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January 26, 2018 — Leave a comment

The creative life is all about feeding one’s imagination with a wide variety of inputs – gathering inspiration, provoking thought, tickling one’s fancy – and then making connections between all these disparate little bites. Here’s a selection of what grabbed my attention this fortnight, perhaps some of them will inspire you too.

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.

 – Seneca

 

How pretty are these pencils? Pass the sharpener!

 

The sensuousness of creating has always gripped me.

This stunning little guy walks around the Tasman Sea instead of swimming.

This made me laugh 🙂 Guaranteed to confuse your child learning to tell the time.

 

Nina’s urban sketches always inspire me to want to get out and draw more

 

There’s never been another moment like this particular one, and never will be again.

That means that at this moment, we have the opportunity to fully appreciate the miracle of this moment, and how it came to be from the infinite number of causes that created it from preceding moments. We are alive in this moment because of millions of other people who have supported us, because of everything on this planet, which just happened to be the perfect conditions for creating the person we are right this moment. What a freakin’ miracle!

– Leo Babuta

 

Loving this song this week

 

Embroidery good enough to eat!

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Friday Feedbag

January 12, 2018 — Leave a comment

I am sitting here this week suffering from the inevitable Summer sniffles and bundled up in a blanket even though it is 33 degrees C outside. I am so annoyed that I made it through my Christmas break without getting sick like I normally do on holidays, and then the first week back at work I get sucker punched. Ugh.

Here’s some of what grabbed my attention this fortnight as I fed my creativity, perhaps some of them will inspire you too as we head into the weekend.

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.

– Victor Pinchuk

 

How beautiful are these fairy sculptures? I’d love one in my garden!

 

Struggling to get to sleep? Watch this for a while.

Everyone needs to hear these seven things.

Start your weekend off with a smile – I loved the field mouse!

This song relaxes me, I love listening to these guys when I paint.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if these were available at the office?

Happiest puppy!

 

“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an an enormous reward. You will have created something.” – Kurt Vonnegut

 

And last but not least .. who would not want a giant purple squid to keep them inspired?

 

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Friday Feedbag

December 29, 2017 — Leave a comment

The creative life is all about feeding one’s imagination with a wide variety of inputs – gathering inspiration, provoking thought, tickling one’s fancy – and then making connections between all these disparate little bites. Here’s a selection of what grabbed my attention this week, perhaps some of them will inspire you too.

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  • I found these bumble bee earrings via a random link on Instagram that I now cannot find….they make me happy when I wear them.
  • This two year old draws awesome skeletons!
  • I cannot begin to imagine how long this puzzle would take to do, but it is just gorgeous.

 

“Let us temper our criticism with kindness. None of us comes fully equipped.”

– Carl Sagan

 

This looks equal parts terrifying and fun!

I found this song via Susannah Conway’s blog…it’s a lovely cover of this one

 

  • I am in the midst of my yearly self-imposed hermitry as I recover from 2017 and prepare to launch into 2018. I found this post especially helpful as I try to refocus.
  • I really wish I was not allergic to cats.. they are funny!

 

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Friday Feedbag

December 22, 2017 — Leave a comment

The creative life is all about feeding one’s imagination with a wide variety of inputs – gathering inspiration, provoking thought, tickling one’s fancy – and then making connections between all these disparate little bites. Here’s a selection of links and bits and pieces that grabbed my attention this week, perhaps some of them will inspire you too.

This song feels like a hug…

 

“My mother had two messages for me in my growing up years: to be a lady — don’t be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment, these things just sap energy and waste time — and the other was to be independent.”

— Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

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