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9.10.2010

Fall 2010

We've been throwing around ideas for Fall 2010...this isn't our typical Inspiration board...but

a work in progress that we wanted to share..

 

  1. Chloe 2010
  2. Three Potato Four
  3. Ericka McConnell
  4. Moschino Rosette Clutch
  5. Gilgarran Boots
  6. PB Oval Doorknocker

9.09.2010

San Xavier Revisited

We love to take little weekend trips to Mexico....and on our way, we always stop
at San Xavier Mission...
for some fry bread...for some inspiration...for some fantastic architecture..
We dropped in for a visit two weeks ago..and wanted to share a few more pics...





Our previous San Xavier post was Here.


Have a fantastic Thursday!!!
~within

9.08.2010

Design Architecture Fabulous

Welcome to Design Fabulousness!

While doing research for a client, we came across a post by

called The Six Courtyard Houses

We were amazed!

So off we went to find out who these designers were..and of course ..they are HERE in Tucson!

Ibarra Rosano Design Architects.

one photo was better than the next...

This is a team that we hope to work with in the future.

Simply put... Wow.

~within

9.07.2010

Bens Bells

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

If you live in Tucson and you have NOT visited Bens Bells then you need to Go Today!!

For those of you that do not live in Tucson...this is something so sweet, so kind, so inspiring..that you need to see it!

Many years ago, a little boy named Ben passed away... the kindness from the community helped

his family heal....through this love and kindness grew an amazing non-profit organization that helps

spread Kindness to the world..... we have added the story to the bottom of this post.


At Ben's Bells you can spend time painting...creating... and helping spread kindness...

These bells are spread all over...and if you are lucky enough..you might get to find one..

The bells are sent out throughout the city twice a year...they have also traveled to New York and even Iraq....


Each bell might be touched by a dozen people before it gets to you...

We were blessed to find one last year...and it is hanging in our home.

Last week we took a day off work to go volunteer at Ben's Bells. We spent time painting...laughing..

talking... giggling...and leaving our mark for others to one day find...


Bens Bells Mission:

Our mission is to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness

and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby changing our world.

They even have a fabulous Shop Here!

We could go on and on about this Project...but the best thing is to share Ben's story....

If you come to Tucson, please visit Ben's Bells....

Warmly,

~within

Below we have cut and pasted Ben's Story:

March 29th, 2002 started as a very normal day in our lives. Our sons, Matthew – nearly 6 and Ben – nearly 3 – were home playing with a playmate. Ben had a cold and a bit of a croupy cough. We were not alarmed. Never did it enter our minds that Ben was seriously ill or that he could die. And then he did. It only took seconds for him to become unconscious after his airway swelled shut. Jeannette’s efforts at rescue breathing and CPR were in vain as Ben’s airway was completely closed. In those moments on the morning of Good Friday our lives changed forever.

The depth of pain we were experiencing was beyond description. Every parent’s worst nightmare was our reality and we didn’t know how we would possibly survive. More than anything we just wished we could die. Perhaps we would have died if not for Matthew. He was still alive and he needed us as he had never needed us before.

Slowly, we began incorporating coping strategies into our lives. We came up with a design for Ben’s Bells and started making them in our back yard studio with friends. The therapeutic effect of working with clay was amazing as was the power of being surrounded by people talking and working toward a common goal. We decided to make hundreds of the Bells and distribute them randomly in our community to encourage the kindness that we so depended on to get through each day. Since Ben’s death, it had been the kindness of others, strangers and friends, that had helped us begin to heal. We wanted to find a way to pass on that kindness and to help others in the process.

On the first anniversary of his death, hundreds of Ben’s Bells were distributed throughout Tucson, hung randomly in trees, on bike paths, and in parks with a written message to simply take one home and pass on the kindness.

The ripple effect that followed was wonderful and startling. Individuals finding the Bells had stories to tell - lots of them - about grief and healing and hope. Our local newspaper printed the story - front page - next to fast breaking news of the recent war in Iraq. School groups and businesses and individuals began calling to see how they could get involved and in no time, hundreds and hundreds of Tucsonans were involved in crafting Ben’s Bells.

Ben’s Bells symbolize kindness and its power in healing. We hope that they will touch others’ lives and help to make our community a more gentle place to live. We are so very grateful for our community’s incredible enthusiasm for the project and we know that we can make a difference.

Jeannette, Dean and Matthew

In memory of our beautiful boy ..

"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple." Willy Wonka