Archive for the ‘top ten’ Category
Lots of items bookmarked and ready to show you. I so love all the things you can learn online – and all the places you can go!
First up, The Trouble with Bright Girls – being one, as well as teaching many of them, I can relate to this article. We need to be so careful of the messages we send.
“Researchers have uncovered the reason for this difference in how difficulty is interpreted, and it is simply this: more often than not, bright girls believe that their abilities are innate and unchangeable, while bright boys believe that they can develop ability through effort and practice.”
Animals playing around – gotta watch!
The art of Jim Dingilian – filling a bottle with smoke and creating art!
I’m always looking at business sites and mentoring opportunities for my own marketing. Came across Gary’s site and am thinking about buying the book as gifts for two friends looking to start small businesses. Check out Gary Bizzo – www.garybizzo.com.
Also in marketing, a new site I found on line for printing – looks like quality work, and they’re in Canada, which is great when I move to Vermont! PrintingPeach at http://printingpeach.com.
Absolutely LOVE this close-up of the creation of a Dior bag – amazing!
This next poster is really cool, even if you don’t understand all of it! Science and art together!!
10 Mathematical Equations that Changed the World – fascinating, again even if you don’t understand all the math.
You know I love math – The Magic of Fibonacci!
Once again, science, art and math – Dance on the Circle.
Till next time, enjoy the web!!
….yeah, I know….only been like five months……..but i have been collecting in bookmarks – got LOTS of great stuff to share!
We start out with this amazing wood carving from China. Years and years of patience to create this work of art. This photo is just the start……..
Next up a fun magic trick by a Swedish comedian. Stay with it – hilarious and worth it!
If I had been a parent, I hope I would have been this magical! Take a look at what awaited these children!
For any of us who tried lining up dominoes….here are some amazing tricks…blow your mind!
I’m a big fan of Kevin Spacey, and yet I never realized he could do impressions – this is a fantastic 6 minutes!
Christopher Walken reading The Three Little Pigs……
I am quite fond of lots of unusual things gymnastics – some very nice stuff here.
Ya never know when you will run into great art……
This is a beautiful story of our fallen soldiers. May we always remember their sacrifice.
And finally, a reminder about a fallen teenager – Anne Frank.
Here’s a list from Bill Moyers of Ten Documentaries of Champions of Social Justice. I can see the next couple of weeks taken up with watching these. Also read the comments, because there are additional great films mentioned there.
Some cool examples of marbling for decorations from Alisa Burke, quite the talented lady.
Here’s a really interesting idea – while the plants wouldn’t survive on their own, a vase like this would be so cool! From More Design Please:
If you’re not checking out Craft Gossip, you are missing some really cute ideas! Here’s a food one –
Wise words about our planet from a 12-year-old, who is still active at age 32.
There is a wealth of tutorials on free motion quilting on line, and some of the best are by Sharon Schambler, winner of best of show at Houston International Quilt Festival. Her videos are easy to follow. In fact, one of the patterns she shows got me finally breaking away from stippling and consequently ready for the Free Motion Quilting challenge this year. Enjoy this one on trapunto.
Become part of the new survey at Generation Q magazine:
Free seminar coming from Open Kimono on The Open Kimono Webinar and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Profit videos. Looks interesting.
From Mamacita comes perfect quotes for Thanksgiving. These are great – there’s something for everyone!
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. –John Fitzgerald Kennedy
And finally, from Cool Hunting comes a look at the Aston Martin used in the latest James Bond movie – 3-D modeling (thankfully…).
Have a great week!
Cool week on the web…..
One of my favorite artists for the incredible batik work she does, Mary Edna Fraser. This is a look at a new installation in progress that she is working on.
Who knows when just one little act that we think nothing of will mean the world to someone else? From Letters of Note:With the hoopla starting for the summer Olympics, there’s this ad from Proctor and Gamble that made the rounds I think in 2010 (which seems like I saw it just yesterday). It’s worth a few minutes of your time. And also from The Best Article Every Day comes this little bonus pic:
Genius isn’t always noticeable, as this blog from The Creativity Post points out. Check out these famous “failures.”
Another interesting take on creativity: science and ballet, also from The Creativity Post.
From The Cartoon Brew comes a Stephen Colbert interview (parts 1 and 2) filmed in January with Maurice Sendak. Lovely! Sendak will be sorely missed.
Chocolate, chocolate – probably the most creative use I’ve seen in a while. I found this through Cool Hunting from The Dessert Girl blog, and it’s oh so clever an idea! A new take on the molten cake…..
From The Huff Post comes this amazing article on women in combat and their issues as veterans. There are some amazing ladies profiled, and it’s interesting to see how they have had to struggle to get the same medical benefits as their male counterparts…because technically they are not considered combat veterans.
I am reading Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. It has very interesting applications for the classroom, since we are always encouraged to do group work and have everyone participate vocally in class…..something I always got dinged on in my evaluations. Basically I believe that not everyone has to be able to participate in a group…my own experience. This is a TED talk she gave that’s quite interesting.
And finally, Animals Talking All In Caps. Great animal pictures with really funny captions. Great way to start the day!
So what did you find this week on the web?
From the Blurberati blog, designing e-book covers. Very interesting article about e-books and regular books and their covers. There’s a lot to think about here in terms of presentation and encouragement to buy.
Interesting look at the death of Thomas Kinkade from Fine Art Views blog:
“The death of artist Thomas Kinkade has triggered a ‘barrage of arrows’ from specific circles of the mainstream art world. Notable art critics, ranging from Jerry Saltz to Paddy Johnson, have taken it upon themselves to offer one last ‘jab’ while, as the saying goes, the corpse is still warm. Their critical hostility, if you will, has revealed a number of contradictions when compared to the usual rhetoric spewed in support of artwork favored by their circles — those ‘power structures’ they adamantly support. In that sense, the passing of Kinkade has offered insight into the mentality of the mainstream art world in general.”
With Dick Clark now gone, it seems a part of my childhood is gone forever. Every afternoon I watched American Bandstand faithfully, read the teen magazines, and wondered at this whole new world out there. These teens were so different from my life, and I so just wanted to dance all the time. Mamacita (Jane Goodwin) has a nice tribute to the man, the icon, and the institution.
In the spirit of trying to change our world and wondering if we ever make a difference comes this amazing story of the savior of 30,000 lives during the Holocaust. Read through and see what we have in descendants of the people saved by Aristides de Sousa Mendes.
And another article for Holocaust Remembrance Day, the life of a 92-year-old who survived the camps and is still a witness. From the Huff Blog, lest we forget…..
From Generation Q comes “Now Touring: How to Spend Your Summer Vacation.” Loads of quilt museums!!! I’ve been to three of them over the years.
I love flash mobs, and there are some really cool videos on line, but this one is so different……
From Letters of Note comes this letter about the burning of a Maurice Sendak children’s book. “It is Only Adults Who Ever Feel Threatened.”
from Lyric Kinard comes copyright-free images to use in your work. A very handy site….
Here’s a cool tutorial on making bookmarks from See How We Sew, something I intend to do…..after a few other projects…..
Water, water everywhere…..from Cool Hunting this week comes a look at a public art project about water . and just how much really is drinkable on this planet. Called The Water Tank Project:
To draw attention to the urgency of water conservation, the not-for-profit Word Above The Street will work with an elite roster of artists to wrap 300 of NYC’s beloved water towers in a museum-in-the-sky mission aptly dubbed The Water Tank Project. (from the website)
Again from Cool Hunting, an interesting new art exhibit. Take a look at this bird and the nails created to it.
Quilts from street signs? A new installation in Memphis by Greeley Matt.
Letters from Note is a blog I stumbled upon about a month ago, and the letters on there have been truly amazing, heartfelt, and depressing. Herewith, in my attempt to keep the fires of history alive, the latest – this literate gem from Frederick Douglass. :I am your fellow man, but not your slave.”
An interesting piece of world history that most people don’t know…unless you’re Norwegian. Another chapter in nonviolent resistance.
From the 365 Project – again, pretty amazing photography.
More amazing photos from 365 Project:
And finally, from Dumb Little Man: Time to Kill Your Mental Boundaries. Stop limiting yourselves, people!
P.S . I am finishing this post on my iPad in preparation for blogging while on the road. It may be a challenge, but I’m totally up to it! (so maybe adding links in going to be a challenge….) I enjoy writing too much to let a couple weeks go by…plus, theree’s a book in the works that needs tocome out, so I can woriron the road……well, maybe not literally……
PPS – just found this one as I was going back through old emails…..really funny.
Ya, I know I’m late….if you read Monday’s post, you’ll know why…..at least the kitchen is completely moved and we are eating over in the new place….now if we only had some furniture….but a week from today we will be ALL DONE!
Don’t miss out! The quilting world’s own version of the Oscars:
Head over to SewCalGal for all the details.
Nominations are now being accepted for candidates, for the 2012 Golden Quilter Awards, that have made a difference in the world of quilting, for the following categories:
- Best Quilt Designer
- Best Quilt Teacher/Instructor
- Best Quilt book Author
- Best Quilt Store (physical)
- Best Quilt Store (online)
- Best Longarm Quilter
- Most Innovative Product (physical)
- Most Innovative Product (software)
- Most influential person in the world of quilting to-date, aka “Lifetime Achievement”
- Best Quilt book publisher
Joen Wolfrom on deeper shades of color. Joen’s been doing a pretty amazing series of posts on color.
Student essays – a chance to vote on the best 6-word essays. My favorite: All 30 students raised their hands.
A very cool set of paper cuts, from Quilt Rat. I first fell in love with paper cuts on my trip to China in 1978. Quite the art. I love what she has done with the music symbols.
How to Fold and Store Quilts….on the bias! Now I know how to keep the fold out of the center…..From Ann Fahl. Really great article.
So it’s only a Top Five Tuesday – not the same kind of ring to it, but great stuff, none-the-less. It’s just been too busy….I don’t anticipate posting much until after the move – there are SO MANY things to do to get ready for the Seattle trip, and I need to get stuff ordered….only four weeks!
Valentine’s Day! Here’s something very different from Oceana North America: a sea valentine. Read all about it – just looks like a rose.
From the Best Article Every Day comes this bonus: (just in case you were wondering……)
Get your read on! From The Best Article Every Day comes The Greatest Books of All Time.
“Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers’ success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books asks 125 of modernity’s greatest British and American writers—including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, and Joyce Carol Oates—”to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what [they] consider the ten greatest works of fiction of all time- novels, story collections, plays, or poems.” How many have you read (not counting English majors…)?
A nice video about the Mennonite Relief Committee from Lancaster County, beautiful country, from the AQS blog.
From the 356 Project, the top 20 for week 90. I’m quite taken with the filters here.
From OK Go – this is so cool – and reminds me a lot of the musical “Stomp.” These guys are brilliant!
From The Best Article Every Day comes amazing photos of the”old and the dead.” Sammy and Marilyn, two of the greats. I love the black and white photos – I think they are more effective than the color ones, but the Mother Teresa-Princess Di is absolutely beautiful.
I know it’s not 10, but I’ve been fighting a sore throat for over a week now, and I’m headed to bed. Enjoy what’s here!!
We’re planning to go to our first film festival in a few weeks – the Sedona Film Festival. A friend has a rough cut of his film in the festival, and we’re just downright curious to see lots of indie films, as we are slowly discovering the joys of these gems. Cool Hunting spotlights Sundance and some new films.
On thinking back to the “way things were,” a reflection on “type.” Kind of interesting to look at “the way we were.”
Totally appropriate for me right now, as I am listing some deadlines for shows I would like to enter. From Alyson Stanfield’s Art Big Blog comes “Calls for Entries.” I have become very selective with the show deadlines I add to my calendar. Where possible, I try to enter anything that is not juried, especially if I have work already completed. I also look closely to see if I can use existing work for a show. Trust Alyson to be extremely timely!
Wish you had a manual for your new toy? Manuals too hard to read and understand? From The Best Article Every Day comes the best phone manual – I LOVE the creative marketing and design!! Be sure to check out the Bonus on The Best Article – very clever!
Also from The Best Article – a few good laughs…….How to Properly Place Employees: (I could probably do this for teaching…..)
1. Put 400 bricks in a closed room.
2. Put your new hires in the room and close the door.
3. Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours.
4. Then analyze the situation:
a. If they are counting the bricks, put them in the Accounting Department.
b. If they are recounting them, put them in Auditing.
I spotlighted OrigamiJoel a while ago, and here he is talking about the papers he uses for folding….and adding paint. Love this guy’s work!
I don’t normally read the NY Times, but I discovered Nicholas Kristof’s column on Change.org and thought it was great. Here is a column of questions to Melinda Gates after she returned from Bangladesh, about what individuals like you and me can do to change the world.
Since women’s health has become a political hot button, read Margaret and Helen’s take on the Komen fiasco. I LOVE these ladies!!!.
I discovered this wonderful blog, “Letters of Note.” Wonderful letters from all assortments of folk, but my favorite so far has been this letter from a former slave to his previous master. Absolutely exceptional and beautiful, and “in your face” in an craftily literate way.
Have a great week – let me know what interesting things you find on line.
What a week on the web! I do so enjoy finding great videos, among other goodies. We are so blessed to have these resources! Enjoy!!
From Conceptual Threads, a new artist in fiber – interesting installations….although I would beware the ball bearings……
And…a guaranteed time waster….but SO much fun! Stickman!
I love origami and have virtually no success at it….and that’s why these are even more amazing to me. Origami Masks and Tesselations from Colossal Art and Design.
From Vimeo is an amazing video of a HUGE wave in the South Pacific and the photographer Chris Bryan, who captured the few surfers who rode it.
From Cool Hunting comes Float On – and since we’ll be in Portland in April, this looks like something I might try!
If you’re not reading Kathy Nida’s blog, you should. Every now and then we get a glimpse of teaching science to middle schoolers. She posted this which – having taught middle school – I KNOW the kids love. Enjoy! It’s quite a nice story.
From The Best Article Every Day comes 10 Misconceptions. Things we think are real…..now about those spiders……
From the 365 Project – results of their latest Top 20…
Another Cool Hunting entry – top chefs discuss their favorite cooking tools – at the Ritz Carlton in the Bahamas….now there’s a business trip…..
Enjoy your week!
I found a bunch of new, interesting art sites this week, plus the Free Motion Quilting Challenge started – you can see the badge on the right side, and it’s not too late to sign up. I’m looking forward to practicing a new pattern each month.
A new blog – The Creativity Post – looks to be very interesting, and I love the stuff on brain research.
“The Creativity Post is a non-profit web platform committed to sharing the very best content on creativity, in all of its forms: from scientific discovery to philosophical debate, from entrepreneurial ventures to educational reform, from artistic expression to technological innovation – in short, to all the varieties of the human experience that creativity brings to life.”
Here’s a screen shot of some of their most popular entries:
From DesignBoom comes a spray-painted-skate-boarded-swimming-pool-design, complete with video…..really cool!
From PSD FanExtra comes a tutorial on designing t-shirts. This is very step-by-step – I think even I could do it (but maybe with a dog instead….).
Another MAD Magazine countdown of great blog covers…..Jerry and Joe and their new gig….
If you love dogs….well, even if you don’t, this is an adorable video of two dogs in a “restaurant,” waiting to order…..
And…MAD Magazine’s #1 blog cover – has been my favorite since I first saw it. Boehner vs. Obama and the DEBT…….Think Harry Potter……
A new blog I discovered by an Australian quilter, Emma at Sampaguita Quilts, with her finished quilts for 2011 – some luscious ones for eye candy! I love this one –
Another new blog – 365 Project – amazing photography! This is their official Top 20 post.
And from Alyson Stanfield and the Art Biz Blog comes some interesting resolutions for the new year: 12 Artist Resolutions to Steal for 2012.
Love this one: RESOLVE to stop fiddle-farting around on the Internet or with the TV remote control and start dedicating myself 100% to my life’s work.
And finally, a selection of Happy New Year’s from The Best Article Every Day.
Another Tuesday, and more goodies on the web – although it has been slower than normal, due to the holiday. Enjoy!
Here’s a great list from The Best Article Every Day – places to learn on line – for anything!
I found this interesting block design from Generation Q magazine, by way of Scott Hansen and Blue Nickel Studios. It celebrates Kwanzaa, and it’s a striking block. Take a good look at the setting – lots of interesting design possibilities.
I’m taking part in the Free Motion Quilting Challenge this coming year – I really want to learn to do more with my machine. I want to learn how to do feathers….take a look at this example from Ivory Spring’s Thread Talk. She gives step-by-step instructions – I can wish……
MAD Magazine rings in the New Year with its Top Ten posts…..
“The Disturbing Similarities Between New Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri and New Today Host Ann Curry”
From SewCalGal comes insights on free motion quilting, with a year-long challenge coming up. She says in this blog post that after a year of practicing FMQ, she’s much more capable of doing cool designs – and I concur…my FMQ has increased just from the practice. If you’re interested, go ahead and sign up for the monthly challenge – should be fun!
From Generation Q magazine comes some creative pushes for 2012, if you like to spend this time before the new year making plans and setting goals.
You know I love Cool Hunting – here’s some of their year-end best, in conceptual design.
“From ICFF to Art Basel, 2011 delivered a flurry of design objects for the home that while highly creative and concept-driven, didn’t compromise their utilitarian duties. From recycled plastic chairs to roman numeral inspired book shelves, the following are five of our favorite pieces of sculptural design that could just as easily pass as pure art objects.”
from Art Biz Blog, a collection of top posts from the year for your marketing pleasure!
Most Commented On
…and lots more!
From Fine Art Views, an interesting challenge: Add an Art Challenge to your New Year’s Resolution List: for Smokers…..I’m thinking of adapting this for dieting….
I haven’t posted anything lately on zentangles, but I keep looking at blogs. Here’s one from The Rainbow Elephant that I think would translate really well into a quilting pattern, especially since I want to incorporate some snowflakes on a winter quilt.
Have a great week – send me cool stuff you find!
Slow start to reading on the web this week – lots of sewing of my own, a couple of major projects in the works, and the beginning of marbling about 400 fat quarters….going to be a couple of busy months!
From MAD MAgazine this week comes their take on Person of the Year – The Molester….
And…if you still need a few last minute gifts, MAD presents the Tweety Bird Smoke Alarm……
If you are watching TV on line, you no doubt have seen (countless times…) the commercials for Omni Heat and Columbia Sportswear. Cool Hunting has a brief ad showing the inner workings of this heated clothing. The company is also using the “Ice Man,” Wim Hof. This guy actually can control his body temperature and do things most of us consider nuts. He’s quite the spokesperson.
Now here’s a project for you chess lovers...”When a Bobbin is Just a Pawn.” Really clever! I just think this is so cool!
Like many of us, I came to art quilting via several other craft routes, primarily crewel embroidery in the seventies. I did several Erica Wilson designs, and I loved everything she created. I was saddened to here of her passing, as she was pretty incredible – the NYTimes calling her the Julia Child of embroidery.
From The Best Article Every Day comes 5 Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012. Perfect for this time of year.
I’ve been fairly grinch-like this season, just objecting to all the crass commercialism, but I do think this lights-video is one of the classier ones over the last few years. Amazing the technology – and more so the actual set-up of the lights on the house……
And this last is worth an additional three – a really gorgeous short movie by Sharon Wright called Change for a Dollar……perfect for this holiday season.
Have a wonderful holiday and may you have peace and blessings throughout the new year!
It’s Tuesday and time to show you what I’ve found on line this week. Interesting assortment of goodies, not to mention I’ve spent what seems like hours on YouTube, as a result of some postings on Facebook. I didn’t realize episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? was available, and there is some really funny stuff there. So here goes….
From Cool Hunting, yet another reason to go back to Maui – the local art show weekly at the Sheraton.
Also from Cool Hunting (can yout ell I love this site? Check it out!) comes a projected new art installation that reminds me of the work of Christo – a light project for the Bay Bridge. Also reminds me of the Sydney Bridge during the Olympics in Australia.
And again from Cool hunting comes quick pics of opening art shows in Miami, part of Art+Miami.
The Best Article Every Day sums up the year in 45 awesome photos.
From across the Pond comes this delightful set of paper sculptures.
From a former student of mine, Maryann, comes Star Wars Light Saber cello duel. Very cool!
From The Best Article Every Day comes the top video shares for the year. Some I’ve seen, plus a couple of weird ones, and some really unusual ones…..love the David Beckham vid – going to use it to show quadratics……..
Of importance is this website of the National Aphasia Association. While all of us are cheering on the recovery of Gabby Giffords, the new media are not mentioning this valuable resource. Take a look to better your own understanding.
Window to Art I discovered when I had to do lesson plans for some middle school art classes. I really enjoyed exploring these, and I set myself a task to complete a group of them on my own. Some very good basic art element instruction here. Just as an example, here’s a screens hot of some of the offerings:
And finally, Brilliantly Sarcastic Responses…with a little art assist…..
Have a great week!
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it. We were around lots of friends and had a wonderful time. It was so nice to know I didn’t have to face a 5:30 AM alarm on Monday! Been catching up – here’s a few cool things this week from the web.
From the Philbrook Museum of Art….LOVE. THIS.
Now I will admit, I am not a car enthusiast, but I can understand…when we gave up our Rav4 I gave it one last hug, and I still miss it. That said, on Cool Hunting comes some really wild cars. By far my favorite….
A new blog by Vivian Swift has a great water color tutorial on doing leaves – on my list for this coming year is a water color class.
From The Best Article Every Day comes this little bonus clip…..The article is also quite funny – Ten Things 90s Kids Will Have to Explain to Their Children.
From NASA comes a look at the new Mars rover, curtesy of The Best Article Every Day. Pretty amazing the steps it’ll take to land on Mars.
From Joan Wolfrom comes a look at a color challenge, with four really interesting quilts. Each is based on one specific color, and the techniques in them can’t help but spark creativity.
It’s always a joy to discover new math videos…thanks to Kathy Nida for this one…..Pythagorasaurus……
If you’re not following The Free Motion Quilting Project, you really should. I just bought two embooks on quilting designs, and I am SO looking forward to expanding my repertoire. Here’s a snap of Leah’s latest – OMG, amazing……
From Kate Harper’s blog was a link to Joan Beiriger’s blog on Advantages in Using Google Reverse Image Search. Who knew? I tried using it – pretty simple, and it should be interesting to see if any of our images are showing up on the web – beyond my blog and website.
From Artsy Shark comes an article on some creative marketing – love the use of the iPad!
And some political sites that might be worthwhile to explore. This article on Facebook privacy comes from The Blog of Rights. You may agree or not, but I’m a strong proponent of civil discourse. At least we can be aware of issues as they arise.
Enjoy your week!