Creative Envy

Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 8:28 pm
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I’m suffering from a major inspiration deficiency this week so I decided to take a look at an inspiration journal I used to keep back in the day, circa 2002. It’s a thick red book with graph paper pages but is only about a quarter of the way full (guess I wasn’t too inspired back then or, more likely, I forgot I had the thing).


I used to cut stuff out of magazines and catalogs that impressed me. It was a lot like what I do here but the old school way with scissors, tape and colored pencils. Some things haven’t changed. I still appreciate things like these that are in there:

Ghost Chairs by Kartell

Ghost Chairs by Kartell

Freitag bags

Freitag bags

redesign of Schroeder milk bottles

redesign of Schroeder milk bottles

However, other entries I’m coming across I’m thinking “what’s so great about that?!” and realizing how much my tastes have changed (I like to think they’ve improved). I have clippings of some really typical Crate & Barrel bookcases, nothing at all special about them; random footwear from a J.Jill catalog that looks much too old for a 20-something year old; and uber modern furniture that just doesn’t appeal to me anymore (think Jetsons).

It’s kind of cool to look back and see what I used to be attracted to but also kind of frightening in that looking-at-teenage-photos kind of way (“what was I thinking wearing a shirt that was 10 times too big for me?”). I assume I will do the same exercise with this site in a few years and be horrified that I got those hideous room dividers. Hee.

Monday, March 2, 2009, 7:07 pm
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Yet another “find out your personal decorating style” online quiz at Sproost. I love to take them though and they are usually pretty accurate. However, I did start to get a little nervous on this one because I don’t think I ever clicked the “love it” choice. In fact, most of the ones I clicked were “don’t like it” or “hate it”. Oops! I wasn’t sure if they’d get my style down with so few positives, but my results were 75% Vintage Modern and 25% Modern Elegance. Yep, I’m down with that.

Thanks to How About Orange for original posting.

Sunday, March 1, 2009, 4:51 pm
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One of the girls in my knitting group brought Ravelry to my attention about a month ago. It is an online community (a la Facebook) for knitters or anyone interested in fiber arts started by Jessica, Casey, and their dog, Bob. Right now it’s in the beta mode and if you’re interested in joining you have to first sign up on their waiting list to receive an invitation. Mine only took about four days. I still need to flesh out my profile with the projects I’ve done, but I’ve already used the forums when I got stuck on my project. My username is creativeenvy so friend me if you join!

Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration.

I just finished this Martha Stewart knitted neck scarf. I’m pretty pleased with it.


I’m just excited because I finally learned how to increase and decrease stitches. I even had to incorporate some double pointed needle action. I know, I know. This sounds nerdy to some of you. I’ve been called a geek and have been asked if I was 80 years old all because I love to knit. It doesn’t really bother me. I embrace it. I embrace the fact that I love making something great that is one-of-a-kind from a little ball of yarn. I love the rhythmic noise of the knitting needles clicking together (yes, me, who can’t stand any kind of repetitive sounds…I love it). I love the conversations and bonds that form when a group of women sit in a knitting circle. I love the calming effect knitting has on me and the portability of this craft. And from the looks of Ravelry, with over 300,000 registered users to date, I realize I’m not the only one who feels this way.