for 8.5 x 11 // I Lovely Love my Family by Tuesday Mourning, $24 by 8.5 by 11 // Speak Kindly by Dazey Chic, $20 for 8 x 10

I also love the print that I featured on last month’s Etsy finds.

Have a great weekend!

xo Bar

 

Being Awesome + Love This {five}


Being Awesome + Love This {five}

It’s time for my monthly (ish) round-up of the things I’m loving these days.

But first… We had someone very close to us pass away this week. His heart stopped, at the age of 49. He left behind his beautiful daughter who is 14, and his dear and very spectacular wife. They are being brave and strong, as well as falling apart and weeping. George was his own person, so smart and funny with a story about everything and a twinkle in his eye. I loved being with him because he could always articulate what I couldn’t, and then add a punch line. He wore interesting t-shirts and brought over his own specialty beer wherever he went. He could see the big picture, he didn’t sweat the small stuff. George will be deeply missed. In his honor, I wanted to promote and salute all of the people in the world who are comfortable enough in their own skin to always be real and just totally awesome.

Love This {five}

1. Read this spot-on little piece about what you learn in your 40′s. But only if you’re in your 40′s.

2. Boyfriends do their girlfriends makeup. This is funny.

3. Photographer Kate T. Parker empowers girls with her photos. Her message: Strong is the new pretty. Yes!

4. Dalton Ghetti sculpts the tippy top of pencils. You’ll have to see it to believe it.

5. I need to own these tea towels.

6. These rainbow pencils are brilliant, just so simple and beautiful. I’m happy they are on the earth.

7. Affordable original paintings by Emily Jeffords. The stillness and beauty of her paintings make me feel calm.

8. I love the simplicity of these nature crowns. I am definitely making these at art camp this summer!

9. These two young boys brought the house to tears with their original rap song in front of thousands. Kids are just so darn brave!

Have a happy weekend!

xo, Bar

RIP George. We'll miss you.

RIP George. We’ll miss you.

 

A Quilt // In Loving Memory of Grace


A Quilt // In Loving Memory of Grace

Many of you know I have a daughter named Grace. This post is not about her. This story is about another Grace. I was never able to meet this Grace, a beautiful and creative ten year old who was wise and brave beyond her years, but I did get to know her in a very different way…through her clothes.

patchwork memory quilt

I made this quilt for Grace’s mom and dad. They wanted to be able to wrap themselves up with her essence. It was a humbling experience, but so rewarding for me to be able to help (just a little bit) in the healing of a broken heart.

patchwork memory quilt

Here’s what I learned about Grace from her clothes: She had style, she loved American Girl dolls, she had a thing for the color purple, she loved peace signs, she was a cool kid with her striped leggings and her “just peachy” shirt, she loved the beach, she was a Girl Scout, she was loved by many.

Grace Evanko

I reached out to Grace’s mom to see if it was ok for me to write a post about Grace and the quilt. Although we have not met in person (yet), she is one of my heroes. Here is what she wrote about her daughter:

“Our daughter, Grace Marie Evanko, “Amazing Grace”, passed away at the age of 10 on March 2, 2013. She battled an inoperable DIPG brain tumor for two and a half years. She possessed strength, determination and an ability to overcome physical challenges, all with a smile on her face and never a complaint. And she had a lot to complain about…many surgeries, 6 weeks of radiation, a year of chemo, lost her hair and in the end the ability to walk or talk. Our daughter showed a zest for life and a will to live in her short 10 years that most people will spend a lifetime searching for; she inspired so many in such a short time. Grace loved playing with her friends, laughing, dancing, being creative and anything chocolate. She was obsessed with American Girl dolls! She could play school or tea party for hours! Grace adored her older brother Riley and truly looked up to him. As a family we were blessed to have her in our lives and have created many memories that will last a lifetime!”

The Evanko Family

patchwork memory quilt

I believe that children like Grace, the ones that leave us too soon, should be remembered and honored every single day. Whether it’s through prayer, planting a tree, walking for charity, writing a thank-you note, helping a friend in need, or more simply by lighting a candle and paying attention to how lucky we are to be alive. Celebrating those brave and beautiful souls is like sending a balloon up to heaven!

xo, Bar

PS: To reach out to Grace’s mom and dad, Denise and Fred, you can email them at fdevanko@optonline.net.