Creative Envy

Friday, September 19, 2008, 6:22 pm
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While I’m determined to learn how to knit items that are not solely rectangular in shape (scarves and blankets are my specialty), this tutorial from Resurrection Fern looks like something I can tackle.

I would totally wear this. Too often I end up knitting scarves I end up hating….it’s more for the fun of knitting versus making something truly fashionable.

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 9:03 pm
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I was in Cleveland last weekend visiting my friends and we spent Saturday night in Tremont. The area is slightly similar to Columbus’ Short North arts district but I think it’s still in the early stages of rehabilitation (Clevelanders, correct me if I’m wrong). That said, it has some great small businesses that we had the pleasure of visiting.

Banyan Tree, on Professor Avenue, is a haven for anyone into unique, high-end fashion, home décor items, and jewelry. Featuring such brands as Industry and Orla Kiely, this place would be so dangerous to me if I lived in Cleveland. Banyan is really inspiring. It’s a dream of mine to have a storefront someday that carries unique items (my own designs among them). I would do all the displays myself a la Anthropologie and I’d bring Beck to work with me everyday. Call me ambitious but I hope it’s not just a pipe dream.

Banyan Tree, Tremont

Banyan Tree, Tremont

Banyan Tree also carries jewelry from Minno which is the work from artist Judy Crighton (who I’m pretty sure was (wo)manning the store that evening). You can purchase her stuff on her Etsy store here. I have my eye on this vintage star necklace. UPDATE: It’s mine!

star necklace by Minno

Star necklace by Minno

Next, we stopped at Tremont’s 806 Martini & Wine Bar on Literary Road (P.S. how cool are the street names in Tremont? They are in honor of Cleveland University which once operated in the neighborhood back in the 1800s). 806 had such a great vibe. I felt like I was in NYC, not Cleveland. There were a bunch of private little rooms with crazy furniture (i.e., a zebra print lounging couch) and we called dibs on a purple nook.

806 wine bar, Tremont

806 Martini & Wine Bar, Tremont

stenciled wall at 806

stenciled wall at 806

Fun fact about 806: happy hours go from 4pm to 8:06pm. Clever, no?

For dinner we headed to Lolita (also on Literary), the -less expensive- sister restaurant to Lola’s, both by MIchael Symon.

Lolita's drink menu

Lolita's drink menu

Lolita's brand identity is consistent and lovely

Lolita's brand identity is consistent and lovely

The service, atmosphere, and food were top notch.

Lolita, Tremont

Lolita, Tremont

Lolita, Tremont

Lolita, Tremont

I recommend ordering the Loopy Loopy to drink. Its name is appropriate for the drink is effective.

Loopy Loopy drinks

Loopy Loopy drinks

We ended the evening at South Side, a wonderfully laid back bar with patio seating and this kick-ass mural on one of the neighbor buildings.

South Side, Tremont

South Side, Tremont

So next time you’re in Cleveland, check out Tremont!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 8:08 pm
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One of my favorite duos, Something’s Hiding In Here, just finished these recycled rolodex boxes. I am pretty bummed that I don’t live in the D.C. area and won’t be able to purchase my very own at the Crafty Bastards event on the 28th. Both colors would go great in my kitchen. I would most likely use them for recipes instead of contacts.

Recycled Rolodex from Something's Hiding In Here

Recycled Rolodex from Something's Hiding In Here

P.S. How cool is that pic of the scraps? I may just have to make that my new computer wallpaper! I’m sure there’s something wonderful they’ll make out of it.

Note: photos courtesy of Something’s Hiding In Here on Flickr.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 7:45 pm
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Hallelujah, my power is back! I will be making up for lost time in the next several days. Thank you, AEP…I take back all my evil thoughts and toast you with my many glasses of celebratory wine.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 4:14 pm
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No, no….my power isn’t back on (that I know of). This is an illegal post while at work. But it will be quick….

Be sure to check out Collier West’s annual C.W. Flea sale this weekend. I love Collier West located here in Columbus’ Short North neighborhood; however, I can rarely afford anything in there besides a greeting card or a bar of soap. It’s like a local version of Anthropologie but swaying more to the home décor side of things. I will definitely be checking it out Saturday morning.

Collier West's annual C.W. Flea sale

Collier West's annual C.W. Flea sale

Get there early before everything is picked over!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 10:10 pm
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Today is my third day without power and instead of being completely irritated (because I know there are people in TX much worse off) I’m trying to stay positive…and busy.

So I bring you a list of activities (with very poorly lit photo documentation) that can be done by candlelight.

1. Re-heat your leftover quesadilla using a piece of foil, a cookie rack, and some tealights. This actually worked great.

2. Turn on your laptop and run iTunes until your battery dies. Dancing is allowed.

3. Fill out and address the (late) birthday card for your brother-in-law.

4. Play with the Beckster.

5. Give yourself a below average pedicure. We’ll see how this actually came out in the light of day tomorrow.

6. Reading is out but perusing some catalogs isn’t too harsh on the eyes…just watch the flames around all that paper. (Hello, Fossil & Anthro, lovahs)

7. Consider this year’s Halloween costume choice for Beck. Don’t you think he’d make a great Darth?

8. Pick up the knitting project you’ve neglected for over a year that has turned into part of your living room decor.

9. If still enough juice on the laptop, update “to do” and “ideas for posts” stickies. Then grumble to yourself over the number of posts you could have done if you had power the past three days. Oh wait, Texans.

10. Write out this post on paper first so you don’t waste too much phone battery. Nerd!!!

Can anyone tell I’m bored? I’m actually getting 8 hours of sleep lately which I suppose is good; but I’d take Project Runway, Justin Bobby, and my RSS feeds over some extra shut-eye any day. I promise more normal, less dorky, posts will return when my electricity does.

Monday, September 15, 2008, 10:28 pm
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My power has been out for 30 hours (the after effects of Ike) and I have no idea when it will be restored. Some are saying sometime tomorrow, others say a week. Will post again when it’s back on. So bored!