Happy Wednesday! It’s Marthe from The Freedom Experiment again, this week with another visually stimulating (and hopefully inspiring) post! As so many else, I’m hooked on Pinterest, and I’ve spent hours and hours pinning images of dream homes and beautiful cakes (who hasn’t?). However, Pinterest can be used in so many ways, and I thought I’d give you my favourite creative and alternative ways of using Pinterest:

1. Gather inspiring quotes and make it a habit to go on Pinterest and read them every time you need a pick-me-up.

Here’s a little secret for you: I’m struggling with a nasty mental disorder and Pinterest is actually on my emotional crisis safety plan. Yes, you hear it right. When faced with the question “how can you help yourself when you’re feeling emotionally stressed and overwhelmed?” I answered “Pinterest.” Because reading uplifting quotes really helps to lift my spirits. Maybe reading quotes can help you too?

2. Gather visual inspiration for a creative project (and share it with your tribe)

The photos above are from my Inspiring Photos board, and I’m using these images to design the new layout on my website. I find that having an online inspiration board makes it all a lot easier – you can share it with your tribe and ask for feedback, inspiration and thoughts. Also, if you’re working with a designer, being able to show him/her what you’re after and what kind of style you like is invaluable! Which brings us to the next tip;

3. Gather inspiration for a new haircolour (or tattoo maybe?) and show it to your hairdresser

I actually loaded this board on my iPad and brought it along for my appointment. I showed my hairdresser what kind of look I was after, and she totally nailed it! This approach is so much better than telling someone that you want a “brownish red, not too bright, not too orangy and not to signal red”…  So much easier, and so much more fun!

4. Pin the images from your website and promote yourself and your work

Pinterest can be used for promotion too, just do it with style and grace. For example, you can pin your own images (once) to your own board so that your followers can decide if they want to re-pin or not. It’s also a great resource if you want to get an overview of the visual image you have on your site! Seeing all the images together can show how your readers perceive your style. Do you like how the images go together, or do you need to change your direction?

5. Make a board and pin images that represent your dream

Speaking of changing directions… A great way of using pinterest is to make a board that represents your dream life, your values or who you want to grow into. Took at it often and feel the rush of energy! As you can see, my dream is to live in New York City. Every time I come upon a nice picture of NY that I like – I pin it. And then I use it as inspiration to make it happen! This summer, I’m going to make it my Freedom Experiment to live in NYC for 4-6 weeks. Will I see you there?

6. Pin some recipes that aren’t just visually stunning, but something that you’d actually make. Try one new recipe every week!

There are lots of tempting cakes and visually stunning food photographs out there, but instead of pinning what looks good – try to pin something that you could actually make! And do it! I’ve tried lots of reciped from Pinterest, but I find that the best looking pictures don’t always result it the best food. Make it a habit to look for food, not cakes. This way you’ll never run out of dinner ideas!

7. Make a wishlist and share the link to your board with friends and family

Wishlists are great, but the written ones are so boring to look at! I’m sure your friends and family will love having a visual list in good time before your  birthday comes up. Make a board and start adding too it right away! Whenever you buy or receive something – delete the pin or write a comment underneath with details.

8. Gather images of things you find comforting and soothing. Have a look at your board every now and then to make sure you remember what you need when harder times hit.

This is another approach I’ve been using together with my emotional crisis plan. I have identified that I can easier help myself through challenging times if I’m wearing warm socks, drinking tea and lighting candles. Anyone else feel the same way? Well, the thing is – I tend to forget all this when I’m in the middle of a difficult situation. I find visual reminders work better than a list telling me to” do this or do that”. Pinterest is the solution! Oh, and in case you wonder – I’m not an emotional mess all the time, I promise. 😉

How do you use Pinterest?

ps. if any of the images above strike your fancy, you can find me on Pinterest here.

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Austin Kleon turned black-out prose into a trendy art form. There are lots of marker poems out there now, but this one — created by a 20-year-old artist named Kitkat Pescon — is really special.

“I think of you in the in-between spaces. In the pause before the next heartbeat. In the clench of my chest before I exhale. In the swell of courage before I say hello. And perhaps, one day, our lives will occupy one space. Touched shoulders. Clasped hands. Shared secrets.”

(Via KitKat Pescon’s Tumblr page.)


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Do you read zines? I was noticing today that the online store Ooga Booga has a large selection of them:

Also, Time magazine has a story this week profiling the highs and lows of Zine culture.
(One of the highs: Girl Crush Zine, my favorite!)

Do you have a favorite Zine? There are so many out there, it’s hard to know which ones are good…

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Australian poet and potter Kylie Johnson fashions bowls and trays out of clay and then imprints them with sentiments so achingly beautiful that mere words on paper could never compare. She finds a way to capture, so simply, all that is lovely and true. This tray (above) that she did for Anthropologie is especially affecting.

Anthropologie is currently stocking several of her pieces. She also has an online store, called Paper Boat Press.

Her blog is called Instinct and Grace.

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I’ve been looking at this illustration for about an hour now. On one simple piece of paper, you can discover the six degrees of separation between Plato and Zadie Smith, J.J. Abrams and Isaac Newton,
and Voltaire and Moby.

It was created for the Debt issue of Longshot Magazine by Michelle Legro of Lapham’s Quarterly, Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton. The illustration is meant to chart the “artistic, scientific, and philosophical debts through time.”

It’s a human algorithm that weaves together centuries of creative thought. Sort of mind-blowing, really. I only wish I had paid this close attention in history class! You can hear Legro, Popova and MacNaughton interviewed about the creation of the chart on Longshot Radio.

Copies of the chart are for sale on Etsy.

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It’s my favorite form of social media! I’ve completely neglected Twitter and Facebook.

Photos above from my August Archive, with credits.

Main page here.

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Great books turned into fantastic movies:

With posters re-imagined by London artist Claudia Varosio.

Many more in her Etsy store.

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The August issue of Matchbook Magazine is out and it includes a lovely article by Katie Armour,
featuring the photos of Gray Malin

Malin calls the series of photos “A Timeless Pursuit”…

Although they’re taken in different locals, my favorites are the ones in Hollywood and Beverly Hills…

So much to love about LA.

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Some people watch TV…

I would rather spend hours on Tumblr…

My Tumblr page



(Cupcake photo by Shanene.)

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My friend Faye Fiore wrote a fascinating story about Jackie Kennedy’s pink suit, which has been banned from public view for 100 years. It’s in storage in a secret locker in Maryland. There’s just one problem: No one knows what happened to the pillbox hat.

It’s a wonderful, long story — although somewhat hard to read amid all the ads. But it’s worth it. Let me know what you think! HERE’S THE LINK.

A SIDE NOTE: So many talented writers have been cut from the LA Times. The fact that Faye is still there and doing her thing makes me so happy. When I first started at the paper, I used to clip all of Faye’s stories and keep them in my writing inspiration file…


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Somebody died for this. Somebody died for just one kiss.

from here and here.

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Ok, I admit it. I’m an Internet addicted Janeite. So here it is, my latest discovery: Darcy on Twitter (created by the lovely Austen Pride.)

The Colin Firth Darcy is the best, don’t you think? And I love the bio:  “Currently unemployed, living off my considerable assets. Dislikes: gold diggers. Likes: lively women with fine eyes.”

Following 5 people (so typical)
Followed by 125,000
Updates: 17

Retweet indeed!



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I’m amazed at the number of YouTube views on this:  1,812,556 to be exact.

Any theory on why?

Maybe people find novelty in watching a video about something you can’t  do on a Kindle?

Regardless, it gives me hope that print — and pop up books — live on…

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Click Here!

(Hamlet page created by the very clever Sarah Schmelling.)

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Haha…I’m obsessed with these..

Who would you like to see next!?



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Hello my dears,

Have you been following journalist and critic Christopher Hitchens’ courageous stories about living with stage four cancer?

Hitchens’ illness was discovered when he collapsed at the beginning of a national tour earlier this year to promote his autobiography, “Hitch 22”. Since then, he has written with humor, intelligence and unflinching honesty about life in what he calls “Tumortown” in a remarkable

  series of columns for Vanity Fair.

How serious is his condition? Well, as he likes to point out, there are no stage five cancers.

Again and again during his illness, he has returned to the consolations of great literature. In a Guardian interview over the weekend, Hitchens says that when he conceives his life’s work–all the journalism and debates and polemics–he thinks of it as a defense of civilization by which he means, first of all, literature.

(Photo, above, from Vanity Fair.)

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Hello everyone! I’ve been running between assignments today, but I wanted to check in with some very interesting media links…
So here they are. Enjoy:

Zadie Smith reviews The Social Network for the New York Review of Books. As a Harvard grad (not much older than FB founder Mark Zuckerberg), she recalls the days of Facemash.

Free from printing costs and distribution woes, literary magazines are finding a new life on the Internet, according to The Guardian.

The Financial Times lunches with Rene Redzepi, owner of the famed Copenhagen restaurant, Noma. (The most fantastic restaurant in the world?)

Three great (armchair) travel books


Reasons to love Autumn.


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Romeo & Juliet on Facebook
What is it about the young lovers that so inspires the cyber scribes?

(First Romeo & Juliet installment here!)

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Found on this fantastic blog!

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The University of Texas at Austin acquired a bevy of books, letters, manuscripts and random scraps of paper belonging to the late writer David Foster Wallace last spring. Now, the university is starting to post its scans of the author’s notes and scribblings on the Internet:


It’s a researcher’s paradise…


And a librarian’s nightmare.


I love to write in the margins of paperback books, but I usually can’t bring myself to mark up a new hardback. Last week, I almost bought a first-edition, autographed copy of Michael Cunningham’s new book, By Nightfall. I didn’t because I knew I would be too tempted to underline his beautiful prose. Now I’m waiting for the paperback.

One of my friends deals with the guilt factor by using post-it notes to mark important passages instead. Another friend marks at will, rereads the book later, and writes in the margins again.

What about you?

(Above scans of Wallace’s books from the University of Texas.)

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Twig Hutchinson, star stylist of the Toast catalogues, cleverly updated her online portfolio to look like an actual book, complete with a quote from Dodie Smith’s “I Capture the Castle.”

“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink…”
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I LOVE the Toast catalogues, maybe even more than the ones from Anthropologie.

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Happy Monday everyone…Here are a few little newspaper gems that caught my eye this weekend:

Rosie Blau, the books editor of the Financial Times, wrote about what it was like to be a Booker Prize judge with a new baby.

“Reading 138 books over the head of a suckling child felt, at times, like the worst possible way to enjoy or judge literature,” Blau wrote. “I can’t imagine ever not wanting to read a novel but I did occasionally suffer mediocrity overload….

“From the deepening hollow of my sofa, my reading took me cottaging in a Cambridgeshire toilet, into the home of an Indian untouchable, along the path of the down and seriously out.”

She adds: “That we can tell and experience the same stories in an infinite number of ways is, for me, the glory of fiction. The uniqueness of life is repeated – again and again.”

The only thing I remember reading with my newborn daughter was Goodnight Moon. The fact that Blau read 138 novels is, well, amazing. The Booker Prize will be announced tomorrow…can’t wait to see who wins! (Here’s the short list.)


Next up, Jack Spade (husband of Kate.)

The Wall Street Journal caught up with Spade in its
Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. and his 826 Valencia Pirates Supply Shop in San Francisco. He sells things like invisible paint. In Brooklyn, you have to swear in, and say you’re a superhero and will abide by the rules. In San Francisco, there’s a big pirates’ chest that my daughter loves. If you find a gem, you can redeem it for a gift, but you also have to sing or dance.”


Next, Rachel Donadio spends 36 hours in Rome for the NYT:

Donadio’s most offbeat stop: A cemetery.

“Like Père Lachaise in Paris, the Protestant Cemetery (Via Caio Cestio, 6; 39-06-574-1900; is one of Rome’s most meditative and overlooked spots,” she writes. “The final resting spot of non-Catholics for centuries, the cemetery counts John Keats among its permanent residents — his tomb reads ‘Here lies one whose name was writ in water.’ Besides romantics, there’s often a steady stream of graying lefties, who pay tribute to Antonio Gramsci, the founder of the Italian Communist Party.”

A name writ in water.

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The Anthropologie catalogue this month was one of my favorites…

White washed…



Definitely saving this one! I keep the Anthro catalogues in a magazine case, along with the Urban Outfitters catalogues. Free little luxuries!


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