Creative Envy

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 9:39 pm
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1. Love these coat hooks made out of billiard balls in the home of Brazilian entrepreneur Doris Sochaczewski (via her home/shop tour on Made by Girl).

2. New Jersey Etsy shop Liesl Made offers up these original coasters made from sewing patterns. (via Dooce)

3. This little end table would go great in my….okay, so I have no room for it but I still would love to own it. Perhaps in my future dream home. (Also via Made by Girl: Jane Schouten’s home in the Netherlands – whoa, I could flip through these Flickr photos for hours on end.)

4. The Daily Show is referring to the current Blagojevich absurdity as “Scumdog Million-hairs”. Completely brilliant.

5. Beautiful Trina Turk/Schumacher outdoor fabric print, Super Paradise. (via Decor8)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 6:09 pm
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A bumpy envelope from Anthropologie was in my mailbox today. I had no idea what it could be but was delighted to find the following inside.





It’s basically just a 15% off coupon for my birthday month of February but how darling is the packaging? They really know how to make a sweet impact in their deliveries (see their gift cards below with their hallmark mittens!) I love the play on the word “so” as well as Anthropologie’s recent adoption of this typewriter font on their materials. picture-11

This (and having a snow day) definitely made my day today. If you’re a big Anthropologie fan, sign up for anthro so you can receive email newsletters and various shopping priveleges (i.e., receiptless returns).

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 11:49 am
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We are having a major winter storm here in Columbus (well, major by Columbus standards) and are under a level 2 snow emergency. Our offices are closed so I’m hibernating at home with Beck. We’ll probably venture out to play in the snow at some point since he gets pretty stir crazy and adores the powder. Stay warm, everyone!


Photo credits: 1. snow day, 2. Portland loves snow days, 3. snow day, 4. snow day song, 5. Snow day _06, 6. Dirty South Snow Day!, 7. snow day 2k7!, 8. Snow Day?, 9. Snow Day, 10. snow day, 11. Snow day., 12. IMG_0038-1, 13. First Snow Day, 14. Snow Day!, 15. snow day 1, 16. Snow Day

Sunday, January 25, 2009, 1:13 pm
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KC and Sara Giessen have straight up movie love. I found this lovely couple through Cup of Jo yesterday and have been busy adoring their photos and blog all morning. KC is a sound designer and Sara a graphic/interactive designer. Their creativity shines through in everything they do, and is especially apparent in their wedding last August. I’m completely inspired by their original ideas, their obvious devotion to one another, and just overall smittenness.

First up, KC and Sara’s engagement photos and Save the Date postcard.

photos by Kyle Hale

photos by Kyle Hale

Sara & KC's save the date postcard

Sara & KC's save the date postcard

Their photographer (for both their engagement photos and wedding) Kyle Hale has me speechless. Literally. My heart was pounding so hard as I browsed his portfolio of wedding and engagement shots (the accompanying music is an additional emotion trigger). This guy knows how to capture love in the most innocent, playful and creative of ways.

Next up, their wedding (A.K.A. the wedding set-up of my dreams). Future Mr. CK, whoever you may be, take note. I’ve never seen anything like this. This looks straight out of an Anthropologie catalog but better. The deconstructed pallets reconstructed into free standing wall panels is such an amazing idea (and was done by the very talented groom). The double doors serving as an entry into their outdoor “room”, a mantel with a chandelier overhead, windows too? I can’t stand it! Here, just look at these and swoon along with me.


photos by Kyle Hale

These two had some larger than life ideas for their special day and I admire the fact that they didn’t seem to have compromised on any of them. This day only happens once so why not go all out, right? Below are some more details from their big day: directional signage, custom wrapping paper for their favors designed by Sara featuring their silhouettes, hand held fans that doubled as programs, and the eclecticism of their reception décor.


Wedding details

Thanks, Sara and KC, for sharing so much of yourselves and your wedding through your blog and photos. You’re truly inspiring. Best of luck to you both in the future.

If you’d like to view more of their wedding loveliness, go here for more photos by Kyle Hale.

Saturday, January 24, 2009, 3:09 pm
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1. Hookmaker wall tiles by Design Glut resemble teacups and hold all your odds and ends.

2. I picked up a small tube of Lollia hand cream (Wish scent) at Anthro last weekend and it’s already almost gone. It works really well and smells like sugar. Mmmm.

3. Love this Fun Skirt by Boden. Too pricey for my budget but cute nonetheless.

4. I am loving these passive aggressive notes by Jack Spade to leave on people’s windshields when they’ve done a craptastic parking job (if you can’t make it out, they say NICE PARKING). I think there needs to be many more sets in a similar vain (i.e., WAY TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG and NICE PUTTING THE TOILET SEAT DOWN).

5. Offensive + Delightful greeting cards are just that: colorful sentiments +  great design. This particular card says “I’ve been such an asshole. Please accept my apologies.”

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 5:38 pm
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Some of my near and dear friends work at Columbus-based motion graphics studio Spacejunk Media and they’ve launched their new (and super rad) site today. Awesome job, guys! Check it out.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 7:51 pm
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Some great posts lately from Peapods and How About Orange for making useful items from that pile o’ scrap paper, fabric, catalog pages, or even paint chip samples. So smart.

Gift tags from Peapods. Click here for more info.


From How About Orange, bookmarks made from scrap fabric and paint cards.


Monday, January 19, 2009, 8:37 pm
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Okay, at the risk of sounding like a total tool a la Joey Lawrence of Blossom fame….WHOA! I am completely overwhelmed by the talent coming out of ALSO. Consider yourself warned. If you click on this link be prepared to dedicate your night to exploring their site along with all the sites they have designed. I can’t possibly do them  justice by describing it in words so just go there already.


Also creates websites for small independent companies. We have been featured in several books and magazines, and most recently won the prestigeous Young Guns Award from the Art Directors Club.

I was very excited to find out that Also is responsible for Charmingwall, a site I had stumbled on months ago and couldn’t get over the creativity that must have gone into it and, hello, pass some of that around please! So inspiring.

Sunday, January 18, 2009, 11:20 pm
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While my space here on the internet is more of an inspiration journal than a personal blog, I have been tagged by Advergirl to do a 7 things about me post so I’m changing it up a bit, just this one time. In turn, I’ll be tagging 7 other bloggers to do the same. And so I give you 7 random things about me.

7-things-about-me_1When I was little I had two standby hairdos: bowl cut and pigtails with bowl cut bangs (a hybrid that looked like a mullet when it was down). Also around this time I was convinced that E.T. was under my bed at night and that was a very scary thing (but wasn’t E.T. nice?).


A pretty tragic fact: I’ve only been to the states in dark blue marked on the map above. That’s right, nothing west of the Mississippi with the exception of a 15 minute across-the-bridge trek from Memphis to Arkansas. Every year I tend to go to the same standby destinations and they just happen to be on the East coast. I definitely want to visit Seattle and San Fransisco someday but I’m much more interested in traveling across the pond to Europe.


I love to dance. If I could start all over I’d pursue dancing until I was too old and decrepid to continue and THEN go into the design field.

7-things-about-me_4I’ve been saying I’m going to move to NYC for years. I’ve yet to do it and not sure I ever will but, damn, I love that city.

7-things-about-me_5I’m thinking about undergoing hypnosis to treat my oversensitive senses, mostly my hearing although my nose is pretty keen as well. Any repetitive noise (i.e., pen clicking), smacking noise (i.e., people who make love to their food), heavy breathers, soup slurpers, ice crunchers, gum poppers, corn on the cob crunchers……oy, the list goes on. Let’s just say I cannot bear the sounds of these things and it’s all I can focus on when I encounter them. It’s very distracting and I realize I need to get over it but I just can’t. Maybe I need a desensitizing exercise like they do with OCD people on Oprah. Set up some big speakers next to my ears as people take turns making disgusting sounds into a microphone for 24 hours straight.

7-things-about-me_6Clowns scare the crap out of me. Not mimes, but the Bozo kind. I think it stems from seeing Poltergeist as a small child.


I’ve had two recurring dreams as long as I can remember. The first is one of those short dreams before you really fall asleep. It’s simple and straightforward but always makes me jolt awake in a spasm with arms flailing. I am walking down a staircase and the stairs start to fall out from under me so I have nothing to step on. That’s it. Exciting, huh? My second recurring dream started when I was little. I own this flying machine. I’m not sure HOW it flies since it’s basically just a metal box with a front and back bench in it (no wings on the thing) but I wheel it out of my childhood home garage and take the neighborhood kids for rides in it. I still have this dream. It’s pretty great.

Wasn’t that enlightening? Ha. It was actually fun to do so thanks, Leigh.

Okay, here’s who I tag. No pressure though.

Rockin’ the Suburbs
Where the King Put His Armies
The Bee’s Knees
Mer Mag
Made by Girl
Graphic Statement (double tagged, co-worker!)

Saturday, January 17, 2009, 8:15 pm
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1. Thanks to mer mag for posting these stitchable journals from AMH Design, LLC | Contemporary Needlepoint. They have a bunch of different designs and products to pick from, all of which can be personalized with a bit of embroidery work. I really enjoy needle work; however, rarely do I find the fruits of one’s labor to be very hip or cool. These, on the other hand, I would definitely use.

2. Since Obama is already making his way on the train to his inauguration I had to post something Obama-related. I love the design of this t-shirt by Print Liberation. Sadly, it’s sold out. Hopefully they’ll restock at some point.

3. I love Oslo, Norway-based Etsy shop Darling Clementine’s notecard sets. This particular card is from their Camping set:

Our Camping series is a collage of vintage nostalgia; with cut-outs from old magazines and great novels. This is our way of celebrating camping, the woods, and last but not least- beautiful ladies of the past!

P.S. how cute is their shop name?

4. Great reversible tote bag from Kartwheel (because I so need yet another bag to add to my collection).

5. While watching a recent episode of The Daily Show, I saw a commercial for an upcoming series by my favorite comedian, Demetri Martin, called Important Things. It premieres on Comedy Central on February 11th and I cannot wait. Martin’s deadpan,  dry-style observations on life make me laugh like no other. In fact, I still have his comedy special saved on my DVR from two years ago. It’s set to “do not delete unless manually erased” because I like to watch it again when I need a good belly laugh. One of my favorite quotes from Martin is about glitter. He says that “glitter is the herpes of crafts.” So true. Here’s a clip if you’re not familiar.