Creative Envy

Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 8:37 pm
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I’ve been meaning to share pictures of some murals I’ve done. The first one was completed a couple weeks ago while the other two have been done for over a year now.

First up, the tree for Christina’s little man’s room. This had been on the list for some time and Christina and I knocked it out over a couple of weekends. She did the lion’s share of the painting after I sketched it out. It’s based on this wall decal from Ferm Living; however, Christina wanted the branches to look slightly more organic and with more leaves so I made some changes.


For all of these murals, I first designed them on my computer in InDesign or Illustrator. That way I could figure out the scale of each on the wall. Next, I made a grid on top of the design as well as a grid out of string on the actual wall. To scale it, you would just figure out your equivalent measurements (i.e., 1 inch = 1 foot). If you tackle one square at a time, it is relatively easy to sketch the design from your printout on to the wall. Obviously, this is easier with shapes that are more organic so that if you do mess up, you can improvise off the cuff.


Here’s the finished product:



She bought a white paint marker and plans on making the trunk into a growth chart for Nathan. So cute! Check out the rest of Christina’s tour of Nate’s room here. She’s got some great ideas (my favorite is using mason jars as frames).

These next two murals are ones I did in the front room of my apartment.

First up, the tree:


I came across this amazing photo on Flickr and thought it would look awesome silhouetted. I did take some artistic license with the bird feeder and did more of a lantern.


The greatest thing about these is that it’s a great low-cost option for making your room truly unique. Other than my time, these projects involved purchasing one tube of acrylic paint. Much better than spending hundreds of dollars on wall decals or wallpaper (not that I don’t love those things).

Sunday, March 29, 2009, 7:46 pm
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The latest CB2 catalog arrived in the mail the other day and I am seeing a lot that I like.


I give you my wish list.


1. Modular surface décor forms. The possibilities of these curlicues are endless. I think I’m actually going to pull the trigger on this one because you get a set of 30 for $29.95 and I think they’d look pretty great in a formation coming out of my white wall tiles in my living room.

2. I wish this revere pendant lamp came in some other colors (although I suppose I could spray paint it). CB2’s grouping of three together make an awesome impact.

3. While I normally refuse to spend any kind of money on throw pillows because I can make them myself, I may also have to get this sunflower flock pillow. It’s not overly priced and I am already picturing it on one of my recycled chairs (you know, once I finish them).

4. My heart is longing for these track brass wall strips (they patina over time!) but at $129 for a set of three, they are out of my price range. I really think you need at least six of them to make an impact in a room and $260 seems a bit crazy to me. Don’t worry though, I will be stalking these in the off chance they go on super sale.

5. A clever milk carton bud vase for $6.95? SOLD.

6. If this sol console table were slightly deeper, I’d be tempted to snatch it up as my new desk. I would love to ditch my current bulky, dark wood piece in favor of something more streamlined and table-like.

7. Props to CB2 for offering this conserve runner made out of recycled plastic Indian milk pouches.

Conserve provides a source of income to the hundreds of urban “rag pickers” who scavenge and clean recyclable materials from the streets of New Delhi. Each is unique with original dairy logos and type—no added dyes or inks.

Saturday, March 28, 2009, 4:48 pm
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1. I’m considering making this DIY deer head from Dorm Decor (via Made by Girl). All you need is the pattern, foam core, patterned paper, and some X-acto skills. Check.

2. This site is one of the most touching things I’ve ever seen. Days with My Father by Phillip Toledano documents his last days with his dad who has just lost his wife and has no short-term memory. Beautifully done. Hover over the left edge of the photo and you’ll quickly figure out the site navigation. (via Le Love)

3. I knew I had seen Michele Maule’s work before and after looking through my archives I found that I had indeed posted about her at the end of Tiny Art. I discovered her Etsy shop this morning. Love her style.

4. Zoe Murphy’s work in printed furniture and textiles had me captivated for a better part of this morning. I would love to own this dresser.

5. Improv Everywhere has done it again. This event involved turning a NYC subway station into a gallery experience, complete with cellist, a wine bar, and a coat check. Here’s the video documentation:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 7:23 pm
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I made a decent amount of progress on my chairs this past weekend. Well, not a ton of progress, but seeing as how this is the first time I’ve worked on them and I actually accomplished something, I’m calling it progress. I was able to cut all the foam down and I completed one top cushion.

Cutting down the foam. I'm still finding random pieces scattered about my apartment.

Cutting the foam down to size. I'm still finding random pieces scattered about my apartment.

An enormous thank you is owed to this post on Sew, Mama, Sew! for Autum’s step-by-step cushion instructions that have worked out amazingly. They were so easy to follow that I even made my own cording!

One cushion complete + the inspiration

One cushion complete + the inspiration

I’m pretty happy with how it came out; however, I do wish it was about a quarter of an inch shorter in width so it isn’t squeezed in on the sides, though that’s kinda minor. The inspiration for these chairs and the look of the cushions is from the Urban Outfitters chair above. I love it.

One down, four to go. Plus sanding, staining and straps. Oy! One step at a time.

Sunday, March 22, 2009, 9:44 pm
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I am pretty sure I need to print out this post by Kelly Rae, tack it on my bulletin board and read it everyday. It’s an inspiring kick in the pants about pursuing the dreams you’re too scared to tackle. You should read it.


Photo from Something’s Hiding in Here.

Saturday, March 21, 2009, 12:42 pm
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Check out these overhead shots of tulip fields in the northern Netherlands. UNREAL. Happy Spring!




Thanks to Jordan at Oh Happy Day for originally posting.

Friday, March 20, 2009, 10:41 pm
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Special thanks to How About Orange for posting about free desktop wallpaper available at Pixelgirl Presents. I found this stunning image by John Carey that is currently serving as my desktop background. It’s such a gorgeous shot and to top it off, the book is the classic Green Eggs and Ham.


Pixelgirl also has wallpapers for your iPhone.

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 9:03 pm
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I haven’t had time to compile a five faves list this week. It’s been a long work week and while most girls would buy clothes to cheer themselves up, my version of retail therapy is subscribing to Uppercase’s new quarterly magazine. Oh my god, this looks AMAZING and I cannot wait to get the first issue into my hands. You can watch a video montage here, but here are some inspiring stills I grabbed. This looks right up my alley.



Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 8:36 pm
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This week is crazy at work but I wanted to take a break to tell you all to go check out Grosgrain’s latest post. Kathleen has taken her photo set-ups to a whole other level by inserting her daughter into a surreal pirate world. These pictures are amazing and so very inspiring.



Sunday, March 15, 2009, 8:38 pm
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I came across this image on Flickr while looking for inspiration for a project at work and I had to save it for myself. Apparently it’s from a Japanese sewing pattern book. I love the colors and peacefulness of this image (plus that sewing machine is pretty rad).


Per usual, this weekend flew by way too fast and I’m going through one of those antsy, need a change phases where I feel like I need re-evaluate pretty much everything in my life. But then reality sets in and I need to think about psyching myself up for the work week and all-around daily routine of life. Anyway, this image allowed me to get outside of my own head…at least for a moment.