Filed under: eye candy | Tags: Alphabeat, eye candy, inspiration, video
Here is my first stab at what I hope will become a monthly feature on Creative Envy, entitled Eye Candy. Throughout each month I plan on gathering a bunch of visuals that inspire me. They can be anything from cool clothing to a video I’m in love with to an interesting vignette. At the end of each month I will edit them into a little video set to a music track I’m currently into. This first one was completed in a few hours so my hope is that I will be able to dedicate more time to the upcoming ones. For now, enjoy and please let me know what you think!
While I can’t specify every image that’s in here since I’ve gathered them pretty randomly, I can point you to the videos I took excerpts from if you’re interested in seeing them in their entirety:
Nearly done! by Uppercase Magazine
Piano Dentelle by Joana Vasconcelos
Once Upon a Time by Capucine (This little one makes me want to learn how to speak French every time I watch her. Her pronunciation of the word “crocodile” kills me.)
When I was home this past weekend my Nana asked me if I was interested in her old knitting bag since she’s not using it anymore. Yes please! This vintage straw bag was purchased on a trip she and my Papa took to the Bahamas; I would guess in the early 1960s.
It was filled with all kinds of goodies, including many hooks that are still in their original packaging. I think my favorite find is the little vinyl flowered bag.
I always love to look through old instructional books, like knitting patterns and cookbooks. Some of the imagery cracks me up. My Nana told me that this small green book entitled Learn How Book is how she taught herself to knit years ago (and was 29 cents at the time). This little guy is in fabulous condition considering its 1959 copyright date. The photos kill me.
I can’t decide which is more brilliant: the heavy “anklets” under the penny loafers or the woman vogueing in her embroidered mittens. She was way ahead of her time!
1. Embroidered pier dress from Anthropologie. I featured this last week in my Polyvore experiment. It’s hard to see here, but the embroidery details on this frock are darling. I don’t do strapless; otherwise, I would snatch it up.
2. Artecnica Tord Boontje Charming necklaces. Offering various designs and price points, these Tord Boontje pendants are a lot of fun. I can’t decide which one I like the best. Thoughts?
3. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m itching to give Spoonflower a shot for designing my own custom fabric for various projects. From what I can see, it all looks pretty easy; just a matter of coming up with something good enough to print!
4. TOMS brand shoes offer stylish shoes with a philanthropic cause. For each pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. I am about to place my order for this ash pair of TOMS for my summer footwear.
5. If I do in fact end up prego someday, I really hope I can do it with the humor with which Heather Armstrong does. She’s such an amazing writer. Her colorful, thorough and squeel out loud hilarious commentary on daily life always entertains me. This is her 36 week pregnancy picture. Genius.
I made it back to Columbus last night safe and sound and, per usual, overwhelmed by all that was waiting for my return. But it’s a 3-day work week, so how can I possibly complain? As promised (you know, a weak handshake version of a promise), I will be posting Five Faves again starting tomorrow night. I have them gathered, I just need to organize it all. I’m also going strong on the new feature to be launched this Sunday. Boy, I’m really holding myself to this deadline. I’d better deliver. But a fair warning: getting my herr did before I leave for Brooklyn next week is a priority. That may trump. Just sayin’.
In the meantime, I found this photo by Paper Pony on Flickr. I love the bright colors and little food illustrations. Check out her photostream here if you have some down time, as well as her set titled My Home if you feel like being extremely jealous. Until tomorrow!
Photo: Misc by Paper Pony
I’m heading home for the long holiday weekend tomorrow and I cannot wait. I haven’t been back since Christmas, which is too long for me. I look forward to decompressing and visiting with friends and family (and cheating on my healthy eating regimen).
I was looking for an appropriate picture for this post on Flickr and came across Elle Moss’ work. It’s quite lovely. Turns out, she has an Etsy shop where she sells prints of her photography. This one is titled get me away from here i’m dying. I’m not necessarily dying but, yeah, I’m due for a road trip with Beck. And the shoes on this girl look very similar to the ones I’ll be wearing tomorrow for my exit.
Sorry for the lack of Five Faves last week and this week. Hopefully I’ll post new ones next Thursday; however, I am hard at work on my new feature so I’ll do my best. Hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing weekend.
P.S. The question of the day: to Twitter or not to Twitter. Thoughts?
Thought I would share some additions to my kitchen that I put up yesterday. The first is a painting my friends brought back for me from their vacation in the Dominican Republic as a thank you for watching their cat. The colors go perfectly with my yellow cabinet and other brightly colored decor and I love the local flavor of the piece.
The second piece isn’t necessarily art. It’s actually an abandoned canvas that has been taking up space in the corner of my kitchen.
The story: years ago I thought it would be cool to do some random decoupaging on a big canvas as a project. I did it, it was just ehhh, and later decided to peel all of the decoupaged material off so I could reuse it. The big idea still hasn’t come (yes, years later) and in the meantime, it’s been gathering dust. Christina suggested I hang it up because it looks kinda cool the way it is. I agreed it was cool looking but didn’t know if it could pass as wall art. Yesterday since I already had my hammer and nails out, I threw it up on the wall above my kitchen table. Not bad. I realize it’s not amazing or anything but it fills the space nicely and will do for now. It’s a better storage spot than on the floor and when that brilliant idea does come to me, I can just swap it out.
What do you think?