It Takes Time

To be creative. To have a full and balanced life. To see clearly. To think thoughtfully.

That’s just one of the many reasons we close our doors Friday afternoons in the summer. Minnesota summers are short. Work is still busy. But a little time actually helps us to be more productive. More creative. Better at what we come to work to do every day.

These are just a few of the things we saw and did and thought during those Friday afternoons so far this summer.


1. "Finding inspiration in summer afternoons at the lake with my kids . . . taking in the incredible blue waters and green evergreens of Minnesota sustains me all year round. Maybe that’s why my favorite color is bluegreen (for these two colors should never be separated)."

2. "These are photos from one summer afternoon a couple weeks ago when my friends and I got together and made Patrick Swayze t-shirts. I love unexpected and interesting t-shirts. I also love the underdogs of pop culture. Perfect pair! I am always entertained by and interested in the hilarity of b-list (or c-list?) celebrities and their campy films that are so bad that they somehow become so good. Watching the movie 'Roadhouse' inspired me to embrace Patrick Swayze and the laughs he (probably unintentionally) provides. Since I am always on the lookout for unique t-shirts, I often end up making my own using my Gocco portable screen-printing apparatus. This is one example. My summer of 2007 has officially been dubbed 'The Summer of Swayze,' and what better way to celebrate that than with a home-made tee?"

3. "I've been obsessed with terrariums...growing irish moss and other miscellaneous ground cover; mixing pieces from my scientific beaker collection, with antique decorative porcelain, and handblown glass cloches; creating magical little gardens. It's a bit of an experiment, and I'm not having the best luck, but it's fun."


Stay tuned for more D&P Friday afternoon fun...

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