Author Archives: Ilyse

Mandarino Blu

The amazing ex-pat artist Laelle Busch sent her photos all the way from Italy to participate in Fun-a-Day! Lately she has been creating with the likes of Mandarino Blu, a group promoting the power of visual communication. Yes, it’s in Italian, but their blog is beautiful. I especially love this post of some improvements made to road signs.

Here’s their mission statement in English: “Mandarino Blu comes from the unification of several brilliant minds that, after diverse experiences, decided to unite their super powers in the field of visual communication in order to share with the world what can be done with a little bit of fantasy and with the tools that technology provides. Mandarino Blu is an alternative way of seeing reality, to go beyond appearances and to look deep into the essence, “the juice of ideas.”


We met a lovely artist named Makiko at the Stuff Sale yesterday and she took our picture for her blog. She takes a picture of someone every day with the date written out on a whiteboard and has been doing it  for almost a year! Check it out: Makiko’s Site.

I like seeing ETSY on Nightline

Nightline does a 5 minute spot about Etsy

Word Play!

  1. This is a really neato word art website-checks it out!


Hey Kele’ — This IS awesome.  I plugged the text of my grad school essay in and it gave me this:

Thanks computer,  –Lily

Hey Kele’ and Lily–You’re right, this is REALLY awesome. I followed your example of the essay and this is what I got:

Holding a mirror up to your brain…or to your words, anyway. –Ilyse

Chillout and more

Hey All,
I am reminded of this cool guy I recently came across, Ze Frank, who is playing with humanity across internet in one-on-one ways. The first link is to his TED talk, about 18 min, all interesting. Or, just skip to the project he ends the talk on, a simple song with loving intention.
His Chillout project

feelings. not mine, but lots of peoples

Hi all,

I was introduced to this website the other day, and it is amazing.  Basically, this person somehow searched for the words “i feel” all over the internet and then made all this amazing stuff out of the results.  Totally worth checking out when you have a couple minutes to spend.

Love you all


new favorite person

this woman is amazing!  she makes her own dioramas then photographs them.  super beautiful and inspiring!