Creative Envy

Sunday, October 19, 2008, 9:27 pm
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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
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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
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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.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 7:21 pm
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Last week at work we had a chili cook-off. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Well, if you know anyone who works at Ologie, you know that nothing can ever be done half-assed. It’s usually pretty over the top and our Top Pot event was no exception. I’m talking about themes such as a Longaberger Bee tailgate, a funeral for the deceased chili, a woodsy cabin setup, and a classic elementary school cafeteria/lunch lady counter (all complete with stellar acting by my talented coworkers).

My team came up with the theme of “Sustainabowl”. The idea behind it being that as many of our ingredients as possible would come from local vendors and, hopefully, they would be in-kind so that we could hold onto as much of our $100 budget as possible to then donate whatever was left to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. In terms of our décor, we wanted everything to look very rustic. Our table was made up of found objects and our backdrops were made by hand (my hands, to be exact). Here are some pictures of what we were able to produce.

Chili for the greater good.

Sustainabowl: Chili for the greater good. Our table was made of two sawhorses and a couple of old shutters.

I made our "wallpaper" out of newspaper and painted a tree on it. Our mission statement was burned into a piece of plywood.

I made our "wallpaper" out of old newspapers and painted a tree motif onto it. I used my woodburner to burn our "mission statement" into a piece of plywood.

The place settings; placemats were also made out of old newspapers.

The place settings; place mats were also made out of old newspapers.

Coordinating turquoise bowls, bandana napkins, and Jeni's ice cream as a pallet cleanser.

Coordinating turquoise bowls, bandana napkins, and Jeni's ice cream as a pallet cleanser.

Table tents (designed by one of my teammates) explained where we got our food and what our plan was for our budget.

Table tents (designed by one of my teammates) explained where we got our food and what our plan was for our budget.

Our team

Our team

I’m pretty proud of us. While we didn’t win the overall competition, we won the “best culinary experience” category and were able to donate almost $92 to the MFB. Good job, team!

Friday, October 10, 2008, 12:06 am
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Between the prep work for an intense chili cook-off at work tomorrow and my weekend trip to the Hocking Hills, I haven’t had time to post and won’t have time again until Sunday night (hopefully). Here’s hoping my team has the “top pot” tomorrow and I survive the zip line on Saturday. Have a great weekend!

Hocking Hills, Ohio, Rose Lake Pine Forest
Originally uploaded by paterdr

Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 12:27 am
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I am so appreciative of GOOD magazine’s Very Short List. I get daily emails informing me of “must-see gems” from all areas of entertainment and media.

VERY SHORT LIST points to excellent new (and sometimes vintage) entertainment and media that haven’t been hyped to within an inch of their lives. Each weekday, we recommend a single gem from the vast mass of films, TV shows, books, websites, music, and more. The focus is on products that deserve attention but haven’t already been subject to giant media pile-ons.

A recent VSL email introduced me to Theresa Andersson, a Swedish-born singer who lives in New Orleans. Her latest album is called Hummingbird, Go! and I am absolutely loving it. It’s so eclectic…it’s like a Feist/ethereal/folk/psychedelic/jazz jambalaya. (And, of course, I was immediately drawn to its album art.)

From VSL:

On this, her fourth full-length release, she’s thrown Motown influences, Broadway melodies, and even a bit of klezmer (“Japanese Art”) into the mix and turned the blender on high. Recorded in the kitchen of Andersson’s New Orleans home (that’s her you’ll hear on soda-bottle vibraphone and wineglass keyboard — as well as zither and violin), the album is as intimate and arresting as any we’ve heard this year.

Hummingbird, Go! would make the perfect soundtrack for when I move into Anthropologie. Like live there. Yes, I want to.

Monday, October 6, 2008, 7:21 pm
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A few weeks ago I posted about the awesome scarfette tutorial courtesy of Resurrection Fern. Last week a few of us girls got together for what will soon be a weekly/biweekly knitting group and I decided to attempt my own scarfette.

It came out pretty good. I made a few mistakes but luckily the stitch that’s involved is very loose and forgiving so any small mishaps go unnoticed. I would have loved to have gotten vintage buttons but just went to JoAnn’s in a pinch for my first round. This project calls for a specific type of yarn so I wasn’t real impressed with what I had to choose from there. And until last week, I wasn’t aware of the local yarn shops here in Columbus. The girls told me about two shops that I can’t wait to investigate. I plan on getting some softer, higher quality yarn and scoping out some really great buttons for my next effort. I’m sure I will be able to find something perfect on Etsy.

Sunday, October 5, 2008, 6:44 pm
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I don’t usually find too much that I absolutely LOVE in West Elm’s catalogs but I think these mercury glass birds are destined to be mine (or maybe just the smaller one). Aren’t they enjoyable? They have brightened up my very sluggish Sunday.

Saturday, October 4, 2008, 6:25 pm
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This morning I headed up to Lucky 13 in Clintonville to get my mop cut and colored. It’s a walk-in set-up there so you never know if you’ll be able to get in right away or have some time to kill. Well, it just so happened it would be 40 minutes until they could take me so I decided to wander around the charming Clintonville shops, which = dangerous. I actually wasn’t too bad. I was on the search for that very specific chair I’ve been looking for but got a little sidetracked when I found these.

I mean isn’t it OBVIOUS that I NEED an antique typesetting drawer and three old spools?! Of course I do. They were calling my name so I had to take them home with me. So were an old brownie camera and typewriter but I stood my ground. I blame Lucky 13 for all of it.

I plan on hanging the tray up on my living room wall. I don’t think I’m going to put anything in the little compartments because I don’t want it to end up looking granny-ish or too knick-knacky. I may put one little thing in one of them…like a thimble if I can find the right one. The spools are probably just going to sit on my mantle. But I thought it would be cool to freshen them up by wrapping each of them in a bright colored yarn. They look kinda sad and naked with nothing on them, don’t you think?

I also wandered into Sobo Style and found some really cute stuff including purses by cindygert, adorable onesies by Teensy and the most hilarious thing ever for baby boys: Pee-Pee Teepees. Genius!

cindygert purse

cindygert purse

Teensy by Jamie Rapp

Teensy by Jamie Rapp

It looks like Teensy only takes phone orders (unless you purchase at Sobo). I just adore how she has her products styled/photographed on her site. It’s sophisticated yet really human at the same time. Beautifully done.

Pee-pee Teepee by beba bean

Pee-pee Teepee by beba bean

Santa teepees!!!

Santa teepees!!!

This is one of those things you see and you think “why didn’t I think of that?!” Unreal. What a great baby shower gift!