A to Z Challenge – Y for Yarn Bombs

Have you seen anything like this in your area?


East Bay (Northern California)



Yarn bombing

Melbourne, Victoria, AU



Yarn Bombing

The Netherlands



Yarn Bombed Library Frog

 Highland Square branch of the Summit County Library (Akron, Ohio)



Yarn bombs

Occidental Park in the Pioneer Square neighborhood (Seattle, Washington)


A to Z Challenge – G for Gargoyles


Gargoyles by Michael Parkes

I remember seeing this image years ago. I think of it from time to time. I’m intrigued by the stone cold gargoyle that becomes mesmerized and captured by the beauty of delicate bubbles. I looked up interpretations of this piece and found one I really liked. A post at Raised by Art gives a in-depth interpretation about this fascinating piece.

What do you think of this image? Do you enjoy the art of Michael Parkes? 

Creative Every Day

Looking for a way to connect with other creatives and stay motivated with your craft? Check out Creative Every Day. This site has built a community of artists who share their progress in various creative projects. The creator, Leah Piken Kolidas, is an artist who shares her work and the journey of being creative.

Each month, Leah announces an optional theme to use as inspiration for a project and even offers some suggestions to get you started. Add your contribution to the weekly post as a way for others to find your work. It’s a great way to share what you are doing. You’ll also find crafters, writers, poets, visual artists and others you might enjoy.

I’ve been visiting this website for a long time and find it to be a valuable resource to keep motivated. It’s a fun way to meet other energetic, supportive creatives. Here are a few I enjoy following:

Ginny from Special Moments in Time creates beautiful landscapes and other nature-related artwork and photography. Her posts are full of inspirational, positive messages that I often read to get a boost or lift.

Sandy Coleman creates vibrant art work that makes me want to linger on her blog and take it all in. She also creates gorgeous jewelry!

What resources do you use to keep motivated? Do you have a supportive group of  artists in your life (on or offline)?

What Subtitles Don’t Tell Us

I recently got caught up with watching many American movies. But sometimes I am in the mood for a foreign film, and this is usually a nice treat. Foreign films may feel, well, foreign, but they are well worth checking out.

What I enjoy most is the way I can get a glimpse into other cultures and see that we share many universal issues. I like seeing how directors interpret life with their unique perspective as portrayed through cinema. Foreign films seem different from American films in that they don’t have the “Hollywood” feel. Their budgets are probably much smaller, and they don’t seem to be as formulaic. They tell stories that may be harsh, but are honest and full of emotion.

One director that I have been watching closely is Pedro Almodovar. I’ve seen three of his films (Broken Embraces, Volver, and Talk to Her). In general, the stories were about relationships with bizarre twists throughout. They were full of secrets that were unraveled as the flow of time went back and forth. The cinematography was amazing with stunning views of Spain.

When watching foreign films, you’ll discover new actors that you might seek out in other films. It took watching Volver for me to discover how talented Penelope Cruz is as an actress.

A few other foreign films I recommend are: City of God, Dear Frankie, Captain Abu Raed, and Life is Beautiful.

What are some foreign films you have enjoyed?