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February 23rd, 2009


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07:04 am - Inspiration Boards
It's a sunny-grey Monday morning (who knows how that's accomplished) after a somewhat sunny-grey weekend. The Dog of the House is resting in her armchair, but her ears are flicking rhythmically in query: "Are we going to the office now? What about now? What about now?"

She has to wait just a bit, however. I've got a few minutes here, and then a few minutes at my new desk, before I leave.

The new cherrywood desk -- ordered weeks ago, to replace a battered, cracked, still treasured piece my mother stained and finished for a graduation present far too long ago -- arrived latest possible Saturday afternoon. The delivery guys couldn't quite assemble it first try, but at last they managed it, and I angled it underneath my framed poster of a NT production of Betrayal and the framed portraits of Tom Stoppard and Harley Granville-Barker, just where the old one was.

Except that this desk is balanced differently -- one 'hutch'/file cabinet on the right side, so that I sit on the left side rather than in the middle. The eight inches' shift to the left means that now I can see my inspiration board. This bulletin board was hung years ago, when the study had a different layout -- and I realized yesterday that I hadn't updated the board since years ago.

I spent an hour yesterday taking some old inspirations off, putting more on: pictures of far West Texas, an ocotillo in bloom, a postcard of an Edward Hopper painting (old gas station at night), along with faces which please me, which make me dream.

Two more inspirations: a brief video/report of Vivienne Westwood's Fall '09 show and a slide-show of Isaac Mizrahi's Fall '09 show. Color! Plaid! More color!

What inspires you today? May you find it, use it, enjoy it!

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From:justhuman
Date:February 23rd, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Nature inspires me.

Just when I think I've seen it all, a deer comes running across the yard and I rediscover grace. The trees do their fall thing and I remember what color is all about. I'm yawning at the big bunnies and then a baby practically comes up to my back door and I am overwhelmed by the cute. And then there are things that let me know humans keep trying but haven't learned anything about form, movement composition.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 23rd, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
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That's a lovely (and ever-changing) inspiration! Thank you for the details, and for sharing. [sends you a window to look at the outside]
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From:paratti
Date:February 23rd, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Yay for fresh inspirations:)

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:February 23rd, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
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I hope YOU have new inspirations, L! Or even old ones rediscovered! :-))

(I really enjoyed going through my collections of photos and postcards to see what I had forgotten I had.)

[good thoughts and hugs]
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From:headrush100
Date:February 23rd, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
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We must celebrate our inspiration, definitely!

Today I was inspired by my Debbie Bliss plum-coloured cashmerino yarn to start working on a project which will eventually - if I can summon the skill and patience - become a lovely soft scarf for my mother.

Apart from that, I'm taking a sick day from work, trying to rest as well as may be to throw myself back into the fray tomorrow. I hope to get comments to you tonight.

Enjoy your new desk!

**hugs**
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From:laurawise
Date:February 23rd, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, plum-coloured yarn! Hurrah hurrah! [sends supportive thoughts]

And I hope you feel much better soon. [hugs as well]
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From:stateless82
Date:February 23rd, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
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I think this week I'll be inspired by deadlines.

I can see that same Edward Hopper postcard from where I'm sitting!

Mizrahi stuff is so cool. (They had handbags on their heads!) And what I'd forgotten was he cameo'd on Ugly Betty last week.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 23rd, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it's the same postcard I sent you! [beams]

I love the handbags on heads. So bizarrely practical. [beams again] And I DO need to check out that Ugly Betty ep!

[hugs and cheers]
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From:julia_here
Date:February 23rd, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Oh, thanks for the fashion! I gave up on looking at the slideshows from Fashion Week when the first four were black with occassional flashes of taupe and dark grey. What I really like about both those collections is the use of knitwear and plaid, which should get a few usable items to shake down to the stores.

Julia, and no great swoopy graphics in colors not found in nature.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 23rd, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
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I'll be curious to see how much of Mizrahi's personal line is reflected in his stuff for Liz Claiborne -- his spring '09 for Claiborne has some wonderful colors and wearable pieces, so I'm hoping to see plaid in his autumn stuff for LC. ;-)

Happy Monday, Julia!
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From:gwynnega
Date:February 23rd, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
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I really like some of those Vivienne Westwood outfits--especially that very wearable-looking longish plaid dress!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 23rd, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
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I know the dress you mean, and yes. [nods] I also liked the glen-plaid trouser-suit Jo Wood wore (under her academic robe), although I don't think I could manage the bustier. ;-)

Hurrah for color and plaid! :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:February 24th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
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Trees, river, birds -- these are excellent points of inspiration, Rainkatt! I hope that you can spend some healing time looking out at all of them today. [hugs]

And hurrah for all of those clothes! :-) Nothing wrong with a little colour and joy.

[hugs again]

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