Creative Envy


YWCA: NEW TO YOU.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 10:24 pm
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A quick note to tell you about YWCA of Columbus’ New to You accessory party and fundraiser event happening tomorrow (Thursday, April 30) at 5:30 p.m. at the Y (65 South Fourth Street, downtown).

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I attended last year and picked up this cute little vintage flower broach.

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Very cute (and a lot of designer) stuff for reasonable prices. Come support local women in need while stocking your closet. For more information, check out the YWCA website.



SOME LOCAL CRAFT FLAVA.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 7:39 pm
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Thanks to seibuone for pointing me to a recent Columbus Underground podcast where two resident craft superstars talk about the indie, handmade community here in the Cbus. You can listen to Olivera Bratich of Wholly Craft and Amy Dalrymple of AmyD here.

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They discuss valuable resources that are accessible to any crafter here in town as well as some upcoming events. One that I had never heard of but plan on attending, Agora 6, is on May 16 at Junctionview Studios (the same site of my favorite annual indie market, Tiny Canary). Here are some links to the events they discussed:

Agora 6 – May 16
Comfest – June 26-28
Handmade Expo at the Ohio State Fair – August 8

They spoke a lot about the Columbus Crafty Cotillion which, again, I had never heard of. (Apparently I live under a rock.)

The Columbus Crafty Cotillion is a collective of artists, crafters, and designers in the Columbus, Ohio area. We have monthly meet-ups, social events, craft swaps, and email discussions. We are an inclusive group with no membership dues and new members are always welcome!

I will definitely have to check out one of the monthly meet-ups when I get my Etsy shop off the ground. Our local community of crafters is pretty impressive.



BACK TO REALITY, PRODUCTIVITY, AND MISSED CONNECTIONS.
Sunday, April 26, 2009, 8:17 pm
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I’ve been back home from Disney since Thursday night; however, I’ve been taking full advantage of my remaining hours before going back to reality tomorrow morning. I’m not looking forward to that alarm going off at 6am. Disney was great mostly due to the fact that my brother had a kick-ass itinerary that we stuck to. My advice: do it. It makes it so much easier and prevents those grating conversations of, “What do you want to do next?” “I don’t care, what do you want to do?”. Ugh.

I’m bummed about returning to work tomorrow only because I’ve been so productive over the past few days with my personal projects. I sanded the chairs down (they already look 10 times better) and I got a great start on my Etsy shop (masthead designed and stocking the store has begun).

Friday gave me a lot of time to catch up on all my favorite blogs and thanks to Roadside, I came across Missed Connections by Sophie Blackall. Another amazing idea that I wish I had thought of; although I do not have the amazing illustration skills that Miss Blackall posesses. Sophie brings missed connections ads to life through her own illustrative interpretation. Here, she describes it better than I can:

Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites. Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I’m trying to pin a few of them down.

Here are two great ones:

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In case you can’t make out the second one:
Monday, March 23, 2009
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Remember? Uptown A train. Sunday at around 9pm. I was the black dude reading Bukowski’s Post Office. You were reading the Arts and Leisure section. You passed wind rather loudly and started chuckling. I’d like to see you again. The flatulence wasn’t a turn-off.

Ha! So unbelievably clever. I love it.



OFF TO SEE A MOUSE.
Friday, April 17, 2009, 8:47 pm
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Sorry for the lack of posting this week. I’m off tomorrow morning to Disney World for a family vacation (“Real tomato ketchup, Eddie?” “Nothing but the best.”). I will have my computer with me; however, I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to post anything. My brother has us on a strict itinerary.

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While I’m gone, please check out the blogs on my blogroll. They are sure to keep you entertained. See you soon.

(image from Flickr; cranked through poladroid.)



START.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 9:00 pm
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After work tonight I headed up to JoAnns to get some thread for my cushions and browse for some crafty sundries. They were having a sale on their “fine art supplies” so I got this 48-pack of acrylic paints for a good deal. Woot!

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What will I be doing with these paints you ask? Ummmm….not quite positive yet but I have a bunch of ideas. This is a start on my Etsy shop. Slowly but surely, I’m starting to make steps towards it. Here’s my progress so far:

Think of a name: CHECK.
Register the name with Etsy: CHECK.
Set up an email account with said name: CHECK.
Design the look and logo: I’M RIGHT ON TOP OF THAT, ROSE.
Stock the store: OH YEAH, SMALL DETAIL.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress. It’s tricky finding as much time as I’d like to dedicate to the effort, but I’ll get there.



ELIMINATE UGLY.
Sunday, April 12, 2009, 9:14 pm
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Head over to Treat and Company to experience a darling, well-executed yet simple website for their product design and development company. It’s only 8 pages total delivered via a virtual sketchbook. I love the format as well as Treat’s mantra: Enhance the human experience. Eliminate ugly.

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My favorite part of the sketchbook is the little pocket of paper that appears on the We Are Treat page. I also love their scroll bar in the Treat Shop.



FIVE FAVES, VOL 17.
Saturday, April 11, 2009, 5:54 pm
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1. Happy Tapper’s iPhone application Gratitude Journal has helped adjust my attitude in the past week. It allows you to jot down all the things you are grateful for that day, rate the day, and add a picture. It really is true that even if you’re having the crappiest day ever, if you recognize the good things about it, you automatically feel loads better. The app provides a daily inspirational quote after you’re finished with your entry as well as passcode protection. Definitely worth the $.99. (via Decor8)

2. I had no idea how many varieties of packaging tape there are out there until I came across Twig & Thistle’s recent post. What a great idea for sprucing up a boring package you have to send in the mail.

3. How on earth did I not know about the “online PDF art + design + photography magazine that uncovers emerging artists from around the world” that is blanket until today? I have no idea, but I’m psyched I have even if they are already on issue 15. What an inspirational gem! Blanket is shifting from a free downloadable online publication to one that will be requesting a small fee ($2 AUD) as of their next issue, but I think it’s worth it. I’m only halfway through the current issue and I’m already hooked. (via Decor8)

4. File this one away in the “why didn’t I think of that” drawer. Molly Mutt sells affordable and eco-conscious dog beds that are, get this, filled with YOUR stuff (i.e., old clothes, towels, etc.). You simply stuff your old clothing or what have you, into the “stuff sack” and then put on the duvet cover. If it gets dirty, you can throw all the pieces into the wash. I love these beds because they’re not only smart, but they come in great patterns. Dog beds are usually so boring (Beck’s is this awful tan velour; it was the least offensive, semi-coordinating color I could find in the bunch), but these would definitely fit into the abodes of decor-conscious individuals. (via Made by Girl)

5. WOW. This is unreal! It’s just what it looks like…this piano is covered in hand-made crochet work. Artist Joana Vasconcelos has blown my mind with her work, entitled Piano Dentelle. You can see more detailed imagery of this on her site. Can I please have this in my living room? Please? (via Decor8)



WALL DECOR IDEAS.
Monday, April 6, 2009, 9:44 pm
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Some great ideas on Do It Yourself (via How About Orange) for unique wall decor. These are my favorites.

ENLARGE TEXTBOOK COPY (my #1):

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HANG EMPTY FRAMES:

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MAKE ART FROM CEILING ROSETTES:

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USE VINTAGE ITEMS AS FRAMES:

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SELF-DIAGNOSIS.
Sunday, April 5, 2009, 9:35 am
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After reading Holly’s sixth installment of her Creativity Series, I have self-diagnosed myself with Analysis Paralysis. The definition, according to Wiktionary:

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This post resonated with me like crazy. Word for word, it clearly illustrates my major hold-up with following through on most of my ideas; more specifically, opening my own Etsy shop. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years but I tend to run myself in circles with over-analyzing everything until I eventually just get burnt out and give up. Then the cycle starts back up again. I am a self-admitted serial idea-ist. I love this passage in particular:

The Analysis Paralysis way: Spend an unreasonable amount of time researching websites, pricing, competition, etc. Look at competitors thinking their work is somehow better. Explore every single website ever invented on planet earth to see where work should be sold. Then explore Mars. And maybe the Moon too. Next, proceed to get all stressed out over the potential that the idea could be stolen once it’s online. Worry that no one will like you. Worry that some kid may swallow your doll and die, you will get sued, and your life will be ruined. Read tons of books, blogs and websites on how to launch a small business online. Start thinking that maybe you should also sell your t-shirts and gocco prints. Start researching gocco paint and where you can purchase it for the best price. Spend more weeks on that. Then realize you really only want to sell your dolls. End result: months and months spent over analyzing everything and in the end, you still have no idea what website you want to go with to sell your dolls. Or worse, you see dolls much like yours in a brand new web shop that people are literally going bonkers over, they can’t keep ‘em stocked, and you think you are a total loser for sitting on the idea for so long. You’re not a loser, you are just giving something that doesn’t require so much legwork way to much time to cook. Newsflash! You may be over cooking your idea.

So after many months of over cooking my ideas, I’ve decided to really make a go of it. One step at a time I will pursue this Etsy shop. Small at first, of course, and just see where it goes. Between this and the pretending post along with many other indications, I’m not sure how many kicks in the ass I can possibly ignore.



COUNTING DOWN TO JULY 17.
Saturday, April 4, 2009, 10:26 am
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I cannot wait to see 500 Days of Summer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel? Sold.