A dozen beautiful things to ponder on a Good Friday:
- Sculptural hair ornaments.
- Get out your kid’s old Spirograph®.
- Photographs of Picasso.
- The Killer Bees are at it again.
- Instead of comparing yourself to others, do this.
- Help for procrastinators.
- A different kind of Easter egg.
- I don’t like cold, windy places, but these photos of Chicago are awesome.
- Jimmy Kimmel’s Tribute to Don Rickles
- Have you been meaning to start a journal? Here are some tips to get you going.
- Pretty GIFs!
- How to be happy.
A baker’s dozen of links to delight you with beauty and creativity and personal growth.
- Fabulous review of a children’s book about poetry.
- Great abstract art project for children or adults. You’ll need colored tissue paper.
- A totally different way to enhance your creativity.
- The argument for output.
- Quilters: do you have a bunch of “orphan blocks”? Here’s what to do with them (and an idea for accumulating more).
- Literary nerd types will love this analysis.
- An exercise for writers who want to find their voice.
- Pretty art journal pages.
- This quirky, artsy hotel is located right next to the Irish Cultural Center, where I folk dance. It was vacant for a long time, and recently reopened.
- I’m not wild about tattoos, but these are really interesting.
- Beautiful Iranian architecture.
- The virtues of mini-quilts.
- Beautiful cakes.
Thirteen lucky articles to make you smile and tweak your imagination.
- Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.
- Trip to the beach.
- Be happy and successful.
- Be more creative.
- Delightful short story.
- The illustrations of Katherine Tillotson.
- Surreal photography.
- Just in case you need reasons to journal.
- Here Comes the Sun like you’ve never heard it before.
- Traditional wedding attire from around the world.
- More quilts from the Killer Bees.
- Does the fact that I’m ROFL about this just confirm that I’m old?
- Transformed photographs.
Thirteen articles to inspire you.
- I just love string quilts! Some tips for sewing them faster.
- The illustrations of Tatjana Mai-Wyss.
- What do people notice about you?
- A whole new angle on animal photography.
- All the elements of art in a comic.
- I’m going to take a wild guess that the beautiful effect of this background is achieved with water on the paper, before or after applying the marker.
- A sweet Easter tradition (and no calories!).
- Take better photographs.
- Your lack of talent is no barrier to creativity.
- Which way is up? Trust the museum.
- Pipe organ portfolio.
- A drunkard’s path in progress.
- I love my coffee, but maybe not this much.
Thirteen things to tweak your creative bones.
- The art of Bo Bartlett. It makes me long for the beach.
- Get smarter. (I think doing even 5 or 10 of these things would help.)
- Writing tools.
- Life-saving reading list.
- Don’t you hate pressboard? Yet this is beautiful.
- The power of story. Interview with the author of The Shack.
- Gorgeous quilts from the Killer Bees quilt show.
- The versatility of black and white photography.
- I am not promoting the book in this trailer (though it might be very good); I just think the idea of analyzing habits you want to break is intriguing:
Whether you’re new to quilting or you’ve been around the quilt block a few times, I bet you’ll find something here that you didn’t already know:
- A collection of ten articles on quilting basics.
- Scrap quilts—best practices.
- An easy flying geese block made from scraps.
- The easiest way to make half-square triangles.
- Bargello quilts—they look much more complicated than they are. (Just so you know, the video shows how to make one block. You will need eight blocks to make a quilt like the ones shown.)
- How to make a quilt that looks like a photograph. (This very detailed article just gets you set up to make the quilt. Not for beginners.)
- Steps to sewing perfect borders.
- For traditionalists: how to quilt the old-fashioned way—by hand.
- Some tips for quilting by machine.
- Points to consider when choosing thread for quilting.
- Simple “stitch in the ditch” quilting.
- I’ve never even heard of quilting gloves before. Has anybody tried them? If so, please comment below and tell us what you think of them.
- Free motion quilting with rulers.
- How to turn the corner with your binding.
Do you have some quilting tips to pass on? Share in the comments below. And if you liked this post, please click the little star. It takes so little to make me happy.
Thirteen articles to ponder.
- Writing tips from Ernest Hemingway.
- Do ordinary objects look like other things to you? Use your imagination to turn them into art.
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- Lovely watercolors.
- I love keeping tabs on the Killer Bees quilt group.
- Gorgeous illustrations by Christine Kornacki.
- Ice sculptures.
- Artists’ first drafts.
- Perfect is over-rated.
- Artwork inside a 4,000 year old Egyptian temple.
- The writing rules.
- Make a keepsake from your wedding gown. (I couldn’t do this. I still have a fantasy that one of my daughters will want to wear it for her wedding.)
- What do Einstein, Picasso, and Mozart have in common?
Pretty things to see. Creative stuff to do.
- Some strategies for sketching better portraits.
- Get back at your inner critic.
- Beautiful photographs of dancers.
- The truth about the creative life.
- Want to write a romance? Or a fantasy? Or a short story? Here are some ideas to quick-start your imagination (check the links).
- What? Thin out your books?
- A quilt show from last year.
- Thoughts on Henri Matisse.
- Reading about the craft of writing.
- Taking folk art in a new direction.
- How to enhance your creativity in 10 minutes a day. (And, okay, yes, the cute animated unicorn captured my attention.)
- Get started storytelling.
- Cute photos with animals. (I think the secret is opening your mouth.)