Whimsical and Homespun Art Creations with a Little Rural Living Thrown In

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Another Birthday is passing by on an extremely hot July day.  I haven't checked to see if the heat index broke 100 degrees today, but it sure felt like it.  After 43 years of celebrating on this day, I have learned to be thankful not to have a major storm and happy to have central air! :)

I promised in an earlier post to share my little birthday friends.  This collection began with a present from my sister a few years back.  She knows how much I loved "Fraggle Rock" as a child.  The group has grown with each passing birthday.  Jim Henson was an absolute artistic genius in creating these magical little creatures that encompassed all of the traits that human beings covet and distress over in their own persona's.  From the left you have the adventurous Gobo who leaves the caves of Fraggle Rock to explore the outside world inhabited by humans.   Then there is his friends:  the worrisome Boober, the little working Doozers, the indecisive Wembley, and the energetic Red.  The show encompassed life's lessons into each episode and inspired children to stretch their imagination and horizons.  I was lucky enough to also receive the first season on DVD.  The episodes are timeless...  

Here is this year's addition to the group.  She found me a cool t shirt, and Sprocket, the dog that Gobo must get past to go into the outside world.  It is always a good thing to keep a few mementos of childhood within reach.  It stops me from taking my life or myself to seriously. ;)

I keep this pinned up on the bulletin board  next to my drafting table.  It was part of a stamp collection produced by the US Post Office.  I just love the silhouette of Jim and Kermit the Frog.  What an amazing man!  Where would we be without PBS and "Sesame Street", "Fraggle Rock", Kermit the Frog, "The Muppets", and all of his glorious movies.  My Christmas favorite is "A Muppet's Christmas Carol" that was created by his son, Brian.  The music and script are brilliant.  The quote on the card from Jim reads:  "When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world.  My hope is to leave the world a little better for my having been there."   This man has been a great inspiration to me in life and in my art.   I love that his creations are still a part of my life, inspiring me to never loose my creativity, integrity, and values. :)  

What a wonderful life it has been so far... I look forward to growing more in the next year with my new adventures with Etsy, stretching my creativity to involve more of the fiber arts, and watching my graphite and fine art expand.  Thanks for those who take the time to share my world through my blogs, and for those whose blogs make my world expand across the globe.  Now I must go... there is a big piece of cake waiting for me!  :)


Raspberry Hill Crafts said...

Hey happy birthday...hope it was a great one.

A Primitive Homestead said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sending best wishes your way. Blessings!

Brenda said...

Thank you! :) It was tolerable enough to go for a walk around town at nightfall. My son came along with my hubby and I. It was a very relaxing ending to the day.

Christine said...

Happy, happy birthday!
Stay cool!

annie said...

Happy Birthday!!
I caught myself singing that Fraggle song not so long ago! Guess the child lives on in each of us! Hoping your dreams and art continue to come to life!

Brenda said...

Thank you so much Christine and Annie! I love the Fraggle song too! ;)

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Happy be-lated birthday~ Girl looks like you have been having a great summer~ tractor pulls~ getting goodies from the garden~ Summertime days full of joy~

Brenda said...

Thanks Teresa... It has been extremely warm but wonderfully busy! :)