Creative Envy

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.









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:


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.

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.

Thursday, April 2, 2009, 9:14 pm
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1. Check out these pet beds made out of old suitcases by Etsy shop Vintage Renaissance. Pretty brilliant.

2. Ruby over at Cakies has come up with a great use for all her leftover scrap fabric. She’s cranked out a bunch of braided scrap necklaces recently and they are available to purchase in her Etsy shop.

3. These ads for eco-friendly Ben paint by Benjamin Moore are so fantastic. Cramer-Krasselt is the agency behind them. This one reads:

I like the color of someone that’s been hitting the tanning bed a little too hard. You know when they stay an extra 15 minutes under the lights. So imagine that and the middle part of a candy corn having a love child. That’s the color I want in my kitchen. (Golden Nugget)

4. I’m in love with Columbus-based artist Jill Gallenstein’s pen and ink drawing entitled “from nothing”. Beautiful stuff.

5. My friend recently introduced me to Lisa Hannigan’s album Sea Sew. Her music is lovely and right up my alley. She reminds me of a more mello, folksier Feist but there are definite parallels, especially when I watched a couple of her videos. Apparently Lisa handstitched the album art for her CD (that’s kick-ass in my book) and you should really check out her video for I Don’t Know. It’s worth watching the entire thing to see the magic she creates by the end of it. Gotta love a crafty girl!