Arts And Smarts! This Week’s Creative Link Love

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Of all of the smart and creative blog posts I read this week, these are the links to the ones I thought you shouldn’t miss!

Quote of the Week

“When someone tells me I’ve touched them or pushed them or challenged them or entertained them, I need to do a much better job of saying, “Thank you. Please tell me more about where you’re coming from.” I need to stop what I’m doing and take a good look at this person who is taking a moment to share their gratitude, and I need not only to accept that gratitude, but to really see them.”Kim Werker from a smart post continuing some thoughts she’d already shared recently about how to learn to ask for help in our creative work.

This Week’s Favorite

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Susie of Useless Beauty shared her experience of nervously trying fan dancing. I loved her bravery, her description of her experience and the bit of history she gave us about the art.

Strange But Special

@weburb explains that this art piece, known as A Million Times, the installation features 288 analog clocks and 576 motors – one for each minute and hour hand.

silk worms 3d printing Arts And Smarts! This Weeks Creative Link Love

@dezeen shares: “Researchers at MIT plan to 3D print a 3m-high pavilion by imitating the way a silkworm builds its cocoon.”

Mental Health and The Brain

The Benefits of Optimism Are Real. This great article looks at optimism through the lens of references to currently popular movies including Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi (both of which I’ve seen and enjoyed). Article by @EmEsfahaniSmith of @TheAtlantic.

@ResearchDigest looks at the psychological impact of urban street design. “More people worldwide now live in cities than in the countryside. Combined with sprawl and the loss of urban green spaces, this means that many of us are unable to enjoy the restorative effects of a natural setting. But what’s to say the built environment, designed well, can’t have a rejuvenating effect too?”

The Psychology of Hazing. I’ve never understood this practice so I was intrigued by this @visually infographic about it.

People and Relationships

Hurting Someone Else Can Hurt You Just as Much. Research via APS.

Zen and The Art of Happy, Healthy Parenting via @sfzc.

The Art of Loving Yourself. I loved this @rebelletweet article by @patriciabiesen that talks about how you can have high self-esteem but still have difficulty practicing deep self-love and even proper self-care.

Travel and Places

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MemeRose shared inspirational photos from the Paulo de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona.

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Little Tin Bird shared beautiful images from a North Yorkshire castle tour.

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The Bohemian Collective shared a great set of inspiring nature photos, saying: “This set of locations is dedicated to my love for wild mountains, icy blue lakes, tall forests and a backpack.” This one is Jackson Lake in Wyoming, Photo by David Killpack.

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@lindevrouw shared the Sunday Amsterdam Market in photos

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Unusual Life shares: “The Emerald City Comicon, held at the Washington State Convention Center, has become an annual sign of Spring’s impending arrival in Seattle.” This event was also written about by @crochetlibfront who shared thoughts on how creative types should rethink sales.

Inspired by these travel-related posts but have to stay home? I liked the @pickthebrain article this week called 3 Steps to Make Every Day Feel Like a Vacation.

And if you are traveling away from home then you may want to read 6 Ways to Avoid Cultural Misunderstandings when Traveling Abroad via @lifehackorg

Art, Design, Creativity

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@dezeen shared the trash bin liner upcycled fashions of British fashion designer Gareth Pugh

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Ramon Bruin’s hyperrealistic 3d pencil drawings via @MOillusions

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Dilcia Giron of Creationist shared the beautiful Artforum Magazine Excavation art series by @fpastine

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How to Macrame a Flower Pot Holder via @eatpickles

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@paisleyjade shared some beautiful fabric napkins she made

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Marmalade Rose shared beautiful felted wool art she created

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@2Modern shares how New York-based architect and designer Christian Wassamann believes that everything you need in a living space can be encapsulated in five specific forms

Beautiful Spaces

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@sfgirlbybay did a beautiful roundup this week of her favorite eclectic homes, including this one by Camilla Tange Peylecke

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@thestylefiles did a lovely roundup of home images with bright pops of yellow color, mostly against white background – contemporary springtime decor! This image here was one from @bodieandfou

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Trendir shared: “For walls that really wow, check out the new digital wall coverings from Glamora … Not only are they beautiful, these wall coverings are also durable, resistant to daily wear and tear, fireproof, shock-proof and washable.”

Technology

@dezeen shared: “a transparent computer that allows users to reach “inside” the screen and manipulate content with their hands was unveiled at the TED conference in Los Angeles”

Other Smart Stuff

There was a really interesting article from @PacificStand about how a lot of great psychological research can’t be replicated.  “Research replication, an essential feature of good science—the element that allows truth to shine through the experimental brume—has simply not been a priority in today’s “publish or perish” climate. And we’re now learning that many well-publicized studies can’t be replicated.”

@lifehackorg offers insight into 10 Benefits of Meditation

Happy Weekend and Happy Reading. Link love is featured here every Saturday so come back next week for more!

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Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

Of all of the smart and creative blog posts I read this week, these are the links to the ones I thought you shouldn’t miss!

Quote of the Week

We reject what we cannot understand. We nurture grudges. We highlight small differences. It is essential for us to see that each point of human contact can be an act of love, an opportunity to stoke a fire. A chance to shrug off those temptingly warm blankets of suspicion and frustration that seem to cling so easily to us during the course of our static electric days. We can find the small moments of openness, of vulnerability, of humility in any interaction. We can capitalize on moments of extension, of conversations and connections that feel authentic at a gut level.”

This is from the same @rebelletweet post by Hannah Coakley that I excerpted earlier this week in the post called More Love is Better. It’s such a powerful post about love and humanity.

This Week’s Favorite

petel design Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

SF Girl By Bay shares: “julie and ibrahima’s story began in 2000 when they met working with the peace corps in mauritania, and fell in love communicating in french and pulaar (the fulani language). inspired by other cultures and places they’ve been, from paris to algeria and beyond, they’ve created a new business together — petel, in san francisco.” @sfgirlbybay has the whole story and lots of lovely images of what these people make.

Mental Health and The Brain

“New research highlights a memory strategy that may help people who suffer from depression in recalling positive day-to-day experiences,” explains @psychscience

The Surprising Power of an Emotional Memory Palace. Via @psyblog

5 Reasons to Focus on Flow. By @BridgetGC for Positive Psychology News Daily

Research: 5 Major Mental Disorders (autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia) share genetic roots. Via @nimhgov

The Autistic Child: More Than Meets The Eye. Via @brainblogger

Why are some people disgusted by horsemeat? Psychological research via APS

People and Relationships

marilyn monroe denim weights Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

Girl Muscle: Confessions of a Novice Power Lifter. By Kaly Thayer via @rebelletweet

How Bad Relationships Can Damage Immune Systems and Make Us Sick! Via @mailonline

Language Considerations in Counseling when Working with Bicultural Couples via @counselingviews

Studies in Chaos and Order. @wrayherbert of HuffPo explains that the researcher “wondered if perhaps environmental order and disorder are both functional, activating different, but equally valuable, mindsets. Maybe what we disparage as messiness — maybe this physical state contributes to a varied world, and perhaps it’s variety that’s most important in shaping human thinking and action.”

Travel and Places

golden gate park Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

San Francisco Parks, a roundup from @thebolditalic that includes some I didn’t know about even though I’ve visited lots of San Francisco Parks!

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@creativejmom shared so many beautiful photos of the almond trees flowering in Northern Israel

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Lucy over at Attic 24 did a terrific post about Whitby in Winter with lots of beautiful photos and great info

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Wood and Wool Stool shared lots of great photos from Paris, France this week

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Interesting addition proposed for Guggenheim Museum, could be controversial, via @weburb

Art, Design, Creativity

floating stairways Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

“Mysterious flights of stairs float in mid-air or form elevated outdoor walkways in this series of installations by artists Lang/Baumann,” explains @dezeen

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Paper Collage Art by Dilcia Giron; she has shared tons of great images lately featuring transformations of the head and face – worth checking out!

needle felting craft book Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

@NotebookfromHom did a guest post for @whipup reviewing Felted Feathered Friends: Techniques and Projects for Needle-felted Birds Arts and Smarts: Link Love!by Laurie Sharp

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Anna Maria Horner wrote about the Sew Red project, a sewing-related project from the same folks (@jimmybeasnswool) who are doing the Crochet Red project all to raise awareness about heart health

Technology

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Xpression, a phone app that will monitor depressed individuals and call their doctors if needed

Other Smart Stuff

The Economist has a short but fascinating piece on the work of physicist Chaoming Song who creates mathematical models to predict your future location based on your mobile phone and online activity. His accuracy rarely drops below 80%.” Via @mindhacksblog

Happy Weekend and Happy Reading. Link love is featured here every Saturday so come back next week for more!

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Of all of the smart and creative blog posts I read this week, these are the links to the ones I thought you shouldn’t miss!

Quote of the Week

“Like an outlaw moon, eventually captured by the mass and magnetism of that which it orbits, Love is drawn to the place where it belongs.” – SR Atchley shared this in a beautiful post meditating on the nature and purpose of love. Via @RebelleTweet

Strange but Special

Mental Health and The Brain

Can you Rehabilitate a Stalker? “A forensic psychiatrist has opened a clinic where stalkers confront their dangerous delusions.” Via @guardian

Reconstructing the Past: How Recalling Memories Alters Them. Stunning research and information into the way memories change as we go through time. Via @psyblog

Travel and Places

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Detailed opinion article about gentrification and homogenization in San Francisco via @thebolditalic

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Ungardened Moments shared several beautiful photos of a day at Baandee Lake in Western Australia

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Andamento shared many beautiful photos from a morning bike ride although I’m not sure of the exact location; it’s worth the click-throughs to see all of the great shots!

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Whale Watching in San Diego. A @visually infographic on a fun activity in a beautiful part of California.

pioneertown Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

Danielle Thompson shares all about Pioneertown with us. Tons of great photos in this post.

Beautiful Spaces

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@thestylefiles shares some updated photos of the interior of a gorgeous house in Mykonos, Greece.

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@RachelDenbow of Smile and Wave shared photos of her beautiful living room and had an interview about that space on A Beautiful Mess.

japanese home Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

@weburb says: “Modern architects preserve the traditions of Japanese residential architecture while meeting 21st century needs in these 12 strikingly well-balanced homes.”

Art, Design, Creativity

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Emma Lamb shares Orla Kiely’s (@orla_kiely) Spring 2013 Lookbook

smoking art Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

Dezeen explains: “Croatian design studio Brigada was inspired by cigarettes and smoke rings to create glowing cylindrical rooms for an exhibition about the culture of smoking”

hypercollage photography Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

I usually try not to link to the same blog too many times in one week but I just have to say that I was also infatuated with Dezeen’s article about the hyper-collage photography of artist Jim Kanzanjian.

Keith Harings Berlin Wall Mural Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

Lost Art: Keith Haring Mural on Germany’s Berlin Wall. “Nothing now remains of Haring’s mural beyond people’s memories and photographs. But the artist was not distressed by the impermanence of this and other works.”

material world craft book Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

@molliemakes says in a review of this book: “@PerriLewis was once described on Twitter as “…what you’d get if the WI was run by MacGyver.” She’s one quarter of the @KnitTheCity guerrilla craft group, a journalist and regular contributor to Mollie Makes. So, as you’d expect, her first book Material World is a rebellious sort of endeavour – very different to the usual craft fare.”

3d films Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

20 Must-Watch Artist Documentaries, From Basquiat to Bas Jan Ader. This great post includes video clips for sneak peeks. Via @artinfodotcom.

Technology

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Apple has applied for a patent for a slap bracelet with a video display that could be a blueprint for its much-anticipated “iWatch” concept. Via @dezeen

Other Smart Stuff

What You Can Be, You Must Be. So true, this Deva Coaching (@sandiamorim) article looks at what this means and how to achieve it through the lens of quotes by the smart Abraham Maslow.

Happy Weekend and Happy Reading. Link love is featured here every Saturday so come back next week for more!

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Of all of the smart and creative blog posts I read this week, these are the links to the ones I thought you shouldn’t miss!

Quote of the Week

Creative Carmelina (@crea8ivegirl) smartly said:

“Your mission today, should you choose to accept it….is simple. Be HAPPY. Happiness is a state of mind, it is a feeling we can embrace whether we are rich or poor, it is a feeling that should not be contingent on our life circumstances, but rather….. it is an inner peace that flows through us.”

Strange but Special

Pope Benedict XVI Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

Why San Francisco Should Care About the Pope Resigning via @thebolditalic

Travel and Places

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@weburb explains: “Altering most of today’s cities to eliminate cars altogether would be a daunting, if not impossible, proposition – which is why China is starting from scratch. Great City will be built around a high-rise core housing 80,000 people, entirely walkable, and surrounded by green space.”

salt lake city coffee shop Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

GrassRootsModern (@grassrootsmod) says: “One of my favorite places to get coffee in Salt Lake City is Nobrow Coffee and Tea. Not only is Joe the owner a total coffee nerd, he happens to be a design nerd too.”

sea of galilee Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

@creativejmom shared about Visiting The Jordan River and The Kinneret (Sea of Galilee)

Unusual Life says: “Chock full of spell kits and Chakra oils, candles, Rosary beads and santos, plus herbal remedies, statuary and perfumes, this little shop tucked into a strip mall in Burien, 10 miles South of Seattle is sure to please and surprise anyone wanting to bring good luck into their life.”

Top 10 Happiest Cities in the World. Doesn’t surprise me at all that San Francisco is the only city on the list. Via @cjmcginnis

Beautiful Spaces

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@thestylefiles shared a great roundup of books in home spaces

furniture home Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

These graphic shapes on the wall can be pulled outwards to form a clothes rail and occasional table. Via @dezeen.

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“Here’s a cool new twist on tile - Flaster colored concrete tile from Ivanka Concrete Works will brighten up any home,” says Trendir.

Art, Design, Creativity

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@2modern shares: “The new UK food and travel quarterly magazine, Cereal, has set for itself the lofty goal “of making something timeless, by crafting and curating a tactile experience.” And, to that end, its 140 pages of ad-free recipes, interviews and “detailed expositions” showcase a gorgeously decadent expanse of white space, meticulously crafted copy and the kind of ravishing food photography that sends culinary duffers (like me) on a mad quest for ingredients with names they can’t pronounce.”

colorful wallpaper mural Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

@kristinnicholas collaborated with @CasartCoverings to turn her mural into beautiful, colorful wallpaper

30 Architecture Documentaries to Watch in 2013. Great roundup! Via @archdaily

@molliemakes asnwered tons of FAQ in a post about Gathered, the digital magazine app

Technology

imadeface app Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

Why You’re IMadeFace is Hotter than You. Is anyone using this new app? via @thebolditalic

Other Smart Stuff

memoir friends Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

Book review by Kim Werker (@kpwerker) of memoir Saturday Night Widows, by Becky Aikman.

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@foxslane shared an array of super beautiful photos from her Gravenstein apple orchard picking

Am I Depressed or Just a Stressed Out Mom? Really smart article about understanding the differences in yourself written by @jdhonestmom

Happy Weekend and Happy Reading. Link love is featured here every Saturday so come back next week for more!

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Have you noticed that I started calling the link love roundups on this blog “arts and smarts”? It totally sums up the things that are important to me as I read through lots of blogs and online articles each week!

Strange but Special

This is the Year. Terrific local poet and wordsmith Silvi Alcivar writes a eulogy for herself on her birthday. This is so powerful. My favorite line is: “this is the year i truly learned life and death and grief and magic and wonder are all rhythms of the same breath”

People and Relationships

marilyn monroe Arts and Smarts: Link Love! 2Modern shares: “New York’s Danziger Gallery is showing The Lost Film of Peter Mangone for the first time—58 years after it was first made, with “the colors as vivid as the day they were shot, Marilyn as mesmerizing as ever.”

Melissa Fleiss of Project Runway was interviewed about her home and life in San Francisco

Travel and Places

neon museum Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

There is a new Neon Museum in Vegas

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Hyperbolic Crochet shared lots of photos and info from a trip to the National Musuem of Mathematics

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Dezeen explains: “Designed for architect and studio director Danilo Terra and his family, the three-storey Maracanã House was constructed on a tiered site in the city suburbs, where the lowest level of the ground is a storey below the street”.

Art, Design, Creativity

sculpture art Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

Dilcia of Creationist shared the beautiful work of Teklifsiz Serseri. Click through to see the whole set of photos.

embroidery Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

@gbreadsnowflake shared a beautiful embroidery piece she completed

Sister Diane of Crafty Pod did an image-only interview of Caterina Maestri that is vibrant in color and has touches of quirky humor I adored.

The Gallery of Lost Art shared the story of five stolen paintings and talked a lot about the whole issue of art crime. Super interesting.

Experiments in the Studio. Jafabrit shared some thoughts on the process of painting and creating art that you don’t love and changing it. Process over product.

Art Journaling: Collaging a Story and a Feeling. Beautiful post from Things Bright.

Technology

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Weburbanist shares: “Designed by Maxim Mezentsev & Aleksander Suhih the E-inkey keyboard for Pixel Studio (p1x.ru), the concept is simple: e-ink key displays that can shift to gaming keys, shortcuts or program-specific icons smoothly on demand, just like turning the digital page in your favorite e-book reader.”

Other Smart Stuff

lavender Arts and Smarts: Link Love!

How to Propogate Lavender via @shepherdsusie

Happy Weekend and Happy Reading. Link love is featured here every Saturday so come back next week for more!

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Arts and Smarts (This Week’s Link Love)

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Of all of the diverse blog posts I read in this week, these are the ones I thought you should make sure not to miss:

People and Relationships

How to Stop Living for Someone Else and Start Living for Yourself. Via Limitless 365.

10 Steps Toward True Forgiveness. Via @ollinmorales

Travel and Places

underwater hotel Arts and Smarts (This Weeks Link Love)

Submergible underwater hotel in Dubai, via Weburbanist; reminds me of an article I once wrote on the best underwater jobs

Beautiful Spaces

red house Arts and Smarts (This Weeks Link Love)

Teacup Lane did a cute roundup of ideas for adding red color to your home

creative space Arts and Smarts (This Weeks Link Love)

Kate Broughton shows us around her studio where she uses practical, retro items to create simple, innocent designs. Via Mollie Makes.

Art, Design, Creativity

Futuristic Fashion Ara Jo Arts and Smarts (This Weeks Link Love)

Loved the Weburbanist roundup on futuristic fashions.

eco friendly brand Arts and Smarts (This Weeks Link Love)

Emma Lamb shares info on the eco-friendly business label Cozy Memories

Mental Health and the Brain

Some thoughts on Slow Living by Kathreen of @whipup

Can You Will Yourself Happier? Thoughts on some research by BPS.

6 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Mood. Inspiration from Pick the Brain.

How to Reflect the Energy Within. Via Deva Coaching.

5 Ways to Change your Mind About Your Body. Via The Change Blog.

Technology

Best iPhone Games for Long Flights via Not Martha

Wired Interviewed Gabriella Coleman about the Three Years She Spent Living Among Hackers.

Other Smart Stuff

Going Home. Just a really beautiful, well-written post over on The Courageous Creative.

There’s No Place Like a Stranger’s Floor. A BioStories post that is rich in imagery.

Happy Weekend and Happy Reading. Link love is featured here every Saturday so come back next week for more!

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Smart and Creative Posts (Link Love!)

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Of all of the diverse blog posts I read in the past two weeks, these are the ones I thought you should make sure not to miss:

Strange, But Fascinating

mens knitwear Smart and Creative Posts (Link Love!)

Business Insider shared a fashion week roundup of the over-the-top mens’ knitwear from SIBLING

People and Relationships

Why you never truly leave high school: new science on its corrosive, traumatizing effects. Interesting article from NY Mag.

Stop Over-Parenting and Let Your Kids Play! I so agree!

Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project is doing a series of posts called the 21 Day Relationship Challenge that offer great tips for improving your relationship.

Saw the link to this PBS video on Positive Sharing, which talked about the 100 year old woman who is still happy working at the factory featured in the video, a place where the average worker is 74 years old.

Travel and Places

SF Girl By Bay shows us an “out of Africa” home by Eszter and explains “eszter’s sidai designs is non-profit organization supporting maasai women by collaborating with them to create and market beaded jewelry based in traditional beading techniques that are infused with modern aesthetics”

mountain monastery Smart and Creative Posts (Link Love!)

Weburbanist did an amazing roundup of mountaintop monasteries

new zealand ship Smart and Creative Posts (Link Love!)

Paisley Jade shared some road trip experiences from Dargaville, New Zealand

Art, Design, Creativity

The Bold Italic introduced me to a new video podcast. They say: “Working Title is an awesome new video podcast presented by Little Paper Planes & KQED. This series of mini-documentaries is the brain child of hosts, Kelly Lynn Jones of LPP and Andrew Martin Scott, co-owner of Needles and Pens. The show combines interviews, essays, articles, and thoughts from the hosts to tell the stories of local artists.”

knitting book Smart and Creative Posts (Link Love!)

Whipup reviewed a book called Wearwithall, saying to start: “Wearwithall is a knitting book with a difference. Not only does it contain thirteen gorgeous items to knit and inspire it is a rarity in that it is written collaboratively by five knitwear designers. These designers are friends and colleagues that have their base at The Yarnery. The Yarnery being a well known knitting haven in Saint Paul, Minnesota and judging by this first book, home to some seriously creative types.”

word of the year Smart and Creative Posts (Link Love!)

@sisterdiane of CraftyPod has a guest post on Whimseybox that’s a cute DIY tutorial for an embossed word-of-the-year magnet.

small zine Smart and Creative Posts (Link Love!)

At Swim-Two-Birds shared a favorite little zine called Busho Ikebana.

Weburbanist shared about this project: “Bolder and more dynamic than a two-dimensional poster, this 3D papercraft project by Xavier Barrade from the design firm FOAM promotes the song ‘Horses’ by UK-based band Dry the River.”

flower bloom chair Smart and Creative Posts (Link Love!)

Trendir shared the Kenneth Cobonpue Bloom chair

embroidered portraits Smart and Creative Posts (Link Love!)

Embroidered Portraits. Stunning work from Cacye Zavaglia. Via Design Milk.

12 Killer Places to Find Vintage Items. Nice inspiration post from Handmadeology.

Mental Health and the Brain

Which comes first: counseling or sign language? An interesting post from the American Counseling Assocation blog. I’d like to learn sign language someday and am definitely curious about how it plays out in therapy.

Learning and Memory May Play a Role in Synesthesia. So fascinated by this condition and the role of the brain in it. Via Association for Psychological Science.

Broca’s Area. “A patient who could only say the word ‘tan’ after suffering brain damage became one of the most important cases in the history of neuroscience. But the identity of the famously monosyllabic man has only just been revealed.” Learn more from Mind Hacks.

The Importance of Complete and Total Mental Breakdown. This is a great article from @_thechangeblog about how sometimes you just have to stop in your tracks, break down completely and reshape your thinking.

Technology

Macworld is changing into more of a mobile consumer lifestyle show than just an industry trade event. Interesting to see … I was a Macworld live blogger several years ago.

Other Smart Stuff

“Sam Jacob describes the way that sites like Dezeen have unleashed a “design tsunami” and discusses how “the endless spewing of design imagery” is affecting design culture.” Seriously amazing smart post.

The Ultimate Lifehack Guide to Your New Year. Lifehack has rounded up tons of great article links to help inspire you on self-improvement in 2013.

Happy Weekend and Happy Reading. Don’t forget to check out the writing/blogging link love roundup over at www.kathrynvercillo.com and the crochet posts link love roundup at www.crochetconcupiscence.com today.

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Link Love! Top Smart, Creative Posts of The Web This Week

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Of all the arts, creative, intelligent posts I read around the web this week, these are the ones I felt nobody should miss out on! But first some news: The Kindle version of my book, Crochet Saved My Life, is available for free this weekend only. Get it now.

Strange, But Fascinating

whale bone staircase Link Love! Top Smart, Creative Posts of The Web This Week

Dezeen shared Andrew McConnell’s staircase inspired by whale vertebrae. The article explains the design in detail including: “Inspired by the spine of a whale, the Vertebrae Staircase is not simply mimicry of organic form but an exploration in shaping structure.”

Human Brain made of people TEDxAmsterdam Link Love! Top Smart, Creative Posts of The Web This Week

Mighty Optical Illusions shared this brain made of humans!

In Art, Design and Creativity

studde booties diy Link Love! Top Smart, Creative Posts of The Web This Week

We Can Re-Do It shared a great tutorial for turning a pair of boots into studded booties and boot-top pouches!

colorful home Link Love! Top Smart, Creative Posts of The Web This Week

IDA Interior Lifestyle launched a new series showing the insides of homes she likes. It’s a great series since she has a terrific sense of style.

copper building Link Love! Top Smart, Creative Posts of The Web This Week

Weburbanist shared one dozen buildings that are covered in copper.

furniture art Link Love! Top Smart, Creative Posts of The Web This Week

Dezeen shares: “The illusory shadows of burning candles and unexpected assemblages of decrepit furniture make up the latest collection by British designers JamesPlumb.”

collage art Link Love! Top Smart, Creative Posts of The Web This Week

“La Voix des airs” Collage by Dilcia Giron. Dilcia does beautiful collage art. Check it out.

Travel and Places

santa cruz train track Link Love! Top Smart, Creative Posts of The Web This Week

Santa Cruz, CA in Winter. A 7×7 post with ideas for winter activities in the beach destination. (The photo is from my danger series, it’s the train track leading up to Santa Cruz Boardwalk.)

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Snow in Israel. Creative Jewish Mom shares lots of photos of snow in Israel. Check them out.

Mental Health and Wellness

Mindfulness to Alleviate Social Pain. Scientific American talks about depression and isolation and how turning inwards with mindfulness meditation can help.

Book Review of The Examined Life by psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz. It’s about, “the stories his patients learnt to tell on the path to recovery”.

Technology

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13 Unwritten Rules of Facebook. BPS Research report.

3 Reasons Why Online Backup is Better than you Thought. And some of your backup options from Lifehack.

If you’re interested in my link love roundups for blogging and writing then check out today’s post on my writing blog. If you’re interested in crochet then you’ll love the roundups every Saturday on Crochet Concupiscence.

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Link Love! Top Smart, Creative Posts of The Web This Week

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Lots of bloggers started 2013 right with brilliant, creative posts. My favorites this week were:

Art and Design

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6 San Francisco Projects Making a Difference with Design. 7×7 uncovers these including the city’s new parklets which I love.

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Weburbanist shared a roundup of architectural shoes.

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2Modern shared the amazing sculpture work by Tomohiro Inaba.

Dezeen did a roundup of their entire live movie series, which has lots of rich information about design!

Travel and Places

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Half Moon Bay Getaway. A lovely California travel post from 7×7.

Blogging and Social Media

 23 Tips To Make Your Blog Posts More Conversational, guest post on Problogger by Marya Jan of Writing Happiness.

How to Take Better Blog Photos. Tips from crafty blogger Bunny Mummy.

Why Blog? Crafty blogger The Blooming Times muses on this question.

A Better Life

10 Small Ways to Live Simpler in 2013. A post by @maddysaurus

5 Tips to Experience More Freedom in Life. Via Pick the Brain.

Forming the Habit of Mindfulness. An Interview with Ryushin Paul Haller and KiK? Christina Lehnherr.

Why I Stopped Chasing Happiness. From The Change Blog.

Other Interesting Things

Psychology of Vintage. This looks at why to buy vintage clothing based on the psychology of dress.

Artisanal Journalism. A bioStories article from one writer.

Mollie Makes shared an interview with one of “The Amazings”. They explain: “The Amazings are on a mission to restore the connection between generations and the age-old practice of sharing skills. And who better to teach you than over-50s with bucket-loads of flair.”

Girl power generation confused about love, says psychotherapist

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

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Link Love! Smart, Creative Posts from Around the Web

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Here is this week’s roundup of the best posts from around the web in all things smart and creative!

Holiday Fun

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Goodwill’s 7 Types of Holiday Sweaters: Which One Are You? (Infographic)

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How to Make a Holiday Wreath Using Plants from Your Yard. Nice DIY from The Bold Italic.

Art, Design, Creativity

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I adored Weburbanist’s roundup of playful furniture this week!

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ArtistADay featured the beautiful ceramic, acrylic and metalwork of Christopher David White.

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Creationist shared some of the amazing collage photos from Nacho Ormaechea

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The Gallery of Lost Art (a super wonderful site) shared, “Edward Ihnatowicz was an artist whose interest in finding ways to emulate animal movement led him to become a pioneer of robotic art.”

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Jordana Paige shares how she chooses the names of the items in her knitting bags line.

Travel and Places

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Wine bottles are displayed in rainbow-coloured cages in this wine shop in Stuttgart, Germany. Dezeen shared this one and has a great photo slideshow.

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Top Things to do in San Francisco. In case the world was going to end this weekend, 7×7 did a roundup of things not to be missed in the city. It was actually a really good list! I also wanted to mention that The Bold Italic did a great review of San Francisco in 2012.

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Outstanding Crochet shared a series of terrific photos from Mercer Museum

Relationships and People

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Adventures in Thread did a lovely interview with “Michelle May, Textile Folk Artist and Designer, successful businesswoman, author, interior design genius and lover of bunnies!”

Technology and Gadgets

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Dezeen interviewed John Hanke, the head of Google Maps about what comes after smartphones.

Mental Health and Life Wellness

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Psychologist Magazine Turns 25. Sneak preview of January 2013 issue.

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Q&A with Founder of Cuddle Therapy Practice. Hm. Article on 7×7 by Carly Schwartz.

Other Smart Stuff

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6 Inspiring Life Change Books for People Age 50 – 80. Unique WSJ roundup.

Happy weekend, happy holidays and happy reading! 

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