Creative Envy

Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 9:38 pm
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The Good Envelope Party is a group of kick-ass women making cool (recycled) stationery for a wonderful cause.

The Good Envelope Party is a bi-monthly women’s collective in Silver Lake, California. We make handmade recycled stationery from salvaged books and magazines, with love, for the good of others and the earth. These unique envelopes and recycled card inserts are voluntarily made for the purpose of donating their profits. Proceeds are directly donated to non-profit organizations, underfunded schools, and local families struggling to fulfill their basic needs.

Here are some that interested me but, alas, they are sold out and I assume each is one of a kind so, sadly, no re-runs.

Working Men

Working Men







Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon

I found out about The Good Envelope Party through Daily Candy and it looks like everyone else did too. They are currently sold out of all their stock (which is GREAT for them) but they have a note on there saying they will be restocking tonight/tomorrow so be sure to check back!

Sunday, September 28, 2008, 11:35 pm
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Cynthia Rowley is one of my heroes. Her aesthetic in all things design whether it be fashion or home décor is wonderful. She brings a touch of whimsy to everything she does, yet it’s still classy and eclectic.

Cynthia and her darling.

Cynthia and her darling.

Her Manhattan townhouse is featured in October’s issue of Elle Décor and I’m drooling over these interior shots.

(How great would it be to have those bunk beds if you were a little girl? Hell, I’d take them now!)

I realized today that Cynthia has a blog on her site (adding it to the roll now). Some of her posts include things such as where you can purchase Cynthia’s outfit that she wore the previous night while judging on Design Star.

Cynthia Rowley's blog

Cynthia Rowley

Here are some dresses I’m loving from her latest collection.

Also an author, I may have to pick up her most recent book, Slim: A Fantasy Memoir. From Amazon:

Following the success of her Swell books, Cynthia Rowley presents Slim: A Fantasy Memoir, a collection of stories that are part memoir and part fiction and accompanied by over 40 of her own original drawings. Slim is written and illustrated in Rowley’s inimitable style, candid, fun, and imaginative, and recounts tall tales from her childhood through her early days as a fashion designer. From ‘luxury camping’ under a chandelier formed of flashlights to a runway show in Candyland, Rowley’s anecdotes drift seamlessly between daydreams and reality. Slim: A Fantasy Memoir will appeal to readers of all ages…

From the interviews I’ve seen of Cynthia and her appearances on Design Star, she seems really down to earth and unaffected by all this fame. She’s that girl that appears to be great at everything she attempts but keeps a level head. So inspiring!

Friday, September 26, 2008, 12:32 am
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This post is courtesy of the girls over at the SCOOP (and they got it via Somewhere in Middle America and they got it from wonderful one times one). So I’m continuing this great chain:

Here’s the deal… you answer the following 12 questions about yourself (my answers are in parentheses after each question). Next, you do a search for each of your answers on Flickr and pick your favorite one from the first page of results (although I cheated a couple of times and went to the 2nd or 3rd page if I didn’t like anything). Next, enter the URL of each photo into Mosaic Maker (3 columns, 4 rows). Here’s my mosaic.

1. What is your first name? (carrie)

2. What is your favorite food? (cheese)

3. What high school did you attend? (fairport high school)

4. What is your favorite color? (blue)

5. Who is your celebrity crush? (ryan gosling)

6. Favorite drink? (chai)

7. Dream vacation? (france)

8. Favorite dessert? (jeni’s ice cream)

9. What do you want to be when you grow up? (a shop owner)

10. What do you love most in life? (being creative)

11. One word to describe you? (clever)

12. Your Flickr name? (clk221)

Fun, right? Do your own; it’s a great procrastination tool.

1. Carrie’s bedroom from SATC, 2. Grilled cheese sandwich, 3. High school mix tapes, 4. Blue bookshop in Amsterdam, 5. Dreamy Ryan Gosling, 6. Chai poured, 7. Last Day in Paris, 8. Jeni’s Ice Cream, 9. Bars of soap, 10. Getting creative, 11. Clever, 12. Beck

Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 10:02 pm
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Looking for some eye candy to keep you occupied for awhile? Check out California-based visual artist and musician Scott Hansen’s site, ISO50 (he’s got great music to accompany your perusing that was also created by him, as Tycho).

ISO50's site

ISO50's site

I stumbled upon Scott’s work when I was researching for my Obama merch post. He is the artist behind the beautiful “Progress” piece. This guy is crazy talented and appears to be a true renaissance man from design to illustration to photography to music. Here are some of my favorites from his portfolio:

Almost everything you see on his site is available for purchase and he has an online merch shop here.

I’ll also be adding his blog to my roll, but here’s the link to that as well. Thanks for the inspiration, Scott!

Monday, September 22, 2008, 6:15 pm
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I have a new love and its name is Poppi. Poppi’s various lines of jewelry are all bright, colorful and fun and I must have one of each. Right now. Ahem! Go ahead, I’ll wait….

From the Poppi website:

poppi is the fun and clever alter ego of dawn benedetto.

it’s a line of jewelry that doesn’t take life too seriously. the glass and sterling rings are dawn’s invention and are unique in that they stretch to fit most everyone.

poppi adds a splash of color to jeans or an extra spark to ignite a little black dress; heck, it’ll even brighten up a trip to the grocery store.

if nothing else, it’s a statement. poppi laughs. poppi flirts. poppi screams. poppi says it all without you saying a thing.

Poppi’s homepage says “Just like candy….”; this totally captures the look and feel of their goods. Though mostly made of glass and silver, they truly look edible. Here are some of the dreamy pieces that really caught my eye.

left: Petal Ring - Howard, right: XLG Ring - Blue Tortoise

Fringe Bracelets - Howard, Octopus, Green Tortoise & Jolly Lolli; Drip Drop Bracelet - Twilight

Fringe Bracelets - Howard, Octopus, Green Tortoise & Jolly Lolli; Drip Drop Bracelet - Twilight

Flake Earrings - Birthday & Shaggy, Cluster Earrings - Blankie, Boom Earrings - Blue Tortoise

Flake Earrings - Birthday & Shaggy, Cluster Earrings - Blankie, Boom Earrings - Blue Tortoise

Flake Asterisk Necklace - Pistachio

Flake Asterisk Necklace - Pistachio

I will be carrying Poppi in my fantasy store so be sure to pre-order 😉

Sunday, September 21, 2008, 9:33 pm
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A few days ago my friend Jeff emailed me wellmedicated’s post on 50 Amazing Gig Posters Sure to Inspire. The 50 posted were all great but then I clicked through to their source, GigPosters, and the next couple hours of my life were spoken for. I was overwhelmed by the number of unique designs and the talent behind all of them gives me something to aspire to.

Here are a few of my….okay, A TON of my favorites.

The timing of this post is pretty perfect because my friend Beth and I are going to The Swell Season show here in Columbus tomorrow night. And look what I found in my search:

The Swell Season at The Palace | Columbus, OH

The Swell Season at The Palace | Columbus, OH

I think that if down the line my dreams of owning a shop don’t come to fruition and I remain in design, I’d be pretty happy designing gig posters and book covers.

Saturday, September 20, 2008, 1:57 pm
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Has anyone else been noticing Crate & Barrel’s recent shift to a more traditional style a la Pottery Barn? It’s frustrating me. I’ve always enjoyed C&B’s clean lines and simple fabrics but lately they’ve gone down a different road. Dare I say country-inspired? Their colors aren’t as bright and vivid and they are using prints that aren’t as modern or geometric as in the past. What’s going on? I know Pottery Barn is popular but it’s never been my cup of tea. Here are some pages from Crate & Barrel’s Fall 2008 catalog which, if I hadn’t seen its cover, I would have assumed it was from PB:

And I have noticed that Pottery Barn has been shifting slightly more towards what C&B used to be. Is this some kind of messed up trading places in the retail world? Can you tell which of the following are Pottery Barn and which are Crate & Barrel? I wouldn’t be able to if I hadn’t done it myself.

Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn?

Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn?

Has my perception of Crate & Barrel just been off for all these years?

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2. Pottery Barn
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8. Crate & Barrel
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11. Pottery Barn
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