Monthly Round-Up

The November Round-Up

December 1, 2013
Winter Feed

Photography credit: James Armstrong

The monthly round-up is a collection of internet goodies that have caught my eye over the past four weeks. Videos, blog posts, beautiful photography, tutorials, excellent websites and geeky goodness: you can find them all here on 1st of the month. Perfect for long commutes and lazy Sunday mornings.

I do love a good infographic! Here’s a nicely illustrated one from Copyblogger offering up 22 ways to create compelling content when you don’t have a clue. I especially love the idea of “mashing up” subjects! Smart.

There’s something beautiful and haunting about these police mugshots from the 1920s.

Isn’t this a neat idea? Cupcakes for Clara author Laura started making scratch cards to send out with her Etsy orders to offer clients incentives to buy again in the future. I’m impressed at how this simple tutorial really does work, and the cards look the bees knees too!

This is something a bit different: the evolution of Western dance music.

This remarkable video will likely make your eyes go a bit teary. Hal Lakso may be 98 years old and partially sighted, but that doesn’t stop him creating huge works of art pixel by pixel in Microsoft Paint. These images are absolutely stunning, and his story is too.

These articles circulate the internet every so often and pop up on Facebook pages and Twitter links in abundance, but this version of 20 things I’d wish I’d know when I was 20 made me laugh and spoke some real home truths too.

I’ve been keeping this link to share with you for most of the month, and I just looked through these pictures again and revisited all the emotions I experienced when I first saw them. They really are 30 of the most powerful images ever.

I love Ducks and Clucks. A blog written by vegan powerhouse Tiff, who rehabilitates abandoned and injured ducks and chickens, this endearing account of a small gang of birds with huge personalities never ceases to brighten my day. This Thanksgiving post is especially lovely. Be sure to follow Tiff on Instagram too for a daily dose of duck and chicken snaps!

This one broke my heart too: man makes life vest for fish that can’t swim. I’m chuffed for Einstein the goldfish, who obviously has a very loving owner in Leighton Naylor.

Breeze the orphaned foal cuddles up to a teddy bear at night in place of his mum.

I stumbled across Birdorable completely by accident a couple of weeks ago, but I was pretty happy that I did! Cute bird graphics, great information and a shop selling all kinds of illustrated goodies?! I thought all my Christmases had come at once!

I’m sure by now we’ve all seen the beautiful animated 2D John Lewis Christmas advert, but have you wondered how it was made? This breakdown from Creative Review will leave you in awe. It’s so refreshing to see traditional techniques being used on big budget productions.

Lollipop Beach’s bright and beautiful animated header really caught my eye.

Sincerely Kinsey shares the perfect chai latte recipe with us.

I can’t get enough of lovely Lynsay. I’m proud to call this superglam babe a member of my blogging posse, and not only is she wonderfully talented at what she does, she has a heart of gold too. This month she was dining with the best of them at a vintage tea party in Glasgow, and looking as stylish as ever, I’d like to add!

You’re spoilt for choice with beautiful pictures today! These ones are glorious: 27 surreal places to visit before you die. Particular emphasis on the swing at the “End of the World” in Baños, Ecuador – incredible!

Now this one will blow your mind. The invisible bike helmet from Swedish designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin.

Of Trees and Hues shares a house made of windows.

Midlands Musings’ Kerri spoils us with beautiful, poignant words.

And if you haven’t seen this, part of your life is missing. Proof that true love conquers all! I do love Miss indieBerries!

Six signs that you’re suffering from a quarter life crisis. And boy, are they true. Especially the one about being stuck in a commitment no man’s land: “You fantasise about owning your own property and you’ve already picked out the colour you’d paint the living room, such is the intensity of your instinct to begin nesting. But when your housemates ask if you can chip in for a new kettle, you’re reluctant to commit. You could be living abroad by the time that kettle arrives, for all you know…”

The Oatmeal never ceases to amaze me with his hilarious comics. This one is called “When your house is burning down, you should brush your teeth”.

You be watching this Old Spice commercial video over and over again trying to work it out!

Abigal and Lisa’s eco-friendly, natural forest wedding was absolutely breathtaking. Thank you Rock n’ Roll Bride for sharing!

You can always reply on My Modern Met to share something delightful, just like Harlow the Weimaraner and his fellow canine buddy Sage. My favourite is the picture with the backpack!

And finally, have you ever heard of Eric Ducharme? This twenty-two year old lives life as a merman, swimming underwater in Florida’s springs wearing a latex tail – despite wide-eyed stares from the local fishermen.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Lynsay December 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Your monthly round ups never fail to get me smiling :) Thank you so much for the shout out – I love our posse too! xx

  • Reply Keri December 2, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Thanks for the mention lady! X

    http://www.midlandsmusings.com

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