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Theo Jansen’s amazing life like sculptures.

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Sound Sculpture.

I love these and would love to have an installation at the Fox River Sanctuary.

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Monday inspirations for the week ~ Thanks to Theodor and Elizabeth

To get you started for the week a little pep talk:

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html

And speaking of Genius – Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss – for me he has been a great inspiration.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”   Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

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Seuss Websites
There are a lot of websites devoted to Dr. Seuss and his books,  worth checking out.
  http://www.seuss.org/
    http://www.seussville.com/    

A fav. movie site:

http://moviemorlocks.com/2008/12/11/remembering-tommy-rettig/

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I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.

“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues”  Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

 

Let there be light…

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I am missing more than I could ever express – the Christmas tree lights. We took the tree down today and propped her up behind the kids club house and she is still so lovely. My neighbor won this round, I can still see their plastic gorgeous multi-colored lighted tree from the living room window. The hawks are cruising our yard on a daily basis and the tree will help the rabbits and small birds hide a bit from them. In the summer she will get moved to the compost. Now she is just splendid in her winter white coat as the snow drifts to cover her as the night and the cold settle in.

We took the decorations off more than a few days ago but the lights only came off this morning and I am longing for that blue and white floor to ceiling twinkle. The room feels empty without it. I miss the tree too. So what else is there to do but make a sculpture.

Along time ago I  hung lights from mywindows and in the corners of the room when I was young this was cheap and interesting art. I think a lot of people do this. I love driving around looking at the festive holiday lights and will even brave cold for it. I think that Tiffany glass has this magical quality. Trees and color but I have kids I need to put in piano and ballet and boxing lessons. Tiffany will have to wait. So I have begun an adventure to research organic light sculptures and I do not care one whit if it is useful. I need light and beauty. So here the search begins. 

Here’s what we have so far:

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I like the shapes but I need more color and they look expensive. Green and I like the use of bamboo. My favorite is the rather industial hanging light. I love Mid-century modern Noguchi lamps, they are more than art or light they are butterfly wings but there is not enough shimmer and flicker of colored lights. http://akaristore.stores.yahoo.net/index.html

I may have found it in these LED designs http://lightenergystudio.com/ but I am thinking these would be best at my dream corporate offices. Expensive again. But getting closer. Gorgeous colors. I am not sure yet which way to go. http://lightenergystudio.com/LightingDesignsFrameset.htm You have to go see these sculptures. I am thinking I might just set up a few artificial trees (skinny country all year round style trees) and we can put the lights on whenever we are missing the season of lights. Mabey I will just hang lights from the corner of the room again.

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Mommy’s lovely light monster.

Snow falling.

I found it. The snow falling across the blog to be found in appearance/extras to be used till Jan. 4th and I love it. It will never get that slushy grey and look powdery all the season. Now I need to figure out how to change my header picture to my lake picture and I am officially on my way down tech girl lane.

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…and now for something completly different….

Wintery weekend.

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We do not have our tree yet – usually we go to the tree farm and cut one down the day after ThanksGiving – but I was sick all that Holiday for about four days and nothing got done. I am still playing catch-up, I was well rested though. It is cold and slushy today and the world is filled with business that needs taken care of.

This weekend we went to the Dousman Stage Coach Inn museum in Elmbrook where they had a Civil War type set up and it was lovely. My husband loved how there was very little clutter or posessions in the early days. He sighed and I could see him wander in his mind back to a simple -less commercial  time. All I could think of was how cold it was and that I would have much prefered a nice Wood Fireplace rather than the Coal stoves that people thought were so cool back in the day. Dirty, yucky and expensive. I did not get into a fight with any of the sweet old ladies pushing what a luxury coal was back in the day and how all the “finer” families wanted them. I bit my lip and did not pitch a rant how that was the start of the Corporations and the “man” taking away freedoms. Nope I just marched the kids downstairs to listen to the flutes and eat some cookies. I did notice – no indoor bathrooms and was grateful at last for our monkey sized 1/2 bath from the 1950s and could let that go. I dream of a giant bathroom, when most of the world would like clean water ….yes I know I am a pig – everyone has their thing. It was a nice education filled weekend for the kiddies. Yesterday was all Harry Potter and this site for Inspiration and Just a general coolness factor – Which is also my favorite site I have found on StumbleUpon. I found StumbleUpon.com looking for Japanese snow monkey pictures. Found Bran has been there for ages and so has Jane and Ari.
Found an amazing cooking site and some great sites on Mythology and Science. It is a treasure trove of cat and kitten pictures. Fun place if you have not been.

I want to get our Solstice tree and decorate – I want this Xmas to be more about the whole “Energy of the Sun and ancient peoples fear of winter and realization of Hope in the darkness” and of course Santa and Baby Jesus and Mary (poor Joseph) and the three wise Men, Frosty, Rudolph and the elves, The Snow Queen and the Wind Wolves with Hannuka and Kwanzi candles, Kali candy and Poseidon fish.  Yep I think I will set them all up together in a great Festivis display.

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My favorite Santa picture by Mark Ryden.com Buy his art .
So I am off to make some Chili and cornbread – box up some packages and try to clean my house. It is so grey and cold. I wonder how frontier women coped
or how my wonderful Native American Grandmothers got it up to get it done in the mornings without a pot full of coffee and some CNN or Xmas tunes on the radio.
I suppose their 12 children kept them pretty busy when they were not out chopping wood or skinning breakfast.
I am very grateful today for warm blankets, coffee pots and coffee, tea and biscuits and a stove, hot water, clean towels and that I do not have to skin our food. Oh and Zombie/Natzi movies, Jane Austin and Suki/Vampire books.
Overall…its a good day.

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