Creative Envy


SUSTAINABOWL.
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!



M.I.A.
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



HUMMINGBIRD, GO!
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.



SCARFETTE: FIRST ATTEMPT.
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.



MERCURY GLASS BIRDS.
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.



UNEXPECTED FINDS.
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!



TINY ART.
Thursday, October 2, 2008, 10:24 pm
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Enormous Tiny Art provides access to original (tiny) pieces of art from a variety of artists.

To experience the joyous thrill of knowing the art is your own, to purchase your very first piece, to begin your collection with artwork you absolutely adore – these are the things we aim to bring to art-loving people everywhere.

Always open and accessible, Enormous Tiny Art is committed to offering excellent, original art of small proportions to the world. Our artist list grows and grows, as does our selection of online artwork. We hope you find the enormous collection of tiny art as inspiring, stupendous, and wonderful as we do. Viva la tiny art!

There are nearly 50 artists currently listed on Enormous Tiny Art. From what I can see, the prices seem pretty reasonable making original art attainable for a lot of people. Here are some artists that stood out to me.

Cathy Nichols

Cathy Nichols

Dana Robson

Dana Robson

Ian Dingman

Ian Dingman

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Judd-Mcgee

Jennifer Judd-McGee

Kate Castelli

Kate Castelli

Lindsay Bentis

Lindsay Bentis

Marisa Haedike

Marisa Haedike

Mati McDonough

Mati McDonough

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Penelope Dullaghan

Penelope Dullaghan

Rachel Austin

Rachel Austin

Rebecca Daw

Rebecca Daw

Tara Hogan

Tara Hogan

I love Michele Maule’s work in particular but most of her pieces (my favorites) are sold out. Boo. I’m always drawn to the color combination of red and light blue/turquoise. Love it!

Michele Maule