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.

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 {six}


Being Awesome + Love This {six}

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 {six}

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.

 

Our Trip to LA LA Land


Our Trip to LA LA Land

I recently took my daughters on a cross-country trip to LA. It was something I had been planning for a long time as a surprise…just us girls. It was such an incredible trip in so many ways!! First of all, LA has the best weather…duh. It’s absolutely perfect. Coolish in the mornings and at night so you can wear a sweater, warm during the day for sandals and shorts. I could seriously live in that temperature every day of my life. Secondly, LA is a city with mountains! We loved taking hikes, especially because there was always a reward at the top. The views were breathtaking. Thirdly, LA has the BEST FOOD! One of my daughters has all these allergies, but it was no problem in LA. They always had vegan options or almond milk. WE LOVE CALIFORNIA!! Here are some of our fave places that we visited.

runyon canyon :: hiking in LA

runyon canyon :: hiking in LA

Runyon Canyon for a hike. Steep climb but so worth it. This was my girls’ favorite hike because you could see the Hollywood sign in the distance. I love this shot of my middle with her phone…sort of epitomizes her phase in life. Those two are attached at the hip. Literally.

novel cafe in westwood :: our trip to LA

Novel Café in Westwood. We loved this spot to eat. We sat upstairs where they have a library and found a book on limericks (which turned out to be useful because making up limericks is a perfect pastime while sitting in LA traffic. Grrr.)

el matador in malibu :: our trip to LA

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el matador in malibu :: our trip to LA

El Matador beach in Malibu. Our favorite beach by far, wished the whole time that the boys could be with us.

melrose place :: our trip to LA

Alfred Coffee on Melrose Place. Best iced coffee and blueberry muffins ever! And they sell jam and chocolate made in LA.

universal hollywood tour :: our trip to LA

Universal Studios tour. Seriously cool…especially driving by The Voice sound stage!!

santa monica pier :: our trip to LA

The Santa Monica pier. We loved the view from the ferris wheel, and riding bikes along the pier to Venice Beach was SUPER fun. We stopped and ate at The Figtree Cafe…yummy and great people watching.

urbanic on abbot kinney :: our trip to LA

Urbanic on Abbot Kinney. The hippest shopping area down in Venice, and the most beautiful paper store where we bought our one piece of LA art.

inspiration loop at roy rogers park :: our trip to LA

Inspiration Loop was a really great hike at Roy Rogers State Park. It was a bit cooler and cloudy that day which was actually perfect hiking weather…and nobody was on the trail. It was incredibly peaceful, just the three of us. The view of LA spanned all the way to the Pacific. Even in the haze it was gorgeous.

the getty museum :: our trip to LA

The Getty Museum was just stunning. We napped and ate on the lawn, saw Jackson Pollock and Ansel Adams, and gazed at the beautiful architecture. Worth the drive.

our trip to LA :: visiting @mericherry

our trip to LA :: visiting @mericherry

our trip to LA :: visiting @mericherry

I had a very exciting date with Meri from Meri Cherry and Ana from Babble Dabble Do, two fellow bloggers whom I had never met (but we share a Pinterest board called Rockin’ Art Moms). It was soooo much fun meeting face to face! We gabbed for hours. Insta-friends. Then the next day, our last and most favorite day of all, we went to Meri’s house and met her two beautiful little girls. Our families immediately clicked and it was like being with old friends… so cool when that happens. Meri has art playgroups at her house every Friday. Picture lots of babies and toddlers painting, splashing, licking (Meri’s paint was made from yogurt!), and just generally having the most amazing, messy, tactile experience of their lives. It was ridiculous! We loved every minute.

view from the hotel :: our trip to LA

This last shot is the view from our hotel in Universal City. The  mountains! I wish I could wake up to this view every day.

We left LA with lots of new clothes (thanks to a shopping spree at The Grove), dirt filled sneakers, many miles clocked in the car, three new friends for life, and a profound need to return to California some day. Next time we will go as a whole family.

What’s your favorite spot in LA?

xo Bar