Creative Envy

Sunday, May 31, 2009, 7:38 am
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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!

Song: Fascination by Alphabeat (thanks to seibuone for introducing me)

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:

Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie

Nearly done! by Uppercase Magazine

I Don’t Know by Lisa Hannigan

Compost Modern Interstitial

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.)

Friday, May 29, 2009, 5:46 pm
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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.

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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!

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 10:09 pm
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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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 9:38 pm
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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

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 10:57 pm
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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.

Check out Elle’s Flickr page here, her blogs here and here, and her Etsy shop here.

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?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 10:08 pm
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I’m one of the last to jump on the Polyvore bandwagon, but I finally played around with it tonight and I am HOOKED. So much fun. I decided to do a set around the color yellow. Most of  the stuff I picked is from Anthropologie (big shocker) but there are so many possibilities with the entire web at your disposal. I could stay up all night playing. I do really want those shoes though. Anybody have an extra $345 laying around?
sunshine by creativeenvy

Monday, May 18, 2009, 8:54 pm
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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?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 9:28 pm
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I love spring and summer in Columbus. It’s when the city comes alive and there always seems to be something going on every weekend. This Saturday starts several busy ones in a row for me. It all starts early in the morning with Race for the Cure (go, Team Perez!). After walking to save the ta-ta’s, Christina and I will be grabbing some lunch and hitting both C.W. Flea and Agora 6 (of course, the obligatory Starbucks stop will be in there somewhere).pink_dayPLUS

Remember, it’s not too late to register for the Race. You can do it as late as Saturday morning. Also be sure to come out and support Columbus’ local art, crafting and music community at Agora.

Monday, May 11, 2009, 8:18 pm
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I am beside myself with excitement because today I booked a weekend trip to NYC to attend the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair. Woo hoo!!! I’ve been to New York a bunch of times but have never visited Brooklyn beyond a one-time trip to see a friend’s apartment. So not only will I get to scour RCF for some kick-ass handmade goods, I’ll get to explore Williamsburg with a local BK girl. (Thanks for letting me crash with you, C-dawg!)


The big kahuna Renegade is in Chicago on the weekend of September 12th, which I am plotting and planning to attend as well since I’ve never been to Chicago either (I know, it’s kinda ridiculous). My hope is that one day I won’t just be a shopper at these fairs, but actually holding down my own booth.


Renegade Brooklyn will be taking place Saturday and Sunday June 6th and 7th at McCarren Park from 11am – 7pm. Check it out!

Thursday, May 7, 2009, 9:07 pm
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1. Oh, the Places You’ll Sew! stitching postcards allow you to document your travels across the USA, Europe or the world. Cute! (via Twig & Thistle)

2. I discovered Persimmon jewelry on Etsy because they are one of Grosgrain’s new sponsors. Even though I love this Mondrian necklace, I don’t think I could pull it off. Still fun though!

3. Paris: Made by Hand by stylist Pia Jane Bijkerk has been making the rounds lately on a lot of the blogs I read and when I saw it on Decor8 I knew  it would be mine. My copy arrived yesterday and I am not disappointed. The photography is beautiful and its compact size makes it toteable or coffee table-worthy. It is a dream of mine to go to Paris one day so this just makes it that much more tempting. You should check out Pia’s blog for more eye candy.

4. Elizabeth Demos appears to have my dream home and dream career as owner of @Home in Savannah, Georgia. Her tastes and knack for discovering decorative gems is unreal. (via design sponge)

5. You’ve gotta love Holly’s weekly Etsy Take Five Tuesdays where she features five Etsy shops each week. It’s a great source for discovering fresh talent. She recently highlighted Natasha Morton, an artist from Edinburgh, Scotland. I was quickly drawn to her collection of canvases entitled 81 Cents.