I almost ran off the road one day while driving past Whitfill Nurseries in Gilbert, Arizona. When was the last time you saw a wagon being drawn by a . . . stegosaurus?
I finally had a chance last week to stop and take a look around. Here is what I found:
More Sculpture Saturday.
Lots of artsy stuff this week.
- Cute animal pictures.
- The rainbow hummingbird.
- Artists warm up.
- When this author was a teenager, she submitted a horror story as an assignment.
- If you like quilts, photography, and travel, you’ll love Francesquilts’ Instagram page.
- Hand-lettering in watercolor.
- One artist’s journey.
- I love this sketch artist’s work.
- I am really impressed by these seven book recommendations from someone who’s already read 36 books this summer.
- The new astronomy museum in Shanghai looks like a flying saucer.
- A photographer comments about an ancient grave marker.
- A couple turns a dead tree into a gnome home.
Hey, if you’re a writer, there are THREE articles here for you. And nine for everybody else.
- Design so beautiful you’ll want to live here.
- Like dogs and horses? Then you’ll love this Instagram account.
- For the fiction writers: tips from Margie Lawson.
- Sculptures made from zip-ties.
- An artist celebrates her pregnancy.
- Does your writing routine (or any creative practice) need a refresh? Go outside.
- Do you like sunflowers? Here’s a bunch of ‘em.
- Interesting street art.
- Why writers should just do it and get it over with. (Sensitivity alert: there is a metaphor in this article that may be offensive to some people and may be an anxiety trigger for others. It made me laugh. Full disclosure: I’ve never had this procedure; back in the Stone Age, when I was dating, it wasn’t yet a “thing.”)
- Do you ever think about writing your memoir?
- I’m glad I read this. The pandemic, which I thought was almost over, is back again with a vengeance, and I have been longing for the good old days like nobody’s business. I needed a reminder that our lives before weren’t necessarily great, and I don’t have to look at the present like it’s oppressive.
- Chimneys used to be a much bigger deal than they are today.
These articles fascinated me this week, and I wanted to share:
- For the dog lovers.
- A glimpse of village life in Mozambique.
- Sometimes our memories are not what they seem. How to write them?
- Thoughts on learning to draw.
- Fairy tree. (Keep scrolling.)
- I am a sucker for miniature animal sculptures.
- Even writers need to exercise.
- People and pets.
- Quilts with a message.
- A stroll through Jersey City.
- Beautiful creations from pebbles.
- How Debbie Macomber managed to write another book during Covid.
Funny stuff. Pretty stuff. Serious stuff.
- Some of these will make you laugh and some will make you cry, but it’s all good.
- Writers, should you write a cozy mystery?
- Did you ever have a great idea, get started on it, take a break from it, and feel guilty about never getting back to it? Sometimes you just gotta let go.
- Nathalie escorts us on a tour featuring murals in Jersey City.
- More murals; these are from Montreal. (FYI, Norm no longer coordinates Thursday Doors. Go to No Facilities for those now.)
- How to say no. Why to say no.
- Love flowers? You’re gonna love these photos.
- Black artists (and artists of color) lack the opportunities their white counterparts enjoy.
- You might enjoy this Instagrammer’s paintings for World Watercolor Month.
- You have to see these amazing crochet projects. (I’ll pass on the broccoli hat, but I want almost everything else.)
- The most beautiful gifs I’ve ever seen. Depending on your internet connection, they might take a few moments to load, but hang on, they’re worth it.
- A sculptor abandons metal in favor of fabric.
Found on the shore of Tempe Town Lake. Doing double duty today for the Sculpture Saturday and Sunday Trees challenges.
You’re bound to find some inspiration in one of these twelve articles.
- Sometimes reverse psychology is just good parenting.
- Because Father’s Day is just around the corner.
- Lovely scrap quilt.
- Who knew chard could be so inspiring?
- Interesting facts about James Joyce.
- Sculpture and trees just naturally go together.
- A herd of elephants in London.
- A debut novelist’s journey to finished book. And a giveaway!
- Improving your photographs by looking for contrast.
- I love this artist’s Instagram page.
- Lovely watercolors.
- Want to write a story but none of your ideas are working? Here—try one of these story starters.
Today all my curated articles are from one of my favorite blogs, MyOBT (aka My One Beautiful Thing). Blogger Donna has a daily mission to share one beautiful thing. And she succeeds every day.
- Get funky with the Ember Trio.
- Gorgeous embroidery.
- Photo-realistic paintings.
- Braids to die for.
- Dogs, beautifully photographed.
- Now that we’re approaching the end of the pandemic, quarantine seems oddly funny. . .
- I didn’t realize there are so many different varieties of birds of paradise.
- Tour some famous residences.
- Dance rehearsals.
- Safety helmets don’t have to be bland.
- Bird watching.
- Fanciful creatures fashioned from papier mache.
Enjoy these? Maybe you should follow MyOBT.