Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Fun Links: Studio One Soul, Mosaics, Samin Nosrat, Instagram, + Store Buyout

A list of some of the people, things, and events that inspired me, or added fun to my week:

1.  After the hubs and I heard the Studio One Soul CD playing during breakfast at Pizzaiolo last Saturday, we went right over to Amoeba Music, and got a copy.  I haven't stopped listening to it since. Soooo good.

2. After going to Amoeba, we visited a few artists' studios as part of the East Bay Open Studios, including the Institute for Mosaic Arts.  I wish I had the patience (and skill) to cover my whole house in mosaic.

3.  As part of the Omidyar Network's grant to Kiva, all donations through June 30th will be matched dollar for dollar.  Wahoo!

4. Had great chat with Samin Nosrat for the Big Vision Podcast about her work with Bakesale for Japan and Eating for Education.  Very inspiring woman. I'll post the interview soon.

5. Also excited to start editing my Arts and Healing Podcast interview with the lovely Susannah Conway about the healing power of photography.  I feel so lucky to be able to talk with so many inspiring people!

6. I'm still loving Instagram, the iPhone app that makes all my photos look fabulous.  When I wrote the post, Instagram for Nonprofits: Powerful Images in the Palm of Your Hand, there weren't many examples of nonprofits using this fun tool. This week, I came across a post on the Instagram blog, Nonprofits on Instagram, with a few more examples. Do you know of any others?

7. Love this idea: Nonprofit Annual Report on a Postcard. I mean really, who reads those things?

8. Painted gift wrap outside in sunshine!!

9. I'm becoming a ridiculous Jamie Oliver fan, and have my Tivo queued up to record tonight's episode of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (can't wait!).  You can watch past episodes on ABC.com and on Hulu.

10. Finally, a group of artists heard that a small business, Hercules Fancy Grocery, was in danger of closing, so they bought all of the merchandise in the store (with cash advances). They're turning the merchandise into art and are using the art sales to help the grocery stay in business (and pay off the cash advances).  I'm not entirely sure how helpful this project will be for the store owner, but the intention is wonderful, and the look on the owner's face is priceless. You can learn more at www.storebuyout.com, and watch a video of the buy out below:




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