Creative Envy


GREAT GIFT GUIDES AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 9:28 pm
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Be sure to check out some of the awesome gift guides that are out there via your favorite bloggers on ideas for unique Christmas presents. Several in particular that I have enjoyed come from design*sponge and DesignWorkLife.

gifts for $25 and under by design*sponge

gifts for $25 and under by design*sponge

Here are a bunch to check out:

design*sponge
$25 and under
$50 and under
$100 and under
bloggers’ wish list

DesignWorkLife
gift guides for each kind of horoscope sign: fire, air, earth, and, for your beloved Pisces like myself, water
typography
New York

Also, I came across this picture (also from design*sponge) of artist Maria Vettese’s living room (check out the entire home tour here). She uses a skinny bench as a coffee table. Hmmm….yet another idea to keep in mind for the coffee table quest. I love the look of it but also like how it doesn’t take up much space yet still serves its function. Plus I’d feel better about putting my feet up on a bench than a traditional coffee table. Thoughts?

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CHARLEY HARPER ON A BUDGET.
Monday, November 17, 2008, 8:08 pm
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Like a lot of designers, I’m a big fan of Charley Harper’s illustrations of wildlife. Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life is on my wish list and while I would love to own a large print of one of his works, I just can’t afford it. So being the thrifty (or cheap, you can say it) person that I am I’m trying to find creative ways to have Harper’s work in my home.

I was really excited a few weeks ago when one of our paper reps came into Ologie with a bunch of samples, among them being this piece by Monadnock, A Field Guide about eco-friendly printing. Harper’s illustrations are throughout the book so I swiped an extra one so that I can cut out the drawings and frame them, either all together or separately in smaller frames.

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Then, yesterday I was at Old Navy and come to find out that they have a whole line of kids items all with Harper’s illustrations on them! Board books, peg puzzles, coloring books, a matching game….a whole bunch of stuff. If I had a kid of my own, I would have cleaned them out. I did, however, purchase these flashcards for $14.50.

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They are obviously super cute but if you turn them over, they form two over sized floor puzzles each with one of Harper’s illustrations. I plan on framing the one with all the animals on it and putting it in my kitchen (I think; that’s the only room with available wall space and a bright color palette).

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In the future, if I have children I can disassemble the framed puzzle, flip the cards back over and decorate the nursery with the individually framed flashcards. I think Harper’s work would make the perfect, gender neutral décor for a kid’s room yet still be cool and artistic enough for adult appreciation.

So there are cost-effective ways to get Charley Harper work for your home. But I do still want the book (hint hint).



LITTLE BUILDING CAFE.

I am in awe of the woman that is Annie Coggan. I stumbled upon Annie’s blog Chairs and Buildings through Bloesem and she is quite extraordinary. Annie recently opened a local sustainable eatery called Little Building Café in Starkville, Mississippi.

Little Building Café in Starkville, Mississippi

Little Building Café

Of course I love the fact that Annie has chosen to go green in her building materials but can we just talk about the chairs she made for the café? Oh the chairs!!! Here is one of Annie’s sketches for what she had in mind.

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And here are 10 of the chairs that resulted.

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Unreal, right? From Bloesem:

Annie has been working in her home of Starkville, Mississippi on these chairs for her own café, which she will be opening in July, she told me that the chairs are are part of a method of making that she cares deeply about, using resources from “within arms length”… all these chairs were bought for less then 20.00 or were found … the pieces to stabilize the chairs she got from junk shops..very nice! It looks so simple but you need to have some creative talent to come up with the idea to give the chairs these funky twists…

And here is a shot of said chairs in the space. Don’t you love how some of them hang on the wall and serve as art when not in use?

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Annie did a great job on the interior of Little Building. I love the light blue color scheme combined with bright pops. And any time anyone uses those tiny hex floor tiles? Sluuuuurrrp. The table tops are made from tiles in which each quadrant is a part of the map of Starkville! Gotta love that local flavor.

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I can’t say enough things about what Annie has accomplished. This kind of imagination and inventiveness makes me giddy and inspires me to stay true to my long-term goals.

If you’d like to see the place in real life, of course you can visit Starkville, or you can watch this news piece from WCBI TV. Also be sure to check out Annie’s blog which she refers to as her “notebook/sketchbook and visual food for thought”. Some great posts on there about, yep, chairs and buildings. Thanks, Annie!

Photos from Chairs and Buildings



MY, THAT’S SHARPIE.
Monday, October 20, 2008, 7:39 pm
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Wow. Just, wow. Charlie Kratzer of Lexington, KY is my new hero. Using just $10 worth of Sharpie magic markers, he decorated all of the walls in his basement rec room.

Says Kratzer, 53, the associate general counsel for Lexmark: “People are amazed that with something as simple and inexpensive as a Sharpie, you can decorate a whole basement.”

I can only imagine all of the possibilities! Amazing. You can read the entire article here.

(Via ReadyMade blog.)



TINY ART.
Thursday, October 2, 2008, 10:24 pm
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Enormous Tiny Art provides access to original (tiny) pieces of art from a variety of artists.

To experience the joyous thrill of knowing the art is your own, to purchase your very first piece, to begin your collection with artwork you absolutely adore – these are the things we aim to bring to art-loving people everywhere.

Always open and accessible, Enormous Tiny Art is committed to offering excellent, original art of small proportions to the world. Our artist list grows and grows, as does our selection of online artwork. We hope you find the enormous collection of tiny art as inspiring, stupendous, and wonderful as we do. Viva la tiny art!

There are nearly 50 artists currently listed on Enormous Tiny Art. From what I can see, the prices seem pretty reasonable making original art attainable for a lot of people. Here are some artists that stood out to me.

Cathy Nichols

Cathy Nichols

Dana Robson

Dana Robson

Ian Dingman

Ian Dingman

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Judd-Mcgee

Jennifer Judd-McGee

Kate Castelli

Kate Castelli

Lindsay Bentis

Lindsay Bentis

Marisa Haedike

Marisa Haedike

Mati McDonough

Mati McDonough

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Penelope Dullaghan

Penelope Dullaghan

Rachel Austin

Rachel Austin

Rebecca Daw

Rebecca Daw

Tara Hogan

Tara Hogan

I love Michele Maule’s work in particular but most of her pieces (my favorites) are sold out. Boo. I’m always drawn to the color combination of red and light blue/turquoise. Love it!

Michele Maule