Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Stuff I've been wanting to show you

I've been preoccupied with tax preparations the last few days and haven't been doing anything particularly fun or crafty. Hopefully that will change now that the returns are in the mail. In the meantime, here is a short list of stuff I've been meaning to show you.

This is a picture of a Matisse made of fabric. It's from the blog sventso , which is written by the mother of my friend Martha Alderson . I have never met Martha's mother, but I can see from her blog that she is an incredible artist with a great sense of humor. Her post about how this picture came about is delightful.

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Have you ever wanted to knit a blanket made of individual hexagons? I didn't know I wanted to until I came across a pattern for hexagons on the blog Knitty, Vintage and Rosy and saw this picture on the blog. Is that cute or what?

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I have to insist that you take a few minutes to watch this YouTube video of joyful street theater in a train station in Antwerp. Hundreds of dancers "spontaneously" perform to a song from The Sound of Music. It will make you smile. Widely.

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Did you watch it? Are you smiling? I thought you might be. Now please go back and watch this TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson about whether schools kill creativity. He's funny and his talk is thought-provoking.

Hope you're having a great week.


Rachel said...

Ahhh...I LOVED that video. Yes, it did make me smile!

I've never seen a KNITTED hexagon blanket - crocheted, yes, but not knitted. It's nice. A little beyond my capabilities, but very nice.

And I love the Matisse. Now that's TALENT!

Rachel said...

Oh, and I forgot to say, I loved your San Francisco pictures. I'm glad you had a wonderful day with your friend and got to do some very exciting visiting and shopping. We may go to San Francisco in the summer... any tips?

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Ha! Yes, I'm smiling from ear to ear. :)
Great video.

Love that hexagon blanket, too.

Anonymous said...

Sir Ken Robinson is powerful with his convictions about creativity in children. Love the story of Gillian Lynn. Love the blanket! Way above my level who is still doing knits and pearls. Dogwoos

Anonymous said...

I am Dogwood. Not Dogwoos. OOPS.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow. That presentation by Sir Ken Robinson was pretty amazing. I agree with most of what he says, but I do think all the creative children will have just as much trouble finding employment that would put food on the table as people with degrees. Lots to think about though -- thanks for a great link!