Creative Envy

Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 8:36 pm
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Mixwit lets you make your own virtual mix tapes and share them with your friends. It’s super easy to do. You just search their library for the tracks you want and drag and drop them into a playlist. You can even customize the look of your mixtape but I decided to pick an old school template because you can’t have a shiny new looking mix tape. IT’S A MIX TAPE!!! Represent!

Here’s my playlist if you are interested in the songs you hear:

  1. Theresa Andersson – Birds Fly Away
  2. Those Dancing Days – Shuffle
  3. Peter Bjorn & John – Young Folks
  4. She & Him – Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
  5. Joshua Radin and Ingrid Michaelson – Sky
  6. Feist – Mushaboom (Postal Service Remix)
  7. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Falling Slowly
  8. Adele – Chasing Pavements

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 6:25 pm
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I finally finished the little apron for my niece’s 2nd birthday present. It came out pretty cute! The fabric is actually from an Urban Outfitters bedspread I got on clearance for $9.99 about a year ago. It’s a queen size so there is plenty more to make myself a grown-up version.

Kimi, if you’re reading this make sure you cover Emma’s eyes! I will send it soon. Just need to finish part two of her gift!

Monday, October 20, 2008, 7:39 pm
Filed under: abode envy, art envy, projects | Tags: ,

Wow. Just, wow. Charlie Kratzer of Lexington, KY is my new hero. Using just $10 worth of Sharpie magic markers, he decorated all of the walls in his basement rec room.

Says Kratzer, 53, the associate general counsel for Lexmark: “People are amazed that with something as simple and inexpensive as a Sharpie, you can decorate a whole basement.”

I can only imagine all of the possibilities! Amazing. You can read the entire article here.

(Via ReadyMade blog.)

Sunday, October 19, 2008, 9:27 pm
Filed under: fashion envy, projects | Tags: , , , ,

I was browsing through the most recent Boden catalog today and found this adorable button-adorned top. It’s pretty great, isn’t it?

But is it really worth $74? I don’t think so. Especially when I’m attempting to be on somewhat of a fiscal diet. I want to attempt a similar look on something I already own. I’ll have to check my current inventory, but if I can scavenge up a mixed bag of random buttons, I’ll be in business.

Just doing a quick search on Etsy, I found the following vintage buttons, so there’s a lot out there to pick from. I know I could also get them at the same antique shop where I got this stuff.

In the same vain, I think the following looks from Anthropologie could also be imitated on the cheap with the right adornments:

Passersby Cardigan

Passersby Cardigan

Aelia Shell

Aelia Shell

Keeping-It-Casual Tee

Keeping-It-Casual Tee

Twee Tee

Twee Tee

Yet another idea to add to the project list….

Saturday, October 18, 2008, 12:34 pm
Filed under: design envy | Tags: , , ,

I’m a huge fan of Orange Beautiful’s work because their letterpressed items are exactly what their name says: beautiful. OB’s style is all around exquisite. Between their products and their blog, they’ve got their hand on the pulse of great design.

I was so excited yesterday to find out that their 2009 screen-printed calendar is now ready for pre-order. I was a little behind on my blog reading so I found out about it a couple days after their original post. When I clicked on their Etsy link, it said all pre-orders were sold out! But not to worry, after further investigation, I found another thread that still had 3 in stock. So one of these entirely-made-by-hand beauties will be mine, all mine!!! Take a moment to admire (and be slightly jealous of me):

Orange Beautiful’s talent for use of type is truly unmatched. I love collaging of different styles and in this case they all work together to form a beautiful graphic for each moth. I also love the idea of the days tearing off at the bottom to make a 5×7 print. It would be cool to frame these in a sequence or re-purpose them for a friend’s birthday card.

At the time of this posting there were still 11 available in stock, so get yours now! (They will ship the week of November 10th.)

Photos from Orange Beautiful’s The Scoop.

Thursday, October 16, 2008, 8:53 pm
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One of my favorite movie dialogues of all time is from Steel Magnolias between M’Lynn (Sally Field) and Shelby (Julia Roberts).

Shelby: My colors are blush and bashful.
M’Lynn: Your colors are pink and pink.
Shelby: Pink is my signature color.

Love it. While I could make this post into an entire collection of Steel Magnolias lines, I will digress. I thought of blush and blashful when I stumbled upon Colorstrology by Michele Bernhardt (sponsored by Pantone, Inc.). You can use Colorstrology to find your “personal birthday color”and your corresponding profile. I’m not real clear on how this is all determined (the pessimist in me sees it as a giant advertisement for Pantone….does said pessimism correspond with my profile? Hmmm…) but it’s fun, nonetheless. Plus, the intro flash movie is beautifully done and I love how the site looks like a giant Pantone color chip. I don’t know how I feel about my supposed “signature color”. I mean, just because I was born in February must I really have something so close to amethyst (a stone I really dislike)?

According to Colorstrology my birthday color is Lavendar Mist (Pantone 16-3307). It’s quite yogurt-esque, no? I am a WRITER, CREATIVE, and EMOTIONAL. Here is my full-blown profile:

You have a unique and private side to your personality and you tend to be emotionally complex. You can grasp ideas and concepts that most people can’t wrap their minds around. You are often able to express yourself in a public forum more readily than on a personal level. Resist any urge to blame yourself or others for any apparent misfortune. This type of thinking will only drain your energy and impede your growth. Your personal color helps you be more objective. Wearing, meditating or surrounding yourself with Lavendar Mist lifts your spirit and highlights your talents.

A lot of that is true; however, some of it is not (I loathe public speaking). But perhaps I need to start embracing my signature color so that I can be all that this profile claims me to be (snicker). I shall now increase the yogurt tones in my wardrobe and meditate while eating blueberry Yoplait.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 6:20 pm
Filed under: craft envy, projects | Tags: , ,

From Clever Girl via the ReadyMade blog, here is an awesome reinvention of a men’s oxford shirt. I would totally make this AND wear it!

From ReadyMade:

Second hand stores are usually brimming with oversized men’s shirts, some with grand patterns and plaids that are just too rad to pass up. Rather then leave them on the rack, think of these extra-large oxfords as bolts of fabric-and refashion them into feminine, pin-tucked tunics à la blogger Clever Girl. She used a Simplicity pattern (New Look 6239) to transform dad’s old button-down into a cute new top.

Anyone have any old men’s shirts they’d like to donate to the cause? (Not shirts belonging to an old man, persay, but shirts that are no longer of use to a man.)