Creative Envy


FIVE FAVES, VOL 4.
Thursday, December 4, 2008, 7:37 pm
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1. Hemp blossom bag by infusion on Etsy. Infusion is one of the many EcoEtsy shops who practice conscioius crafting. (discovered via the red thread)

2. How About Orange’s lacy snowflake tutorial. These are beautiful. Jessica claims they are easy to do. I’ll have to try one and see. But these would be so pretty on a window, strung together as garland for a mantle, or as ornaments.

3. I found about benfloeter’s Etsy shop from HEYSUSY* of SUSYJACK*. Among other items, they also make these yo-yo’s from various sustainably harvested woods from their own tiny forest. This is the birch one. So creative.

4. The campaign for the Greenville (SC) Literacy Association’s annual book sale done by the bounce agency blows my mind. Check out these stairs that are made to look like a stack of classic book titles. Read more about it and view more images here.

5. I discovered this dresser by Aoneko via mer mag. Such a clever way to re-invent an old dresser and so simple to do.



SHOP GOOD, DO GOOD.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 8:33 pm
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If you’re looking for some unique items for your loved ones this holiday season, consider doing some shopping at Nest. They have awesome stuff but more importantly they are making a difference for women.

Nest is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of women in developing countries. The mission of Nest is to support women artists and artisans in the developing world by helping them create sustainable entrepreneurial businesses. To do this, Nest provides micro-credit loans to be used for the purchase of the supplies and materials necessary to begin and/or maintain art or craft-based businesses.

Nest carries clothing, jewelry, home accents, stuff for kids, and much more. Items are made by domestic designers or by loan recipients themselves. Here are some that caught my eye.

Vintage Creations cashmere wrap

Vintage Creations cashmere wrap

vintage red spiral lucite earrings by Cara Lyndon Jewelry

vintage red spiral lucite earrings by Cara Lyndon Jewelry

the Escape necklace by susan marie designs

the Escape necklace by susan marie designs

Angie wrist bag (graphite) by aster+sage

Angie wrist bag (graphite) by aster+sage

Ribbon of Flowers pillow by Elle & Evans

Ribbon of Flowers pillow by Elle & Evans

Gothic Rose hostess apron by Sommer Designs

Gothic Rose hostess apron by Sommer Designs

Field Guide Riverbank by (one of my favorite artists) Dolan Geiman Inc.

Box Print: Field Guide Riverbank by (one of my favorite artists) Dolan Geiman Inc.

delft. letterpress note cards, bamboo paper by Smock Letterpress

delft. letterpress note cards, bamboo paper by Smock Letterpress

Chloe Dress by Nest

Chloe Dress by Nest

Iznik Buttons by loan recipient Intarsia Concept

Iznik Buttons by loan recipient Intarsia Concept



THE OXFORD PROJECT.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 7:10 pm
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Last night I picked up my reserved copy of The Oxford Project at the library. I had read about Peter Feldstein’s undertaking via GOOD’s Very Short List weeks ago and was immediately intrigued. Feldstein set out to photo document every member of his Oxford, Iowa town back in 1984. Almost 25 years later, he photographed as many of the same people as he could for a second time. With the help of writer Stephen G. Bloom, there are now personal stories to accompany each individual’s two photographs taken years apart.

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From the back cover:

The town of Oxford, Iowa, lies just outside of Iowa City but you’ve probably never heard of it – until now. Its population hovers around 700; the same Mayor has presided since 1974; it’s hard to spot on the map. But take a look beneath the surface of this Midwestern enclave, and discover a community of people that are as fascinating, complex, and surprising as any you might ever meet.

The Oxford Project is a living time capsule that challenges assumption and shatters stereotypes as it reveals the extraordinary true tale of one seemingly ordinary American town. Its power is grounded in a captivating series of then-and-now portraits of Oxford residents – taken in 1984 and again today – and in the confessional first-person prose accompanying each pair of photographs. In these pages, the story of two decades unfolds before your eyes. You will be moved and riveted by the truths and secrets, fantasies and flaws, the profound differences and shared histories that define and unite this unique community.

Calvin Colony with his pet lion in 1984 and Calvin today

Calvin Colony with his pet lion in 1984 and Calvin today

The layout is beautiful and the photography and stories are just plain honest. The people of Oxford are regular Americans at first glance but they have some pretty fascinating life stories to tell. The authors note how a lot of the people posed in the exact same way after all these years. It’s even more fascinating seeing as how both in 1984 and for those taken recently, Feldstein only took single frames of each resident.

I may have to purchase a copy of my own to leave out on top of my (soon to be acquired) coffee table. Read more about The Oxford Project here.



POM POM.
Monday, December 1, 2008, 6:49 pm
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Along with my effort to buy all Christmas presents from independent retailers, I am also trying to “go green” in my gift wrapping by using the existing stash of paper I have as well as re-purposing other items like paper bags, etc. I had been thinking of creating some kind of bow out of a Target bag because of the fun red bulls eyes on it but wasn’t sure how to go about it. Well, my idea has been validated by Creature Comforts (via Design Sponge). I found this post last week that gives step-by-step instructions on how to make a pom pom gift topper out of a plastic grocery bag; more specifically, one from Target.

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I’m one of those people who keep most of my plastic bags just in case (I do have a dog and no backyard, after all, but let’s not go there) so I’m sure there are plenty of different patterns/colors to pick from. I love when other people figure things out for me!