Creative Envy

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 8:36 pm
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1. My Columbus Metropolitan Library card. It had been so long since I used my local (ranked #1 in the nation) library that I wasn’t even in the system anymore. I had to reapply for my card and am currently on a probationary period of 30 days and therefore limited to 10 checked items. I have already used my card three times in the last week. It’s a ridiculously great resource and I intend to be better about using it from now on.

2. HBO’s new mockumentary series Summer Heights High premiered this week and I am definitely hooked. From

Summer Heights High spotlights the piercing comedy of Chris Lilley, who portrays all three main characters in this high-school mockumentary. Already a hit with Aussie fans, the show is sure to strike U.S. audiences with Lilley’s incisive observation and flippant wit.

I’m pretty sure that Mr. G is my favorite character played by Lilley although Jonah has quite a mean toprock that I can obviously identify with.

3. Racer Navy shoes by form & fauna. I love the color combo and I REALLY love that circular wooden heel.

4. Olio United AfterAll postcards. The set comes with two different patterns but this one is my favorite because it reminds me of peacock feathers.

5. Anthropologie’s online holiday Glee slideshow. As always, Anthropologie has found an innovative way to display their products and communicate its aesthetic. I was particularly drawn to this because of how they manipulated simple wire to create the environments. It also has me thinking that this might be a great idea for some Christmas decorations; forming that wire into different holiday sayings or even making nontraditional garland out of it would be pretty cool. Filing that one away to revisit in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 9:29 pm
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Since I’m apparently one of the only girls my age who does not read Real Simple magazine, I’m a little behind on the sensation of paper sculptor extraordinaire Matthew Sporzynski. This man is super talented. His work is featured monthly on the section dividers of Real Simple.

Matthew Sporzynski

Matthew Sporzynski

The meticulousness involved with his sculptures is crazy. Everything you see in these photos is made of paper.








I think this one might be my favorite (from HOW magazine):


From Simply Stated:

Matthew usually has about two weeks to create his paper sculptures before they have to go in front of the camera, and he works until the very last minute, even while the sculptures are being shot. “You have to keep working on them until they don’t look like garbage anymore!” says Matthew, admitting that his sculptures are “far better received than I perceive them myself. I see the flaws.”


Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 11:10 pm
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Yeah, I realize that sounds like the spot where 1960s teens would go to make out but it’s actually one of the projects I just crossed off the list tonight. I painted a corner in my bedroom where I like to post inspirational items. Whether it’s a cool hang tag, a fortune from a cookie that I want to come true, pictures of loved ones, or literally my “board of dreams” (Oprah style) this is where it all lives in a somewhat organized fashion. On the left side I have magnetic strips and on the right I installed cork tiles. I had all this up awhile ago but it was bothering me the way it was. It needed some color to section it off and unify the two walls. I’m pretty happy with how it came out although these pictures make the blue look a bit more smurfy than it really is.



Here’s a collage of some of the items in the corner.


I’m really gung-ho to get the items in my bedroom finished since it has been the room most in need of an intervention plus it’s where I spend most of my time when I’m home because it’s where my computer is. It also gets the best heat flow during the colder months. So I’m scoping out some chartreuse FLOR tiles right now and my next undertaking will involve that which used to look like this…

My beloved Anthro bedroom quilt that was a surprise Christmas gift from my parents a couple years ago

My beloved Anthro bedroom quilt that was a surprise Christmas gift from my parents a couple years ago

…but, thanks to this oh so innocent, neurotic, must-scratch-before-he-lays-down canine,….



…now looks like this.



In case you can’t make it out, here’s a closer look.

disaster detailed

disaster detailed

Don’t worry, he’s still alive although it was touch and go when I returned home from an awesome She & Him show to discover this catastrophe. Let’s just say there were tears. And they were mine. This happened a couple months ago so I’ve cooled off and feel I can now be proactive and actually fix the thing. Wish me luck!


I am in awe of the woman that is Annie Coggan. I stumbled upon Annie’s blog Chairs and Buildings through Bloesem and she is quite extraordinary. Annie recently opened a local sustainable eatery called Little Building Café in Starkville, Mississippi.

Little Building Café in Starkville, Mississippi

Little Building Café

Of course I love the fact that Annie has chosen to go green in her building materials but can we just talk about the chairs she made for the café? Oh the chairs!!! Here is one of Annie’s sketches for what she had in mind.


And here are 10 of the chairs that resulted.

Unreal, right? From Bloesem:

Annie has been working in her home of Starkville, Mississippi on these chairs for her own café, which she will be opening in July, she told me that the chairs are are part of a method of making that she cares deeply about, using resources from “within arms length”… all these chairs were bought for less then 20.00 or were found … the pieces to stabilize the chairs she got from junk shops..very nice! It looks so simple but you need to have some creative talent to come up with the idea to give the chairs these funky twists…

And here is a shot of said chairs in the space. Don’t you love how some of them hang on the wall and serve as art when not in use?


Annie did a great job on the interior of Little Building. I love the light blue color scheme combined with bright pops. And any time anyone uses those tiny hex floor tiles? Sluuuuurrrp. The table tops are made from tiles in which each quadrant is a part of the map of Starkville! Gotta love that local flavor.


I can’t say enough things about what Annie has accomplished. This kind of imagination and inventiveness makes me giddy and inspires me to stay true to my long-term goals.

If you’d like to see the place in real life, of course you can visit Starkville, or you can watch this news piece from WCBI TV. Also be sure to check out Annie’s blog which she refers to as her “notebook/sketchbook and visual food for thought”. Some great posts on there about, yep, chairs and buildings. Thanks, Annie!

Photos from Chairs and Buildings

Sunday, November 9, 2008, 9:48 am
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You may have noticed that I added another page to Creative Envy called I’M RIGHT ON TOP OF THAT, ROSE (named after one of the best movie lines ever from Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead). I’ve decided to hold myself accountable for all the projects I want to get done by posting them for all to see. Hello, pressure! It also allows me to stay organized and have them recorded so I don’t lose track of anything. I will cross each one out as they are finished and if it’s something cool, I’ll post pictures of it. I’m hoping this will be the kick in the ass I need.

TO DO from Glue Girl

TO DO from Glue Girl

P.S. I found this To Do list template while doing a Flickr image search. Jaime over at Glue Girl offers it as a free printable download. Check it out.

Saturday, November 8, 2008, 10:54 am
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I have been counting down to this year’s Tiny Canary Indie Design Market for months and it’s so close I can taste it! Next Saturday and Sunday, November 15 & 16 from 10am to 6pm independent artists will be selling their wares at Junctionview Studios here in Columbus. Come out and support them!


I went in 2007 and did some serious damage. It’s a great place for unique gifts (get that Christmas shopping started) but to be honest, everything I bought was for myself despite my good intentions. There’s some great juju in that building for two glorious days and I left last year’s wanting to be one of the vendors and part of that indie community. Someday….

2007 Tiny Canary

2007 Tiny Canary

1. turn here, 2. bloodle art, 3. tiny canary, 4. tiny canary set up, 5. TC-clutches, 6. TC-smashing, 7. TC-hiannie, 8. tiny canary, 9. tiny canary

Thursday, November 6, 2008, 9:04 pm
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I’m going to try to start something new. A weekly feature every Thursday evening or Friday. I’m calling it Five Faves and it will highlight five items from my week that have either caught my attention or have served me well. It could be something as mundane as my Converse sneakers or a really great photo I felt like sharing. Things I’d like to document but not necessarily dedicate an entire post to. So here it goes!



  1. My computer. I just got my MacBook Pro a few months ago and it has already served me well. It’s served me particularly well this past week since work has been really busy. And because I have this little gem, I’m able to copy any work I need to finish at the end of the day and bring it home with me instead of having to stay at the office all night. I get to watch TV in my pajamas and hang with Beck while still being productive.
  2. The Fossil catalog arrived today. I love this retro-inspired top.
  3. On Wednesday, Emily over at The Scoop featured this poster as a representation of how she felt after the election results were in. I felt the same way and just adore this print from Etsy seller dazeychic.
  4. Jon Stewart is on my List of 5. He’s dreamy, intelligent and hilarious. His coverage on Wednesday night’s show in regard to CNN’s nutty hologram technology had me literally snorting I was laughing so loud. Especially when they did their own version of “beaming in” Arnold Schwarzenegger. Watch it here.
  5. One of my favorite bloggers, dooce, posts daily photos of her dog Chuck. They’re always hilarious but I especially loved this one because of the politically-relevant caption she wrote: He may not answer the questions you want to hear, but he’s going to talk straight to the American people and let them know his track record also.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 9:25 pm
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Like most things I discover, I also found out about Royal Buffet through Holly at decor8. It is Mollie Green’s Etsy shop filled with sweet décor items made from clipped vintage papers. I especially love the garland and the butterfly wreath. Again, file this away in the “duh, why didn’t I think of that” drawer. But Mollie obviously has a knack for pulling it off and presenting it effectively through beautiful photos. Her prices are really reasonable given the hand work that must go into each piece.








Mollie’s work really has my gears turning for my Christmas decorations this year. I’m thinking about making my own garland for my tree; I just don’t know what it will be made of yet. Honestly, I love the felt ball garland Crate & Barrel has this year and I saw some beautiful metal floral garland at Sobo Style last weekend, which would actually work great year round on a fireplace mantel or something (sorry, couldn’t find a picture).


Crate & Barrel felt garland

I think it’s time to make over my tree’s look. I’m so over the current coordinating ornaments I’ve been using year after year. They are navy, burgundy, forest green and pearlized white. Snore! And so not me at all! What was I thinking? Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of matching ornaments, I’m just thinking of foregoing traditional ones all together and doing something a little different. Stay tuned.

Monday, November 3, 2008, 7:03 pm
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Please, please, please VOTE tomorrow. I don’t care who you vote for (well, actually I do) but it’s even more important that your voice be heard.

This poster is part of AIGA’s Get Out the Vote series and it was designed by Office.

And for you undecideds (who I truly don’t understand but way to be fair up until the last minute) here is the most recent GOOD sheet comparing McCain and Obama issue by issue (click on the image to see it full size).

Now get out there and VOTE!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008, 5:55 pm
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Remember how I’ve been on the lookout for a living room chair with a specific style? Well, I’m pretty sure the furniture gods are smiling down upon my fiscal diet because today for the second time within the past 7 days, I received the perfect piece(s) free of charge!

I was doing some antique browsing in Clintonville with C and her little man. We were having lunch at the Corner Stone Café when little N started holding his breath and looking a bit red in the face. He was definitely working on something. As a result, we made a pit-stop at C’s car so we could change his pants. I was scouting for a trash can so we could dispose of the dipe but couldn’t find one so we ventured behind one of the antique shops for a dumpster and what do we find? Only about 10 chair frames in various states of disrepair, but all in the style that I have been looking for! Ahhhhh!

We went inside the shop so I could inquire about the chairs and the clerks said that they weren’t theirs and had been sitting out back forever. Mine for the taking! I love how honest people are. I’m sure drive-byers assumed they belonged to the antique shop so they went untouched. Or like C said, people probably didn’t want to bother with all the work that would need to be done to them.

I weeded through the stack and found the two that looked to be in the best shape. Granted, they need some TLC and they’re a bit more “low rider” than what I was looking for. And yeah, I really only needed one for my living room but I know I can find a use for the second one. HELLO, they were free and two could fit in my car! Done. I realize that this just adds to my neverending project list, but I couldn’t resist them. Who knew that a dirty diaper could lead to such treasures? I think N might be my new good luck charm!

By the way, I’m hopeful that part three of this story will be in 2008 and NOT in 2009 or 10.