Creative Envy

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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 7:35 pm
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Today my friend Kelly sent me this link to Apartment Therapy’s preview of Orla Kiely’s line of housewares for Target. Kelly is the one who originally introduced me to Miss Orla and I have loved her stuff ever since. Most of it is completely out of my price range so to see her coming out with things that are more within my budget is very exciting.


The products will be in stores the first week of February. Watch out, Target. I’ll be doing some damage. I’m pretty sure I need to have that apron.

Monday, January 12, 2009, 9:55 pm
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After watching the Golden Globes last night I decided to start a list of all the movies I want to see. I always think of it when these awards shows roll around but end up forgetting all the titles that were mentioned within a couple of days. So I’ve added a page on the left of my current list of want-to-see movies. I’ll add to it and cross off as needed and would love to hear your recommendations too.


Picture by framethrower2000 on Flickr.

Sunday, January 11, 2009, 9:40 pm
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1. Paper N Stitch is an online exhibition space that was created to promote talented artists, designers, makers selling handmade goods, and independent boutiques. The exhibition space is curated monthly and showcases the best of the best on an international level. There’s some great original artwork and other original works available for purchase here. Great stuff.

2. I can’t remember if I’ve posted these before, but I love these log bowls by loyal loot.

3. I’m really bummed that this is no longer available on Viva Terra. It is a wreath made from scraps of sweaters.

4. Adorable Little Saigon dress from Francesca’s Collections.

5. Yes, I am a 15-year-old girl. I saw Twilight the movie on Friday night in all its glorious cheesiness and loved every second of it. Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen…swoon.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 6:36 pm
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Thanks to 2Jane Co. who offered a free mibo downloadable 2009 calendar. I printed one out, rigged it up with some clothespins and twine, and gifted it to my mom.


There are such great designs throughout, but I think August is my favorite.


This is the final installment of my Christmas craziness. Hope you enjoyed it. Until next year!