Sunday, February 23, 2014

I Should Watch T.V.

I recently heard a DJ profess his love to Annie Clark on KBGA, praising her newly-released album (St. Vincent).  I'm still not over "Love this Giant," her epic 2012 collaboration with Talking Head's David Byrne.  I was first introduced to Annie through the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival a couple years ago.  She meets collaborates with Andrew Bird in the inspirational documentary, "Break it Yourself". Woman just oozes musicality, as you can see in this performance.  Also, love Byrne groovin' to the band.  What a boss!

Anyway, I am working on a mix for my girlfriends, and stumbled back upon this song.  Classic Talking Heads feel and a great message.  "Maybe someday we can stand together, not afraid of what our eyes might see.  Maybe someday understand them better, the weird things inside of me."

Chair via West Elm
Among other actions, I've been pondering standing and sitting lately.  I’ve gotten in a rut of starting my classes at my computer (rather than just assigning someone to take roll for me), taking too long to get up and get going, when my kids are all seated in their chairs. I'm over wasting this intro time, and we work better when our bodies are flowing!

So, new plan for 10 minutes everyday, in a circle (starting Feb. 24)

1.  Movement, breathing, stretching.  

2.  One improv activity.  

3.  Vocalises acapella.  

4.  Sol-feg activity.  

5. Then- chairs!


Photo via Where God Likes to Be Kickstarter Page.
I was so inspired by Douglas Fitzgerald in "Where God Likes to Be."  The thing is, I didn't realize I was standing behind him in the popcorn line, everyone kept coming up to say hello, he held his daughter, long like our toddler, in his arms.  I was inspired by his presence in line even before I knew he was the star of the film.

On film, Douglas was so relatable, a man who talks about doing what you love to do, no matter how much money you're making.  Loves his wife and family, and believes in roots- his home looking right into the mountains where we spend our summers.

That moment, where you hear the film title, we were right there with him, tears in our eyes.  I feel God here, too.

PS: Whadya think?  Should this girl should watch T.V.?


Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Belated Valentines (plus ten Favorite Blogs)

Like all holidays, I never feel fully prepared for Valentine's Day.  I tried to get some sent to loves in time, alas, didn't quite make it happen.  It's the thought that counts?  Well, my students delivered Singing Valentines last week and did a great job! Love this little diddy about getting up in the morning from little Shirley.  I'm writing a post for BijaBody about Josey and I's beauty routines, coming in March!

love Courtney's illustration of some Missoula gems
for the Festival.

Are you in Missoula?  Make sure to catch some of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival!  We are planning on catching "Where God Likes to Be" next weekend.  A much-needed date opportunity with Mr. Wonderful!

Some news you might find interesting: I'm working on a Documentary, too!  More on that...soon.  It's been on the brain for awhile, and thanks to two lovely filmmakers, we are moving forward.  For now, getting used to saying/writing it.  We are making a documentary.  In Glacier.  Want to know more?  Ask me!

Oh, and Happy President's Day!  James told me an interesting story about Theodore Roosevelt on Valentine's Day.  The 26th President had a terrible Valentine's Day in 1884, when both his mother and young wife passed away.  Four years earlier, he wrote this about his young love, "She is so marvelously sweet, and pure and loveable and pretty that I seem to love her more every time I see her though I love her so much now that I really can not love her more."  (via Library of Congress)

We feel the same for our little Valentine!  How could we love her more??  

Gluten-Free Pizzas (thanks to Bob's Red Mill )

My Valentines 

It was a great long weekend with this girl, who is talking so much these days!  She's obsessed with a song called "It's a Rainbow!" and loves to belt it out over and over again.  We rented "Despicable Me 2" as a Valentine Treat.  (Remember?  Huge Minion Fans around here!)  You HAVE to watch this:

My intuition is telling me that I need to slow my mind a bit.  I come by it honestly, having inherited my speedy brain from a very beautiful woman.  Like my Grandma Vicki, my mind doesn't stop.  Two ways I'm attempting to slow down as I prepare to bring another child into the world:

illustration by Libby VanderPloeg, via DesignSponge

  • Practicing the focus of the mind.  Beautiful Belly Yoga is a start, getting outside is another great steps, but Meditating with these daily challenges is a great stretch for busy-minded me!  They say the mind/body connection is crucial for childbirth.  Working on it!

Preparing for a Birth at home puts on a bit more pressure and responsibility on us.  First of all, I want my body to be as healthy as I can, and I want my mind to be clear.  I also want our space to feel streamlined, as stuff and storage tends to stress me out.  I have just started reading this book, and in just the first couple pages, I've been asked to consider my family's uniquities and values.  Loving it.  I can tell this will be a practical guide to helping us simplify as we prepare for big changes around here!

Also, our First Mamalode Book Club was a success!  (Missed you, D.)  It was so nice to get together with a group of women & talk openly about our unique experiences as mothers & children.  If you are in the Missoula area and would like to get involved, contact me!  The more the merrier- next one is Issue 2: Identity. (Also, listen to this Mamalode Mix from Valentine's Day)

Thanks to everyone who commented on the Grows Feature on Puerto!  The winner of the giveaway is .... drumroll...Rebecca!  Also, Jane is offering a special discount for Grows readers for the end of February!  Her newest earring design will be just $8 for the rest of this month!  Visit her Etsy Site & use code peacelovemusicgrows at checkout. 

Jane, you rock.  Thank you!  


asked to link up our 10 favorite blogs this week.  I'm not good for more than one post a week these days, but love this prompt & linkup, so I'm sneaking it in here!  I read a TON of blogs, but keep coming back to these (linked to a recent favorite post).  What's your favorite online read?

Cup of Jo - Happy Valentine's Day!

Little Baby Garvin- 28 Weeks!

Chimera Road- Tuesday Ten

Wait but Why- How to Beat Procrastination

Girls Gone Child- Film Favorites from 2013

Food Fashion and Art- Chia Seed Pudding

Autumn Stirs the Pot- Oat and Sesame Bars

Dig This Chick- Ma (with a headlamp and iphone)

Rookie Mag- Saturday Links

Mamalode- Summiting Everest

(Tuesday Ten is hosted by The Golden Spoons & The Liebers. Each week, they cheerfully assign a topic for a list of ten.  I like that idea and hope you will, too. If you’re a blogger… why not join?)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

mtn mama: summer teaser

Linking up the {first half} of this post at Wordless Wednesday with some of my favorite photos of Josephine from the summer:

Josey's summer vocab list, amazing how it's grown since:
Hi, Bye
working on Thank you
Bubba (Giraffe)

Photo of Lake Josephine by Abby Copp

Ah, summer.  Seems distant with this beautiful blanket of snow- yesterday, we cross-country skied & sledded in our yard.  A couple seasons ago, we lived at Many Glacier, sans internet, 10 folks in one house, next to a bustling, historic hotel.

Important, poignant, precious moments happened this summer, and I didn't document all of them. As a woman striving to be in the present, sometimes I'm better when I don't have a device in my hand. Sighing on the trail, when the lighting is just right on her curls as she leans on me, hugging my legs tight, before she moves to comment on the rocks and the boat.  Singing my heart out in weekly Hootenannys with friends surrounding.  Letting life soak in.

We'll be back with the boats in a few short months.  We love it!  With unexpected tragedies and stresses last summer at Many Glacier, the expected shuffling of seasonal life, a commute to a full Grocery store and living with 8 early-twenties boat captains, missing my friends of past summers, I grew.  My role: Mountain Mama, though I know what it's like to live in the Valley as a free young whippersnapper. I'm excited to live it again, do it better, with another baby in tow!  I'll strive to be more nurturing, more thoughtful, more self-assured.  

Friday, February 7, 2014

Grows Feature: {Puerto, Handmade by Jane}

As soon as I met Jane, I was intrigued.  This pretty girl is easy to talk to, great sense of humor, and from Ohio, which I know from experience can only be good!  She was a boat captain at St. Mary Lake, but, she visited us often at Many Glacier.  Chica is always working with her notebook, scraps of fabric, camera, music.  She's even in a hilarious documentary, and we sang together in a few Hootenanny's this summer.  Multi-talented ray of sunshine, she is!    

This summer, we enjoyed some cherished mornings with Margaret and Matthew.  Getting a lazy start, hanging out.  Josey would go down for a nap, and we'd drink coffee and chat.  One day, we all got in the row boat together.  Jane is a unique soul, I'm so glad she'll be back with us in Glacier this summer, and I am so glad she's kicking off this new Feature series here on First Fridays!  

Read on to know more about this special lady:


Handmade by Jane

Describe yourself!

Jane Davenpuerto: 25 year old from Ohio, born and raised on the shores of Lake Erie. Childlike wonder, can't get enough of nature, comedy, and food.

Name a few of your projects: 

Past: playing in a college band called Traveling by Sea (i played glockenspiel) and also participating in Christmas albums - music made by my friends from Bowling Green Ohio. I was able to lend my voice on a track or two.
Current : Puerto : quirky handmade items such as warm fleece scarves, mountain pillows, earrings, lion sweatshirt series, duffle bags, reusable snack bags. 
Future: Look Up. 

Where do you work, and how do you make this environment productive?

I am currently working in Bowling Green Ohio in my sisters college home, I tend to move around a lot so my crafting station comes with me. I find productivity by having the windows open and feeling the natural light from outside, listen to records, playing movies in the background... I find inspiration from many elements. 

How do you capture your inspiration?

Well my memory is awful, and I find myself constantly coming up with new ideas for creations so there is a lot of fumbling around looking for paper to write down my ideas, trying not to loss the idea or the paper... this leads to many notebooks filled with thoughts. I have lots of odds and ends from antique shops or thrift stores that decorate my work place that bring me inspiration. I'm very inspired by natures - mountains, water, sky. antiques and things from the past inspire me very much as well. I am pretty nostalgic and like the idea of giving old items a second chance, so i often re-purpose items which are truly one of a kind.

Who inspires you? 

Friends- who travel, friends in bands (punk and folk) - they create things themselves (diy) and it doesn't always seem professional, and i love that, knowing that it came from them and it may have mistakes, but its unique 

Comedy - with all this intense winter weather I've found myself staying indoors and watching 30 Rock and Parks & Rec while crafting! Those women are hilarious, goofy, and relatable. And I find myself hoping to have those characteristics. I love to make people laugh, oh and I'm incredibly awkward just like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey :) but I suppose the inspiration I get from those women is that it's okay to be yourself and to be a little odd, people are drawn to thatI make some odd and unusual products with Puerto and sometimes I doubt myself, wondering who could want something that I've created, but I've been shocked and overjoyed with the support and feedback I have received from customers on etsy!

Artists from "Beautiful Losers" inspire me quite a bit, going along with the diy / punk inspiration from above. handpainted signs, merch for pants made by hand, graffiti, its very inspiring and not mass produced. edgy and weird. i love that.

What materials do you use?

I use quite a bit of secondhand, vintage fabric for my earrings, duffel bags, and snack bags. I like to use secondhand or found materials as much as possible, because I prefer not to use mass-produced material, i want to offer unique and one-of-a-kind items. 

I was very proud of my Lion Sweatshirt collection! I purchased secondhand, gently worn shirts, secondhand yarn, and the lion faces came from secondhand bed sheets. I was able to produce quite a large amount of these shirts from 2 bed sheets. I hope to make a collective book or binder showing each lion made and sold with their new owner! 

I have a ton of yarn, but I haven't learned how to knit or crochet yet, so for now, I'm dabbling with yarn word art, where i write with yarn and glue on felt. 

All the hardware on my earrings is nickel free, stainless steel, hypoallergenic. 

What can you tell us about your creative process?

It isn't very structured. Quite random and spontaneous..

I get excited when I come up with new ideas, and I am frantic to write them down. Then I set out to find the materials I need, whether from a craft store or a secondhand shop, or something from around the house. Then I typically dive right in an try to create what I've thought of, I like to just go for it and see what I can come up with for a first draft. 

I work out the kinks and try again, and once I'm happy with the product, I make a few more and begin to list them on my etsy page

When something sells, I package it with care and get very excited about the idea of someone having something I created in their home, or being given as a gift.  It fascinates me! 

I am not a super confident woman, and sometimes i doubt what people will think of what i have made, perhaps its not as professional as they would prefer, and i know i should strive to make my creations with little imperfections, but imperfections are what I personally love about the handmade world! 

I cherish things more when knowing someone made something I have, and i can see where they struggled but they still completed it and now I have it in my life.

How does it feel when you know you're finished with a project?

Maybe I'm easily satisfied when I'm "finished" with a project. Like i said, I'm not a perfectionist. There could be a few quirks, but I think that those imperfections reflect who I am, a little off, but still creative and unique! But I don't sell anything that I think is obviously not done well. The product is finished when I come up with a fun way to package the whole deal so that when it arrives to the buyer, they are delighted opening the package with the effort put into it!

What are your upcoming creative goals?

I currently have a blog called "Look Up" on tumblr:
On this blog i post pictures of the sky above me, I enjoy photographing and identifying clouds. I want to share what I see in the sky above with people, so they can discover and appreciate whats above. 

Its encouragement too, "Look Up" - it has a play on words. I hope to open a shop dedicated exclusively to Look Up with shirts, temporary tattoos, stickers, art, and eventually created a collaborative book of drawings from friends and artists, maybe even a photo book. 

I would also like it to be interactive for people - linking their pics with instagram hashtags.  

Will you share a piece of wisdom you've learned?

- Margaret Killgallen from Beautiful Losers once said, " Everybody can make things with their own hands, its just they can't always be looking for perfection, they have to allow themselves to make mistakes and to go with something that might be a little crooked or a little smooshed and people used to go with those things and now-a-days those things aren't beautiful anymore to people's eyes.  Even if i spend a lot of time going over the line and over the line trying to make it straight, i'll never make it straight. and from a distance it might look straight, but when you get close up you can see the line waver and i think that's where the beauty is. " 

<<< i think this really speaks to what i believe and how i work. 

Beautiful Losers is an incredible documentary that totally inspires me. 

and Ed Templeton said, " I think as a child, you're always drawing, coloring, doing crafts, and thats totally normal. It seems to be what you do as a kid, And i think what is kind of the weird tragedy is that when you become an adult, you 'grow up' and lose that and you stop creating, you stop involving yourself with the joy of coloring and creation." 

*****I just feel like i was lucky enough to have never lost that.*******

As part of this interview, Jane is giving away one of her signature Mountain Pillows, and TWO pairs of her adorable fabric earrings to one lucky Grows reader/commenter.  Here's how you can win:

1. In the comments, tell us your feelings about perfection & creation.  

2.  Visit & encourage Jane at one or all of the following:

#mynameispuerto - Instagram - Look Up Blog
#lookupblog - (soon-to-be blog hashtag on Instagram)

Giveaway closes next Friday.
Thanks, Jane!


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