Creative Envy

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 9:48 pm
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1. I love this tree made  of scrap wood that doubles as a coat rack. (via mermag and Black Eiffel)

2. I may have to add this She & Him poster designed by The Small Stakes to my wish list. (via The Scoop)

3. When I was at the Franklin Park Conservatory this past weekend I found these Paddywax candles in their gift shop. The mahogany scented one is my favorite.

4. This is a pic I took at the Conservatory of their exhibit, Bending Nature. I love the idea of outdoor wrought iron furniture used as planters (especially purple wrought iron furniture).

5. This installation, My Back Pages by Paul Villinski, at the Museum of Arts and Design makes me happy. I would want this hanging in my house. (via Color Me Katie)

Monday, February 23, 2009, 9:43 pm
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Kim at L2 Design Collective emailed to let me know about this brilliant poster designed by Jeff Matz of Lure Design, Inc.

Does someone in your studio use one of these typefaces? Does it make your typographically sensitive skin crawl? You can help. Order this poster and make your hack designing colleague take this pledge and sign it. Preferably in their own blood. Hell, you might be an offender and need to sign one yourself. Make a difference. Do it today.


I love the signature lines included at the bottom.


You can order your own 20″x26″ screenprinted poster on Lure’s website here. Thanks, Kim!

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 11:01 pm
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1. Misprint Kitchen Messages from Viva Terra. I realize I was just preaching the other week about how I want an authentic, vintage metal letter C for my wall and not anything mass produced; but even though these are available in multiples, according to the site, these letters are “fashioned from rejected cans and containers.” Therefore, they are acceptable in my book.

2. In the latest issue of ReadyMade, the “I Made This!” section features a chalkboard wine rack that is genius. Sol Kawage of Italy built it using off-the-shelf drainage pipes enclosed in a fiberboard case, and coated the front with chalkboard paint.

3. I recently purchased one of Etsy seller Accessoire’s flower broaches for a dear friend’s birthday gift (not this one in particular, although I love it too). Their products are really well made, my friend loved hers, and best of all, you’re supporting independent artists.

4. Color Me Katie is on my blogroll and it should be on yours too. This girl is fun, quirky, and a complete original. She is a Brooklyn-based freelance photographer and is also involved with NYC’s Improv Everywhere group.

5. After arriving home from work, I was lugging my bags from my car kind of in a grumpy huff because it was bitterly cold and windy and I was still venting from some previous road rage. I opened my back storm door to find the most magical Amazon box I’ve ever seen (clouds parting, sun shining, angels  singing). A box I knew was just the right size for THE book I’ve been wanting for two years. Mmm-hmmm… parents (God love’em) read my blog and know to look on my wish list when deciding what to get me for my birthday (which is this Saturday…gulp. Aging). I bring you….my new baby: Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham.


The timing of this couldn’t be better since I finally got my coffee table and it needed something to adorn it. It came in this adorable white and black box with more of Harper’s illustrations on it.



Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 7:24 pm
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Meet Jessica Constable, proprietor of Chicago-based Jess L.C. Jewelry. Jessica makes each piece of her stunning jewelry line by hand. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.


oak street graduated light shell necklace


elm st thick chain bracelet


southport straight swing necklace

Jess also carries a line called Soc Chic. These necklaces are both chic and benefit various social causes with their proceeds. This one benefits KEEN, a national nonprofit organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families.

sc02bigboxJess L.C. items are available for purchase on her site as well in various boutiques across the country. I was pleasantly surprised (yet not surprised at all) to see her line is carried by Banyan Tree (one of my favorite shops I’ve ever been to) in Tremont.

Check out Jessica’s lovely blog, makeundermylife here.

Sunday, February 15, 2009, 7:16 pm
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This weekend was a major coup on my list. I took a trip to Ikea yesterday on a mission to get a KVARTAL track/panel system to separate my front room from my living room. I did actually get what I went for, but a few other items snuck into my cart. Not sure how that happened. My thinking behind this divider was originally to help insulate my living room from the freezing front room during the winter months. As you can see, I definitely picked form over function when landing on my decision for which panels to get. These provide no insulation whatsoever (they have miniature holes in the fabric) but they were too pretty to pass up. They were hell to install and after I finished I wasn’t sure if I liked them. But I’ve decided I do…I’m just not sure on those gigundo curtain rods. They distract my eye. I think I’ll live with them for awhile and see how I feel in a couple weeks.

My favorite purchase from Ikea was this OFELIA throw blanket. It’s white (which I’m discovering is becoming a “pop” color in my living room, if that’s possible) and it’s super spongey and girly. I figured in the future when I’m old and hitched I won’t be able to have such girly decorations so better enjoy it now, right?

And the biggest victory this weekend is my new coffee table! Yes, the hunt is over. I was going to get something at Ikea but I wasn’t loving anything; and I had to love it. I was drooling over the Seguro coffee table from Crate and Barrel but $700?! I think not. I emailed that one along with this one from West Elm to Christina (I was email stalking her with coffee table choices) and decided to take a peak on Craigslist for the hell of it. Low and behold, listed on 2/12 was the very same C&B Seguro coffee table in excellent condition for less than half the original price! Can we talk about fate for just a second? What are the odds? Christina and I went and picked it up after lunch today and it is perfect. It has made my room so much cozier and the different wood tones pull everything together. Now I just need to get going on my chairs and I will finally have a completed living room. It’s only taken two years! Definitely worth the wait.

This weekend's victories.

This weekend's victories: coffee table, Ikea throw blanket, KVARTAL panel system

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 9:39 pm
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1. Sara of KC & Sara created this mini gallery of her favorite wedding candids using some old furniture parts to frame it in. I love the simplicity of this and the ease of changing it out whenever she feels like it.

2. Dreaming of summertime and loving this yellow dress by Max Studio.

3. Jennifer over at Made by Girl has these great new butterfly prints (two of the butterflies are fabric) for sale on her Etsy storefront. Looks like they’re going fast cuz a few days ago there were a lot more listed! Awesome, Jennifer!

4. I spotted the album art of M. Ward’s soon to be released album Hold Time in the pages of ReadyMade magazine and instantly fell in love with the design. I decided to investigate further since Mr. Ward is half of one of my favorite musical duos, She & Him (with Zooey Deschanel). His website is pretty slick and I previewed Hold Time here. Good stuff. It comes out February 17th. It will be mine.

5. I felt the need to give Valentine’s Day some kind of shout-out since it is two days away by sharing one of the blogs I subscribe to, Le Love. They describe their site much better than I could: dedicated to romantic, sweet, lovey dovey, sexy and heart fluttering images. Hope all of your V-Days are lovey, dovey. I’m spending mine at Ikea scoping out some sexy curtains. Meow. ♥

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 9:14 pm
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I’m back from vacation and kind of refreshed in that I-feel-like-I-never-left kind of way. While I was in Florida, my sister and I took my nephew to see Coraline. We didn’t see the 3D version unfortunately, but there is plenty of visual stimulation jam-packed into the film in its regular format to keep you entertained (and the story’s not bad either). I’ve spent a solid hour tonight exploring the website and I’m still not done. There are so many nooks and crannies to investigate and you can definitely get lost, realizing you’ve just spent 30 minutes picking out the perfect button eyes for you and your dog.



I know, kinda creepy but great at the same time. I love how the button kit opens to reveal all the little compartments. And the site allows you to save your images to your computer or publish them immediately to Facebook or MySpace. The site has all kinds of interactive surprises to play with. You can spell your name with the Bobinsky acrobatic mice,


download some sweet posters and wallpapers for your desktop (the overall aesthetic of Coraline is lovely, isn’t it?),

coraline_posterswallpaperand view galleries and movies of how Coraline came to life. The most intriguing individual to me is the woman who knits miniature sweaters using needles as thin as human hairs. Whaaaaaat? And I thought those snowflakes were challenging!

Overall, I’m just in awe of  the detail in every aspect of Coraline and the dedication to making almost everything by hand. Unreal.

I downloaded the film’s soundtrack this afternoon. It makes great background music for working on the computer….or for sewing on buttons (insert evil laugh here).

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 10:52 pm
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…but not in an awful Armageddon kind of way. I’m heading down to the sunshine state for a long weekend to visit my sister + fam. This week has been heavy on intentions but light on posts. My bad. No Five Faves this time around. Besides, I only had two of five accumulated and these things shouldn’t be forced. On that note, I’ll be back next Tuesday night and the Columbus ice blankets best be melted by the time I return. Smell ya, winter.

Beck is most likely under the assumption that he's coming with me. Not so much this time, buddy.

Beck is most likely under the assumption that he's coming with me. Not so much this time, buddy.

Monday, February 2, 2009, 10:57 pm
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Whenever I go into antique shops I’m always on the lookout for an oversized, authentic, vintage metal letter C to put up on my wall. I don’t want one that’s mass-produced to look authentic. I want one that looks as if it fell right off of a 1950s marquis.