Is it just me or has anyone else found this week inexplicably exhausting?
The above photo was taken in Morocco and I must admit, a huge part of me wants to drop everything and just go travel. Do you get urges to flee and escape real life?
Sadly that’s not possible for me right now, but I rejoice knowing today is Friday.
While I’m spending much of tomorrow working on Squirrelly Minds and projects, for the first time in months I am determined to take a day off this weekend. Who knows, maybe on Sunday I won’t go on my computer at all.
Yell at me if you see me on twitter.
I hope you also have a relaxing weekend! Here are my favourite things this week for you to look through at your leisure while you sip your hot beverage and listen to the birds chirp out in the sunshine.
This beautiful video reminds us to step outside our little world and really think about those around us. Remember to reserve judgement. You don’t know everyone’s story.
I love how artists Chris McMahon and Thryza Segal have taken boring/ugly thrift shop paintings and added monsters to them, don’t you?
I was obsessed with Roald Dahl as a kid as much as I’m curently obsessed with these posters.
I so want this to happen in Victoria but just don’t have the time to organize it. Anyone want to take this on? Please?
Someone, anyone, please find me the fabric from this skirt. I’ve had zero luck.
What are your plans this weekend?
Whatever they are, may it be carefree and filled with love!
I’m trying something new and a little different for Squirrelly Minds – Music Mondays.
The first Monday of the month I will feature an ‘under the radar’ band I love (how hipster of me). First up: Austra
Formed in 2009, Austra is an indie electronic music band from Toronto, comprised of members Katie Stelmanis, (vocals, keyboards), Maya Postepski (drums), Dorian Wolf (bass), twins Sari and Romy Lightman (backing vocals), and Ryan Wonsiak (keyboard).
The band is named after Stelmanis’ middle name Austra, the name of the goddess of light in Latvian mythology.
Their first album, Let It Break was released in 2011 with their new album Olympia set to release this year.
Information from Wikipedia
I know it’s been said before about other bands, but Austra truly has a unique sound. Katie’s classical operatic vocal training is unexpectedly set against fast beats and electronic pulses. Her rich voice brings a gorgeous weight and power to each song that so many current bands lack, especially in this music genre.
Let me tell you a little something about my city friends.
Technology is Victoria’s #1 industry
Victoria is dubbed as Canada’s Social Media capital, hosting the country’s largest social media conference (this year in May).
And so naturally, Victoria is also host to YYJ Word Camp, a one day conference about the ins and outs of blogging, social media and, centrally, wordpress.
This was my second year attending and while last year it was my version of Alt, this year it acted as a warmup to the big blogging conference kahuna in Salt Lake City.
The most amazing thing about this wordpress conference, aside from the wealth of knowledge, is the wide demographic. The people who blog in this city range drastically in age, sex and interests. I always love when a single event brings in all sorts of people who would normally never interact. And when you’re all in one place to learn the same thing, you at least have one thing in common and have something to chat about. (Take note people nervous about Alt!)
And so, whether you’re sprucing up your blog in preparation for alt or because you want to make it a better place, here are some facts and tips I learned from yesterday’s conference:
The ‘zoom & pinch’ bit is key. I get so annoyed when I’m on a website via my iphone and have to scroll all over the place and zoom in and out to find the information I’m looking for. Yes, Squirrelly Minds is guilty of not having a mobile version. This is on my to do list.
I was a little nervous including the above quote as, especially in the design blogging world, copying/stealing is (obviously) a HUGE no, and we will work together to fight anyone who intentionally rips anyone else off. But this quote from Pablo Picasso does not take the words ‘copy‘ and ‘steal‘ at face value. Rather he is explaining that there is no such thing as an original idea. Everything is influenced from something, and elaborated and expanded on and improved. That’s what makes good art. Check out this opinion for a fantastic explanation of the quote.
Want more tips? Here are some tips and tools designed to improve your blog (and make your life easier):
Unless your demographic is all under 25, a newsletter is key to getting information out to those who use e-mail regularly
“80% of what gets pinned is already on Pinterest.” Don’t wait for someone else to pin your stuff, do it yourself to get the ball rolling
The Twenty Twelve WordPress theme is basic and neat. Any website should use its code as a base line
Hey I'm Tan, and it's no secret I love anything pretty and fun (especially polka dots). Squirrelly Minds is where I create and curate lovely items to prettify your home, wardrobe, dinner plate, crafting table, and your next celebration.