♥ / blue nose creative

A big thank you to blue nose creative for sponsoring my blog this week.

blue nose creative is all about craft, creativity, and sharing. Our handmade quilts add color, personality, art, and warmth to spaces while our cards help you say something. . . happy birthday, thinking of you, or more seriously, condolences.

In our little corner of the creative space, we pour ourselves into the creations we share with the world. . . we hope you love them as much as we do! And from July 20-26, you can snag a quilted item or card (or both) for 25% off! Handmade quilted items are in the blue nose creative Etsy shop; handmade cards are in The Paper Frenchie Etsy shop.

Freitag Ahlgren

Forever in love with Swiss Freitag bags and their product videos. This is Ahlgren. Love the size and design. Not familiar with Freitag bags? They are made with super durable truck tarp, last *forever*, are waterproof and super sturdy. I have 4 of them and *love* them.

Site Shack

Need a place to work from during this pandemic? You have a backyard? Site Shack might be just what you’ve been looking for. It is a tiny prefab that sets up anywhere in a space. Site Shack is outfitted with a desk, storage, and wiring.

Quarantine Pod

This seems to be the perfect quarantine pod.

Good Trouble

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
John Lewis

Destress By Screaming Into Icelandic Wilderness

This Web app lets you release any pandemic-pent up frustration in the form of a scream, then broadcasts it from speakers in the Icelandic wilderness.

Link Pack

(via Chris)

– This made me smile: Black Dog

– Oh, this is a pretty power outlet.

Why the fat bears are already getting so fat

The Manager’s Guide to Inclusive Leadership — Small Habits That Make a Big Impact (If you don’t follow First Round, you should)

How to help your Black friends and non-Black friends today.

Caramelized Zucchini Phyllo Pie

– Turning It Around is a community-rebuilding livestream concert series. (via)

A library of outstanding poems from across places, eras, and traditions. (via)

– Powerful read: There’s a Divide in Even the Closest Interracial Friendships Including ours.

This Twitter thread is gold, outlining exactly and precisely how Paul Jarvis use an online course with a funnel to generate both inbound clicks and then sales

Baseline, a Decades-Long Film Series About Climate Change

– This rubber and brass bin made me look.

– Oh, I love these reusable chalk board garden markers.

– Love these modular textile room divider focus screens.

Rep.ly is a question and answer platform. On Rep.ly, you can create your own rep.ly page to answer questions in public from anyone you share your link with. It’s free with no ads.

– I am excited to hear Paul Jarvis share insights about the concept of “Owning your Content” in 2020. He is a prolific designer, podcaster and author. He wrote Company of One, is the co-founder of
Fathom and the host of a podcast called Call Paul. You can sign up for the event here. It is happening on Wednesday July 21st at noon ET.

– Design Milk is hiring a Social Media Content Manager to work remotely. (Thank you for using the CreativeMornings job board!)

The Best Kids’ Podcasts for Sheltering at Home (My kids (10 and 14) were addicted (!!) to Six Minutes.)

Rose Wong’s new Tattly are glow in the dark. And amazing.

– Thank you MODA for sponsoring my blog this week. Did you check out their week-long summer design camps that cover topics like architecture, Minecraft, robotics, coding, game design, sustainability, AR/VR, Roblox, and even pinball?.

Terracota Seed Sprouter

I am on a Avocado Tree and overall plant-baby-making kick, these Terracota Seed Sprouters will come in handy.

Window Swap

Window Swap is so pure and lovely: Open a new window somewhere in the world.

(Thank you Johno)

Ten Easy Science Experiments For Kids at Home

(via The kid should see this)

Floating Plant Hanger

Give the illusion of floating plants with this plant hanger hook.

Interracial Friendships

“You don’t get to pick your family of origin or the place you grow up. But you do get to choose your friends, and those choices say something about the kind of world you want for yourself. This is one of the many ways friendship is political. We’re not just talking about whether you have people in your life who voted for the opposite party or whether you’re carpooling to the protest march with your friends. We’re talking about small-p politics, or “the total complex of relations between people living in society,” as the dictionary puts it. White people can’t be surprised that white supremacists are marching in the streets if their own lives are racially segregated. The choices that each of us makes every day about who we include in our lives end up shaping the larger world we live in.”

There’s a Divide in Even the Closest Interracial Friendships Including ours, By Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

For The White person Who Wants To Know How To Be My Friend

The first thing you do is to forget that I’m black.
Second, you must never forget that I’m black.

You should be able to dig Aretha,
but don’t play her every time I come over.
And if you decide to play Beethoven — don’t tell me
his life story. They make us take music appreciation, too.

Eat soul food if you like it, but don’t expect me
to locate your restaurants
or cook it for you.

And if some Black person insults you,
mugs you, rapes your sister, rapes you,
rips your house or is just being an ass —
please, do not apologize to me
for wanting to do them bodily harm.
It makes me wonder if you’re foolish.

And even if you really believe Blacks are better lovers than
whites — don’t tell me. I start thinking of charging stud fees.

In other words — if you really want to be my friend — don’t
make a labor of it. I’m lazy. Remember.

— Pat Parker

From Movement in Black

What Is Intelligence?

(via Kottke)

♥ / Online Summer Design Camps created by MODA

This year, kids across the country are having a great time at camps created by MODA, the Museum of Design Atlanta. And they’re doing it while staying safe at home!

MODA’s week-long summer camps cover topics like architecture, Minecraft, robotics, coding, game design, sustainability, AR/VR, Roblox, and even pinball.

Each online camp includes a structured schedule to balance live instruction with self-guided activities.

Check out the camps here.

A Powerstrip You Don’t Want To Hide

I am researching powerstrips for my cowowrking space FRIENDS and stumbled upon these. Beautiful and practical and a little old-school. I am into it.

Question For My Readers

A Love Letter to All the Overwhelmed White People Who Are Trying

“Of course I knew I was white, just like you do. I just didn’t consciously identify myself that way. Maybe it’s because it felt like it was unnecessary to acknowledge, or because it felt like the default, or because it felt embarrassing for reasons I could not yet articulate. But before that day, “white” was in the silent backdrop of how I defined myself, and then, the day I went viral, something shifted. I suddenly saw my own race as important, as having meaning, meaning that I had yet to fully understand.”

A Love Letter to All the Overwhelmed White People Who Are Trying, by Melissa DePino

Make Yyour Own Krispy Kreme Face Shield

This made me laugh. And then it made me sad. So many feelings.

Designer Cakes

These designer cakes by Tortik Annushka are breathtaking.

One of the co-founders is teaching cake making online classes. How fun!

Stay & Wander Photography

My friend Libby pointed me to this Instagram Account by Stay & Wander. I found myself scrolling for a very long time.

That Radiance

That radiance
you have always
carried with you
as you walk
both alone
and completely
accompanied
in friendship
by every corner
of the world
crying ‘Alleluja’
— David Whyte

Link Pack

I am deeply moved by the work of The Compassion Prison Project.

– ‘Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over‘- Shortcut app allows iPhone users to quickly record police

– Matt Trombley: The beauty and complexity of finding common ground

– In an effort to cut down on plastic I purchased a shampoo bar and conditioner from Ethique. After a little getting used to, I can say: I love it.

– New Virtual Tool Lets You Rickroll Your Next Zoom Meeting. InviteRick.com may only be around for a short while (it likely violates Zoom’s terms of service), so spread that ’80s corniness while you still can.

The science behind spinning 200 hula hoops at once

– Milan’s San Siro stadium is imagined as a tree-filled monument to the victims of COVID-19. Gasp.

The Black Artist Fund is an initiative giving money directly to Black artists to combat systemic inequity in art. (via)

– This Oak Desk Trolley is LOVELY!

100 Black Owned Businesses to Support

– An Obsession with Retro Japanese Rounded-Corner Windows

The Bento Society by Yancey Strickler.

– I would love to own these skillets.

In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both.

– Love this little house storage box. (I would also rest books on the roof.)

Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man: A conversation with Emmanuel Acho about race that many white people have never been able to have.

Yes please!

Mama raised a revolution tote.

– Oh my. Personal Protective Pods are Here. Originally designed for rain, Under the Weather’s products have been adapted for COVID-19. The photo of the teacher wearing one is killing me.

– I am in the market for a bike helmet. Currently looking at Closca. Anyone have a strong opinion on this subject matter? If so, please leave a comment below?

The Basecamp Handbook is incredibly impressive.

– Currently reading: Rise Sister Rise

The Art of Noticing. Rob Walker invites us to look at the world around us with fresh eyes in his book of exercises, challenges, and observations.

This! Be the reason some believes in the goodness of people.

– One of my goals of 2020 is to become a more intentional, better listener. A few days ago I stumbled upon this helpful video by Kristen Lisanti. I am now trying to listen with whole body. That resonates. I am a big believer of a full body yes!

Raising kids to be good collaborators with 4 simple lessons

Listen to the trees.

– “In quarantine I’ve been aware of the intellectual stagnation that comes when you stop physically seeking out and experiencing new things. There’s a loss that comes from not meeting strangers, not doing things just for the hell of doing them, not having everyday avenues of discovery and surprise.” Jia Tolentino

Tattly is shipping wholesale and custom orders again. If you have a store and want to carry Tattly, please reach out and if you want to create custom tattoos, we are here for you! And, as always, you can place an order online and we will ship a little bit of fun and joy to whoever you think needs it.

– Looking for a new job? Looking to hire? The CreativeMornings Job Board is here to help.

Ecocapsule

This futuristic looking mini home called Ecocapsule made me gasp. It’s a fully off-grid, smart, self-sustainable micro-unit, powered only by solar and wind energy. It allows you to stay in remote places out of reach of urban networks. It has room for one or two people usable as a cottage, pop-up hotel, caravan, mobile office, research station or anything you want it to be. You can read more here.