Inspiration

Accuracy
Quote Investigator – Garson O’Toole diligently seeks the truth about quotations. Who really said what?
Snopes.com – Rumor has it – a reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.

Artists, Artisans, Crafts and Creative Minds
Bent Objects – Simple objects rearranged to create humorous figures.
Real Snail Mail – mail delivered by real snails.
Guillermo Forchino – delightful comic art objects that often resemble the world of comic strip and cartoon characters.
Curliosity – functional and decorative objects from brass and copper.
Pondering Pool – the humorous art of Susan Mrosek.
Egg-Bot Project – a machine that can draw intricate designs on spherical or egg-shaped objects.
Calvin Nicholls – wildlife and nature scenes crafted from archival paper by a Canadian artist.
Cut Out and Keep -online community makes and shares step-by-step craft tutorials.
Instructables – DIY instructions for just about anything you would want to make.
Drywall Art Sculpture -artist Bernie Mitchell uses drywall compound as a sculpture medium.
Michael Paul Smith and Elgin Park – Michael has crafted a 1/24th-scale recreation of everyday scenes from mid-20th century America, ranging from the 1920s to the mid-1960s.
Jake Cress – Jake creates classic, original, fantasy, and restored furniture made with 18th century techniques. In a world where furniture makers call themselves artists, Jake pokes fun by building pieces that make you laugh, and maybe think.
Kate McLean’s smell maps -Kate interviews a range of people—longtime residents, new arrivals and tourists—and sometimes even walks with them across their neighborhoods as they describe the smells they encounter. She then draws a map with contours or plots points that describe the range and intensity of smells as they waft from their sources.
Mad Man Knitting – from hobby to necessity, this man explores what knitting means to him.
Cardboard Box Office – a family that recreates movie sets out of cardboxes and household items.
The Jefferson Grid – Images from Google that fit in one square mile.

Authors
Lynne Truss – British writer and punctuation specialist
Robert Fulghum – American author and humorist
Stuart McLean – Canadian author of the Vinyl Cafe books and radio show – where the motto is: “We May Not Be Big, But We’re Small”.
Garrison Keillor – the wise, low key observations of the American author of the program ‘A Prairie Home Companion’.

Cartoons
Savage Chickens –  Canadian artist Doug Savage’s cartoons on sticky notes.
‘Let it Slide’ Greeting Cards – by Charles Gulotta with illustrations by Ron Leishman of Toonaday
Clipart by Phillip Martin – hand-drawn, colored, original cartoon drawings available for free for non-profit use.
Simon’s Cat – a charming, yet mischievous cartoon cat that lives with Simon Tofield.
The Wizard of Draws – cartoons by Jeff Bucchino.
Vladstudio – playful wallpapers, apps, games and more by Russian digital artist Vlad Gerasimov.
Google Doodles – all the doodles that appear next to the Google Search box.
Doodlemum – Angie Stevens delightful drawings of her family and their daily adventures.
For Better or For Worse – an archive of the work of Canadian cartoonist Lynn Johnston.
The Middlest Sister – comics created by painstakingly cutting and pasting scrap paper and other items.
Mike Smith, Illustrator -an autobiographical comic about a family with young children.

Food
The World Carrot Museum – everything you would ever want to know about Carrots
the decorated cookie – a fun and funky blog about decorated cookies, painted marshmallows and other crafty sweets.

Galleries and Museums
Google Cultural Institute – Digitized Art Galleries and Artists from around the World

Go Grey, Girl!
Louise Pitre – Canadian actress
Anne Kreamer – author of “Going Gray”.

Halloween
Extreme Pumpkins – everything you need to know about pumpkin carving

Inspiration and Learning
TED Talks – A nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Introverts
Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts, A TED talk. Also go to Susan’s web site with information about The Quiet Revolution.

Photography
Christopher Martin Photography – wildlife photographer from Alberta, Canada
Andrew White – day-to-day activities of a LEGO minifig photographer.

Seniors
A Good Goodbye – The Family Plot Blog

Television, Movies, Performers
Rick Mercer – Canadian comedy and culture show
National Film Board of Canada -An online Screening Room that offers free streaming of documentary, animated films and interactive stories, all of which explore the world from a Canadian point of view.
Jeanne Robertson – extremely funny motivational speaker.

Trades and Training
profoundly disconnected – Mike Rowe’s website – the goal of Profoundly Disconnected is to challenge the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success.

Quotations
Quotations, The Other Pages – thousands of quotations drawn from hundreds of sources.
Demotivators – tongue in cheek – crushing dreams with hard truths.

Words and Images
Wordle – A free tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
Choosing and Using Type – You might never have consciously noticed the typefaces you read.