Creative Envy

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.

Saturday, November 1, 2008, 11:24 pm
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Yet another hero to add to my list: Rubyellen over at Cakies. I found this lovely blog via Oh Happy Day this morning and I have been browsing through its archives for hours on and off throughout the day. So yeah, it’s a keeper.

Rubyellen is insanely talented and is basically living my dream life. She is married to (if she doesn’t mind me saying) a very dreamy, hip man, has two adorable girls, is a sewer/crafter extraordinaire, stays at home to take care of her family while at the same time maintaining a successful Etsy storefront. This sounds like complete bliss to me and I seriously do daydream about such a life.

Rubyellen and her lovely family

Rubyellen and her lovely family

Beautiful Mum Wool Felt Crown - from the Cakies Etsy shop

Beautiful Mum Wool Felt Crown (modeled by True) - from the Cakies Etsy shop

Beyond all the cute treats in her Etsy shop, Rubyellen is constantly coming up with original outfits and play things for her two daughters, True and Brave (yes, those are their names and I think they rock).

a walking dress she made for Brave

a walking dress she made for Brave

a jumper she made for True

a jumper she made for True

urbanwear she made for brave

urbanwear she made for Brave

urbanwear she made for true

urbanwear she made for True

The way in which Rubyellen presents her handmade treasures to the blogosphere, both in words and through photography, is endlessly inspiring. Yeah, I know, I’m gushing. But you will too when you see all this busy lady is accomplishing on a daily basis. I don’t know how she pulls it off while wrangling two toddlers.

the family dressed as Wizard of Oz characters for Halloween; you MUST read her story and see the accompanying pictures

the family dressed as Wizard of Oz characters for Halloween; you MUST read her story and see the accompanying pictures

another great story. she made a fabric mushroom to be used as a pincushion and it resulted in more mushrooms for True to play with and a mushroom picking jumper for her to wear

another great story. she made a fabric mushroom to be used as a pincushion and it resulted in more mushrooms for True to play with and a mushroom picking jumper for her to wear

One of my favorite things about Rubyellen is the décor she has chosen for her daughters’ bedrooms. They are so unique. What I love is that these little girls will be able to grow into them. They aren’t all contrived or overly “kid-ified” if you know what I mean (like a room pulled straight from the Pottery Barn Kids catalog). They are eclectic but still kid-friendly and really allow for her girls to have the perfect playground for whatever is in those little imaginative minds of theirs. She and her husband take great care to make sure most of the items are either from flea markets, antique stores or are DIY projects and sometimes it takes time to find the perfect item. Rubyellen writes:

Though it seems everything will always be a slow process for us because the things we like are not at just any one store. We have to patiently and frequently scavenge through flea markets looking for the absolute perfect pieces, though it may take awhile, we like it this way. Each piece will then have a story and a previous life, it makes it all more special.

True's bedroom (I've already added that poster to my wish list. I love it.)

True's bedroom (I've already added that poster to my wish list. I love it.)

True's bedroom accents

True's bedroom accents

True's bedroom accessories

more of True's bedroom accents

Brave's bedroom

Brave's bedroom

Brave's bedroom accessories

Brave's bedroom accents

Oh yeah, and beyond the darling things she makes for kids, she also dabbles in more adult items like this Free People inspired purse she made out of a vintage tablecloth.

Get the pattern to make your own here (project list? check!). Speaking of which, Rubyellen was September’s featured blogger on the Free People blog. You can read the interview here.

Obviously, there’s so much more I could talk about when it comes to Cakies but I’ll just leave you with one more awesome project. Look at this growth chart!

Here’s a link to the original entry if you’d like to read how she made it. But please be sure to check out her entire blog because there is so much inspiration packed into one place. Thanks, Rubyellen!

Photos courtesy of Cakies and the Free People blog.