Creative Envy


EYE CANDY, JUNE 2009.
Monday, June 29, 2009, 10:10 pm
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Song: Girls and Boys In Love by The Rumble Strips; this video is pretty darling. (Thanks to seibuone for the track)

Videos I took excerpts from if you’re interested in seeing them in their entirety:

Deadline post-it stop motion video by Bang-yao Liu

Away We Go titles

UPDATES
You may have noticed that I removed the STUFF I LOVE page on my sidebar. I just wasn’t good about keeping it up to date and I obviously love new stuff every day (hence, the point of this blog) so I’ve taken it away. I’ve also updated my blogroll and added a page where you will be able to see all the Eye Candy videos in one place.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PUP.
Sunday, June 28, 2009, 3:51 pm
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Beck turns 8 years young tomorrow. Love ya, bud.

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NEW WARDROBE PLEASE.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 6:24 pm
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Every morning this week I’ve been standing in front of my closet with a blank stare on my face. I have a closet filled with clothes, none of which I want to wear each day. Shirts that haven’t fit the same since their first washing, clothes that are just too warm for this heat wave we’re having, or pieces that I plain don’t like anymore. I’d love to purge everything and start fresh but until Stacy and Clinton come knocking on my door with that $5,000 Bank of America credit card, I will dream up my first installment of clothes (if money were no object) with the aid of Polyvore. Here are my selections from Brooklyn Industries. Sigh….

Brooklyn Industries Wish List

Brooklyn Industries Wish List by creativeenvy on Polyvore.com



NEW ARRIVAL: 20×200.
Monday, June 22, 2009, 7:57 pm
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My print from 20×200 was waiting for me at work when I arrived at my desk this morning (not a bad way to start off a Monday). I purchased an 11 x 14 of Valerie Roybal’s Secret Language 3 during 20×200’s RIDONK sale last week and I couldn’t be more pleased. It’s a beautiful piece, even more impressive in person. I will take pictures once I have it framed and up on the wall.

I was really impressed by the out-of-box experience provided by 20×200 (a Jen Bekman project). The label was so clever and I loved the numbered print insert that said “It’s official: you bought art!” Also included was a printout with information about the artist.

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The entire package was such a joy to receive. I highly recommend them for quality, affordable art for your home.



PORCH MINI MAKEOVER.
Sunday, June 21, 2009, 12:21 pm
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My front porch has been looking pretty pathetic lately with last year’s dried out plants still in their pots, fall leaves stuck in the corners, and a swing that’s functioning but not comfortable to sit on for more than 5 minutes. Since I want to start spending more time out there I decided to spruce it up this week.

porchmakeover_1I swept up the mess, got some new plants, made some cushions for the swing, and put down a utility mat so Beck can lay out there with me (yes, he is the neurotic dog that won’t lie down on cement). Unfortunately, the cushions have already been broken in with the torrential downpour of thunderstorms we had the other night. They got pretty wet but looks like they can take a beating.

porchmakeover_2It’s probably the fastest I’ve ever completed a project. Sewing the cushions has gotten me back into the groove and I’m going to get back to my chairs today.



BROOKLYN/RENEGADE, PART 4: GOOD EATS.
Monday, June 15, 2009, 7:59 pm
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For the final part of my Brooklyn series, I wanted to share a list of all the places I ate. Every bite of food I consumed the entire weekend was amazing. Thankfully I also walked about 30 miles so I don’t feel guilty for gorging. Kind of.

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SATURDAY

The Treats Truck: One chocolate chipper to go at Renegade and I was set until lunch. Delicious and I love their identity work and collateral.

Taco Truck at Union Pool: We stopped here for some afternoon Mexicalis and some tacos from the taco truck on the back patio (I strongly recommend the shrimp taco). This bar used to be a pool supply store and it has retained that vintage feel. Very charming and I hear they have a photo booth.

The Brooklyn Star: Serving up Southern style comfort food, The Brooklyn Star was a cozy little haunt. I ordered the mac ‘n’ cheese (bacon added please) and it came in a sizzling mini skillet. Really good and, yeah, I ate the whole thing. Drinks were served in mason jars which is always a hit with me.

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SUNDAY

Urban Rustic: I didn’t have anything fancy here; just a bagel with cream cheese and a strawberry smoothie. But the inside of the place is worth checking out. Old wood shelves line the giant walls from floor to ceiling with a ladder to access the out of reach stuff. Urban Rustic is both a cafĂ© and a market, specializing in organic, sustainable food.

Caracas Arepa Bar: Wow, I had never had an arepa before but now that I know what one is, I’m in love. This little flavor-filled pocket was small enough to hold in my hands but so satisfying. I had a La PelĂșa, which is shredded beef with cheddar cheese. For my drink I ordered a Camburada, which is a banana milk shake with a touch of cinnamon. Soooo good.

Roberta’s: This place is responsible for serving me my best meal of the year (so far but I will be shocked if it gets topped). I’ve never experienced such flavorful food and because we had a large party and because my hosts knew the chefs, we got to try a lot of different things. Although Roberta’s is called a pizza place, they serve way more than that (and are great at it too). We had two kinds of salads, a cheese plate, a meat plate, pizzas, calzones, pastas, fried chicken, pork chops, mushrooms, pork TONGUE (yes, I had tongue and it was tasty), and plenty of red wine to wash it all down. I couldn’t recommend this place more if you’re ever in Brooklyn. The produce they use is grown up on the roof. Talk about knowing where your food is coming from! I also hear they have a great brunch…..next time.

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MONDAY

Almondine: A charming little bakery located in DUMBO, I picked up an almond croissant and an iced chai latte on Monday morning. Yeah, I realize that I basically had dessert for breakfast. Hey, I was on vacation!

Foragers Market: What a great carry-out market. It reminded me of a micro neighborhood version of Whole Foods. I picked up one of their premade sandwiches and a bag of dill pickle potato chips and both delivered on flavor and satisfaction.



BROOKLYN/RENEGADE, PART 3: PICTURES
Sunday, June 14, 2009, 10:39 pm
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I just uploaded the rest of my photos from my trip to my Flickr photostream, but here’s a sampling.

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DUMBO
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