Creative Envy

Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 7:37 pm
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Using inspiration from here and here, I give you my Christmas wrapping.


I’m well aware that no person should dedicate the time it took to do this especially when it all gets torn off in a matter of seconds but it was fun to do. Again, it’s an illness.

Oh yeah, I should say that no new materials were purchased to accomplish any of this. Everything was from my existing stash or recycled from bags, etc.

Monday, December 29, 2008, 6:59 pm
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I went a bit overboard this year in terms of Christmas projects and wrapping. I’m gonna post these in separate parts because it’s too overwhelming to try and unload my holiday obsession all in one shot.

Here are the finished bird ornaments I made for my nieces and nephew following Spool’s free pattern (but I reduced it a bit). I embroidered their names and the year on the bottoms but forgot to put my initials on them. No biggie…I’m sure they’ll remember that only their crazy Aunt Carrie in Ohio would spend the time on such a thing. Well, me or their grammy.



Sunday, December 28, 2008, 7:54 pm
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I took full advantage of my time back home for Christmas and basically did nothing but be lazy once all my presents were finished and wrapped. The extent of my energy exertion consisted of being curled up with Twilight (I’ve now moved on to New Moon), seeing friends, and lots of eating and drinking. And did I mention eating and drinking?

I’ll post pictures of my Christmas projects at some point this week but for now I give you another gratuitous Beck picture.


More soon. I have a DVR calling my name and 4 more hours of my holiday vacation to enjoy.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 10:34 pm
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(Inspiration here. Get Poladroid here.)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 8:31 pm
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I can’t remember where I discovered Poolga so I apologize to the person who originally posted about it and is most likely on my blogroll. Poolga provides free downloadable wallpapers for your iPhone and iPod Touch from designers and illustrators all over the world.

From Poolga:

We love our iPhones and we love customizing them. But we hate the standard wallpapers and cheesy nature themes available everywhere. That’s why we create our own, and thought it would be nice to share them. So here they are. Enjoy!*

These are my favorites:


I also love this one because of the message but mostly because of the color palette that was used. I’ll have to keep this one in my back pocket for a future project.


Update: it was Lisa at the red thread who originally posted about Poolga. Thanks, Lisa!

Sunday, December 21, 2008, 11:15 pm
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Just checking in for a quick hello and to shed some light on where I get my ridiculously out of control propensity for crafty projects. Exhibit A:


This is where Mom and I have been spending every free moment since I got into town yesterday, each completing our own Christmas presents for my nieces (she’s tackling doll clothes, I’m making skirts). In case you can’t make it out, that table is holding three¬† sewing machines, two laptops, and more thread than is ever humanly necessary. Mom’s an expert seamstress and is trying to teach me how to drive her Serger. I know it’s a great machine, but I’m too intimidated to use it.


When I got home yesterday and saw Mom’s set-up taking up the entire dining room I immediately thought “wow, this is genetic.” And obviously it doesn’t get any better, or easier, with age. Two of a kind, I guess. It’s actually pretty great. Being able to spread out and work and not have my parents complain that I’m not spending enough quality time with them. I feel lucky that my mom and I share this passion (er, obsession). Poor Dad has been hanging out in the recliner nodding off to TV and supervising the dogs while Mom’s and my machines hum away. I’ll post pics after Christmas when gifts have been gifted.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 10:49 pm
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This is probably premature, but I’m going to be signing off over the next several days (week) in an effort to dedicate all my free time to Christmas stuff; mainly gifts I need to finish up and wrap before leaving town this Saturday. I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed between work and then trying to accomplish too much at night. But I’ll be photo documenting and will post again as soon as I’m able to sit down and exhale back at my parents’ place.

pieces of what will eventually be ornaments for my nieces and nephew

pieces and parts of what will eventually be ornaments

One of my projects is making these personalized ornaments for my nieces and nephew. They are based off the free bird pattern available at Spool. I reduced the size of the pattern a bit to make the birds smaller. It’s a really easy and fun project so check it out. I’ll be sure to share pictures of the finished pieces when they’re done.

See you soon.